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Mattress Shopping Lingo: A Guide to Bed-Buying Terminology

February 01, 2018


Concise Mattress Buying Lingo Guide | Mattress Terminology

Shopping around for a big-ticket lifestyle item such as a bed or mattress can quickly become a lot more complicated than you thought it would be. Mattress technology is developing rapidly to keep up with a discerning clientele base, and the terminology can be a little confusing if you don’t work with it every day. Here’s our concise glossary and guide to the lingo you’re likely to encounter while you shop around for your new bed:

Pocket Spring

Pocket spring mattresses feature springs that handle pressure independently, providing support and cushioning for two sleeping partners, thereby preventing sleepers from rolling together and disturbing each other's sleep.

Open Spring

Open spring mattresses are are also called called Bonnell units. Open springs provide exceptional support and are used for most orthopaedic mattresses due to it relative firmness. These mattresses tend to have more ‘give’ than pocket sprung mattresses, and are lighter and therefore easier to turn.

Continuous Coil Spring

Continuous coil spring mattresses are also called individual coil mattresses. These units features rows of advanced coils made up of a single continuous wire, providing a very stable, interlinked sleep surface.

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses are made using a material that mould to the contours of each individual sleeper's body to provide support for a peaceful night's rest. Memory foam technology originated from NASA, and was developed to provide their astronauts with pressure-relief seating on space crafts. Individual cells hug the body shape, thereby creating a tailor-made sleeping surface.  

Latex Foam

Latex foam mattresses are made from synthetic latex that has been developed from a natural polymer that was enhanced using a matrix of tiny interconnected bubbles to give it bounce and spring. Latex mattresses react with instant bounce-back to any pressure and also has excellent moisture and heat dissipation properties. This type of mattress is ideal for allergy sufferers since it prohibits the occurrence of dust mites.

Foam Core

Foam core mattresses benefit from the same NASA technology as memory foam mattresses. With an entire core made up of this revolutionary material, a foam core mattress moulds itself to your body, providing a snug, supportive sleeping surface.

High Density

High density mattresses feature a foam core that come in various densities. Depending on whether you like a firm, medium or plush surface, there are various models available to suit your sleeping preferences and style.

Quilted mattress cover

Quilted mattress covers enhance your comfort and sleeping experience, as well as the longevity of your mattress. This type of flanged pillow top prevents even the slightest movement of layers within the mattress structure.

iGel technology

iGel technology is one of the latest additions to the mattress technology line-up. With health benefits such as improved circulation, pressure relief on the joints and optimal spinal alignment, iGel memory foam maintains a neutral temperature in order to guarantee excellent sleep. It is a wonderful option for ‘hot’ sleepers who require a cooling sleeping surface.

Zero Motion Transfer

Zero motion transfer refers to mattresses that employ pocket spring systems that prevent sleeping partners from disturbing each other’s sleep as they move and adjust their sleeping positions throughout the course of the night. Isolated springs absorb impact individually, thereby leaving the rest of the surface undisturbed.

Reinforced mattress edge

A reinforced mattress edge provides a firmer seating edge, as well as stability throughout the sleeping surface. Additionally, it also prevents perimeter sagging over time.

These are a few of the terms you are likely to encounter while you shop around for your new bed. If there are any further terms that have you somewhat flustered, feel free to get in touch with a Bed King representative. We live and breathe sleeping solutions, so we’ll happily walk you through all your options - and we’ll call you. Simply request a call-back, and we’ll contact you at a time convenient to you.


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