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Lewis Furniture supplies many well-known High Street brands of discount mattresses in the UK but mattresses are surprisingly complex constructions!   In order to assist you we are pleased to provide you with this guide so that you can choose your discount mattress wisely while saving money at the same time.

In general, mattresses comprise a spring unit, layers of upholstery fillings and a cover. The number of combinations of the three components combined with the base adds up to a lot of different beds from which to choose!

Below is a guide to the features of each of the different constructions available on discount mattresses.

SPRING SYSTEMS


OPEN COIL MATTRESS
The spring system is the most commonly used in mattresses. It incorporates rows of hour-glass shaped springs which are joined to neighbouring springs by a continuous small diameter spiral unit called a helical. The perimeter is strengthened by a heavy gauge border rod or wire, top and bottom.
To alter the degree of firmness in an open coil unit, different gauges (thickness and strength) of and number of springs are used. A 12.5 or 13 gauge wire is hard, while 14 or 15 is soft. In general, there are at least 288 open coil springs in a 135 cm (4'6") mattress and 325 in a 150 cm (5'0").
Today, there are variations of the open coil unit being used by manufacturers such as the continuous spring unit which is made from a single length of wire 'knitted' into a series of interwoven springs which usually run up and down the bed.

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POCKETED MATTRESS
A pocket sprung mattress is quite simply the very best that money can buy so you will want to ensure that you get the best possible discount.
Each spring acts independently to allow the contours of the body to be gently supported.
Pocket springs are rows of small diameter, 16 to 17 gauge wire, parallel or barrel-shaped springs, each housed separately in a fabric pocket. The rows of springs are then clipped, tied or glued together. The spring count of a pocket sprung mattress can vary considerably depending on the diameter of the springs. In general the spring count is measured in the 5'0" mattress. A spring count of between 1000 and 1400 is the most common.

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MATTRESS FILLINGS
There are many different types of materials used for upholstering mattresses. The number and quantity of fillings vary enormously depending on the quality of the mattress.
In general, each mattress has three basic layers:-

The Initial Layer is the layer of fillings next to the springs. This usually takes the form of pads of coir (coconut fibre), sisal or hair, compressed wool or synthetic felts and protects the user from feeling the springs.
The Intermediate Layer normally comprises either cotton, hair, wool, foam or polyester and is the layer that provides comfort and durability.
The Top Layer is directly below the cover. This is not only the main comfort layer, but must also have the ability to breathe, absorb body moisture (but stay dry), be soundless under moving pressure and retain its shape. Wool, cotton, foam, latex and polyester are all used in this final layer.



MATTRESS COVERS/FINISHES
The covers - or tickings as they are known in the trade - are the all-important packaging; much effort goes into ensuring they look and feel attractive. At the top end of the market are the woven damasks, where the closeness of the weave determines quality and strength. Other options include printed, non-woven cloths, known as stitch bonds - where synthetic fibres have literally been joined together by stitching or bonded by heat or lightweight but strong knitted fabrics - usually in nylon or similar.
There are various methods of finishing the mattress surface to ensure the ticking and fillings are held together securely and won't move in use - although at the budget end of the market some mattresses are completely smooth, held in place only by the tape edging around the top and bottom perimeters.

Tufting
This is the most traditional of methods, and favoured by makers of pocket sprung beds, consisting of passing a series of tapes right through the mattress, secured with tags and washers - often made from felt or wool.
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Deep Quilt and Micro Quilting
Deep Quilting creates a fairly flat sleeping surface and the amount of fillings used is limited. The mattresses are normally at the cheaper end of the scale.
Micro Quilting (as shown) incorporates more layers of fillings and has a distinctive puffy, patterned effect. Today's machines enable manufacturers to stitch increasingly thicker layers of fillings, creating an even puffier, high loft effect.
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VISCO ELASTIC / LATEX FOAM MATTRESSES
This type of mattress has been described separately as some of these do not incorporate a spring system. They are generally constructed of two or more layers, with the layers differing densities combining to give the required degree of comfort and support.
The particular benefit of these mattresses is their non-allergenic properties. They do not harbour dust or fluff and they are bacteria static, which means germs or mildew cannot exist on them.


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