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What is a Standard Sprung Mattress?

A standard sprung mattress is a mattress made with an open coil spring system. An open coil spring system features coils of high tensile steel, wound into hundreds of springs and connected by a wire rod edge to give a standard sprung mattress its shape and structure. These open coil springs run from side-to-side and are available in a range of tensions to offer different firmness ratings.

The spring unit in a standard sprung mattress works to help evenly spread your body weight across the mattress and reduce the buildup of pressure points. Standard sprung mattresses have been around for over a century and remain one of the most popular mattress types available.

A standard sprung mattress features open coil springs
A standard sprung mattress features open coil springs for remarkable full-body support

Here's a video about how a standard sprung mattress is produced:

Standard sprung mattresses: the benefits

Standard sprung mattresses have remained popular for so long due to the benefits they offer. Read on to find out more.

  • Low price
    Standard sprung mattresses offer quality support at an affordable price.
  • Supportive
    A standard sprung mattress offers great support and may be referred to as an orthopaedic mattress.
  • Lightweight
    Standard sprung mattresses are usually quite lightweight. This means that turning or flipping your mattress isn't such a strain on your back.

What are the different names of a standard sprung mattress?

Standard sprung mattresses are referred to by many different names by various retailers and manufacturers. The most popular term is 'open coil'. Here are some of the names you may have come across:

  • Open coil mattress
  • Standard coil mattress
  • Bonnell spring mattress
  • Coil spring mattress
  • Helical spring mattress
  • Cage sprung mattress

Open coil is the main type of spring system used in our standard sprung mattresses. Two of our leading brands - Silentnight and Sealy - have put slight variations on an open coil spring system and given it their own branding. Read on to find out more about each system.

Silentnight's Miracoil Springs

Miracoil springs are made up of one long wire that is wound into coil springs. These springs run from head-to-toe rather than side-to-side, like in an open coil spring system. By adding a reinforced edge and three zones of support, Miracoil springs offer four main benefits:

  1. Greater support where you need it the most
  2. Roll-off prevention
  3. Maximised sleep space
  4. Optimal spinal alignment

Miracoil springs combine with different fillings to offer a range of firmness ratings. Check out our range of Miracoil spring mattresses to find the one ideal for you.

Here is a video from Silentnight about how Miracoil springs work and the benefits they provide:

Sealy's Posturepedic Spring System

Within Sealy's Posturepedic Spring System, a coil runs across the entire bed connecting the springs together. This allows the springs to hinge together, offering more personalised support. The spring unit is then complete with a wire rod edge at the top and bottom of the mattress. This system offers:

  1. Personalised support
  2. The ability to adjust to your sleeping position
  3. Firm edges to help prevent roll-off
  4. Pressure point relief and spinal alignment

Choose from our wide range of standard sprung Sealy mattresses. If you're not sure, feel free to give us a call! We are happy to offer support and guidance to find the right mattress for you.

Is a standard sprung mattress right for me?

Standard sprung mattresses offer excellent support, making them a great choice for all age and sizes. Read on to find out how a standard sprung mattress could benefit you.

  • Orthopaedic mattresses
    A standard sprung mattress offers brilliant pressure relief for your back and neck so they are a common spring system found in orthopaedic mattresses.
  • Children's beds
    Standard springs promote greater spinal alignment to help support your little one's growth.
  • Spare bedrooms
    A standard sprung mattress will offer your guests a wonderful night's sleep at great value for money!

Standard sprung or pocket sprung: what is the difference?

Pocket sprung mattresses have grown in popularity over recent years. A pocket sprung system is manufactured in a different way to a standard sprung mattress and offers support that is more personalised to your body shape. Read on to find out how each spring system is different and how this affects the feel of your mattress.

  • Standard sprung
    This is a spring unit made up of coils of steel and joined together by a wire rod edge.
  • Pocket sprung
    These mattresses are made up of individual springs wrapped in their own cloth sleeve and placed within a spring unit.
A pocket sprung mattress contains springs wrapped within their own cloth sleeve
A pocket sprung mattress features springs that are wrapped in their own cloth sleeve

Below is a table that summarises the difference between a standard sprung mattress and a pocket sprung mattress.

Standard sprung mattresses Pocket sprung mattresses
  • Springs work as one unit
  • Evenly spreads body weight across the mattress
  • Usually cheaper in price
  • Helps prevent the feeling of roll-off
  • Springs work independently from one another
  • Offers more personalised support
  • Adapts to your changes in sleeping position
  • Offers optimal pressure relief

Read more about how pocket sprung mattresses work by going to our page, what is a pocket sprung mattress?. If you still aren't sure which type of springs are right for you, get in touch! Our Customer Service team can offer support and advice to find the right mattress for you.

Standard sprung mattresses: best sellers

We have over 60 mattresses here at Mattress Online that feature a standard spring system. All of these mattresses offer something different so it is worth checking out our full range. Here are five of our most popular standard sprung mattresses.

The Sealy Posturepedic Pearl Luxury is a standard sprung mattress
1. Sealy Posturepedic Pearl Luxury Mattress

  • Firmness: medium
  • From only £309.95
  • Free Next Day Delivery

The Silentnight Vilana Limited Edition Miracoil is one of our best-selling standard sprung mattresses
2. Silentnight Vilana Limited Edition Miracoil Mattress

  • Firmness: firm
  • From only £149.95
  • Free Next Day Delivery

The Silentnight Rio Miracoil Cushion Top is a medium to firm standard sprung mattress
3. Silentnight Rio Miracoil Cushion Top Mattress

  • Firmness: firm
  • From only £189.95
  • Free Next Day Delivery

The Sealy Posturepedic Pearl Ortho is an orthopaedic standard sprung mattress
4. Sealy Posturepedic Pearl Ortho Mattress

  • Firmness: firm
  • From only £249.95
  • Free Next Day Delivery

The Romantica Adagio Extra Firm is a very firm and supportive standard sprung mattress
5. Romantica Adagio Extra Firm Mattress

  • Firmness: extra firm
  • From only £144.95
  • Free Next Day Delivery

Standard sprung mattresses are highly popular due to their remarkable support and durability at an affordable price. Silentnight's Miracoil and Sealy's Posturepedic spring systems are two high-tech versions of standard springs that have helped the standard sprung mattress remain so popular.

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