There are many reasons why you may want to buy a new mattress for their bed.
Maybe you have just moved into your new mobile home and you want to furnish and equip the home with new items.
If you often wake up with back pains and aches, or perhaps your current mattress is about to hit a 7-year benchmark, a new more comfortable mattress is well overdue.
Whatever the reason, our guide will help you choose the right product for your space and comfort.
Three Manufactured Home Mattresses Shopping Factors
Firstly, let’s glance at the factors to consider when shopping for a manufactured home mattress.
The first factor to consider is the type of mattress.
Though most buyers are familiar with just two types of mattresses – memory foam and spring mattresses – there are more options you can choose depending on the size of your bedroom, size of the bed, and comfort level.
Most of the products you will find in the store fall in these four popular types –
- memory foam
This type of mattress is known for its pressure relief, body contouring, and support. They are made up of several layers of foamy materials, more so gel foam.
If you are an individual that requires consistent support, you are more likely to invest in a product with a core made of foam to offer maximum and evenly distributed support to the body while keeping the spine aligned at all times.
Such a mattress is necessary to avoid creating those painful pressure points that give you back pains in the morning.
Often, firmness and support are confused as meaning the same thing, when in essence they could not be more different (more on this later).
The best thing about foam mattresses is their firmer base and the fact that they are not super springy as a result of their thickness.
Unbeknown to many buyers, the thicker the mattress’s foam, the less you’ll sink in it and the less likely it will move when you roll or simply lay on it. Basically, the thicker the better but you still need to choose the thickness a bit carefully.
Ultimately, the overall thickness of the foam mattress is highly beneficial if you intend to share your bed or often experience pains when you wake up.
Foam mattresses are also some of the most resistant to mold and dust mites.
Benefits of the memory foam mattress
- The density of the foam contributes to the degree of sinking you will experience
- Extra firm with reduced spring
- Supports your body
- Provides pressure relief
- Contours to your body
- More firm foams are good for buyers who sleep on their backside
- Fewer firm foams are good for buyers who sleep sideways
- Good for buyers that share a bed e.g. couples or even friends
- Usually edge support is not needed
- Often comes with antimicrobial properties; also resistant to mold, dust mites, etc.
- Can last about 10 years or more
This is the second most common type of mattress in American homes.
Instead of foam, they come with cores made of several coils varying in thickness and firmness, often ranging from thin and compressible to thick and more firm. They offer a more traditional feel with extra layers of foam on the sides and top for comfort reasons.
Typically, mattresses that feature coils are springy even under average weights, but the buoyancy can depend on several coil factors, including the type of coil and the total number of coils used.
When compared to foam mattresses and others, innerspring provides the most bounce to any reasonable number of users lying on them at the same time while also cutting the ripple that often results from rolling and other movements.
Some varieties of innerspring mattresses also feature outer layers filled with foam or fiberfill.
These sorts of products are especially advantageous to homeowners who often sleep on their sides since coils can reduce pressure points just as perfectly as memory foam.
With innerspring mattresses, the more coils your product of choice has, the more support you will get from it.
Not only are coils in these mattresses surprisingly comfortable, but they also help keep the mattress cool. So, if you are prone to waking up in the middle of the night, sweating, then it could be the right type of mattress for you because the core has impressive heat retention.
Benefits of innerspring mattresses
- Coils provide spring and support
- Offers the most pressure relief
- Pocketed coils cut the ripple effect
- Perfect for individuals who like to sleep on their sides
- Can come with fiberfill or foam top
- Those who like to sleep on their stomachs will love the dense innerspring mattress
- Great for those that share a bed (couples, siblings, friends, etc.); coils ensure motion isolation
- Back sleepers benefit from medium level firmness
- Will cool down
- Lasts about 9 years
- Typically comes with edge support
Latex mattresses are very much like foam mattresses in terms of firmness, but come with more spring-back.
Also, like most foam mattresses, latex mattresses have antimicrobial properties, they are resistant to dust mold and mites, and more hypoallergenic compared to innerspring products.
If you would like a heavier and denser latex mattress, then one made from Dunlop latex would be perfect for your needs. Latex mattresses made from Talalay latex are great for buyers looking for something lighter and softer.
In its own right, Latex has two properties that make it especially desirable in mattresses – it is a well-rounded material perfect for bouncy products and, secondly, it lasts longer compared to springs.
Like innerspring mattresses, Latex mattresses are adored for their comfort and ability to remain cool in hot conditions.
Although latex is similar to foam (it is actually regarded to be a type of foam), it is not anywhere close to being as pronounced as those foamy memory mattresses you will find in the store.
Perhaps the biggest difference between these two is how they treat your body – while memory foams will encase your whole body, latex mattresses are designed not to contour your frame. This gives you more room for rolling and moving freely.
Benefits of latex mattresses:
- They possess antimicrobial properties; resistant to mold, dust mites, etc.
- More firm compared to memory foams, with spring-back (permits more bounce)
- One of the longest-lasting mattress types capable of lasting for about 12 years
- Perfect for buyers who prefer sleeping on their stomach
- Great responsiveness
- Choose from two types of latex (Talalay or Dunlop)
- Will cool down
- Good for those who share a bed
- Usually edge support is not needed
As you can tell from the name, hybrid mattresses combine the properties of more than one popular type of mattress.
Their popularity has grown because some buyers can’t make up their minds between the popular types of mattresses, so they would be better off with something in between those mattresses.
It is typical for hybrid mattresses to be manufactured from a combination of several different types of construction materials.
For example, you can find a hybrid mattress made of latex and memory foam or products combining these materials and springs.
In fact, one of the most popular hybrid mattresses you will find in the store is one that combines memory foam and innerspring.
The innerspring/memory foam combo provides a satisfying balance between pressure relief points and support.
The idea here is that the combination of different types of materials gives the buyer the best of all the constituent materials, thus making a much better mattress overall.
Pros of hybrid mattresses:
- Combination of two or more different mattress features; the best of all constituent worlds
- Good support overall
- Latex and memory foam hybrid provides pressure relief, bounce, and cooling at the same time
- Innerspring and memory foam hybrid provide support, motion isolation, and pressure relief
Other worthwhile options
There are more types of mattresses out there unique from the popular memory foam, innerspring, and hybrid types.
Air-filled and Adjustable mattresses can be great options if you are thinking outside the popular types of mattresses. They are a bit like foam, latex, and innerspring mattresses, but with considerable variations.
Air-filled products typically feature two chambers laid side by side and filled with air.
The air can be decreased or increased to fit your needs. They are perfect for buyers who share a single bed but would like to sleep on different levels of firmness.
Benefits of Air-filled mattresses
- Fiberfill top or foam top
- Customizable firmness
- Perfect for individuals who prefer sleeping on their stomachs
Adjustable mattresses may sound similar or the same as air-filled ones, but there’s a difference in the positioning of the mattress.
With an adjustable mattress, you can easily adjust the bed so that you can lift your feet, incline your back, or shift your head.
This type of mattress is good for users who suffer from chronic pains or medical conditions. They are also great for lounging in your bed to watch TV or read a book.
Benefits of adjustable mattresses:
- The mattress can be easily manipulated into several positions
- Perfect for seniors, users with medical ailments, or those with manageable chronic pains and similar hardships
Mattress size is probably the most complicated factor you’ll need to get over after deciding on the type of mattress.
Size is complex for two reasons –
- there are about six classes of beds out there and each bed goes well with a specific size of the mattress a
- nd, secondly, the size of the product has an influence on the comfort factor.
Most of the mattresses you will find in the store falls in 7 broad sizes, mostly corresponding to popular sizes of beds:
- California King
- Twin XL
- Split King RV Camper Queen
The size of this mattress is about 38” x 75”, and can be great for single adults and kids.
- Serta 7.25-in Firm Twin Memory Foam Mattress – Cost: $200
Twin XL Mattress
The size of this mattress is normally in the region of 38” X 80”, and is perfect for single adults and children.
- Serta SleepTrue Malloy (Box Spring Included) 11-in Firm Twin XL Innerspring Mattress with Boxspring Included – Cost: $630
They measure about 54” x 75” and can be great for children, single adults, couples, and those who sleep with pets and children.
This mattress size is normally in the region of 60” x 80” and is perfect for single adults, children, couples, and those who sleep with kids and pets.
It measures about 76” x 80” and can be great for couples, couples with pets, and couples with kids.
- Serta Perfect Sleeper 12-in King Memory Foam Mattress – Cost: $1,100
Split King Mattress
These mattresses are split into 2, each measuring 38” x 80”. Perfect for couples or those couples with pets and/or kids.
California King Bed Mattress
These mattresses measure about 72” x 84” and are perfect for married couples, especially those with kids and/or pets.
How comfortable is the mattress?
Does it fit your comfort expectations?
The comfort factor can also be a bit hard to choose appropriately because so many other factors are at play.
For instance, the thickness of the mattress as well as the material of construction influence the comfort of the product.
Fortunately, you’re likely to be provided with a comfort scale by the store which can help you make an informed decision before taking the product home.
Although the firmness of the mattress correlates to its comfort factor, it doesn’t necessarily mean support and firmness ratings are the same.
Different manufactures and stores may come with somewhat different scales, but they all resemble something like this:
Extra Soft (1 – 2)
Extra Soft is the softest you can ever go.
Mattresses in this class are incredibly soft. While they feel fluffy on the skin, they are absolutely unsuitable for delivering proper support.
Also, the sinkage can be tremendous, and that is undoubtedly something you shouldn’t buy unless you have some really good reasons behind your decision to choose one.
Soft (3 – 4)
This level of softness feels about right and is a remarkable improvement from the extra soft degree.
Mattresses in this class come with a sinkage that falls somewhere between 1.5” and 3”.
These would normally come in two distinct forms –
- traditional deep contour foam
- and deep cushion hug.
These are perfect for people who like to sleep on their sides. They are, however, recommendable to those who lie on their stomachs or backs.
Medium (5 – 6)
Mattresses in the medium class are the preferred group on the market.
It is estimated that about 80 percent of buyers would fall into this class.
Still, you have more choices to make.
You can decide to go for the moderate 6 or something softer about 5 out of the rating of 10 on the firmness scale, all depending on your preferences.
Both two are ideal for virtually all kinds of sleeping postures and positions.
Hard (7 – 8)
This is a class of mattresses falling between slightly firmer and firm margins, and they offer a little lower hug. The sinkage is also lower than the medium class.
There are certain though, but the truth of the matter is that they are a priority for users who prefer slightly more firmness under them.
However, a majority of individuals would find them to be remarkably harder.
Extra Hard (9 – 10)
This is the hardest you can ever go as far as selecting a comfortable mattress is concerned.
Mattresses in this category are extra firm to most people.
In fact, just a tiny number of beds would work with them, and there are a few therapeutic ones.
That’s why they are very limited to just a fistful of users who would actually prefer them to other units.
How you choose your mattress can mean the difference between sleeping on a comfortable product and waking up with a sore back.
As such, you should consider three factors – size, type, and the comfort level of the mattress.
Size can be hard to choose appropriately, but you first need to know the size or type of your bed.
You will choose from three popular types of mattresses – memory foam, innerspring, and hybrid mattresses, although there are many more non-so-popular options.
The comfort level is normally rated between 1 and 10 – you need to choose from the middle of the scale.
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