Artisan 1500

A hand crafted natural and man made fibre mattress giving exceptional comfort and support for the price. This mattress simply can’t be beaten given the components and price. Tailored tensions are a standard.

4300Upholstery GSM
1500Pocket Springs
53%Natural Fibre
5 YearGuarantee

Compare comfort

The firmness of the mattress you desire is determined by a few factors. Your weight and height, and the mattress of your choice. The upholstery layers are the very top comfort layers and give different degrees of firmness alongside the spring unit which should be chosen based on your weight.

Spring tension chart

Under 8st 8–11st 11–13st 13–15st 15–17st 17–19st
5'–5'3" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Firm Firm
5'3"–5'6" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Firm Firm
5'6"–5'9" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Firm Firm
5'9"–6' Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Medium Firm
6'–6'3" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Medium Firm
6'3"–6'6" Soft / med Medium Medium Medium Medium Firm


This is the model we put our name and reputation to – Meaning if this is the limit to your budget this certainly is “The best mattress you can buy for your money”!

The Artisan 1500 has been specifically built to emulate the feel of The Artisan Naturals and priced to achieve a stunning mattress at an affordable price. We have used as best we can a similar range of components to The Naturals in order to garner the closest match in terms of support and comfort levels. For example; The insulating layer (1200 gsm Cashmere) is same weight and similar in overall quality and feel to the Mohair as used in The Naturals – this is the most expensive component in this mattress – but critical to achieve the correct support and comfort properties.

This model comes with a 5 year guarantee.


Each model comes with 1500 Pocket Springs in a choice of three spring gauge (soft / med / firm) to suit the users actual bodyweight and/or preference. This is as bespoke as you can get for this particular price range.

These springs are manufactured here in the UK by the same manufacturer who produce our Calico units. There is no question about the provenance and quality of these springs.

There is also the option of dual spring tensions within the same mattress or on all Ziplink models at no extra charge.

Upholstery Layers

The use of Rebound Poly Cotton (RPC) and polyester (sandwiched) is a similar composite structure to the Artisan Luxury. This usage (and combination) contributes greatly towards the overall feel and longevity of the mattress.

The final layer of 500 gsm Wool is a premium product used to boost the overall quality of this mattress. More weight could have been gained by using polyester but this usage would deteriorate the overall value. Second to Blended Wool and Cotton this is the next best primary layer available.

The springs are the component which enabled us to build to a specific price point. Same material (metal) as used in the Calico units – just the housing is different. There should be no discernible difference in comfort and / or Support between the two.

The upholstery quantity and quality is among the best you can get for this budget. There is a massive combined upholstery weight of 4300 GSM of which 53% are natural fibres.
Two rows genuine hand side stitching

 John Ryan By Design Artisan 1500
Total GSM4300gsm
1500gsm Wool
2600gsm Rebound Poly Cotton (50/50)
3700gsm Polyester
4600gsm: Rebound Poly Cotton (50/50)
5700gsm Polyester
61200 gsm Cashmere Hair Pad as Insulator
71500 Spun Bond Pocket Springs (Soft/Med or Firm)

How it will feel

This model has an overall medium feel in the upholstery layers and medium support. It comes in variable spring tensions which are tailored to your weight.

BodyweightSpring tension
Upto 8 Stone / 50kgSoft
8-16 Stone / 50-101kgMedium
16 Stone / 101kg UpwardsFirm


Our John Ryan Artisan Bonnell sprung coil bases are 13″ in depth plus 2″ for Shepherd Castors making them 15″ in total.

If drawers are added then the base height will be 13″ plus 2″ for Shepherd castors making 15″ in total.

Spring edging can be looked upon as a mini mattress between the main mattress and the base. It offers a progressive support that dampens the strain of weight from the user. This significantly improves the overall comfort level of a mattress. This difference in comfort is often described as ‘Softer’ which is quite an incorrect term to use.

The drawers on the Artisan bases are 32″ wide, 20″ deep and 9″ high.

You can have 2 or 4 drawer options. If using bedside tables you may want to have 2 full size and 2 continental drawers so the drawers next to the bedside tables can be opened fully.

Continental drawers will have the same depth and height as the normal, but width will be 17.5 inches. To find out more such as the sizes and splits that Divans come in please read more here.

A base with 0 drawers

No drawers

A base with 2 drawers

2 full drawers

A small base with 4 drawers

2 half & 2 full drawers

A large base with 4 drawers

4 full drawers


This particular model would be entirely suitable for the vast majority of users and beats hands down the bulk of all models retailing at a similar or even higher price.

Please take note of the upholstery construction. The most expensive component within this mattress is the whopping 1200 gsm of Cashmere used as the insulating layer directly on top of the springs (both sides) and this is where the bulk of your money is going. This is not an indulgent extravagance but used for being among the best upholstery components that can be utilised as an insulating layer.

The following layers of RPC and polyester are sandwiched (similar construction technique to our Artisan Luxury) giving the optimum suspension / comfort properties for these components.

The bottom line is this is a fabulous mattress, one that we are absolutely proud of for price and quality, and one we would not be ashamed to pitch against any other model that retails for a similar price.


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