What goes inside a mattress?
Last updated: November 2023
1. The support layer
The support layer of a mattresses makes up the core and sits beneath the comfort and cover layers. This is where the support for your spine is upheld, along with helping the comfort layers to distribute your body weight. Support layers are most often made from springs or foam.
2. The comfort layer
The comfort layer forms the middle section of the mattress – the part that gives you cushioning and luxuriousness. If your mattress is double sided, you’ll get two comfort layers on either side of the mattress. Comfort layers are most often made from memory foam, latex, gel, natural, or synthetic fibres.
There are many different types of natural fillings, but our most popular comfort layer fibres include: cotton, silk, wool, mohair, hemp and cashmere. Fibres such as these contain natural temperature-regulating properties and luxurious softness.
Synthetic comfort layers are mostly made of polyester. Polyester is our budget friendly option but with great durability, breathability, and it can be recycled too.
3. The cover
The cover layer of a mattress makes up the top layer – the sleeping surface. Covers are typically hardwearing yet soft to the touch and can sometimes be removed for machine washing.
A majority of our mattresses are finished with a Belgian damask cover that’s made from viscose. This plant-based material is breathable and woven with a soft-to-the-touch finish that doesn’t bobble or stretch.
Knitted mattress cover provide a cosy and soft finish with breathability at the same time, thanks to the open-weave structure.
These extras provide added comfort and durability.
Quilting provides a soft and tactile finish that’s smooth to sleep on.
This traditional method of finishing a mattress ensures that the layers remain in tact and aligned. It also gives the mattress a bouncy, contoured finish. Tufting pulls together each layer throughout the mattress and then binds it at the top, usually with a fabric petal.
Some of our more high-end mattresses come with an added layer – a pillow top. This is a cushioned piece on top of the mattress for extra luxuriousness.