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Mattress Buying Guide

 Mattress Buying Guide

Personalised Made-to-Measure Mattresses

We’ve all heard the fairytale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears: after a hefty meal of porridge, the blonde-haired beauty gets tired and climbs the stairs to bed. The first bed is too hard, the second it too soft, but the third is just right.

Well, buying a new mattress can be your very own fable. Here at Happy Beds we encourage our customers to make some custom tweaks to help you find the ideal bed for a good night’s sleep.

So, whether you choose pocket spring or memory foam, quilted or tufted, we have the perfect personalised and made-to-measure mattresses online for you.


The Happy Beds Mattress Size Guide

To determine the right size of mattress for you, you can make use of this simple guide: 

Size guide

*Sizes are approximates (up to 2 inch tolerance, depending on product/manufacturer)


Still not sure what size bed you need?

If the size of your bedroom doesn’t restrict you, there are a number of sleep factors that can help you decide which size bed to choose.

If you’re sleeping alone a single should suffice. For young children who have just made the move from cot to a big-kid bed, a small single may be more appropriate, whereas teens or adults may prefer a small double they can stretch out in.

If you’re sharing a bed, you’ll want something a little larger. If you like to cosy up at night, then opt for a double. For a little more personal space, a king size is great. And if you frequently end up with your little munchkins in bed with you too, a super king will give you all the space you could ever need.

Please note: Most of our smaller mattresses will fit a bunk bed, but when it comes to top bunks, thinner mattresses are required. They should be no more than 17 cm in thickness. This is needed for safety.

Mattress Build: Which Type Will You Find More Comfortable?

Open Coil Springs (Bonnell Springs)

This is the most common type of mattress, packed with wired coil springs that move together when you lie on them.

Pocket Springs

Pocket springs are more comfortable than open spring mattresses. This is because they’re made up of thousands of tiny springs, each placed inside its very own fabric pocket.

The pockets are nested together, but each spring works independently for better support, so the more pocket springs are placed, the more support and comfort is provided.

Plus, pocket spring mattresses are great for two people of different weights or firmness preferences.

Memory Foam and Latex Foam

Memory foam was first designed by NASA for its astronauts, but you can now have it at home within your bed’s mattress. Astronauts experience tremendous amounts of pressure during lift off and the memory foam adjusts to the shape of their bodies. This same feature can provide extreme comfort at home, allowing you to sink into the mattress at the end of a long hard day.

Memory foam is made of tiny viscoelastic cells that are bonded together. These cells react to temperature and weight to take pressure off your joints and provide ultimate comfort, whatever base the mattress lies on.

Meanwhile, latex foam is known to aid in relieving pressure on all your joints after a tiring day. So, you can rest assured that Happy Beds’ memory foam and latex foam mattresses will provide ultimate relaxation.

    pocket sprung

     memory foam      Traditional mattress 


Mattress Finish Options


A quilted finish mattress is known to be smoother compared to other finishes. The quilting is placed on the surface and attached to the underlying filling for comfort.


This finish is ideal if you want to prevent loose fillings from being removed or dislodged during usage. Frequently used with pocket sprung mattresses, tapes are placed all around the mattress and regular intervals to make it much more secure. This is known as tufting and will result in a firmer feel. 

Other Features to Consider When Buying a Mattress

Mattresses on Bed Frames/Bases

Divan bases


Divan Bases

Made of two connecting pieces, the divan base is ideal for all types of mattresses, whether bulky or not. Usually there are no springs in the base, so the support it provides is quite sturdy.



Bed frames


Bed Frames

Choosing the correct mattress for a bed frame can be slightly trickier than for a divan base. The mattress may sit on top of or into a frame, and therefore it is important the correct measurements are taken from inside the frame and where the mattress will sit. Also, please ensure the headboard has enough height, and does not get hidden if the mattress bought is too deep.



Pillow Top

This feature provides you with an extra layer of soft and comfortable material on top of the mattress. Just like a pillow does but for the entire surface. This kind of mattress does not require to be turned over for longevity, instead, it just needs to be turned from end to end so that the foot end becomes the head end and vice versa.


For firm and all-round support, an orthopaedic mattress is ideal. It gives a solid, yet comfortable, feeling which is good for your back and your other joints.

Let Happy Beds Help You Choose Your Ideal Mattresses Online

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