How To Select Mattress Pads & Toppers

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Mattress pads and mattress toppers can help keep your mattress feeling like new.
Mattress pads are used to protect your bed from typical wear and tear and prolong the life of your mattress, while mattress toppers are meant to provide an extra layer of comfort when you sleep.

Mattress Pads


A mattress pad is essential to a good night's sleep. It provides an extra layer of cushion and protects your mattress investment.



Mattress pad covers are available in cotton, microfiber and waterproof varieties. The finest quality mattress pads will be able to withstand wash after wash and retain their shape and elasticity.


Polyester is the most common fill for mattress pads. The higher the number of ounces, the softer and thicker the pad.


Visco-elastic memory foam is another option in mattress pads or mattress toppers. Memory foam adjusts to the contours of your body, allowing for a more peaceful night's sleep.


Mattress pad depths vary from 15 to 21 inches so that they can fit securely over the deepest mattress and stay in place. Some are designed with expandable sides.


Heated mattress pads are low-voltage warming pads that produce enough heat to keep you warm and comfortable while you sleep. They are not designed to produce enough heat to make the bed hot. We suggest you spend several days experimenting with the settings until you find your personal comfort level. Most automatically shut off after a set amount of time or if any abnormal heating occurs inside or outside the blanket.


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Mattress Toppers


A mattress topper does exactly what it sounds like—it sits on top of your mattress. A good mattress topper can add support to a mattress that is a bit too soft. It can also add softness to a mattress that is too firm, while not taking away from the support.


  • Pressure-point relief reduces muscle and joint pain
  • Less tossing and turning
  • Promotes spinal alignment
  • Some come with washable covers


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Mattress Sizes

The chart below shows the standard sizes for the most common mattresses. We recommend measuring your mattress to get its exact size as there may be some variations in length and width.


Mattress Size Dimensions
Twin Mattress 39"x75"
Full Mattress 54"x75"
Queen Mattress 60"x80"
King Mattress 76"x80"
California King Mattress 72"x84"


Knowing how to properly measure the depth of your mattress is crucial when buying a mattress pad or mattress topper. The measurement is from the top of the mattress to the bottom edge. To measure the depth of your mattress:


  • Place a straight edge, such as a yardstick, as close to the center of the mattress as possible, with the other end extending out over the side of the mattress.
  • It's important that you use the side of the mattress rather than the corner as the corner will give you an incorrect measurement.
  • Using a ruler or measuring tape, measure from the lower edge of the yardstick to the bottom edge of the mattress.