There are various reasons to limit what you spend on a new mattress. If the mattress is for a child or a guest room, then your requirements will be different from a long term purchase for yourself.

Say, for example, you wish to purchase a kid’s single mattress to last for a short time till your child has out-grown it or wrecks it and is ready for a more permanent one. As long as it is supportive for the period you need it, that is fine. Similarly, you may need a guest bed that will only be slept on occasionally and by different people; a reasonably priced supportive mattress should be sufficient.

Let’s assume you are shopping for yourself. So, do you want the cheapest in the shop because you “can sleep on anything” or the most expensive because “you just want to make sure you get the best?” Or do you just want the best value for money?

There are many articles written about the overall health benefits of getting a good night’s sleep and the problems associated with poor sleeping habits, so we’ll assume you want a bed that allows you a comfortable and healthy night’s rest. We all want value for money but, in order to determine the best value, you would have to take into account how long the bed will last while still maintaining a high standard of comfort and support; and of course how much you’ll have to pay to purchase it.

We all have to work within our budget and the life of the mattress can vary depending upon its quality and the treatment it receives. The table below simply demonstrates that the lowest amount of money is not always the cheapest. For instance, a $250 mattress that lasts a year costs 68 cents per night while a $2000 one that lasts 10 years costs only 55 cents per night. Use the table below as a guide to the real cost. However, you need to remember that it is not simply the number of nights you sleep on the mattress; more importantly, it is the quality of the sleep you get and how refreshed you wake up ready for the day ahead.

A good retailer will assist you in determining your needs in terms of your comfort requirements and the support you can expect. But remember, you will get what you pay for so you should look for a mattress of a standard that meets these requirements and is available at the best price you can achieve. So watch out for special promotions and sales and buy as best you can afford for you are likely to spend about one-third of each day in it, and you want to be fresh for the day ahead.