Most people have never considered buying a mattress or a rug on the Internet. However, there are many benefits of buying these items online – given that you follow some simple tips.
Before we share with you these tips, below are the most important benefits of buying mattresses and rugs online:
1. Lower prices
Online shopping is much cheaper than traditional stores. Many traditional stores are extremely overpriced.
2. Wider selection
Most online stores offer a much wider selection of products than brick and mortar stores. You can browse through thousands of rugs or mattresses and find the product you like the most in a matter of minutes.
How to Buy Mattresses and Rugs Online?
If you want to buy a mattress or a rug online, you should follow some simple tips. Here they are:
1. Always check a mattress in a local store first
You should never buy a mattress without trying it first. You should lay down on it and find out if it’s comfortable. Only then you can make an online purchase (if the product you want to buy is available online). As for rugs, you don’t necessarily have to see them, but you should only buy from stores that let you return a rug for free if it doesn’t fit your room.
2. Buy from well-known stores
There are hundreds of stores with furniture. However, only several of them offer really great prices and customer support. If you don’t know how to find reputable online stores, just stick to stores that you know such as Amazon.com, Home Depot, Costco, etc.
3. Check shipping costs
While online stores are generally cheaper than traditional stores, you need to check shipping costs. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to order a rug or a mattress online because with shipping costs the price is higher than in your local store without any delivery costs.
Check the video below for some great tips about buying a new mattress:
We’re back with another post from our series “Before Buying a Mattress”. Today we want to discuss additional aspects of buying mattress.
1. Does it make sense to buy a mattress online?
Buying a mattress online is a great way to save money. Traditional stores have higher maintenance costs, and consequently they have to offer higher prices than online stores that don’t have so many costs. However, before you buy a mattress online, you should still try several different mattresses at your local store and only then look for them online.
2. How much does a good mattress cost?
If you want to buy a high-quality queen size mattress, $1000-1500 is an average price for a good mattress. Very high-quality mattresses can cost up to $5000. While it may seem that a new high-quality mattress is very expensive, you need to keep in mind that you buy a mattress that is going to last you 10 to 20 years (in case of $5000 mattresses). That’s why you shouldn’t buy the cheapest mattress available.
3. Should I get a firm or a soft mattress?
It all depends on your preferences. Overweight people and people with back pains should get more firmness while people who have muscle pain should invest in a soft mattress that will reduce pressure and alleviate pain. Please keep in mind that there are many factors that influence how comfortable it is to sleep on a given mattress, so your best bet is to just try different mattresses – no matter if they are firm or soft, check both.
4. Which mattress material is the best?
Most people find natural latex the most sleep-friendly material. It virtually eliminates motion transfer which means that if you sleep with your partner, you won’t feel his movements. Latex mattresses are also very durable and thanks to the air circulating naturally through natural latex such mattresses create a cool sleeping surface.
Below are some of the most common questions asked about mattresses.
1. When should I buy a new mattress?
The easiest way to find out if you should buy a new mattress is if you wake up tired and/or with back ache. If you bought your mattress 8 to 10 years ago, it’s high time to replace it. Besides for some very expensive mattresses, most mattress will lose support and comfort after 8 years max. If you mattress has obvious signs of wear such as sagging, body imprinting or fraying seams, you should definitely replace it.
2. How to choose the best mattress?
The only way to choose the best mattress for you is to try and compare different mattresses. That’s why although buying mattresses online is a great way to save money, you have to first visit a regular store and lie down on the mattresses they offer. A good mattress has to support your back and midsection. It also has to be comfortable from the start – if it’s uncomfortable at the store, it will be uncomfortable at your home as well. Don’t forget about proper size. If you sleep with a partner, you need a king size bed for ample room. Last but not least, always look for the highest-quality mattress first and consider the price later. A new mattress may cost you $1000-1500, but you’ll use it for the next 10 years, so it’s actually very cheap in the long-term. And it’s an investment in your health and wellbeing.
3. Should I buy a memory foam mattress?
Memory foam mattress has been getting more and more popular in the last few years. There are many reasons why it’s getting popular, and many of them are true. Memory foam mattresses can be very comfortable, but they aren’t good for people who need firm support so if you like firm mattresses, invest in something else.
To be continued in part 2.
There are several things you need to take into consideration if you want to buy a mattress online. Follow our advice to get the best mattress for the lowest price possible!
1. Trial period
First and foremost, you absolutely have to make sure that there’s a trial period. You need from 4 to 6 weeks to get used to the new bed, and if it’s still uncomfortable after 4-6 weeks, it will be uncomfortable long-term. However, before you even buy a new mattress or a bed, you should first try it in a local store. No matter how great prices online stores have, you have to visit a physical store first and make sure that the bed or mattress that you want to buy is comfortable for you. If you aren’t comfortable in the store, you won’t be comfortable at home.
2. Avoid synthetic fibers if you get hot at night
If you or your partner get hot during the night, you need to buy a natural fiber such as wool or silk. Polyester or memory foam mattresses will make you feel very hot so avoid them if you get hot even in a natural fiber mattress.
3. Don’t buy cheap
Good mattresses and beds are expensive, just like guess watches. You want to buy something that will easily last 5-10 years (the best mattresses will still be comfortable 10 years from now), not something that will not only result in uncomfortable sleep, but will also negatively affect your health in the long term (back pain, muscle pain, fatigue, etc. – these are all a potential result of an uncomfortable mattress). Keep in mind that an average person usually spends at least 6-8 hours a day in bed, so it only makes sense to buy the best bed you can afford. You get what you pay for if you buy a very cheap mattress, unless it’s on sale.
Additional tips below.
If you want to buy a rug online, you should make a list of your needs. Do you want durable rugs for the living room? Or maybe it doesn’t have to be that durable but it has to be lime green and shiny? Will you place it underneath furniture or will it be on its own? Will you use it in a high traffic or a low traffic area? There are different types of rugs and materials used to manufacture them. Today we want to explore the world of materials used in rugs.
Most common materials used in rugs are:
- manmade fibers
- grass fibers
If you need a soft and durable rug, buy a wool rug. Please keep in mind that it’s prone to color fading so if decorative features are very important for you, wool isn’t for you.
If you want to buy a very beautiful and expensive rug, buy a silk rug. If you can’t afford a rug that’s made exclusively from silk (they are very expensive), buy a blend. Even a small addition of silk will make a rug softer and will give it a distinctive sheen.
Cotton rugs are great for people who want to buy something easy to clean and cheap. Cotton wears quickly and attracts dust easily, but it’s very easy to clean and is biodegradable.
You can buy a synthetic rug. Manmade fibers such as nylon, polypropylene or acrylic are great for high traffic areas. They are very strong and stain-resistant. The only drawback is that they crush easily under heavy furniture.
Last but not least, you can also buy a rug made from grass fibers, e.g. jute or sissal. Rugs made from these materials are extremely strong and durable, and are environmentally friendly. Unfortunately, they’re quite prone to stains and have a coarse feel.
If you want to buy rugs or mattresses online, you should know some general online shopping tips that will help you find the best products for the best prices. Below are some of our best tips for online shopping.
1. Buy from reputable companies
The reasons for buying from reputable companies are twofold: first, they usually offer the best deals, and second, there’s no risk that someone will rip you off or steal your credit card info. Buying in online stores such as Amazon.com, eBay, Macy’s, Target, Walmart or Home Depot is very safe, and they have a huge selection of products.
2. Read online reviews
If you want to buy a rug or a mattress from an online store you don’t know about, use Google to check online reviews. Some stores may not be very well-known, yet offer incredible deals. Sometimes these deals are true, sometimes you’ll buy a low-quality product. That’s why it’s so important to read online reviews to make sure that you’re dealing with a trustworthy company.
3. Use comparison shop websites
There are dozens of comparison shop websites that will help you find the product you’re looking for for the lowest price. You can use Google Product Search, Bizrate, PriceGrabber or NexTag. Thanks to these websites, you can search for products, sort them by price, brand, features, etc. and buy the product you were looking for from the store that has the best price.
4. Read fine print
Make sure that you know much you’ll have to pay for a mattress or a rug you want to buy online. Some online stores offer free delivery while other stores can charge you quite a lot for delivery, especially if you want to buy something as big as a mattress or a rug. Always read fine print. Don’t forget to read about product return policies!
In our last blog post we shared with you some basic information about online shopping for rugs. Today we want to continue with this topic.
Why Buy a Rug Part 2
Two first uses for shaggy rugs are decoration and soundproofing. There are two more uses for rugs:
A rug adds additional cushioning to the floor. Soft floors are very important in households with small children who frequently slip and fall. Even if you don’t have children, it still makes sense to buy a rug for additional softness. It’s much more pleasant to walk on a soft floor than hard wood.
Rugs can help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. It’s because they provide additional insulation. Hard flooring will never be as warm as a rug-covered floor in the winter so if you live in a place with harsh winters, a good thick rug is a must.
Where to Buy a Rug Online?
There are hundreds of online stores with rugs in the United States alone. No matter in which country you live, you’ll surely find at least several good online stores with rugs. For people who live in the United States, your best bet for a cheap rug is Amazon.com. Thousands of companies sell their products there and you’ll surely find some beautiful and cheap rugs.
If you’re looking for something more exotic/luxurious, just use Google to find relevant online stores. Some online stores only specialize in luxurious high-quality carpets while other stores sell only exotic imported rugs.
If you want to buy an antique rug, you can consider buying it on eBay.com. Just head to Home & Garden section, then the Rugs & Carpets subsection and you’ll see a list of all rugs available on eBay. Many people sell their old rugs there – sometimes beautiful old rugs found in the attic.
Buying rugs online can help you save a lot of money. Online stores with rugs usually have hundreds of different patters and types of rugs that you won’t find in a brick and mortar store. However, before you buy a carpet online, you should know a few basic facts about them.
Types of Rugs
First and foremost, before you buy a rug online you need to understand that there are different types of rugs.
The most common type of rug is a tufted rug which is the cheapest rug to produce and therefore if you need the cheapest rug, you will probably have to buy a tufted rug.
Another type of rug is a woven rug. If you need a beautiful rug (and can afford it), a woven rug will be a good choice. Woven rugs are manufactured using the oldest known rug making technique.
If you want to buy rugs for your office, you should consider buying a needle felted rug. Such carpets are very durable, but they’re also very expensive. This type of rug is one of the newest types of rugs (it was invented only 30 years ago). So far needle felted rugs are used mostly in high traffic areas such as hotels, not at homes.
Other types of rugs include knotted rugs, hooked rugs, flat weave rugs and embroidered rugs.
Why Buy a Rug?
Before you buy a rug, you should know where you want to place it. There are many uses of rugs such as:
If you want to buy a rug for decorative purposes, its durability won’t be that important for you. Exotic rugs, antique rugs or designer rugs – there are thousands of rugs available online and you’ll surely find a rug you like.
Another use for rugs is soundproofing. If you want to reduce noise at your home, buy thick rugs.
To be continued in part 2…
There are many types of mattresses and mattress topper available online. You can buy a innerspring mattress, a memory foam mattress, a latex mattress, and an air mattress.
The most common innerspring mattress are available in a wide range of prices. These mattresses vary in firmness, fluffiness, and the number of coils. Please keep in mind that if you buy the cheapest innerspring mattress available, you’ll probably wake up with an aching back. If you’re overweight, get a firm spring mattress that will make it easier to get in and out. Firm mattresses are also good for people with back pain who need more support.
If you have money to buy an expensive mattress, you should definitely invest in a memory foam mattress that provides the most comfort. Memory foam mattresses will surely get cheaper with time, but for now they are reserved mostly for people who have more money to spend on bedding. Memory foam mattresses relieve pain and reduce pressure points. They are great for people who have some type of muscle pain.
If you desperately want to get a memory foam mattress but can’t afford it, you can consider buying a mattress topper which will give you a similar feeling for a much lower price.
Please keep in mind that memory foam mattresses can make you feel extremely hot during the night. Some mattresses also don’t smell very good.
Latex mattresses provide a very firm support. If you’re used to a firm mattress, a latex mattress may be for you. There are mattresses produced from natural latex, synthetic latex and a mix of natural and synthetic latex. Experts say that latex mattresses provide similar comfort to memory foam mattresses so if you can’t afford a memory foam mattress, consider a latex mattress.
Forget about sleeping in a sofa bed and get a quality mattress to improve the quality of your sleep.