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Mattress Guide: What is a Pocket Mattress?

With multiple types of mattresses on the market, it’s hard to know which one is most suited to your sleeping needs. You may have heard of a pocket mattress, but what exactly is it, what are the benefits and why should you invest in one? Our mattress guide will cover all you need to know...

What is a Pocket Mattress?

A pocket or pocket sprung mattress contains individual springs, each sewn into its own pocket of fabric. The independent movement of a pocket spring means the mattress can follow and support the contours of your body no matter how you move and can provide your body with better pressure-relieving support. 

Pocket springs are the foundation of high-quality mattresses and are a fundamental component that any mattress buyer should fully understand.

Why Choose a Pocket Sprung Mattress?

Pocket sprung mattresses have a wide range of benefits, including the following;

  • Superior Pressure Relief
  • Reduces Back and joint Pain
  • Correct Spinal Alignment
  • Breathable and Cool Sleep
  • Movement Absorption
  • Durable and Long Lasting

One of the main advantages of a pocket sprung mattress is the extra support it provides. As the springs work independently of each other, they can support and distribute your body weight much more effectively than an open-coil mattress, reducing the risk of aches, pains and pressure on your joints building up. By responding to the contours of your body shape, the individual pocket springs modify their support regardless of how you might move during the night, allowing for a comfortable night’s sleep.

A pocket mattress may be an ideal choice if you’re sharing a bed with your partner. As the springs move independently, you can move freely without having to worry about disturbing the other person. This also prevents you and your partner from rolling together during the night, reducing the chance of being disturbed while you sleep.

What is the Optimum Number of Springs Pocket Sprung Mattress?

The minimum number of pocket springs in a mattress that you should be looking for is 1000;

  • 1000-1500 pocket springs in a king size are the optimal amount for most mattresses
  • The maximum in a single layer of pocket springs is 2000
  • 600 is the minimum number of pocket springs in a mattress
  • 2000+ spring counts mean multiple layers of pocket springs

Although 600 is the minimum amount, these springs will need to be significantly larger and less adaptive than the standard sized pocket springs to fit the same size bed. It's important to note that these larger springs provide a lower level of support compared to regular pocket spring sizes found in 1000-2000 pocket sprung mattresses.

What are the Differences between Pocket Sprung, Open Coil and Memory Foam Mattresses?


Open Coil

Traditional, open coil mattresses consist of a spring system where each individual spring is connected and linked together within a wireframe. A standard double open coil mattress will contain 200-400 springs that move as one unit, so if you toss and turn in your sleep, you are more likely to disturb your partner. 

Pocket Sprung

Pocket sprung mattresses tend to have a much higher spring count than open coil mattresses, thus offering greater support and as pocket springs move independently from one another, they will contour to your body more effectively.

Memory Foam

A memory foam mattress combines a layer of memory foam with springs or support foam. Memory foam is a polyurethane-based material that provides a high level of support and comfort by reacting to pressure and heat, using your body heat to soften and mould to your shape. 

Pocket Sprung Memory Foam Mattresses

Introducing the pocket sprung memory foam mattress, providing superior comfort and support and long-lasting durability. Browse our collection to find your perfect mattress.

Our range includes;


Coolmax Pocket Sprung Mattresses

  • A temperature-sensitive memory foam layer sits upon a deep pocket spring base giving you the best of both worlds for a superb level of support. The breathable Coolmax cover offers you a cool and dry sleep environment. 

    Coolmax pocket sprung mattress 

    Classicpedic Pocket Sprung Mattresses

    • Specially developed for sufferers of back problems and those who require extra support. The pocket sprung base gives you the best of both worlds, combining the soothing feel of memory foam with the individual full-body support that pocket springs offer.

      Classpedic pocket sprung mattress 

      Zen Pocket Sprung Mattresses

      • A perfect combination of a deep memory foam layer and a high number of pocket springs means these mattresses will provide you with the optimum level of comfort and support.

        Guru Zen 3000 Mattress 

        4G Aircool Pocket Sprung Mattresses

        • Offer a superb level of support by distributing your bodyweight evenly. Our fourth-generation foam sits on a pocket sprung base. The open spring design of the pocket sprung base allows air to circulate effectively, complementing the aerated structure of our 4G Aircool memory foam. 

          4G Aircool pocket sprung mattress

          Looking for something a little different? Browse our wide range of memory foam mattress types to suit all tastes and budgets.

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