Sleep may be a natural part of life but sleeping well doesn’t always come naturally. And it often comes down to the mattress.

That is why, as sleep experts, we created this guide to help you explore this important step and find a mattress that’s right for you.

With this guide,
we answer all your questions.

When should I change my mattress? Whenever you want.

Let’s forget about the rule that “you must change your mattress every 10 years.” The truth is that people change their mattress for all sorts of reasons.

  • Pain waking up
  • A sagging mattress
  • Poor sleep
  • New circumstances

All reasons are valid, even if you just feel like a change! After all, it’s your sleep we’re talking about here.

What makes a good mattress?

What makes a good mattress?

Of course, there are certain things that every “good mattress” should have, like quality materials, good durability and a well-thought-out design.

The most important thing is to feel good.

The notion of a “good mattress” depends largely on an individual sleeper’s priorities and preferences. The most important thing is for everyone sleeping on the mattress to be comfortable.

100-day guarantee.

Brault & Martineau lets you try it out and exchange it if you need to, with no restocking fee (learn more about the 100-day guarantee). So if the mattress doesn’t suit the sleeper using it, you can trade it in for another one in light of what you learned during your trial run.*

Our 100-day guarantee demonstrates our commitment to your sleep comfort and quality of life.

*When you buy a mattress cover.

What type
of mattress should I choose?

01 Spring mattress

This is the first—and most common—mattress technology. There are many types of springs, but here are the two most popular.

Traditional (or Bonnell) springs

Since the springs are attached to one another with steel wire, and mounted on a steel base, the quality of these mattresses generally depends on the quality and number of springs.

Pocket springs

Every spring is individually housed in a pocket of fabric, which minimizes motion transfer. The springs also adapt really well to the body’s pressure points, no matter what your sleep position is.

Loved by...

  • Anyone looking for a durable mattress
  • Bargain hunters

Not recommended for...

  • Those with a partner who moves around a lot
  • The springs transfer a lot of vibration.

Loved by...

  • Side sleepers
  • Shoulders and hips “sink” into the mattress while remaining supported.

Not recommended for...

  • People with allergen sensitivities
  • People with back pain

What type of mattress suits you? Whatever puts a spring in your step.

02 Foam mattress

Designed with a more recent technology of foam layers, these mattresses mold themselves to the sleeper’s body.

Multiple layers.

These mattresses are made up of different layers, with varying degrees of thickness and types of material. With so much variety, it’s easy to find a foam mattress that suits your needs, preferences and budget.

Leading-edge technology.

This type of mattress is currently evolving, as evidenced by the new technologies proposed by manufacturers in recent years.

Quality sleep.

Given this variety, there’s a good chance you’ll find a good fit when you go with one of these mattresses.

A few years ago, these mattresses were expensive, but with the evolution of materials and technologies, their current prices rival those of spring mattresses.

Loved by…

  • People with back pain
  • People who don’t move around much

Not recommended for…

  • People who toss and turn

Want to add some foam to your sleep?

03 Latex mattress

The result of proven technology, latex mattresses mold to the sleeper’s body, just like memory foam mattresses. But they offer a few extra benefits.

Cool comfort.

Besides staying cool, they are responsive, antibacterial and resistant to dust mites. They also last longer than other mattresses.

Loved by…

  • People with allergen sensitivities

Not recommended for…

  • People with latex allergies

These mattresses will have you sinking into sleep.

8 tips to choose 
the right mattress.

1 Look for support.

Good support goes hand in hand with good sleep. When you try the mattress, you can see if you are well supported. Just lie down with your spine straight. Take the time to do this to make sure you have proper support.

2 Get into position.

What we consider “comfortable” varies depending on tastes and preferences. Our advice: listen to yourself. If you need cues, we recommend that you choose a level of firmness that corresponds to your preferred sleeping position:

  • Stomach → Firm
  • Back → Semi-firm or firm
  • Side → Soft or semi-firm

3 Try it first.

In the end, the level of firmness is a matter of preference. That is why we recommend you try the mattress in store to choose from these 4 levels:

  • Extra firm
  • Firm
  • Semi-firm
  • Soft

4 Trust the first try.

Go with your gut: if you’re not 100% comfortable, try again. The idea is not to get used to your mattress over time, but to love it from the very beginning.

5 Take measurements.

The ideal mattress size varies depending on what you plan to do with it. According to our expertise, you should consider these points:

  • Room size
  • Number of sleepers

Based on those needs, you can choose among 5 sizes:

  • Twin (or a bed for one) 39 x 76 in
  • Twin XL (or a long bed for one) 39 x 80 in
  • Double (or a bed for two) 54 x 76 in
  • Queen (or a large bed for two) 60 x 80 in
  • King (or a really large bed for two) 78 x 80 in*

*Since the mattresses are not solid structures, the above measurements are approximate.

6 Think accessories.

Don’t forget that changing mattress size means changing the bed frame, box spring, bedding and mattress cover.

7 Decide together.

When you shop for a mattress with someone else, it’s important to consider the opinion of both sleepers. Among our wide selection, you’ll find the mattress that meets everyone's needs.

8 Don’t forget the pillow top.

Since there are 3 main types of pillow top, let us describe them a little.

Standard pillow top.
With a thin padded layer on top of the springs, this pillow top won't show. The fact that it is not particularly thick brings out the firmness of the mattress while offering the desired comfort.

Loved by…

  • Firm and semi-firm mattress lovers

Pillow top.
The pad is set at 1 to 2 inches from the edge of the mattress. Even if it seems detached from the mattress, it is fixed and adds to its comfort.

Loved by…

  • Semi-firm and soft mattress lovers

Euro top.
Similar to the pillow top, the Euro top generally includes thicker layers of foam that stay firmly in place.

Loved by…

  • Soft mattress lovers

Why should I trust
Brault & Martineau
with my mattress purchase?

Sleep like a baby.

As a local brand, Brault & Martineau has been dedicated to offering the highest level of service and expertise to Quebecers for over 60 years. Our in-store and online experts are specially trained to guide you in buying the right mattress for your needs.

There’s nothing like trying it.

Before buying it, it is recommended to try your mattress with one of our in-store experts at one of our Quebec locations.



At the other end of the line.

You can also call or chat with one of our experts to find the right mattress for you.




100 nights to decide.

An in-store trial is not an option? Our comfort guarantee gives you the possibility to order your mattress and protect it with a mattress cover to enjoy a 100-night trial period.