The Original Mattress Factory

BUYING A MATTRESS: COMFORT

Gone are the days when a mattress had to be as hard as a board to be good for you. After all, a mattress that is too hard may only succeed in putting your hips and shoulders to sleep. You will sleep best when your bed helps you feel comfortable, cozy and secure. In order to find the best mattress for you, you need to choose the right level of firmness. We recommend that you lie down on the mattress you like best for at least 15 minutes to ensure that it’s right for you.

Firmness refers to the “feel” or comfort of the mattress set. It is derived from a combination of the upholstery materials and the support system of the mattress. Ultimately, it is a personal preference. If the innersprings are the same, a mattress with harder padding materials is NOT better or more supportive than a mattress with plusher, softer padding materials! They can both be supportive; it just depends on which you like better.

In order to test each mattress, try lying down in your typical sleeping positions. Keep in mind that side sleepers usually prefer thicker and softer padding than back sleepers as it contours better to your shoulders and hips.

TIP: Softer mattresses mean thicker, higher mattresses. So make sure that the bed is not too high for you to get in and out of comfortably. Also, check to see if a thicker mattress will cover up too much of your headboard. You may want to consider a low profile box spring to decrease the total height of your mattress set.
TIP:  Many of the sheets available will fit today’s thicker mattresses, but you may need deep pocket or high contour sheets for some of the extra deep models.

Don’t Forget About Size!:

Comfort isn’t just about firmness. Cramped quarters can also have an impact and turn sleeping into a nightly wrestling match. Since a healthy sleeper moves anywhere from 40 to 60 times per night, it is important to choose a size that will allow sufficient freedom of motion while you sleep and will help you relax while getting to sleep. Standard mattress sizes are shown below:

image 38” x 75”
Tolerance ± 1”

Twin

image 38” x 80”
Tolerance ± 1 ½”

Twin xl

image 53” x 75”
Tolerance ± 1”

full

image 60” x 80”
Tolerance ± 1”

queen

image 76” x 80”
Tolerance ± 1”

king

image 72” x 84”
Tolerance ± 1 ½”

california king

Custom mattresses are also available in the following sizes: Three Quarter 48" x 75", Three Quarter Short 48" x 72", California Queen 60" x 84", Super Single 48" x 84". Length and width dimensions for mattresses and box springs have a tolerance of ± 1 ½”.

We can also manufacture custom mattresses and box springs to fit antique beds, sleeper sofas, campers, boats, or other special needs you may have.  Please note that custom size innerspring mattresses and box springs have a tolerance of ± 1 ½".

TIP:  Box springs are slightly smaller than the mattress. This slight size differential is normal and is mainly due to the additional layers of upholstery in a mattress.
TIP:  If more than one person is sleeping in the bed, we strongly recommend a Queen or King size.  Both are wider and longer than the standard double or full size bed.
image 53” x 75”
Tolerance ± 1”

full

image 60” x 80”
Tolerance ± 1”

queen

image 76” x 80”
Tolerance ± 1”

king

Upholstery Materials:

The padding or upholstery layers of a mattress are composed of cotton, fiber or foam.  These layers insulate the body from the innerspring unit and allow for the creation of different comfort by adding varying amounts and/or types of padding.  Upholstery materials, combined with the innerspring and box spring support system, are largely responsible for the “feel” or “comfort” of a mattress.

Upholstery Layers
TIP:  Cotton is one of the finest upholstery materials available for use in a mattress.  It is an excellent insulator against coil feel.  Cotton also helps maintain a more consistent mattress comfort as it firms up slightly over time, offsetting the softening characteristics of foam.  Other benefits of cotton are that it is a breathable, sustainable resource and a natural fiber.