Have you ever wondered what's inside a mattress
? What memory foam
is? Or the difference between pocket sprung
& standard sprung
? With so many styles available and complicated names, it can get a little confusing. But no matter what materials the mattress is made of, the fundamentals are always the same. All mattresses contain a:
- Support Layer
- Cover Layer
The Most Common Materials In Mattresses:
Foam is commonly used in mattresses for the comfort layer. The most common type of foam you might hear of is, of course, Memory Foam. But you might also come across these types: gel memory foam, polyurethane foam, and viscoelastic foam.
Cotton is commonly used on the inside and the outside of the mattress. It's breathable, durable nature makes it ideal for mattress covers.
Polyester Batting is most commonly used as a filler in pillowtop mattresses and mattress covers.
Coils provide the structural support at the base of the mattress. This is what creates the 'bounce' in the mattress. Depending on how much or how little bounce you want will decide what type of coils you go for.
A typical spring mattress contains around 325 springs, whereas a pocket sprung mattress contains between 1000-3000 springs. The springs are sewn into individual pockets (hence the name) which in turn reduces movement between the springs. Pocket sprung mattresses are great for couples as when one person moves, it won't cause the other side of the mattress to dip or bounce.
Like all mattresses, a memory foam mattress has a support layer and a comfort layer. The support layer can be made from a denser foam known as ‘support foam’ or alternatively, from support springs. Of course, the comfort layer is comprised entirely of memory foam. Usually made from polyurethane foam, it provides a soft yet supportive finish.
Orthopaedic mattresses are designed to correctly align and support the joints. They can be composed of a variety of materials including, Standard Springs, Pocket Springs, Memory Foam, Gel Foam, Latex or Natural Fillings. Unlike standard mattresses, Orthopaedic mattresses feature a firmer than average support and comfort layer. Ranging from firm to extra firm.