It can be one of the hardest tasks in the world trying to fall asleep on a mattress that you don’t find comfortable, so if you are looking to maximise your chances of getting a good night’s sleep then you would be surprised to know how many different kinds of mattresses are available to you. With so many options it’s not always easy to work out the right one for you, and if you are going to make a long-term investment then it’s often a good idea to try before you buy.
Most bedroom furniture stores allow you to climb into the bed while you are in the store to check how comfortable and suitable they are for you, which is a great idea when you aren’t too sure of what you are looking for. As with most things though, you shouldn’t rush into buying the first one you see – have a look around and see what’s on offer.
What types of mattresses are there?
When it comes to choosing a mattress that is perfect for you then it is more than just the size that you have to take into consideration, as there are a number of different materials and fillings that provide different levels of comfort and support. There are several different types of mattress available, with some of the more popular designs including:
Pocket springs – this design is considered to be more luxurious, the smaller, lighter springs are individually wrapped in fabric pockets and work independently from one another. It’s like thousands of tiny pistons that are constantly adjusting and conforming to your body contours, ensuring complete support and comfort from head to toe
Coiled springs – the robust coiled spring systems are specifically designed to evenly distribute body weight over the surface of the mattress. Although this system varies with each manufacturer, they all feature row upon row of springs linked together with a spiral wire, which ensures the mattress retains its shape throughout its life
Natural latex – latex offers users with a list of unique benefits as the design is hypo-allergenic and its anti-microbial properties inhibit bacteria, fungi and house dust mites – so it can be particularly beneficial for people who suffer from respiratory problems. Latex also conforms perfectly to your body’s contours for superb comfort, neck and back support
Memory foam – this design was first made famous by NASA during the shuttle space programme, as the technologically advanced memory foam responds to body heat and weight to support you perfectly, relieving pressure points and helping relieve symptoms of backache, painful joints and circulatory problems
Paul James is a freelance design journalist from the UK working with Direct Furniture 24/7