Creating the Ultimate Backyard Tailgate

Creating the Ultimate Backyard Tailgate



Backyard Tailgate

Football season is here! If you follow the games or not, there is room for everyone to get involved in the excitement. Game day is a great excuse to get friends and family together for some fun and good food. If you like throwing parties, and want to impress your friends, here’s everything you need to throw the ultimate backyard tailgate:


The Big Game on a Big Screen 

Don’t make a rookie mistake and use an indoor TV outside. Even if you plan to take the TV back inside after the game, you run a risk of damaging the TV and voiding your warranty. Instead, try a SunBrite Outdoor TV or outdoor projection screen.  It may seem like a bit of an investment, but once you tailgate outside you will never want to watch in the house again. And, don’t just think football… think of other sporting events, movies, or favorite shows, like The Walking Dead, that you can watch outdoors as well.


Take a Seat

It’s doubtful you have enough patio furniture to seat all your guests. You might, but if not there is nothing wrong with doing a BYOC: Bring Your Own Chair. Most people own some sort of portable chair, whether they’re beach chairs, camping chairs or folding chairs, and having them bring their own works perfectly with the tailgating theme.


Something Smells Good

A tailgate isn’t a tailgate without the smell of BBQ in the air. The perfect grill for tailgating is one that has an extra work surface for prepping and a side burner for cooking chili and stews. The Weber Genesis Series 3 Burner Gas Grill would be our pick to get the job done. And, if you need some delicious BBQ inspiration, check out Tailgating Recipes for the Grill.


Everybody Likes Cold Beverages

If you only have one thing for a tailgate, it should be a seemingly endless supply of cold drinks. A cooler serves this purpose fine, but remember to label your coolers; you don’t want your guests consistently opening the cooler that you have stored your food in looking for a beverage. To avoid this altogether, make the jump from rookie to MVP status and upgrade to an outdoor refrigerator. With an outdoor refrigerator you can store all your food for the grill and leave the coolers for the beverages. Check out How to Run a Refrigerator Outside.

For those of you who really enjoy outdoor entertaining, you may want to consider purchasing an Outdoor Island Package. It includes the grill and refrigerator in one!


Get the Party Started

Music is the key to setting the mood, and the mood at your tailgate should be high energy! You will need a Bluetooth speaker or outdoor speakers to play that awesome playlist you put together. Looking for a pre-made playlist? Check out the Top 50 Pregame Pump Up Songs from – it’s sure to get your guests ready for the game.


Get Everyone Involved

Getting everyone involved is the best way to ensure a successful tailgate. You want to make sure everyone is having a good time, including those who don’t follow the game. For the kids at the party have activities set aside to keep them occupied, allowing your adult guests to enjoy themselves. For some ideas, check out this great list of 10 Off-Grid, Backyard Games for Your Family. For the adults, get a football box going or play some football bingo. This will help keep those who normally wouldn’t be interested in the game more invested.

Lastly, as the host, don’t forget to ENJOY YOUR PARTY as well! A happy host is a sign of an awesome party. If you have any tips you would like to add to throwing a backyard tailgate let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear them!


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Sleep better: 5 tips for a healthy sleep routine

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Sleep better: 5 tips for a healthy sleep routine


There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep to set you up for a successful day, yet a lack of quality, restful sleep keeps many of us, well… awake at night. If you’re trudging through your days like a walking zombie, don’t worry! Your sleep routine might be to blame. Here are some tips for how to get a better sleep, night after night.

#1. Start with your sleep set up

It might seem obvious, but many of us overlook the importance of what we sleep on when it comes to successful sleep. If your mattress is more than seven years old, if you’re sore in the morning or if you’re tired even after a night of sleep, The Better Sleep Council suggests that you might need to find a new mattress.

Once you’re sure your mattress is the one for you, check out what you put on top of it: the quality and type of pillows you use can directly impact your success at sleeping. While certain pillows might look nice, they might not be doing you and your sleep style much good. If you’re a side sleeper, you should try a medium-firm pillow for your head with another for between your legs. Sleep on your back? Try a contoured memory-foam pillow. Stomach sleeper? Try a softer option.

#2 Move more, rest better

If you’re having trouble staying still and sleeping at night, you might want to assess how you’re moving during the day. Getting a moderate amount of aerobic exercise, like walking, jogging or dancing, during the day can help you sleep more soundly at night. With our busy lives though, it can be hard to fit enough exercise into the day. One way to ensure you hit your movement mark? Activity trackers monitor and track your daily movement and show you your stats. An added bonus to activity trackers—many have sleep-tracking functionality, which can give you more insight into your sleep routine.

#3. Revamp your midnight snack

We know that what we sleep has an impact on how we feel during the day, but have you considered the effect of your food on your zzzs? Avoiding spicy and rich foods, as well as caffeine and alcohol, in the evening can help prepare your body for sleep in a natural way. If you’re starving before bed, try snacking on foods that are more likely to calm your brain and encourage sleep-inducing melatonin production in your body, like bananas.

#4 Establish a sleep-friendly environment

No matter how you prepare, it can be difficult to turn your mind off when it comes time to sleep. Strategies like pre-sleep meditation and stretching can help to relax you, while environmental aids like light-blocking curtains and sleep therapy machines can be helpful tools to create the perfect ambiance to allow your mind to drift off to sleep.

#5 Give yourself a bedtime…and stick to it

Our final tip is one that you might remember from your childhood… pick a bedtime, and consistently go to bed every night at that time. With our busy schedules, this might be the most challenging tip to follow through on—but it’s very important. By going to bed at the same time (and waking up at the same time), you can refresh your body’s natural sleep circadian rhythm, resulting in more blissfully rested mornings.


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Staying Organized During the School Year

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Staying Organized During the School Year


School is back in session!  As you say goodbye to summer, you say hello to shorter autumn days filled with early morning alarm clocks, homework, school events and activities. Before you know it, the hectic holiday season will be upon you. It’s challenging to stay organized during the school year, but all you need is a plan and a little preparation to make it easier.

Below are some great tips to prepare you for the busy days ahead:

  • Mark Your Calendar. Make a note of important dates, school events and activities like back-to-school nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.
  • Make a Morning Schedule. Jot down the tasks you need to do before everyone has to be out the door: getting everyone dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth and hair, etc. Then decide how much time is needed to get ready in the morning. If you need to be out the door by 7:30 and you need an hour to get everyone ready, you should set your alarm for 6:15 (giving yourself 15 minutes to snooze).
  • Lay Out Clothes the Night Before. This may not stop the argument on what your child wants to wear to school opposed to what they should wear to school, but at least you will get the argument out of the way at night and won’t derail your schedule in the morning… we hope.
  • Find the Shoes The Night Before. “Where are my shoes?!” We’ve all been there. Frantically running around the house trying to find a pair of shoes isn’t fun and you can lose a good 15 minutes playing that game. Best thing to do is find those shoes before bedtime and leave them in a spot right by the door.
  • Prepare Lunch the Night Before. We know this is harder than it sounds. You are exhausted from a long day, you’ve gotten the kids in bed, and all you want to do is sit on the couch and enjoy a little ‘me’ time… but you know you’ll regret it in the morning. Once you get a system down it does get easier and you can still get a little ‘me’ time, it’s a much smaller window of time… but you have to take what you can get.
  • Designate an Area for Homework. Older children should have the option of studying in their room or a quiet area of the house. Younger children will usually need help with their homework or lose focus in the middle of it, so designating an area in the family room or kitchen is a good idea. Check out 15 School Homework Organizing Tips To Make Your Life Easier.
  • Designate an Area for School Supplies. Create a spot for your children to place their school belongings, including backpacks, lunch boxes and extra supplies, as well as a place to put important letters and information sent home from the school. Try giving your kids the responsibility of emptying their backpacks and lunch boxes when they arrive home, and repacking their backpacks with the things they need for school the night before. Having them take on a responsibility and getting into a system will help to stay organized throughout the year.
  • After School Review.  Sit with your child and go over what they did in school and what was assigned for homework.  Find out if they had any trouble in a particular area and review that with them. If you are unfamiliar with the subject reach out to your child’s teacher and make them aware that your child may need a little extra attention in this area. Some schools are actually required to offer private tutoring.
  • Freeze Dinners. These days can get hectic quickly and you may not always have the time to prepare dinner, but ordering out can get costly and is not always the most nutritious option. Preparing meals over the weekend and freezing them can really save you time during the week. Check out 60+ Healthy Freezer Meal Recipes (+ All About Freezer Cooking) from the Thriving Home blog.


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Tips For Students to Avoid Sleep Deprivation

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Tips For Students to Avoid Sleep Deprivation


School is in session, and there’s so much to do: between studying, writing essays, and trying to maintain a social life, students often find themselves so busy and stressed that sleep becomes an afterthought. No matter how well-intended your all-night study session is, lack of sleep can actually be a huge detriment to your overall success. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to poor cognitive performance, mood, memory, and overall sense of wellbeing. While we’re all pressed for time, you can make the most of the sleep time you do have with our tips and tools for students to avoid sleep deprivation.

Check your sleep situation

Whether you’re sleeping in the dorms or on your childhood mattress, chances are that you might be sleeping on an unsuitable surface, which may cause a poor quality sleep. While finding the right firmness and support in mattress is key to a better night’s sleep, students tend to also use their bed as a multi-use piece of furniture for reading, studying, snacking and hanging out so it’s important to consider durability when shopping for a mattress. P.C. Richard & Son has some great mattress choices to keep students comfortable when they hit the hay. A prime example? Modern memory-foam mattresses offer the contouring comfort and support that students need to fall asleep faster.

For those students who use their bed as a couch, investing in mattress protector will help ensure your mattress stays pristine. Mattress protectors keep any spills from affecting your sleep area, while also keeping sleep-ruining substance allergens and mold away from your mattress.

Upgrade your pillows

In a similar way to mattresses, many students assume that any old pillow will do when it comes to sleep—and they may be tossing and turning all night as a result. Instead, students should spend a few moments studying themselves to determine their sleep style so they can pick the perfect pillow for instant zzzs.

The cheat sheet to sweet pillow selection? Back sleepers should go with memory foam or contouring pillows, side sleepers need medium support for their head and another pillow for between their legs, and stomach sleepers require a softer choice. 

Block it all out

A major disruptor to a student’s sleep is the contestant flow of blue lights from technology, sounds and information that’s been thrown at them. When it comes time to sleep, it’s important for students to separate from their smartphones. In addition to staying awake playing on their phones, many students might suffer from poor sleep quality just by having their devices near them, the blue light can make their bodies think it’s time to wake up. Counteract smartphone sleep deprivation by keeping devices away from your bed. Also, instead of using your phone to play music that lull you to sleep, use a sleep or sound machine to create relaxing sounds, while blocking out noisy neighbors.

Sleep really is essential to every student’s health, wellness, and overall performance. Luckily, with these sleep hacks and the right tools, sleep deprivation can become nothing more than an old nightmare. Here’s to a good night’s sleep—and a better school year!



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5 Tips on How to Keep Your Portable/In Window Air Conditioner Cool This Summer

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Keeping comfortable with a portable/in window AC requires that you maintain the unit. Learn the secrets to keeping your air conditioning unit working properly.

You depend on your portable in-window AC to keep you cool all summer long. That’s why it’s important to ensure that the unit stays in tip top shape. Take good care of your AC unit, and you’ll experience plenty of comfortable days and nights. To ensure that your air conditioner stays in good shape this summer, add the following five maintenance tips to your to-do list.

1. Provide proper ventilation.

Whether the unit is in a window or a portable one on the floor, it’s critical that your AC is in an area with adequate air flow so that it can release the heat it creates while cooling your home. In-window AC units do this automatically, but portable AC units require a venting kit that includes a vent hose leading out of a window.

2. Keep things clean.

ACs have delicate motor parts that can become clogged if they are exposed to dusty conditions. This can cause units to experience mechanical difficulties. Keep ACs away from dirty areas and clean the air filter monthly. Most portable and in window air conditioners feature a removable filter that can be cleaned with warm soapy water; then rinsed and dried. Before reinstalling the AC filter, ensure that it is completely dry. Also clean the condenser coils on the back of the AC once per season. Blow compressed air through the coils or clean with sprays of water and a soft bristle brush.

3. Ensure adequate drainage.

Portable ACs create condensation and excess water when they run. The more humid the conditions, the more water they will create during cooling. Empty the ACs water pan on a regular basis. Clean it with soapy water and white vinegar to prevent mold and mildew buildup. If your AC creates a great deal of condensation, install a drainage tube to the unit so that excess liquid can be drained into a bucket or out of the window.

4. Keep the exhaust hose straight.

Portable ACs have exhaust hoses that must remain straight during operation. If you allow the hose to bend or kink, this may lead to water filtering back into the unit, which can lead to malfunctioning.

5. Properly store the unit during off-season.

Avoid leaving your window AC in place during cold months of the year. Doing this can cause drafty conditions in your home and ice buildup can damage the unit. Store your AC in an attic, utility room or basement when not in use. Avoid putting it where it can become a nesting spot for rodents, as they can damage the unit by chewing on wiring.

P.C. Richard & Son carries a wide variety of ACs. If you have any questions about maintaining your unit, our knowledgeable sales staff will be happy to offer some friendly advice.


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Create Your Backyard Getaway

Backyard Getaway

If you’re lucky enough to have an outdoor living space, take advantage of it! The backyard doesn’t have to be an extra piece of space just for the dog, it can be a welcoming extension of your home. All you need is some imagination and a little planning. Here are some great tips to get you started!

Design a Layout

The first thing you want to think about is layout.  When planning the layout of your backyard, think of it as you would your home: divided into “rooms” for different activities. Take into consideration where you will want to eat, relax, entertain, etc. Remember multiple levels or different surface areas help define different zones, like the patio, deck, lawn or garden.

Creating an Outdoor Kitchen

If you like barbecuing and eating outdoors, you will definitely want establish an area where you can easily cook and serve your guests. The space and your budget will determine how fancy you get, but you don’t need to get too fancy to make this work; simply a grill and a table and chairs will do the trick. If you really enjoy grilling and you find yourself eating outdoors 2-3 times a week, you may want to consider getting a countertop for food prep and storage.  Later down the road you may even want to add a refrigerator and sink to make preparation and clean up even easier.

Relaxation Station

Do you enjoy sun bathing, reading a book, or having a cocktail around a fire pit? Think about what you do to unwind and design the perfect area in your yard to do just that. If you enjoy lounging in the sun, Adirondack chairs would be perfect for this area, or check out Hanover’s outdoor egg-shaped swings if you’re looking for a comfy place to read a good book.

Some yards take on more sunlight than others and if there are no trees to create shading it can get really hot.  If you are looking for a place to relax in the shade an outdoor umbrella can help you create a shaded area so that you can relax comfortably.


Whether you are hosting a party in your yard, relaxing, or playing games, you can enjoy your favorite music with outdoor speakers.  There are a variety of different styles to help match your backyard’s personality. And don’t stop with the music! have you ever considered an outdoor television? An outdoor TV is perfect for movie nights in the summer or watching sporting events.  SunBrite HDTVs are engineered for permanent outdoor placement, they are completely waterproof, viewable in direct sunlight and built and styled for safety in an outdoor environment.

Once you have this basic layout down you can really have some fun by adding all the little extras! Follow our board ‘Summer Backyard/Patio Fun’ on Pinterest for inspiration on décor, lighting and much more! If you have recently made over your backyard we would love for you to share pictures with us on Instagram using @pcrichardandson #BackyardGetaway2015. Relax and enjoy your outdoor space this summer!


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Make Your Own Pub Shed

Pub Shed

Move over man caves, there’s a new trend in town: pub sheds! Pub sheds started in the UK and are quickly growing in popularity stateside. Are you ready to swap out the lawnmower and garden tools for a kegerator and bar stools? Here is what you need for the ultimate DIY project:




The Shed

The first thing you will need is a shed (obviously). Already have a shed? Then you’re one step ahead and all you need to do is clean it out.



Beverage Center

Next you will need to decide how you will store your beverages. There are a few different options and you don’t have to stick to just one. Whether you want a kegerator, wine cooler, mini refrigerator, or perhaps one of the coolest options, the new CHILL by Hisense, any of them would be perfect for your new retreat.



Don’t forget all the other beverage essentials you will need, like glassware. Check out our wine & bar center for add-ons like those.

Pub Shed Coasters


When it comes to seating the most common choice is bar stools, but depending on the size of your shed you could fit a small couch, benches, or even hammocks… it’s all up to you! If you’re going the bar stool route, check out Pinterest for some inspiring ways to add some personality.



When the sun goes down, your pub shed is going to need some light. Aside from the common string lighting used in some pub sheds we’ve seen, check out Philips Hue Lighting for awesome lighting ideas. Philips Hue allows you to change your lighting to any color of the rainbow right from your smartphone or tablet!



A Great TV

No pub is complete without a TV! Depending on how enclosed your pub will be, consider a TV designed for the outdoors. SunBrite TVs are designed for optimized outdoor viewing, and safe for use in outside conditions – rain, heat, cold, salt-air, humidity and dust.




Music is a must.  With so many wireless and Bluetooth speaker options to choose from, it makes it easy to provide your pub shed with great tunes.

Bose Soundlink



This is our favorite part. Have fun decorating your pub shed and letting your personality shine. At you can find vintage bar signs and other fun décor.





Last but not least, you need a name for your backyard getaway!



Well, that’s pretty much it! We would love to hear any suggestions you have on building your own pub shed, or if you’ve created one of your own already, please share it with us on our Facebook page.  For those getting started check out some of the great photos of pub sheds below for some inspiration! (Pictures below found on


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Adding an Additional Freezer Can Save You Money & Time

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Are you looking to save money on groceries? We all are, and a great way to do that is with an additional freezer. It may sound silly to suggest spending money to save money, but the amount of money you can save is well worth the investment. Saving money is probably the biggest reason to add a second freezer in your home, but you will find it can also save you a lot of time as well.

Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider a second freezer in your household:

You Can Buy in Bulk

This is a no-brainer! One of the biggest ways to save money on groceries is buying frozen foods in bulk.  With an additional freezer you can cash in on sale items without worrying about if you have the space to store them. The ability to buy large quantities of food on sale will make a huge impact on what you spend on groceries during the month.

The Ultimate Time Saver

Time is money, and making constant trips to the grocery store wastes a lot of time and gas. Think about how many trips and long lines you can save yourself from by adding a second freezer and having the ability to stock up on food for the month!

Make Food Last Longer

Having plenty of extra freezer space is a great opportunity to prevent spoilage. There are times when food sits around too long in the fridge and goes bad. In many cases, there’s a way to get it into the freezer for later use, even meals that you have already prepared can be frozen and used again. Check out this introduction to freezer cooking here.

Always Prepared

We all have had company drop by unexpected and had to make a quick trip to the store or order out. With an additional freezer you know you will always have enough food for surprise guests.

Bring Back Family Dinner

With busy schedules, we all get tempted to eat out. But if you have invested in an additional freezer, you want to save money, so making dinner at home will become a habit and will save you a ton of money. Worried about the times when you get home from work and just don’t have the energy to cook a meal? Here’s a quick tip: when you have an additional freezer you can double-up; nothing is simpler than doubling or even tripling a batch of chili, butternut soup, or meat sauce for spaghetti. You can store it in the freezer and have a complete meal for another day. Learn more about preparing freezer meals ahead of time here.


During the Frigidaire Freezer Event, Frigidaire wants you to save more money and fill your freezer! From April 29th to May 2nd 2015, you can receive a $50, $75, or $100 voucher for frozen food with purchase of select Frigidaire Gallery Freezers.  Have more questions about purchasing an additional freezer for your household? Just stop into your local P.C. Richard & Son Superstore and one of our expert sales representatives can help you out today!


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How to Clean Your Washing Machine

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Dirty clothes go in and clean clothes come out; it’s like magic! Only this magic is limited to how well you take care of your washing machine. Did you know you should clean your washing machine once a month? Dirt and grime that gets removed from your laundry during a washing cycle winds up trapped within the machine, and over time clothes may not come out as clean and fresh smelling as they once did. If you want to keep your washer running at its best and avoid buildup of mold, mildew, and scum that contribute to odor, you need to clean your machine. Here’s how:

Things you should know:

Don’t let wet clothes sit. Remove wet clothes promptly after washing cycle. Leaving wet clothes, even for a few hours, can lead to mold and mildew growth. This will affect the smell of your clothes as well as the performance of your washing machine.

Give it some air. Once a washing cycle is complete and wet clothes have been removed, don’t close the door… keep it open instead. Closing the door to your washer after you’re done traps in moisture, creating the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. By leaving the door open you give the remaining water a chance to evaporate.

Keep the soap and softener dispenser clean. If your machine has a soap and softener drawer that gets wet during the process, take it out, clean, and dry it after every cycle.

Deep clean once a month. Keeping up with everyday maintenance helps to prevent mildew, but it’s still important to do a deep clean every month.

How to Deep Clean a Front-Loading Washing Machine

  • Fill the washing machine with hot water. If you own a newer model it likely has a self-cleaning cycle option; if so, fill with hot water on this setting. If you do not have a self-cleaning option, use a hot wash cycle.
  • If the inside of your machine is stained, add a quart of bleach through the dispenser so that it mixes with the hot water, then let the machine finish the cycle.
  • Once the cycle has ended, you can clean the rubber seal on the door. This area is prone to mold growth because water can get trapped between the machine and seal. To clean the rubber seal, use an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge and dry with a paper towel.
  • Don’t forget the soap dispensers! Use an all-purpose cleaner or a vinegar and water solution. Use a sponge to remove all traces of detergent, dirt and any other possible debris that could clog your dispenser.

How to Deep Clean a Top-Loading Washing Machine

  • Fill the washing machine with hot water. The easiest way to do this is to turn on the hot wash cycle and interrupt it after the water has been filled.
  • Add a quart of bleach and turn the washing cycle back on for a few seconds to mix the bleach and water. Once mixed, shut it back off and let the chlorine mixture sit for at least an hour. As it sits it will start lifting the mildew, grime and other unwanted substances within your machine.
  • After an hour, turn back on the washing cycle and let it finish. Once the cycle is finished the machine will be sanitized. If your machine smells like bleach once the cycle is complete, fill with hot water and pour in a quart of vinegar. Let that sit for an hour and then run the washing cycle once more.
  • Clean the soap dispensers. Use a vinegar water solution and a scrubber to remove detergent, dirt and any other debris that tends to get caught in there. Cleaning the dispenser clean is an important part to keeping the inside of your machine clean.

Don’t Forget

When you do your deep clean, no matter if you have a front or top-loading washing machine there are 3 things you should not overlook:

  • Clean the exterior. Use a soft damp cloth to wipe up spills; never use an abrasive cleanser or solvent it may scratch and damage the surface.
  • Check and clean the inlet hose filters. You will find them inside the water inlet connections. Their purpose is to prevent dirt and debris from getting inside the washer, but when they are clogged water will not flow adequately into the machine for a wash cycle.
  • Does pet hair find its way into your washer? The easiest way to remove it is to leave the door open until the pet hair and drum are thoroughly dry. Once dry, use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment to remove the hair.


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Mattress Buying Guide – What To Consider When Choosing The Right Mattress

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Any mattress that helps you sleep comfortably and wake up feeling refreshed, without pain and stiffness, is the best mattress for you. Unfortunately, there is no single mattress that works for all people, so finding your perfect mattress can be a challenge. Everyone’s bodies adjust to mattresses differently, and all have a preference to the firmness. Here is an easy guide to explain the various options you have to choose from.

Mattress Size: What size is appropriate for my room and situation?

Let’s start with the simple option first: size. Picking the size of the mattress should be the first thing you do.  Take into consideration the size of the sleeper as well as the size of the room this mattress will be in.

Twin (38”x 75”)

This mattress is best for one adult or child. The twin can easily fit into small spaces, such as a child’s room, dorm room or guest room.  There are certain bed frames like daybeds that typically use twin mattresses.

Twin XL (38” x 80”)

Similar to a twin, but offers a little more length. This is a better choice for a taller individual looking for a comfortable mattress that also fits a smaller space. These are also commonly found in dorm rooms.

Full (54” x 74)

Can sleep one or two, but is the smallest option for doing so. This is a step-up in width from the twin, but is still a good option for smaller spaces.

Queen (60” x 80”)

This size will sleep two individuals comfortably. A queen mattress offers more wiggle room than a full and is the most popular choice of mattress sizes. This mattress fits nicely in larger bedrooms. A queen mattress is also available with split box springs, making it easier to maneuver through narrow stairwells, elevators or door frames.

King (76” x 80”)

Want more room? A king mattress is 16” wider than the queen, offering a comfortable amount of room for two individuals to move around without disturbing the other. This mattress is commonly used in master bedrooms and also comes with a split box spring, which makes it easier to manage when moving.

California King (72” x 84”)

The California king is 4” narrower than the king, but it is 4” longer in length, making this a better option for taller individuals. This is a spacious two person sleeper that is commonly used in master bedrooms. The California king also comes with a split box spring for easy moving.

Sleep Positions: Does my preferred sleep position influence the type of mattress I should choose?


Side sleepers tend to want a softer sleeping surface. This allows for their shoulders and hips to receive extra cushioning and will help avoid painful pressure points in those areas.


Stomach sleepers often desire a slightly firmer sleeping surface so that they can keep their spine in proper alignment and prevent their back from bowing in too much.


Back sleepers generally prefer a firmer surface to provide extra support and resistance in their lumbar spine (lower back).

Mattress Comfort: Do I prefer a firmer or softer mattress to sleep on?

Ultra Firm

This is the firmest mattress choice for sleepers who crave a hard feel.


A firm mattress has a harder feel and holds its shape while you sleep so you won’t sink into the weight of your body. This solid foundation is perfect for those who need maximum support. Individuals who tend to sleep on their back typically prefer this type of mattress.

Cushion Firm

A cushion firm mattress is a “happy balance” between conforming support and deep down back support. This mattress provides additional comfort & cushion on the surface, and although it’s mostly firm, there is a little bit of extra padding for additional comfort.


These mattresses are softer and ideal for individuals looking for a cushioned, cradling sleep surface. These are most popular with individuals who are smaller and lighter with less weight to displace and require less support. Although plush mattresses offer maximum cushioning, they are still manufactured with a strong, supportive interior core.

Ultra Plush

Like the plush, this type of mattress is perfect for smaller-build individuals that require less support than a larger person. Although ultra-plush mattresses offer maximum cushioning, they are still manufactured with a strong, supportive interior core. Ultra-plush mattresses often have several inches of high-quality comfort materials, often made with a blend of memory foam and latex.

Mattress Type: What support system will offer me the best night’s sleep?

The inside of the mattress is just as important as the outside. How it’s constructed determines the level of support that you experience when you lay down for a good night’s sleep. Different types of mattresses are made with different types of support systems.

Traditional Innerspring

This is one of the most popular types of mattresses. A common innerspring mattress consists of two components: an innerspring unit for support and upholstery layers. They are widely available and come in a variety of firmness and comfort levels to suit personal preference.

Individually Wrapped Coils or Pocket Coils

Individually wrapped coils are a popular coil support system. They provide individualized comfort by contouring to your body. They also do not transfer motion so you can sleep undisturbed even if your partner moves at night.


Combining an innerspring system with high density specialty foam layers, a hybrid bed sets you up with the comfort and pressure relief of specialty foam, plus the traditional support of an innerspring system.

Memory Foam or Specialty Foam

This mattress type is taking on more and more popularity. Memory foam was first developed by NASA to ease pressure on astronauts during lift-off. As it turned out, the unique way this foam conforms to an individual’s body and spreads pressure to reduce pressure points made it an ideal sleeping surface. While these mattresses contour to the shape of your body, they are also designed to absorb any movement while you sleep, so that any motion on one side of the mattress will not be transferred to the other.

Mattress Construction: What type of construction is right for me?

There are two popular types of mattress construction and both are offered in plush and firm mattresses. The construction of your mattress is dependent on your personal preference.

Pillow Top

A pillow top mattress looks like a pillow is lying on top of the surface of the mattress. Pillow top mattresses feature additional padding stitched on top of the mattress.  This soft top layer offers a bit more comfort, cushioning and padding, while still promoting proper alignment and support the body needs.

Tight Top

The standard design with all-over stitching patterns compresses each layer of padding & cushioning into one interconnected design, giving it a firmer feel.

Mattress Protectors: Do I need a mattress protector to protect my health and investment?


Antimicrobial is the general term for any product or ingredient that kills or inhibits bacteria, viruses, or molds. As we sleep, our bodies give off heat, excrete fluids, and shed old skin and hair cells. These particles make their way down inside our mattress and pillows – creating an atmosphere that is warm, humid, and rich in decaying organic matter… the exact environment where harmful microbes flourish. Antimicrobial fabric prevents prevent the growth of harmful microbes inside your mattress.


These are specially designed to prevent allergies. Usually this type of mattress is tightly sealed to prevent dead skin and body oils from penetrating the mattress and attracting dust mites, along with other microscopic organisms that can cause allergic reactions. Other options are hypoallergenic pads/covers that will also protect your mattress and prevent allergies.


Stains and moisture can ruin your mattress, and even if you are exceptionally careful with your sleep essentials, the average human perspires up to two liters of moisture a night that can leave unexpected stains. Stain-resistant pads/covers will protect your mattress from stains caused by both unexpected spills and human perspiration. A stained mattress could void the warranty on the mattress.


Mattresses are difficult to clean and should never come into contact with moisture. If the mattress is not kept dry, then mold and mildew may form. The best way to keep a mattress dry and clean is with a waterproof pad or cover. This is good solution for those who experience bed wetting or who would like an added layer of protection against spills. They not only guard against stains and odors while impeding the entrance of moisture, but they also keep the mattress free from allergens and dust mites. This helps to prevent bacteria growth inside the mattress.

Mattress Encasements

A mattress encasement fully encloses either the mattress or box spring instead of above the actual sleeper like a regular pad or cover.

Types of Mattress Encasements:

  • Mattress Encasements for Allergies: For chronic allergy sufferers, there is no better solution than full mattress and box spring encasements. There are many options that offer protection from allergens such as dust, dust mites, dead skin, pet dander and pollen. A typical mattress cover cannot prevent allergens from your mattress from coming in contact with you.
  • Mattress Encasements for Bed Bug Protection: People all over the world are concerned over the growing outbreak of bedbugs. While a mattress encasement will not protect your home from a bedbug infestation, it will effectively lock them out of your sleep system. Only total encasement mattress protectors with a locking zipper provide protection against bedbugs.

Foundations: What is the benefit of a box spring or adjustable bed base?

Unless your mattress will be laying on a platform bed, you will need one of the following foundations:

Box Springs or standard foundation: The box springs take a lot of the nightly wear and tear and contribute to the overall comfort and support of your bed. Never put a new mattress on an old foundation. When you purchase your new mattress, you must purchase its matching foundation – the two are designed to work best together. In fact, buying the mattress without its matching foundation could affect the terms of the warranty.

Adjustable or Power Bases: An adjustable base allows you to customize your mattress position by using a remote control to independently adjust the head and foot of the bed for maximum comfort.  Adjustable bed bases are compatible with most innerspring and foam mattresses. There are many benefits of having an adjustable bed, which can be inclined to help with everything from back and neck problems to managing acid reflux issues. The ability to turn a bed into a lounge chair makes it a very attractive choice for those who enjoy watching TV, playing video games, using tablets, or reading in the bedroom When you are shopping, be sure to find out whether the mattress you prefer is adjustable-friendly.

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