Pocket springs are small individual springs in a fabric pocket, hence the name. The number of springs is referred to as the Spring Count and the 5’0” King-size is used for comparative purposes. The springs are usually joined together, either by being tied through the centre of one spring to the next one, or by joining one pocket to the next pocket. This allows each spring to operate individually and to closely follow the contours of the body, allowing the spine to remain in its correct position. Each spring gives individual support and the weight of your body is evenly distributed. This effectively prevents the creation of pressure, particularly at the shoulder and hip areas. You will feel as though you are lying in the mattress, rather than on it. The added advantages of this type of springing are that when one partner turns over in bed the other partner feels little or no movement, and partners of differing weights will not roll together.
Generally speaking, the higher the ‘spring count’ the better the mattress, although the type and quantity of the fillings will also contribute to the overall quality. The springs can be made from different gauges (or thicknesses) of steel, in order to create different firmness. Some mattresses are offered in more than one firmness, for example soft, medium (or regular), firm or even ultra-firm.
Side stitching or encapsulation is a further enhancement to a higher quality mattress. It helps to keep the edge of the mattress firm, by attaching the border to the edge of the spring unit and this increases the life expectancy of the mattress.
Pocket springing is usually used, in higher quality products and this is reflected in the price.