As I am 50+ and have owned several homes over the years, I’ve made an “investment” in a mattress more than once (and YES these suckers are expensive… but buying a good one is important and worth it… and not that bad economically once you factor in that you spend about 1/3 of your life asleep… cost per day / week / month / year over the lifetime of the mattress)
I’ve always been a fan of inner spring mattresses… lots of others have come along in my lifetime (water beds – adjustable – memory foam etc) but for my money the best comfort is found on an Inner Spring Mattress… and I am a BIG fan of Simmons & Sealy
The new generation mattresses are pillow tops and non-flips (so you don’t have to flip & rotate the mattress a couple of times a year)… BUT a non-flip mattress usually costs a bit more, and of course they don’t last as long, because “the wear” is always in the same spots. Something to consider.
Mattresses come in different thicknesses (depths) and firmnesses as well as sizes. You’ll want to try out the various firmnesses in the shops to see what you and your SO like.
You can buy just the mattress… or a complete bed with box spring. The box spring can match the mattress or be different… the advantage of a box spring from the same mattress manufacturer is they are a duo meant to compliment each other (sort of like buying a matched bridal set of E-Rings & W-Bands… not matching works, but maybe just not as well)
After getting your bed home… a very important part of getting the most out of it is taking care of it properly.
The Box Spring can be covered in a Bed Bug Cover (recommended) and the Mattress should have a Mattress Cover put on to protect it from stains etc. And if it is a regular mattress you should flip & turn it regularly… as well as vacuum it.
You can outfit your bed with a Bed Skirt, Feather Bed (and cover), and some nice high thread count 100% cotton linens (Sheets, Pillowcases, Duvet Covers). For coverings you have lots to choose from… Blankets, Duvets, Coverlets, Quilts etc. Not a bad idea to have several items you can mix and match, as well as change (add / subtract) seasonally.
When it comes to Pillows there is tons of choices as well… and everyone seems to have their personal preferences. You might have to try a few things to find what gives you the most comfort (a good reason to buy pillows when they are on sale… as they are usually not returnable for hygenic reasons).
And pillows should be cleaned regularly (some are washable… others say stick them in a hot dryer… noting that either extreme HOT or COLD is what kills off Bed Bugs, Dust Mites and Head Lice… the latter something that certainly goes around with school aged kids). And pillows infact don’t last that long (calendar wise). They are the quickest thing to wear-out on your bed (makes sense think how much stress your pillow undergoes nightly)… so they need to be replaced fairly often.
Your whole bed should be changed frequently… and things like Coverings should be washed / drycleaned at least once a year as a minimum (such as a Feather Duvet)
A good bed, and a great night’s sleep is one of the most wonderful luxuries you can give yourself (and your partner). Nothing says I LOVE YOU like coming home after being away and crawling into your own PERFECT BED
Hope this helps,