Choose Your New Mattress In 3 Easy Steps

Whether you’re moving into a new home or upgrading your current bed, the right mattress can make the difference between a broken, uncomfortable sleep and a blissful night’s rest. Luckily, at Bensons for Beds, we know a thing or two about mattresses. From memory foam and iGel, to single and king size, here’s our three-step expert guide on how to choose a mattress.

Firstly, why is the right mattress so important?

The right mattress will cater to your specific sleeping position, provide support where you need it, assist with any aches and pains, regulate your temperature and can actually help you sleep. The wrong mattress can have the opposite effect and truly hinder the quality of your sleep.

Step 1: Analyse your sleeping position

Begin by analysing how you sleep.

What are the most common sleeping positions?

You can usually categorise the type of sleeper you are into three different sleeping positions. These are:

  • Side sleepers
  • Back sleepers
  • Front sleepers

It may not be easy to put yourself in one of the above categories as you may move during the night and be a combination of all three.

How does my sleeping position dictate the type of mattress I need?

Your sleeping position is a key factor in helping you choose the right mattress to buy. Here’s which level of firmness is the best for your sleeping position:

  • A soft/medium firm mattress is the best for side sleepers – it will let your shoulders and hips sink into it and offer you comfort while you sleep
  • A firm mattress is ideal for back sleepers. An extra firm mattress – also known as an orthopaedic mattress – offers a higher level of support if you need it
  • A firm mattress is also the best choice for front sleepers
  • A medium firm mattress caters to those who change positions regularly throughout the night as it will provide the right balance of flexibility and support

Choosing a mattress top tip #1: It’s important to test a mattress before you buy. Visit one of our in-store Comfort Stations to try out a few different types and work out which one feels best.

Step 2: Understand the right type of mattress for you

How you sleep is one thing, but there are plenty of other factors that will dictate the type and style of mattress you choose. Here we’ve answered your most frequently asked questions.

What is the best mattress to relieve pressure on my joints?

Memory foam mattresses are ideal if relieving pressure on your joints is key to your bed search. They’re topped with a layer of temperature-sensitive foam that moulds to the shape of your body as you sleep, providing exceptional support and comfort.

How can a mattress help regulate my temperature?

iGel mattresses are perfect to help regulate your temperature. They’re made from thousands of tiny support beads which draw heat away from the body when it’s warm, then release it back when you’re cold.

Which mattress is the best choice to help with asthma or allergies?

Latex mattresses will help if you suffer from asthma or dust mite allergies. Made from the natural elastic found in rubber trees, their naturally anti-microbial properties mean your mattress will resist the growth of any dust or bacteria. Plus, they’re self-airing, so you’ll never have to turn them. 

Is there a type of mattress to assist with back problems?

Orthopaedic mattresses cater to those suffering from sleep interrupted by aches and pains. These very firm mattresses provide maximum support while you sleep, by distributing your weight evenly and relieving pressure points. 

Which mattress is ideal when sharing with my partner?

Pocket sprung mattresses contain hundreds of individual springs, each housed in their own fabric pockets. Because each spring moves independently, you’re less likely to feel movement from the other springs. And your other half. 

What’s the best choice of mattress for durability?

Open coil mattresses are durable and will stand the test of time. They’re made up of a lattice of springs that help to spread body weight evenly and are great value for money. 

Which type of mattress is best during pregnancy?

Sleeping on your side is usually most comfortable during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. A soft, sinkable mattress will give you the most comfort in this position and help you get some much-needed rest. Memory foam mattresses are a great choice as they contour to your body and provide support where you need it most.

Step 3: Decide the size of mattress you need

Once you’ve worked out which firmness rating and type of mattress you want, choose the correct mattress size for your needs. 

What are the different sizes of mattress?

We offer mattresses in six different sizes:

  • Small Single– 190cm by 75cm
  • Single– 190cm by 90cm
  • Small Double– 190cm by 120cm
  • Double– 190cm by 135cm
  • King – 200cm by 150cm
  • Super King– 200cm by 180cm 

Choosing a mattress top tip #2: When you’re measuring up for your new bed, include the bed frame dimensions as well as the width and length of the mattress.

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Bensons for Beds are the UK's largest bed retailer with over 270 stores. For over 50 years, we have been dedicated to ensuring customers get a great night's sleep.

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