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Pocket Sprung Mattress Guide

Looking for a mattress that’s supportive and comfortable, with a touch of luxury? We know that choosing a new mattress can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t done so in years. We also understand that for the best quality sleep, you’ll need the best quality mattress. So we’ve created a simple guide to understanding the pocket sprung mattress and the differences between mattress types to help you find a mattress that works for you.

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What is a pocket sprung mattress?

A pocket sprung mattress contains individually packaged springs in its own fabric casing. Each spring supports your weight individually, allowing you a more comfortable and supported sleep. Pocket sprung mattresses usually have a higher spring count than open coil mattresses. As these springs move independently, they hug your form and provide support for the full length of your body.

Why choose a pocket sprung mattress over other types?

There are several other types of mattresses available. Each mattress category has its own benefits, and it isn’t as easy as pitting one against the other. Pocket sprung vs memory foam mattresses, for example, have very different advantages. Here’s what you can expect from other types of mattresses when compared to a pocket sprung mattress:

Open coil mattresses
Open coil or pocket sprung? Open coil mattresses are traditionally standard mattress types, with the springs being linked together within a frame. These 200-400 springs move as one unit, so any movements you make during your sleep are likely to be felt throughout the whole mattress.

Memory foam
Memory foam mattresses typically combine a layer of memory foam with either springs or a foam support. These mould to your shape using your body heat and pressure. Because these mattresses are designed to absorb your heat, they don’t allow your body to breathe during the night, meaning an increased risk of overheating and interrupted sleep.

See our article of memory foam and night sweats to learn more about the potential problems with memory foam mattresses.


What are the benefits of a pocket sprung mattress?

The more springs in a pocket sprung mattress, the more support it will provide. Increased support means that perfect spinal alignment is much more achievable - good spinal alignment alleviates many symptoms of various back and neck problems. The individual spring responses also mean that your movements are less likely to disturb your partner’s sleep.

A pocket sprung mattress distributes the weight of your body across many different springs, relieving pressure points which cause aches, pains and disturbed sleep.

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What about the tension of pocket sprung mattresses?

To get the most comfortable mattress, it’s important to find the right firmness so that you get the support you need while you sleep. The tension of a pocket sprung mattress will change depending on the thickness of the wire used to create the springs. Your weight and your preferred tension as well as the way that you sleep will all play a role into how you choose your mattress. For more help and advice check out our latest tips on choosing the right mattress – with more information on the right tension for you.

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What’s the best pocket sprung mattress?

We believe that the best type of mattress is one that combines several things: the support you need, the comfort you want, and all the breathability you’d expect from a luxury mattress. So how do you get this from a pocket sprung mattress? In order to achieve this we’ve worked closely with Harrison Spinks, experts in the field of keeping you comfortable with luxury pocket sprung mattresses. In fact, they’ve been in the business of making mattresses for over 170 years – a family business that prides itself on innovation. With leading micro pocket spring technology combined with all-natural wool filling that helps temperature regulation while you sleep, we’ve worked with the team at Harrison Spinks to produce a range of luxury pocket sprung mattresses that deliver on support and breathability.

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Why use wool in a mattress?

There are many reasons why we use 100% British wool to create our pocket sprung mattresses. Not only is wool extra soft and comfortable, it also has the following benefits:
  • Temperature regulation
    Wool naturally regulates your temperature by absorbing moisture and humidity at night and then ‘desorbing’ during the day. Wool is capable of naturally absorbing up to 30% of its weight in water, while polyester achieves 1% and cotton only 10%. This absorption of moisture aids in temperature regulation and stability, meaning you are less likely to be woken from overheating during stage 4 sleep.
  • Naturally hypoallergenic
    Because of its ability to absorb moisture, wool creates a dry environment making it difficult for dust mites to thrive. This reduction in turn reduces allergens in the mattress and means that wool is naturally hypoallergenic, without the need for harsh chemicals or synthetic materials.
  • Environmentally friendly
    Wool is currently the only naturally sustainable and renewable bedding solution in existence. Our wool bedding is environmentally friendly as we don’t include synthetic materials, so the bedding is recyclable.
  • Flame Retardant
    Sleep easy knowing that wool is naturally flame retardant without the need for treatment with harsh chemicals. This makes wool the safest natural fibre for use in bedding and mattresses. Watch our YouTube video to see how wool bedding performs against synthetic bedding in a real fire.

Why choose a Woolroom mattress?

Once you know the type of mattress that suits you, you should make sure that you invest in a good quality bed. Finding the right base and the best quality mattresses is paramount to making sure you sleep soundly every night. Our handmade mattresses are filled with the latest in pocket spring technology and 100% British wool, making them supportive, naturally breathable and hypoallergenic. The springs will give you a more comfortable sleep as the wool works with your body’s changes in temperature and moisture, allowing you temperature stability throughout the night.

We use carefully selected breeds and grades of wool to give you the best quality sleep. Our wool mattresses give you plenty of choice to tailor your new mattress to your needs.

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