How to Choose the Right Pocket Sprung Mattress?

Pocket Sprung mattresses are growing in popularity and if you are considering replacing your 10 year old mattress, it makes sense to go straight for this type of structure when you consider all the benefits it has to offer. But investing in a new mattress is an important decision so you might be interested to know a bit more about pocket sprung mattresses in order to understand which mattress will really fit your needs.

What is a pocket sprung mattress?

It is important to get an insight into how it actually works to then understand its benefits. Unlike a traditional coil mattress in which the main body is made from rows of coils that are connected by a thin wire above and below, pocket mattresses feature springs that are individually housed in their own fabric pocket which allows each of them to work independently from the others. It means that they are only reacting to the pressure that is directly applied to a particular area while in a coil sprung mattress the springs are interwoven, meaning that if pressure is applied to one they all react to a greater or lesser degree.

What are the benefits of pocket springs?

  1. A pocket sprung mattress avoids the “roll together” effect when sharing the mattress with a partner as the individual springs react to the weight that is applied directly to each one.
  2. For the same reasons as before, pocket springs also absorb shocks when having kids jumping on the bed as for an example.
  3. You may also like to consider choosing a pocket sprung mattress that incorporates a layer of memory foam or latex. When pocket springs are used in conjunction with either of these the benefits of both are magnified.
  4. In terms of moulding to your body shape a pocket sprung mattress is half way between a traditional coil sprung mattress and a memory foam. While not moulding to the shape of your body as much as memory foam, the pocket springs provide more balanced support than open coil mattresses.

What to be aware of when choosing a pocket sprung mattress

Pocket Springs: Springs housed in pockets are smaller than standard springs you find in a traditional coil mattress in the equivalent size. As a rule of thumb a pocket mattress has in between 600 and 4000 springs and coil sprung mattresses have roughly 300.It is generally considered that the greater the number of springs in a mattress, the more support and comfort it will offer the sleeper.

Spring count: It is important to consider the number of springs best for you when choosing a mattress. You need to base your choice on how much you, or you and your partner combined, weight. As a rough guide you won’t need 2000 pocket springs unless your combined weight is over 30 stone. So for someone weighing 8-15 stone a 600-800 spring mattress should be fine and for a couple weighing a combined total of between 20-25 stone, 1000-2000 springs. These are rough guides though and it can also depend on personal preference.

Buying tips: Kingsize Mattress in mind that it is widely accepted in the mattress and bed industry that the number of springs mentioned in description of a mattress refers to how many springs there are in 5 foot (standard UK sized kingsize) mattress.

Knowing all those details you have now a better understanding of which pocket sprung mattress will be the right one for you depending on whether you are a couple or have comfort preferences.

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