During romantic meetings, lovers dream of falling asleep and waking up side by side, cheek to cheek. But in real life, sleeping together is not always comfortable for two. Problems arise both in size and in the difference in weight and the necessary rigidity of the mattress for two people. Next, we will consider how to choose a mattress for a double bed and tell you how to solve all possible problems.
Let's start with the general rule: both the length and the width of the mattress must exactly match the corresponding dimensions of your bed. She needs to be bought, based on the growth of a higher spouse (otherwise his heels will rest against the back). And to get maximum comfort, you need to provide another 10 - 15 centimeters of margin in length. By the way, usually orthopedic mattresses are one and nine tenths or two meters long.
Width for double mattresses varies from 1.6 to 2 meters. The widest two-meter products, 2 meters wide, are called King Size. If the mattress has a width of 180 centimeters, then it is called Queen Size.
The height (or thickness) of the mattress depends on what is inside it. What kind of filler, how much it contains, what type of springs are used. If the mattress is on springs, then the height of the product ranges from 18 to 24 centimeters. Well, and springless products are slightly thinner: from 15 to 18 centimeters.
There is another characteristic that must be considered when choosing. This is how many kilograms of weight a mattress can withstand. The passport usually indicates the maximum load for one berth. Since you have to sleep together, this value must be multiplied by 2. It happens that the weight of the husband and wife is very different, and then these calculations will not work. With a difference in weight of forty kilograms (or more), it is better to dwell on two-unit spring models.
Here you must first decide what is prettier to you: a product with or without springs. Note that the majority is still inclined to the first option. Spring-type models produce a lot, but they all belong to one of two varieties: with independent or dependent spring blocks.
Bonnel - a classic spring mattresses
For more than sixty years, mattresses have been manufactured with this spring unit. Interestingly, their simple design turned out to be quite successful, and for all this time it did not need to be improved. This spring block, made of cold drawn wire, is called dependent, since at the top they are all bonded together. It turns out a strong and durable product, low cost. Springs (cylindrical or conical) are made of carbon steel using special machines.
But if we talk about double mattresses with this type of springs, then they can not be recommended to everyone. With a significant difference in the weight of the partners, you will get a kind of “swing”: the one that is heavier will outweigh, tilting the mattress in its direction. So, by the way, you can find yourself on the floor. Well, a light spouse will constantly slide into the middle, which not everyone will like. If the husband and wife are “in the same weight category,” then the Bonnel springs product will work for them.
The device of the mattress with a dependent spring unit: 1 - upholstery of the mattress; 2 - spring block of dependent springs; 3 - felt layer; 4 - polyurethane foam (foam rubber). 5 - the perimeter of polyurethane foam.
Bonnel spring mattress.
Independent springs - a guarantee of comfort for both
As the name implies, there is no connection between the individual springs. Moreover, each of them is enclosed in a separate shell, eliminating the creak and friction of the elements against each other. And the overall strength of the product is increased. Adjusting to the shape of the body, such a mattress takes care of each of the sleeping spouses. He will not bend over from gravity, and no one will slide anywhere, will not fall.
But to make such designs is more difficult and longer than the previous ones. Therefore, they are much more expensive, which is their drawback, perhaps the only one. Therefore, many, considering how to choose the right mattress for a double bed, dwell on these models.
The device of the mattress with an independent spring unit: 1 - coconut coir; 2 - latex layer; 3 - spring in the case; 4 - mattress cover; 5 - the perimeter of the mattress (most often made of polyurethane foam); 6 - independent spring unit; 7 - coconut coir.
Mattress with independent spring unit.
And if at all without springs?
The most affordable springless mattresses are made of foam rubber. At first, sleeping on it is soft and pleasant enough, but over time it cakes and misses. By the way, foam rubber (otherwise, soft polyurethane foam) is of various qualities - from soft to medium and hard. There is also latex foam, which is particularly flexible.
And for greater comfort, the mattress may not consist entirely of foam rubber, but with the addition of other materials (or even just them). Examples include coconut fiber and latex. The latter is quite expensive (and not only natural, but also artificial), but it has a long service life. A tough coconut coir is environmentally friendly and excellent quality. It is often used for children's mattresses.
Summing up the above, we note that sleeping on clean foam rubber together is not very comfortable. It is suitable only as a temporary refuge for the couple. But a springless mattress combined with quality materials can be considered as permanent. For example, a good option is a product in which the core is made of coconut fiber and the outer layer is made of latex (artificial or natural). Practical and beautiful jacquard is used as upholstery.
Springless mattress device: 1 - mattress cover; 2 - a layer of coconut coir; 3 - latex layer.
Springless foam mattress.
But remember that for any springless mattress you definitely need an orthopedic steel grill with beech (optimally) or birch rails. They spring a little, creating an orthopedic effect. On this basis, even a foam mattress will be pretty good.
Each of us has our own preferences, including what to sleep on. Properly selected, in terms of stiffness, the mattress should maintain the spine in the correct position.
Too soft mattress.
Too hard mattress.
Properly selected mattress supports the spine in the right position and provides an opportunity to relax.
Someone needs a softer mattress, someone harder. Stiffness can depend not only on a person’s weight, but also on physique and some health problems. What should I do if each person needs his own rigidity, and both should sleep on this mattress? However, in this case there is a way out, and not even one, but five. Let's consider each of them.
The first way out: a double-type stiffness mattress
There are mattresses, one side of which is harder, and the other is much softer. Coatings of the sides can also be made of different materials.Turning a product over, say, every week, you can take turns pleasing to any of the spouses.
Second way out: we buy two mattresses with different stiffness
And if instead of one large product to buy two small? Also an option, and not bad. After all, each of the partners will be able to choose a single mattress to his own taste, with the rigidity that suits him best. And relax with pleasure in the chosen own sleeping place. The gap between the mattresses can be eliminated using the mattress pad.
Third way: double mattress with DS spring unit
So-called elements of a special design, located in the middle of a double orthopedic mattress. These are double springs: inside - with a smaller diameter, outside - more. In other words, each independent spring consists of two. And if a person with a medium or light weight lies on such a mattress, then one external spring will work. And the inner one will only react when the weight of the sleeper is solid enough. So it turns out that any of the partners will be as comfortable as possible.
Fourth way: mattress with a spring block of variable stiffness
Manufacturers launched the production of mattresses, which have different stiffness on each of the longitudinal halves. They simply put stiffer or less stiff springs on each side. On such a berth it will be useful and comfortable to rest, even for those spouses who differ in weight by 30 kilograms or more.
Fifth way: mattress on independent springs with asymmetric filling
The stiffness of the product can be varied not only by the tension of the springs, but also by different filler material from each of the parts. Coconut fiber, for example, is well suited for creating a hard bed. And natural latex, which will be much softer, can be used from the opposite side. It turns out a universal product for sleeping, perfectly suitable for both spouses with different tastes and preferences. The spring unit in it is of an independent type, giving additional support.
Puzzling how to choose an orthopedic mattress for a double bed, it is worth considering not only its internal content and design. Upholstery material also plays an important role. It should pass air well, and also be strong enough, not rubbed and not torn for a long time. And the necessary quality is elasticity.
A fabric called jacquard is well suited for the top layer of the mattress. It consists of a mixture of natural (cotton) and artificial (polyester) materials. Such upholstery has all the necessary qualities. More expensive jacquards have a higher cotton content - they are usually used for elite-class mattresses. Very special is the special impregnation, which does not cause allergies, gives the fabric extra strength and the property of incombustibility, and also repels insects well.
If you want to give the product additional rigidity, then lay a layer of coconut coir, which is obtained from the insides of coconut shells. This fiber in appearance resembles flax, but to the touch it is much coarser and harder. It is also distinguished by high elasticity and inability to rot. By the way, the price of coconut fiber is much lower than, for example, horse hair (also famous for its stiffness). And natural latex also costs much more than coir.
Under the jacquard layer is most often a synthetic winterizer, quilted with the upper layer. It gives the upholstery softness and further strengthens it. Then there may be a layer of soft polyurethane foam, and then a spunbond (a special non-woven fabric that separates the spring block from the upholstery and flooring materials). Spanbond is very strong and able to withstand solid loads.
For a cover (mattress cover), dense calico is often used, which is one hundred percent cotton. This material is safe and natural, it practically does not wrinkle and does not fade, is easily erased and pleasant to the touch.