Innerspring / Coil Mattresses
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Innerspring mattresses or coil mattresses are probably the most common type of mattresses available in the marketplace. An innerspring or coil mattress has two areas; one consisting of the spring zone which provides support for better spinal alignment while sleeping. The other area is referred to as the comfort layer and is constructed of foams and other fibres to provide various levels of comfort and to add a softer feel to the mattress. Some innerspring mattresses also feature a pillow-top layer usually constructed of foam to add additional comfort.
There are four popular types of coil mattresses including:
• Bonnell or Open coil mattresses are designed with hourglass shaped coils. Although open coil mattresses are not as rugged and may not last as long as other types they do provide good spinal support and can reduce motion transfer. This is achieved by attaching the coils with a small wire spiral, which minimizes the movement of the coils.
• Offset coil mattresses are similar to open coils but they differ in that the coil has a square head and they are also more cylindrical in shape compared to the hourglass shape of open coils. Offset coils are designed to offer better contouring to the body because of the increased surface area of the coil.
• Pocket coil mattresses wrap each individual cylindrical coil sewn into separate fabric pockets. This design reduces movement of the coils which helps to minimize motion transfer. Pocket coil mattresses can offer support as the coils ‘lift up’ to help the body conform to the mattress.
• Continuous coil mattresses are made from a single continuous coil that is s-shaped. By sharing the weight-load across several innersprings, each spring is able to hold the weight equally and manufacturers can increase the density of the coils. The result is that the springs maintain their shape over a longer period of time than individual coils and it also provides for a more stable, supportive sleep.
One drawback to a continuous coil system is that the springs move as a single unit as opposed to independently meaning they transfer motion easily between two people in the same bed.
More is not Necessarily Better
It is popular belief that the more coils a mattress contains the more supportive it will be. Although this may have been true at one time, coil count is no longer the most important part of a supportive coil mattress. Today many manufacturers temper the steel for added strength and use a higher gauge of steel along with innovative ways designing the coil system. Some mattresses may have fewer coils compared to others, yet may feel more comfortable and supportive. It’s important to try various coil mattresses in order to find one that is suitable for your body type and weight.
Buying a quality coil mattress suitable for you requires some research. The difference between quality mattresses and less expensive mattresses includes features that you can visibly see and other features that are not visible. One can see the difference with the mattress top, the height of a mattress and the ticking fabric (the outer fabric on a mattress) however, you can’t see coil count, the coil gauge and the construction materials used underneath the top layer. It’s a combination, of all you can and can’t see, that make for a quality mattress. All these factors help determine the durability and firmness along with the overall comfort level a mattress can provide. Mattress Mattress® will go to great lengths to help Beducate you when buying a coil mattress so that you’ll be able to make an educated buying decision to achieve a better night’s sleep.