Buying a mattress online: What are pocket-sprung mattresses?

Doing your research before you buy a mattress online? In this guide, you will learn what pocket sprung mattresses are. Mattress appreciates how confusing it is when you’re looking to buy a mattress online. We educate our existing and potential customers with knowledge so that they know exactly what to look for when buying a mattress online.

In this ‘buying a mattress online’ guide, we take a dive into pocket sprung mattresses; something we have done a lot of research into and have experience in. In this guide, we will answer, what a pocket spring mattress is, what are the benefits of a pocket spring mattress and why should you invest in one.


What is a pocket sprung mattress?

A pocket sprung mattress includes small individual springs inside the mattress, each sewn into its own pocket of material. This means the springs in a pocket sprung mattress work completely individually of one another and can offer your body enhanced pressure relieving support. It also results in a superior level of tailored support and response for each person sleeping on the mattress.

What are the differences between pocket sprung, open coil and memory foam mattresses?

Conventional, open coil mattresses are made up of a spring system where each individual spring is linked and lined together within a wire frame.

A typical double open coil mattress will encompass 200-400 springs that move as one component, so if you toss and turn in your sleep, then your partner is coming along for the ride.

In comparison, pocket sprung mattresses often have a much higher spring count than their open coil counterparts, so are favoured for optimum support, and the fact the springs move independently from one another, means they contour to your body.

A memory foam mattress is a completely different type of mattress which does not contain any springs – it is also one that seems to have becoming more popular over recent years, but is fast being rejected due to the way it is made. Memory is uses your body heat to soften the memory foam and adapt its shape to your contours. While some people love memory foam, others feel it gets too hot, doesn’t allow your body to breathe and is made from toxic materials.

What is a pocket spring count?

A pocket spring count is the number of pocket springs in a mattress. It can range from 600, all the way up to 6000. A standard, king size pocket sprung mattress contains as a minimum 600 springs.

The Ely pocket sprung mattresses is combined with 5000 5 Zone VP ActivEdge®Perimeter Performance Pocket Springs and Nested Tablet Pocket Springs.  Different zones allow the heaviest parts of your body to remain in line with the rest of the body throughout the night.  The ActivEdge® provides dynamic edge to edge support and eliminates the ‘roll-off’ feel you get on a standard mattress ensuring a consistent, restful sleep every night.

The different layers and zones are designed to provide clear-cut support and comfort for the key parts of your body.  The combination of multiple natural layers, work collectively to adapt to your body, dissipate moisture, regulate temperature and most importantly eradicate breathing in harmful chemicals for a third of your life.  The soft woollen tufts help keep the fillings inside secure as we don’t use any glue and improve the durability of your mattress.

This technology enables us to get the highest spring counts achievable to ensure the best comfort.

How many springs do I need?

As a rule of thumb, it is said, that the higher the pocket spring count, the better the quality of the mattress. This is because the more pocket springs it contains, the more support it will offer. Having a mattress that is natural and contains 5000 pocket springs will surely guarantee optimum sleep, night after night.

What are the benefits of a pocket sprung mattress?

  • Pressure Relief: A pocket spring mattress distributes your weight across many pocket springs and therefore provides better support to your spine and joints.
  • Reduced transfer of movement: If you sleep with someone who moves a lot then a pocket spring mattress is the answer to your middle-of-the-night annoyance.
  • No sagging: A pocket sprung mattress holds consistent tension, thanks to its individual pocket springs that are encased in its own fabric. This enables an even level of firmness across the entire mattress.
  • Luxury: Pocket sprung mattresses are seen to be a luxury buy, because they are known for their longer life-cycle and for providing optimum total body support.

How firm are pocket sprung mattresses?

Our pocket sprung mattresses at Ely mattress come in two feels – the soft-medium and medium-firm.  If you need help deciding the level of firmness for your mattress, we’ve written an excellent blog here. Or you can always contact us to discuss your specific requirements. We’re happy to talk you through your online mattress shopping experience.

How are Ely mattresses different from other pocket sprung mattresses?

At Ely Mattress, we make luxury mattresses an affordable purchase. We even let you spread the cost out interest free over 12 months. Our spring count is one of the highest standing at 5000 springs, and offers the best level of support, comfort and aligns your spine so you feel supported night after night.

Ely Mattresses use 100% natural materials for the fillings of our mattresses, which have inherent temperature regulating properties, keeping you cool through the night.

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