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Pocket Sprung Mattress Buying Guide

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Welcome to the pocket sprung mattress buying guide.

As somebody once said, it pays to invest in a good bed and a decent pair of shoes. After all, the logic goes, if you’re not in one, the chances are you’re in the other. While you’ll have to go elsewhere to get your hands on some top quality footwear, if you’re looking for the perfect bed in which to get some of that vital re-energising shut-eye, coming to try out some of the amazing pocket sprung mattresses at either of our two impressive showrooms is an excellent place to start.

To give you a little extra guidance, here’s our handy pocket sprung mattress buying guide for buyers in search of the ultimate pocket sprung mattress.

Pocket sprung mattress basics:

While a pocket sprung mattress is rightly considered one of the best options out there for exceptional night-time comfort, there are nonetheless alternatives which may better suit your needs. Also, not all pocket sprung mattresses are created equal, so it is essential to choose yours carefully. Finally, buying a mattress of this calibre should be thought of as an investment purchase, so consider how you expect to use your mattress – and for how long.

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Some important things to consider include:

  • Is this the correct mattress for my bed?
  • Am I likely to need a larger bed in the near future?
  • Coils – quality versus quantity
  • Will I be able to regularly ‘turn’ my mattress?
  • Is it worth considering alternatives, e.g. memory foam?

While pocket sprung mattresses provide enough support to be used even with slatted beds, they do tend to be significantly heavier than other mattresses. This is due to the way in which pocket sprung mattresses are constructed.

Not all pocket sprung mattresses are created equal, so it is essential to choose yours carefully.

Individual fabric ‘pockets’ are used to literally cram in far more coils than would other wise be possible (up to 3000 compared to the 300 or so typically found in open coil mattresses). In addition to adding firmness and comfort, this has the benefit of preventing the mattress from ‘sagging’ when in use by two people.

However, the additional weight does mean that pocket sprung mattresses are not suited to bed frames which lack strength. It can also make it more difficult to carry out the recommended practice of periodically ‘turning’ the mattress to ensure that it wears evenly.


Alternatives – Pros and Cons

To help you make a proper comparison between a pocket sprung mattress and the other available options, here are some crucial pros and cons of pocket sprung mattresses and the major alternatives:

Pocket Sprung


  • Ultimate comfort and superb back support
  • Can accommodate two people without ‘sagging’ in the middle
  • Durable construction.


  • Expect to pay more
  • Often heavier than comparable mattresses.

Memory Foam


  • Designed to cushion and support the contours of your body
  • Wealth of firmness options.


  • Pricing comparable with pocket sprung mattresses
  • Not suited to slatted base beds unless reinforced.

Open Coil


  • Low-cost option.


  • Can ‘sag’ and lead to discomfort
  • Relatively short lifespan.

Continuous Coil


  • Low-cost option
  • Offers more durability than open coil.


  • Similar lack of comfort to open coil
  • Lifespan compares poorly with pocket sprung and memory foam alternatives.

Why buy from us?

Based near Guildford, Vale Furnishers are one of Surrey and Hampshire’s leading furniture shop specialists. Our mattress department is one of the cornerstones of our business. Having been in the furniture business for well over fifty years, our family has seen many passing fads and manufacturers come and go, so you can have absolute confidence that our team can recognize quality when they see it. We share this expertise with our customers, so you can be sure that any mattress you buy from us will provide you with a great night’s for sleep many years.

Do you have any questions not covered in this pocket sprung mattress buying guide?
Please contact our furniture experts in Surrey and Hampshire on 01252 325525 for more information.

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