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 what type of mattress you should buy carefully. There are a few options to choose from, but in this article, we're looking at what pocket spring mattresses are and how they can benefit your sleep. 


What Is a Pocket Spring Mattress?

A pocket spring mattress is a supportive style of mattress, where each spring is individual and lives in its own fabric pocket. The fabric surrounding the springs acts as a shock absorber, increasing the firmness of the mattress and reducing bounce. This results in a more comfortable mattress.

What are pocket springs?

Pocket springs are the individual springs, each housed separately in a fabric pocket and lined up in rows. These springs are small in diameter, made from 16-17 gauge wire, and are parallel- or barrel-shaped. The rows of springs are then clipped, tied or glued together. 




Mattress Spring Count Explained

Mattress spring count refers to the number of pocket springs it has. Spring count is used as an indicator of the quality and firmness of the mattress and it can vary considerably depending on the diameter of the springs and the size of the mattress.

A standard open coil mattress will typically contain around 325 connected springs, but a pocket spring mattress can have anywhere from 500 to 3000 pocket springs. In reality, you don't need any more than 2000 pocket springs unless you're after an extremely firm mattress. 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. 

Some pocket spring mattresses have spring counts in the high thousands but use springs that are too small to be effective and comfortable, so remember that quantity doesn’t necessarily equal quality. 

For more insight into mattress firmness, check out our mattress firmness guide.


What Are the Benefits of Pocket Spring Mattresses?

There are many benefits to using pocket spring mattresses, including:

  • Supportive for back pain

The firm, targeted and tailored support provided by a pocket spring mattress is ideal for those with back or 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. 

  • Shock absorbing

As each pocket spring is not connected to the springs around it, if you share your bed with someone who moves around a lot in their sleep, their movements won’t transfer through the mattress. This means you can get a better sleep.

  • Even weight distribution

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.




What Is the Difference Between Pocket Spring and Open Coil?

Open coil mattresses contain springs that move as one unit. The springs are connected via a continuous piece of wire. They are typically the most affordable mattress type on offer.

To learn more about the differences between these two types of mattresses, check out our previous blog post on open coil vs pocket sprung mattresses.


We hope that you now feel more informed about what a pocket spring mattress is and what pocket springs themselves are. Investing in a high-quality mattress is vital for your overall health, so if a pocket spring mattress sounds ideal for your needs, then take a look at our collection. For more mattress advice, including how to choose the right mattress for you, why not check out our blog?


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