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September 2013

3 things you need to find the right mattress

This is our short article to help customers who have just started the process of looking for a new bed or mattress. Mattress retailers have lots of tricks up their sleeves to get you to part with your money as quickly as possible. As a quick short guide, it should help you get started in finding that perfect mattress whilst trying to avoid some of their pitfalls.

The world of retail mattresses is pretty cutthroat. With salesmen and women being targetted to sell the most mattresses, sometimes regardless of their suitability to the buyer. We think there’s a far fairer way to sell mattresses, which is why we’re listed as the most trusted bed retailer. By listening to your requirements and taking our time in providing tailored advice we’ve managed to buck the trend that retailers follow of selling at all costs. This guide is meant for anyone who just about to start looking for a new mattress. It will give you a whistlestop tour of the top tips you simply can’t ignore when buying a new bed.

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Why would you buy a mattress if you didn’t know exactly what’s inside it?

The 3 key things you need to consider when buying a new bed are

1. What are my requirements? Questions such as what type of bed best suits my needs and potentially my partners? What support do I need? What material, foam or filling is best for me?

2. What is my budget?  i.e. how close can you get to your requirements given your budget?

3. Understand the jargon.  You need to fully understand the jargon and lingo of any potential mattress to assess it against your requirements and budget.

We strongly argue that if you go in with a set budget as your only consideration, the likely-hood is the mattress won’t be suitable for you. You need to take your requirements first and then increase/reduce them if necessary to meet your budget.

Do you know your pocket spring from cheap cage sprung?
Do you know your pocket spring from cheap cage sprung?
Can you tell a cheap polyester fibre from Cashmere?
Can you tell a cheap polyester fibre from Cashmere?

What spring tension do I need?

Did you know that most mattress retailers mistake the spring tension for the ‘feel’ of the mattress? Which means that when you’re looking for a medium feel mattress you’re often shown ‘medium’ gauge springs which are not the same thing. Spring tensions are dictated by your bodyweight whereas the ‘feel’ of the mattress is provided by the upholstery or comfort layers on top of the spring system.

Spring TensionWire diameter (Gauge)Weight Range
Soft1.2mmUpto 8 stone
Medium1.4mm8-16 stone
Firm1.6mm16 stone plus
Extra Firm / Orthopaedic1.9mm20 stone plus

What can I expect to pay for a mattress?

Before you leave to hit the shops its essential to understand what you can expect for your money. By knowing the fundamentals of support, upholstery and the different fillings you may encounter.

How much to spend on a double mattress?What can I expect for my money?
£500Will not get you much at best a 13.5 gauge open coil / cage sprung with a thin polyester layer.
£750Could get you a fairly OK orthopaedic mattress or the beginnings of a basic pocket springs with 800 – 1000 count. No substantial amount of filling other than foams and synthetic materials
£1000Should get you away from most low-mid ranges and into the basic pocket spring models
£1250Should get you an average pocket sprung mattress.
£1500Should get you many manufacturers mid-range models.
£1500-£2000Should get you a hand made primarily Natural Fibre Mattress
£2000+You should expect 100% Natural Fibres and traditional construction methods
£5000+A bespoke hand made sleep system, high end spring units & featuring the Worlds Most Luxurious Natural Fibres

How can I compare mattresses from different brands?

There are two main questions you need to consider once in a bed shop or on-line to be able to compare pocket sprung, synthetic or natural fibre, memory, hybrid and latex foam mattresses.

Without these, it is almost impossible to accurately compare mattresses. Our recommendation is that if you’re struggling to find the details above then maybe the retailer or shop don’t actually know! Now ask yourself would you really want to make such a considered purchase from somewhere that doesn’t know its products? If they don’t know we would always ask them to find out before going any further!

How to compare two mattresses
This guide shows you exactly what detail you're looking for

Before handing over your cash for a new mattress there are many details you really need to know before you make your choice. Here’s an example of the bare minimum detail that you will need to properly compare. Alongside an example of how little detail most retailers want to give you!

First Layer: 300 gsm Wool: This component is blended with (nominal amount) silk to give the primary layer beneath the fabric a gloriously soft cushion.

Second Layer: 750gsm Very soft Polyester: This coupled with the layers below brings the level of upholstery quite high. However, when compressed through tufting gives these layers a medium comfort but also has sufficient support by use of the springs.

Third Layer: 500gsm Polyester: This is the cushioning layer that acts as the dampener between the insulator layer below and the soft polyester that will follow.

Fourth Layer: One-inch foam insulator: Directly on top of the spring unit we use a one-inch layer of HD foam. This cushions you from the spring unit but also works with you enabling the pocket springs to rise and fall as you move.

The stretch knit mattress side panels are machine stitched. Traditionally hand-tufted. Even though the mattress side panels are 9″ deep, the undulations caused by the abundant upholstery brings the mattress depth to a more realistic 13″.

Two sided – so you can use both sides.

Origins 1500 Mattress
Origins 1500 Mattress
Origins 1500 Premier Inn Hypnos
300GSM WOOL 00GSM WOOL & POLYESTER BLEND TOPPER (ESTIMATED)
750GSM VERY SOFT POLYESTER 300GSM POLYESTER (ESTIMATED)
500GSM POLYESTER 300GSM POLYESTER (ESTIMATED)
ONE INCH FOAM INSULATOR NA
1500 SPUN BOND POCKET SPRINGS (1.4 GAUGE) 1000 SPUN BOND POCKET SPRINGS (UNKNOWN GAUGE)
Total GSM 1550 800 (Estimated)
Sides Two Sided One Sided
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Summary

All of our mattresses contain the information, even down to the data sheet level, for you to be able to understand what they are made of. This allows you then to compare to other mattress manufacturers, providing they disclose the same amount of information that is. Please get in touch for more tailored mattress recommendations from our small expert team.

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