Mattress & bed sizes:
Choosing a bed
A bed is the most important piece of furniture you can buy. We spend roughly a third of our lives in bed, between six and eight hours each night. This is why we suggest you come in-store when you have plenty of time and no distractions as a bed can dramatically improve your health and wellbeing.
Choosing and buying a bed is an intensely personal choice. Finding the right combination of both the bed base and mattress will give the ultimate degree of support to suit your needs. Many people think that buying a new mattress will give them a brand new bed. However, it’s very important to check the condition and type of the existing base. If it is an old base the new mattress will follow its worn contours thus bringing no improvement. Different types of bases may also make the mattress feel different from the shop floor model. Check if your base has a solid base, sprung slats, or a sprung upholstered base. We can then make sure you try the mattress on a similar base in-store. The right bed is one that is comfortable and supportive. Different people find different beds comfortable so it is important to try a range of beds for comparison. If the bed is for two people, it is also important for both to try the beds. The larger the bed the larger the sleeping area each person has. Lack of space is one of the main reasons for poor sleep so bigger is always better.
Things to avoid when choosing your bed
Prodding with your hand is no use, especially pocketed sprung mattresses that are designed to depress with your full body weight. Sitting on the edge of the bed will also give a false impression, particularly if the divan has a sprung base. The only proper way to test a bed is to lie on it – preferably both on your back and side for an extended period of time.
What's the Snug firmness rating?
Comfort is very subjective. There are lots of different "feels" so we recommend you try a few out and see which feels best. Here's a guide to our number snugness ratings.
How often should I turn my mattress?
Always refer to the manufacturer's instructions. However, unless you have purchased a 'No Turn' mattress we recommend that during the first six months of use, your mattress should be turned every two weeks and then monthly thereafter.
You should alternate between turning the mattress over and rotating it from top-to-tail to ensure even settlement. If your mattress has handles, use these to position it on the divan base. No turn mattresses should still be rotated on a monthly basis.
Dunlopillo mattresses do not need to be rotated or turned at all.
How often should you change your mattress?
It is recommended that you change your mattress every seven years. After this length of time, it will have been subjected to more than 20,000 hours of wear and tear. That's bound to have taken a toll! So, if you're wondering whether it's time to replace your mattress, the first thing you should consider is how long you've had it.
What does a mattress topper do?
A mattress topper is an extra layer of cushioning that goes over your mattress before you put your bed sheets on. They provide additional support and comfort, while also making your bed feel more luxurious and cosy.
Our mattress guarantees
Mattress settlement explained
A mattress with generous layers of comfort fillings should be expected to demonstrate ‘body impressions’ and is an indication that the mattress is performing correctly. Similar to a good pair of leather shoes, a new mattress will ‘relax’ and take on the shape of the user. The extent to which the mattress will show signs of settlement depends on a number of factors such as the weight of the user, the amount of fillings, the type of fillings, the firmness of the mattress, whether the mattress is two-sided or single sided. Larger size mattresses such as super king size (180cm wide) and king size (150cm wide) will show signs of settlement more so than a smaller size mattress. This is because there is a wider area in the centre of the mattress that doesn’t get used and the fillings don’t become compacted. This ‘ridge in the middle’ accentuates the sleeping areas on either side of it where the fillings will have settled or compacted during the night. The Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) provides guidelines that suggest the settlement of up to 4cm is acceptable for a mattress that is 5 years old. I addition settlement depth may be higher when the mattress has been recently used as the mattress will recover some height by the time it is to be next used.
In our experience settlement can be a cause for unnecessary concern. Whilst these body impressions can be quite noticeable, they are not necessarily a sign that the mattress support has failed. A mattress that has collapsed will be very evident. There will be a distinct lack of support, almost a sensation that you can feel right through to the bottom surface of the mattress.
We recommend prolonging your mattress's life and minimise the effects of settlement you follow the care instructions supplied by the manufacturer. This will include rotating the mattress 180 degrees on a no turn mattress and turning and rotating a traditional turn-able mattress on a regular basis.
One of the best mattresses that avoids settlement is a Dunlopillo mattress with a 100% pure latex core. Settlement issues are reduced as the pure latex core will only lose around 2% of its overall height during its lifetime. Their Mattresses and beds are guaranteed for 8 years. They require no turn and even no rotation of the mattress due to its resilience.
Some residual foam odour will be apparent when your memory mattress is first unwrapped. This is quite normal and is not cause for concern. Please give the mattress time to air, leave unwrapped in a well ventilated room for several hours before making your bed up.
Slight softening of the foam over time is normal and should not be seen as a fault. If you have not had a memory foam mattress before please allow a couple of weeks to become used to the very different feel of a memory foam mattress and remember that indentations from body weight will recover during the day.
Yellowing of the foam is a natural occurrence and will not affect the performance of the mattress.
The insulation properties of memory foam can cause a degree of heat retention. It should be remembered that the mattress will not produce heat itself and body heat is dissipated continuously. If you get hot during the night or are going through menopause a memory foam mattress may not be for you. Look at a natural filling mattress or a latex mattress,