What Types of Sofa Bed Mattresses Are There?
There are many types of sofa bed mattresses, all with their pros and cons. They all feel different and vary in price due to the materials housed inside. Knowing the difference between them will help you buy the best possible one to suit your needs.
- Open coil sofa bed mattresses
Often seen as entry-level mattresses since they tend to be the most cost-effective. Open coil mattresses consist of an inter-connected spring system. Capable of being mass-produced which helps drive down the price. They provide excellent support and are often used for orthopaedic purposes due to being a bit firmer. Manufacturers will tend to refer to ‘gauges’ which denotes how thick the wire of the spring is. For example, a 12-gauge mattress will be very firm while a 13.5 gauge mattress will be softer but will still provide plenty of support.
- Reflex foam sofa bed mattresses
Although reflex foam is seen as a cheaper alternative to memory foam, they do share a lot of similar characteristics. Reflex foam will ‘spring’ back into place once laid on (hence the name ‘reflex’). The firmer orthopaedic feel helps keep the spine aligned and the mattress itself does not require to be turned. There is less of a ‘sinking feeling’ as opposed to its memory foam counterpart. Reflex foam is a breathable material that will help keep you cooler during the night but is considered less durable than memory foam. Reflex foam is great for those who like to sleep on their front or back.
- Memory Foam sofa bed mattresses
Originally designed in the 1960s for NASA plane seats but has now taken a prominent position within households as a popular choice for bed mattresses. Memory foam features millions of tiny holes where air escapes from when laid on, allowing the foam to mould around the person. This design ensures total independent support without pressure points. Due to its nature, memory foam is hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant which creates a healthy sleeping environment.
- Pocket Spring sofa bed mattresses
Offering more support than the standard open coil, pocket spring mattresses are made up of small pockets where individual springs are housed. These springs work independently from one another ensuring there is no ‘roll-together’ when two people share the same mattress. There are many tiers of pocket spring mattresses in terms of quality and comfort and this goes hand-in-hand with the number of individual pocket springs that are fitted inside. The higher the number of pocket springs, the more luxurious the mattress will be.