Buying a mattress is not unlike buying a car. The salesmen are sleazy, the financing options are built to confuse, and the whole scenario feels a little shady.

Our advice: figure out what you like in terms of firmness (pause...) and just get on with it.

Once a mattress is selected, you move on to another, equally important purchase—the bed frame.

No, dropping the mattress on the floor won't do. You're not in your college apartment anymore. As with most furniture, a bed frame helps set the tone for your home. If you want to rest well, you'll want your bedroom to function as your sanctuary and reflect your personality. (Plus, women don't want to spend a night sleeping on the ground).

To ease the process, we've matched bed frames and personality types. Buy a bed the right way with A Beginner's Guide to Beds.

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