Have you ever wondered what your mattress is made of? As we’ve noted, there are several layers and components that go into making your bed (and part of the reason it’s such a big investment.) Although this is hard to pin down due to manufacturers being secretive about the making of their products, there are the typical ingredients that go into creating a mattress. Read below for a brief overview of various materials that go into making a mattress, so the next time you walk into a mattress store you know exactly what you’re looking for and what some of those terms mean.
Common Mattress Materials
- Foam provides a soft, movement-absorbing material that helps with temperature regulation and pressure point relief. Some common types of foam include memory foam, gel memory foam, polyurethane foam, and viscoelastic foam (also known as “rebounded foam”).
- Polyester batting is used as a filling in pillowtop mattresses and mattress covers.
- Adhesives are used in mattresses to bond layers, materials, and seams together for the perfect fit. Quilting is often used in combination with adhesives to further strengthen the bond between layers.
- Flame retardants are found in all mattresses sold in the United States due to flammability laws for fire resistance.
Innerspring mattresses are the most common style of mattress and come in two different systems: open coil or individually pocketed springs. Innerspring mattresses usually have at least three layers. These include the spring system, the cushioning layer (there may be more than one) and the outer. The outer quilting is typically made of traditional cotton fabric blends that give each mattress a unique look, fitted with steel coil springs for firm base support. The tighter the cover, the firmer the bed will feel. The number of coils doesn’t always amount to the same level of comfort from one mattress to the next but plays a role in reducing motion transfer and offering support. Lower numbers are typically indicative of a thicker coil, and a thicker coil means a firmer mattress. One of the main aspects that should be considered in a coil or innerspring mattress is the coil construction, and there are four primary types you’re likely to face as you shop. From least expensive to most expensive: Continuous Coils, Bonnell, Offset, and Marshall or Pocket coils.
These mattresses are known for lush layers of memory foam and polyurethane material which conform to your body. Memory foam is known for its ability to conform comfortably to the body, relieve pressure, and soften with heat or under pressure. A newer addition to the memory foam family is gel memory foam which acts as a phase-changing material (PCM), which is utilized in the Sapphire Sleep collection. Typical memory foam mattresses are known to trap body heat and may also contain toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and isocyanates, which is why BoxDrop offers CertiPUR-US® products. Most memory foam comfort layers are available in 1.5 to 6 inches. It is recommended that memory foam be a few inches thick or the thinnest possible needed for pressure relief. Thin memory foam layers can work with other comfort or support layers to prevent heavier parts of the body from sinking down too far. There are three levels of density: low, medium, and high. Pricing corresponds with the density levels with low-density mattresses being the least expensive and high-density mattresses being the most expensive.
High-density memory foam (around 5 to 6 pounds per cubic foot or higher) is usually considered to be the highest in quality, the most durable, and the softest.
Hybrid beds are among the latest options on the market for better sleep thanks to the great benefits they offer. Specifically, they combine a 50/50 ratio of coils with memory foam to offer the best of both worlds, plus personalized materials that are going to work together to help you get a good night’s sleep. The coils offer support, while memory foam and gel memory foam layers conform to posture and regulate body temperature. Cotton fabric blends are added to protect the bed.
The staff at BoxDrop will always strive to make sure you take home the best mattress option for you. BoxDrop Corpus Christi focuses on low overhead to save you up to 40-70% off the Big Box retail stores; support your local and veteran-owned mattress store by calling 361-876-4445 to set up a consultation appointment. Or stop by and see us at 1251 Nile Drive, located next to Party Ventures, Pottery Painting Pleasures, and Tropical Hookah Lounge.