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Mattress Buying Guide


The correct mattress with the right divan base or bedstead can mean the difference between sweet dreams or sleep deprivation. A good quality mattress promotes deeper, more refreshing sleep by giving you better support. This guide will help you make an informed choice to get the right mattress for you and your partner.

Don’t Compromise
A good mattress can last up to 10 years, so it’s a serious investment. But you should buy the best you can afford: when you think that every £100 you spend on a mattress represents just 2.7p a night over 10 years, it’s a small price to pay.

Try Before You Buy
If you’re buying a bedstead or divan separately we recommend you talk to one of our staff instore. It’s important you test the mattress on your chosen bedstead or divan so you can be sure they achieve your desired comfort level. And it’s only by trying a few different mattresses that you can fully appreciate the difference between levels of support and different types of mattress.

Match Mattress to Divan Base
Our mattresses and divan bases are designed to complement each other. The right mattress and divan base combination will promote the correct posture and provide support where you need it most. If you already have a bedstead in good condition you may only need a mattress. However, if you have a divan, a new mattress alone won’t give you the full benefit. It’s advisable to replace both. Divans act as bases for mattresses and either have springs which allow the mattress to adapt to the body's contours, or a solid top which provides firmer support. A divan base is useful if you are tight for space in your bedroom as they often have drawers for storage - or you prefer a more neutral look.

Mattress Protectors
To get the best out of your chosen mattress and maximise longevity, we recommend you buy one of our washable mattress protectors. These are also available in anti-allergy or waterproof styles.  They are available in all UK standard sizes with a choice of materials.

Looking After your Mattress
Airing: After delivery the mattress should be aired for 4 hours to freshen and remove any aroma from storage. The mattress should be aired on a weekly basis by turning back the bedlinen for a few hours. A mattress protector or an under blanket below the sheet is recommended.
Sprung mattresses: With the majority of sprung mattresses it's important to turn your mattress regularly to maximise its life. Body weight compresses a mattress, leading to dips and ultimately an uneven sleeping surface. Consider a one-sided 'no-turn' mattress if turning a heavy mattress could be difficult. 
Circulation: Avoid using a plastic sheet on or under the mattress as this prevents air circulation and can cause condensation. 
Memory foam mattresses: These mattresses do not need turning and in some cases only have one sleeping surface so cannot be turned, but the mattress should still be rotated lengthways occasionally (once a month) to maximise its life. Over time these mattresses may feel as if they are gradually getting softer, as cells within the foam open more fully and the surface reacts more quickly. However, the important pressure relieving properties remain the same and eventually the whole mattress will react evenly.

Measuring Up
All Our beds are available in UK standard sizes. The dimensions of a bedstead are greater than a divan base equivalent, but the mattress size required remains the same. The mattresses we sell are sized as shown.

 Bed / Mattress Name  Mattress Size (cm) 
 Small Single  W75 x L190
 Single  W90 x L190
 Small Double  W120 x L190
 Double  W130 x L190
 Kingsize  W150 x L200
 Super Kingsize  W180 x L200

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