How do I find the right mattress for my body weight? Part 2
Influence factor 3: reference type
The cover in which the mattress core is wrapped also changes the comfort of the mattress within a certain degree of firmness. For example, if this is made of simple ticking, it provides a more solid feeling of lying.
If you prefer a more fluffy, warming feeling, you can e.g. For example, a cover made of terry cloth is very good, because this material is made from many small loops, which together result in a soft surface and accordingly also make the mattress appear softer on the surface.
A double sheet cover is used for many mattresses, because this fabric made of layers that are knitted together is extremely adaptable and hard-wearing. It is particularly suitable if you need a very flexible mattress that optimally molds to the contours of your body. In this case, a double sheet cover supports the flexibility of the mattress core.
In addition, all types of fabric are often available in quilted designs. Breathable climate fleece or soft climate wadding cushion the cover accordingly and make the surface of the mattress softer.
The most important things about lying comfort at a glance
We have equipped our product pages with an interactive information box so that you can get a quick overview of all the important facts about lying comfort and that it is easier to compare mattresses with one another. In the first step, this provides you with the overall comfort of the mattress:
If you would like to find out more about the lying sensation of the individual mattress components and areas, simply click on “show more”:
While those who sleep on their back and stomach should pay attention to a firmer feeling of lying in all areas, we recommend those who sleep on their side to prefer a softer shoulder zone.
Individual advice from sleep experts
Due to the large number of options – from mattress core to zoning and cover to the degree of hardness that is suitable for you – it is advantageous to use the knowledge of certified consultants when deciding for or against a mattress.
In contrast to many stationary retailers, we take our time to find the perfect product for you. Because for us it is important not to sell the most expensive mattress, but to offer you the most suitable sleeping pad.
With our interactive mattress questionnaire, we put together a preselection of suitable mattresses for you with the help of information on your height and weight, sleeping habits, physical complaints and preferred lying comfort.
You are also welcome to have a very individual recommendation made by our certified bed consultants. Simply send us the questionnaire after filling it in.
In addition, our sleep experts are available to you personally in our showroom by telephone and by appointment.
Technical information on degrees of hardness
How are different degrees of hardness produced?
Depending on the type of mattress, different factors are decisive for the classification in certain hardness ranges.
When producing foam mattresses, different degrees of hardness are achieved through varying amounts of material and pore or bubble sizes.
The following applies: The more basic material is used to manufacture a core, the smaller the bubbles that are created during foaming and the more point-elastic but also more durable the mattress.
You can tell how much material is used by the volume weight (RG), which indicates the weight in relation to the volume of the mattress. The higher the number, the higher the quality and more durable the foam mattress (see also density of mattresses – what does it say and how can it be calculated? )
The strength of foam mattresses – and thus the suitability for a certain body weight – is indicated by the compressive strength. The compression hardness measurement determines how much pressure has to act on the foam core so that it is compressed to 65%, 40% and 25% of its original height. The higher the compressive strength, the stronger the foam and the faster it will regain its original shape after a load. Conversely, if the compression hardness is very low (below 25 kPa), loungers can quickly develop and you literally sink into the mattress. We recommend compression hardnesses from 30 kPa, depending on the desired softness or individual body weight.
(Pocket) spring mattresses
With (pocket) spring mattresses, different degrees of hardness are achieved through different wire thicknesses or through a different number of springs per square meter. The more springs that are used, the firmer but at the same time more point-elastic the mattress.
If a thicker wire is used, the mattress is also firmer. Soft spring mattresses, for example, are made of springs with a wire diameter of 2.0 mm, medium-strength mattresses of 2.2 mm and solid ones of 2.4 mm wire.
Conclusion: what can the degree of hardness do – and what can it not?
Many buyers let themselves be guided by the strength information of the degrees of hardness alone. However, due to the lack of standards and the different lying sensations within the same degree of hardness, it makes sense to use this information only as a rough guide.
A much more important decision factor when choosing a mattress is the adjustment of the mattress to your individual needs. The following points play a role:
- Height, weight and age
- Preferred sleeping position
- Physical complaints (back problems, allergies)
- Desired lying comfort
A trained specialist advisor will always ask you for this information, as this makes it possible to recommend mattresses that both meet your personal taste and ensure ergonomically correct positioning of your spine.