February 10, 2021 3 min read

Pocket Spring Mattresses, What's the Deal?

For years pocket spring mattresses have been perennial favourites with our customers at Beds On Legs. But whilst a bed sales person can extol the benefits of pocket spring mattresses until the cows come home, few people actually understand what they are. What's more, when you start researching them you can send your head into a spin as you feel like you've opened Pandora's box. How many pocket springs should a good mattress have? What do they even do and why are bed sales people seemingly fanatical about them? Here, we hope to break down what pocket spring mattresses are, what makes a good one and why you should consider buying one.

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Pocket Spring Mattresses Explained.

Individually pocketed springs make up a pocket sprung mattress. Clear as mud, we thought so. Okay, so let's go back to the beginning. Way back when in the neolithic period, people slept on mattresses of leaves and animals. In 1865 a clever bed boffin invented the first pocket sprung mattress. In 1900, James Marshall, a rather clever gentleman patented the first ever pocket sprung mattress. The advantage of this new found system is that individual springs sealed in fabric could react independently of its neighbours. In layman terms, this means that pocket spring mattresses can provide unrivalled support as they can adapt to the exact need of the individual, regardless of shape or size. Therefore, the sleeping habits of the other person do not affect the other partner. This is because essentially sleeping on your own set of springs.

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So How Many Springs Should Pocket Spring Mattresses have?

The million dollar question is... how many springs is the right amount? The general rule of thumb is that the more pocket springs the mattress has the better the quality. Price reflects this. Indeed, generally speaking the higher the spring count the higher the price. The reason more pocket springs are superior is because springs become smaller and therefore more responsive to the individual's body.

However, don't get obsessed with trying to find a pocket spring mattress with a zillion springs. In other words, you might lie on a pocket sprung mattress with a 1000 springs and feel as snug as a bug in a rug.

Is There Anything Else I Should Consider?

The other thing to consider when looking at pocket spring mattresses is the fillings in the mattress. Looks like things just got confusing again! Mattresses can have a variety of fillings from man made polyester, to silk, cotton or layers of foam or memory foam. In recent times there has been a big movement to more 'organic' mattresses. In other words, these mattresses are comprised of completely natural fillings.

A layer of memory foam is still an extremely popular choice. This is because memory foam, originally designed by the very clever people at NASA, moulds to the exact contours of the body. It is a body temperature sensitive material that keeps your spine in correct alignment. It's also perfect for people suffering with allergies as they don't harbor bed bugs in the same way as traditional mattresses. Plus, with the advancement of cool gel mattresses, overheating with these mattresses is less of a problem.

And So We Have It

So, in conclusion pocket spring mattresses are pretty good cookies. They've stood the test of time and remain popular with those looking for a good night's kip. If you want to read more on mattresses you can always visit the Sleep Council who are an independent advice centre. For all our lovely jubbly mattresses just click here. And don't forget you can always contact our sales hotline if you need any further help. We're always happy to talk about mattresses, and yes we are all bed geeks!