RC Willey Buying Guide: Your Key to Buying a Mattress

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RC Willey Buying Guide: Your Key to Buying a Mattress

Posted by Carlee on September 11, 2023

A good night's sleep is essential for overall well-being, and the foundation of achieving that rests upon the mattress you choose. A mattress isn't just a surface to sleep on; it's a crucial factor that directly influences your health. The right mattress provides the support and comfort necessary for your body to recover, rejuvenate, and prepare for the challenges of each day. From promoting proper spinal alignment to relieving pressure points, a high-quality mattress significantly improves sleep quality, reduces aches and pains, and enhances your overall physical and mental health. Welcome a healthier lifestyle by recognizing a mattress's integral role in your well-being.

How to Choose the Right Mattress Size

Understanding the different mattress sizes helps you choose the best option that suits your sleep habits, room dimensions, and personal preferences. Consider factors like the number of sleepers, available space, and sleep positions when selecting the right mattress size.

  • Twin Mattress: 38 inches wide by 75 inches long
    • Commonly used for children's rooms, bunk beds, or small guest rooms.
    • Ideal for single sleepers or young children transitioning from a crib.
  • Twin XL Mattress: 38 inches wide by 80 inches long
    • Slightly longer than a standard twin, making it suitable for taller individuals.
    • Commonly used in college dorms or adjustable beds.
  • Full (Double) Mattress: 54 inches wide by 75 inches long
    • It provides more width compared to a twin and accommodates single sleepers who prefer more space or couples who don't require much room.
  • Queen Mattress: 60 inches wide by 80 inches long
    • One of the most popular sizes, offering ample space for single sleepers and couples.
    • Suitable for smaller master bedrooms or guest rooms.
  • King Mattress: 76 inches wide by 80 inches long
    • Offers significant space, ideal for couples who want more personal space or those who share their bed with kids or pets.
  • California King Mattress: 72 inches wide by 84 inches long
    • Longer and narrower than a standard King, making it suitable for taller individuals who need extra legroom.
    • Commonly used in master bedrooms with ample space.
  • Split King Mattress:
    • Essentially two Twin XL mattresses placed side by side.
    • Allows for independent adjustability in cases of adjustable bed frames or preferences between sleep partners.
  • Split California King Mattress:
    • Similar to a Split King but with the longer dimensions of a California King.
    • Offers both adjustable features and extra length for taller individuals.
  • Custom Sizes:
    • Some mattress manufacturers offer custom sizes to fit unique bed frames or accommodate specific preferences.

Mattress Features and Materials

When shopping for a mattress, consider both the materials and features that align with your sleeping preferences, comfort needs, and any specific health considerations. Each type of material and feature offers unique benefits, so it's important to choose what suits you best for a restful and comfortable sleep experience.

  • Memory Foam
    • Contours to your body, relieving pressure points.
    • Absorbs motion, reducing disturbances from a partner's movements.
    • Offers a plush feel, a good option for side sleepers.
  • Innerspring
    • Features coils for support and durability.
    • Provides a bouncy feel and good airflow.
    • Suitable for those who prefer a traditional mattress feel.
  • Latex
    • Made from natural or synthetic latex foam.
    • Offers a responsive and supportive feel.
    • Naturally hypoallergenic and resistant to dust mites.
  • Hybrid
    • Combines memory foam or latex with innerspring coils.
    • Offers a blend of support, comfort, and motion isolation.
  • Gel-Infused Foam
    • Memory foam infused with cooling gel particles.
    • Helps regulate temperature and dissipate heat.
  • Pocketed Coil
    • Individual coils wrapped in fabric pockets.
    • Reduces motion transfer and provides targeted support.
    • Ideal for couples with different sleep preferences

Common Mattress Features

  • Cooling Technology
    • Materials designed to regulate body temperature during sleep.
    • Examples include gel-infused foams, breathable covers, and phase-change materials.
  • Edge Support
    • Reinforced edges to prevent sagging and enhance mattress stability.
    • Useful for those who sit or sleep near the edge of the bed.
  • Motion Isolation
    • Technology that minimizes the transfer of motion across the mattress.
    • Reduces disturbances from a restless sleeping partner.
  • Adjustable Base Compatibility
    • Designed to work well with adjustable bed frames.
    • Allows for customized sleeping positions and enhanced comfort.
  • Zoned Support
    • Different areas of the mattress provide varying levels of support.
    • Targeted relief for different body parts.
  • Pressure Relief
    • Materials and designs that alleviate pressure points like hips and shoulders.
    • Ideal for individuals with joint pain or circulation issues.
  • Organic and Eco-Friendly Options
    • Made from natural, sustainable, and non-toxic materials.
    • Great for environmentally conscious consumers.
  • Pillow-top or Euro-top
    • Additional cushioning layer sewn onto the mattress surface.
    • Provides extra comfort and a plush feel.

RC Willey’s Mattress Warranty and Return Policy

If you're not happy with your mattress within the first 30 nights, you can pick a different one. Just visit one of our stores within 100 days (around 3 and a half months) from the original delivery date to make a one-time reselection.

Just keep in mind that if your reselected mattress is of greater value than your original purchase you will be charged the difference.

Once you’ve found the perfect mattress, consider signing up for RC Willey’s extended warranty plan. This plan extends your mattress coverage an extra 10 years on top of the manufacturer’s warranty. So, feel free to eat breakfast or jump on the bed because you’re covered from rips, spills, and other messes.

Average Mattress Lifespan

The lifespan of a mattress will vary depending on several factors, including the quality of materials used, the type of mattress, usage, care, and the weight of the sleepers. Here's a general guideline for how long different types of mattresses might last:

Innerspring Mattresses

  • Lifespan: 7 to 10 years on average.
  • Quality of coils and padding affects durability.
  • Continuous use and heavier weight can lead to a shorter lifespan.

Memory Foam Mattresses

  • Lifespan: 8 to 12 years on average.
  • Higher-density foam tends to last longer.
  • Memory foam can soften over time, affecting support.

Latex Mattresses

  • Lifespan: 10 to 15 years or more.
  • Natural latex tends to outlast synthetic latex.

Hybrid Mattresses

  • Lifespan: 8 to 12 years on average.
  • Depends on the quality of both foam and coil components.

Airbed Mattresses

  • Lifespan: 8 to 10 years on average.
  • Air chambers might require replacement over time.

Finance Your Mattress through RC Willey’s Financing Plans

RC Willey offers a range of financing options designed with flexibility and convenience in mind. These financing plans are aimed at making your shopping experience more accessible and budget-friendly.

Choose from RC Willey’s four payment options:

  • 12-Month 0% Interest
    • No down payment is necessary
    • Low monthly payments
    • Available on purchases on $299+
  • 18-Month 0% Interest Plan
    • No down payment
    • Low monthly payments
    • Available on purchases of $1,999+
  • Premier Plan
    • Low monthly payment
    • 9% Fixed interest rate
    • No hidden fees
  • Custom Finance Plan
    • Receive a credit line of up to $500
    • Great for building or rebuilding your credit score

All plans are subject to RC Willey credit approval. Some restrictions apply.


Common Questions about Mattresses, Sleep Health, and Maintenance


Do I need a box spring?

It depends on the type of mattress you have or plan on buying.

If you have a memory foam, latex, or hybrid mattress, the answer is no. These mattress types are generally suited for a platform bed that has a wood slat base.

When would I need a box spring?

Box springs were designed to keep mattresses from sagging. Additionally, the box spring was there to help absorb impact. Since most mattresses now inherently do that on their own, the majority of the time a box spring isn’t necessary.

That being said if you have (or purchase) an innerspring mattress, you will need to buy a box spring.

How long should a mattress last?

A mattress's lifespan will vary on a variety of factors (usage, weight of sleepers, maintenance, foundation, environmental factors, etc.) but on average mattresses last anywhere from 7 to 10 years.

If your mattress is sagging, permanently indented, or damaged, it might be time to invest in a new mattress.

Why do mattresses turn yellow?

Even if you’re careful, mattresses naturally turn yellow as they age — especially memory foam — due to oxidation. However, yellow stains may also appear because of sweat, body oils, skincare products, and desquamation. And sometimes, accidents happen.

What to do if your mattress is too firm?

If your new mattress is too firm give it at least a month. Over time your mattress will soften and lose some rigidity as it conforms to your weight and sleep position. If it’s still too firm after a month, contact the store you bought it from to see if they’ll allow you to exchange it for a new one.

Are mattress toppers worth it?

A mattress topper can be a practical solution to address the shortcomings of an older mattress and enhance its comfort and support. Mattress toppers can instantly change how your mattress feels. Sleeping hot? Add a mattress topper with cooling technology. Not enough support? Add a foam mattress topper to help cushion pressure points. If your older mattress triggers your allergies try a hypoallergenic mattress topper that can provide a barrier between you and potential allergens.

Additionally, purchasing a mattress topper is more affordable than buying a brand-new mattress. If your budget doesn't allow for a new mattress right away, a topper can provide a temporary solution while you save up.

Can mattress toppers be washed?

It depends on the type of topper. A lightweight, vinyl-backed topper can be washed. However, a memory foam topper should never go into the washing machine. For specific information on how to clean a mattress topper, check out this Sleep Foundation article.

Can mattress toppers go in the dryer?

Improperly washing and drying a mattress topper can completely ruin it. That’s why it's so important to read the fine print or care label after purchasing. Memory foam mattresses must be spot-cleaned, but cotton, polyester, and featherbed toppers can all go in the dryer — but don’t use a dryer sheet. If your topper has a waterproof backing, a dryer sheet will strip the coating off.

Can a mattress cause back pain?

An unsupportive mattress can cause or worsen lower back pain. But too firm a mattress will put pressure on your hips, knees, or shoulders. Achieving a balance between the two is best. It’s suggested that you look for a medium-firm mattress — one that supports the natural curve of your spine but also allows your shoulder and hips to sink in slightly.

Does RC Willey carry bedding?

Yes! RC Willey has an extensive range of bedding sets to suit every style and preference. Our collection features a diverse selection of brands, colors, and sizes, ensuring that you'll find the perfect bedding set to complement your bedroom decor.


When it comes to finding the best place to buy a mattress, look no further than RC Willey. With over 90 years of expertise in the industry, RC Willey offers a curated selection of top-quality mattresses to ensure you find the perfect fit for your sleep preferences. Experience the difference of shopping at the best place to buy a mattress – RC Willey. Your journey to a well-rested and revitalized lifestyle begins with us.


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