Finding The Right Bed

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Finding The Right Bed

Are you losing sleep choosing your new mattress? Luckily for you, Brownies Mattress Direct are here to help you every step of the way.

When you consider that we spend around a third of their lives in bed, you can see why the decision around what type of mattress you chose should come with a lot of thought. This isn’t made any easier by companies that use technical jargon that makes it all that much more confusing.

That’s why we created the following mattress guide to help make the decision process easier for you.

Getting the Right Size

We generally recommend that you buy the largest bed that your room can accommodate, particularly if you’re sharing your bed with another person. The length of your mattress should be at least 10cm longer than the tallest person sleeping in it. Alongside our custom-made mattress options, Brownies Mattress Direct sell beds in the following sizes:
  • Single
  • King Single
  • Long Single
  • Double
  • Queen
  • King
  • Super King

Soft, Medium or Firm?

Despite public opinion, a mattress does not have to be firm to be good for your back – there’s a difference between firm support and firm feel.

Side Sleepers

Sleepers who lie on their sides often change positions throughout the night. With this constant changing, side sleepers need a mattress with soft firmness. This way, the mattress will be soft enough to contour to the curves and shapes of their body. If a side sleeper chooses a mattress that is too firm, that mattress won’t contour to their shape, resulting in increased back and neck pain.

Back Sleepers

Firmness level and support are extremely important for back sleepers. A soft mattress will create pressure points and a firm mattress will not support the sleepers spine alignment sufficiently. The ideal bed for someone that sleeps on their back is of medium firmness.

Stomach Sleepers

The number one priority for stomach sleepers is support. The stomach sleeper’s torso will apply the most pressure to the mattress, so they need a mattress that applies equal support across the whole body. If the mattress is too soft, the sleeper’s mid section will sink in the middle of the mattress, causing a problematic curve of the spine. Stomach sleepers need to be flat as possible and therefore need a firm mattress.

Continuous Coil Mattresses

One of the most affordable mattress types, continuous coil mattresses are made from a single piece of wire, looped into springs. They’re usually much lighter than other mattresses, making them easier to turn.

Due to the fact that the springs move as one unit, these mattresses somewhat less responsive to your body, and any tossing or turning is likely to disturb a partner. The coils of these mattresses also wear out more quickly than pocket springs, and will need to be replaced more frequently.

Pocket Spring Mattresses

Pocket spring mattresses are characterised by their individual springs encased in their own small fabric pockets. The construction of pocket spring mattresses ensures that each spring does not interfere with the others, giving it the ability to seperate two different weights. This makes it the perfect mattress for couples because if you shift in the night, you won’t move your partner. All the more, pocket spring mattresses provide unprecedented comfort, with each spring independently working at the right tension to conform to your body’s shape.

Memory Foam

Memory foam mattresses are renowned for their superior support, pressure relief and body contouring. Despite their reputation as a warmer mattress, they have been developed to have cooling properties. They are a great option for those looking a more pronounced hug than a latex mattress.


Built from latex foam, these mattresses have great cooling properties and are extremely comfortable. It’s best for sleepers who are after great bounce, cooling and responsiveness. Additionally, it’s allergy and asthma sufferers as it discourages the growth of mold, mildew, and dust mites and can deter the buildup of other allergens.


Constructed from a combination of latex, memory foam, pillow tops, coils and/or other materials, hybrid mattresses are great for sleepers who want the best of both worlds.

They are designed to maximise certain benefits, while minimising the negatives. For example, a latex memory foam hybrid delivers the great bounce, cooling and responsiveness of latex, but also provides the pressure relief and support of memory foam.

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