The Pocket Spring Mattress Guide

Pocket spring mattresses are a fantastic mattress type if you’re looking for full body support without compromising deluxe comfort. They are one of the UK’s most favoured mattress types, loved and found in many of your households already. For individuals who are considering making the transition to a pocket spring mattress or would like to know more information on how to care for one, we have answered a few of your questions below.

We understand buying a new mattress can be difficult, as there are so many different types to choose from. That’s why we have developed this guide, it will tell you all you need to know about pocket spring mattresses. From the benefits, to care advice, to comparisons to memory foam and other mattress types, you’ll find all the information you need here.

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What Are Pocket Spring Mattresses and How Do They Work?

They are a unique mattress type as they have been innovatory developed so that each spring is individually wrapped and housed within its own fabric pocket. When sleeping upon, the springs will react to wherever you apply pressure. These highly responsive qualities bring pressure-relieving support to your body, helping individuals who suffer with back pain get a good night's sleep.

Within a traditional spring mattress, you will find the springs are linked together. One of the reasons why pocket sprung mattresses are so great is because their springs are not linked together and can move independently. This provides you with optimal support as the mattress contours your body and reacts to your movement and body weight throughout the night to ensure you sleep well. This also means if you are sharing a bed with a loved one, "roll‐together" moments and movement transfer will be reduced.

At Sleep and Snooze, we have an extensive range of affordable pocket spring mattresses for you to choose from. We have quality mattress brands such as Silentnight and Sleepeezee, plus our very own Rest for Less collection. They are available in a range of spring counts, comfort ratings, and natural materials. There is a mattress to suit everyone's individual taste, sleeping preferences, and budget.

Benefits and Key Features

Pocket spring mattresses are not one of the UK’s most popular mattress choices for no reason. They come with an abundance of benefits that all look to improve your quality of sleep. A good night’s sleep, we all know, is imperative to our well‐being and general mood. Read about their benefits and key features below.

  • Pressure Relief: they can completely support your body as the pocket springs work independently. As the springs move with your body weight it reduces the risk of building up pressure in your joints and back. If you do suffer from back pain and problems, this could be the best mattress type for you. Restless nights are a thing of the past!
  • Full Body Support: : As the pocket springs react and contour your body individually, you will be completely supported throughout the night. Plus, they are available in a variety of spring counts to make sure you get the personal support you need from a mattress.
  • No Movement Transfer: : As the pocket springs live in their individual houses, your body is supported when pressure is applied and not spread across the mattress surface. This reduces “roll‐together” moments with your partner, making this mattress type exceptionally good if you and your loved one weigh different amounts.
  • Even Firmness: : Due to the independently housed pocket springs, this mattress type holds consistent tension throughout itself, creating even firmness. If you do need a mattress with maximum support, opt for a greater spring count. Generally, the more pocket springs a mattress contains, the firmer it’ll be. The mattress still accommodates relaxation as the top foam layer provides luxurious comfort.

From here, you can see there is a good deal of benefits that come with a pocket sprung mattress. Next, we look at the best ones, how to care for them and the difference between them, and other types of mattresses.

What is the Best Pocket Spring Mattress?

The best type of pocket spring mattress is solely dependant on who the mattress is for, their sleeping position, support and comfort preferences. There are a few different brands to consider when buying a new mattress, so it is always a good idea to read mattress reviews and specifications.

However, rather than judging a mattress by brand, it is always wise to choose your mattress by ensuring its specification is tailored to your needs. You can find each mattress specification on its product page.

Finding The Right Comfort Grade

From soft to extra firm, pocket spring mattresses are available in comfort grades to suit everyone. A personalised level of firmness and comfort will contribute to your quality of sleep. One of the key factors that will help you discover your appropriate comfort grade is your sleeping position and understanding it will look to reduce aches and pains at night time.

A soft level of comfort will ensure your pocket spring mattress has that sink in feeling that most of us love! A soft firmness level is most suited to side sleepers as it will relieve pressure points such as elbows and hips taking away any uncomfortable strain.

If you're a combination sleeper who tends to move a lot during the night, or you sleep on your front, then a medium comfort pocket spring mattress would be most appropriate. It will give you the support you need, promoting spinal alignment. It'll be so comfortable you won't want to get out of bed in the morning.

Firm and extra firm comfort grade pocket spring mattresses are best suited to back sleepers as they offer strong spinal support. Cushioning is minimal; therefore, a firm mattress is ideal for individuals who suffer with a bad back or are heavier than the average person.

To learn more about sleeping positions, read our guide on The Best Type of Mattress Based on Your Sleeping Position.


How Long Do Pocket Spring Mattresses Last?

Mattress lifespan will depend on the level of care you provide and how much it gets used. On average, they last between 8‐ 10 years. Of course, this is just an average but at least it gives you an idea about what to expect.

Make sure you follow our care guide below to prolong your mattress’s lifespan.

How Often Should You Change a Pocket Spring Mattress?

We recommend changing it every 8 years. If you start to find you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, or suddenly start experiencing aches and pains in the morning, this could be a sign to replace your mattress.

If your mattress has not been taken good care of, you may need to replace it sooner. Contrastingly, if you're someone who has provided excellent care, turning your mattress frequently, you may find you don’t need to replace it as soon.

 Pocket Spring Mattress vs Memory Foam

The main difference between a pocket spring mattress and a memory foam mattress is their fillings. As previously mentioned, a pocket spring mattress is made up of individually housed pocket springs and a top layer of comfort foam. Together the mattress provides a wealth of support being highly responsive and comfortable. It’s the best mattress type if you prefer a firm mattress.

Whereas a memory foam mattress is made up of treated polyurethane foam. This material is dense and absorbs body weight hugging your body at night. Memory foam not only reacts to body weight but temperature as well. It's also available in a firm comfort grade and can be just as supportive. However, memory foam does have a more cushioning feel to it.

Related - Memory foam mattress guide 

Open Spring Mattress vs Pocket Spring

A pocket spring mattress can offer you more support and robustness than an open spring mattress. Some of the advantages of open spring mattresses include being cheap to purchase, lightweight, and having more give. The open spring can lead to you and your partner rolling together and you may feel their every movement.

Looking for a new pocket sprung mattress? We have a wide range of affordable options for you to choose from. Browse our online collection today, or if you would prefer to talk to one of our friendly team members to help you decide, get in touch here. We are always happy to help.

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