How to buy a new mattress during a pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world as we knew it overnight. It has been a difficult and scary time for the majority of us, but this doesn’t mean that our basic needs should not be met, such as sleep. Getting the right amount of high-quality sleep is essential during the pandemic, as it has the ability to support our mental and physical health. Sleep will ensure that we function in the correct way, will reduce levels of stress and anxiety and support our immune system, which is very important during this worrying time. Your mattress will play a big part in your ability to get a good night’s rest. If you feel like your sleep is being compromised, you are waking up sore, or you know your old mattress needs replacing, then you may be wondering if you can buy a new one during the pandemic. Fortunately, the answer is yes, and here is how you should go about it. 

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Do Your Mattress Research

Doing your research into mattress types is essential before you purchase one. There are many types out there and each one offers different levels of support. The best mattress will depend on your age, weight, height, sleeping status, bed size, health conditions, temperature, current quality of sleep, and your own personal preference. For example, if you suffer from a medical condition that causes body aches, then you should consider a memory foam mattress from Mattress Next Day. Here, they are still delivering as normal and they offer plenty of information on suitable mattress types.

Find a Reliable Website

Mattress stores will be closed due to the pandemic, so finding a reliable website is important when it comes to purchasing a mattress. The website should offer you information on their business and things they are doing to combat the virus and ensure the safety of their customers and employees. During the pandemic, many online businesses will be experiencing delays when it comes to delivering their products and they should make their customers aware of this. There should also be plenty of methods on how to contact the business, such as an email address, contact number or live chat.

Look for a Trial

Many people choose to test a new mattress in-store before they purchase it. During the pandemic, mattress stores will be closed, which means you won’t be able to try before you buy. Fortunately, some mattress companies allow their customers a trial period for a certain amount of time. This allows you to see if your choice was right for you. If it isn’t suitable, then someone will pick up the mattress and you will get a refund. Some trials will require you to sleep on the mattress for a number of nights before you return it, as this will give you time to adjust and see if the mattress actually works for you.

Wash Your Sheets More

Your mattress choice will be made through research rather than a physical test. If you have purchased a mattress with a trial period or you are unsure of your choice and think you may end up returning it, then you should practice good hygiene when using the mattress. This will reduce the risk of spreading the virus to the delivery company and the mattress business when your item is returned. Ways you can practice extra safe hygiene include washing and changing your sheets more often, sleeping with clean underwear or pyjamas on, cleaning the mattress and having a shower before you go to bed.

Social Distance During Delivery

Most delivery companies will work alongside e-commerce businesses to ensure safe, contact-free delivery of their products to their customers during the pandemic. You should understand and respect these rules and abide by them when your mattress is delivered to your home. Mattresses are heavy, bulky items. If you need the delivery drivers to put the mattress upstairs for you, you should ensure that your home has been thoroughly cleaned before their arrival. Additionally, you and the delivery people should wear masks and gloves and you should keep your distance from them.

Return a Mattress with Caution

Due to the pandemic, you won’t be able to ask questions and sit on different mattress types in a store, so you have to take things into your own hands by reading information and reviews, watching videos, etc. Unfortunately, research doesn’t always pay off and what you thought was the right choice may not work for you. This means that you will have to return your mattress. You should thoroughly read and understand the returns policy before you return a mattress. Your mattress can carry the virus, so before someone comes to collect it, you should avoid sleeping on it for 2 days.

Purchasing a mattress during the pandemic can be a bit more stressful and complicated compared to normal. However, once you understand and follow the rules, then you are more likely to be successful with your purchase.

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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