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  • Choosing A Mattress, Our 101 Guide

    February 10, 2021

    Choosing A Mattress

    All You Need To Know When Choosing A Mattress

    Once you start looking at choosing a mattress, it can feel like a minefield. From what spring system to have to how much cash you should spend, the options seem endless. Indeed, with literally thousands of different options on the market you will certainly feel like a nap after all your research! Here, at Beds On Legs, we're not ashamed to admit that when it comes to mattresses we score highly on the nerdometer. With over 30 years experience, and over 20 years online, we've learnt a thing or two about choosing a mattress. Here we will break down all the facts to help you on your mission mattress. For more detailed info you can always head to the sleep council here

    Choosing A Mattress

    Spend As Much As You Can Afford

    When it comes to choosing a mattress you should determine what pennies you can spend. Remember that you spend up to one third of your life in your bed so it pays dividends to get the best you can afford. Whilst it might seem tempting to scrimp on a mattress, after all who sees it?, this is a rookie error. Without a doubt, your mattress is the most important part of your bed. Get a good mattress and your body will thank you for it. What's more, it can be false economy to purchase a cheap mattress as the chances are it will need replacing sooner. We would recommend spending at least £250.00 for a double mattress. Although if you keep your eyes peeled we sometimes offer discounts on our mattresses.

    The exception to the rule is when it comes to mattresses for spare beds. By all means, get a top notch mattress if you want. However, as it won't be used as much it isn't necessary. Whilst we know there are double mattresses on the market for less than a £100.00 we wouldn't recommend anything this cheap. As the saying goes, 'if it's too good to be true then it probably is!'.

    Choosing A Spring System

    With a budget in mind you can now get to the nitty gritty. The first thing you need to consider is which spring system to chose. Mattresses normally comprise of either an open coil spring system or a pocket sprung system. If that all sounds like gobbledygook then don't sweat, we're here to help.

    A open coil spring system is generally found in mattresses at the lower end of the market. This is basically because they are a lot more economical to produce. Open coil means that springs run in one continuous line from head to foot. The disadvantage of this system is that it isn't as supportive and you will feel the movements of your bed partner.

    A pocket spring system is found in higher spec mattresses. Basically each spring is individually cased in fabric and works independently of those springs around it. Therefore, this kind of spring system offers unrivaled support. Plus you shouldn't end up rolling into your bed partner. Unless you want to offer course! Generally speaking, the more pocket springs, the better. This is because as you get a higher spring count they become smaller, making them more adaptive to your body.

    Choosing Mattresses Fillings

    Back in the day there were less mattress fillings to chose from. However, lots of clever scientific bods have introduced various materials giving a wider choice of fillings. Indeed, most people nowadays have heard of memory foam, yet this is a relatively new material. Just ask your Gran! Here is a break down of the different fillings available:-

    Synthetic And Man Made Fillings

    Numerous mattresses have polyester and synthetic fillings. These fillings are probably the most economical of fillings. Comfort wise, they are perfectly good. However, some people prefer natural fillings and thus man made fillings aren't suitable.

    Natural Fillings

    If when you choosing a mattress you prefer something of a more organic origin then you should pick a mattress with natural fillings. Natural fillings include wool, horse hair, bamboo and silk among others. All our mattresses show their full spec so it pays to read what is exactly in them.


    Latex is like the forefather to memory foam. This is because it has very similar properties to memory foam. Both mattresses contour to the body. However, latex doesn't contour quite as well. This can be a pro or a con, depending on your preference.

    Memory Foam

    When looking at choosing a mattress you will likely come across memory foam mattresses. Indeed, they have been hot on the market for quite a few years now. The advantage of memory foam is that it is the best mattress at contouring to your body and is great at relieving pressure where you need it most. The main disadvantage is that some people find that they over heat with a memory foam mattress. However, those clever scientific people have now introduced means to counteract this. Certain memory foam mattresses now contain cool gel, or variants of this, which helps to keep you cool at night. Therefore, if being hot is a concern then keep your eyes peeled for this nifty feature.

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