Does a thicker mattress mean more comfort?

When it comes to choosing a mattress, comfort is often a top priority. The thickness of a mattress is one aspect which frequently raises the question, does mattress thickness directly translate to increased comfort? In this guide, we delve into the factors that contribute to comfort and explore the relationship between mattress thickness and the quality of your sleep.

What is mattress thickness

Firstly, it’s essential to clarify the term “thickness.” Some individuals interchangeably use terms like depth or height, but in the context of mattresses, thickness refers to the distance between the top and bottom surface of the mattress.

Common thickness ranges

We’re regularly asked to make mattresses with a variety of thicknesses, ranging from as little as 2.5cm, all the way up to 40cm and beyond!

Whilst the sky’s the limit, the most common thickness sits somewhere between 10cm and 20cm, striking a balance between both comfort and practicality.

What thickness provides the best comfort?

The optimal level of comfort will be achieved at a depth of 20cm (8 inches). Whilst thicker mattresses are commonly associated with improved comfort, additional thickness doesn’t necessarily provide any added comfort and may lead to downsides.

Will going thicker than 20cm provide any extra comfort?

No, exceeding a depth of 20cm doesn’t guarantee any additional comfort. It will result in a heavier and more expensive mattress, without the expected proportional increase in comfort. When selecting thickness, it’s crucial to strike a balance between thickness and practicality.

Pros and cons of thick mattresses

Pros

  • Correct levels of support
  • Greater durability
  • Optimal performance
  • May make access in and out of bed easier for those with mobility issues

Cons

  • Space limitations
  • Movement and handling challenges
  • Increased price
  • Potential difficulty in getting in and out of bed

While there’s a link between mattress thickness and quality of sleep, once you’ve achieved an optimal depth of 20cm, the advantages of a thicker mattress are limited. Individual preferences, health conditions, and overall sleep environment play significant roles in sleep quality.

What if a 20cm mattress is too thick for my bed?

Numerous situations may arise where a 20cm mattress is impractical, such as beds with restricted headroom or specific access/clearance constraints.

In such instances, we strongly advise going as thick as the available space allows.

  • If the available thickness is less than 13cm, consider upgrading to our firmer feel for heightened support.
  • For mattresses measuring 9cm and below, please contact us to discuss your requirements with one of our experts.

Other factors which contribute to mattress comfort

Aside from thickness, there are various factors which can influence mattress comfort:

  • Materials Used: The type of materials used in a mattress significantly impacts its comfort level. Memory Foam, Gel Foam and Cool Memory Foam mattresses each offer distinct comfort attributes.
  • Firmness Level: Personal preferences for mattress firmness vary widely. Some individuals prefer a softer feel, while others opt for a firmer surface. Finding the right balance is crucial for comfort.
  • Supportive Features: Mattresses with adequate support can contribute to overall comfort, especially for those with back or joint issues.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while a thicker mattress can contribute to comfort, there is a point of diminishing returns.

The optimal thickness is typically around 20cm, striking the right balance between comfort, practicality, and affordability.

If the available thickness is less than 13cm, consider upgrading to our firmer feel for heightened support.

For mattresses measuring 9cm and below, please contact us to discuss your requirements with one of our experts.

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