Pocket Spring Mattress Technology

Pocket Spring Mattress Technology

One of the more difficult things to find is a mattress that is both comfortable as well as supportive. Over time various types of mattresses have come in and out of vogue. We have travelled from ‘Grandma’s feather bed’ to contemporary modern technology producing Tempur or memory foam mattresses, with a number of different mattress styles in between.

Spring mattresses have been around since the mid 1850s with the first coil spring construction for bedding introduced in 1865 and the first innerspring mattress being invented in 1871 by Heinrich Westphal. Innerspring mattresses were built to handle body mass, but not body pressure points, especially the shoulders and the hips. Most mattresses actually resist pressure points leading to the discomfort of the sleeper.

What is a pocket spring Mattress Technology?

Whilst the innerspring mattress was a revolutionary shift from the previous forms of padding used in mattresses including cotton, feather and straw, it has gradually been supplanted in popularity by the pocket spring mattress. Pocket springs are thin gauge, barrel-shaped, knotless coils individually encased in fabric pockets.

Construction of a pocket spring mattress

Most mattresses consist of a support and a comfort component. The comfort component is the surface that you sleep directly on and can consist of high density foam of varying degrees of firmness, latex, visco-elastic memory foam or gel infused foam. Some mattresses use wool, and even water.

The support component is equally as important. For anyone with restricted mobility, the support component is even more important as this can mean the difference between you being able to comfortably get in and out of your bed.

Reinforced high density foam surround

Our pocket spring mattresses are encased in a 100mm wide high density foam around the full perimeter of the mattress. This allows you to sit on the edge of the bed whilst waiting to perhaps ‘clear your head’, or take medication etc. Commonly many inferior mattresses will collapse on the sides of the bed with usage.

Foam base
The individually encased pocket springs sit on top of a foam base

Zones springs
Pocket springs are arranged in varying gauges/zones to support the different weight areas of the body to provide a snug contour fit around you as you sleep and maintain correct spinal alignment.

Topper
There are many choices of topper. You can select from high density foam (to provide ongoing support) with a different feel from very soft to extra, extra firm. Other options include visco elastic (memory foam), latex or gel infused foam.

Quilting

A thin layer of material sits between the top of the foam and the actual covering fabric. It can consist of wool or a polyester/wool blend and is about 18mm thick

Mattress Cover

The cover of the mattress may be cotton but is more commonly a synthetic blend (quality stretch knit fabric) to provide good wear over the warranty period.

What are multi zoned pocket spring mattresses?

Most commonly manufacturers use different gauges of coil to create varying levels of support across the whole mattress. The coils used at either end of the bed are made of responsive firmer gauge wire which compresses with mild to moderate force

The springs in the centre of the mattress, where the most support is needed over the hips and lower back, is generally firmer to provide greater support.

There are variations on the placement of different gauges of spring with some mattresses having multiple zones for example around the shoulder area which has similar grade coils to those used to support the hip area.

The pre-compressed, individually encased springs provide better support for your body. The more coils or ‘more active points’ in the mattress allows for even pressure distribution, comfortably cradling your body in perfect balance and alignment.

What are the benefits of the pocket spring mattress?

When your body is cradled correctly and the pressure has been taken off your shoulders and hips, your spine is encouraged to align correctly, giving you a better and more restful night’s sleep. You will wake feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Elimination of partner disturbance
Outstandingly zoned pocket spring mattresses are becoming increasingly popular. Since each coil/spring is isolated from its neighbour, the mattress effectively has independent suspension, which means the springs last longer and more importantly, partner disturbance is almost entirely eliminated. The zoned pocket spring mattress offers relief for both restless sleepers as well as their partners!

Light weight
When compared to any other mattress on the market the pocket spring is clearly the lightest and most supportive mattress. Shifting the mattress or even making the bed is much easier with the light weight pocket spring mattress.

Cool
As many of us live in warmer climates, the pocket spring does not retain heat in the way that a foam mattress or other material may do. This is an important consideration for anyone living in a warmer climate.

Don’t need to be turned
Pocket spring mattresses are generally made with a topper. The mattress can be rotated top to tail, but is never turned over.

What is a Pocket in Pocket Spring Mattress?

As the name suggests, this is where a smaller spring is inserted into a larger spring. The chief purpose of the pocket in pocket spring mattress is to provide greater support for the heavier person. This type of mattress does have a firmer feel, although the choice of topper can be adjusted to accommodate the desired comfort level.

What is the Pocket On Pocket Spring Mattress?

This is where one set of springs sits on the other. Like the pocket in pocket mattress, the dual set of springs are more durable, act as a shock absorber and are able to carry more weight.

Are more coils indicative of a better quality mattress?

No, not necessarily. There is limited space in which to install pocket springs in any given size mattress. The higher the number of coils, the smaller each individual spring needs to be since the area inside the mattress remains the same. The best option is to find a showroom that will allow you to lie on the mattress for a period of time (minimum of 20 minutes) to determine the comfort level for you.

So, when you are thinking about buying a new mattress the most important thing to consider is support, followed very closely by comfort. An ideal mattress combines both support and comfort, providing you with a refreshing good night’s sleep!

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