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Pocket Spring Mattress 101 - All You Need To Know

Is a pocket spring mattress good for back pain? Do they offer sufficient support? Find all that out, and more, in our all you need to know guide!

Pocket sprung mattresses are some of the most popular and arguably some of the best mattresses that you can buy, but don’t just take us at our word – let’s learn more about them.

Unlike innerspring mattresses, pocket sprung mattress is made of thousands of individually nested springs able to move independently from one another. This design allows for better support, better motion isolation, improved comfort, and so much more.

Suppose you want to know more about pocket spring mattresses. In that case, we suggest you stick around with us for a few more moments because we’re going to break it all down, to the tiniest details, and teach you all you need to know about pocket mattresses so that when it’s time for shopping – you’ll know exactly what to look for!

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    Important features to know about a pocket spring mattress

    When shopping for a new spring pocket mattress, you have to know what to look for if you want to get the best mattress available. With that in mind, we’ve prepared a list of all the essential features that you should know about so that you can make an informed decision and get yourself a mattress that works wonders.

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    Spring count

    Spring count will be a direct indicator of how well-built the pocket spring mattress is. If we are to buy a pocket spring mattress with full-sized springs inside of it, we should look for a mattress with at least 2,000 individual pocket springs, where each has its own fabric pocket.

    At two thousand, you’re looking at an adequate number of springs. A mattress with that spring count should be able to provide you with all that you’re looking for – comfort, support, pressure relief, and so on.

    Most mid-range pocket spring mattresses come with around 2,000 springs – give or take a few hundred – but there are also mattresses with both higher and lower spring count.

    <1,500 springs

    Generally speaking, you shouldn’t have high expectations for pocket spring mattresses with less than 1,500 springs, as those aren’t the most reliable or long-lasting mattresses on the market. They’re either made for kids and guest rooms, and they don’t belong in a master bedroom.

    >1,500 springs

    On the other hand, mattresses with 3,000 or 4,000 springs are top of the line. They’re the ones you’re going to enjoy the longest, but they usually come with a hefty price tag. Anything higher than that, in terms of spring count, you’re usually looking at smaller springs, and those can’t really be compared to traditional, full-sized pocket springs. In general, 1500 pocket spring mattress is going to give you a good amount of support as well as comfort.

    Firmness of springs

    Generally speaking, you should choose the firmness of the mattress based on your body type, weight, and your preferred sleeping position.

    As a general rule of thumb, lightweight people should go for softer mattresses, and the heavyweights should go for the firmer ones, but bodyweight isn’t the only factor.

    You have to keep your sleeping position in mind, as well.

    Pocket spring mattresses work with all sleeping positions – it is just a matter of finding the right firmness of springs for your sleeping position.

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    Back sleepers have it easiest, as they’re the ones generally easiest to please. Back sleepers can comfortably rest on most mattresses, but for an average back sleeper, we’d suggest medium-tension springs and higher.

    Side sleepers will generally have to look for a softer mattress, or better yet, avoid firm mattresses. Since they’re resting on the side, they’ll want to sleep on a mattress that allows them to gently sink into it while remaining adequately supported. And, in order to achieve that, side sleepers should choose medium-firm mattress or softer mattresses.

    Finally, front sleepers are the ones hardest to please. Due to natural spine curvature, front or stomach sleepers will have to rest on a firm sleep surface. On that note, once you factor in the body weight, most front sleepers should go for medium-firm or firm pocket spring mattresses.

    Pocket spring mattress & back pain

    Pocket spring mattresses are often considered to be perfect for dealing with back pain, and that’s not by accident.

    As we have already said, individually nested springs allow for independent movement of each spring, which in return results in better support, contouring, and pressure and pain relief. All of these are important when we’re dealing with back pain.

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    So, if you choose the right pocket spring mattress, you should be able to sleep in an optimal position, with your spine properly and adequately aligned, regardless of the position you sleep in. Once you do that – the pain will slowly fade away.

    Keep in mind – this will only work if a bad mattress or improper posture is what’s causing your back pain. If there is an underlying medical cause for back pain, the best a pocket mattress will do for you is ease your pain a little bit. But hey, every little bit helps, right?

    The advantages of owning a pocket spring mattress

    Now that we’ve shown you what to look for in a good pocket spring mattress, let’s talk a little bit about what you’ll get from a high-quality pocket spring mattress and what are some advantages that you’ll get from these.

    Zero transfer movement

    If you’ve ever shared a bed with a restless sleeper, you know how difficult it can be to say asleep with someone moving around constantly.

    Now, a pocket spring mattress might not be able to keep your sleeping partner in one place during the night, but what it will do is isolate the movements keeping you peaceful all through the night.

    That’s right. A quality pocket spring mattress has zero transfer movement. Due to each spring moving independently, every toss and turn will be virtually undetectable. The springs will dampen and absorb the motion, ensuring that you don’t feel a thing while you sleep.

    Memory foam mattresses are also good at this, but we’ll leave that for another time.


    Some pocket spring mattresses are known as orthopaedic mattresses.

    As a general rule of thumb, orthopaedic mattresses are firmer than the regular ones, ensuring that you keep proper posture all through the night. Unlike some other mattresses, for example, memory foam mattresses, pocket spring ones can get quite firm. This also makes them ideal for heavyweight and front sleepers, as well as people recovering from back injuries.

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    All you’ll need are high-tension springs, and voila – you have yourself a firm, orthopaedic mattress.

    Naturally, you wouldn’t lie on bare springs, nor would a firm mattress be uncomfortable. You would always have a nice, comfy layer on top of the springs, usually made from foam, microfibre, or wool.

    Full body support

    Another fantastic advantage you’d get from pocket spring mattresses is full-body support.

    Unlike some other mattresses, for instance, innerspring ones, pocket spring mattresses offer adequate support all throughout. Once again, this is because each spring can move individually and independently from one another. For instance, you won’t suffer from a lack of support on your lower back because your hips have caused the mattress to sink, nor will your upper back or neck hurt if you sleep on your side with your shoulder pressing on the mattress.

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    One area where you might feel some support lacking is near the edges of the pocket spring mattress. However, the lack of edge support can be easily fixed with adequate hand-stitching and reinforcements around the edges, so ask about those when shopping for a pocket sprung.

    Fantastic pressure relief

    The final advantage you’d get from a pocket spring mattress that we want to talk to you about is pressure relief.

    Pocket spring mattresses are known for being brilliant at alleviating pressure around the core areas like hips and shoulders. Why? Well, if you have to guess, we haven’t done a very good job so far, or you haven’t been paying attention. All jokes aside, we all know the answer – the individually nested pocket springs.

    With each spring moving independently, you will feel just the right amount of pressure and support on every part of your body, or better yet – you won’t feel any.

    Get a pocket sprung mattress – your joints and back will thank you!

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