Tips for buying the right mattress, and looking after it
Mattress designer David Henderson of Dreamwool Beds in Christchurch has some advice for bed buyers.
Tell the sales person if you are a hot sleeper. Natural products (rather than synthetic ones) will be worth the investment. A wool/latex mattress absorbs moisture and later dissipates it into the atmosphere, useful for those who feel the heat or are going through menopause. Memory foam and polyester products may be soft, but they don't keep the heat out of the situation.
Make sure, when buying a mattress that claims to be natural, that it contains enough wool/latex to make a difference. "The minimum we suggest is 1350 grams of wool per square metre and 25mm latex underneath the wool," says David.
Make the bed every day! Instead, consider folding up your bedding at the foot of the bed. This is how they do it in Europe, to keep mattresses well aired and in better condition. "New Zealanders tend to be more concerned about the look of the bedroom whereas Europeans put more focus on what they're sleeping on and caring for the mattress itself," says David.
- NZ House & Garden