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Remake Your Bed with the Right Mattress Topper

BY: MADDIE FREEMAN | 8.31.2016 |

Down Mattress Topper

Lots of people have difficulty sleeping through the night because of physical discomfort—their bed might be too lumpy, or too hot, or firm where it should be plush. Mattress toppers and pads can help: they solve comfort issues at a fraction of the cost of a new mattress. They also protect your mattress, adding years to its functional life. So if you’re looking to take the plunge into a cozy night's sleep, start by asking yourself: which of the following is most important to you?


Feather Bed

Down Feather Bed

If cloud-like comfort matters most to you, consider this the crème de la crème of mattress toppers. A feather bed cushions your body with several inches of soft down that you can feel yourself sinking into as you drift off to dreamland. If dust allergies require you to wash your bedding more frequently, feather beds can also be stuffed with a down-alternative fill that’s easier to clean.

A Custom Fit

Memory Foam

Memory Foam Mattress Topper

Memory foam mattress toppers conform to the body, even when two people are sleeping side-by-side. So if you and your partner can’t come to an agreement on a new mattress, a memory foam topper may broker a peace. It relieves pressure points and supports spinal alignment individually, so you or your partner both get support where you need it most. If temperature control is also important to you, consider upgrading to gel memory foam, which adjusts to your body temperature and channels away excess heat.

Temperature Control

Natural-Fiber Mattress Pad

Cotton Mattress Pad

Look for a mattress pad made of cotton—the thin, breathable natural fibers help improve airflow, so you aren’t drenched in sweat by sunrise. Along with being a breeze to wash, natural fabrics also extend the life of your mattress by protecting against common allergens such as dust mites. What’s more, thin padding boosts comfort, even if you’re already happy with the firmness of your bed.

Protection Against Bedbugs

Mattress Protector

Zip-Up Mattress Protector

A mattress protector that zips around the entire mattress will keep your bed clean, dry, and safe from bedbugs. In short, it's the best level of protection you can give your mattress. And since they’re machine-washable, caring for them is a snap.

Protection Against Spills and Stains

Waterproof Mattress Pad

Waterproof Mattress Pad

If you’re fond of snacking in bed, drinking wine in bed, or even cooking an elaborate paella in bed, a waterproof mattress pad makes sure you leave no forensic evidence behind, keeping your mattress clean and odor-free. If you’re a parent, consider this a must for your children.

Don’t Forget to Measure Mattress Depth

Mattress Corner

When shopping for a mattress topper, make sure your sheets are deep enough to cover the mattress and the topper together. For mattress pads and protectors, measure the depth of your mattress to ensure a good fit that doesn’t strain the zipper or straps.


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