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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

Open coil
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

Pocket sprung
Individual springs each in a fabric pocket allow for independent movement and responsive support for shifting weight. As the springs are isolated in a pocket sprung mattress, they make a great choice for couples sharing a bed that have a substantial difference in size as the springs can move freely to support each individual as needed. The springs work independently allowing you and your partner to move around without you rolling together and disturbing each other. View pocket sprung mattresses

Memory foam
Responsive material that reacts to pressure and body heat to provide consistent support and improved comfort in any position by absorbing the impact of weight distribution to keep the spine aligned. Memory foam mattresses mould around users to provide instantly reactive support throughout the night to ease aches and pains, and also helps to regulate your temperature in bed. View memory foam 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
Small single

75cm x 190cm
(2'6" x 6'3")

Single

90cm x 190cm
(3'0" x 6'3")

Small double

120cm x 190cm
(4'0" x 6'3")

Double

135cm x 190cm
(4'6" x 6'3")

King size

150cm x 198cm
(5'0" x 6'6")

Super king

180cm x 200cm
(7'1"x 7'9")

Additional features to look out for

Orthopaedic
Helps keep back pain under control whilst in bed thanks to purposely-designed support

Quilted
A little extra padding to the finish of your mattress to enhance your night-time comfort

Tufted Top
The tufting method keeps mattress fillings in place for a long-lasting, firm and supportive feel

Double Sided
Sleep on either side to ensure even weight distribution and prevent a quickly worn out mattress

No Turning Needed
Designed with a resilient filling which won't lose its shape, convenient if turning is an issue

Latex
Made with natural Latex, this type of mattress is hypoallergenic and helps fight dust mites

Cool Max
Keeps you comfortable with a fibre-based technology that moves
perspiration away from the body

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.

Mattress toppers

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.