Buying a new mattress? You’ll spend around 19,000 hours laying on it, so it’s worth taking the time to select the perfect one
MAIN IMAGE Memory foam can be comfortable and provide relief to people who suffer back or joint pain. The Casper mattress comprises of four foams that work together to provide support and regulate temperature. A kingsize costs £600, Casper
Want to sleep well? The right mattress is a must. According to the National Bed Federation, ‘an uncomfortable bed could rob you of up to an hour’s sleep – yet the deterioration may be so gradual that many people fail to make the connection.’
A lot can change over the lifespan of a mattress, so it’s good to get one that changes with you. The Dux 8008 comes with a removable top pad, six interchangeable soft to firm ‘casettes’ and a lumbar ajust lever. £POA, Duxiana
Generally, you should upgrade your mattress at least every seven years, or if you find another one (in a hotel, for example) more comfortable than your own; but also if your body type changes or a partner moves in with you. According to Amy-Kate Crane, assistant buyer at And So To Bed, ‘the aim of a good mattress is to spread pressure evenly across the body, to naturally align the spine and assist circulation during sleep.’ The principal consideration in this is knowing what firmness to test: the more weight being applied to the mattress, the firmer it will need to be.
It can be a false economy to buy a new mattress but keep the old frame, especially with divans, as the two work together for ventilation and support. Royal Britannia divan set and Victoria headboard, £POA, Somnus
Beyond that, the variety available can be overwhelming, so understanding what the jargon actually means can pave the way to a luxurious night’s rest. More individual pocket springs tend to give greater support and prevent any tossing and turning from disturbing your partner. With fillers, natural materials like cashmere or bamboo that are breathable will regulate your temperature, but allergy sufferers may prefer to stick with synthetics. As Sarah Smith, head of buying at Soak&Sleep explains, ‘each filler brings something unique to the table – wool is bouncier than silk; latex foam is a little softer and more responsive than memory foam.’
Compromise is part of any good relationship, but not when it comes to your comfort at night; choose the ideal firmness for each of you and join them with a mattress connector. Devonshire mattress, priced from £1,660, Vispring at And So To Bed
When people with different preferences share a bed, they might be tempted to opt for something ‘in between’ as a compromise, but many retailers offer solutions such as smaller, different mattresses which can be joined seamlessly, or even ones with interchangeable components that can be switched out to address changing or localised problems like back pain.
Consider the combined height of your frame and mattress. Taller gives a sense of opulence, while shorter can help you feel grounded – just ensure you can get on and off easily. Preferred Nautical Indigo mattress, from £1,649, Aireloom at And So To Bed
The best way to know if a mattress is right for you is to test it, as closely replicating your sleeping conditions as possible – in your favourite position, with a similar pillow and bringing your partner. ‘I always recommend bringing a book or tablet when testing different mattresses so you feel at ease enough to spend the time needed on each,’ advises Amy-Kate.
LEFT A lot can change over the lifespan of a mattress, so it’s good to get one that changes with you. The Dux 8008 comes with a removable top pad, six interchangeable soft to firm ‘casettes’ and a lumbar ajust lever. Price on application, Duxiana
CENTRE Newer mattresses are utilising body profiling data and technology to reimagine a product as old as mankind. Simba’s Luxe boasts 10 layers of springs, foam and extras like charcoal, working hard to keep you comfortable through the night. Priced from £1,299
RIGHT Navigating the plethora of mattresses available may seem daunting but this variety means you’re more likely to find ‘the one’. Instead of just winging it and hoping for the best, speak to an expert with the know-how to understand your needs and which ones will help you to get a better night’s sleep. Cashmere pocket spring mattress, from £825, Soak&Sleep
Q&A with Mark Temlett, co-founder of Naturalmat
How do you know it’s time to replace your mattress?
The key factor is the length of time you’ve had your mattress. If you can’t remember when you bought it, it’s probably too old and you should think about replacing it. If it’s a sprung mattress and you can feel the springs, if there’s a big sag in the middle, or feels lumpy, it needs to go. If you’re waking up stiff and unrested, it’s time for a new mattress.
Can you talk us through the different types of mattress available?
Our mattresses are split into two ranges: for people who prefer a firmer, denser feel there’s the Natural Fibre Collection which uses coir, natural latex, and local organic lambswool at the core, rather than steel springs. If you prefer a bouncier bedtime, our Pocket Sprung range is for you. The mattresses have hand nested springs in cotton pockets surrounded by natural and organic fibres, such as horsehair, cashmere, bamboo and lambswool.
Although hypoallergenic, man-made fibres can contribute to overheating, when your body temperature needs to drop slightly for a comfortable night’s sleep. Available as soft, medium and firm, the Sumptuous Spring mattress costs from £1,400, Naturalmat
What factors affect the firmness you should choose?
Try as many beds as you can before you buy. Generally, the heavier you are the firmer the mattress you’ll need to support your bodyweight and keep your spine straight while you sleep. The most important thing is to get the right mattress for you. We’ve created a ‘Sleep Zone’ at our showroom in Chiswick where customers can spend time trying different kinds of mattresses in private to find the right one for them.
Why do you opt for natural and organic materials?
Natural fibres are the best materials for mattresses. Unlike synthetics, which absorb heat and moisture, natural fibres are self-ventilating, breathable and will wick away moisture enabling the body to maintain a comfortable, even temperature. Provenance is very important to us: if you’re lying on something for eight hours, it’s nice to know where everything comes from so you can have peace of mind and enjoy a great night’s sleep.
Article by: Emma Thompson