Mattress Buying Guide
We spend over a third of our lives in bed, so choosing a bed and mattress that is right for you is a very important decision. Your posture, the way you breathe and your body temperature all have an effect on how well you sleep. Our Sleep Zone areas instore ensure that you can try each mattress in a calm and private space. Your bed is a statement investment so let us help you choose wisely. Ask a member of our Sleep Expert Team for advice on choosing the right mattress for you.
3 easy steps to choosing your mattress
1. Don’t compromise
A good mattress can last up to 10 years, so it’s a serious investment. You should aim to buy the best you can afford: when you consider that every €100 you spend on a mattress represents just 2.7 cent a night over 10 years, it’s a small price to pay. At Caseys we have a wide selection of quality mattresses including our Caseys Collection made exclusively for Casey’s in Ireland, which offer exceptional quality and remarkable value.
2. Try before you buy
If you’re buying a bedstead or divan separately we recommend you talk to one of our Sleep Experts instore. It’s important you test the mattress on your chosen bedstead or divan so you can be sure they achieve your desired comfort level. It’s only by trying a few different mattresses that you can fully appreciate the difference between levels of support and different types of mattress.
3. Match mattress to divan base
Mattresses and divan bases are designed to complement each other. The right mattress and divan base combination will promote the correct posture and provide support where you need it most. If you already have a bedstead in good condition you may only need a mattress. However, if you have a divan, a new mattress alone won’t give you the full benefit. It’s advisable to replace both.
Divans act as bases for mattresses and either have springs which allow the mattress to adapt to the body's contours, or a solid top which provides firmer support. A divan base is useful if you are tight for space in your bedroom as they often have drawers for storage - or you prefer a more neutral look.
Different Types of Mattresses
Mattress design and technology has never been more innovative. We offer a wide range at prices to suit every pocket. One of the biggest causes of sleepless nights is fluctuations in body temperature, so we offer some mattresses with 100% natural fillings to keep you comfortable all year round.
Open Spring Mattress
This is the most commonly-used springing system in the world for budget-priced mattresses. A border rod or wire gives the mattress a firm edge and helps retain its shape. The sides are machine stitched rather than hand-stitched.
Pocket Spring Mattress
Pocket Spring Mattresses are recommended if there's a size difference between you and your partner, as it minimises the risk of you rolling towards each other during the night. These types of mattresses are generally more luxurious, with individual small springs housed in separate fabric pockets. The springs work independently to respond to individual body weight. The sides are stitched for strong, stable edges and are hand stitching which is a sign of craftsmanship and quality.
Tips for Maintaining your Mattress
After delivery the mattress should be aired for 4 hours to freshen and remove any aroma from storage. The mattress should be aired on a weekly basis by turning back the bed linen for a few hours. A mattress protector or an under blanket below the sheet is recommended.
With the majority of sprung mattresses it's important to turn your mattress regularly to maximise its life. Body weight compresses a mattress, leading to dips and ultimately an uneven sleeping surface. Consider a one-sided 'no-turn' mattress if turning a heavy mattress could be difficult.
Avoid using a plastic sheet on or under the mattress as this prevents air circulation and can cause condensation.
Memory foam mattresses:
These mattresses do not need turning and in some cases only have one sleeping surface so cannot be turned, but the mattress should still be rotated lengthways occasionally (once a month) to maximise its life. Over time these mattresses may feel as if they are gradually getting softer, as cells within the foam open more fully and the surface reacts more quickly. However, the important pressure relieving properties remain the same and eventually the whole mattress will react evenly.
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