What the symbols on your mattress mean

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Symbols on your mattress

Choosing the right mattress is an important task, and understanding what the symbols on your
mattress mean will ensure you make the best decision.

Guide to choose the right mattress

This guide aims to makes understanding these symbols clearer, ensuring you make your perfect match.

The symbols will act as a quick summary of what it is that makes the mattress unique, for example any extra features or description of the interiors.

A colour code refer to the structure and interior of the mattress, for example if it is sprung etc

The first icon tells you the depth of the mattress and the last will let you know if the mattress is required to be flipped and turned.

Mattresses that are enriched by a foam interior, for example our memory foam range, will display how many millimetres of foam is in the mattress. For a spring structured interior, like our pocket or twin sprung
ranges, advise the number of springs that make up the mattress.

The number of springs in each sprung mattress will vary dependent on the size. As an example, a “1000
pocket spring” mattress will have a thousand based on a 5ft mattress, but will have 570 in a 3ft single mattress and 1200 in a 6ft super king mattress.

Making a decision on your mattress shouldn’t necessarily be based on how many millimetres of foam or how many springs it has. Those these factors will enhance each mattress there are other factors that should be considered to ensure you make it the best choice.

Symbols that refer to breathability indicate how well the materials allow air to circulate, transport moisture and stay dry. Our bodies will create a daily warm and humid environment when sleeping so the breathability can affect the durability of a mattress over the years.

And of course breathability is important, however if a mattress doesn’t specify this it does not mean you should dismiss it from being your perfect fit. Breathability features such as air stream fibre fillings do enhance the mattress but may not define its overall air circulation.

The depth of the mattress can affect how suitable it is for certain bed frames. This can range from cosmetic issues, such as a mattress being too deep to adequately display a bed frame’s headboard, to safety precautions. For example, when considering mattresses for bunk beds, a mattress that’s too deep can be hazardous for the structure of the top bunk.

A mattresses depth will affect how suitable it is for you and your bed frame. Whether this is a safety precaution or merely a cosmetic issue, the depth will need to be taken into account. As will the bed frame, many will have been built with support, such as solid slats, but they may not be suitable to support all depths of mattress. When considering a mattress for a bunk bed safety precautions must be adhered to as it must be a certain depth to ensure that a child will not be able to roll out of bed. A very deep mattress, for example, would not be suitable and could pose a danger.

Dependent on the materials, interiors and structure of your mattress will be a factor in whether or not it will need to be flipped and rotated to keep the durability to its best.

If a mattress has only one sleeping side, for example a memory foam mattress will only need to be rotated and not flipped. Mattresses that have sleeping features on both sides will either need to be flipped or flipped and rotated. We recommend that this is done every 6 weeks.

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