We spend (ideally!) a third of our lives in bed, so picking the best mattress is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make. You want it to support you all night long, keep your spine in alignment and help you wake up feeling rested. But with so many different types of beds to choose from, how do you know what’s right for you?
The most important consideration is whether a bed feels comfortable. Fortunately, there are a few simple tools you can use to determine which mattresses feel good. One is the firmness rating – we use a 1-10 scale to describe how hard or soft a mattress is. The other is the type of support a mattress provides, which can be determined by its construction or materials. Then, there are other factors like how much space a bed has and the height of its headboard.
If you’re looking for a firmer mattress, consider options with an extra layer of coils or a layer of wrapped 8” coils. These provide superior support and contour to your body, making them a great option for back sleepers or anyone with back pain. They also isolate motion very well, so you and a restless partner can enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep.
We recommend choosing a bed with a solid frame, since this will protect the mattress from insects, dirt and debris that can easily make their way into the crevices of an unsupported base. In addition, having a sturdy foundation will prevent your bed from becoming sagging over time. In the old days, mattresses were basically cloth cases stuffed with straw, wool or cotton (or goose feathers for the wealthy), which were often lumpy and uneven when placed on the ground. In addition, they didn’t prevent fleas or other insects from calling your bed home at night. Eventually, craftsmen created the simple bed frame to solve these issues.
Bed bases can be wood or metal, and they may have slats that are closer together or larger gaps. Ideally, the gap between each slat should be no more than 7cm to ensure proper support for your mattress. We also recommend avoiding bases with center support legs, as they can buckle over time and may not be strong enough to hold your mattress.
Mattresses can be made from a variety of materials, including cotton, wool, silk, latex and springs. The type of material can impact how your bed feels, how quickly it adjusts to your movement and how well it regulates temperature. Our mattresses are built with breathable cotton and wool, natural latex or wrapped 8” coils to provide comfort and support.
A bed is also a place to relax, and the best beds include plenty of space for pillows, blankets and other bedding. For a touch of luxury, consider adding a decorative throw blanket – Matouk’s Suri or Pezzo blankets, for example. Alternatively, a bed scarf or runner can add an extra layer of warmth and color to the foot of the bed.