I have a sore back. Will a firm mattress be better for my sore back?

No. A mattress does not have to be firm to be good for your back.  The key word is SUPPORT. A mattress that provides correct support will reduce pressure points and will result in the most comfortable sleep. If a mattress is too firm it will not support the body evenly, thereby creating pressure points (usually at the hips and shoulders). The result will be a bad night’s sleep, body ache and money wasted on the wrong mattress. 

·         How do I know when it is time to buy a new bed?

The average bed should be changed every 8 or 10 years. Cheaper beds may only be good for 5 or 6 years whilst some very good beds may give you more than 10 years. Many people sleep on beds that no longer give them the correct support and comfort. It’s only when they visit someone or stay in a hotel where they find themselves sleeping on a good bed that they often realise just how uncomfortable their own bed has become! That’s when they know it’s time for a new bed. If you lie down on your bed and struggle to be comfortable or find yourself changing positions often... If you wake up during the night feeling uncomfortable or wake up in the morning feeling tired or having a sore back… it’s most probably time to buy a new bed.

But it’s not just the comfort and support that deteriorates in an old bed. It can also impact on your health negatively in other ways. Over time dust mites invade beds. They leave an excrement that causes allergies. Your bed may also feel colder as a result of moisture from body fluids being absorbed over time. This can promote the growth of mould in your bed that again causes allergies.

·         Do mattresses get softer over time?

Yes, most beds will soften a bit over time. Once your new bed arrives and you start sleeping on it, you may find that it takes you a few weeks to get used to it. If you bought a top quality mattress you will find the comfort layers moulding to your body thereby enhancing the sleep experience. If your old mattress was a “Firm” mattress when you bought it 10 years ago and you’ve just replaced it with a new “Firm” mattress, you may find that your old mattress did in fact soften a lot over the years and that you got used to the softer feel without realizing it. The new mattress may feel very firm for the first few weeks until you get used to sleeping on it or I starts softening slightly.

·         How do I know which spring unit to choose?

When you look at all the bed manufacturers advertising their beds it can be quite confusing. So many different spring units being advertised…with so many names and claims…

At The Bed Store we believe it doesn’t have to be complicated. We stock beds that utilize the traditional Bonnel spring units and beds using Pocket Spring technology. Our cheapest beds generally use Bonnel spring systems where springs are linked across the bed which means that you are more likely to sense your partner’s movements on the bed. It may also increase roll together. But these beds have proven to be good and strong and are cheap.

Our Pocket Spring mattresses utilise the newer pocketed spring technology. Unlike the Bonnel spring units where springs are all linked across the bed, Pocket springs are individually wrapped and are independent of each other. This means each spring works independently from each other ensuring you and your partner don't roll together in bed. Pocket springs deal with the body's pressure points providing a more comfortable sleeping surface and helping to relieve aches and pains caused while sleeping.  If your budget allows you to buy a pocket spring mattress we normally recommend you do as the individual pocket springs give superior support and is highly recommended when you share your bed with a partner.

·         How do I know what size bed is right for me?

It’s important to have enough room in your bed especially if you’re sleeping with a partner. You need enough space around you to enjoy a good night’s sleep. Where two people sleep together we recommend at least a queen size bed unless the room is small in which case a double bed will be the answer. And if you have little ones who loves jumping in bed with you, a King or Super King bed may be necessary

Standard mattress sizes are as follows:

  • Single 91cm wide x 188cm long
  • King Single 107cm wide x 203cm long
  • Double 137cm wide x 188cm long 
  • Queen 152cm wide x 203cm long
  • King 165cm wide x 203cm long
  • Super King 183cm wide x 203cm long