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Easy 7 step guide to buying a mattress

You live in a time where there’s plenty of things that make you lose sleep. Whether it’s that Instagram feed on your phone that scrolls to infinity or your to-do list for the morning after, stresses at work playing on your mind or the constant worry about your child’s progress at school, that nagging preoccupation that tax season is around the corner, or the excitement about that holiday with your significant other.

Only the right mattress will ensure that no matter what, nothing keeps you up at night.

What is the “right” mattress, anyway? And with all the choice out there, how will you know what’s right for you? With a mindboggling array of options to consider, one of the most common mistakes to occur when purchasing a mattress is to blindly choose one on the basis of it’s construction materials alone. The truth is, what’s inside a mattress, ie: the construction material, is merely an enabler of a specific set of benefits. Every mattress, depending on what it’s constructed with and how, will offer a different range of properties and benefits.

A good quality mattress combines research, development and technology to best use these materials in a scientific way, backed by experts and sleep scientists, to offer specific benefits. Each of these mattresses is then put through a rigorous round of testing to ensure that these benefits are indeed met. So it is important that your pick a mattress not based on what’s in it, but based on how it meets your needs.

If that sounds confusing, don’t worry. This 7-step guide below will help you navigate the types of mattresses and purchase the right one for you.

First things first: there’s no single ideal or best mattress. What’s good for someone else may not be good for you, and vice versa. Every mattress packages a different set of benefits for different needs, or addresses a different pain-point.
What are you looking for in your new mattress? Do you prefer a soft mattress? Or are you more comfortable with a firm mattress? Do you have any aches and pains? Does your mattress need to cater to any other health or physical concerns? Do you tend to sweat a lot in your sleep? What is your budget? Our mattress selector can also help you make a more informed decision.

The market is abundant with mattresses of a range of materials. These differ in their internal composition and construction, which provides differing benefits for different needs, sleeping styles and conditions.

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Spring mattress: made up of individually pocketed springs that minimize motion transfer across the mattress, making this a good choice if you, or the person you share a bed with, are a restless sleeper.
Rubberised coir mattress: treated with latex solutions for a dense and firm support base that retains shape for years and provides optimum spine alignment and back support.
Foam mattress: a wide range of support levels, depending on the density and combination of foam used, and can range from ultra-plush to extra-firm to suit a range of requirement, needs and sleeping conditions and styles.
Latex Mattress: being 100% natural, is a good choice for infants, pregnant women or seniors, or anyone else with sensitive to other materials, and does a great job with maintaining body alignment and providing ample support. This is a great choice for anyone who prefers making sustainable and eco-friendly choices as it is 100% biodegradable.

The most crucial aspect of the mattress is how it supports or holds your body through a night’s sleep. This depends entirely on the internal construction, the materials used and how they work together to provide support. This also affects how hard/firm or plush/soft the mattress feels. The entire spectrum of firmness to plushness has a range of possibilities and benefits. The right mattress for you is ultimately a matter of personal preference and requirement.

Chronic back pains: you can choose a mattress that is certified by a medical body, endorsed by orthopedists or has specialised orthopaedic support built in to provide the enhanced support and relief that you might require.
Mild back pains: a mattress with basic 3-zoned support features – either 3-zoned foam or 3- zoned pocket springs, etc. – will do the trick.
If you do not suffer from any specific pain points, consider the firmness you prefer. The firmest mattresses are coir, followed by spring mattress if you like a little bounce and resilience, and latex and memory foam if you prefer a more luxurious and soft, plush kind of support.
Another point to consider is your body weight: heavier bodies would do well to avoid very plush mattresses, whereas those who weigh less should avoid very firm mattress.

The internal mechanics of every mattress come encased in layer/s of various material that provide an added element of comfort to your sleeping experience. This would include any layers that insulate the inner support layer, the upholstery or any other added materials that encase the mattress, thereby also affecting the height of the mattress. Making a choice depends on whether you want a smooth or textured feel, a rugged or soft feel.

If you are a hot sleeper who experiences discomfort from the heat and sweating a lot, choose a mattress which has an in-built cooling technology or one that is made of a naturally ventilated material such as coir or pin-core latex.
For those sensitive to material or other allergies, mattresses made of natural material such as latex preferably with a cotton fabric, provide a chemical-free and breathable option. These are especially recommended for young kids, pregnant women or senior citizens.
Before you purchase a mattress, it’s critical that you measure your cot, so you can pick a mattress that fits it perfectly.

How you sleep, who you share your bed with and how much you weigh also determines what kind of mattress is right for you.

Side sleepers would do well to choose a mattress that lies between soft to semi-firm, but be sure to avoid an overly firm mattress entirely. A good choice is usually on the softer side, such as memory foam or latex, as these provide sufficient comfort by taking the shape of the contours of the body but also provides support to stress points around shoulders and hips, most commonly felt in this sleeping style.
Back sleepers can choose any firmness, but usually tend to prefer a slightly firmer (more than side sleepers) support and comfort level as it is the position with a large surface area of the body requiring support. A mattress ranging midway between semi and very firm will provide ample spine alignment
Stomach sleepers require a mattress that is not too soft – for it will sag and cause discomfort in the torso – or too firm – for it will have no give or push back to support the body. In a super soft mattress, the middle section could sag much faster, causing misalignment of the spine, pain and discomfort. It’s good to get a healthy balance between plus and firm.
If you tend to toss and turn a lot, or your child or partner do, avoid a very firm mattress to ensure a smooth roll-over. Consider a spring mattress that will contain motion and keep it from travelling across the mattress, for undisturbed sleep.
For those battling chronic aches and pains, or have an excessively active lifestyle in sport, an orthopedic mattress provides therapeutic properties.

Where you live and how you use your mattress also matters. Primarily, consider the weather as it affects not just the quality of your sleep but the life of your mattress too. If you live in a hot and humid place, you’ll want a mattress that’s airy and breathable like spring or coir. For colder places, you’ll want an outer layer that can provide warmth maybe.

Generally speaking, a good mattress that will serve you well and for a good amount of time will not be really cheap. But think of it as an investment towards having a healthier quality of sleep. Which is why it is worth spending not just money, but also time to understand what kind of mattress you need and why, so you make the best possible choice for yourself.

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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CURTAINS AND DRAPES

What is the difference between curtains and drapes?

A person shopping for window coverings may wonder whether to buy curtains or drapes. There are a few differences between curtains and drapes for shoppers to keep in mind. The following reveals some features of each window covering.

The Differences Between Curtains and Drapes

  1. Drapes are a more formal window covering than a set of curtains, that’s it.
  2. Drapes tend to be made of Heavier Fabric than a set of curtains.
  3. Curtains are seen on windows in many different places such as Offices, Dormitory Rooms,
    Restaurants, and Homes especially on Small Windows & Rental Places. Just something to cover
    up temporarily.
  4. Drapes are seen in more Formal rooms such as Living Area, Dining Room, Master Bed
    Room areas in an Elegant Home or High-End Restaurants and Hotels.
  5. Drapes are usually longer than the standard set of curtains.
  6. People sometimes use heavy drapes to keep the Hot / Cold Air from entering the home through
    a window.
  7. Curtains are easily taken down and put up while drapes require more effort because of their
    length and thickness of the fabric. 
  8. In many cases, Drapes must be taken to the dry cleaner for regular cleaning because of their
    special fabric.
  9. Curtains can often be washed at home in the delicate cycle of a washing machine.
  10. Drapes are often operated by a drawstring on one side of a window.
  11. Oftentimes, curtains are opened and closed by gently pulling the fabric.
  12. Depending on the fabric, drapes may be steam cleaned whereas most curtains cannot be
    cleaned in this way.
  13. Generally, drapes are floor length while curtains drop to just below a window sill.
  14. Drapes usually have a backing on them that gives them structure while hanging on a rod / track
    while curtains are made to move in the breeze.

Similarities Shared by Curtains and Drapes

  1. Curtains and Drapes are available in many styles, patterns, and appealing colors.
  2. They can both be closed or opened in front of a window.
  3. Both window coverings are available in different lengths and widths.
  4. Both types of window coverings are made by a variety of designers.
  5. There is a choice of top construction including pinch pleats, back tabs, tie top, and others for
    both sorts of window coverings.
  6. Both drapes and curtains can be held back with decorative Tie Backs to allow the sunlight in
    through the window.
  7. Well-constructed Drapes & Curtains can be maintained for many years in a home or business.
  8. Both drapes and curtains can be found for prices that fit the budget of a household.
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Difference Between Curtains, Drapes, Blinds & Roman Blinds.

Sl. NoDescriptionCurtainsDrapesBlindsRoman Blinds
1LiningsNo Lining FabricsAttach Dim Out / Black Out Lining FabricBlinds Fabrics itself used to have this as its own Function.Need to have a lining fabric to hold the lifting rods in between.
2WeightThey are generally light weightedThey are Heavy.Their weight depends upon the Size & Material used in making them. Not heavier like Drapes.The weight depends upon the thickness of Fabric used & Size of the Roman Blind.
3Materials UsedThese can be made in Polyester, Cotton, Poly Cotton, Viscose, Linen, Silks & etc.,Using heavy fabrics are the norms of making a Drape which includes luxury materials such as Polyester, Poly Cotton, Velvets, Silks, Jacquards & Embroidery.They are made in Wood, Aluminum, Polyester & Vinyl Slats are also known as louvers that tilt open to let in light and close for privacy.Roman shades or fabric shades can be made in any light or moderately weighted fabrics along with the lining.
4LookThey are informal, generally put up for Utility purpose and Looks Better because the window is covered for the Privacy / Protect from Sun Light. Best for Small & Medium Sized WindowsDrapes gives a Sophisticated and Royal Look so that beauty of the Home is assured. A combination of Drape and Sheer gives an aesthetics. Looks Great and Privacy is also maintained. Best for Bigger Windows.Usually Blinds looks Great for the Small & Medium Sized Window. Blinds gives Handy Look and Trendy One. It’s a Jacket Fit.Advisable for small Rooms / Windows. In areas where curtains are not suitable. In Some Areas, Drapes with same Fabric Combination, We can Put ROMAN Blinds.
5Length & WidthLength & Width wise Curtains Can be stitched 6 to 10 Inches extra than the Window Size. Ready Made Curtains usually available in Width 4 Feet x Height 5 Feet / 7 Feet.Drapes used to Cover the entire length from top to the floor and width wise left to right, again it depends on the availability of the space over there.The length and width of a blind are sized to fit within the window frame. Advised to have 3 Inches Extra in Top to Bottom and 3 Inches Extra in Left to Right.They come in wide ranges of length, width, colors, patterns, and material. Advised to have 6 Inches Extra in Top to Bottom and 6 Inches Extra in Left to Right. Which would help to avoid Sunlight / Visibility by the Side Way.
6Light filtrationThey filter out light and make the Room Darker to some extend.They limit the entry of light and also serves best for soundproofing & Black Out the Entire Room.They block the light completely when closed. Option is in Built.Depending on the thickness of the lining and the material the light is blocked.
7Areas/ LocationsHalls, Doorways, Partitions, Bay windows, Balcony’s, Family living roomsAreas with huge halls, home theatres, bedrooms, formal dining, formal living.Study Rooms, offices, Bedrooms & Utility & Staircase Side Way Areas. Best for Small / Medium WindowsHalls, Bedrooms, Study, windows which do not have much space to fix a rod/track. Best for Small / Medium Windows
8MaintenanceThey can be machine washed by keeping the regulator on a delicate wash. For delicate materials it safe to go with dry cleaning and shampoo washing by hand to avoid the risk of shrinkage. LOW MaintenanceVacuuming & Steaming with a soft brush attachment to remove everyday dust and dirt. Once in 6 Months, Its better to do Dry Wash with a Professional Cleaning Services to ensure the Fabric is taken care for longer life.Blinds can be wiped with the Soft / Wet cloth or with easy-clean dusters. Very Easy Maintanance.They can be machine washed by keeping the regulator on a delicate wash. For delicate materials it safe to go with dry cleaning and shampoo washing by hand to avoid the risk of shrinkage. LOW Maintenance
9OverallFor Good Look & Economy Range. TraditionalGrandeur , its an Expensive..But Pricessless Look. When it comes to aiesthetics part, Cant Go behind Budget.Better Look Certainly, Jacket Fit. So Elegant. Trendy. Not Expensive. Can be affordable to all.Elegant Look and Easy Maintanance. At an Affordable Cost.