What is a spring mattress?
As you may have guessed from the name, innerspring mattresses have a core composed of springs (or coils).
They are often also simply referred to as spring mattresses or coil mattresses.
You'll never find 100% springs in a mattress.
The coils are usually combined with some or other foam to enhance comfort.
Sometimes, as in cheaper spring mattresses, this is just a thin layer at the top and bottom of the mattress.
More luxurious spring mattresses, though, include deeper layers of more high-quality foam for superior comfort.
There are many different types of innerspring mattresses available.
Is a spring mattress the right mattress for you?
While we would certainly steer away from inferior models, there are many reasons why you may want to choose a high-quality spring mattress.
People who have large body weight or body frame would enjoy the spring bed more because of the kind of support it gives. 😇
Also, people who have spinal problems might find this type of bed valuable because it gives room for even distribution of body weight. 🤩
Spring beds are also good for heavy sweaters because they do not absorb heat. 😋
We've outlined a few more below.
Spring mattresses are known for their enhanced breathability.
The space between the springs creates natural ventilation channels, which allows for greater airflow within the mattress.
This enables the mattress to remain cool and comfortable.
Spring mattresses are thus a good choice for those who prefer a cooler sleep and for heavy sweaters.
Most modern-day memory foam mattresses and hybrid mattresses also offer a cooler sleep, but very heavy sweaters are better off choosing a quality spring mattress.
Good orthopaedic choice
A quality spring mattress offers great support, optimal spinal alignment, and point elasticity.
This allows the mattress to keep your spine in an optimal position while relieving tension and individual pressure points.
This results in greater overall relaxation, melting away muscle pains.
For this reason, spring mattresses are often recommended as an orthopaedic mattress choice.
Good support and stability
Spring mattresses are often firmer than foam mattresses and offer better support and stability.
While firmness itself can often be a matter of preference, the support of a mattress is crucial.
Lighter-weight people do not require as much support and stability and can choose any mattress they like.
People of larger size and heavy body weights (particularly if they're over 130 kg) require more support.
They would do well on a spring mattress.
Good choice for singles
While most quality pocket spring mattresses have decreased motion transfer, you'll still find many spring mattresses that don't offer great motion isolation.
This is because movements can travel relatively well through springs, meaning that you're likely to feel your partners movements more on a spring mattress than on a foam mattress.
For this reason, innerspring mattresses are often recommended for people who sleep alone and less so for couples.
Spring mattress sizes
Spring mattresses are available in most standard UK sizes.
- Spring mattress single size: 90 x 190 cm (3’ x 6’3”)
- Spring mattress small double size: 120 x 190 cm (3'9" x 6'3")
- Spring mattress double size: 135 x 190 cm (4’6” x 6’3”)
- Spring mattress king-size: 50 x 200 cm (5’ x 6’6”)
- Spring mattress super-king size: 180 x 200 cm (6’ x 6’6”)
- Spring mattress emperor size: 200 x 200 cm (6’6” x 6’6”)
However, springs are best for small single or single-size beds.
This is because of the motion transfer of spring mattresses.
As the mattress 'bounces' and carries motion quite well, you're likely to feel your partner toss and turn more on a spring mattress than you would on a foam mattress.
If you share your bed with a partner and want a spring mattress, we'd recommend considering two separate single spring mattresses that can be placed together on one double bed frame.
Spring cot bed mattresses
Spring cot bed mattresses in the 60 x 120 cm and 70 x 140 cm sizes are also quite popular as they offer a foam-free alternative.
Often, they also include other natural fillings, which ensures a toxin-free environment.
We go into more detail on cot bed mattresses in our guide on the best mattresses for babies and children.
Use a mattress topper to make your spring mattress softer
You may find that you've purchased a spring mattress that's just a little too firm for you.
This doesn't necessarily mean that you need to buy a new mattress.
A too-firm mattress is a problem that's easily solved with a mattress topper.
These add a layer of softness and comfort to the top of your mattress, meaning that you can change the way your mattress feels without having to buy a new mattress
Take a look at some of our recommended mattress toppers below.
Should you buy a spring mattress?
While there are many inferior models available, it is possible to find very high-quality spring mattresses.
We often recommend hybrid mattresses.
Spring mattresses, in general, are a great choice for people who easily feel warm, heavy sweaters, and heavier-weight people requiring more support and stability.