Mattress guide videos

Here you can find videos on all aspects of our John Ryan By Design Mattresses to help explain the jargon!  We’ve produced these videos as sometimes some of the concepts are hard to visualise without a guide.  

If you want to see first hand how the memory, hybrid and latex foams we use work then our demonstrations are an excellent way to see for yourself.  We have also created guides to pocket springs and the internal workings of mattresses.  We know how talking about mattresses can be difficult to visualise, which is why we at John Ryan have published these videos.

Want to know anything else about foam? Then get in touch!

Guide to Memory Foam & Hybrid Foam Mattresses

What is Memory Foam?

What’s the difference between Natural Latex and Memory Foam?

What do foams feel like?  What’s the response rate of memory foam?  Why is latex more responsive?  Watch our demonstration on the response rate and feel of mattress foams here.

 What do Hybrid Mattress Foams Feel like?

What inside a mattress?

How do zip and link mattresses work?

Video guide to pocket springs

What is in a cheap mattress?

Do you want to see other demonstrations of mattresses?  Want to see how a component works or functions?  Then get in touch with us and ask!


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  • Jenny says:

    I’m really glad you’ve released these videos! I’ve been so confused reading about latex and memory foam and how its meant to feel. Seeing these demonstrations of their response rates and sensations realy helps me to understand the difference. Thanks John Ryan – ps any chance of doing a video on how springs work?! Jenny

    Many thanks for the kind words Jenny. I’m glad these videos are useful, we often find trying to talk about mattress components is like dancing about architecture! It’s really difficult. Hopefully our mattress guide videos to latex and memory foam will help bridge the gap and give people a clearer view of the foams. – Lee

  • Eugenia says:

    We are interested in ordering a base+mattress from you. We would like to fit a 200cm x 180cm mattress. However, we have a small flat in London, with a very small master bedroom so we would need the smallest base possible, probably with no headboard.

    We have previously slept on a Divan with Penzance mattress ( and found it to be very comfortable. We would be very interested in your recommendation as to which type of mattress in your range would be best for us.

    Hi Eugenia,

    The size you mention is a super kingsize mattress and yes we do make these. The Penzance is a firm mattress with memory foam. The only equivalent we do is the Fusion 0, a latex topped pocket sprung mattress which is firm. This mattress isn’t rolled though so you may have access issues. The only mattresses that are rolled are the solid core latex and foam range without pocket springs. You could always order two singles and a super kingsize topper meaning access maybe easier. You could the have these side by side on a super king size split base and the matching topper would give the impression of one mattress.

    As for the base the height of our bases is 14” including casters or glides.

    If you can give me some more specifics I can give more focused advice for you given your access and room size issues.

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