Mattresses: need to know buying tips

Spare bedroom mattress

Do you know the amazing feeling of finally laying in bed at the end of a long and tiring day? And do you know what could ruin such a pure moment of comfort? You guessed it – an old mattress that doesn’t hug you right away when when you lay on it, but rather pushes you far away.

We spend around a third of our lives in bed, so choosing the right mattress is very important as it needs to have a high level of comfort. To make choosing the right mattress easier, here are our top buying tips.

There are several types, but the most common choice is between pocket sprung and memory foam. Pocket sprung is the more traditional option, providing a bouncier feeling while reducing movement – ideal if you share a bed. The price varies depending on the number of springs and the amount of filling materials such as wool, horsehair, or a mix of two or more.

More modern memory foam designs often feel firmer and offer flexible back support no matter what position you lie in, as they mould to your shape.

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It is also possible to get hybrid models, which combine both springs and foam, as well as split tension ones, where the two halves of a mattress can differ in material and tension – this is perfect if you share your bed with a partner who has different preferences to you.

Herdysleep mattress

Herdysleep’s mattress, £849, is a pocket-sprung ‘bed in a box’ design filled with wool from Herdwick sheep – plus, it is also available in bespoke sizes.

Buying tips

The best way to find the right mattress for you is to go and test a few out, however, with the current circumstances, online shopping is your best friend.

Look out for brands with extended returns policies on mattresses. These days, it is not uncommon for companies to offer 100-night trials with free returns. Wherever you decide to buy, check if it’s an approved National Bed Federation member, a recognised trade association, for peace of mind when purchasing.

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When the time comes, do know that bedroom showrooms will have a variety of different firmness options on display to try. If possible, spend at least 10 minutes lying down on each to find the right one.

Design decisions

Make sure to measure up your bed frame, if you are not replacing that at the same time, to ensure your new mattress will fit. A double size can vary from brand to brand, not to mention UK standard sizes also differ from those common in Europe. While most designs may appear to look fairly similar on the outside, keep an eye out for additional features such as hypoallergenic materials or anti-bacterial and temperature-regulating benefits.


Harrison Spink’s Pure Performance Free & Easy Elite collection designs are all turn free, so you don’t need to flip them regularly to keep them in good shape. The Santiago, £1,749 for a double, features 12200 springs and layers of sustainably-sourced filling – including mohair, wool, and Egyptian cotton.


Most good-quality mattresses range between £500 and £1,500 for a double size. Delivery and the removal of an old mattress are often available services, but keep in mind that they may come at an additional cost.

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Featured image: Loaf‘s Spare Room mattresses, £395 for a double, is a great option for guest bedrooms.

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