Monday, 3 August 2015

Choosing the right mattress

One of the biggest issues we hear of from our customers who manage property is that they receive complaints about mattresses and beds on a regular basis, despite the fact that the bed is only days or weeks old.

A bed is arguably one of the most important pieces of furniture in any tenanted property for many reasons - not least of which is the fact that your tenants will spend up to a third of their lives using it, and will be happy to tell you if it's not up to the job.

With so many different companies offering a huge range of styles and types of beds and mattresses, it’s easy to become confused and overloaded by information, buzz words and technical details. We’ve put together the following guide to help you decipher the jargon and make the most informed decision possible on behalf of tenants, saving your business time and money.


The first thing to consider is sizing. The UK standards alone describe 6 different sizes - and that’s before taking European products into consideration. Don’t simply pick a double because it’s convenient; think about how much space there is in the room for manoeuvring around the bed, and whether the bed will be shared or not - a standard double gives each person only 68.5cm of space, compared to 75cm for a regular single. We recommend at very least that you take a tape measure to the bedroom before making this decision - and measure in inches, as most suppliers still use feet and inches for beds.

Mattress types

There are a variety of mattress types available on the market, and the differences are sometimes subtle, and often unclear. The following types refer to the way the mattress is constructed - there's also other considerations to make such as the type of filling, spring count and tension.

Open coil/Bonnell springs

Open coil mattresses feature traditional, interconnected wire springs. The most important considerations when selecting an open sprung model are the spring gauge, and whether springs are interlinked (most are, but rarely the springs aren't linked at all). Open coil mattresses tend to be cheaper and more durable than other types, but often at the cost of comfort and support.

The Quilted Mattress from our range is perfect for guests or short-term use.

Edge Supported mattresses

Many problems arise - especially in student housing or multiple occupancies without living rooms - where repeated sitting on the edge of the bed causes mattresses to sag and lose their shape, leading to reduced comfort and in extreme cases a need for replacement. Edge supported mattresses feature either reinforced foam or butterfly springs that actively prevent this from happening by providing structure to the edges - this also has the added benefit of keeping fillings in place. Great for durability and longer term comfort (and therefore happy tenants), but these models tend to carry ah higher price.

The Oxford Edge - ideal for student lets and HMOs

Orthopaedic mattresses

The word orthopaedic can be used to mean a range of different features depending on who is using it, and isn’t clearly defined by a lot of manufacturers. Our orthopaedic mattresses feature a firmer tension and higher build quality than other products, designed to enable a range of movement at night to reduce pressure and by extension, back pain - but not all vendors ensure their products are suitable in this way. Often tenants will expect to be provided with an orthopaedic mattress, but make sure you read the specifications due to the variety of different products the term can be used to describe.

Our Super Orthopaedic mattress provides unrivalled support

Pocket sprung mattresses

Pocket sprung mattresses feature springs which are individually wound and placed inside fabric pockets. Pockets are connected in a way that allows each spring more individual movement. The most important consideration to make when selecting a pocket sprung mattress is the number of individual springs, which can range from hundreds to many thousands of individual springs - more springs generally means a more comfortable night’s sleep.

The Sandringham, with 3526 individual springs and natural lamb's wool filling

Memory foam mattresses

Memory foam can be somewhat divisive, and we’d not recommend purchasing a memory foam mattress for a tenanted property. Memory foam reacts to body heat and changes shape to match the body. This helps to reduce night-time movement and disturbance caused by sharing a bed, but some prefer to have a range of motion at night. Memory foam mattresses also tend to be more expensive than other variants.

Base types

The type of bed that a mattress sits upon is more important than most people realise when selecting a mattress. Traditionally in the UK most bed bases are Divans, however, recently more landlords are choosing to furnish their properties with european style bedsteads for their greater manoeuvrability and visual appeal.

Divan bases

Durable and supportive, divans provide a solid base for a mattress to sit upon without the use of slats which can lead to sagging and deformation. They usually comprise two parts which are screwed together to allow movement and manoeuvrability, and are often used with a headboard - if you want to add a headboard you should choose a divan.

Bedframes & Bedsteads

Bedsteads and slatted bed frames are becoming more popular due to the fact that they are easier to put together and install, and generally offer price benefits over using a divan base. When selecting a bedstead it is important to factor in the number of slats and the spacing between these slats, as this will have a big influence on comfort and support.

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