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Spring Mattresses: What To Look Out For

by Prestige Affairs Team on

A spring mattress is the most common type of mattress in use. The core of the mattress is made up of metal springs / coils and acts as the main support for your body.

Many newer spring mattresses feature individual barrel shaped pocketed springs where the coils are encased in individual pockets. These mattresses offer more contoured support for your whole body and minimises motion disturbance better than connected (continuous or bonnel) springs. A comfort layer is added on top of the coils and can be made from a variety of materials, including high density padding, polyurethane foam and latex.

Spring mattress ranges in firmness of the coils and the plushness of each comfort layer, so nearly anyone will be able to find a mattress that feels right.

Whether you are in the market for a new individual barrel shape pocket spring mattress or one with continuous / bonnel springs, these are some key factors to keep in mind for a good nights sleep and to help you select the best mattress.

  1. Coil Gauge

    Coil gauge refers to the thickness and firmness of the coils. It is a misconception and myth that the total number of coils defines a good mattress. While the number of coils is important, the thickness and firmness of the metal the coils are made from is even more important. This is because the coil gauge determines the firmness and overall support of the spring mattress. Coil gauge is commonly measured in quarter increments and the higher the number, the thinner the coil wire and the softer the coil.

  2. Comfort Layer

    You should consider the type of materials used for the upholstered top layer of a spring mattress. While the coils provide support, the comfort layer determines the overall feel of the mattress, providing further comfort and cushioning. Comfort layers can be made from polyurethane foam, natural latex, and memory foam. Always be on the lookout for high-quality materials that conform to your body and are layered for extra comfort, e.g. Natural Latex and Memory Foam.

  3. Size

    Most mattresses are available in a variety of sizes, ranging from Single to King. As most people change positions frequently in their sleep, be sure to choose a spring mattress that is big enough for you and your partner to move freely for an uninterrupted and peaceful night of sleep.

  4. Warranty

    Warranty on spring mattresses cover manufacturing defects, such as a sagging. A good mattress will come with warranty that protects against such defects (e.g. many Magic Koil mattresses include a 10 year warranty). A mattress purchase can be a significant investment. If you spend a third of your life sleeping, it is important that your mattress is covered to last for years to come.

Each person is unique, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. In the same way, no one type of mattress is superior to another. After all, comfort preferences and budget tends to determine the type of mattress you sleep on. However, a spring mattress is likely to be a good choice if you’re seeking an affordable mattress that provides your desired level of firmness. Once you find the perfect mattress, you will enjoy endless nights of peaceful slumber.

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