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How To Choose The Right Mattress: 7 Top Tips

Buying a mattress is a big investment – after all you spend a third of your life sleeping – therefore it’s imperative you find a mattress that is just right for you. But choosing a mattress is no mean feat. With so many factors to consider, like firmness and filling, knowing how to choose the right mattress can be a little overwhelming.

That’s why we’ve pulled together a mattress selector tool, with some handy advice for choosing a mattress that is right for you. Because at Woolroom, we understand the importance of choosing the right mattress – for your sleep and your health. Check our seven top tips to ensure you get it right the first time round…

1. Spend your maximum budget and don’t compromise

When making large purchase decisions, like choosing a mattress, financial constraints often determine how much we spend – but we’ll often stretch for something we really want. So what value do we put on waking up refreshed to face the day? £1000 over ten years for two people is only 13.6 pennies per night – well worth it for a comfortable night’s sleep!

2. Always ask for advice and recommendations

Wondering what to look for when buying a mattress online? Make sure you use the knowledge of the online chat function (or by giving the sales advisor a ring) to ask all your questions – they are there to help and will guide you through the process from start to finish, talking you through all the important steps that will teach you how to choose the right mattress. All our staff here at Woolroom are highly trained and can genuinely help guide you to your perfect night’s sleep. We have mattress buying tips and will tell you exactly what to look for when buying a mattress online.

How to choose the right mattress with Woolroom

3. Choosing a mattress with the right tension is key to comfort and support

Try to avoid choosing a mattress that’s too soft for you as this will cause your hips and shoulders to pinch in and the spine to curve downwards, putting pressure on joints and muscles which could lead to pain in the morning or throughout the night.

Also try to avoid something too firm; a mattress that is firm puts unnecessary strain on your shoulders and hips, and is unlikely to support the lumbar region of the spine causing back pain or stiffness in those high-pressure areas.

The base the mattress is on will also affect the tension. Slatted or divan bases will firm up a mattress significantly, so this is something to bear in mind when deciding which tension to go for. Find out more about how to choose the right mattress base below.
Our recommendations for how to choose a mattress tension:

Soft Tension: Under 8 stone (50 kgs)
Regular Tension: 8-18 Stone (51-114 kgs)
Firm Tension: Above 18 Stone (115 kgs)

Woolroom mattress buying tips

4. The base is more important than you might think

Consider changing your bed base. As a mattress is designed to contour to you, it will also contour to the base. Whilst it may look in good shape today – ask yourself if the base will last another ten years – an old base can ruin a new mattress very quickly. A wooden or metal slatted base will firm a mattress significantly, so it is always best to look for a sprung option if possible. It is recommended that the gap between the slats is no more than 7cm wide to ensure maximum performance of the mattress.

If you’re struggling to find a natural sprung base, then why not have a look at our chemical-free wool beds:

Woolroom bed

5. Head and neck support are also very important

When choosing a mattress, you might want to pick up a new pillow at the same time. The position of the head, and therefore the neck and spine, are crucial in finding true comfort.
With our wool pillows you’ll get the support needed for a great night’s sleep and the assurance that you’re sleeping with only the most natural materials. Browse our wool pillows today:

Woolroom pillows

6. Carefully consider the size of your mattress

Take note of the width and length of the mattress. For example, if there are two people sharing the bed, sleeping on a double is like sleeping on a cot mattress. Consider upgrading to a king-size which offers a little more width and also 10cm extra length – perfect for those sleepers who are perhaps a little taller!

Remember to match up your mattress protector or topper with the size of the bed – this will increase the life of your mattress by a couple of years. Always choose a wool protector or topper to go over a natural mattress, otherwise you won’t experience the full benefits. As an added bonus, with all Woolroom mattresses purchased with a mattress protector or topper, you qualify for our 100 Night Guarantee – taking the risk out of buying.

Woolroom mattress buying tips


7. Check the contents and filling of your mattress – always choose natural materials

The filling is one of most important things to note when looking at how to choose a mattress. Whilst some synthetic fibres and materials may generate comfort, they can also lead to a significant reduction in breathability and heat regulation. We strongly recommend considering the inner materials when choosing a mattress – natural fillings such as cotton, hemp and wool will breathe significantly better than polyester fibre, polyurethane forma and memory foam.

All synthetic mattresses will use some form of toxic fire-retardant spray. Does your mattress meet the British Standard (BS7177:2008), and is it labelled correctly? Have you considered how your mattress meets these standards, which chemicals it uses and the potential impact on your sleeping environment that these could have?

With Woolroom you can guarantee that you’re choosing the right mattress. And without the use of any chemicals or flame retardants (as we meet these standards naturally with a special blend of merino wool outer ticking that we’ve developed), you’ll get the most natural night’s sleep without the risk of any contact with synthetic fibres or toxic chemicals.

We know this because we’ve tested all of our mattresses and bedding at the University of Bangor for chemical off-gassing, and we are very pleased to say they came back with less than 0.03% of chemical tracing (believed to be residue from plastic packaging used in storage and transit for protection). We did this not because we had to, but because we care about your sleep.

Now you’ve had the chance to read through our top seven tips for choosing a mattress, it’s time to choose the perfect mattress for you. Browse our range of natural, chemical-free mattresses, helping you in choosing the right mattress for your sleep, and the environment:

Choosing a mattress with Woolroom
If you’re looking for a particular sized mattress, the links below may help: