Some Advice for Choosing the Right Mattress

We all go through phases in life. Recently, we’ve been engaging in some seriously indiscriminate bed-hopping. Like so many who have been caught up in this try-before-you-buy cycle, we have come away from the experience confused, not knowing what we really want, and questioning my deepest desires.

The last mattress I bought was Vispring and it’s got me through a good fifteen years. But having done up my new house recently and somehow managing to come away with a bit of unused budget, I thought it would be a good time to splash out on a new one.

Take Your time to Decide

Take your time to decide what works for you. Go back and visit a few times. Don’t be embarrassed. Lay on your side, on your stomach – shuffle around a bit. We move in our sleep about twenty times per night, so see how that feels. We would also recommend wearing comfortable clothes. Most people don’t sleep in thick jumpers with bags slung over their shoulders – unless you’ve had a really big night – so it’s unrealistic to assess the comfort of a mattress while dressed like that.

Does size matter?

Buy the biggest bed that your room can fit. If a kingsize bed (150cm) or super king (180cm) will fit get one. As children we slept on 90cm single beds, and a double is only 135cm. If there’s two people in that bed, then each of you has less than half the amount of space than they did as children. Some French research recently that said that, the bigger the bed the less the disturbance when two people are sharing a bed.

My partner has a bad back and says he needs a firm mattress…

Well maybe he wants one, but it’s a fallacy to say people with bad backs need a firm mattress. The heaviest parts of your body – your hips and shoulders – should depress the mattress so that your spine doesn’t sag. Again, this is down to personal choice. In China, they have a real preference for extra firm mattresses. It’s a cultural thing.

How many springs should my mattress have?

Counting springs isn’t the best guide to choosing your mattress. It is better to use weight as a judge. Generally speaking for people that weigh up to 11 stone (70kg) we recommend choosing soft, between 11-16 stone (70-102 kg) we recommend medium, 16-20 stone (102-125 kg) is firm, and above that extra firm.

How do couples with a weight difference decide?

Firstly, it’s important that both people go and try the mattresses, because what is right for one is not necessarily right for the other. There are custom made mattresses that have a split tension and are suitable for two different weights.

After all this, what if I’ve picked the wrong mattress?

Most stores have warranty. This means, try the mattress out for at least 30 days. Remember, it takes time to get used to something new. If at this point you think it’s too soft or too hard, go back to where you bought it and we will do a one-time swap for you for no charge. At the end of the day, we recognise this is an investment, and we want you to be comfortable.

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