With the right combination of cushioning and firmness, a memory foam bed really is the sleeping material of the future. Once you give one a try, you’ll quickly understand why and find it tough to return to a traditional mattress again. For one thing, no matter what kind of condition a traditional box-spring or feather mattress is when you first purchase it, it will inevitably wear down on you, creating an uneven sleeping surface that will leave your back, neck, and hips drooping into awkward positions. Given enough time, you’ll either wake up in agony or just lose sleep gradually over time.
You can’t put a price on a good night’s sleep, but you shouldn’t go broke chasing one either.
Memory foam reacts to your body’s heat, which molds the foam around you. Memory foam typically feels firm to the touch, but it softens up when you put weight on it. When you remove the body heat, the foam retains its shape and firmness. A queen memory foam mattress can last much longer than a traditional mattress, and there are none of the lumpy side effects that come with extended wear. Plus, in addition to coming in a wide variety of densities, a memory foam bed will adapt to the contours of your body from the first time you sleep on it, giving you the best night’s sleep you’ve ever had.
Many people even find that using a memory foam mattress will relieve them of their stiff backs and strained necks. Some individuals awake feeling refreshed, free of aches and pains they didn’t know they had!
The trouble is that most furniture stores start selling a queen-size memory foam mattress at the thousand dollar mark. What most people don’t know is that memory foam is just foam, and you can order it custom-cut to whatever specification you need. This is also a great way to spruce up your guest beds—you know, the ones that aren’t in great shape but don’t really get used enough to justify replacing. Or perhaps you share a bed, and your partner desires a certain density that leaves you tossing and turning. Just slide a piece of memory foam under your side of the blankets!
The key is determining which firmness you’ll need, and that could take some trial and error on your part. It’s to tell based on the density of the mattress itself. Mattresses are typically sold at a density of between three and six pounds, with varying degrees higher or lower. The lower you go, the softer the bed. You can also order two twin sheets of different densities, one for you and the other for your partner, in situations where firmness is a major factor for sleep.
Foam Factory, Inc. is Southeast Michigan’s largest supplier of foam products ranging from bedding to packaging and acoustic foam.