Is it time to buy a new bed? It is an exciting time to find the perfect bed and mattress. You’ll do anything to sleep better and get to sleep faster, but also it can feel overwhelming researching and learning all the terminology in choosing a mattress. Coils, foam, border wires, platform beds there are just so many things to know! At Siesta Sleepworks we’re here to help. We have an easy reference glossary of commonly used words in the mattress world to help you along the way. Whether you need to learn about what to look for when buying a mattress or making the most of a new mattress this go-to guide will help you better understand the verbiage before even stepping into our store.
Glossary of Mattress Terms
Adjustable Bed Frame:
Sometimes called an adjustable mattress base, this product allows you to adjust your mattress to different angles to allow you to sleep in the most comfortable position for you.
In order to support sleep hygiene, this treatment is applied to the fabric material and fibers in the mattress to help prevent dust mites and bacteria.
Anti-Microbial Fiber and Foam
Fiber or Foam has been treated to prevent the growth of bacteria, dust mites, mold, and fungi.
A framed box placed under the mattress made out of vertical steel springs and covered with cloth material to help provide support. Although most beds require a box spring, some do not, including bunk beds, daybeds, or trundle beds.
These are steel wire springs in the mattress providing even support when the weight of the body touches the bed. Think about the resistance you feel when you lay down on a bed. These coils provide that resistance and bounce back. But remember, a high coil count doesn’t always correlate with high quality. You’ll find each manufacturer may have a different system to calculate coil count.
A soft, breathable, natural fiber used to make numerous items. In certain mattresses, can have a tendency to absorb moisture and compress over time.
A term that refers to the length of time a mattress will continue to provide you with adequate support along with your desired level of comfort.
Padding material used in mattresses as a supplement or alternative. Some common types used in mattresses include latex, polyurethane, and memory foam.
Layers of material that lie between the insulation and the Quilting of an Innerspring Mattress. Cushioning materials include Latex, visco-elastic foam (better known as Memory Foam), Convoluted Foam (also known as egg-crate foam), Felt, Cotton, polyester, non-woven fiber pads, wool, goose down, or even silk and cashmere. See our Upholstery Guide to learn more about the key elements of mattress upholstery and how they differ across mattresses.
Memory Foam Gel:
Designed to help regulate temperature as you sleep, the gel is placed in the foam of a mattress to help you get to sleep and stay asleep through the night.
Memory Foam Mattress:
This material, technically known as visco-elastic polyurethane foam, softly conforms to a person’s body to provide unique mattress support. Many people find that sleeping on memory foam greatly improves their sleep. But, everyone is different.
This feature is an extra layer of padding on top of the mattress to provide a soft, extra-comfortable surface for sleeping. You may need to get sheets in a special “deep pocket” size to ensure they fit over the pillow top.
This type of mattress offers more “give” in order to create a softer, more comfortable bed. This aims to combine the qualities of a firm mattress and a pillow top.
Placed on top of the mattress, a topper is removable bedding to add just the right amount of resistance to a firm mattress. It can make a mattress softer or firmer based on your sleep preference. Toppers can be made of egg crate material, feathers, or memory foam; and can even feature heating and cooling elements.
Siesta Sleepworks has all the best brands in all the price ranges. Siesta displays a full line of Simmons Beautyrest, Serta, and our own Factory Direct brand of innerspring mattresses as well as a large selection of the most popular memory foam and latex mattresses such as iComfort, Tempurpedic and pure TalalayBliss.
Siesta’s staff prides itself on having superior product knowledge. We want you to be able to make an educated decision about a product that is very important to your health. We believe getting a good night’s sleep is paramount in living a healthy and productive life. Siesta’s staff is here to help guide you and educate you so you can reap the benefits of year’s restful and restorative sleep on a quality mattress.