One question I tend to get the most is people wondering how long memory foam mattresses last. It’s a pretty common thought in people’s heads when looking to buy a new higher priced item that is going to get lots of use, like a bed does.
My wife and I still own our very first memory foam bed that we purchased over ten years ago. We stopped using it on a regular basis almost one year ago, and moved it into our guest bedroom. But is that typical? Do people normally hang onto beds, a memory foam mattress, that long?
Let’s take a look at some industry information! Continue reading
Memory foam mattresses are great for providing pressure point support for your entire body, which in turn is going to give you a much better night’s worth of sleep, and waking up with less body aches and pains. Finding an affordable memory foam mattress with a great warranty is easier than ever, but what about a box spring or mattress support? Do memory foam mattresses need box springs?
The easy answer is no, that they don’t need a box spring support underneath them. However… they do work better with firm support underneath them. Is a box spring the best choice for under a new memory foam bed?
Let’s took a look at a few options that are available to you for consideration when looking for mattress support. There are basically two types of mattress support systems on the market; box springs and foundations. Continue reading
Many people when doing research on memory foam mattresses find out for the first time about ‘off gassing’, or they know people who own such beds and have heard them talk about off gassing. To some there is major concern with a mattress that has a strong smell. Some people are sensitive to strong odors – so their concern is well justified. New mattress off gassing can be an issue, but usually only for a few days after purchase.
In this article I will take a closer look at off gassing in memory foam mattresses. There are a lot of myths out there, some are in fact being circulated by larger brand name bed manufacturers (the ones that sell the really expensive beds), and some are just hearsay that people got wrong because they presumed something was a fact without really doing the research.
If you have ever smelled fresh paint or even the smell from the inside of a new car, what you are smelling is a process called off gassing. Memory foam mattresses also go through the process of off gassing when you first unpack them.
Basically what you are smelling is something called “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) breaking down. In memory foam mattresses off gassing from VOCs is from parts of the foam and adhesives used in making the bed breaking apart, which forms gasses, and where the term off gassing comes from. Continue reading