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Mattresses

We spend a third of our lives in bed, so it is hugely important that you find the right mattress. Mattressman specialise in offering the right product for everyone, with a range of mattresses in all sizes and budgets. We know it is easy for us to talk about mattresses, but we also know it can seem a bit confusing when trying to find which product to buy. There are lots of things to consider, such as price, quality and value for money, but we are here to help. Our range covers all bases, and with 1000's in stock, you may find you can have your dream sleep for less than you think.


  • It’s a good idea to learn what the different types of mattress are and how they work before you make a decision about which one you should get. Each mattress type comes in many different varieties and can suit various different budgets, but the way they support you as you sleep is basically the same.

    Open Coil

    • Also known as cage sprung, Bonnel spring, or box spring mattresses.
    • Contain rows of springs that run from side to side and are connected by a single wire at the top and bottom of the springs.
    • The most common type of spring system.

    Continuous coil

    • Made from one continuous piece of wire.
    • Can run either head to toe or side to side.
    • Miracoil is a variation of the continuous coil base that features exclusively in Silentnight mattresses and runs head to toe to limit roll together.

    Pocket Springs

    • Contain many individual springs each encased in their own fabric pocket.
    • Moulds to the body and provides better support due to each spring responding only to individual pressure.
    • Highly recommended for adults who will be consistently using the bed, particularly if sharing it with a partner, as the springs also eliminate the roll together effect, preventing the movement of one person from disturbing the other and allowing body weight to be distributed evenly across the mattress, even if you and your partner are of very different weights.

    Reflex Foam

    • Dense foam that moulds to your body, providing a high level of support.
    • Generally serves as a base for memory foam, though some reflex foam mattresses are topped with man-made fibres.
    • Absorbs movement and prevents roll together, meaning it is great for couples.

    Twin spring units

    • Two layers of springs, one on top of the other, allowing for a more even distribution of body weight, with the dual layer of springs taking less pressure than one set of springs would on its own.
    • Results in a mattress that feels softer and more springy.
  • It’s a good idea to learn what the different types of mattress are and how they work before you make a decision about which one you should get. Each mattress type comes in many different varieties and can suit various different budgets, but the way they support you as you sleep is basically the same.

    Natural

    • The most common natural filling is cotton, which is very breathable and wicks away moisture to stop you overheating during the night.
    • Wool is also a widely used natural filling, and also naturally regulates temperature throughout the night.
    • Other natural fillings that you may find in high end mattresses include cashmere, mohair, horse hair and silk.

    Man-made

    • Also referred to as polyester, white fibre, Highloft polyester, and hollowfibre.
    • Made to be durable and comfortable.
    • Usually hypoallergenic, making them great for allergy sufferers.
    • Cheap to produce, allowing the cost of the mattress to remain low.

    Foam

    • Foam provides outstanding support and comfort, as it moulds to the body’s contours.
    • The most commonly used foam is visco-elastic foam, better known as memory foam.
    • Latex is a natural alternative to memory foam, made from the sap of rubber trees. It is a good choice for those who want the effect of memory foam but get hot while they sleep, as it does not retain heat as much as memory foam.
    • Geltex is a gel foam found in Silentnight and Sealy mattresses, designed for optimal breathability, pressure relief, and support.
    • Standard sizes range from small single to super king size.
    • Custom sizes up to 7ft by 7ft are available.
    • You should get the biggest bed that you can afford and have space for, particularly if you share the bed with a partner.
    Mattress Size Width Length
    Small single 75cm (2ft 6in) 190cm (6ft 3in)
    Single 90cm3ft (3ft) 190cm (6ft 3in)
    Small Double 120cm (4ft) 190cm (6ft 3in)
    Double 135cm (4ft 6in) 190cm (6ft 3in)
    King Size 150cm (5ft) 180cm (6ft)
    Super King 135cm (4ft 6in) 190cm (6ft 3in)
    • Tensions range from soft to extra firm.
    • The aim with any mattress is to support the natural curve of your spine. If a mattress is too soft or too firm, it won’t do that effectively.
    • As a general rule, the lighter you are, the softer the most suitable tension.
    • Your preferred sleeping position is a factor too — stomach sleepers are generally more suited to a firmer tension, while side sleepers are more suited to a softer tension and back sleepers to a medium tension.
    • When testing a mattress, check whether you sink too deeply into the mattress (too soft) or whether there are uncomfortable pressure points under your hips and shoulders (too firm).
    • Go wearing loose, comfortable clothes that don’t restrict your movement, and take off your shoes while testing mattresses.
    • Ask a member of store staff for a pillow so that you are recreating your sleep environment as closely as possible.
    • Spend at least ten minutes trying out a mattress, and lie on it in all the positions you usually sleep in.
    • If you share a bed with a partner, make sure you go to test out mattresses together so that you can check it is comfortable for both of you.
    • You should rotate a mattress with one sleeping side and rotate and flip a mattress with two sleeping sides at least twice a year to help it wear evenly.
    • Allow your mattress to air each day by folding back the duvet and sheet.
    • A mattress protector will help to protect your mattress from sweat, dead skin cells and dust mites.

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