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Updated by Andy Weiss on Jul 23, 2015
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Checklist for Buying a Sofa Bed Mattress

Everything you have to take into consideration when buying a sofa bed mattress. Check it out and add your thoughts!

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Get the size right by taking width, length and height measurements of your sofa bed mechanism

Get the size right by taking width, length and height measurements of your sofa bed mechanism

To determine the correct size for your replacement sofa mattress, you should measure the actual metal frame, not the mattress that came with the sofa.

Choose the type and quality of the sofa bed mattress.

You might have noticed that there are many types of sofa bed mattresses: inner-spring, foam, memory foam, gel, “gel infused” memory foam, inflatable air systems and latex. While all these are great materials when used properly in the construction of an 8 inch or thicker mattress, not all might be the best choice in a 4-5 inch thick sofa bed mattress. Check out the different types of couch mattresses and their advantages/disadvantages here!

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Consider the durability of the hide-a-bed mattress

Consider the durability of the hide-a-bed mattress

Mattress covers made out of durable damask fabric and for which all the seams are sewn and reinforced with a tape edge, are usually more durable than those with a zip on, zip off cover. However, in such a case do buy at least two zip on, zip off mattress protection pads (preferably waterproof).

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"Made in the US" mattresses

"Made in the US" mattresses

U.S. mattress manufacturers adhere to the highest standards, so the best choice is to buy a US-made mattress. Also when buying withing the US, you have the possibility to customize your mattress.

Buying the sofa mattress online or offline?

Ordering the replacement mattress online offers several advantages, see here!

Buy from a retailer or manufacturer?

Buying from a manufacturer has some big advantages, which usually are not offered by retailers (like custom sizes and even lower price). Find out here how to buy direct from the manufacturer.

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Check the warranty

Check the warranty

Make sure the manufacturer stands behind the product with at least a 5 year warranty that covers the full replacement cost. A good warranty should be simply stated without the need for any fine print.

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Check for reviews

Check for reviews

Reading through the opinions of customers who’ve already bought the same type of sofa bed mattress you’re intending to purchase is very important. However, do remember that each and one of us has different needs with regards to sleeping and comfyness.

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Check the Return Policy

Check the Return Policy

Even if you can try out the hide-a-bed mattress for 5 minutes in a mattress store it doesn’t compare with sleeping on it for 7-8 hours per night. So, just in case it might not fit your needs perfectly, make sure that the company has a sound return policy in place before you buy from them.

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Check shipping details

Check shipping details

FedEx Ground, UPS and USPS Parcel Post are three carriers that meet the basic shipping requirements: timeliness, convenience and cost.
Also, the shipping costs should be clearly stated. Free shipping only means the manufacturer has added the shipping costs into the product price.

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Payment methods

Payment methods

A secure payment method is mandatory, especially if you’re buying online. If the company doesn’t use a payment method like PayPal,(which offers the highest level of security over the internet), then make sure that the online store uses SSL technologies. There will be an “https” appearing in the URL instead of “http” when entering your payment details.