Finding the right mattress can be tricky, and choosing the wrong mattress can literally keep you awake at night. Here we impart our years of wisdom to you, to help you choose the perfect mattress.
We know you've heard it before, but most of us spend nearly a third of our life in bed! You're mattress is going to be the piece of furniture which you use the most in your home, so you need to get it right, but where to start. Most of us will happily deliberate for weeks over the right bedframe, but it's the mattress that goes on top that will determine whether or not you get a good night's sleep.
The advice you'll usually hear is to spend as much as you can on a good mattress, but with all the recent advances in mattress technology, together with costs becoming more competitive, the most expensive mattress may not necessarily be the best for you. What way do you sleep, do you share a bed, do you have allergies, do you have a divan base or a slatted bedframe? All these factors matter, and should be considered when choosing you mattress!! Oh, but where to start? Well here are some of our best tips to help you.
- Check that the mattress you're buying is the right size for your bedframe. Standard sizes for Irish mattresses are Single, Small Double, Double, King Size and Super King, which are based on standard UK sizes. When measuring, make sure you measure the mattress only, as in most cases, the bedframe will be larger.
While these are the standard sizes, we can supply almost any size mattress you need. Contact us for details if you need to order a custom sized mattress.
- Try and get a mattress which is at least 10cm longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. If you're sharing a bed with a partner, make sure you purchase something that's definitely big enough for the both of you. The best way to test this is in our mattress centre where you can try out different sizes and types and see what suits you.
Know your mattress types
Open Coil/ Traditional Coil Mattress
This is the most common mattress type available. They are usually made hourglass shaped springs, joined together by one wire. While many of these are used in budget mattresses, some are 2-tiered with layered/stacked springs to give more localised support and longevity to your mattress.
Pocket Sprung Mattress
These mattresses feature individual springs, each sewn into separate fabric pockets. They tend to provide more support than the standard open coil mattress, with the spring moulding to your body better. As a rule, the more springs, the more comfortable the mattress. Prices can vary depending on the number of springs, as well as the fillings used and the top foam layer.
Made from a temperature sensitive material that moulds to your body's contours, these mattresses relieve pressure on your joints, as you lie on top and then springing back to shape when you move. Memory foam mattresses can be warmer than a standard foam mattress, no many new designs have breathable fabric on top to keep you cool during the night.
Getting the most from your mattress
- Whether you need to turn you mattress or not depends on the type you choose. Check you manufacturers instructions. Many mattresses are single sides and only need to be turned top to bottom. But it is important to turn regularly as per instructions, otherwise you're mattress may not last as long as it should.
- Try to remember to air your mattress each morning after you get up. Fold back your duvet and let the sheets and mattress breath for at least 20 minutes.
- You can reduce dust mites in your mattress with regular vacuuming, once a month should do.