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Selecting the Perfect Mattress for Students

It's that time of year again! Kids of all ages are getting ready to head back to school. Alongside the usual rush for new pencils, notebooks, and that perfect backpack, it's crucial not to forget an essential ingredient for academic success – a good night's sleep. Whether your little one is starting kindergarten, or your young adult is venturing off to college, American Home Furniture and Mattress is here to help you pick out the perfect mattress. Often overlooked mattresses can play a crucial role in ensuring they wake up refreshed and ready to face the day's challenges. So, let's dive in! 

The Right Size: 

First and foremost, measurements are key here. For young children, transitioning from a crib to a full-size bed can be a bit daunting, so it's often best to start with a toddler or twin-sized mattress. As kids grow, they'll need more space, and that's where full or queen-sized mattresses come in handy. 

For college students living in dorms, twin or twin XL mattresses are most common. But, if they're lucky enough to have a larger bed or living off-campus, a full or queen-sized mattress might be more comfortable, especially for taller or larger students. 

Tip: Check out our Mattress-in-a-Box section for those ones that are heading off!  

Firmness & Support: 

The ideal mattress should provide proper support and align with the natural curvature of the spine. For younger kids, a medium firm mattress usually works well, offering a good balance of comfort and support. Teenagers and college students might need something a bit firmer. If your child is athletic or has a larger body type, a firm mattress can provide extra support. On the other hand, if they are lighter or sleep mostly on their side, a medium to soft mattress might be more comfortable. 

Tip: Give our Mattress Center a look, you can search through our Mattress through Firmness, cool touch, hybrid, and more!  

Material & Quality: 

Whether it's memory foam, latex, innerspring, or hybrid, the material of the mattress can greatly influence its comfort and lifespan.  

Memory foam mattresses can be great for college students as they offer excellent pressure relief and contour to the body's shape, providing personalized comfort. However, they tend to sleep hot, which might be a concern in warm climates or for hot sleepers. 

Innerspring mattresses offer good support and are often more affordable, a key consideration for cash-strapped college students. They also tend to be cooler than memory foam. 

Hybrid mattresses combine the benefits of innerspring and foam or latex mattresses, providing both comfort and support. They can be a good option for all age groups but tend to be more expensive. 

Tip: American Home Furniture and Mattress has a mattress center and specialist at any of our locations and they are always more than happy to help! 


Last, but certainly not least, is the budget. Mattresses can range significantly in price, and higher cost doesn’t always mean better quality. Do your research, compare prices, and read reviews. Keep an eye out for back-to-school sales or discounts that many retailers offer. 

Tip: For a quality mattress for a good price, check out our Sealy Mattress selection! 

Selecting the perfect mattress can seem overwhelming, but remember, the goal is to ensure your child gets a restful, rejuvenating night's sleep to succeed in school. So, take your time, do your research, and you’ll find the perfect mattress for your little one or you’re not-so-little one! 

Remember, investing in a good mattress isn't just about comfort; it's about setting your child up for success in the classroom and beyond. After all, the path to a great education starts with a good night's sleep! Happy mattress shopping! 

Tip: Need some more help? Check out our How To Choose A Mattress blog!  

Until Next Time,

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