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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions.  If you can't find what you're looking for please visit ask us to submit a question to one of our bed experts.

Q: We're looking for a very firm double bed, 4' 6" with 4 drawers. Trouble is that we get conflicting reports. Some shops say pocket spring is the most firm, others say open coil. Can you enlighten us please. Question from Mrs. M.A. Tydeman

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If you’ve decided your bed needs replacing but are feeling a little confused by all the choice out there, The Sleep Council also has an invaluable Bed Buyer’s Guide to help you understand the features and benefits of all the different beds on the market. The handy Sleep Good Feel Good Guide, meanwhile, offers tips on how to care for your bed and how to get a better night’s sleep.

The support in a mattress comes from the springs.  The comfort comes from the fillings used on top.

Open coil or open sprung mattresses are also sometimes referred to as Bonnells.  The Bonnell spring is the classic Spring Unit, and has, through the years, proven its worth. It is made from around hourglass shaped springs which are tied together to form a mat. A round helical crosswise connects each single spring to a spring unit.  Different thickness (gauge) of wire in the springs makes a harder or softer mattress. The lower the gauge, the firmer the mattress. The number of springs per mattress type is one of the key quality characteristics of a bonnell spring mattress.

Pocket springs are smaller than open coil springs and are fitted within fabric pockets, hence the name. These pockets allow the springs to work independently of each other, providing individual support and preventing pressure points from building as you sleep. Pocket sprung mattresses are generally constructed using higher quality materials and will fit into a higher price range than the open coil ranges.

Our springs are so responsive, it’s almost as if we tailor your mattress to your own personal specification.  Placed closely together under layers of sumptuous fillings, the hundreds of springs in a Rest Assured mattress adjust to your unique shape, giving you exactly the right amount of support exactly where you need it.  Each precision engineered coil is wrapped in its own individual soft cloth sleeve, which holds it at the optimum tension and allows it to move independently.  This means that each spring is poised, ready to respond to your every movement, so that every sleeping position becomes your most favourite.  Being supported in this much comfort promises a deep and restorative sleep, all night long.

Comfort is very subjective and you need to try the different products for yourself.  The mattress needs to feel both comfortable and supportive, so that you lie with a straight spine.  Try the beds for at least 10mins.  Don't be embarrassed by this that it was they are there for.