Choosing the right mattress can ensure you get a great night’s sleep every night. There are a lot of options to choose from but don’t be intimidated by the range available to you. Use this handy buyer’s guide to help you buy the perfect mattress to give you all the comfort and support you need. This guide covers topics including:

1. Different types of mattresses

2. How to choose the best mattress for you

3. How to test a mattress

4. Standard mattress sizes

5. How to care for a mattress

6. Safety advice

1. What different kinds of mattresses are there?

Open spring & memory foam

Open coil mattresses are made of single springs fixed together by one wire. The springs move as one unit, making a partner’s night-time movements more pronounced. Many of these mattresses are topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive memory foam that moulds to your body’s contours for increased comfort. For more detailed information about open spring mattresses, take a look at our handy Open Coil Spring Mattress Buying Guide.

memory foam mattress

Pocket spring & memory foam mattresses

Pocket coil products house individual springs within separate fabric pockets. The springs work independently and respond to individual body weight. A layer of memory foam provides additional support and enables the body to move naturally during the night. To find out more about pocket spring mattresses, check out our handy Pocket Spring Mattress Buying Guide.

Pocket 2000  pocket spring Mattress

All foam mattresses

Many mattresses feature a layer of foam on top of either open or pocket coil springs, whereas all-foam mattresses offer a full foam filling. A memory foam mattress adjusts to the body’s contours, offering maximum support and a soft, yet durable product. Read our Memory Foam Mattress Buying Guide to find out if this is the right kind of mattress for you.

Cordoba memory foam mattress

Mattresses with classic fillings

Mattresses with spring systems are often filled with man-made polymers, some of which boast hypoallergenic properties. Alternative products however are padded with premium natural fillings such as wool, cashmere, silk and horse hair.

2. How do you choose a mattress?

Comfort and support are the most important things to consider when buying a new mattress. A good mattress can last for years, so take your time to make an informed decision.

What’s the difference between pocket sprung and coil sprung mattresses?

Pocket sprung mattresses feature separate springs, housed in individual fabric pockets. A coil sprung mattress, however, incorporates single springs connected by one wire.

The springs in pocket sprung mattresses work independently and respond to individual body weight whereas coil springs move as one unit. This means a pocket sprung mattress is better for couples who don’t want to be woken by their partner’s movements.

What is memory foam?

Memory foam is temperature-sensitive material that moulds and remoulds to the body’s contours. Both supple and supportive, memory foam enables natural night-time movement and relieves the pressure on painful joints. It can be used as a layer on top of pocket and coil sprung mattresses or used with an all-foam filling.

What’s the best mattress for a divan base?

There are two different types of divan bases, each suited to a different type of mattress. Pocket sprung divans have springs in the base for added softness, whereas platform divans have a hard top for a firmer feel. The overall feel and firmness of the bed will depend on your chosen combination and overall desired comfort level.

What mattress is best for kids?

It’s as important to choose an appropriate mattress for your child’s bed as it is for your own. Their growing bodies need sufficient support and their developing minds require a good night’s sleep.

Invest in a durable mattress to withstand wear and tear and consider a cover for increased stain protection.

What is temperature controlled sleeping?

Being too hot or too cold during the night can mean you lose out on sleep. Luckily, these days many mattresses have temperature control features such as ventilated borders and specially selected materials, to help you get a good night’s sleep.

How thick should a memory foam mattress be?

Memory foam mattresses vary in thickness and any thickness will still provide the benefits of these comfortable, pressure-sensitive mattresses.

3. How do you test a mattress?

When purchasing a mattress, our top tip is to try before you buy! Don’t feel intimidated when trying out potential purchases. Make sure you sit on the edge of the mattress to ensure it doesn’t sag.

Lie in various positions and move from one to the other to check for ease of movement. Only you can decide whether a mattress is comfortable and if shopping for 2, ensure you both go to gauge comfort levels together.

Mattress Support Ratings

  • Soft mattresses – When lying on your side, a soft mattress will mould into your body, relieving the pressure from your hips and shoulders.
  • Medium mattresses – Medium tension mattresses allow for support in a variety of sleeping positions.
  • Firm mattresses – For those who sleep on their front or back, a firm mattress should provide sufficient support for keeping the spine perfectly aligned.

4. What are standard mattress dimensions?

Although the dimensions of a bed frame are bigger than those of a divan base, the required mattress measurements will remain the same. Standard UK mattress dimensions mean you can easily buy beds, mattresses and bedding in the right sizes.

  • Small single W75 x L190 (cm)
  • Single W90 x L190 (cm)
  • Small double W120 x L190 (cm)
  • Double W135 x L190 (cm)
  • King-size W150 x L200 (cm)
  • Super king-size W180 x L200 (cm)

5. How do you care for a mattress?

Looking after your mattress will keep it in great condition for longer. Investing in a washable mattress protector will help to keep it stain free and fresh.

How often should a mattress be replaced?

A good mattress can last between 8 and 10 years if cared for and rotated or turned regularly.

There’s no set formula for replacing your mattress, however, if you regularly rise feeling tired and achy or your mattress is starting to show visible signs of wear and tear then it may be time to consider a new mattress.

How do you clean a mattress?

Vacuuming your mattress from time to time will help to keep it clean. If it becomes dirty, never soak it in an attempt to remove stains. Instead use a clean, colourless cloth with cold or warm water and a mild detergent to gently work on the affected area.

How often should a mattress be turned?

Many memory foam mattresses can’t be turned because they only have one side suitable for sleeping on, but they can be rotated length-ways instead.

A new mattress should be turned every week for the first 3 months so that the filling settles evenly. After that, simply turn your mattress once every 3 to 4 months to keep it in good condition.

6. Safety Advice

If you suffer from allergies, read the mattress label thoroughly to check for hidden allergens.

Hypoallergenic mattresses with anti-microbial properties offer an ideal solution for allergy sufferers.

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