Buying Advice

A great night’s sleep starts with some helpful, clear advice – so that you can choose the right mattress and bed for you.

What Size Do I Need?

Size matters! Your mattress should match your sleeping needs, and certain factors will affect the size of mattress you require.

You should think about factors such as whether you sleep with a partner, how tall you are and what your build is. It is also important to consider how large your room is, what bed frame or base you have, and who the mattress is for.

Remember to consider the bed frame that the mattress will be used on. If you choose to buy a mattress and a bed frame from two separate manufacturers, it is important to check the actual dimensions of both to be certain of a size match.

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Sleeping With A Partner

If you sleep with a partner you may wish to consider a bigger sized bed. The Sleep Council report that being disturbed by your sleeping partner is one of the most common complaints. Buying the biggest mattress you can afford can reduce the likelihood of being disturbed in the night, helping you to experience a great night’s sleep.

The Sleep Council recommend being able to lie side by side, with your arms behind your head, elbows out, without touching. Did you know that a standard double bed gives each person the same space that a baby has in a cot?! You may find that a double sized mattress may not be big enough for both of you. A more comfortable size may therefore be a king size or superking mattress.

Choosing your mattress should be joint decision between you and your partner, since each person has individual preferences in terms of comfort and support. Choosing a mattress together is the only way you can be certain that both of you are happy with your choice!

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How Tall You Are

How tall you are may influence what size mattress and bed you choose. We offer a selection of beds and mattresses at king size, superking and European sizes, all of which are 6’6” in length, perfect for the taller individual.

Similarly, you may find that a smaller than standard length of bed and mattress better suits your needs. Should you require a customised shorter or longer length for either your mattress or your bed, we would be delighted to discuss your requirements with you. Just get in touch!

How Much Space You Have

It is important to take into account the size of both your room and bed frame when choosing a mattress, as this can impact on what size mattress you choose.

Be sure to check what size bed frame you have, or what new bed frame size you would like. An equivalent size mattress should fit the bed frame, however it is always a good idea to measure the exact dimensions of your bed frame and check this against the dimensions of the mattress you would like to buy, to be certain.

Thinking about the size of your room is important too. Would a larger bed better suit your bedroom? Or do you only have room for a smaller sized bed? This might be worth considering if you are unsure about whether you would like a new bed frame or a new divan bed. Bed frames are a little bigger than mattresses, whereas a divan base size will have the same dimensions as the equivalent size mattress (see our section on divan beds for further information). Do you want your bed to take centre stage? Your bed can be one of the key features of your bedroom, so taking into consideration how much space you have available in your room is important!

Who The Mattress Is For

Over your lifetime, your sleeping needs change. Because of this, you may find that you need to alter your sleeping environment.

When choosing a mattress, you should consider who you are buying it for. For example, babies will need specific cot mattresses, smaller in size than adult mattresses. We also stock a range of mattresses that cater specifically for children. Adults may require smaller or larger sized mattresses depending on their height, weight and build, preferences and whether they sleep with a partner. We offer a range of adjustable mattresses and beds for those who may find getting in and out of bed a little difficult.

We stock a range of mattress sizes, from a small single size, right up to superking size, and a wide variety of sizes in between!

Taking into consideration who the mattress is intended for will enable you to buy a mattress best suited to your needs.

Sizes Available

We have created this handy guide to make things a little easier for you to choose the right size:

Standard Sizes

The most common types of size

Size Imperial Metric
Single 3' x 6'3" 90cm x 190cm
Small Double 4' x 6'3" 120cm x 190cm
Double 4'6" x 6'3" 135cm x 190cm
King 5' x 6'6" 150cm x 200cm
Superking 6' x 6'6" 180cm x 200cm

Odd Sizes

The more unusual types of size

Size Imperial Metric
Small Single Short 2'6" x 5'9" 75cm x 175cm
Small Single 2'6" x 6'3" 75cm x 190cm
Single Short 3' x 5'9" 90cm x 175cm
Emperor 7' x 7' 210cm x 210cm

European Sizes

These mattresses are suitable for a European sized bed frame, such as an IKEA bed frame

Size Imperial Metric
European Small Single 2'6" x 6'6" 75cm x 200cm
European Single 3' x 6'6" 90cm x 200cm
European Small Double 4' x 6'6" 120cm x 200cm
European Double 4'7" x 6'6" 140cm x 200cm
European King 5'3" x 6'6" 160cm x 200cm

If you need a special size that isn't listed above, please get in touch with your specific needs and we'll be happy to help!

Please note: the sizes listed above are for mattresses and other products that go with the mattress size. All dimensions are approximate.
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What Firmness Is Right For Me?

The firmness of your mattress is entirely a personal decision based on your comfort and support needs - there is no right or wrong firmness. However, with so much choice you may find it difficult to decide what level of firmness is best for you!

To help you to find your perfect mattress firmness, we have assigned firmness ratings to all our beds and mattresses, based on our decades of experience and the manufacturer’s description. We categorise our mattresses from 1 to 6, where 1 is the softest and 6 is the firmest.

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Soft (1)

Our softest firmness rating is ideal for those who prefer to sleep on a super soft surface.

This type of mattress may be more suitable for those who are slighter in build or weight, and for those who do not suffer from back problems.

View our Soft mattresses
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Soft to Medium (2)

Our second softest rating could be perfect for those who want a soft surface but with a slightly firmer support than a softer feel mattress.

This type of mattress may be more suitable for those who have a slighter frame and for those who do not suffer from back problems.

View our Soft to Medium mattresses
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Medium (3)

A medium firmness rating is the most popular choice amongst our customers, as it will accommodate most body sizes.

This type of mattress could be the best compromise for any couple who may find it hard to decide between a softer and a firmer feel mattress.

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Medium to Firm (4)

This firmness rating is perfect for those who prefer a firmer sleep surface than a medium mattress.

Again, this type of mattress could be the best compromise for any couple who may find it difficult to agree between medium and firmer feel.

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Firm (5)

Firmer feel mattresses are ideal for those who prefer a more solid, supportive surface. These types of mattresses may contain the word “Ortho” in the product name.

A firmer feel mattress may be recommended for those with back problems and can be more suitable for those with a larger than average frame.

However, it is important to remember that you should choose a mattress based on your own unique comfort and support needs– a firmer feel mattress may not necessarily be what’s best for your back pain.

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Extra Firm (6)

Our firmest mattress rating is best suited for those who prefer the most supportive, sturdiest sleeping surface available. Mattresses that are extra firm will most likely contain the word “Ortho” in the product title.

An extra firm rating mattress may be beneficial for those with back problems, although of course, it is important to choose firmness based on individual preferences. This rating might not necessarily be suitable for those with a slender build.

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