Mattress Tensions

Comfort is subjective. Some people love the feeling of being cocooned in a bed; others prefer to lie on top of something firm. People who sleep on their back may like a firmer feel than people who sleep on their sides. There are lots of different ‘feels’ around when it comes to mattresses – you should have one that works for you.

Most mattress manufacturers will offer a firm, medium and soft tension option. It's always a good idea to try the various options to be sure which works best for you. Please note however, there is no industry wide standard to compare firmness ratings from one manufacturer to the other.

As a general rule, the heavier you are, the firmer the mattress you will need. We reccomend to partners of noticably differing size and weight (3 stones/ 18kgs or more), that different mattresses may be required. Some manufacturers make double beds from two single mattresses which can be zipped together, which can be of differing tensions. Others can combine different degrees of firmness in one mattress, these are called dual tension. 

To help you choose, we label all our mattresses as either Soft, Medium, Medium/Firm, Firm and Extra Firm. 

Expert tip:

"A good way to check if the bed you are lying on is too soft, too hard, or just right is to lie on your back, and slide your hand in the hollow of your back. If it slides in too easily, the bed may be too hard for you (leading to pressure on your hips and shoulders); if it’s a struggle to slide your hand in, then the bed is probably too soft. If you can move your hand with just a little resistance, the bed may be just right for you. Another useful test is to pop a set of keys behind your back. You shouldn’t be able to feel them!" The Sleep Council