One thing you don’t expect when you become a parent is just how tiring it is. One thing which I have always insisted on is a comfy mattress. I get so little sleep, thanks to the kids, I want what little time I do get to be as comfy as possible. My husband laughs at my obsession with mattress toppers. So with that in mind, today I’m sharing some mattress topper FAQs.
Mattress Topper FAQs
Even if your little cherub sleeps through the night from day one, you’ll still be bone tired by the weekend. Parenting is physically and emotionally draining at times. Read on for my mattress topper FAQs
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A friend in America recently invested in a love and sleep mattress. She said it was super comfy, but she wanted help choosing a new mattress topper to prolong her life. I sent her this info to help her make the right choice for her bed.
What mattress topper density do I need?
Buying a topper in the wrong density can make it lose its overall function. The density, which refers to the weight of a cubit foot of foam, determines your topper’s memory. Higher density mattress toppers are preferred for their ability to provide support, adjust accordingly to body weight and handle differences in body temperature more efficiently than less dense mattress toppers. This makes the sleeping experience enjoyable.
Also, density selection should take into recognition, individual needs. For example, a density of 4 pounds is usually adequate for people with back pain or joint pain, while 3-pound density toppers are usually adequate for most other people.
Is it the right size?
This sounds silly, but double check the size of your mattress. It’s fairly common for people with a double bed to have a king size quilt, so don’t rely on the quilt size. Double check with a tape measure! These are the most common UK bed sizes:
- 2ft6 UK Small single: (Usually found in caravans). Measures: 75cm x 190cm / 2’6″ x 6’3″
- 3ft UK Single: (Standard UK single bed). Measures: 90cm x 190cm / 3′ x 6’3″
- 4ft UK Small double: (Also known as Queen size in the UK). Measures: 120cm x 190cm / 4′ x 6’3″
- 4ft6 UK Double: (Standard UK double bed size). Measures: 135cm x 190cm / 4’6 x 6’3″
- 5ft UK King size: (Standard king size bed in the UK). Measures: 150cm x 200cm / 5′ x 6’6″
- 6ft UK Superking size: (Super king size in the UK). Measures: 180cm x 200cm / 6′ x 6’6″
Wikipedia have a good list of international mattress sizes here.
Which thickness mattress topper do I need?
Mattress toppers are usually sold in the thickness of 1-4 inches. The thickness of your mattress topper should be decided based on what you want. A thinner one will extend the life of your new mattress but not add a great deal of extra comfort. Thicker toppers will change the feel and appearance of your bed, and usually require you to sleep on your side as they are so soft.
Which material should I opt for?
Mattress toppers are usually made from cotton, wool, and latex. If you want a machine-washable topper, then one made of cotton is your best choice. They are also usually thinner and quilted, giving you a well-finished look. You might, however, want to choose a latex or wool topper because of their increased durability (mold and dust-mite resistance) over cotton. Wool has the added advantage of keeping you warm during winter, because of its absorbent nature. Choosing the right material for your mattress topper is, therefore, highly dependent on your needs.
My advice is to make sure your mattress topper has a removable, zip off cover. I’ve had ones which have a cover similar to a fitted sheet – these never last as long as a fully zipped in topper. Finally, make sure the mattress topper you choose is hypoallergenic. The last thing you want is to find out the hard way you’re allergic to feather down or the chemicals used in cheaper memory foam toppers. Why not check out my lifestyle category for more ideas.