Mattress buying guide

If you’re wondering how to choose a mattress, you’ve come to the right place. The Furniture Village mattress buying guide describes all the types of mattresses available, points you to the best mattress for your sleeping position and even answers top questions when buying a mattress. Read on to learn more about mattresses.

Your mattress buying questions answered

Q. How do I know what mattress firmness I need?

A. Mattress firmness is really a matter of personal preference. Some people prefer a softer mattress, others find a firm mattress more comfortable. More important is ensuring that your mattress provides enough support for you, and this depends on the type of sleeper you are – front, side or back – and your body size and weight. Visit the Furniture Village mattress finder to find the right mattress for you.

Q. Can I return a mattress if I don’t like it?

A. At Furniture Village we want you to be completely happy with everything you buy from us. As long as you’ve used a mattress protector and the mattress is in the condition you received it, you can return any non-custom made mattress to us. Simply notify us in writing within 14 calendar days of delivery. Learn more about our returns policy.

Q. Is a small double mattress really big enough for two people?

A. Yes, it really is. A small double mattress is only 15 cm (about 6”) narrower than a regular double mattress. It’s a little more cosy than a standard double bed but will save a useful amount of space in a smaller bedroom, especially if you choose a base of the same size – a divan base rather than a bigger sleigh-style bed frame, for example. Of course, if you and your partner are taller or heavier than average, you might be more comfortable in a larger bed.

Q. Which is best – a pocket spring mattress or a memory foam mattress?

There’s no right answer here – they’re both great for different reasons and for different people. Pocket spring mattresses have more of a bouncy feel that some people like. If you press down on a pocket spring mattress, you’ll feel some resistance or “push back”. This translates to a springy feel when you lie down. Memory foam mattresses allow you to sink in a little more. Press down on a memory foam mattress, and you’ll see that the foam contours around your hand. This translates to a body-cushioning feel when you lie down. The best idea is to try both and decide for yourself.

Q. Is a £2000 mattress really worth the money?

A. You can’t put a price on a good night’s rest, and if a £2000 mattress gives you eight hours of undisturbed sleep, then it’s probably worth it. For £2000 you’re likely looking at a handcrafted luxury mattress with a high pocket spring count, perhaps natural or organic fillings, and a degree of specialist workmanship. That being said, you don’t have to spend £2000 on a mattress to sleep well. Many of our more affordable mattress brands consistently produce exceptional quality mattresses that incorporate advanced sleep-enhancing technologies.

Q. Why does spring count matter?

A. The springs in pocket spring mattresses are designed to respond individually to your body’s weight and movement, providing support where you need it most. The more pocket springs a mattress has, the more customised the level of comfort will be. Some mattresses even have an upper layer of very small micro pockets springs for optimum responsiveness.

Q. Is memory foam better for people who favour certain sleeping position?

A. Memory foam can be a good option for front, back and side sleepers as long as the foam provides enough support. What you’re looking for with a memory foam mattress is a cushioning feeling rather than a sinking into feeling as this may indicate insufficient pressure point support.

Q. I have allergies. What kind of mattress is best for me?

A. Seek out hypoallergenic mattresses which often have an allergen-banishing finish. Memory foam can be a good option too. Latex mattresses are resistant to dust mites, mould and mildew and are one of the best naturally hypoallergenic mattress materials around.

Q. My partner is much taller and heavier than I am. What’s the best mattress for us as a couple?

A. If there’s more than an 18 kg (2 stone 11 pounds) weight difference between you and your partner, try a dual tension mattress. Also known as a split tension mattress, this type of mattress has two halves, each with its own firmness feel. If there’s less than 18 kg weight difference between you, a medium firm mattress will probably suit both of you.