Let’s face it: Your bed is one of the most—if not, the most—important parts of your home.
From clocking in your precious eight hours to spending an entire evening binge-watching Netflix (guilty), or even scrolling Instagram when you should be cleaning (guilty again), there’s a good chance you spend a lot of time in your bed. So why not invest in some pieces that are specifically designed for a good night’s sleep?
Most of us place a lot of emphasis on a great mattress or set of sheets, but there's another product that can transform your sleep each night without breaking the bank. If you're interested in putting a memory foam mattress topper on your bed, you'll be surprised at how much better you can sleep by making the upgrade.
Below, read on to learn expert tips about the benefits of mattress pads to upgrade your bedroom on a dime.
Give Your Mattress a Refresh
“The biggest benefit is that you're adding a supportive layer of foam to your bed, which refreshes your mattress and gives it new life,” explains Heather Corrow, the product developer of Allswell. If you're feeling uncomfortable lately or your mattress is starting to wear down, this affordable purchase can make it feel like you're sleeping on a cloud at an affordable price.
Extend Your Bed's Life
Depending on your make and model, some mattresses can last as long as a decade. However, most of us are ready to trade in our old mattress for a newer option as soon as we start feeling some questionable lumps or sagging. The problem is, most mattresses can set you back a couple hundred—if not, thousands—of dollars. And let’s be honest, who has the disposable income to get a new mattress every few years? Thankfully, adding a simple topper (even when you first buy your bed) can extend the life of your mattress so you'll sleep happily for years to come.
Find the Right Firmness Level
Averaging around $100 apiece, mattress toppers can easily be added to give your bed that like-new feeling. In addition to faking your way to a new bed, a mattress topper can also help you find the perfect firmness level: Allswell, for example, has three types of mattress toppers to choose from to find your best option for dreamier sleep.
If you're unsure whether you prefer a soft or firm topper, try out a few different options in-person at your local mattress store before ordering any options online—the degree of firmness you need will likely depend on the style of your current mattress.
Opt for Plushier Sleep
If your bed feels too hard, on the other hand, a mattress topper can also create a soft surface to add an extra layer of plush bedding when you lay down for the night. “They allow our customers to experiment with different technologies and firmness levels at an affordable price,” Corrow says. “I always thought I liked a firmer mattress, but have recently discovered that a bit of plush on top is actually my first choice, as long as there is adequate support beneath it.”
Get the Perfect Temperature
A mattress topper might be the unsung hero of your bedding, but how are you supposed to find the best one for you? While price point, brand, and firmness level are important choices, Corrow recommends finding a topper that can also control the temperature with cooling effects. “Memory foam toppers can sleep hot, so look for one with an open-cell foam construction, or additional cooling technology,” she explains.
Say Goodbye to Toxins
Chances are, you're going to spend a lot of time laying on your mattress topper—so it’s a good idea to make sure it's free of harmful chemicals or ingredients. “It's important to look for the CertiPUR-US certification with any memory foam toppers so you can be confident they're free from mercury, lead, and formaldehyde,” Corrow explains. If your bed is an older model without the proper certifications, your new mattress topper can keep toxins at bay by creating a barrier between your body and your bed while you sleep.
Once you've found the right balance and settled on a mattress topper to improve your sleep, you'll be ready to set it up and test it out. Most companies offer several options for returns and exchanges, so if it's not quite right the first time, don't be afraid to try a softer or firmer variety to get your best sleep. Just keep in mind that if you purchase a thick mattress topper, you might also need to find a fitted sheet with deep pockets—but, hey, it’s a small price to pay for a good night’s sleep.