We are all aware that somehow, gravitational force seems to be concentrated somewhere on the bed. More than pillows and blankets, perhaps the most powerful sleep-inducer is the mattress. And yet of course, just like Santa’s elves tailor fit Christmas gifts to children, there are also different types of mattresses that may suit you better than others.
Innerspring Mattresses are the still the most common and most widely used type of mattresses today. As the name implies, innerspring mattresses have coil springs placed inside it that give us that bouncy feel that reaches out to our inner child, making us want to jump on it. These springs are supported by a layer of upholstery or comforters acting as enclosure, ensuring that these springs would not pop out, and at the same time, providing coziness to lure us to go sleep on it at night, and most of the times, to stay on it even if we need to wake up.
There are also different types of spring systems used for innerspring mattresses:
Bonnel coils, Marshall coils, offset coils, and continuous coils.
Bonnel coils are hourglass-shaped, knotted, and has round ends. They are tied together with helical wires in a manner so simple, it is considered the simplest.
Marshall coils, or pocketed, enclosed, or wrapped coils, are barrel-shaped, unknotted coils that are individually enveloped in pockets of fabric. These pockets are not wired together, but are just sewn to the comfy enclosure. This is unwired, however, does not cause sogginess in any part of the mattress when another area is laid on.
Offset coils, pretty much like Bonnel coils, are hour-glass shaped, only that the ends are flattened out. These springs are then joined together by helical wires. This system of wiring is said to conform to body shape, promoting better comfort.
Continuous coils are called so because of system of coils – say a whole row of springs – is made up of only one whole spring.
As some people don’t like the feel of spring in their bed, mattresses that do not need springs at all were made. These springless systems of the mattresses come in the forms of air mattresses, water mattress, foam mattresses, and others.
Air mattresses, usually for therapeutic purposes, utilize compartments filled with air to replace the coil springs. This has a squeaky feel, much like inner tubes of a swimming pool.
Water mattresses, also used for therapies, come in two types: hard and soft. The difference is whether the water-filled mattress is inside a wood frame or a foam frame. Being liquid, the water in ordinary water bed can cause wavy motion, thus providing quite a dizzying feel. But with innovations, waves are reduced.
Foam mattresses are perhaps some of the comfiest mattresses there are. Foam mattresses are made up of polyurethane, the same material used for the wheels of roller coaster and skateboard wheels! A special type of foam mattress – the memory foam mattress – using a more viscous layer atop its polyurethane foam base. That’s why it is most commonly called as visco-elastic memory foam. It is called “memory foam” because it takes the shape of the body because of heat and pressure, leaving a temporary imprint, but then returns to its original shape.
Materials, feel, price, and other factors determine what type of mattress fit you best. But no matter what you choose, at the end of the day, we will end up with our mattresses, and have a good night’s sleep. There’s no better place to sleep in than our comfy mattress!
This is written by Alexe, a dedicated housewife and a mother of two. She also works at Divan Beds Centre, UK’s leading online suppliers of divan beds and cheap mattresses.