Guide To Your Best Night’s Sleep: How To Choose A Mattress

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The mattress is one of the most important pieces of furniture in your bedroom. It's where you sleep, relax, sleep with loved ones if you're lucky enough to have them, and more. To make sure that your mattress is comfortable and lasts for years, it's essential to invest in a good one.

Choosing a mattress is one of the most important decisions in your sleep, and it can make or break the quality of your rest. That’s why it’s essential to do a lot of research before you make any purchase. Below you can find some valuable tips on how to choose a mattress for your best night's sleep.

Consider Mattress Type

The mattress type can be determined by the materials used to craft it, which will affect how comfortable it is. Here are some points to consider.

Memory Foam

This is one of the most popular mattress types. This kind of mattress is made out of a network of soft polyurethane-coated cells that absorb and retain your body's heat. All the other materials used should have a high resistance to heat as well as moisture.

In other words, this type of mattress should be durable and long-lasting because it will not retain odor easily as other materials would. It's easily adjustable to contour your body shape, which makes it very comfortable.


It is made out of latex rubber and is often used with a cotton or wool foundation. Latex is breathable, durable, and comfortable for most people, but it may be challenging to find the perfect mattress if you are allergic to latex.


This mattress consists of hundreds or thousands of small metal coils that are individually wrapped in fabric and then integrated into the bed as a whole product. The mattress is firmer than latex but more comfortable than memory foam. It's best for people who like to sleep on their backs.


The hybrid mattress also has similar properties to memory foam or latex, but it uses coil springs in its construction. They are usually durable and have a good support system, so it is ideal for heavy people or couples who don't want to use separate mattresses anymore.

Determine Your Sleeping Position

This will determine how comfortable your mattress will be because certain positions will put extra pressure on your back or shoulder blades when you sleep in them.

Back Sleepers

They like to sleep with their backs on the mattress, which means that it should be firm enough to support their back while allowing them to breathe comfortably while laying on their side. Firmness, thickness, and support are very vital in this case. If your mattress is too soft or too thin, you may wake up with a stiff back the next day.

Stomach Sleepers

As the name implies, these people like to sleep with their stomachs facing the mattress. They prefer a softer mattress that will allow them to sink deeply into the bed and contour to a more comfortable shape for their bodies. Memory foam or latex is good for mattresses for stomach sleepers.

Side Sleepers

They sleep with their sides touching the mattress, which means that a medium to firm mattress works best for them. Some side sleepers may prefer a softer mattress because it feels more cozy and comfortable, but most will choose something firmer to avoid waking up with numb arms or shoulders from laying on their side for too long.


The prices of mattresses range from under a hundred dollars to over two thousand dollars. The price can tell you a lot about the quality of the product, but make sure that you consider other factors as well because a high-priced mattress may not be worth it or vice versa. A lot of the time, it's more important that you choose a comfortable and affordable bed instead of buying one that costs a fortune and is hard to sleep on.

The Bottom Line

There are many different types of mattresses that you can choose from, so you should take your time to do your research and review multiple choices. Remember that the mattress is one thing you will be spending a lot of time on, so it has to be comfortable and not too expensive.

Also, remember that the mattress doesn't go out of fashion, so it's better to update your old mattress than replace it entirely. I hope this guide gave you vast information about how to choose the mattress for your good night's sleep.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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