by | Feb 7, 2018

Sleep on it!

When furnishing your home in Vallarta Nayarit, the three items you should invest in are a well-made 

sofa, long lasting outdoor furniture and a very comfortable mattress.

Most people are unaware that mattress sizes differ around the world. Mattresses manufactured in

Mexico are shorter and wider than American and European mattresses. This size variance is not enough

to impact quality of sleep, but you will notice something is a little off.

For those who are taller, worry not! American sizes are available in Mexico although they are

considered a special order. According to the President of Sealy’s manufacturing plant in Mexico,

American size mattresses make up less than 2% of their total annual mattress sales. Some mattress

superstores keep two to three American size mattresses in inventory however in return for getting the

mattress right away, you may need to sacrifice any features you may want. A special order mattress

can take up to two or three months. Manufacturing plants adjust all their machinery to produce these

special sizes, and generally wait until they have a large enough order to warrant the cost of making the

adjustment. Prices for mattresses in Mexico are about the same price as what you would pay north of

the border. As a general rule of thumb, the cost for an American size mattress and American size

bedroom furniture is around 10% more.

Bed sizes in Mexico are king, queen, matrimonial (equivalent to full) and Individual (equivalent to twin).

California King is also available here, however also considered a custom size.

As for materials, the two most popular options are the coil and memory foam mattresses. Depending

on the type of support you prefer, mattresses with Bonnell, pocketed, offset or continuous coils are

available here. Memory foam mattresses are soft and adaptable, and great if your partner is a restless

sleeper. I have had both types of mattresses in my home in Vallarta Nayarit for about ten years, both

priced in the mid-range. No rusted coils. No mold or mildew.

The only way to select a good mattress is to try before you buy. It never ceases to amaze me when

people say they will buy a mattress at a big box store where you cannot test them out. I recommend

buying at one of the Mexico mattress superstores. Unlike big box stores, you will be able to test it out.

Unlike department stores, you generally pay less. And, many of the mattress superstores include the


Many of the brand names in the US and Canada are also available in Mexico. If you plan to shop for

your mattress north of the border, with the idea of purchasing it when you arrive in Mexico, heads up!

Although retailers here will likely have the same mattress, it will probably have a different name. So

write down the name, as well as the features so you can find the equivalent version here.

A good night’s sleep is worth every penny. Don’t pinch when buying your mattress.

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