Choosing the perfect mattress

It’s National Bed Month! So what better time to talk mattresses and finding you the perfect place to rest your head…

A good night’s sleep is one of the key ingredients for overall health and happiness. We all want to wake up feeling rejuvenated and free from aches! However, we also know that by placing your trust in a mattress that doesn’t provide the right level of comfort and support that your body needs, your nights are more likely to be restless than restful.

If you have ever purchased a mattress that was a quick or cheap fix without doing sufficient research and trials, then you may well be one of those who have paid the price of comfort when bedtime rolls around.

This useful guide is here to save you from making the same mistake twice. Simply follow the tips below to ensure your next mattress purchase is the worthy, long-term investment that brings you the happy zzz’s you deserve!


Types of mattress


Vi-Spring Shetland

Pocket spring mattress: A more luxurious spring option, crafted with individual, small springs housed in their own pocket of fabric. This means each spring moves independently, giving more structured support than an open spring mattress. Options of soft, medium or firm can be chosen by preference. In addition, they are more breathable than either memory foam or latex mattresses, making them a great choice for those who overheat during the night. For sleeping two people, separate springs will cater to your individual weights and needs, whilst also minimising the risk of rolling towards your partner in the night!



Tempur mattress: As the name suggests, this modern option is crafted from memory foam - a mouldable material that responds to temperature, weight and has hypo-allergenic properties. These mattresses sculpt around the shape of your body, absorbing your weight and relieving pressure on your joints. The sinking motion with this option however, is not to everybody’s tastes. They are also ideal for those who need support or suffer from back issues, maintaining posture and alignment of your spine when sleeping side on.



Dunlopillo mattress: Filled with an especially breathable latex foam, these mattresses are ideal to prevent overheating in the middle of the night. They are highly durable, should last for many years and are a great option for those with allergies or asthma. With many latex options, there may be a ‘breaking-in’ period where the mattress feels rather solid. It may therefore be better suited to those who prefer a firmer sleep. It’s also worth noting that cheaper latex versions can develop lumps and dents over time.



The type of firmness of mattress you require will depend on your weight and build. Here’s a short breakdown of your options:

Soft: Best choice for side sleepers or those who often change positions in the night. This is because the way you sleep relieves pressure from your spine, so you want your mattress to mould to your body’s natural position.
Medium soft: Also ideal for sleepers who change position during the night, this option will provide a little extra support whilst still moulding to your body.
Medium firm: Suited to those who sleep on their back, as you will require extra lower back support.
Firm: Best for those who sleep on their front or experience back pain. This will keep your back in a relatively comfortable and stable position without allowing you to sink as you sleep, which can cause lower back pain.

Try before you buy
The surest way to know if a mattress is right for you is to try before you buy! Arrive at the furniture store wearing comfortable soft clothing, similar to that of pyjamas, and test out the bed for comfort, firmness and support by assuming different sleeping positions typical to your usual pattern.

We move in our sleep approximately twenty times per night, so it’s vital to test how that feels.


Some people like to sprawl out like star fish, some like to curl up in a ball – and both are fine if you have the right space! If you’re a solo sleeper, then you can pretty much pick a size you fancy. For those sleeping as a two however, you both need to take into account how much room you require and will need to choose from the UK standard sizes:

Small single: 75cm x 190cm
Single: 90cm x 190cm
Small double: 120cm x 190cm
Double: 135cm x 190cm
Kingsize: 150cm x 200cm
Super kingsize: 180cm x 200cm


For the best advice and guidance on mattress purchasing, our friendly team of experts are ready and waiting in store to help you find the perfect products based on your unique requirements – so come and see us today!

6th March 2018

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