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Happy Beds Symbol FAQs

Here at Happy Beds we strive to describe our products as accurately as possible, yet in a style that removes a whole host of jargon. As we have a myriad different mattresses it’s important to be able to differentiate each one and point out what makes them unique, which we’ve done so via some comprehensive symbols.

This section aims to make these simple, easy to understand symbols even clearer.

Your Happy Beds symbols overview:

[Video] Tips for understanding the Happy Beds symbols

  • Coloured symbols refer to the structure of the mattress, such as whether it’s made with springs or a type of foam.
  • The first icon will always show how large the mattress is (depth wise) and the last will always show how, if at all, the mattress should be flipped.
  • The icons often act as an abridged summary of what makes the mattress unique, such as extra features or what fills it.

Why is there a section titled ‘what makes it great’?

As Happy Beds stocks and creates an incredible variety of mattresses it can be hard to see which one would be best for you. The ‘What Makes it Great’ section is designed to show you at a glance what makes that mattress a brilliant choice.

The comprehensive symbols should be easy enough to understand, though clicking on them reveals additional information.
Although these symbols reveal essential information about the mattress, try to avoid making a decision solely based on these. The product description, dimensions and reviews will offer more insight and help you make an informed decision.

Some symbols reference a specific structure / filling with numbers next to them, whilst others don’t have numbers next to them. Why is this?

Some symbols, such as the memory foam or pocket spring symbols, indicate that these materials or features are part of the mattress. If there is a number besides them, that means there’s a noteworthy quantity of this material or feature within the mattress.

Foam enriched mattresses, such as memory foam mattresses, will indicate how many millimetres of memory foam is present within the mattress. Spring structured mattresses, such as pocket and twin spring mattresses, feature a number when there’s a certain quantity of those springs featured in the mattress.

This is based on an average of a 5ft king mattress, so the precise number of springs in a mattress does vary from size to size. For example, a symbol stating a mattress is ‘1000 pocket spring’ in a 3ft single bed will feature 570 pocket springs throughout the mattress, whereas a 5ft king mattress will feature 1000, while a 6ft super king mattress will feature 1200.

This range only applies to spring mattresses though, so foam mattresses will always have the specified millimetres no matter what size it is.

Try to avoid making a decision on a mattress solely by the amount of foam or springs are in a mattress. Though these do enrich a mattress significantly there are always alternative aspects to a mattress that could make it a more ideal choice.

A lot of these symbols mention the word ‘breathable’; what does that mean?

Breathability refers to how well the mattresses materials allow air to circulate, transport moisture and stay dry. While we sleep we create an environment that’s fairly warm and humid, as we generate body heat and perspiration. This can affect how fresh and durable a mattress can be throughout the years of usage.

Features such as air stream fibre fillings, memory wool and air vents can help aid air circulation. This prevents moisture and heat being retained in the mattress, thus making it more ‘breathable’.
Although breathability is an important aspect to consider when buying a mattress, try to avoid dismissing mattresses that don’t explicitly reference this. These features merely enhance the breathability of a mattress; they don’t define its overall ability to circulate air.

Why does the depth of the mattress matter?

The depth of the mattress can affect how suitable it is for certain bed frames. This can range from cosmetic issues, such as a mattress being too deep to adequately display a bed frame’s headboard, to safety precautions. For example, when considering mattresses for bunk beds, a mattress that’s too deep can be hazardous for the structure of the top bunk.

Most bed frames are built with some form of support, such as solid slats, though in some rare cases these may not be stable enough to support deeper mattresses. With bunk bed and kids bed frames this is much more of a prevalent issue though, as the mattress needs to be an appropriate size to prevent children from rolling out of bed. In accordance with British Safety Standards, these bed frames should feature a line that displays how thick a mattress should be.

Avoid ordering particularly deep mattresses for bunk or kids beds, particularly for the top bunk or any bed frame that features a safety rail.

Why does it matter that it was made in the UK?

There are two simple reasons why it’s important that our mattresses are made in the UK; quality and price. As every mattress is built in the UK there is no need for expensive shipment costs, which saves you, the customer, plenty of money.

Here at Happy Beds we pride ourselves on offering only the finest quality products, and nowhere is this statement more apt than with our mattresses. As we craft each mattress by hand we can confidently state that they are made to the highest degree of quality.

Why does it matter how or whether a mattress needs flipping or rotating?

Depending on the materials, filling and structure of a mattress it may need to be rotated, flipped or both to keep them at their best. Mattresses with only one sleeping surface, whether it’s due to only having memory foam or being padded on one side, need to be rotated, whereas mattresses with these features on both sides need to either by flipped or flipped and rotated.

One sided mattresses should be rotated (that is turned 180 degrees so that the head end becomes the foot end and vice versa) every six weeks. Double sided mattresses without foam should be flipped every six weeks so that neither side is disproportionately worn out. Double sided mattresses with foam should be flipped and rotated.

The best way to get the most out of these mattresses is to first flip and rotate the mattress, then six weeks later just flip it, then six weeks after that flip and rotate it again, and then since six weeks further just flip it. This way you’ll have changed the head end to four different parts of the mattress, ensuring you get the most out of one mattress.

Avoid simply leaving your mattress as it is; you should flip, rotate or flip and rotate your mattress every six weeks.

Why does it say that the mattress is made of bamboo / amethyst / milk protein?

Some mattresses feature unique elements such as being enriched with these materials. They each have their own diverse benefits, which are often described in the product description.

These special mattresses are often unique and are highlighted in a manner that displays this. Whether it’s part of the mattresses name, there’s a symbol drawing attention to it or both, these unique mattresses will feature something worth investigating. The symbol may be its own unique symbol or it may be listed under the ‘Special Fabric’ symbol.

Avoid making a decision on a purchase if it’s solely for one of these additional features, as even though some can appear alluring there may be alternative mattresses that will suit your wants and needs better.
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