Soft versus medium

Sally Callaghan asked 30th October 2017

We have a medium firm visoring mattress which has never been comfortable. We are both 5ft 10in and I weigh 11 store and my husband weighs 12 stone. Should we go for a soft feel mattress?

1 answer

JohnRyanLtd answered 1 year ago

Good morning Sally,


Thank you for your enquiry.


The spring tension in our mattresses is soley determined by your body weight.  This is what supports you through out the night.  If you are too heavy for the springs then they will be too compressed to offer any support. If you are too light for the springs then they would not move at all and the comfort layers will be crushed between you and the springs and not be able to offer any comfort.  At your body weights we would recommend a medium tension in the springs.


BodyweightSpring tension
Upto 9 Stone / 57kgSoft
9-16 Stone / 57-101kgMedium
16 Stone / 101kg UpwardsFirm


The ‘feel’ of the mattress is determined by the upholstery layers.  This is subjective to each person as what is comfortable to one person is not comfortable for another.  If you want a soft feel mattress then take a look at our Origins Comfort 1000 or the Artisan Luxury which are both the softest in their ranges. The Artisan range has the benefit of being constructed using natural fillings that in turn provide a cool sleep surface; Ideal for anyone who has heat issues during sleep.



 John Ryan By Design Origins Comfort
1750gsm Very Soft Polyester
2500gsm Polyester Pad
3One Inch Foam Insulator Layer
41000 Spun Bond Pocket Springs


 John Ryan By Design Artisan LuxuryVi-Spring Devonshire
Total GSM4600gsm2600gsm
11200 GSM British Fleece Wool and Cotton 600gsm British Fleece Wool
2Hairproof Cambric Cover1700gsm Devonshire Fleece Wool
31200gsm Pure Horsehair NA
4500gsm Pure WoolNA
51200gsm Pure HorsetailNA
6500gsm Pure Wool300gsm Bonded British Fleece Wool and Cotton
71476 Calico encased Pocket Springs [51mm] [1.42mm] 1326 Calico encased Pocket Springs [54mm] [1.52mm]


I hope this answers your question but if you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 437 4419.


Kind Regards, Michaela.