Mattresses (usually) last a really long time, and as my parents have been picking out mattresses for me my entire life, it was not until recently that I went and purchased a mattress for the first time. Mom’s great at maintaining mattresses (she’ll rotate or flip them around so the mattress doesn’t sag or get a depression from where I’m used to sleeping). I thought that picking out a mattress should be a piece of cake: lie down on the various beds in the showroom and pick the one that feels the comfiest and is within my budget. Right?
Not too long after purchasing the first mattress, I felt it was time to go get a replacement. (Don’t ask me about the brand of the first mattress – it may not have been the most comfortable for me, but I’m sure it’s good for other folks). And this time, I went with a local brand and decided I should find out why the showroom beds are always more comfortable. 😛
Hennsley sells premium bedding products like mattresses, pillows, bedframes, etc. It is not to be confused with Hemsley which sells bathroom accessories (I know. The names look so similar). Hennsley’s pillows and mattress protectors can be purchased online at lazada.sg and you can also check out the mattresses at Courts showrooms (Courts Megastore, Courts Toa Payoh and Courts Jurong Point), or visit the Hennsley headquarters in Ang Mo Kio.
The delivery was a little wonky. I’d chosen the 2pm to 6pm timeslot. They changed it to 12pm to 2pm, which I could still accept. Then they arrived just after 11am, and thankfully I was at home. So, here’s a heads-up for you: Be home.
3 Important Things To Note When Selecting & Purchasing A Mattress
#1: What you see or feel at the showroom is not what you’ll eventually get
You’ll be getting a brand new mattress delivered to you, versus the ‘seasoned’ one at the showroom. Previously, what I’d tried and liked at the showroom was a relatively soft mattress that many people had sat on, laid down on, maybe even bounced up and down on… for who-knows-how-long. And some customers are probably ‘heavyweights’ too. I found the showroom mattress comfortable and soft, and as I’m a side sleeper (read: I tend to sleep on my side), the mattress allowed my shoulder to sink in comfortably.
What gets delivered is an entirely firmer mattress which I’m not used to. So when I picked a new mattress from Hennsley, I chose one with a ‘Pillow Top’ and ‘7-zoned SoftTouch Pocketed Innersprings’ to ensure that it’s soft from the outset.
The arrow’s pointing at the pillow top portion, which my previous mattress did not have:
To check out Hennsley’s range of mattresses, you can click on the link below:
#2: The pillows truly make a difference
Coupled with (normal) pillows that were bundled into the first deal, I experienced a ‘stiff neck’ regularly due to poor sleeping posture.
As with the mattress, I’m not taking any chances this time, so instead of two similar pillows with the mattress, I opted for one memory foam contour pillow (with a 3-year warranty) and a latex bow-shaped pillow (with a 5-year warranty). Turns out I prefer the memory foam one better.
#3: Couples should shop for mattresses together
This is something I learnt while picking the second mattress. If a couple (especially the newly-wed) have differing preferences for a mattress, it’s good to find out early, especially since mattresses can cost anything from hundreds of dollars to tens of thousands!
In other countries, there are half-and-half beds. So one person can get the firmer half while his/her partner enjoys the softer half. I’m not sure if this is even available in Singapore, but I suppose you can always get it customized. (And if you happen to be especially tall, you can get your bed and mattress customized to your height too!)
If you don’t want to splurge on a customized bed, then the least you should do to ensure a good night’s rest for both of you is to shop for the mattress together. Lie down on the bed together then have your partner ‘toss and turn’ or get in / out of bed and you can decide if the mattress allows for all that movement without disrupting your sleep. I’ve found my Hennsley mattress fairs a lot better in this aspect.
*And no, don’t get the salesperson to do this experiment with you because your spouse is at work and can’t come shopping. To encourage you to get the pricier mattress, the salesperson might jump onto the cheaper one (you’ll definitely feel that movement if you are lying there with your eyes closed).
Take your time to select your preferred mattress, and always remember point #1. And oh… here’s a bonus point: Get the biggest bed that’ll fit your room. Big is always better when it comes to beds, unless you (and your partner) sleep like the dead. 😛
When shopping for a mattress, the advice from my pals was to “get a good one” as mattresses can last for many years (usually 10 or more) and if you get one that’s unsuitable, poor sleep quality will surely impact your quality of life. I’ve heard of people who don’t bat an eyelid at paying for a $30,000+ mattress, but Hennsley’s value-for-money promotions are more wallet-friendly. During their ‘Free Upgrade Promotion’, my mattress cost just $3,399. If you’re looking for a new mattress, do pop by the showroom and take advantage of existing promotions while they last. 🙂
Hennsley’s HQ / showroom is at 3 Ang Mo Kio Street 62, #04-16, Link@AMK, Singapore 569139. Tel: 6266 9580.