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When Should I Buy a New Mattress?

When should I buy a new mattress?

Okay, so you’ve had your current mattress for how long you can’t remember and you want to know – When should I buy a new mattress? If you are keeping track of it like you would your oil change (specific timing), you would change your mattress out every 5 years or so, but maybe you think you get more “mileage” out of your mattress than most people because you aren’t as rough with it as other people are. How can you really know when it’s time to get rid of your old mattress and buy a new one? It isn’t so much about following the calendar exactly, but more about “signs” and “symptoms” of your present mattress just being sick, or worn out.

If your mattress is sagging or has a noticeable depression in it, it’s pretty obvious that it’s time to get a new one. If it takes you 5 years or 10 years to get to that point, who cares, maybe you are as light as a feather and don’t really “rough up” your mattress all that much and so it takes you 8. If your mattress is feeling lumpy or your children have done so many acrobatics on it that it is one of the rings in a 3-ring circus, then maybe it is time you buy a new mattress! If you wake up feeling like a contortionist and need a little back pain relief, then maybe it’s time to get rid of those aches and pains and splurge on a new latex mattress or a memory foam mattress. One of the wonderful things about latex mattresses is that they have 20-year warranties included (at least they do here at Plushbeds!), and their natural elasticity makes it possible for them to last upwards of 30 years. So when comparing the life of an innerspring mattress and a latex mattress, there is no comparison really, and you wouldn’t even need to be asking yourself “When should I buy a new mattress?” maybe even in your lifetime (if you are a Baby Boomer already) if you buy a new latex mattress now.

It’s pretty basic common sense thankfully when it comes to a decision on when you should buy a new mattress – how does your current one feel, do you suppose it may be dust mite infested, are you developing allergies to it? These are all things to consider when weighing out whether it’s time to buy a new mattress. And remember, the great things about latex mattresses are they are dust mite resistant, antimicrobial, and hypoallergenic. Take a look at our Botanical Bliss natural latex mattresses – then you can quit asking when it’s time to buy a new mattress already!

Latex Mattress ILD Rating: What it is and How to Interpret It

One of the important considerations to make when choosing a latex mattress is ILD. ILD means impression load deflection. That may be fancy terminology, but generally the reason you would want to know the latex mattress ILD rating is because it gives you an indication of how soft or how firm the mattress is, and how much comfort and support you can expect from it. The rating system for ILD numbers is somewhat subjective and you will find that it varies across different mattress companies as far as the cutoff points for what a soft mattress is, what a medium mattress is, what a medium-firm mattress is, and what a firm mattress is.

At Plushbeds we have broken down the ILD ratings in the following manner: a really soft latex mattress has an ILD rating of between 19 and 21. This firmness is so soft and cushy that it is considered kind of an “outlier”. If you were following a bell curve as far as getting a picture of a cross-section of mattress opinions and preferences among a group of people, the 19-21 ILD range would be on the very outside of the curve, with a very small percentage of people preferring a mattress that is so soft as this one is. Then, from there we rate a medium as an ILD of between 24 and 26. This is actually one of the most popular ILD’s, as most of our natural latex mattress customers prefer their sleep experience to be amply supportive while at the same time soft enough to enjoy. The next step up from there would be the medium-firm, which is an ILD of 29-31, followed by a firm mattress of 34 to 36. Of course, you probably notice that there are some missing numbers between the different firmness levels, which is about a 3 point space to allow for subjectivity.

Now to explain which ILD’s may fit which type of sleepers. To do this, recognize that this is a general categorization, and there is certainly variance and personal opinion and taste, but to have some standard from which to speak, we will attempt to explain what the largest sampling of people tend towards as far as sleeping positions and ILD ranges and ratings. First, the softest ILD (remember the lower the ILD, the softer the mattress, and therefore the higher the firmer) is generally for a group of sleepers who sleep on their back or their side that like to sink into a mattress. The 24-26 ILD rating is generally for side sleepers, and is a great combination of softness and support. It is kind of a middle-of-the-road type of mattress that is extreme in neither direction, but rather a “happy medium” so to speak. On to the back and stomach sleepers, which prefer an ILD rating of between the numbers 29 and 31. These folks tend to like a mattress that is slightly on the firmer side, but not so firm as to make them feel like they are sleeping on a board. Finally, those that like a lot of firmness in their mattress usually go for a high ILD rating of the 34 to 36 range. Typically these are the back-only sleepers.

ILD ratings can go lower or higher than the ones mentioned, but normally do not, because anything less than the lowest ILD listed above would be way too soft and sinking for most people, and the highest ILD numbers would be way to firm for most latex mattress owners – you may as well be sleeping on a hard floor almost. In categorizing different sleeping styles for the various ILD ratings listed above, please recognize that these are by no means hard-and-fast rules that are set in stone. Obviously every person is individual and unique, and you may have someone who likes a very firm mattress that also likes to sleep on their side. Conversely, you may find a person from time to time that enjoys a very soft mattress that sleeps on their stomach. When seeking a mattress to help with back pain relief, please note that your back pain could be aggravated by either a mattress being either too firm or too soft. If firmness sets off your trigger points, go for a softer mattress, but if the back pain is aggravated by having no support and the mattress is too soft, you would want to get a firmer mattress. Test the situation before deciding the ILD based on any back pain you may be experiencing.

When you understand at least to some degree the ILD ratings for latex mattresses, you can be a more-informed latex mattress shopper that is less prone to manipulation or getting something different than you thought you were getting. Hopefully you have learned a little bit more about latex mattresses than you knew previously – and remember, knowledge is power!

The Two Best RV Mattress Types To Have Are These

It’s a beautiful time of year to make sure you have a good rv mattress in your recreational vehicle so you can be all ready to hit the road and go camping, touring, or just visiting your relatives.  The reason an rv mattress is so important is because your rv is kind of like your house.  You want all the so-called “creature-comforts” that you can get so that everything is as homey as possible.  Because you won’t be spending as many daytime hours in your rv, but more night time hours, you will want to put your replacement rv mattress as a priority.  In fact, you will be sleeping in your rv more than you are driving usually.

RV mattresses come in all shapes and rv mattress sizes, so make sure you get one that is customizable to fit the bed in your rv.  Two really great choices are memory foam rv mattresses and the latex rv mattress.  Both of these offer a whole lot of comfort and support, which is what a mattress should be designed to do in the first place, but the factory-made rv mattress that comes installed in your rv initially is not truly fit for the job.  If you think about it, it really is not a priority for the rv manufacturer, since there are so many other considerations that they put into the rv construction.

Anyway, you can’t go wrong with latex or memory foam rv mattresses, as both of these conform to the shape of your body’s curves, and if you are a “Baby Boomer” you will appreciate the fact that you won’t wake up with aches and pains because your mattress is flat.  Neither of these mattresses stay flat like a board when you sleep upon them, they follow your curvature very nicely.

When you know which rv mattress you want, go ahead and get your measurements so you can report your rv mattress sizes so it can be cut to the specs you need.  That is the great thing about it.  Even though there are so many sizes of rv mattresses, you can get the exact size that you need and nothing less.  Are you ready to hit the road now?  After you install your mattress for your rv, it’s time to get planning a road trip and hit the road for some vacationing!

Are There Any Downsides or Disadvantages to a Latex Mattress?

There are some downsides to owning a latex mattress. But it kind of all boils down to how you look at it and your point of view. One downside is that you might end up sleeping longer and your spouse could end up thinking that you are lazy. You’ll love how the latex mattress feels so much so that you might catch yourself sleeping in on the weekends and not getting to the honey-do lists fast enough.

Another disadvantage of the latex mattress is that you might spend more on it than you would a mattress that will only last you a couple of years, but the tradeoff here is that you would have to buy several cheap mattresses in order to last you the 20 plus years that a latex mattress will last you. So how much money will you really be putting out in the long run? Maybe latex mattresses ARE less expensive.

A downside to the latex mattress is that you may not awaken as easily to noises. Because you get in a deeper sleep with the latex foam mattress, you won’t wake up to sounds like you used to. Just make sure you have a good home security system because you want to sleep more deeply and not let your spouse’s snoring waken you anyway.

If you can call it a downside, you won’t have aches and pains in the morning to help you realize you are still human. You’ll feel dynamite and energetic, instead of enjoying your morning coffee that you usually need to get your motor started. Besides, your spouse seems to always remind you of your humanness anyway.

A latex mattress can cause you to take more naps. Not because you are tired, but because you feel so comfortable on it, that you want to curl up with a book and read, but then you drift off into dreamland unexpectedly. Then you forget that you were supposed to be watching the kids and they destroy the house.

Latex mattresses can make you want to spend more money than you have and get into debt. Because you recognize the quality of a latex mattress and how good it makes you feel, your mindset will be changed to where you go into transactions thinking of quality first and foremost instead of cost. This may cause you to buy things that last much longer and are really worthwhile. Oh no, all of this because of one awesome latex mattress.

Plushbeds Reviews

It has come to our attention recently that it may be a good idea to point out to our readers of this blog some Plushbeds reviews — not necessarily to toot our own horn, but to be helpful in guiding people by examples of what other customers have considered as priorities in their latex mattress buying decisions.  Instead of posting the Plushbeds reviews here, it may be more helpful to just link to some of the reviews.

Plushbeds has sold thousands of latex mattresses and has many happy customers. Oftentimes, in the absence of anything negative, people may not take the time to write a review of a product or item that they have purchased. But, we are thankful to those that have taken the time to review Plushbeds mattresses and anything else about the company that they feel appropriate to share. We very much appreciate all of our interactions with our valued customers, and hope that you feel important as we converse with you and help you to find just the mattress that fits your needs and wants.

When someone is shopping for an item that is a bigger expense and that is not something trivial to them, it is natural and expected that they would want to know the experiences of others who have traveled the path before them and find out what they think. In the absence of advice from friends or family, we are starting to realize more and more why someone searching for one of our mattresses would want to readily find on the internet some Plushbeds reviews. So here you go! We are happy to report that most of our reviews, though very diverse and from different perspectives, have been overall very good, but go ahead and judge for yourselves.

We’ll hopefully be querying our past customers soon and having a more centralized location for you to read some of the plushbeds reviews so that it won’t be necessary to go to each of the review sites individually and do a search. We are repenting of the “no news is good news” approach that we have taken in the past, and wanting to give those of you who have had a more difficult time in finding reviews of Plushbeds an easier time without having to go through too much effort.

Thanks to all of you who have taken time to write reviews on Plushbeds! Of course we take pride in the quality of our latex mattresses, sofa mattresses, memory foam mattresses, and our rv mattresses, but we also want you to know that we pride ourselves on making sure we give good customer service. Thanks again, and we hope to do business with you again in the near future.