If you’re looking for a luxurious mattress that you and your partner can sleep comfortably on together then a pocket sprung mattress is ideal. This guide gives you all the information you need to decide whether a pocket spring mattress is for you, covering the topics including:

1. What is a pocket spring mattress?

2. What to look for in a pocket sprung mattress

3. Standard mattress dimensions

4. How to care for a pocket spring mattress

5. Safety advice

1. What is a pocket spring mattress?

Most mattresses contain metal coils which give buoyancy and support but a pocket sprung mattress differs from an open coil or continuous coil mattress because each spring is housed in an individual fabric pocket, giving added support and ensuring that each spring works independently, so there’s no more rolling into your partner in the night.

How is a pocket spring mattress constructed?

Pocket spring mattresses consist of rows of separate springs surrounded by individual pockets, these are then filled with air or stuffing to provide medium to strong support. Each spring is then connected by a single wire to add further durability.

Most pocket spring mattresses come with high quality coverings and the best mattresses have hand stitched sides which make them incredibly strong.

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

In a pocket sprung mattress each coil has its own pocket but in a continuous or open coil sprung mattress coils aren’t individually housed but stuffed with large layers of fibre instead.

Do more pocket springs mean a better mattress?

In most cases the more pocket springs you have the more supportive your mattress will be. It’s a good idea to opt for a mattress with as many springs as possible if you sleep with a partner.

2. What to look for in a pocket sprung mattress

How do you test a mattress?

When shopping for a new mattress, always make sure you try before you buy. Always make sure you sit on the edge of the mattress to test for sagging and then lie in a few different positions to see how easily you can move.

  • 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 to make sure your spine is aligned properly through the night.

Should you buy a pocket spring mattress with memory foam topper?

Combining a memory foam topper with a pocket sprung mattress can make for an incredibly comfortable night’s sleep as you’ll get the superior support of pocket springs whilst the memory foam moulds to the contours of your body which help reduce aches and pains.

What type of mattress covers are there?

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.

Are pocket spring mattresses best for back pain?

If you want to choose a mattress that uses metal coils as opposed to a memory foam or latex mattress, then a pocket spring is your best bet if you suffer from back pain.

To avoid aggravating your pain your body needs to be properly supported and as each coil in a pocket spring mattress works separately, each area of your body will get equal support.

3. What are standard mattress dimensions?

In the UK mattresses are available in a number of standard measurements which range from a small single to a super king size.

  1. Small single W75 x L190 (cm)
  2. Single W90 x 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)

To ensure you buy the right size bed and mattress combination to suit your bedroom, check out our handy Bed Sizes Buying Guide.

4. How to care for a pocket spring mattress?

Looking after your mattress will increase keep it in great condition for much longer; try investing in a washable mattress protector to help to keep your pocket spring mattress stain free and fresh.

How do you clean a pocket sprung 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 clean the affected area.

How often should a mattress be turned?

A pocket spring mattress should be turned every 3 to 4 months to keep it in fantastic conditino. A new mattress should be turned every week for the first 3 months to allow the fillings to settle down evenly.

5. Safety advice

Can you get an allergic reaction to a mattress?

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

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

View our mattress range or visit our buying guides section to view other styles of mattresses.