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Mattress Sizing & Buying Guide

A comprehensive mattress guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a new mattress.
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Mattress Buying Guide

Getting Started

When people think of important life-purchases, two of the main ones considered is buying a house, and buying a car. What many consumers may not realize, the bed you choose to sleep in is a very important part of your daily routine.

Is it time for a new mattress?

You may not think so, but there can be some easy-to-see symptoms that are telling you it's time to make a change. Below are just a few things to keep in mind as it might be time to change.
  • A valley has developed in the section of the mattress where you sleep
  • Sagging across the middle third of the mattress or along the sides makes you roll toward your partner
  • Your mattress makes creaking noises
  • Soft, non-supportive edges are a sign of edge breakdown
  • You're waking up sore or stiff in the morning
  • You've developed recurring back pain
  • Your current mattress is more than 10 years old
  • Are you getting the rest you could be? Check yourself for the following symptoms—if you have even one or two, a new mattress may help.
When you choose a bed, you typically stay with that same bed for more than 10 years. Depending on the quality and what the mattress is made of, you may even extend that up to 20 years. With an item that is so important in your life, to last that long, you want to make sure you are making the best choice for you and your lifestyle.


The of the most important first steps when picking out a mattress is to determine just what size you will need. Below is a chart showing you the various sizes and the differences between them.
When deciding, make sure you take into account for bed frames that may extend further than the mattresses' length and depth. If you choose to get a bed frame that allows for drawers underneath, keep that in mind so there is room to open them as well as navigate around your room.
Next, you are going to want to make sure you get a mattress that is comfortable and suits your needs. Remember, a mattresses' life can range from anywhere between 10-20 years. You want to make sure you are committed to a comfortable mattress to ease your way into sleep and keep your body and mind healthy.
Mattress Size/Dimensions Chart
Most Common Mattress Dimensions


Innerspring Mattresses

Innerspring mattresses are the most common type of mattresses. They basically consist of a spring zone and a comfort layer. The innerspring is the source of support and provides proper support while you sleep. The combination of various foams and fibers provide varying levels of softness and comfort. Pillow Top mattresses include additional comfort layers on top of the mattress for additional supportive comfort at the surface.

Latex Foam Mattresses

Latex foam mattresses are quickly gaining popularity with today's consumers. These mattresses feature a latex foam core as the support system, rather than the traditional innerspring.
Latex foam is extremely resilient and breathable which helps to reduce the heat buildup that may typically be associated with these kinds of mattresses. Its unique construction allows it to instantly respond to the body to provide a high level of comfort while helping to promote proper spinal alignment.

Memory Foam Mattresses

Memory foam mattresses feature a visco-elastic memory foam core as the support system, rather than the traditional innerspring. Like latex foam, memory foam's ability to deliver both comfort and spinal support allows the foam to act as a support system in lieu of a traditional innerspring. Memory foam responds to your body temperature by softening under warmth, allowing the foam to shape properly to the curves of your body.
Memory foam can help to promote a more restful sleep because it provides significant pressure relief to help reduce tossing and turning that can cause an individual to toss and turn, wake up and shift positions during sleep. Plus, motion transfer is drastically reduced as it absorbs movement without affecting the other parts of the mattress.

Things To Consider

Each mattress has its own comfort and options to help give you the good night rest you deserve after a long day.

Adjustable Base

Adjustable bases allow your bed to transform into an unlimited amount of personalized positions.


Whether you like a hard, soft or a contouring bed. There are a number of options and firmness levels to take into consideration when selecting a new mattress.


Warranties cover manufacturer defects and can also cover normal wear. There are typically 10 and 20 year warranties available. Certain criteria must be followed in order for the warranty to be valid and can either be a full replacement or based on the depreciation.


Mattress Pads & Protectors

A mattress protector is a good way to ensure that your mattress stays protected from spills, wear and household allergens. Mattress pads can bring extra comfort along with stain and waterproof layering to keep your mattress protected.


A pillow is a cushion that provides support to your neck and head.

Bed Sheets & Pillow Cases

No mattress or pillow is complete without a sheet or pillow case. Bed sheets and pillow cases provides an elegant touch, additional personal style, as well as added protection for you mattress or pillow.

Find the Perfect Mattress at Abt

If you have questions about a particular product, reach out to our sleep experts at 800-860-3577. You can also visit the mattress department in our Glenview store to test out some beds for yourself.