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How to Choose the Best Mattress for You


How to choose the right mattress should not be left to chance and our mattress buying guide will help you through the minefield and avoid costly mistakes. Whether you’ve just bought an ultra modern low profile bed or a beautiful leather upholstered bed frame there is one essential piece of your bed that is more important than any other – The Mattress. The mattress is fundamental for a consistent, restful night’s sleep and however fantastic your bed looks it cannot deliver this nightly without the correct mattress for you fitted on top.

Buying a mattress can be an expensive business and no one wants to find they have made a mistake. At best you will have to replace it quickly and at worst you’re left with a bed that you can’t sleep properly on. Don’t compromise on research and, if need be, cost if it’s a great night’s sleep that you are after night after night. At Robinsons Beds we want you to leave our showroom having purchased a suitable mattress that you are desperate to get home and sleep on. Our highly trained and experienced staff will do all they can to make sure you buy a mattress that is perfect for you.


1. Understand your needs – what type is best suited for your size, weight, any medical conditions, aches, bedroom climate etc.,

  • Pocket springs – best for luxurious support and to prevent ‘roll together’ – the more individual and independently working pocket springs, generally the better support and fit to your body. Offers better ventilation and coolness than foam.
  • Coil Spring unit – generally a cheaper option than individual pocket springs, a coil spring unit combined with optimal padding. The quality of the spring unit used is important for support and durability.
  • Memory Foam and latex – great for pressure relieving comfort and don't require turning. Best used with slatted and well-ventilated bases. An alternative is a pocket sprung mattress with a top layer of foam or latex.
  • Other Fillings and padding - Lambswool, alpaca fibre, teased cotton, felt, polyester, latex, memory foam – helps determine comfort, warmth, firmness, luxury, breathability and whether or not the mattress needs turned regularly.

2. Lie on it - To really get a feel for a mattress you have to lie on it for a few minutes in your sleeping positions. It’s obvious really but how can you tell if it will suit if you don’t get onto it and give it a test drive?! By doing this you can tell if it’s firm enough, soft enough or provides enough support in your usual sleeping positions. Don’t feel uncomfortable or embarrassed, we know it’s the only sure way for you to know if you’re making the right purchase (and we want you to come back to us for all the right reasons!). If you have a partner you should take him/her with you so you can both lie on it at the same time to make sure it suits you both. If you have very differing needs a zip-link mattress may be the best solution without either of you having to compromise.

sleeping position diagram

The correct mattress for you should adapt in an anatomically correct way to your body’s contours and support the spinal column in all sleeping positions allowing the inter vertebral discs the correct rest. Your mattress can prevent long-term disc damage and relieve muscle tension so choosing the correct one is important.

3. Sit on the edge - make sure the mattress doesn’t sag at the edge as it has to be firm enough to take your weight.

4. Trust the Brand - we are a long established company specialising in handmade mattresses to your exact requirements and dimensions – from our factory floor direct to your door.

5. Beware Cheap Bed & Mattress packages – A cheap made and poorly filled mattress with little support is not a good investment just because it seems a bargain to buy it along with a bed. 

6. Size and Fit - If your bed and base are not being bought at the same time then you should make sure they will fit together so measure them carefully to ensure you buy the correct size.

Remember not all mattresses have been made to the same quality standards or firmness so e.g. if it’s a bad back you have, not all orthopaedic mattresses will be suitable for you. We are here to help and guide you through the process while giving you the best advice from our many years of experience.


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