Mattress Guide | Choosing the Most Comfortable Mattress

Recently I began shopping for a king sized mattress and pillows for my new bed and comfort was at the top of my list. When purchasing my last mattress, I was much younger and price was my deciding factor, yet after years of sore muscles and restless sleep, I decided to research the comfort factors and other mattress benefits available in the market. In this post, I will share my mattress buying guide, as well as the super unique mattress I decided to go with!

While all reviews are my own, this post is sponsored by The Futon Shop.


Mattress Buying Guide

  • Understand Mattress Firmness.
    • Soft: A soft mattress will fall anywhere between a 3 and 5 out of 10 on the firmness. A soft mattress will have a significant amount of hug and sinkage, usually the sinkage will dip down between 1.5 – 3 inches.
    • Medium: A medium mattress is about a 6 – 7 out of 10 for firmness. This is the comfort level that I fall in. I prefer soft but need medium to reduce soreness.
    • Firm: A firm mattress is about a 8 – 10 out of 10.(Ask your sales associate to show you each level of firmness and lie down them to decide which level you are most comfortable with.)
  • Understand Mattress Size. 
    Yes there are two different types of king sized beds. Know which best fits your frame before purchasing.

    Sizes Dimensions (in) Dimensions (cm)
    Full 54” X 75” 134.5cm X 190.5cm
    Queen 60” X 80” 152.5cm X 203.5cm
    King 76” X 80” 193cm X 203.5cm
    Cal King 72” X 84” 183cm X 213.5cm
  • Check Return Policies.
    Make sure the store offers a full refund or credit toward another mattress should the one you purchase not work out for you.
  • Ask About Deals.
    Yes, you can often haggle mattress pricing or at least take advantage of deals should you purchase the pillows that go with your new bed.
  • Buying a Box Spring is NOT Necessary
    As the mattress industry has evolved, box springs began to become incorporated into the mattress itself, making a box spring a non-essential component in a mattress line unless you just need a platform to raise the mattress up higher.
  • Understand the Warranty. 

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I Chose The Futon Shop….

A new mattresses take about 1-2 weeks for your body to adjust to making the buying process tricky. Choosing the wrong mattress can negatively impact your sleep and your health. It is not uncommon for the first few nights with a new mattress to wake up sore or have an uncomfortable sleep, however should the comfort not settle in, returning my product for one that better suited me was essential in my decision. I loved that The Futon Shop offers a comfort guarantee.


Since we sleep on our mattress every night, a chemical free natural mattress was of great importance to me. I am sure no one really thinks about it, but these chemicals can enter our body through our skin! I fell in love with the CocoMat Chemical Free Mattress with the Serenity Plus Mattress Topper over at The Futon Shop!
The CocoMat Chemical Free Coconut Mattress is made with a 6 inch core of OEKO-TEX 100 Certified Coconut Coir and 4 inches of Organic Dunlop Latex. This is then wrapped with all natural chemical free wool. This combination provides optimum support while staying completely chemical free. Built to last a lifetime with regular use. Not only is the Dunlop Latex Organic, but you can customize your sleep with different levels of firmness from soft to firm. Create your own customized sleep experience. Sleep on the CocoMat Coconut Futon Mattress and sleep naturally at a factory direct price! Hypoallergenic, dust mite and mildew resistant as well as 100% Chemical Flame Retardant Free, there is no better option for natural comfort. Sleep Naturally, Sleep Better.” – The Futon Shop

The Serenity Plus Natural Latex Mattress Topper features a 1 inch core of All Natural Dunlop latex, then topped with Natural Wool and Organic Cotton. This topper is not only chemical free but also completely fire safe thanks to the natural flame repellent wool wrapping. The hypoallergenic, dust mite resistant, and bacteria resistant properties of wool and latex make the Serenity Plus topper as the best value Natural Latex Mattress Topper you will find online and is a great choice for anyone looking to customize the support and softness of their bed while adding years of life to a mattress.”


I decided to complete my bedding with a couple of Organic Cotton Bed Pillows. From the stuffing to the casing, these pillows are made from GOTS Certified organic cotton. I love that you can choose the firmness and size of your pillow to match your comfort level. All pillows are also hand stitched! The craftsmanship is impeccable! To protect my new pillows I added the Barrier Fabric Bed Pillow Protectors.

Talk about an amazingly comfortable bed! Are you in search for the perfect bedding?
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Hi! I'm Alexandra

I am an entrepreneur, author, and mom of 3 from Memphis, Tennessee. I fill my days pursuing the dream of being my own boss as a full time influencer and sensory marketing specialist while spending my evenings playing superheros, helping with homework, making dinner, and tucking in my littles.

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