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The Importance of Choosing the Right Mattress

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A key factor to improving and maintaining our health is getting a good night’s sleep. Your mattress plays a huge role in your ability to sleep well, and unfortunately, many people overlook its importance.

We understand that a new mattress can be a considerably large investment, but you unlock your ability to sleep better by doing this. Just like any major purchase, you’ll want to choose wisely. If you are looking to buy a good quality mattress for a better night’s sleep that will last for years, choose Barkers Bedding and Furniture. As a family business, we care for our customers and will only advise you with the right mattress for your needs and budget.

To help you better understand and get started on choosing a mattress, we’ve broken down key information on the common mattress types and firmness levels.

Mattress Types

Foam
Foam mattresses contain no coils and provide higher than average contouring to the body. This assists in pressure relief and reducing motion, which is ideal for couples and side sleepers. Memory foam is the most popular of the foam range and is firmer and denser, making it a suitable option for back sleepers. 

Innerspring
This type of mattress is a coil-based support system that offers some pressure relief but has limited motion isolation. The surface is springier than other mattresses and generally has a lower price point, making it popular with budget shoppers.

Hybrid
Hybrid mattresses have two main elements: an innerspring support centre and a foam comfort system. The comfort layer may include foam or latex and sometimes will include mico-coils. Hybrid mattresses offer a combination of bounce and contouring with low heat retention. This is a good fit for side sleepers and mostly all other positions, depending on how the individual is built.

Mattress Firmness
Firmness describes how soft a bed feels, and it is important to find a mattress that feels right to you. People who weigh less than 58kg are best suited to a mattress with a lighter profile, as they do not sink as far into the mattress. For sufficient contouring, a softer mattress is beneficial especially if they are a side sleeper and/or have pressure points. A foam or hybrid mattress is the best choice for this category.

People between 58kg to 104kg can also follow our suggestions based on sleeping positions in the previous section. For people over 104kg, they sink further into the mattress, particularly near heavier parts of the body which can affect spinal alignment. To help avoid this risk and onset back pain, the best option is a firmer mattress.

To compare your options, view our chart on firmness levels and who it may be best suited for.

Firmness Level Best For
Extra Soft Side sleepers <58kg
Soft Side sleepers <104kg
Medium Soft Sleepers <58kg; side sleepers <104kg
Medium Back and side sleepers between 58-104kg
Medium Firm Sleepers between 58-104kg; side sleepers >104kg
Firm Side sleepers >104kg; back and stomach sleepers >58kg
Extra Firm Back and stomach sleepers >104kg


The chart is only a guide based on benefits from a particular firmness level. Comfort is subjective, so you should also consider other factors which may affect your choices such as back or hip pain and other ailments that influence what type of mattress feels right. 

Mattresses Perth
Visit Barkers in-store today to reveal the best mattress for you. Our expertise combined with our Reveal Mapping System technology will help you to find the right mattress for you based on your pressure points. Barkers continuously innovate new mattresses based on new technology and customers needs, so we can deliver some of the best quality mattresses in Perth. 

Our mattresses are designed to provide excellent comfort with support for your spine, hips, lumbar and with better pressure point relief. Other benefits include minimized partner disturbance and regulation of body temperature. Get a better night’s sleep and choose the right mattress at Barkers Furniture today!