Some usefull information when choosing a mattress - still confused? Please get in touch for further advise.
MATTRESS INTERIORS - HOW YOUR WEIGHT IS SUPPORTED
OPEN COIL - used to be commonly used, the open Springs are arranged in rows and connected to one another, top and bottom by a spiral helical wire with a heavy gauge outer rod to strengthen the perimiter.
There are typically around 325 coils in a kingsize open coil mattress. Changing the number of coils, thickness of the wire and height of the spring unit will alter the feel, firmness and weight distribution of each mattress.
Sides are generally machine stitched on an open coil mattress, purely for aesthetic reasons. Good for spare rooms
POCKET SPRUNG - more luxurious, with small (typically softer) springs housed in individual fabric pockets, allowing them to function independently of one another, profiling to the shape of your body to reduce pressure points,
Independent support means that there is very little transfer of movement from one sleeping partner to another, a vast improvement when compared to an open coil unit. They are ideal if there is a size or weight difference between you and your partner.
Spring counts can vary anywhere from 600-18,000, typically speaking a higher spring count will give more independent support, spreading the sleepers weight more evenly accross the mattress. Remember a mattresses spring count isn’t everything as
many variations such as quantity and quality of fillings are equally, if not more important.
MEMORY FOAM - is a polyurethane foam with additional chemicals to adapt its viscosity and density. Higher density memory foam will soften with reaction to body heat, lower density memory foam is prodominently touch sensitive and moulds to the
shape of the body quickly, returning to its original shape once the pressure is removed.
They facilitate good blood circulation and contribute towards muscle relaxation.
Helps to maintain a correct posture and align your spine horizontally when lying on your side.
Memory foam mattresses are hypo-allergenic with anti-microbial properties and are generally completely free from dust mites throughout their life, perfect for allergy sufferers.
ITS ALL ABOUT THE LAYERS
Mattresses are made up of a number of layers of materials and in many respects are as, if not more important that the springs below. The differing properties of these materials and the way they are layered have a profound effect on the feel, comfort, breathability and quality of any mattress. Fillings are chosen for their resilience, durability, flexibility and ability to dissipate body moisture and can be natural, synthetic, or a combination of both.
Polyester - is a synthetic, and one of the most cost effective materials with good recovery properties
Visco Elastic - or more commonly known as ‘memory foam’, with a unique feel, it slowly responds to body temperature and weight, taking the shape of the user, and slowly recovers its original shape when heat and pressure are removed (see above for more information)
Latex - is a premium quality material derived from the sap of the rubber tree. It has a destinctive, resilent feel, is very durable and has anti-microbial properties that offer benefits to allergy sufferers.
Cotton - is a unicellular, natural fibre that grows in the seed pod of the cotton plant. Cotton does a perfect job of wicking moisture away from the body during sleep, we can perspire as much as one pint of fluid in one night, or two if you are sharing the mattress, so it is the material of choice for most high end manufacturer’s to use near the surface of the mattress to disperse this excess moisture. It also gives soft feel and has an excellent ability to breathe to ensure you a healthy nights sleep.
Lambswool - is a naturally resilent fibre, creating a luxurious feel with good fire retardancy properties, again a very popular filling choice amongst the elite mattress manufacturers. Because wool is a by-product of a natural fibre, it has hydroscopic properties that enable it to absorb dampness or moisture from perspiration and moves it across the fibres without becoming wet itself. Similar to cotton, wool can regulate body temperature well, keeping you cool in the summer, and acts as an insulator during winter
Cashmere & Pashmina - is a luxury fibre wool obtained from the soft fleecy undergrowth of the Kashmir goat, generally sourced from southern Asia. Cashmere is characterized by its fine, soft fibers. It provides a natural light-weight insulation without bulk, some manufacturers will add a 10% silk content to their cashmere or pashmina mix for added loft to the mattresses upholstery.
Silk - is a prized natural filament fibre produced by the silkworm; one of the oldest textiles in the world. For centuries silk has had a reputation as a luxurious and sensuous fabric associated with wealth and success. Natural silk constantly equalizes temperature; so it feels cool when you are hot and warm when you are cold.
THE MATTRESS COVERING
Damask - is a reversible, soft, glossy fabric woven on a jacquard loom to form intricate and decorative patterns. It is made of several fibres and blends such as linen, and offers a rich and durable finish.
Microquilting - or ‘panel quilting’ is a type of decorative stitch which holds the fillings inside the mattress in place by running a stitch across the surface of the mattress in a pattern creating a flat sleeping surface, it is ideal for those who prefer a very smooth, even feel.
Tufting - involves pinning the fillings at specific points on the surface of the mattress with a long stitch that runs from the surface down through the inside of the mattress to the core of the spring unit, they look like buttons pressed onto the mattress and create a wavy surface. Hand tufting is found on most of the more expensive pocket sprung mattresses.
Side-stitching - is a labour intensive process involving the perimeter rows of pocket springs to be directly sewn to the side panels of the mattress to give complete and absolute edge to edge support and prevent the side panels from bulking out over time. Genuine hand side-stiching is normally only found amongst the elite mattress makers, lower end manufacturers will generally machine stitch their mattresses, purely for aesthetic reasons.