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Mattress buying guide

We all benefit from a good night’s sleep. As The Sleep Council tells us: “It will make you happier, healthier and more intelligent. It could even add years to your life and will definitely ensure you look at your sparkling best.” Who wouldn’t want that?

A restful night’s sleep has many real benefits, including:

  • Health – eases aches and pains, boosts your immune system
  • Live longer – slows the ageing process, reduces the risk of serious illness
  • Well-being – it’s a great stress buster
  • Memory and learning – helps you learn and retain information

1. How to choose a mattress

Imagine waking up refreshed and ready to face the day – every day. Swap your saggy old mattress for a brand new one and you’ll notice the difference instantly.

With all the different mattresses on offer it can be hard to know where to start, which is why we’re here to help you through the process. Read through this guide, our mattress glossary and our mattress FAQs and all your confusion will disappear.


Sleepeezee Cool Comfort 2000 Breeze Single Memory Foam Mattress

2. Mattress size

Whether you sleep alone or with a partner, your mattress should allow you enough space to find a comfortable sleeping position. If you upgrade from a 4ft6 double mattress to a 5ft king size mattress, your mattress will be 6 inches wider and 3 inches longer, but this will give you a whopping 20% more sleeping space.


Standard UK Mattress Sizes

  • Small Single: 2ft6 (75cm x 190cm)
  • Single: 3ft (90cm x 190cm)
  • Small Double: 4ft (120cm x 190cm)
  • Double: 4ft6 (135cm x 190cm)
  • King Size: 5ft (150cm x 200cm)
  • Super King Size: 6ft (180cm x 200cm)

Continental Mattress Sizes

  • Single: 3ft (90cm x 200cm)
  • Double:4ft9 (140cm x 200cm)
  • King Size: 5ft3 (160cm x 200cm)
  • Super King Size: 6ft (180cm x 200cm)

3. Back support

People come in all shapes and sizes and we all need different support. A mattress with a higher spring count or a higher quality memory foam mattress will give you better support and stop your partner rolling into your precious sleeping space!


Sensafoam Single Memory Foam Mattress

4. You get what you pay for

A new mattress is an investment in your health and well-being, so think about what that’s worth before skimping on cost. If you choose a supplier that offers cheapness rather than value for money, you’ll end up replacing your mattress sooner.


Sealy Jubilee Latex Mattress

5. Snooze don’t sneeze

If you suffer from allergies, consider a latex mattress : they are hypo-allergenic, anti-bacterial and dust mite resistant. You'll also benefit from keeping your mattress clean. Read our guide on how to keep your mattresses clean and if you have any questions afterwards, call us on 0800 035 0070.


Healthopaedic Organic Cotton Latex Double Mattress

6. Memory foam v sprung mattress

Deciding between a memory foam mattress and a mattress with open coils or a pocket sprung mattress is down to individual preference. Take a look at our pages on each type of mattress and if you’re unsure, call our friendly sales staff for advice.


Sealy Jubilee Ortho Memory Foam Mattress

7. Storage solutions

Whether you choose side drawers, sliding doors or a lifting Ottoman-style bed may depend on whether your bed will be centrally placed or against a wall, while bedframes and headboards can add a touch of style to your bedroom.


Dorlux 4 Drawer Cotswold Divan

8. Let us help you

At Furniture Choice, we’d rather spend time helping you find the right mattress than have you unhappy with your choice. We've even created an articles dedicated to Silentnight and Orthopaedic mattresses to help you with your decisions.

Here are some of the questions we often get asked, but if there’s anything else you’d like to know, you can call our friendly team for free on 0800 035 0070, Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm.

9. Any questions?

If you have any questions, please read our mattress FAQs page or our normal FAQs page.

You could also visit our Inspiration and advice page where we have all our other helpful articles, hints and tips and much more.


We hope you’ve found your answer among this guide, please read our mattress FAQs and mattress glossary pages but if there’s anything else you need to know, call our helpful team for free on 0800 035 0070.