The best tip we can give you about buying a mattress

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The best tip when buying a mattress

A quick waltz around any bed showroom will no doubt fill you with horror when confronted with all the choice and in reality, there is only one thing that you should remember and be the main focus in your selection and that is.

The best mattress buying tip is this: A pocket sprung mattress is far superior to any cage sprung mattress.

All cage sprung mattresses are far substandard compared to pocket sprung mattresses. They are cheap to make, uncomfortable to sleep on and ultimately, they are a complete and utter waste of your money. Don’t let the marketing, fancy names, sales spin or advertising fool you Miracoil, Posturetech, Orthopaedic, Continuous Coil, Open Coil, or whatever, are all cage sprung mattresses. If the mattress does not contain pocket springs then walk away.

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Are pocket sprung mattresses expensive?

A pocket sprung mattress does not need to be overly expensive. In many cases, they are more cost-effective than a comparable open coil unit and in real terms, they are cheaper now than they were many years ago. Bear in mind though that the bulk of pocket sprung mattresses are now mass produced. The ultimate pocket spring is calico encased, used by the likes of Vi-Spring and Savoir beds (our Artisan Range is an ideal Vi-Spring alternative). We can’t think of any other manufacturer who uses calico encased pocket springs, but there will be less than five manufacturers in this country who do so.

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Calico pocket springs are the best you can buy

I have seen examples of descriptions where the mattress is described as containing calico springs. Complete and utter deceit. This is akin to describing a sofa as being leather when in fact it is PVC. The bulk of all pocket springs are polypropylene encased mass produced units where the individual units are glued together to make a complete spring unit. Calico units are sewn together and are not attached to adjacent springs except by lengths of twine stringing them together. We use them in our high-end Artisan range.

A good mattress should be budgeted for

Care should be taken to find the best combination of support and comfort for your budget. If you scrimp on either of these then you may have plenty of time to regret. The overriding factor in your choice will, of course, be your budget and what you can reasonably expect to receive for such. There are over 4000 mattress models out there it would be a fool’s errand to go through each and every one to see which is the most suitable for you, in fact, it will be impossible for you to do so.

The majority are constructed around the same principle

This principle is a pocket sprung unit and topped off with polyester wadding, making up the bulk of all lower priced mattresses. You also have to understand that there are only three kinds of mattress to choose from:

  • Cheap (Synthetic/foam one sided)
  • Mid Range (Some natural fibre/pocket springs)
  • High-end. (Entirely Natural Fibre, Calico Pocket Springs)

Again, your choices become easier once you know what components could feasibly be used within these ranges. For example, there is no way that polyester would be the main component in an expensive, high-end mattress. Equally, there is no way that horsehair, cotton or wool would be the main component in a cheap mattress.

Do mattress companies have to tell you what’s in their beds?

There is no legal requirement to tell you any quantity of upholstery by weight. A description telling you that a particular mattress “contains” wool, for example, could mean this could be as little as 5 strands mixed in with the polyester utterly contemptible but quite legal.

You might be thinking that this is a far-fetched rationale? Absolutely Not.

There are certain keywords used that should be taken as an initial warning:

  • contains
  • includes
  • blended with
  • a blend of
  • luxurious layers of etc.

Vi-Spring, one of the top five UK mattress manufacturers to tell you exactly what the makeup of their mattresses is. They do so because they are proud to do so, and they only use the very best of mattress upholstery so they have absolutely nothing to hide.

Mattress insulator layer

If this is the start of your mattress research you will soon come to realise that nearly all manufacturers will not be as open as Vi-Spring in detailing the components used in the mattress. Why Not? You really will have to ask for the precise breakdown of fillings used in any particular mattress. If you don’t, then, unfortunately, you will only have yourself to blame if weeks down the line you are then left lying on a completely indented bag of springs. This can be completely avoided with some advanced knowledge and planning

Our ultimate mattress selection

Over the years, we have developed and produced a small range less than 20 products and put them for sale in our online shop. These have been specifically selected for

The two main factors you should be using when purchasing your mattress. The descriptions are extremely detailed including the actual weights of materials used.

Without this detailed information, you actually have no idea what you’re purchasing.

All of our mattresses are hand made here in the UK why not view our range here?

Our handmade in the UK mattress models are split into the following ranges:

  • Legacy – The Worlds Finest Mattress containing the Best of Natural British Fibres
  • Artisan – Natural Fibre & Calico encased vanadian pocket springs
  • Origins – Entry level pocket sprung mattress unbeatable on price and components
  • Hybrid – Using the latest responsive foams for that Tempur style foam mattress
  • Fusion – 100% Natural Latex solid core models
  • Resilience – Heavyweight mattresses for larger sleepers, fully turnable
  • Cot Mattress – Our 100% natural cot mattress


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  • Chris says:

    My wife has struggled to find a mattress that she finds comfy, especially fro her hips and lower back. We invested in a Harrison Ruby(??) a while ago, but she finds even the softest tension too ‘dense’. and has never liked the pockets/dips on any mattress surface. We’re ideally looking for a mattress with a flat covering, that will be supportive without being ‘dense’. Any thoughts?

    Hi Chris. You throw up quite an anomoly. What is considered a well made mattress will be tufted – what is considered a ‘not so well made’ mattress will be quilted. However, there is more to it than that. Your wifes dislike for the undulations caused by tufting means that either the spring support is too firm to prevent the top layers from adequately ‘giving’ or the top layers are too dense to prevent the spring support from taking the strain.

    I would like your wife to try a Vi-Spring mattress (soft/med tension) such as the Bedstead Supreme or Bedstead Elegance, just to confirm whether it is the undulations that your wife is finding uncomfortable or the initial wrong choice of mattress build. These two Vi-Spring mattresses are very forgiving using calico encased pocket springs and utilising majority wool as the comfort layers. The undulations on these mattresses should not remain taut.

    As a further piece of guidance and in particular if your Ruby mattress is still in good condition, I would consider the use of a good quality soft topper such as feather and down just to take the edge off the firmness level whilst it breaks in slowly and naturally. This will also level out the sleep area for your wife. Please let us know how you get on. Furthermore, it would help if you let us know your bodyweights as this will have an impact on how the comfort layers will work for you. John and Ryan.

    Thanks for this.
    We have a zip link super king size: one is soft (my wife’s bit, as she is only 5’2″ and weighs around 8 stone) and mine is medium (I am bigger and heavier!!), but neither is comfortable for her. We’ve tried a memory foam topper too but that didn’t seem to do any good, and putting duvets on top to smooth is out. She has found quilted tops less dense when we’ve slept on other beds on holiday. Any help?

    Hi again Chris. I’m afraid I’m at a bit of a loss as to what to suggest further. Have a look at feather and down mattress enhancers at 3 inches in depth to completely flatten out the surface and to provide an extremely soft cushion to lie on. John and Ryan.

  • Hughes Kodi says:

    We are currently looking to replace our memory foam mattress as it is not supportive anymore and is too hot for us. We are interested in your Artisan Bespoke 002 Superkingsize mattress. Your site is very informative but we are still struggling to decide which level of firmness to choose. I am 6’0″ and 18 st while my wife is 5’5″ and 11 st. We had a try at the Hypnos Mozart mattress medium firm and it felt comfortable for the 2 minutes we lay on it. Not enough time. We would be putting the mattress on a hard surface. Could you please advise? thank you.

    Hi Hughes. No doubt about it you will require dual spring tensions or Ziplink model. A seven stone difference is far too great to compromise for a single spring tension. The only downside to dual spring tensions is that you will be unable to completely turn and rotate (unless you swap sleeping sides) only turn.

    Obviously we can discuss tensions when we speak to you but initially for The Bespoke 002 you will be looking at half soft (for your wife) and half medium for you.

    The Hypnos Mozart you mention (I assume Dreams?) is retailing at £2899.00 (Superking: January 2013) there is no indication whatsoever of any weights of upholstery used and as our Artisan Bespoke 002 currently retails at £2135,00 (Superking: January 2013) the most basic of comparisons shows ours is the more mattress for your money (sorry to sound as if I’m showing off but on this occasion I would welcome anyone to argue otherwise)

    Finally, Hughes. The overall comfort of this particular mattress (Artisan bespoke 002) mattress is completely different on a sprung edged divan base than on a firm base. I personally feel your choice of mattress should be our Artisan Bespoke or Artisan Bespoke 004 which will give you the support and comfort more suitable for your needs. Please feel free to call the office where Marie or Gary will be able to discuss your requirements in more detail. John and Ryan.

  • Kish says:

    Hi. I bought a relyon caress which has ‘failed ‘ as confirmed by an independent assessor as sent out by the retailer. It’s sinks with my 13st frame and doesn’t recover e.g. Sleeping in a hole. As a replacement we are considering the relyon royal heritage rosemount……I think it is pocket sprung, but don’t know if they are calico pocket springs ? Or level and product used in the filling….what would be your advise ? What alternative would you suggest in your range ?

    Hi Kish. Your questions should be directed initially to Relyon Customer Services [ 01823 667501 ] incidentally they do not have a contact number on their site but I have found this which I think is their Head Office – quite surprised!

    The Relyon Royal Heritage Rosemount is a model within their top of range – completely different to your previous Caress. They do give a breakdown of the upholstery on their site but with no associated weights in order for you to do any kind of necessary comparison.

    I cannot find any reference to a retail price for this product but I assume it is not cheap. There is no doubt about it that this seems to be a very good, well made mattress from a very good manufacturer but it’s a shame
    that they do not give you the information you require. Let us know how you get on and please give some indication of the price. John and Ryan.

  • Christine says:

    We bought a Sweetdreams Marble 2000 Mattress which I believe has 2000 individual pocket springs. Anyhow we have only been sleeping on it for 2 weeks and it has sunk both sides of the bed where my husband and I lie.

    We have been advised by the manufacturer to flip it over every week for 3 months to allow the mattress to settle, but this is the crucial point because my husband and I are disabled and the mattress is super heavy!! we have explained that the website had no mention of this care on it but got the fob off that all mattresses have this care required.

    What do you suggest as a suitable alternative because we have stated that we want a replacement and feel that this is not acceptable. I have a Spinal Problem and my husband has just had a knee replacement.
    We would welcome any advice.

    Hi Christine. Unfortunately, and with all due respect, if you are not prepared to take measures to maintain your mattress, the fault lies with you – not the manufacturer or retailer.

    I cannot find any detailed specification on this particular mattress but as it retails for less than £300 for a double I can only assume it is polyester based of an unknown quantity [read here for more].

    The fact that you can see body impressions in a couple of weeks tells me that the polyester primary layer is already beginning to fail and you should be taking measures to supplement this with additional topper to take the wear and tear of usage. Adding a topper will also help you in your inability to regularly turn the mattress.

    There is no doubt about it that this is a cheap polyester mattress and you cannot expect it to perform or last without supplementing it with something more substantial. If budget is limited I would consider a 3cm memory foam topper (less than £100) which will give you additional comfort and protect the underlying mattress from any more deterioration.

    Sorry this is not the response you were probably hoping for but it really is the fact of your situation. You have certainly not overpaid for this particular model but neither is it anything special. Polyester breaks down considerably with perspiration and the more you can do to hinder this the better. In the meantime to prevent any further deterioration, place an old duvet under your bottom sheet until you get a more substantial topper. John and Ryan.

  • Nicola says:

    Hi there,
    I suffer with a spinal disc prolapse and sciatic pain which is at its worse at night. I am looking for a new mattress as I have been advised to purchase an orthopaedic one and wondered what your experienced opinion on what manufacturer, pocket spring count, etc etc would you recommend? I am looking for quality but not overly expensive… something that will last. I have had beds in the past that dip at the sides or in the middle after only a few months and would prefer to avoid this happening again.

    Any help/suggestions you can provide will be most helpful.

    Hi Nicola. Not too sure what disc prolapse actually is (sounds unbelievably painful). If your advise for a firm mattress (orthopaedic) was from your back practitioner then I cannot disagree. However, I would be inclined to base your decision on your bodyweight (please advise) and them tweak that decision to take into account your requirements. if you find you get relief from a firm support (ie the floor) then we can provide you with a mattress that offers this support but also with an element of comfort. Please let me know a bit more detail. John and Ryan.

  • Nickie says:

    Hi there,

    We’re looking for a firm mattress without spending a fortune and have narrowed it down to the Rest Assured 1400 Pocket Ortho and the Silentnight Tokyo Ortho 1550 Mirapocket, but wondered whether Mirapocket is better than Pocket Sprung and worth the extra cost?
    Please can you advise?
    Many thanks, Nickie.

    Hi Nickie. Good question and quite precise. We are now just talking about the spring unit (Support) and not discussing anything about the upholstery (Comfort).

    Rest Assured will be using a one layer 1400 pocket unit – similar to the vast array of offerings from many other manufacturers.
    Silentnight Mirapocket is a continuous coil unit topped off with a layer of mini springs.

    Which is better?

    Sorry, will have to continue this response tomorrow. John

  • Maddy says:

    Hi there,
    This site is invaluable for people like me that are totally lost when it comes to buying a Mattress! We’ve been looking at buying the Paul Simon Firm Luxury Latex 1000 pocket sprung mattress (on special offer at £599) having tried it in the shop and both found it to be the most comfortable given the the couple of minutes we tried it out for, as our old memory foam mattress has had its day. Is there similar on the market/do you have a similar model and do you know anything about the quality of these mattresses before we part with our cash? If you can recommend any suitable alternatives too we’d be grateful, latex is not a necessity but just found that we liked it.

    Hi Maddy. Can’t seem to find this model on their website. £600 for a mattress is not overly excessive and many will be pretty much of a muchness. Our Origins 1500 will be a very good starting point to start your inquiry which will leave you with about £100 or so to invest in complimentary toppers. Latex is phenomenally expensive and therefore knowing how much of this product is utilised within the mattress should be your very first question. For the £600 mark I can assume that only 3cm may be used and so it may be a better use of your budget to opt for a lower priced mattress that will offer the support you need and complement this with a latex topper that can be turned and rotated therefore extending the possible life of your mattress as a whole. John and Ryan.

  • David Dowding says:

    Hi there – I came across your website when searching for a super king zip and link mattress for a new base that I’m buying. I’m 6′ 2″ tall and weigh around 17 stone and my partner is around 5″ and ways around 8 stone. With a budget of around £800 what would be our best solution?

    Hi David. Obviously there is a significant weight difference between the two of you and therefore it is going to be quite impossible for you to find a mattress of the same tension that will be suitable for you both.

    You have two options here; The first is the Origins Pocket Latex at £845 for the SKS Ziplink mattresses. You will have to factor in toppers for this set particularly for your partner to add an additional comfort layer. Using a one piece SKS topper will bridge the join on the mattresses.

    Secondly, I am passing this comment on to Lee who will be able to suggest other models in the memory Foam and Latex options to keep within your budget. John and Ryan.

  • John C says:

    I’ve come across your very informative site in my search for a new super king size mattress and divan set. So far I have found the PSBC Pemberley divan set on site for £1349.
    this seems to me to be good value. what are your expert views on this? and what is the equivalent product on your site?

    Many Thanks. JC

    Hi John. It’s the same old story – The model you mention above states that the filling is “..The finest lambswool, silk and cashmere filling ensures a luxurious feel “. I would be inclined to stick my neck out and say that this cannot possibly be ‘entirely’ correct. There is no way that this mattress (at this retail price) can have ‘JUST’ these upholstery components without any form of polyester / white fibre being utilised. Wool / Silk / Cashmere (WSC) comes in weights of 250 – 300 gsm and although this product may be ‘included’ – it cannot possibly form the entire upholstery component. If I were you and to put my theories to the test I would contact PSBC / Costco and ask them for the upholstery breakdown specification by component and weight.

    To give you a side by side comparison I would look at our Superking Origins 1500 [Here] at around £750 for the set it’s nearly half the price you were looking at and I doubt if the upholstery content and build type is significantly different. Please let us know what response you get from PSBC / Costco. John and Ryan.

  • Jacklina says:

    Hi There

    I am looking to buy a good single mattress for my 8 year old girl. I am lost in all the offers and suggestions from the shop assistants that are trying to sell their products. Please help me, where can I get a good mattress and which one.
    Thank you

    Hi Jacklina, Apologies for the delay in responding to your comment we’ve been incredibly busy at John Ryan and I hope our advice does not reach you too late! We would advise that for your daughter at 8 years of age the origins comfort mattress is your best bet. It’s our softest mattress and will suit a child and further more be suitable as she goes into adolescence. Its a two sided traditional pocket sprung mattress and we believe simply can’t be beaten in terms of quality and price. There’s a link here for the single origins comfort page. Thanks Lee

  • Ian says:

    Hi John and Ryan,

    We have an firm orthopedic mattress which was replaced after a flood on as goodwill gesture by our landlord. However the model they got was a firmer mattress in the same range and a tad too firm.

    My wife isn’t sleeping so well on it (the original orthopedic requirement was really for me). We are both of similar size (5ft 10) and I am 11st where as my wife is about 9st.

    I am thinking that the options here are some kind of topper (memory foam?), or perhaps just getting a new mattress. What would you guys recommend here?

    Hi Ian,
    The introduction of a topper may well resolve the issues at present and this would be the better financial solution in the short term. In the first instance, before spending any money, try placing two old duvets on the top of your mattress to see if this makes a difference. If it doesn’t help a new mattress may be the solution. Please let me know how you get on with trying the duvets. Kind regards Mike.

  • Priya says:

    Hi John and Ryan,

    We are looking for some king size mattress which is medium firm. I am 11st and my husband is 12 st. we both have some back and neck pain with our current mattress.

    Please suggest.

    Hi Priya,
    Given your weights and need for a medium firm mattress, I would suggest that you look at the Origins Pocket 1500 Latex mattress in our range. Please view this on our site and prior to purchase, contact Marie or Gary at our office to confirm the suitability.

  • Steve says:

    Good Evening,

    I would like some advice on what the best mattress for me and my wife to buy. I’m 6″2 weight 15st and my wife is 5″5 weighing 12st. We are both 30 and we run/play sport quite a bit so often have aching muscles!
    We are after s double size mattress.
    Any suggestions would be perfect.

    Hi Steve, whilst you have kindly provided your weight details, what you have omitted to advise is your preferred feel and budget. Kindly call either Marie or Gary on our office number to provide this additional information and to obtain more specific advice as the best mattress available from our ranges. Regards Mike.

  • Justine says:

    Hi, thanks a lot for posting that article-your all advice are so helpful But while looking for a perfect matteress for me I got really confused. It’s about Silentnight Mirapocket system. Is Mirapocket a pocket sprung system or a continuous coil??? From their website’s description it looks like it’s a pocket but in your earlier reply to some person comment you said it’s a continuous coil topped up with with a layer of mini springs. I am quite confused now as I do want a pocket sprung mattress.
    For now I have 2 mattresses to choose from (all about the same price) however I also found a 3rd one that may be still the same thing as a 2nd one (or maybe not-this is what I am also so confused about).

    1.Coolmax 1000 Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattress
    2.Silentnight Essential Pocket 1000 Memory Mattress
    3.Silentnight Pocket Essentials 1000 Mirapocket Memory Mattress

    Is the 2nd and 3rd mattress same thing or nor??

    Which would you recommend to buy?

    I would be so grateful for your reply and many thanks in advance


    Hi Justine,
    Firstly mattresses 2 & 3 are the same. The two mattresses referred to at 1 & 2 have separately encased pocket springs and each has memory foam, which can be heat retentive. Have you chosen these two because you have a preference for memory foam and what size of mattress are you looking for? There are two types of springs, Miracoil & Mirapocket and both are unique and exclusive to Silentnight. Without knowledge of your body weights, preferred feel and budget, we are unable to make any recommendation regarding the purchase of either of these mattresses. As you have specified that you require a pocket sprung mattress, I would suggest you take a look at the mattresses in our Origins range, but if your budget permits, it may be worth viewing our Artisan range. I am sorry I could not be more helpful, kind regards Mike.

  • Emma says:


    Firstly, thank you for putting together such a comprehensive advice section on your site. The world of mattress buying seems to be a complete minefield and its very refreshing to see such an honest and informative approach.

    Obviously we are in the market for a new mattress, the one we have is cheap (around £250 if memory serves), 3 years old and starting to give me all sort of hip aches and pains, well before i thought I was due to get them.

    We have an IKEA kingsize slatted bedframe and need a mattress to fit it. (the current one is a standard sized king was bought before the bedframe and leaves gaps on either size)

    Because of this, our search has started at IKEA. Their top of the range mattress is the Hesseng

    At £600 its pushing our budget, but we both feel that having suffered a rubbish mattress, we should get something that will be of a better quality. I have no idea if it is actually a good mattress (it has both positive and negative reviews online, if it is worth the money or whether we should invest our money elsewhere.

    We are a 13 stone back/side sleeper and a 10 stone side sleeper and I think we prefer the feel of a firm mattress.

    The whole world of mdf bases, mattresses and toppers is very alien and given that this represents a sizeable investment for us, I’d be very very grateful for your advice.


    Hi Emma, Having looked at the mattress you specified from Ikea, I am unable to provide any comparison from our ranges. The details of construction and fillings provided in respect of the Ikea mattress are vague in that they do not advise what levels of each of the fillings are contained within the mattress. If you wish to continue with the Ikea base, it will be difficult to find other mattresses to fit within your budget. I am sorry we can not be more positive, regards Mike.

  • JiM says:

    I am looking to replace my mattress.

    14 stone man, 10 stone woman. Have been looking at highgrove savoy 1000 pocket spring with a good topper as I have that on a spare bed.

    What are your thoughts.

    Hi Jim, We are unable to provide any advice/recommendation in respect of the mattress you refer to as the details regarding the upholstery layers etc are not available for reference. I note that although you have provided your weight information, you have not specified the size required, preferred feel or budget, which makes a specific recommendation in respect of our products a little difficult. Please view the Origins Pocket 1500 on our site and if this meets your initial requirements, contact our office to obtain specific advice regarding suitability and whether a topper will be necessary. I trust that this helps, regards Mike.

  • Ben says:


    Myself and my girlfriend have now had a Silent Night Mirapocket Premium Mattress for 8 weeks.

    Is it normal when sleeping on the edges for you to be feeling like you are falling back into the middle.

    Within 8 weeks there is already a dip in the middle,

    I weigh 13 stone and my girlfriend between 9 and 10.

    We are within the 40 night comfort guarantee but this comes with a fee.

    Is a dip this quickly normal when we have followed the guidelines for turning the mattress.

    The bed is a half Ottoman,

    Hi Ben, It is not possible for us to provide an opinion on a mattress other than our own brand. However, the first thing that we would advise you to do is note what advice was provided at the point of sale by the seller, i.e. did you provide weight details and preferred feel. If you have complied with the instructions provided with your mattress and still find you have an issue with rolling together and dipping, then you must raise this with the supplier a.s.a.p. You will also need to establish what the tolerance is for dips in your particular mattress, the norm is between 2 to 3cm. I hope that this helps, regards Mike.

  • Steve Baylin says:


    First off, thanks for the tips; it is without doubt very informative and much appreciated. However, I just had a general question. You state– quite emphatically– if a mattress features continuous coil, it is always best to walk away, as pocket coil is the superior option. End of story. I was just wondering whether you could elaborate a little bit on that point. I just recently was in that very situation—-a choice between a firm continuous coil mattress and a firm pocket coil offering. (I chose the pocket coil model, which has yet to be delivered. But I must admit, in terms of feel, it was pretty close). In any case, I was wondering whether you could shed more specific light on your very specific advice regarding this matter.


    Hi Steve. It really is as simple as that.
    Pocket springs are a premium means of support and open coil is not. There are no redeeming features whatsoever to opt for an open coil mattress. I’m not sure if you have read this post on pocket springs but it goes into greater depth on the viability of pocket springs. Hope this helps. John and Ryan.

  • Karen says:

    I have just bought an old arts and crafts bed frame with original spring base that is in fantastic condition. Is there a mattress out there that will sit on springs (there isn’t a mesh above) that is both comfortable and will not be damaged by the sprung base

    Hi Karen. Fabulous – please send us a picture.
    There really should not be any problem using whatever mattress you prefer. What I would say though, is to provide an insulating barrier yourself – such as a duvet in order to protect your mattress from the springs. Read this post on mattresses for slatted bases – the theory still applies.

    Secondly, these kind of frames were usually kept for a considerable amount of time. My dad had one of these throughout his entire married life. And so, it is advisable to check the entire spring surface to see if any of the springs have lost some of the support qualities. Knowing if there are any ‘weak areas’ will enable you to make tweaks to compensate. Simple to do – just lay your duvet on top of the base and see if you can feel any variances on the unit. These will usually be in the sleep areas. If you can feel support differences you will have to use something quite supportive as the insulating layer such as a section of carpet to equal out the load. This is not ideal but a necessary compromise when you are using a bedframe such as yours.

    Hope this helps and let us know how you get on. John and Ryan

  • peter Arnott says:

    Live near Belfast . Looking cor a medium to firm mattress . Double bed . Budget max £500 . Thank you

    Submitted on 2015/01/18 at 15:05

    Iam 12 stone wife under 10 stone

    Hi Peter, I confirm that we are only able to deliver to the UK mainland, which would mean that transport over to Northern Ireland from a port of your choice would need to be arranged by you and no doubt this would place our products outside your budget. Kind regards Mike.

  • Vanessa says:

    We are looking to buy a new bed and matress. What base would you recommend divan/slats etc?
    What mattress from your range might you Suggest?, I’m 8.5 stone my husband is 12.5 stone. I would like the matress to last so allow some fluctuations in weight (pregnancy/middle aged spread etc!) And of course be comfy!!
    Not sure on double or king yet (I’m 5’4″, he’s 5’10”) but it’s nice to have room – king size always feels luxurious when we are in a hotel.
    All my friends go on about the travelodge dreamer but I’ve not slept on one yet-are yours of similar comfort? I imagine this feel would suit me as my friends are similar weights to me-my friends partners also like the dreamer and they would be similar weights to my husband-but its only 950 pockets.
    All the other sleepezee beds have higher pocket counts than the one they do for travelogue.
    Our budget is movable but likely under 800 for both bed and matress.
    We currently have the orthosoft matress this is far too firm for me. I have heard it’s not good for you to sleep on a soft matress though.
    My husband is a hot sleeper therefore I think memory foam would be a bad move-I always have a hot water bottle. We both vary between side/back sleeping-occasionally front.
    Hope that’s all the info you need!

    Hi Vanessa, Thanks for all the detail its really helpful. Unfortunately the travel lodge dreamer has no specifications given about it. I’d also advise against other people recommendations on what they find comfortable. It’s very subjective you see. We can give specialist mattress advice based on years or designing and building hand made mattresses.

    Based on your weights, heights, budget and preferences for a not too firm, not too soft mattress I’d recommend you look at our Origins 1500 mattress and matching base. This will give you a medium feel with some softness in the very top layer but not too much sink. It will also accommodate fluctuations in weight, to a degree!!

    As for the base a platform divan is a sensible option as it gives the mattress a consistent surface to work on. Slats become problematic with pinching the mattress pulling its fabric and the gaps can cause undulations over time. You can also have drawers in a divan which can help with bedding storage etc. If you have any further questions please get in touch for more info Vanessa. Lee

  • Clare says:

    Looking for some trustworthy advice on a new double mattress(4’6”) medium/firm about £400 budget pocket sprung( of course) . Husband 5ft 8 11.5 stone, me 5ft 3 8.5 stone.
    What would you recommend.
    Thank you.

    Hi Clare,
    With your body weights, required feel and budget, I would recommend that you look at our Origins Pocket Reflex 1000 mattress, which for a double currently retails at £435.00. If you would like further advice or confirmation of it’s suitability prior to placing an order, please call our office. I trust that this helps, kind regards Mike.

  • Vlad says:

    I am looking to replace two single mattresses for our two boys. One is 13 and other 10 years old. both beds are slatted beds. Something that will last few years and do we need memory foam topper or latex or nothing? Someone told me that latex is better as you tend to sweat on memory foam. what do you suggest and by the way I totally agree with you regarding the open coil mattresses. I bought two silent night mattresses for the boys last year and now I can feel every coil with my hand not even talking about sleeping on it.
    Many thanks

    Hi Vlad,
    I confirm that memory foam is notorious for heat retention and I would avoid purchasing one of those or another open coil mattress. Before providing advice as to the most suitable mattresses in our ranges, I would need to know current body weights, preferred feel and budget. Please call our office to provide this information and obtain more specific advice as to the suitability of our mattresses for your needs. In the meantime, please view the mattresses in our Origins range. Kind regards Mike.

  • John says:


    After weeks of considering what new mattress to buy for our slatted base pine bed I found your excellent site. Although we are not wealthy and on low budget I definitely took your advice, as per this page, to buy a pocket sprung mattress than a cage unit. I found the following one yesterday online at Argos which suggested it was reduced less than half price (from £700 to £280) and then there was a 20% off promotion making it £224:-

    Airsprung Hush Tivoli 1000 Pocket Double Mattress – Argos cat no. 295/3698

    Somehow I still think it was a bit of a sales con but probably the best I could get around that price. I know it’s only 19cm deep (but that’s needed for our base) and is only a 1-sided. Something that annoys me is the false description, like many other makers/sellers that it has “individual” pocket springs. I accept they can be loosely glued or stitched together but a quick look on the makers website shows a video of the manufacturing process were they are made in a continuous joined ribbon of pocket-ised springs joined together down the whole sides and then layered and glued in the finished mattress. To me, this appears to impede the design principal of pocket springs as pressing down on 1 spring will significantly pull on the adjacent pockets along the ribbon:-

    I would appreciate any comments on this mattress and price paid (£224)

    Kind regards, John

    Hi John,
    I find it hard to believe that this mattress was ever sold for £700.00 as there appears to be very little by way of upholstery layers and it is not likely to be very comfortable.

    As far as pocket springs are concerned, I would confirm that with the appropriate layers of upholstery, the springs would move together providing continuous support whenever you change position. This system of pocket springing with attached springs is tried and tested and as stated, if there is little upholstery, the comfort is compromised. I trust that this helps, kind regards Mike.

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