Try out a number of different mattresses to find your perfect match
A good night’s rest is vital to your health and wellbeing, so take time to choose a mattress that works for you and promotes deep, sound sleep. It may be a big investment but when you consider that we spend nearly a third of our lives in bed, buy the best you can afford and make sure that it suits your specific needs.
We recommend replacing your mattress every seven years, but many of us keep our mattress well beyond this point, only considering a new one when it is showing signs of wear and tear, such as exposed springs, a torn cover or sagging support.
It is only by trying out a few mattresses with different fillings and levels of support that you will be able to decide what works for you. To test a mattress, spend some time lying on your back and your side. Try sliding your hand between the small of your back and the mattress: if the mattress is too soft, it will be difficult to get your hand in; too hard and it will be very easy. With the right support, the fit will be snug. Then lie on your side:
It’s too hard if the mattress does not shape to your body as you lie on top of it.
It’s too soft if you sink deeply into the mattress and your back is not supported.
It’s just right if your spine is straight while your body contours are supported.
If you will be sharing your mattress with a partner, make sure you both test the mattress together and do give yourselves enough time to really test its comfort thoroughly.
Support and comfort are the two main components
In every mattress there are two main components: support, which is supplied by open coil springs or pocketed springs and comfort which is supplied by the filling and sometimes an extra layer of padding on the top of the mattress. In general, more springs means a higher quality mattress. A double layer of springs allows the top layer to shape to the body’s contours while the bottom layer absorbs weight distribution, for ultimate comfort and support.
Open coil springs The finest wire is used to produce a continuous link of open coil springs, creating a mattress that is strong, durable and resilient, for a traditional, supportive feel.
Pocket springs High tensile steel is wound into individual springs that are sewn into their own hardwearing pockets. Each spring moves independently to shape the mattress to your body’s contours, offering superior comfort.
A wide variety of fillings are combined depending on their individual properties to create different options of comfort and price. Fillings are combined depending on their resilience, durability, flexibility and ability to absorb body moisture.
Luxury white fibre This fibre offers a dust-free, soft resilience.
Cotton blend The combination of cotton and luxury fibre creates a soft yet resilient mattress layer.
Lambswool Cool in summer and warm in winter, this naturally resilient fibre is also breathable and can help regulate body temperature.
Mohair The ultimate in resilience, this adds luxurious loft and softness to a mattress.
Merino wool Adds an extremely sumptuous feel.
White horsehair Provides luxurious loft and optimum support.
Cashmere Adds softness and an unparalleled feeling of luxury.
Resilient foam For a soft yet supportive feel.
Memory foam Originally developed by NASA, this manmade material softens with heat and moulds to your shape, helping you to sleep soundly by reducing pressure on the parts of the body that take the most weight.
Latex This natural filling sourced from rubber trees is extremely durable and has anti-microbial properties; it also adds a sumptuous feel to the mattress.
A pillowtop layer adds to the comfort
Coolmax This special stretch knit cover is used on some of our latex and memory foam mattresses to help regulate body temperature so that you do not become too hot. It also adds a soft, luxurious feel.
Pillowtop This is a soft layer of luxurious fillings that adds to the mattress’s support, making your bed even more cosy and comfortable.
Anti allergy protection All of our mattresses (except for cot bed mattresses) have been treated to safeguard against dust-mite allergies. This protection lasts the life of the bed.
Acti-pro A treatment applied to give anti-allergy, anti-bacteria and anti-odour properties.
Hand side stitching Up to 5 rows of hand stitching add rigidity and support to the sides, ensuring full comfort right to the edges of the bed.
Hand teasing This is a traditional craft of gently separating natural fibres by hand, to ensure an even distribution of the fillings and an opulent feel.
Hand tufting Individual felt or wool tufts are sewn by hand to ensure that fillings remain in place.
Mattress handles A useful addition that makes turning your mattress easy.
A traditional bedstead
All of our mattresses can be used with either a bedstead or divan, but bear in mind that the mattress will feel different depending on the base. A mattress on a slatted bedstead will have a firmer feel than a mattress on a sprung divan base.
If you are buying a mattress for an existing divan, it is crucial to consider its condition. If your divan is old, your new mattress will follow its worn contours and bring little improvement. Similarly, different types of divan will affect the way your mattress feels. Finding the right combination of mattress and divan will give you the correct level of support and a more restful night’s sleep.
There’s nothing worse than being disturbed by a sleeping partner, so make sure to buy the right size bed. It should be 10-15cm longer than the taller of the two and, if two people are sharing, they should be able to lie side by side with arms behind their heads and elbows out, without touching. Also, think about how high you want your bed: low and contemporary or higher with storage, perhaps.
|Single||L190 x W90cm|
|Small double||L190 x W120cm|
|Double||L190 x W135cm|
|King||L200 x W150cm|
|Super king||L200 x W180cm|
Bedsteads Bedsteads come in a vast array of styles in wood, metal and upholstery, but the most usual method of support for the mattress is wooden slats with a varying amount of flexibility. The closer together the slats are, the less wear and tear the mattress will suffer.
Divans There are basically two types to choose from: sprung edge divans which have a complete open coil or pocket sprung unit mounted on a frame and provide even support across the whole mattress; padded top divans, which have a non-sprung top panel and offer a firmer feel than a sprung divan.
Underbed storage is a useful way of using dead space beneath the bed for clothes, or perhaps storing summer and winter duvets. This is usually in the form of drawers in the sides of the divan in a range of sizes, but the ottoman divan has a hinged platform top that can be lifted to give access to the whole of the area beneath the bed. Smaller drawers at the head of the bed will allow room for a bedside table. Choose from the following options:
1 small drawer +
1 large drawer*
2 large drawers
4 large drawers
2 small drawers +
2 large drawers
Divans and headboards can be upholstered in a choice of Stone, Cream or Steel, all neutral colours that mean your new bed will fit in perfectly with any décor.
A headboard adds a touch of luxury
A headboard adds a touch of luxury to a divan as well as serving the very practical purpose of keeping pillows and bed linen in the right place.
A headboard can make a very definite style statement in the bedroom and add exactly the right finishing touch to a decorating scheme. Choose from three different styles and the same upholstery fabrics as your divan.
All our mattresses are individually crafted by hand in the UK using traditional techniques that have been tried, tested and refined over decades. Our mattress manufacturer was the first bed company to be awarded the prestigious Guild Mark, a distinction granted only to manufacturers that meet the highest standards of design, workmanship, materials and function.
Our mattresses are rigorously tested to make sure they remain comfortable for years. The fabric is rubbed 15,000 times against a hard surface to test resistance to wear, then machines pound the mattress 80,000 times and subject it to 20,000 rolls to simulate a sleeping person’s movements.
If you order a new bed and/or mattress from us, we will take away your old one to be recycled for only £25.