A Guide To Mattress Fillings & Materials
Ever wondered what is actually inside your mattress? Mattress fillings play a huge role in how comfortable it will feel. In this guide, we'll explain what materials and mattress fillings are available to help you choose the best one for you.
What are the different mattress fillings?
There are many mattress styles on the market that all have their own unique fillings. Let's dive deeper into what exactly is used to make the nations favourite styles:
Memory Foam: Memory foam has been rising in popularity in recent years. And for good reason. It's unique soft yet supportive feel can be great for relieving joint pressure and pain. Memory foam is a man-made substance that is formed from polyurethane materials. Typically, springs aren't needed in a foam mattress, however, some hybrid designs have a memory foam comfort layer.
Pocket Sprung: If a more traditional, bouncy supportive feel is your comfort preference. A pocket sprung style could be perfect for you. Unlike other spring styles, pocket springs are uniquely wrapped into individual cases. This allows the springs to move independently, preventing the transfer of movement. Pocket sprung styles have a layer of neatly wrapped springs. This layer is topped off with comfort filling like wool, memory foam or latex.
Latex Foam: Latex foam, similar to memory foam is usually made out of one material. Although it is possible to find some styles that feature springs. The foam is formed by melting rubbing and whipping until it creates a bouncy foam-like substance. With a soft yet supportive feel, it's a very popular style of mattress.
Gel Foam: Gel foam is a great option if you struggle to sleep in hotter temperatures. The mattress foam is infused with tiny gel-like beads that are excellent are regulating temperature. As foam can often get quite hot, this is the perfect solution for memory foam lovers that would prefer a cooler sleeping environment.
Which mattress fillings last the longest?
If durability is what you're searching for in a mattress. There are plenty of styles built to stand the test of time. Latex foam is a particularity popular choice for a long-lasting mattress. It has a similar feel to memory foam but with the added benefit of being more sturdy. When shopping for a mattress that will last, try and opt for high-quality fillings and materials where possible. Premium mattresses tend to last the longest. This is because they're filled with luxury materials and are designed to offer consistently great support for a long time. However, you should always set a budget that is affordable for you and take advantage of sales or clearances where possible to grab a bargain.
What are some natural mattress fillings?
Natural mattress fillings and materials are derived from plants and animals. Many people choose to opt for natural materials for luxury or as an eco-friendly choice. Because natural materials tend to be easier to recycle or reuse, they are considered a more eco-conscious choice when it comes to mattress fillings. Here are some examples of natural fillings and how they are used in a mattress:
- Wool: Wool tends to be found inside the mattress itself. It's typically used as padding to give a soft, comfortable feel. Wool is excellent for regulating temperature. Helping to keep you cool in the summer and toasty in the winter months.
- Latex: Latex comes from the rubber tree and is commonly used in mattresses in a similar way to memory foam. Its durability makes it a very popular choice for those looking for a long-wearing style.
- Cashmere: If you're looking for a bit of luxury in your life. Premium mattresses often use cashmere instead of tradition wool in their comfort layers. It has the same cooling abilities as wool with an extra-plush feel.
- Silk: Silk, like cashmere, is often used in more high-end mattresses. It can be used for the cover or additional trimmings.
- Cotton: Since cotton is a naturally breathable fabric. It makes it the perfect choice for a mattress cover. With a cooling, heat regulating effect, it's ideal for hot sleepers.
- Mohair: Mohair is typically found in the soft top part of the mattress. It has an elastic-like quality which gives it a uniquely soft yet bouncy feel.
Tips for choosing your perfect mattress:
When choosing your perfect sleep set up, you should consider everything from the bed frame to the pillows. However, the most important part is always the mattress. On average, we spend eight hours a day in bed and ensuring your mattress is providing the correct support is the key to comfort. If you're unsure what tension to choose, here's a general guideline to follow:
- Soft/Soft-Medium: soft and soft-medium tensions are typically most comfortable for those weighing nine stone and under. They can also be a great choice for side sleepers that prefer a softer surface to sleep on.
- Medium/Medium-Firm: medium and medium-firm tensions can be comfortable for anyone weighing between nine and sixteen stone. They're regarded as the universal comfort because many people will find them supportive. Depending at where in the weight range you fall will decide how firm this tension will feel to you.
- Firm/Extra-Firm: firm and extra firm tensions are usually most supportive and comfortable for those weighing sixteen stone and over. Many orthopaedic styles are available in this tension since laying on a firmer surface can be beneficial for certain types of back pain.
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