February 2014

All about zip and links

This article will help explain zip and link mattresses and the variety of uses. A zip and link mattress is essentially two separate mattresses that can be zipped together to form one bed or separated to make two individual beds. This article explains why a zip & link mattress could be the perfect sleeping solution.

Whether it be a split tension mattress, a bed for a guest house or spare room zip and links offer flexibility for your sleeping requirements. You will probably of slept on one of these already in a high-end hotel they’re also a great solution for houses with access issues.

d link mattress on a base
Zip & links mean you can have different sleeping tensions and make access for larger mattresses easier in limited spaces
  1. What is a zip & link bed?
  2. Sizes of zip and link mattresses
  3. Benefits of a zip and link mattress
  4. Bedframes and zip and link mattresses
  5. Will you feel the zippers on a zip and link bed?
  6. Headboards for zip and link beds
  7. Zip & Links for Hotel beds

What is a zip and link Bed?

This is a bed that can be either one big bed or two single beds by means of linking bars on the base and zippers on the mattresses to enable it to be separated when and if you need them to be. They can also be crafted with a different spring tension on each side; great for differently weighted sleepers.

There are three standard sizes of zip and link available

  • King size ziplink (5’0 x 6’6) – Comprising of 2 x 2’6″ x 6’6″ beds makes a standard Kingsize.
  • Super king ziplink (6’0 x 6’6) – Comprising of 2 x 3’0 x 6’6″ beds makes a standard Super Kingsize.
  • Extra king ziplink (6’0 x 6’3) – Comprising of 2 x 3’0″ x 6’3″ beds is equivalent to 2 standard single sized beds.

What are the benefits of a ziplink?

Each side of the bed is entirely independent of each other, thereby totally eliminating ‘roll together’. It’s also an ideal solution for users of significant differing body weights one-half can utilise a firm tension spring for example and the other half can be soft tension spring.

Secondly, most stairwells cannot take a full super king size mattress to be delivered. A zip and link makes delivery possible. King size and Super king Zip and Link mattresses are standard sizes and can fit into/onto any standard bed frame but obviously, cannot be separated. Extra king is a specialist size and only suitable with the appropriate Divan Base.

If using zipped mattresses in a bed frame, you will have to ensure the enclosure is slightly bigger than the intended mattress size. For example, a well built 6′ zipped mattress is about 6′ and 2 inches.

Zip & links allow larger mattresses into properties with limited access. As they come in two parts.
Zip & links allow larger mattresses into properties with limited access. As they come in two parts.
A zip & link enables you to have two different tensions. Great for different weighted sleepers.
A zip & link enables you to have two different tensions. Great for different weighted sleepers.

Will zip and links fit on a bedframe?

On a well-built mattress, the side panels will no doubt have additional upholstery that would not be on a cheaper mattress. So, four sides (2 on each mattress) has to be accommodated inside the bed frame along with the slight join where the zippers are. Otherwise, it would have to be crammed in and therefore, buckle or be centrally raised. When buying a bed frame and a good quality mattress always ensure that the enclosure on the frame is slightly bigger than the mattress size.

About king size zip and links

A king size ziplink is the same overall size as a standard kingsize bed. 5’0 x 6’6″. The bed is split into two making each side 2’6″ wide and 6’6″ long. This size of the bed is practical when room size cannot accommodate a super king size bed. If you are looking to buy this type of bed for guest house/B&B use then bear in mind that when separated, a 2’6 wide bed is rather small for the average person.

The Artisan Bespoke 004 is 100% Natural Fibre and makes for the most luxurious zip and link sleep experience

About extra king size zip and links

An extra king ziplink is 6’0 x 6’3″ the same dimensions as two standard singles. It is only the length of the bed that differentiates it from the super king size. Always bear in mind that some retailers describe this size as a Superking which it clearly is not. Always check on the overall size before purchasing. This size of bed is ideal when your available room space is at a premium.

This is also the best solution if you will be frequently using the bed as two singles, as you can buy both standard single and super kingsize fitted sheets which will fit perfectly.

Artisan Tailored Pocket spring 2000 mattress
Extra-king zip and links are 3″ shorter than a Superking meaning they are ideal for smaller rooms

About super king size zip and links

A super king ziplink is 6’0 x 6’6″. This is the standard size of a super king size bed whether it be a ziplink or one piece. Remember if using as two singles then standard fitted flat sheets won’t fit so you would be better with an Extra King Size model instead.

Our most popular zip and link mattress is the Artisan Naturals – Shown here in a one-piece

Will you feel the zippers?

No. The zippers are situated on the sides at the top of the mattress and the bottom of the mattress to enable the mattresses to be joined together. They are manufactured so that the zippers are just beneath the seam on the edge of the mattress. When together the seams fold over the zipper. What you will be aware of is the noticeable join of two mattresses butted together. The use of a one-piece topper(s) will help to alleviate this as well as providing additional comfort/protection. Read here about the benefits of mattress toppers on your mattress here.

Remember when selecting your headboards for zip links that you will need 2 x singles (or 2 x 2’6 for King zip and link) in order that the beds can be separated without removing. If you go for a one-piece headboard then it will have to be removed when you separate the beds. Also be aware of the design, when the beds are together the headboard has to look like one piece, so the sides that butt up together should be verticle no fancy shapes or protrusions (metal headboards).

John Ryan Luxury artisan Mattress
Take care to order two headboards with a zip and link so when you split them they still have a headboard each

Zip and links for hotel or guest houses

Zip links are also an ideal solution for hotels and guest houses , especially the Extra Kingsize as the beds can be adapted to suit the guests’ requirements – either twin beds or one luxurious big bed. I personally think that you do not have to spend a fortune on beds for Guesthouse or hotel use. It would be better to change the mattresses on a yearly basis than to pay more in order for the mattress to last longer. This not only is a more hygienic option but also can be used as a selling point to your guests.


Zip and links have many benefits enabling split tensions and to split the beds for two separate guests. They really are incredibly flexible!  If using zip and links for a guest house then comfort should, of course, be the main consideration, but also, remember that the beds will be used for seating and resting a lot more than it will in a domestic setting. Therefore, when making your selection look for the durability aspects of the mattress as well as the comfort level. Our Origins 1500 or Origins Reflex mattresses are ideal for guest house situations.

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