How to choose your mattress

You already know by now that a good night sleep is one of the best ways to feel healthy and in shape.

Before you get on to buying a new mattress, there are a few things you better know:

  • A bed should be 10cm longer than the tallest person who will be sleeping in it, so a king-size is the minimum for someone 6ft or more, and wide enough to allow both partners to lie side by side, hands behind heads, without elbows touching.
  • To check if a mattress is supporting you properly, lie down and slide a hand beneath the small of your back. If your hand fits easily, it’s too soft; not at all, and it’s too firm.
  • The base will affect how the mattress feels. A sprung divan will make a mattress seem softer than a solid divan or slatted base.
  • Sprung and pocket mattresses are padded with fillings including cotton, lambswool and mohair. Luxurious options, such as cashmere and silk, will mean the finished product is more expensive.
  • ‘Orthopaedic’ is a term that describes mattresses with a firmer spring. While some swear by them, it’s more important to choose a mattress that gives proper support as opposed to just being very hard.

After having this in mind, next step is choosing the best mattress for you. Here are the different types you can choose from:

Open-sprung mattress

An open-sprung mattress contains one long piece of wire coiled into springs. It also has a border rod of wire that gives the mattress a firm edge and helps retain its shape.

Pros: Great value for money, they are lighter than other mattresses, so easier to turn, and can be turned in all directions, which extends the life of the mattress.

Cons: As the springs are all connected, open-sprung mattresses are less responsive to your body and overall less supportive.

Suitable for: Occasional use, and ideal for children’s bedrooms, as they’re less expensive, so can be upgraded as they grow.

Pocket-sprung mattress

Pocket-sprung mattresses are more luxurious, with up to 3,000 individual small springs housed in separate fabric pockets. They tend to have hand-stitched sides for strong, stable edges.

Pros: The springs move independently to support your body. They come in a choice of tensions – soft, medium or firm, which means good support whatever your weight.

Pocket sprung mattress
Pocket sprung mattress

Cons: Because of the density of the fillings, pocket-sprung mattresses can be heavy to turn. They’re usually filled with natural materials, like lambswool, which can exacerbate allergies.

Suitable for: The separate springs make them ideal for two people of different weights. Also available with two sides of a different firmness.

Memory foam mattress

The most well-known type of memory foam mattress is Tempur, a material originally developed by NASA. It’s composed of billions of viscoelastic cells, which respond to your temperature and weight.

Pros: When warm, it adapts to your shape and absorbs your weight, taking pressure off your joints.

Cons: As you sink in to the foam, it might become too warm.

Suitable for: Supportive, good for allergy sufferers and helpful for people with joint pain. It has a unique feel, so you’ll love it or hate it.

Latex mattress

Natural latex is white liquid tapped from the trunks of rubber trees. This is blended with synthetic latex and turned into latex foam, using the Talalay process, which produces the finest polymer.

Pros: Latex is breathable, so you won’t overheat. Exceptionally durable, its resilient feel also makes it good for those who prefer a firmer bed.

Cons: Some think these mattresses have a rather solid feel, and they can be heavy and difficult to move. Cheaper versions can develop lumps and body impressions.

Suitable for: Those with allergies and asthma, as latex doesn’t harbour dust mites. It also has natural antimicrobial properties.

Sprung memory foam mattress

A sprung memory foam mattress is a hybrid of a pocket-sprung base and a memory-foam top layer.

Pros: A compromise between the responsiveness of a pocket-sprung mattress and the support of memory foam. There’s also no need to turn the mattress.

Cons: The ‘sinking’ sensation can put people off, which also means it isn’t recommended for young children, in case they roll onto their face and breathing is inhibited.

Suitable for: People who still want the feel of a pocket-sprung mattress, without the natural fillings that may irritate allergies.

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26 thoughts on “How to choose your mattress

  1. Shad Morris says:

    I have been having a rough time sleeping lately, and we were thinking it was the mattress. I had no idea that ‘orthopaedic’ is the term for firmer mattresses. I really like the memory foam ones though, because they form to your shape. I will have to start looking at different options near us.

  2. Faylinn says:

    I love the sinking sensation of mattresses that you mention above. Because of that, I’m definitely going to have to consider getting a sprung memory foam mattress. However, I will have to see if my husband is agreeable to that to, because I think that we may have different sleeping styles.

  3. Rosie Gaudet says:

    I have always wanted to try out a memory foam mattress! I love that it can adapt to my body’s shape because I feel like that would make me so much more comfortable! I am sure it would help both my husband and me to sleep better!

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    • Snug Hug says:

      There is no single mattress style or type that works for all people with low back pain. Any mattress that helps someone sleep without pain and stiffness is the best mattres, so you should follow the guidelines and indications on the manufacturer’s mattress, know the components and its benefits.But in the end try and find a mattress with back support.
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  4. Annika Larson says:

    My husband and I are looking to buy a new mattress. Especially since my husband has some back issues, we want to make sure we find the right one. I hadn’t thought of sliding your hand beneath the small of your back to check for proper support. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Singapore furniture says:

    Nice Article You touch every corner of the mattresses stuff surely it will help me and other to like how to find or choose best mattresses for your home. in between, you mention “Open-sprung mattress” that is the best part. Thanks for sharing such kind of information.

  6. Samantha Hayer says:

    I’m glad I came across your article about choosing a mattress. My favorite part of your article is when you talked about how you can check if the mattress is supporting you properly. I also like that you enumerated the different types of mattress. Latex mattress appealed to me the most because it has a breathable feature and has a natural antimicrobial property which is perfect for those who have allergies. My son is very prone to allergies so it’s advisable for us to always choose a bed that doesn’t harbor dust mites. I will make sure to talk to my husband so we can consider buying a new mattress.

  7. Lillian Schaeffer says:

    I appreciate your point that memory foam mattresses adapt to your shape when they’re warm. My husband has been having back problems, and we’re wondering if we need to get a new mattress to help with that. Maybe something that would form to his shape would help with his back issues, so perhaps memory foam would be the way for us to go.

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