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Frequently Asked Questions

No. It is a popular misconception that a mattress has to be firm to be good for you.

Although some people may prefer a firmer feel, a mattress that provides correct support with low pressure points is a far better option. A mattress that is too firm will not support the body evenly, thus creating pressure points, usually at the shoulders and hips which can result in a disturbed sleep.

It may take several weeks for you to become accustomed to your new sleeping surface.

In a top quality mattress, the comfort layers will mould to your body shape, enhancing your sleeping comfort.

Generally, beds will soften over time.

For the best results to give a consistent feel, the springs must be heat tempered.

While latex and new foam technologies offer superior comfort and support it must be noted that the body changes over time and these changes may lead to the mattress feeling different.

As a guide you should change your bed every 8-10 years.

Old beds can have a number of negative impacts on your health that you need to be aware of.

Over time our beds are invaded by dust mites that leave an excrement that many people are allergic too. Your bed also gradually absorbs moisture from our bodies and the atmosphere resulting in your bed feeling colder than it needs to be. It can also promote the growth of mould in your bed which can also affect allergy sufferers. At least twice a year, check for visible signs of wear and tear and ask yourself if you're sleeping better or worse than you did a year ago. If worse, a new bed may be the answer to improve your sleep.

The more room you have in your bed the better quality of sleep you will have, especially if you’re sleeping with a partner. Space around you helps promote undisturbed sleep. Two people sleeping together should select at least a queen and preferably a king or super king size bed to give you adequate space for. It also pays to take into account younger family members who may end up sharing your bed. They may be little, but they can take up a surprising amount of space.

New Zealand standard mattress and base dimensions are as follows;

  • Single 188cm length x 91cm width
  • Long Single 203cm length x 91cm width
  • King Single 203cm length x 107cm width
  • Double 188cm length x 137cm width 
  • Long Double 203cm length x 137cm width
  • Queen 203cm length x 153cm width
  • King 203cm length x 167cm width
  • Super King 203cm length x 183cm width
  • Californian King 203cm length x 203cm width

There are three basic elements of an mattress:

  • The quilted top
  • The comfort layers
  • The innerspring/core unit

Each of these work together to provide customised comfort and different levels of firmness.

Characteristics that affect firmness are thickness (or gauge) of the wire in the spring unit, the combination and quantity of the comfort layers and the quilting material.