- Mattresses and mattress toppers buying guide
Expert guide to mattresses
& mattress toppers
We spend around a third of our lives sleeping, which means you’ll be spending a lot of time with your mattress over the years and it’s no surprise that finding the right one will improve your quality of sleep, as your body is in direct contact with the mattress throughout the night.
Select the correct mattress for your needs and you’ll have the best chance at getting your 40 winks and improve your productivity and wellbeing during the day
Buy the best quality mattress you can afford and pair it with a bedstead or divan that provides complementary support for the perfect starting point for sleep heaven.
When should I replace my mattress?
A good quality mattress should provide between 8-10 years of consistent performance and provide appropriate support. It’s recommended that you change your mattress as the repeated usage can cause uneven compression leading to uneven support and therefore insufficiently suited to provide a comfortable sleep space.
What mattress firmness do I need?
It’s always best to try out a variety of mattresses before you commit to your purchase, and bear in mind your natural sleep position. There is also an element or personal taste, so go with what feels best to you. A mattress should shape to the natural contours of your body without allowing you to sink into the surface and should provide the correct amount of support to keep your spine aligned in your natural sleeping position.
How to test if it’s right for you
Lie on your back and try sliding a hand between the small or our back and the mattress. Your hand should fit between with minimal resistance.
If it’s tricky to slip your hand between, the mattress is too soft and your body is being allowed to ‘sink’ into the surface and your body won’t be supported as it should, with effective spine alignment.
If the gap between your lower back and the mattress is too great, your hand will be able to move about very easily and this usually indicated the support is too firm. Sleeping on a mattress that is too firm means your body will sit on the surface rather than being cradled comfortably, and you won’t benefit from the supportive pressure relief and weight distribution required for refreshing, restful sleep.
Different types of mattress fillings
Durable springs contained in a strong metal frame mean this mattress type holds its shape for even weight distribution. Open coil mattresses or open spring mattresses are available in a range of firmness ratings and offer great value for money. Support comes in the form of coiled springs standing vertically along the depth of the mattress, contained in a metal frame to hold the shape and covered with a soft filling. View open coil mattresses
Pick the perfect sized mattress for you
If you’re sharing a bed, your mattress and bed frame should be 10-20cm longer than the tallest user and wide enough to allow both parties enough room to turn and fidget without disturbing the other too much.
|Mattress size chart|
75cm x 190cm
90cm x 190cm
120cm x 190cm
135cm x 190cm
150cm x 198cm
180cm x 200cm
Additional features to look out for
Caring for your mattress
Sprung mattress care
Most sprung mattresses require regular turning to maximise their life, as the nightly pressure of sleeping bodies can cause the structure to compress, creating inconsistencies in the supportive qualities of the surface over time. Rotating the mattress regularly allows for more even wear. If turning will be a problem for you, there are no-turn mattresses available that are designed to accommodate for this.
Memory foam mattress care
While memory foam mattresses do not require turning, their life may be extended by occasionally rotating them length ways.
Available in all standard bed sizes and a choice of materials such as memory foam for a sumptuous joint-easing experience and teddy bear fabric for a snugly soft and cosy way to sleep, mattress enhancers provide additional support and comfort that will give your bed a new feel. A mattress topper offers a simple and effective way to enhance your relaxation in bed, fastening easily to the top of your existing mattress to provide a refreshing new layer of comfort.
A mattress topper can improve your comfort in bed but is not a substitute for a good quality mattress, and cannot provide the same levels of support. While they provide a luxurious layer to your mattress that may renew and enhance your sleeping experience, there is no substitute for investing in a suitable mattress with the correct firmness rating for your needs. An old and worn out mattress will still fail to provide the structure and support you require for the perfect night’s sleep.