What is a Pocket Spring Mattress?

What is a Pocket Spring Mattress?

A mattress is an investment and should provide you with about seven to eight years of quality sleep. To make the most of your mattress, you need to consider mattress type carefully. There are a few options to choose from, but in this article, we're going to discuss pocket spring mattresses and their many benefits. So, what does pocket sprung mean and what do you need to know about pocket spring count? Read on to find out.

What is a Pocket Spring Mattress?

A pocket spring mattress is quite simply the very best mattress available. But what are pocket springs in a mattress?

In a pocket spring mattress, the springs are sewn into individual fabric pockets. The fabric surrounding the springs act as a shock absorber, increasing the firmness of the mattress and reducing bounce. In turn, this results in a more comfortable mattress.

Pocket spring mattresses provide better support for your body, as each coil absorbs your weight individually to allow the contours of the body to be gently and uniformly supported. Pocket sprung mattresses are especially good if you sleep on your side, which puts different pressures on your spine. 

What are Pocket Springs?

Pocket springs are rows of springs, each housed separately in a fabric pocket. These springs are small in diameter, made from 16 to 17 gauge wire, and are parallel or barrel-shaped. The rows of springs are then clipped, tied or glued together. The spring count of a pocket sprung mattress can vary considerably depending on the diameter of the springs.

Pocket Spring Count Explained

A standard coil sprung mattress will typically contain 325 springs, but a pocket sprung mattress can have anywhere from 500 to 3000 springs. Pocket spring count is important as it is an indicator of the quality and firmness of the mattress. However, in reality, you don't need any more than 2000 pocket springs unless you're after an extremely firm mattress. For more insight into mattress firmness, have a read of our mattress firmness guide.

At Linx Beds, we keep the pocket spring count between 1000 (for a soft mattress) and 1200 (for a firm mattress). This helps us to provide a great balance of comfort, quality and price.

Keep in mind that pocket spring mattress with spring counts in the high thousands may use springs that are too small to be effective and comfortable.

What is the Difference Between Pocket Sprung and Open Coil?

Open coil mattresses contain springs that move as one unit. The springs are connected via a continuous piece of wire. Open coil mattresses are durable and supportive, however don't offer the same level of support and contouring as pocket spring mattresses. This tends to be reflected in the price, with open coil mattresses typically the most affordable mattress type on offer.

Pocket spring mattresses typically have more springs than open coil mattresses, and the springs move independently. As a result, a high-quality pocket sprung mattress will provide more support and contouring than an open coil mattress.

You should consider a pocket sprung mattress if there is a weight or size variation between you and your sleeping partner. The individual springs in each side will take the weight of just your partner, so you won't be lifted or rolled over when your partner moves about.

On the other hand, in a traditional, open coil system, the springs are interwoven. So, when pressure is applied to the springs at one end, it can have an effect on the springs at the other end. This causes the springs to 'roll together', and you'll feel like you're being bounced when your partner moves. These problems are eroded by a pocket sprung mattress. 

What are the Benefits of Pocket Sprung Mattresses?

Pocket sprung mattresses were designed to combat the problems for those with bad backs or painful joints. The firm, targeted and tailored support provided by a pocket sprung mattress is ideal for those with joint pain. The appropriate support and reduction in pressure point pain can help sufferers to get a good night's sleep and provide some much-needed pain relief.

Hopefully, we've answered your key questions about pocket spring mattresses, including 'what is a pocket spring mattress?' and 'what does pocket spring count mean?'. Investing in a high-quality mattress is vital for your overall health, so if a pocket spring mattress sounds ideal for your needs, then have a browse of our collection. For more mattress advice, have a read of our blog.