With open coil spring, memory foam, pocket sprung and even latex to choose from, finding the right mattress can be a daunting task.

An open coil spring mattress is a safe bet for most people, so if you’d like to find out more about why an open coil spring mattress could be for you then take a look at our handy guide, covering the following topics:

1. What is an open coil mattress?

2. What to look for in an open coil mattress

3. Standard mattress dimensions

4. How to care for an open coil mattress

5. Safety advice

1. What is an open coil mattress?

An open coil mattress is made from a series of springs joined together by a single wire. Open coil mattresses are usually the most reasonably priced so they’re a good choice if you’re on a budget.

How is an open coil mattress constructed?

Rows of large springs shaped like hour glasses are joined together by a single piece of wire called a helical. The wire is bent into a spiral before being threaded through the springs. The edges of the mattress are given extra strength by a strong wire around the top and the bottom.

What’s the difference between open coil and continuous coil?

Whilst open coil springs are all separate, a continuous coil mattress is constructed with one long piece of wire which is fashioned into S shaped coils. These are then joined by a helical in the same way as an open coil. Continuous coil mattresses are considered to be more durable than open coil.

What is the difference between open coil and pocket sprung mattresses?

A pocket sprung mattress is a more high end alternative to an open coil. Each individual spring is housed in its own fabric pocket and each spring works separately so if there’s a considerable difference in size between you and your partner, your weight will be distributed evenly and you won’t end up rolling into each other as you sleep.

If you’d like more information about pocket spring mattresses, take a look at our handy Pocket Spring Mattress Buying Guide.

What is different about a luxury open coil mattress?

Luxury open coil mattresses are usually more tightly stuffed than less expensive alternatives and contain layers of soft stuffing to give added support. In addition, in some cases the stuffing in luxury mattresses will have been teased by hand and it will be covered in a high quality fabric.

2. What to look for in an open coil mattress

When choosing an open coil mattress, look for one with securely sewn side seams as the more durable the sides of your mattress are the longer it will last.

How do you test a mattress?

When purchasing a mattress, our top tip is to try before you buy! Make sure you sit on the edge of the mattress to make sure it doesn’t sag, and lie in various positions and move from one to the other to check you can move easily.

Mattress support ratings

  • Soft mattresses – When lying on your side, a soft mattress will mould to 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 enough support for keeping your spine perfectly aligned as you sleep.

Are open coil mattresses good for back pain?

If you suffer from back pain, then the best way to alleviate it at night is to choose a mattress that will support your spine comfortably and ensure you sleep in the most comfortable position. Most sleep experts agree that memory foam mattresses or orthopaedic mattresses are best if you suffer from back or joint problems or if you tend to wake up with aches and pains in the mornings.

Does an open coil mattress include a memory foam topper?

If you’re looking for a way to get a more comfortable night’s sleep without breaking the bank, then combining an open coil mattress with a memory foam topper can be extremely effective, but in most cases you’ll need to buy your mattress topper separately.

Types of mattress toppers

Enjoy comfort and luxury with a variety of mattress covers that are soft on your skin.

  • Damask mattress covers– Available in a range of man-made and natural fibres, this woven fabric is both comfortable and kind to your skin.
  • Polyester knit – Soft to the touch, this comfortable, man-made fabric will stretch for ease of movement.
  • Aloe Vera – Renowned for its sensitive, soothing properties, Aloe Vera has been added to a range of mattress covers for increased comfort.
  • Silk mattress toppers – Naturally soft and luxurious, silk both absorbs moisture and aids temperature regulation.
  • Cashmere – This natural fibre’s insulating properties change with the level of air humidity, making it comfortable as a cover whatever the weather.
  • Coolmax – This man-made fibre boasts an effective moisture management system, ensuring a comfortable and sound night’s sleep
  • Outlast – For the ultimate in temperature regulation, choose Outlast technology. Excess body heat can be absorbed, stored and released as appropriate for a comfortably cosy night’s sleep.

3. What are standard mattress dimensions?

In the UK all mattresses are manufactured to a set of standard sizes so that any standard mattress can fit any standard bed frame.

  1. Small single W75 x L190 (cm)
  2. Single W90x L190 (cm)
  3. Small double W120 x L190 (cm)
  4. Double W135 x L190 (cm)
  5. King-size W150 x L200 (cm)
  6. Super king-size W180 x L200 (cm)

4. How do you care for your mattress?

Looking after your mattress will increase its longevity of life and investing in a washable mattress protector will help to keep it stain free and fresh.

How do you clean a mattress?

Vacuuming your mattress every few weeks will help to keep it clean. If it does get 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.

How often should a mattress be turned?

Turn an open coil mattress every 3 to 4 months to keep it in great condition. A new mattress should be turned every week for the first 3 months to allow the mattress filling to settle down evenly. Memory foam mattress must be rotated length-ways rather than turned over as they only have one side suitable for sleeping on.

5. Safety advice

Can you get an allergic reaction to a mattress?

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

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

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