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What is a natural mattress?

Natural mattresses typically include a pocket sprung or open coil unit paired with one type or a variation of natural fillings. Often, they are combined with synthetic materials to fill the entire mattress. However, the natural fillings will reside on the top half of the bed, so you can benefit from their properties. Your new bed set-up will scream luxury if you pair a natural mattress with a stylish option from our bed frame range.

Types of natural fillings


One of the most common natural materials, cotton mattresses are a cost-effective natural fibre to include in sleeping solutions. Cotton has vital breathability and absorption properties, perfect for wicking away excess sweat and regulating your temperature throughout the night.


Another popular option incorporated into our range, wool mattresses are known for their temperature-regulating nature, insulating you in the winter and keeping you cool in the summer. Moreover, sheep's wool mattresses are absorbent for a moisture-free environment and a good night's sleep.


Similarly, lambswool attains the same properties as wool, as you can imagine. Instead, consider lambswool much softer than its standard wool counterpart, primarily because it comes from a baby sheep rather than an adult.


Much like the rest of the natural fillings discussed here, alpaca wool is durable, soft and absorbent, aiding moisture levels to help you keep cool throughout the night.


The wool from an Angora goat native to Turkey, the mohair fibre is an exquisite filling and material used worldwide. It attains a surprising level of elasticity which contributes to a luxurious softness and durability that keeps the mattress in its shape for many years. In addition to this, temperature-regulating qualities will keep you comfortable at night.


Cashmere is the fibre from goats, often said to be a more opulent version of lambswool. Taken from the layer of wool underneath their exterior wool, it's smooth, soft, absorbent and breathable. What more could you ask for from a natural fibre?


One of the most luxurious natural filling types, silk offers sumptuous softness and the ability to control moisture levels. Not only this, but it is also highly absorbent, ensuring you have a fresh and dry place to sleep.


Natural latex makes for a completely different kind of mattress in comparison to other raw materials. An all-latex bed forms a bouncy but body-moulding sleep surface and is one of the most organic mattresses available in our range. Latex has benefits such as having an open cell structure but remaining hypoallergenic, breathable and eco-friendly. The perfect combination of pocket springs and latex makes for one of the most luxurious hybrid mattresses, especially as they come from the best brands.

Other types

Whilst it's not an entirely natural material, several mattress brands engineer memory foam infusing it with bamboo. For example, MLILY uses Bamboo Charcoal Memory Foam, so you benefit from its anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties for a cleaner sleeping environment.

Types of natural mattresses

Pocket sprung

As mentioned above, a natural sleeping solution is often paired with pocket springs. Natural filling mattresses are some of the most luxurious types, so pairing them with individually-moving springs is best suited to the luxury of the fillings. Offering unparalleled support and comfort, the quality of such a spring unit goes above and beyond to promote healthy spinal alignment as you sleep.

What are the best natural fibres?

This depends on what properties you desire to have in your sleeping environment. Enhanced breathability, temperature regulation, insulation, softness or moisture control? If so, find a mattress with a comfort layer of natural fillings that correspond with the abovementioned properties.

Are natural mattresses hypoallergenic?

No. Natural mattresses are not anti-allergy or hypoallergenic. The pore sizes of natural fibres are much bigger when compared to synthetic fibres, making it easier for dust mites to pass through the all-natural mattress and build up over time. Therefore, if you suffer from dust mite allergies or hayfever, we recommend not opting for a bed with natural filling fibres, aside from latex mattresses, as these are naturally hypoallergenic.

What are mattress support tensions available with a natural bed?

Thankfully the Mattressman natural mattress range includes every support tension, meaning there's a mattress for every sleeper. Including softer or medium support that's brilliant for a preferred side sleeper, firm and extra firm tensions for anyone who sleeps on their stomach or back, and medium firm support for combination sleepers that rest in various sleeping positions.

What brands produce natural-filling mattresses?

We showcase a range of brands incorporating luxury natural mattresses in their collections, from Relyon, Hypnos, Sleepeezee, Sealy, British Bed Company, Sweet Dreams, Rest Assured and more.

What sizes of natural mattresses do we stock?

At Mattressman, our natural mattress range includes every standard UK size. From a small single (75 x 190cm), single (90 x 190cm), small double (120 x 190cm), double (135 x 190cm), king size (150 x 200cm), super king size (180 x 200cm), king size zip (2x 75 x 200cm) and link and super king zip and link (2x 90 x 200cm).

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