Mattress Protector and Accessory Tips

Mattress Pads come in all shapes and sizes. From waterproof mattress pads to memory foam mattress pads, find the best mattress pad for you.

Pillows for different types of sleepers

Pillows for different types of sleepers
  • The most common type of sleeper is a side sleeper. If you’re a side sleeper you should go for a side sleeper pillow that is softer and designed in a way that cradles your neck and head while keeping your spine and body aligned. A memory foam pillow is a good option.
  • For stomach sleepers you would need a pillow that’s on the thinner side. One that is bulky or too high can be uncomfortable and cause neck and back pain.
  • Back sleepers need a pillow that supports their head, neck and shoulder area firmly, but still has a soft center where the head rests. A back pillow should adhere to the natural curve of your spine and wedge pillows are ideal for that.
  • For sleepers that have neck discomfort, there are pillows such as the Sobakawa cloud pillow that are filled with microbeads to accomodate the most precise cushioning you need.

What’s the most eco-friendly mattress pad?

What's the most eco-friendly mattress pad?

Across the nation, there is an initiative to go “green.” With resources quickly evaporating and pollution rampant, being environmentally conscious and buying eco-friendly products is more important than ever. Even with mattress pads, there are hundreds of eco-friendly options to choose from. So what does buying an eco-friendly mattress pad entail and why is different from non-eco-friendly mattress pad? Read a few tips on the matter below.

  • Eco-friendly mattress pads come in the same varieties as regular mattress pads like memory foam, wool and latex.
  • An organic mattress pad made with organic fibers is another eco-friendly option. They are also available in a variety of materials and offer the same great features.
  • An eco-friendly mattress pad like a bamboo mattress protector means that the makers use environmentally friendly fibers or plant based ingredients and do not use chemicals and harsh solvents when creating it. They also require less energy to make and try to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the process.
  • Like other mattress pads most environmentally friendly ones are naturally antimicrobial, hypoallergenic and machine washable. They also reduce bacterial growth, odors, mold and mildew.
  • Eco-friendly mattress pads offer the same great comfort and support a great cause at the same time.

Wool mattress pads

Wool mattress pads
  • Wool mattress pads fit snugly right on top of your mattress and under your sheets.
  • It can help relieve stiff necks, back pain and reduce pressure points, as well as aid in diminishing sleepless nights.
  • It is a softer material so it’s best to use it with a mattress that is a bit too firm or for those who want more cushion.
  • Wool is a unique substance as it helps you stay warm during the colder months and cool during the warmer months. It conforms and adjusts its temperature depending on your body’s temperature.
  • Wool is both naturally flame resistant and naturally waterproof, which is great for children’s beds and even cribs. It will also provide an additional soft layer of comfort for a child. Many wool mattress pads are also washable and are dust-mite free.

Latex mattress pads

Latex mattress pads
  • A latex mattress topper has built in air ventilation and offers great orthopedic support, which is wonderful for those with back or body pain. It’s comparable to a gel foam mattress topper.
  • Why latex? Well it’s quite well known for its longevity and resilience. If you buy a latex mattress topper you won’t have to worry about it giving out on you in a few months. Since they are so resilient and strong they are also ideal for those who are on the heavier side. You could even invest in a Opal latex mattress if you’re looking for that durable material. 
  • If you’re looking for something a little less soft, latex might be your best option because it is generally firmer then memory foam or down mattress pads. It could be a wise choice for those who need a firmer mattress to sleep on due to back problems.
  • Many latex mattress pads are hypoallergenic, so it’s ideal for those allergic to down feather tops.

Feather beds

Feather beds
  • Color down comforters are the softest feather bedding you can add to your mattress. Down feathers are very delicate so you’ll feel as though you’re sinking or melting into the bed when you lay down on a down feather mattress pad, which is great for those with aching muscles.
  • Some people can be allergic to a down feather filling, so make sure to find out if you are before investing in a feather bed.
  • Feather beds come in a fitted mattress pad form as well as a mattress topper form.
  • Don’t be alarmed if a few feathers escape from the mattress pad, that’s completely normal. However, if there are multiple feathers coming out at a time, it’s time to replace it.

Fitted mattress pads

Fitted mattress pads
  • Figure out what you want to change about your mattress. If it’s too firm you’ll need a softer mattress pad and if it’s too soft then you should go with a firmer mattress pad.
  • Merino wool mattress pad come in a variety of materials like, feather and down, wool, sateen, cotton and more.
  • As with sheets and blankets, the higher the thread count, the more luxurious and soft the fabric will feel against your skin.
  • Be wary of the thickness of the mattress pad compared to your sheets. If your sheets are already fitted snugly on your mattress, it’ll be likely that you’ll need to buy deeper sheets once you add a mattress pad.
  • Most fitted mattress pads can be washed which is great for those with young children who may be having “accidents.”

Do you need a mattress topper with a pillow-top mattress?

Do you need a mattress topper with a pillow-top mattress?
  • One disadvantage of pillow top mattresses is that they can not be flipped. Meaning once it’s lost its shape on one side it’s done for. However, this is when you can add a mattress pad on top to bring back the soft, cushioned feel.
  • When a pillow top mattress is fairly new you will most likely not have the need for a mattress topper, but once it begins to loose its shape you can start looking into investing in a mattress topper of your choice.
  • If you use a regular mattress with a mattress topper this allows you to switch the toppers if you like. For example if you get tired of a memory foam topper you can change it to a feather mattress topper.
  • With a pillow top mattress the soft cushion is attached, unlike a mattress topper which you can remove and depending on the type put through the wash.

Mattress toppers

Mattress toppers
  • Mattress toppers go right on top of a mattress and under the sheets. Unlike mattress pads they do not feature a fitted skirt portion and just lay on top of your mattress, which may make it easier to put on your mattress.
  • They vary in size from 1 to 5 inches thick. Depending on the thickness of the mattress topper and if your sheets are already snug, you may have to buy new sheets with deeper pockets.
  • There are many different types of mattress toppers including, foam mattress toppers, latex mattress toppers, feather and down toppers and wool toppers.
  • You can choose what topper suits you based on the material, for example if you’re looking for a firmer topper go with a latex mattress topper.
  • Mattress toppers are easy to remove, clean and store. They also help preserve the life of your mattress.

Do you need a mattress pad?

Do you need a mattress pad?
  • A mattress pad adds a layer of soft comfort to your mattress and preserves and extends the life of your mattress. It can also revive an older mattress that’s not as comfortable as it once was, but still has a lot of life left in it.
  • It prevents food, liquids and skin oils from staining, damaging and deteriorating the quality of your mattress. It’s also a good way to keep sheets in place.
  • Different types of mattress pads have different functions. For example, there are quilted top layer pads which add a layer of extra cushioning. Memory foam mattress pads reduce pressure points and body aches. Waterproof mattress pads have a built in waterproof backing for added protection and is great for those with kids who may have accidents. The Touch of Class heated mattress pad helps keep you warm on a cold winter night.
  • For those with back and body aches a mattress pad can be a relief for the pain they experience night after night with a regular mattress.

Foam mattress pads

Foam mattress pads
  • Since foam mattress pads are too soft to be supportive on their own, it’s best to use them as a topper to a firm mattress. The average size of a foam mattress pad is 2 to 3 inches.
  • Eggshell foam mattress pads have a look that’s similar to an egg crate with peaks and valleys. The pad fits snugly on your mattress with your sheets fitting right on top. In general, eggshell or egg crate mattress pads are fairly economical.
  • Memory foam mattress pads are very popular as they help reduce aches, pains and pressure points. Consider a Sears foam mattress made out of foam to soothe your aches.
  • Also, memory foam is temperature sensitive, so when it’s cooler it’s more firm and when it’s warmer it’s softer. That’s also the reason you get a melting feeling when you lay down on a memory foam mattress pad.