Mattresses buying guide
There's no right time to replace your mattress, but a typical bed can deteriorate by as much as 70% over 10 years so it depends on the amount of use it gets and how well it's been looked after. If you've recently noticed any of the following, it could indicate now's the time to change: Back pain, frequent poor sleep, wear and tear, you've enjoyed a more comfortable night's sleep on another bed.
Choosing the right mattress
It is important that you buy the correct mattress for you. There are many different varieties to choose from. Most mattresses contain a variety of fillings and a spring interior with either pocket or open coil springs. Memory foam is now another great option to choose from. Please see the guide below on the different types available to suit each individual.
Pocket sprungFeaturing high quality springs which are individually wrapped in pocket sleeves, this offers full support from head to toe. Pocket sprung mattresses are often regarded as the premium support system.
Open coil springThis is the most common type of mattress usually found in the middle to lower end price bracket. The springs are all joined together which means they will all move at the same time when pressure is applied.
Memory foamMemory foam mattresses continually react and adjust to your body heat and forms the perfect contours of your body. This allows minimal impact on pressure points to help aid a peaceful sleep.
Latex supportTraditionally a sprung mattress which has layers of filling that includes a zone of latex. Latex has an instantaneous recovery whereas memory foam has a slow recovery.
Non-turn pillow topDouble-sided mattresses mean that the mattress should be turned frequently to maintain comfort and support. Having a non turn mattress means that there is no longer any need to do this as the comfort is provided by the quality of the quilted damask.
Mattresses are covered in what's known as 'ticking'. The material is designed to be tough and tear resistant. The better quality mattresses will be made from woven or knitted viscose or cotton yarns, rather than polyester or polypropylene often used on lower priced mattresses.
Ticking can be designed to be resilient to a variety of things: water, stains, anti-dustmite allergy, anti bacterial, anti-static and some are more breathable, so think about your needs.
Protect your mattress
Once you've decided on the right mattress, consider a mattress protector to extend its life and improve hygiene.
Mattress toppers provide a cosy extra layer along with extra support and comfort. Choose from goose feather and down, polyester or quilted cotton rich fibres.
Important care information
- On delivery you may find that the mattress is shorter and narrower than the specified size, due to shrinkage during transportation. This is normal in a hand built bed. Over the first few weeks of use the mattress will assume its correct size.
Air your mattress
- After its removal from the packaging, please leave your mattress uncovered in a well-ventilated room for a few hours to allow any condensation to escape.
- Air your mattress regularly to allow any naturally absorbed perspiration to evaporate. You will also notice that your new bed has an aroma of 'newness', this is normal and will soon fade if aired regularly.
Use a suitable base
- If you have purchased only a mattress, do not use it on a base for which it was not designed.
- The life of a mattress can be severely shortened by use of an old or unsuitable base.
Protect your mattress
- No mattress is completely colourfast.
- We recommend that you use a suitable mattress cover to protect the mattress from body moisture or other liquids.
- Never use your mattress without bed linen.
Getting used to your new bed
- Chances are that the springs and upholstery in your old bed were not what they used to be, so your new bed may seem a little strange at first.
- Please allow time for your body to adjust to your new bed and for the fillings to settle.
- From the first time you use your new mattress, the area you sleep on will appear lower than the surrounding area. Please do not be concerned, this is known as settlement and is perfectly normal.
- To ensure even settlement across the surface of the mattress we recommend that you turn and rotate your mattress regularly.
Do not fold or bend your mattress
- When moving the mattress, please do not bend, roll or fold it, as this could distort the structure of the pocket spring unit.
Do not misuse your mattress
- The spring unit can be damaged if the mattress is subjected to excessive wear (e.g. jumping up and down on it) or repeated localized pressure (e.g. sitting on the edge of the mattress) so this should also be avoided.
- We recommend that during the first six months of use, your mattress should be turned every two weeks and then monthly thereafter. You should alternate between turning the mattress over and rotating it from top-to-tail to ensure even settlement. Use the handles fitted to the mattress to position it on the base. Do not allow the mattress to bang or fall against the side of the base, as this may damage the spring system.
Storage of your mattress
- If you have to store your mattress for any period of time please make sure it is stored flat and not on its side.
- Incorrect storage will distort the spring unit and cause the fillings to move and settle unevenly.
- Do not use detergent or chemical cleaners as many of these products may damage the fabric or stitching.
- Vacuuming will lead to unnecessary disturbance of layer fillings and is not recommended.
- Dust and fluff can be removed from your bed by using a soft brush every few months or when necessary. Stains and spillages should be soaked up with an absorbent, dry cloth.
- Do not 'wet' the mattress to clean it as this could damage the upholstery.
- Where a removable mattress cover is supplied it should be washed at 60C and is not suitable for dry cleaning.
- The drawers in storage divans have been designed primarily to hold bed linen, clothing and lightweight items.
- Please do not overload the drawers as excessive weight can cause them to become damaged or distorted, and overfilling them could cause the drawers to jam.
- For your guidance the recommended drawer weights are labelled in the drawer.
- Please ensure the weight in the drawer is evenly spread.
- Never sit on the head or foot ends on the bed when it is in a raised position as this could cause the arms on the frame to bend.
- Do not sit on the slatted base.
- Keep legs screwed tightly into the base and check them regularly.
Carelessness causes fire
- We strongly advise against smoking while in bed and that naked flames are kept away from the upholstery.