How Are Bespoke Mattresses Made?
Are you wondering how our bespoke mattresses are made? It’s all about listening and responding to the personal preferences and requirements of our customers. Each of our bespoke mattresses are made with exceptional attention to detail and careful consideration of how each element will affect overall comfort and feel. These are some of the key considerations that our customers make when we craft their perfect mattress.
Key considerations when manufacturing a bespoke mattress
The first step in the creation of any bespoke mattress is ensuring the dimensions you provide us are correct. A bespoke sized mattress is more often than not required by individuals with antique, continental, or American beds which are often shorter and narrower or longer and wider than UK standard sizes. In other instances, the bed is an unusual shape, for example, circular beds or those with cut out corners or a rounded head end or foot end. In all instances our bespoke mattresses offer the perfect solution.
Whether you’re replacing a standard sized mattress or need to have a mattress of a bespoke size made, we always recommend measuring the bed base or bed frame and not the existing mattress. Mattresses are not rigid structures and are designed to mould and flex, characteristics which make them tricky to measure accurately. Also consider leaving a little room between the mattress and the head end and foot end or side rails to ensure you do not scuff your knuckles every time you come to make the bed. If your bed is of a more unusual shape and you would like some assistance on which measurements are required, simply give us a call and we’ll be able to walk you through what to do.
Remember to double check all your measurements! Once produced, a mattresses size cannot be changed. If the dimension provided turn out to be wrong, a new correctly sized mattress would need to be made at additional cost – it therefore pays to take the time and get your measurements right the first time. If you’re unsure about the accuracy of your measurements, call our friendly team for advice.
Choose The Number Of Springs
At The Odd Mattress Company, all our bespoke mattresses are fully sprung meaning that they contain a core interior of pocket springs. None of our mattresses are constructed using foam, which we consider to be an inferior mattress component typically used in cheaper mattresses, a fact reflected in the quality of sleep they provide, particularly during the hot summer months. Whereas springs create an air cavity within the centre of the mattress through which air can circulate, a foam mattress inhibits the movement of air causing the mattress and therefore the sleeper to become hot in bed. Foam mattresses lack of breathability also leads to a build up of moisture and perspiration within the mattress which can result in the build up of bacterial growth and unpleasant odours.
Once you’ve decided on a fully pocket sprung mattress, you’ll then need to choose how many individual springs you require. In a pocket sprung mattress, each spring is contained within its own pocket which are organised like a honeycomb within the mattress. As each springs sits independently from those around it, the springs are able to intricately mould themselves to the contours of your body, supporting the natural curve of your spine, known as the lordosis curve. The fact that the springs are not connected to one another also means that when you share a bed with a partner who is a restless sleeper, their movements during the night do not pass through the mattress during the night and disturb your sleep.
As a general rule, the higher the spring count of the mattress, the greater the level of support it can provide. It is however impossible to put more than 3000 springs inside a mattress. Mattresses which quote spring counts higher than this figure do so as a marketing ploy to sell mattresses while delivering no additional support. These artificially high spring counts are achieved in a number of ways. One method is to cut a 15cm deep spring into three 5cm sections – taking what is still a 3000 spring mattress but allowing a 9000 spring count to be quoted. Another way to increase spring count is to lay rows of small springs on top of the main spring unit. Both these practises add nothing to the level of support a mattress can provide and unfortunately make the quoted spring count for many mattresses redundant as a sign of quality.
At The Odd Mattress Company, we only ever quote the true spring count of our bespoke mattresses.
Choose Your Filling
Natural fillings are used in the production of all our mattresses with each natural filling having its own unique benefits:
- Curled Hair- Renowned for its exquisite softness, longevity and ability to ventilate
- Cotton- Strong yet highly breathable thanks to its hollow fibres
- Lamb’s Wool- A hypoallergenic lightweight natural filling that regulates a mattress’ temperature by storing heat in winter and allowing it to circulate in summer
- Cashmere- A luxurious and consistently high quality mattress filling known for its exceptional softness
Choose Your Firmness
At the Odd Mattress Company we believe that terms such as firm and soft are both simplistic and subjective. A quality mattress should be supportive, a subtly different characteristic to firmness, and a quality which is achieved by spring count – the greater the number of springs the more supportive a mattress will be.
Choose Your Mattress Cover
Mattresses are upholstered in a range of materials, both man made or natural. These coverings hold the fillings in place through a process known as tufting. All our bespoke mattresses are upholstered in a 100% cotton cover with a high thread count. We use cotton as it’s a breathable material that doesn’t retain moisture and so more effectively regulates the temperature of the mattress.
We are more than happy to answer any additional questions you have about how our bespoke mattresses made. We’d love to hear from you so get in touch today.