Mattresses are the most overlook pieces of furniture that you can find in a house or flat; frequently kept for more than is good for your health – and particularly your back -, it is time to rethink your relation to your mattress. Do you know that we dedicate one-third of our lives to sleep? …
Mattresses are the most overlook pieces of furniture that you can find in a house or flat; frequently kept for more than is good for your health – and particularly your back -, it is time to rethink your relation to your mattress.
Do you know that we dedicate one-third of our lives to sleep? So, we’d better do it on a comfortable mattress!
Usually, it is recommended that you change your mattress every seven to ten years and taking a few precautions whilst it is there will ensure you a better sleep on a comfortable mattress.
As soon as you feel your sleeping nights get disturbed more than usual or if you wake up with aches in your back or if you mattress feel lumpy, you should consider buying a new one.
And obviously, if your mattress is more than ten-years-old, it ought to be changed.
But choosing a new mattress can be a daunting task, so we gathered all the information you need to buy your new mattress without undue worry.
Before anything else, consider the size of the mattress you would like to buy: a cramped mattress is never a good idea as you share the space with your loved one.
Indeed, as we sleep, we move and a tight space mean we won’t be able to move as freely as we would like.
There are five common sizes of mattresses, which you can find in any good shop: king (76 x 80 inches), California King (72 x 84 inches), queen (60 x 80 inches), full or double (53 x 75 inches) and twin (38 x 75 inches).
The best way to decide about the size is to go to a shop and lay on the mattresses, with your loved one, you think are nice for a full fifteen minutes and change positions: on your back, on your sides… just to feel whether it feels cramped or not.
When you lie down, don’t forget to kick off your shoes first!
Then, you have to decide on the degree of firmness you prefer, and contrary to popular belief, harder is not always better.
Comfort being a very subjective matter, you and only you can choose a mattress that will be best for you.
There are four types of mattresses that you should consider and all have their ups and downs: innersprings mattresses, memory foam mattresses, latex mattresses and air-filled mattresses.
Innerspring mattresses are the most common ones, all over the planet: they are constituted of springs and they are the ones on which you can easily bounce.
This type of mattresses usually have a foam or fiberfill outer layer to add comfort.
Memory foam mattresses, on the contrary, are the type of mattresses that don’t have springs, but, instead, are made of different layers of foam density.
By varying the density and the depth of the different layers, it is possible to achieve different levels of comfort and support.
Latex mattresses are similar to memory foam ones, but are bouncier than the memory foam ones, and there are two types of latex mattresses: natural latex and synthetic latex.
The natural latex type is said to be resistant to mould, dust mites and is antimicrobial.
And finally, there are the air-filled mattresses: do be careful not to confuse them with Airbeds even though they have the same basic principles.
Those mattresses have a vinyl or rubber chamber mattresses, and, most of the time, come with a remote for you to control the filing of the air in the mattress.
Once you have all these information in hand, don’t forget to bring in your budget: a mattress is paramount to good health so it is better to invest in a good mattress rather than a cheap one.
Finally, do not forget to buy a bed base that fit your mattress and pillows that are comfortable for your neck, and you are ready for a good-night sleep!
Tempur is one of the well-known manufacturers of foam mattresses and their mattresses are of high quality.
“The Original Mattress 20 by Tempur” is expensive, but a real relief for persons with achy joints as memory foam mattresses mould to your body for better comfort.
Priced at £1,249, this is not a bargain but a long-term investment for your health.
Vi-Spring, as Tempur, offers good quality mattresses, but those mattresses are innerspring rather than memory foam.
Having their customers comfort at heart, Vi-Spring offers a “comfort pledge”: you have a month to decide if you like the mattress and if you don’t, they will exchange it for you with a harder or softer one.
The “Elite double model”, priced at £840, has innersprings and uses British fleece wool and cotton to make it more comfortable.
Dormeo, another mattress specialist, offers this line, the “Octaspring mattress” which features a honeycomb-like memory foam springs which determines the firmness of the mattress according to the body lying there.
Warren Evans, well-known in England, offers a line of Pocket Sprung Mattresses which particularity is that, each spring individually answers to the pressure of a body to allow better comfort.
This particular range of mattresses has a range of price going from £296 to £1,090.
The “Harmony Pocket Sprung Mattress” is the firmest of the range, filled with different materials to make it comfortable and breathable and costs £445.
And finally, we couldn’t write this article without evoking Slumberland, and particularly, their “Blue Seal” range: each pocket spring is covered with memory foam for extra-comfort.
The price ranges from £499.