Choosing the right mattress is essential to ensure you’ll be getting the most comfortable and luxurious sleeping experience that’s best for you. With the right mattress, you can get a good night’s sleep, every night, which is crucial for maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle.

So, if you’re more spring than memory foam and are looking to find out all about spring mattresses before you invest in your new supportive bed base, find out more about what a spring mattress is, the difference between open coil and pocket sprung mattresses, their benefits and how to take care of your mattress.

What is a spring mattress?

In the simplest of terms, it is a mattress made from springs. Spring mattresses generally contain two layers, the ‘comfort’ layer on top, and ‘support’ or ‘core’ layer underneath. The core layer holds the springs, also known as mattress coils.

Spring mattresses are best for sleepers who perfect a springy feeling over a sinking feeling. Spring mattresses support any sleeping position by properly distributing your weight, and relieving joints and muscles.

Types of spring mattress

Before you hit the hay on your new spring mattress, it is best to be aware of the types of spring mattresses available to you. The two most common types of spring mattress are open coil mattresses and pocket sprung mattresses. Find out more about open coil vs pocket sprung mattresses below.

Open coil mattresses

An open coil mattress contains one piece of metal wire that runs through the mattress coiled into a number of springs. There is a second metal wire positioned around the border of the mattress to maintain its shape and define the structure. The sides of the mattresses are machine-stitched. These three elements mean the mattress is very light, making them easy to turn every few months.

Open coil, or open spring mattresses, are available in a range of firmness so you can be sure to find the right level of support for your sleeping needs. Check out our range of open coil mattresses.

Moonstone Memory Easy Care Open Coil Mattress

Pocket sprung mattresses

Pocket sprung mattresses are amongst the most popular mattress type owned today, they are an innovative version of the open coil mattress.

A pocket spring mattress contains up to 2,000 individual springs, which unlike coil mattresses, can all move separately from one another. The springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets, then the mattress is stuffed with organic and synthetic materials making it the perfect mattress for any sleepers who like an extra bounce.

If pocket sprung mattresses sound like the best mattress for you, check out our pocket sprung mattress collection.

Relyon canterbury mattress

Benefits of a spring mattress

Every individual has different sleeping habits and therefore has unique preferences for their mattress. So, it is best to match the benefits of a spring mattress with your sleeping preferences, so you can be sure that this type of mattress is right for you.

Some of the benefits of open coil and pocket sprung mattresses include:

  • Suitable for many. A spring mattress, specifically a pocket sprung, provides the basic unit of many mattresses. This means that they are suitable for many individuals.
  • Choice of tensions. Sprung mattresses come in a variety of tensions, so you can ensure you’ll find the right comfort level that compliments your needs. Spring mattresses are widely available in soft, medium and firm tensions meaning you can choose the type of tension you prefer based on how your body reacts to each model. Explore our range of spring mattresses.
  • Cost efficient. Compared to memory foam or combi-hybrid mattresses, spring mattresses are great value for money. If cared for correctly, this type of mattress is long-lasting and durable which means you’ll be getting a cosy night’s sleep for many years to come.
  • Spring over sink. Since pocket sprung mattresses work independently of each other, they are great for motion separation. This means the springs are specifically designed to retain pressure within affected coils, so your body remains lifted rather than sinking as you move around the bed.
  • Easy to maintain. When carefully maintained, spring mattresses can last for a number of years. They are easier to maintain and care for than other types of mattresses, especially since you can easily flip the mattress to the other face. Flipping the mattress will allow the model to retain its shape, decreasing the rate of wear and increasing its lifespan.
  • Regulate body temperature. Spring mattresses are extremely breathable as they allow a natural flow of temperature to move between the body and the mattress. Therefore, the body is properly ventilated throughout the night and your body temperature doesn’t rise any higher than it naturally should.
  • Luxurious feel. Many spring mattresses include a top layer of plush padding, which is designed in individual fabric pockets. This plush padding creates a spongy, soft and luxurious surface appearance, adding to a relaxing and refreshing sleep experience.

How to take care of a spring mattress

So, you’ve decided on your spring mattress and today is the day it is being delivered. Here are a few ways to get the most out of your mattress and ensure its quality and comfort lasts for a handful of years.

Tips to take care of a spring mattress

  1. Let your mattress air for at least four hours after it is delivered. This will remove any damp, cold or storage smells that may have been collected during production.
  2. Invest in a mattress protector, this will keep your mattress stain-free and prolong its life. We believe that you should be able to get the most out of your mattress which is why we offer a number of mattress protectors within our mattress range.
  3. Regularly air your mattress when you change your bed linen, this will retain the freshness of your mattress, maintaining its quality.
  4. Turn the spring mattress regularly, perhaps every two months. Regularly flipping your mattress will stop dips forming within the mattress which can cause uneven sleeping.

No matter your mattress preference there is a wide range of open coil and pocket sprung mattresses, and other varieties of mattress available, so you can sleep peacefully, maintain a happy and healthy well-being, and treat your body to a luxurious sleep for many years to come. Shop our collection of mattresses online at Fishpools.