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Which Small Mattress Is Best?

Which Small Mattress truly is best? We answer all your questions in the latest post on the Bed Guru website.

11th January, 2018
by Carl Walsh

No matter how big or small your bed, there’s one thing it should always be – comfortable! Once you’ve got the base you want, it’s then all down to the type of mattress you choose. Whether that’s ultra-modern memory foam or old-fashioned springs, comfort is down to personal choice. However, there are a few things you can use to work out which type of mattress will be best for you, and how to choose the right one at the right price.

If your bed is quite small then you can probably spend a little more on your mattress to achieve a higher degree of comfort. Let’s take a quick look at the different types of mattress available for smaller beds:

Pocket sprung mattresses

These offer outstanding comfort, and distribute your bodyweight so you don’t end up with ‘pressure points’ that could become uncomfortable. They’re particularly good for people who prefer to sleep on their side, as it avoids pressure points on the knees, hips, shoulders, and neck.

Sprung mattresses

The most common type of mattress, they’re incredibly durable and long lasting. This makes them ideal for small beds that are only used occasionally as they retain their shape for a long time.

Non-sprung mattresses

Durable and comfortable, non-sprung small mattresses come with a range of fillings and designs, but without the usual springs you find in sprung mattresses. That means if you’re a side-sleeper, a non-sprung mattress may offer a greater degree of comfort.

Latex mattresses

For beds that don’t get used often, small latex mattresses are ideal, as they stay fresher for longer and don’t end up with that slightly ‘musty’ scent. Bear in mind, though, that some people have an allergy to latex, so they may not be suitable for everyone.

Memory foam mattresses

Long-lasting luxury and total comfort, memory foam mattresses use space-age technology to give you a great night’s sleep! The mattress moulds to the contours of your body, eliminating pressure points and giving you all-over body comfort.


Orthopaedic mattresses

firmer than normal mattresses, these are specifically designed to help relieve back problems and joint pain, aligning the spine while you sleep. They’re more expensive than normal mattresses, but well worth the investment if you suffer from a bad back.

Organic mattresses

Made from the very best natural fibres, these are top of the range handmade mattresses that are ideal if you have an allergy to man made products like latex, glues or adhesives.

Active sports mattresses

If you’re active and occasionally suffer from stiffness after heavy workouts, an active sports mattress may be perfect for you. They’re specially designed to speed up your recovery and give you a good night’s sleep after that intensive session in the gym or on the treadmill.

Custom-sized mattresses

If you need a small mattress but none of the above sound like they'd work for you, getting a custom sized-mattress could be a good idea. All our mattresses are available in custom sizes, and over we've made some unique bespoke mattresses, including our personal favourite, a ‘KitKat’ design from four pieces. 

For low ceilings and window frames, we can make your divan base lower. We can also help you make the most of your space with a Small Double or Wide Single to get the perfect fit. 

Other factors to consider...

Who is the mattress for? 

If you’re choosing a small mattress for an elderly family member then they may need the support of an orthopaedic mattress, or the comfort of a memory foam version. If the person using the mattress has allergies then an organic mattress may be the best choice to prevent night-time flare ups, especially if they suffer from asthma or respiratory illnesses.

How often is it used? 

A bed that’s in constant use will need a mattress that’s robust enough to put up with everyday use, whereas a bed that’s only used occasionally may be better off with a simpler, more economical choice such as a traditional sprung or non-sprung mattress.

How do you use the bed? 

If you sleep on your back then you’ll need a mattress that keeps your spine supported along the length of your body, while those who sleep on their sides need to avoid ending up with pressure points that can become uncomfortable.

Getting the right combination

marrying up the right mattress to the correct frame is important. While you may initially go for great looks, remember that the design of the frame will dictate what kind of mattress is most suited and provides you with the greatest comfort. It’s not quite as important in small beds as it is in larger ones, but it’s still a factor worth considering.

Look at reviews 

if you’re not sure which small mattress is best for you, check out online reviews. Remember, just because you try a mattress doesn’t mean you have to buy it from there – why not check to see if the small mattress you like in the shop is available at a better price online?

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