Mattresses Buying Guide

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We spend around a third of our lives sleeping, which means you'll be spending a lot of time with your mattress over the years and it's no surprise that finding the right one will improve your quality of sleep, as your body is in direct contact with the mattress throughout the night.

Select the correct mattress for your needs and you'll have the best chance at getting your 40 winks and improve your productivity and wellbeing during the day. Buy the best quality mattress you can afford and pair it with a bedstead or divan that provides complementary support for the perfect starting point for sleep heaven.

WHEN SHOULD I REPLACE MY MATTRESS?

A good quality mattress should provide between 8-10 years of consistent performance and provide appropriate support. It's recommended that you change your mattress as the repeated usage can cause uneven compression leading to uneven support and therefore insufficiently suited to provide a comfortable sleep space.

Here are some useful questions to ask when deciding if it's time for a new bed or mattress:

1.Are you frequently waking up feeling un-refreshed and aching?

2.Do you disturb your partner or are you disturbed by them when changing sleep positions?

3.Does it look used or worn?

4.Does it feel lumpy?

5.Have you recently had a better night's sleep in a different bed?

WHAT FIRMNESS RATING DO I NEED?

Only you know what feels comfortable, so while we're happy to advise you on which firmness rating might work for you, a lot of it comes down to personal preference. A mattress should shape to the natural contours of your body without allowing you to sink into the surface and should provide the correct amount of support to keep your spine aligned in your natural sleeping position.

Soft Feel

Soft
Feel

Front Sleepers

Soft support mattresses are usually better suited to front sleepers as they have more 'give' to comfortably cradle your contours.

Soft Medium Feel

Soft Medium
Feel

Front & Side Sleepers

Soft-Medium mattresses support and provide comfort to those preferring to sleep on their front and/or side.

Medium Feel

Medium
Feel

All Sleepers

A medium mattress offers great support accross all pressure points minimising discomfort and enhancing sleep. Generally the most popular support chosen.

Medium Firm Feel

Medium Firm
Feel

Back & Side Sleepers

Sleeping on your back and side makes a firm mattress your best option as it will help keep your spine aligned.

Firm Feel

Firm
Feel

Back Sleepers

For extra support, our firm mattesses are the best option for side sleepers or those who suffer from back pain.

What comfort rating do I need?

Lie on your back and try sliding a hand between the small of your back and the mattress. Your hand should fit between with minimal resistance.

If it's tricky to slip your hand between, the mattress is too soft and your body is being allowed to 'sink' into the surface and your body won't be supported as it should, with effective spine alignment.

If the gap between your lower back and the mattress is too great, your hand will be able to move about very easily and this usually indicates the support is too firm. Sleeping on a mattress that is too firm means your body will sit on the surface rather than being cradled comfortably, and you won't benefit from the supportive pressure relief and weight distribution required for refreshing, restful sleep.

SLEEP POSITION GUIDE

Front Sleeper

Front Sleeper

To prevent overarching your lower back and straining your neck and shoulders, you need to be mindful of your pressure points. Keeping your spine aligned is highly important for comfort and health, and when you sleep on your front that means support which also allows for your body to sink in to the surface. A happy balance between resistance and comfort is a pocket sprung or pocket hybrid mattress.

Side Sleeper

Side Sleeper

Sleeping on your side means you can open the shoulders or ribcage whether you lean forward or back, and although it creates pressure points on your hips and shoulders, there is less weight being applied onto each, allowing good circulation and comfort. A softer surface pocket sprung, open coil or hybrid mattress is best, as less resistance means each area of your body can sink in as needed.

Side Sleeper
Back Sleeper

Back Sleeper

Whether you sleep like an arrow or a starfish, back sleepers need to avoid too much strain on the necks and shoulders. The right level of support and resistance is integral to keeping your spine and shoulders aligned, otherwise you might wake up with aches and pains. A surface that hugs your contours will prevent rolling and turning during the night, provide support and promote correct alignment, so pocket sprung, memory foam and hybrid mattresses are perfect.

WHICH MATTRESS TYPE FITS MY NEEDS?

Value Open Coil

Value Open Coil

A continuous wire spring in a metal frame that offers comfort at an affordable price.

SHOP ALL OPEN COIL

Traditional Pocket Sprung

Individual springs, each in a fabric pocket, that allow independent and responsive movement. Available in various spring counts and perfect for couples sharing a bed.
SHOP ALL POCKET SPRUNG

Traditional Pocket Sprung
Memory Foam

Memory Foam

Conforming and sculpting to your body shape this is perfect for pressure relief.
SHOP ALL MEMORY FOAM

Foam

Contoured to allow both support and comfort, whilst offering anti-microbial properties.
SHOP ALL FOAM

Foam
Memory Foam

Hybrid

Luxuriously comfortable, a variety of core fillings allow optimised comfort with temperature, weight and shape responsive sleep surfaces.
SHOP ALL HYBRID

Children’s Mattresses

Offering a softer feel but still supportive, a wide variety of specialist features ideal for every child’s needs such as anti-allergy.
SHOP ALL CHILDREN'S MATTRESSES

Children's Mattresses

WHICH ADDITONAL FEATURES CAN I HAVE?

A selection of our mattresses include added extras to suit your needs

Orthopaedic Mattresses

Orthopaedic

Helps keep back pain under control whilst in bed thanks to purposely-designed support.
SHOP ALL ORTHOPAEDIC MATTRESSES

Anti-Allergy

Fabric treatment that offers a durable protection against dust mites.
SHOP ALL ANTI-ALLERGY MATTRESSES

Anti-Allergy Mattresses
Naturally Filled Mattresses

Natural Fillings

Materials such as cotton and wool provide benefits such as breathability and temperature regulation.
SHOP ALL NATURALLY FILLED MATTRESSES

Pillow Top

A sumptuous built-in pillow top provides the perfect added extra to your mattress for optimum comfort.
SHOP ALL PILLOW TOP MATTRESSES

Pillow Top Mattresses
Water Resistant Mattresses

Water Resistant

Secondary water resistant sleep surface made with a fabric treatment that protects the core from moisture.
SHOP ALL WATER RESISTANT MATTRESSES

Cool Technology

Treatment applied to outer fabric and/or core fillings to regulate temperature and prevent overheating.
SHOP ALL COOL TECHNOLOGY

Cool Technology
Natural Sleep Surfaces

Natural Sleep Surface

Comfort fillings and outer fabrics are made from natural materials such as cashmere, cotton, silk and wool.
SHOP ALL NATURAL SLEEP SURFACES

Washable / Zipped Cover

Easy to remove cover suitable for all washing machines. Please read the instructions for further details.
SHOP ALL WASHABLE MATTRESS COVERS

Zipped Cover

WHAT FABRIC TYPE WOULD SUIT MY NEEDS?

A selection of our mattresses include added extras to suit your needs.

Quilted Mattresses

Quilted

Extra padding to enhance your night time comfort. Providing a flatter, smoother surface.

Tufted Top

Provides a slightly firmer feel to the mattress and keep fillings in place, offering a long lasting supportive feel.

Tufted Top Mattresses

PICK THE PERFECT SIZE MATTRESS FOR YOU

If you’re sharing a bed, your mattress and bed frame should be 10-20cm longer than the tallest user and wide enough to allow both parties enough room to turn and fidget without disturbing the other too much.

Mattress Size Chart

Mattress

Mattress Size
(ft/inches)

Small Single

2ft 6” x 6ft 3” / 75cm x 190cm

Single

3ft x 6ft 3” / 90cm x 190cm

Small Double

4ft x 6ft 3” / 120cm x 190cm

Double

4ft 6” x 6ft 3” / 135cm x 190cm

Kingsize

5ft x 6ft 6” / 150cm x 200cm

Super Kingsize

6ft x 6ft 6” / 180cm x 200cm

Size guide

CARING FOR YOUR MATTRESS

A good mattress can last up to 10 years so it is important to understand how to care for it in order to prolong its life span and support. Remember - all mattresses are to be rotated regularly so that you are refreshing where your pressure points lie, allowing maximum comfort.

Double Sided Mattresses

Double Sided

These mattresses are to be turned regularly in order to maintain optimum comfort.

Rotate Only

These mattresses are to be rotated regularly in order to maintain optimum comfort.

No Turning Needed
Rotate only

No Turning Needed

These mattresses have resilient fillings that won't lose their shape, so do not need to be turned.

Mattress Care Instructions and Guidance

  • Before you use your new mattress, remove all packaging and place your mattress flat on the bed base without mattress protectors or bedding. This allows the mattress to air out and any scents from the fillings or packaging to disperse. If your mattress contains memory foam or latex it may need a couple of days.
  • Daily airing is also recommended to allow moisture to evaporate. To do this, pull back the top sheets and duvet for 20 minutes.
  • Your bed base can affect how the mattress feels. If you're using a slatted base we recommend no more than 6.5cm between each slat to ensure proper support.
  • No-Turn mattresses should be positioned with the label facing up.
  • Use a mattress protector to prolong the life of your mattress and provide an extra barrier from liquids and dust.
  • If moving your mattress, we recommend you keep it flat.
  • Each mattress feels different, so you'll need to give yourself time to adjust to the new sensation, support and comfort.
  • All mattresses show some body shaping as the fillings settle with use. Pillow top mattresses might show this more obviously, but this is normal and doesn’t affect the mattress performance.
  • Rotate your mattress once a month (turning top to tail) to limit the effect of filling settling from body pressure.
  • Liquids can cause damage and discolouration, so try to keep them away from your mattress.
  • Turn dual-sided mattresses once a month.
  • Vacuum the surface every 2 months to keep your mattress dust-free.
  • Do not stand or jump on your mattress.
  • Do not use detergent or chemical cleaners as this can stain, bleach and damage the material and fillings.
  • Try not to sit on the edge of the bed as this can strain the edges of your mattress and cause the border stitching to split or edges to collapse.

MATTRESS TOPPERS

Available in all standard bed sizes and a choice of materials such as memory foam for a sumptuous joint-easing experience and teddy bear fabric for a snugly soft and cosy way to sleep, mattress enhancers provide additional support and comfort that will give your bed a new feel. A mattress topper offers a simple and effective way to enhance your relaxation in bed, fastening easily to the top of your existing mattress to provide a refreshing new layer of comfort.

A mattress topper can improve your comfort in bed but is not a substitute for a good quality mattress, and cannot provide the same levels of support. While they provide a luxurious layer to your mattress that may renew and enhance your sleeping experience, there is no substitute for investing in a suitable mattress with the correct firmness rating for your needs. An old and worn out mattress will still fail to provide the structure and support you require for the perfect night's sleep.

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DELIVERED WHEN IT SUITS YOU

Instead of hanging around to see when your mattress turns up, we'll let you tell us when you want it to arrive. We deliver 7 days a week, between 7am - 8pm, and if we've got a time slot available, you can even get your mattress delivered in as little as 3 days.