Choosing A Mattress
Sizes: Our mattresses are listed in the standard UK sizes. Please be aware that continental sizes found in Ikea and Habitat will be different and may not be compatible with standard size beds, and vice-versa. Standard sizes are as follows: Single 90x190cm, Double 135x190cm, Kingsize 150x200cm, Superking 180x200cm.
Suitability: All of our mattresses are suitable for slatted bed frames or divan bases.
Considerations: Aside from the general quality of the product there are 2 main aspects to consider when choosing a mattress: comfort and support. Essentially the spring system will provide the support and the layers of upholstery will give the comfort.
Springs: A traditional open-coil mattresses has springs fixed together by wire and can feel a little 'boingy'. They are fine for occasional use for example in a guest room or for children who weigh less than an adult. In a pocket spring mattress the springs are individually sewn into fabric pockets which are then stitched together in a honeycomb formation. This provides greater stability and less roll-together. If there is movement on one side of a pocket-sprung mattress, it will be felt less on the other side compared to an open-coil mattress. A firmer mattress will have springs made from a thicker gauge of steel to offer less give. A person who weighs more may be suited to a firmer mattress which offers more support, although this is a personal choice. It is conventional for spring-counts to refer to the approximate number of springs contained in a 150cm kingsize mattress. In theory, the more springs, the greater stability.
Upholstery: Sprung mattresses use a variety of fillings to provide different properties and comfort options. Fillings are chosen for their durability, flexibility and ability to absorb moisture. More luxurious fillings will cost more and give a more sumptuous feel.
Memory Foam: Whilst a memory foam mattress can be beneficial for relieving pressure on painful joints, they reduce airflow around the body making them hot which many people find uncomfortable. Memory foam is affected by room temperature, so you might find a memory mattress cold and hard when you first go to bed. As it reacts to body heat, it moulds to your shape, which can make it difficult for you to move. For these reasons we don't recommend this type of mattress for most people.
Advice: Choosing a mattress is a personal thing and most people will have an idea of what they like. But as it's not a frequent purchase you may need some advice. As well as coming to Quarter to take advantage of our knowledge and experience, The Sleep Council have an excellent guide full of great advice CLICK HERE - opens in a new window.
Longevity: Our mattresses all come with a 10 year warranty which protects you against faulty workmanship or defective materials. To prolong the life of your mattress it is important to turn it regularly to give all areas even use. When new it should be turned weekly for the first few months and then seasonally. It is best to avoid sitting on the edge of a mattress regularly and not to allow children to use it as a trampoline!
Dreamworks: Our mattresses are made by Dreamworks Beds in Westbury in Wiltshire using high quality materials. They combine modern production techniques with highly skilled craftsmanship to hand finish a range of mattresses which are comfortable, dependable and great value for money.