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Buying The Right Mattress

"Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together."
- Thomas Dekker

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The right mattress can make the difference between sweet dreams and restless nights.

If you have a good quality bedstead then you'll want to invest in a good quality mattress. Invest as much as you can afford into your brand new mattress, and it'll serve you with many a great night's sleep for years to come.

It can be easy to get overwhelmed by the wide variety of mattresses available on the market today, so we believe you should always try out a few different types to see which offers the right level of comfort for your body. 

To help you decide, here's our little guide to help you sort the springs and foams.

Open-Sprung Mattress

Open-Sprung Mattress
The most common spring system for more affordable mattresses
Border rod or wire gives the mattress a firm edge and helps retain its shape
Sides are machine-stitched or hand-stitched

Pocket-Sprung Mattress

Pocket-Sprung Mattress
More luxurious, with individual small springs housed in separate fabric pockets
Minimises the risk of you rolling towards your sleeping partner during the night
Springs work independently to respond to individual body weight

Foam Mattress

Foam Mattress
Moulds to your body’s contours
Provides support and enables natural movement during sleep
Helps to maintain correct posture and align spine horizontally when lying on your side

Mattress Features


An orthopaedic mattress is a mattress designed to support the joints, back and overall body. These are more commonly open-sprung mattresses, using 12.5 gauge springs instead of 13.5 gauge.

Memory Foam

A synthetic foam technology developed to conform to the contours of your body. When you make an impression in the mattress, your body heat enables it to retain its new shape.

Reflex Foam

The standard type of foam found in most all-foam mattresses, also serves as the base for the majority of memory foam mattresses.


Fabrics, foams, and fillers used in the manufacture of these mattresses have been treated to resist and reduce dust-mites and other allergy causing factors.

3D Airflow Border

Some of our mattresses feature a ‘3D Border’, which allows air to flow through the mattress, keeping it fresh, and reducing the presence of dust-mites.


The standard cotton fabric, usually with a woven pattern, that covers most mattresses and their matching divan bases. Commonly seen in white.


Knitted fabrics cover many mattresses these days, to give a softer more natural finished feel.

Quilted or Tufted?

Quilted mattresses have an even surface to them, whereas a tufted finish holds the padded layers in position, helping to retain the shape and therefore prolonging the life of the mattress.


Some of our mattresses don’t require turning due to having special sleep layers, such as memory foam or latex. They can however, be occasionally revolved, to ensure even wear.

Foam Encapsulated

The sides of the mattress are given a foam layer all around, to enclose the internal spring unit. This is usually hand or machine-stitched to hold it in place, giving the edges more support.

Pillow Top

Found in some of our more luxurious mattresses, a pillow top is a separate layer of foam stitched onto a mattress top for added superior comfort.

Our Mattresswise Firmness Rating

We’ve rated our mattresses on a scale of 1-5 based on how firm we believe they are. Of course, every body differs, and what one person may find soft to lie on, another might find too hard.

Looking After Your Mattress


Air your mattress for 4 hours after delivery to remove any aroma from storage.
The mattress should be aired weekly by turning back the bedlinen for a few hours.


Avoid using a plastic sheet on or under the mattress as this prevents air circulation and can cause condensation.


It's important to flip your mattress regularly to maximise its life.
Body weight compresses a mattress, leading to dips and ultimately uneven sleeping.

Typical UK Mattress Sizes

Small Single (2'6")
75 x 190 cm
Single (3')
90 x 190 cm
Small Double (4')
120 x 190 cm
Double (4'6")
135 x 190 cm
Kingsize (5')
150 x 200 cm
Super Kingsize (6')
180 x 200 cm


We also offer mattresses custom-made to your size specifications. Be sure to measure twice though!

We offer divan bases and headboards in your choice of fabric and colour.

We can provide contract beds, with the higher Source 5 Fire Rating
plus waterproof beds custom-made for commercial use.

Just call or ask in store for more details!

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