Not all mattresses are the same, and your choice of mattress can have a big impact on how well you sleep, how rested you feel in the morning and helping you to avoid aches and pains.
If you're not sure whether you need a soft or hard mattress, natural latex or memory foam or other features, read our mattress buying guide to find out how to choose a mattress that's just right for you. Then visit your nearest DeRUCCI showroom to try out a luxury mattress for yourself.
What size mattress do I need?
Whether you share a bed or sleep alone, getting the right fit is essential for a comfortable night's sleep. The standard sizes of mattresses in Australia are:
Dimensions (width x length)
Single or twin mattress
92 x 187 cm
Single extra-long / twin XL
92 x 203 cm
Double / full-size mattress
137 x 187 cm
153 x 203 cm
183 x 203 cm
Some people only need the bare minimum space, but if you want to spread your wings or have plenty of space for yourself, you'll need a wider bed. Your mattress also needs to be long enough that your feet don't hang over the end – around 10-15 centimetres longer than the tallest person in the bed.
While it's important to choose a mattress that fits you, it also needs to physically fit inside your bedroom. A good rule of thumb is to buy the largest size your room can comfortably accommodate, but this doesn't mean you should always go king size, especially if this won't leave enough floor space to get around. It also needs to be the right size to fit your existing bed frame.
Do I need a soft or hard mattress?
A soft mattress might sound more comfortable than a firm mattress, but that's not always the case for everyone. If you're large or heavy, a soft mattress might not be supportive enough. If you sleep on your stomach, you'll also be at risk of backache or neckache with a mattress that's too soft.
Mattresses don't just come in two types, and most people prefer a mattress in the medium-soft to medium-firm range. If you're not sure which option you prefer, the best mattress for you will largely be influenced by your sleeping position at night – whether you sleep on your back, your front or your side.
If you sleep on your back
Not everyone feels comfortable sleeping on their back, but this is the ideal sleeping position recommended by sleep experts as it allows your head, neck and spine to rest in proper alignment. A medium mattress will help to maintain this alignment while still being comfortable.
If you sleep on your side
Sleeping on your side or in the foetal position makes snoring less likely and can help to relieve aches and pains or improve circulation if you're pregnant. Because your shoulder and hip will be pushing into the bed, a soft mattress is the best type of mattress for side sleepers, as it avoids putting pressure on these joints.
If you sleep on your front
Doctors don't recommend sleeping on your stomach, as this position puts more pressure on the spine, neck, joints and muscles. If this is your preferred sleeping position though, you can help to keep your spine in alignment by choosing a hard mattress and a thin pillow.
What is the best kind of mattress?
Is there really a difference between a spring, foam or latex mattress? The answer is yes. There are pros and cons to each type of mattress, and the best mattress for you will depend on more than just price.
A spring or coil mattress may use a single coil of wire, multiple coils attached to one wire or independent pocket springs providing tailored support for different parts of the body.
These mattresses are usually less expensive than foam or latex, but they also don't tend to last as long, as the springs can wear out and lose their support over a number of years.
- Usually cheaper than other mattresses
- Well ventilated
- Responsive bounce
- Motion isolation for couples
- Usually odour-free
- Shorter lifespan
- Can be heavy due to metal springs
- Less customisable, except for pocket springs
- More space for bacteria, dust and mould to grow
- Springs may be vulnerable to rust
Memory foam mattress
Foam mattresses offer an ideal balance between comfort and support for many people, and they can often be the best mattress for side sleepers.
A memory foam mattress is a high density foam mattress that contours to the sleeper's body, helping to relieve pressure on pressure points. A gel memory foam mattress incorporates gel particles that help to keep the mattress cooler.
- Distributes weight evenly
- Relieves pressure
- Improves circulation
- Usually odour-free
- Can get warm at night, except for gel memory foam
- Some people don't like to feel encased
- Can be vulnerable to bacteria unless treated
- May go out of shape if used for other bedroom activities
A synthetic or natural latex mattress also moulds to the sleeper's body contours like memory foam, offering improved comfort and pressure relief. Latex mattresses are usually more expensive, but they also last longer.
These mattresses are also naturally hypoallergenic and antibacterial, meaning they won't attract dust mites and are safer for people with asthma and allergies. Their firm support also makes them well suited to larger or heavier people.
- Resistant to sagging
- Safe for people with asthma and allergies
- May be too firm for some sleepers
- Can be heavy to move and lift
- Synthetic latex may release odours
- Costs more
If you can't decide between the firm support of springs and the soft comfort of foam, a hybrid mattress could strike the ideal balance. Coils or independent pocket springs provide support to the spine, joints and muscles while luxurious comfort layers offer a soft touch and pressure relief.
What's the best mattress for couples?
What about couples who have very different mattress requirements? If one of you likes a firm mattress and the other prefers it soft, meeting half-way with a medium mattress is likely to leave you both unsatisfied. Fortunately, there are now solutions to this old problem.
DeRUCCI has worked with French TRECA and the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium to develop the TS Sleep System, offering two different firmness levels in one mattress. Visit your local DeRUCCI mattress store to talk to our staff about designing your perfect sleep solution.
What's the best mattress for health?
If you suffer from chronic backache, a joint condition such as arthritis or other problems that can affect your sleep, the mattress you sleep on can make a big difference to how you feel.
People with back and neck pains should avoid a firm mattress, as this puts more pressure on the bones and joints. A medium-firm mattress is a good alternative to make sure you're still getting enough support, especially a memory foam or latex mattress that also offers pressure relief.
Talk to your doctor if you need personalised advice about what type of mattress is right for you.
What are the best mattresses to keep you cool?
If you often struggle to sleep on warm summer nights, your mattress could play a part. A poorly ventilated mattress will trap heat and warm up through the night, which can also attract dust mites and other bugs.
Innerspring mattresses are usually well-ventilated and breathable, but if they have thick comfort layers, this can negate the effect and make the bed feel stuffy. The best option for staying cool in the heat is a foam mattress infused with insulating gel, especially those with a gel layer on top that creates a cooling barrier.
Is it time to change my mattress?
If you're wondering whether you actually need to change your mattress, only you (or your partner) can decide that. Mattresses come with warranties that may guarantee them for a number of years, but your old mattress may already be on the way out if:
- you often wake up with pain or discomfort
- you don't feel well-rested
- you can see dents or wear on the mattress
- the mattress cover is torn
- you've started to have allergy symptoms
- you sleep better on a different bed
Not changing your mattress when you're already experiencing discomfort is likely to make the problems worse.
Take your new mattress for a test drive
If you've found your perfect mattress online, don't take our word for it – pay a visit to your nearest DeRUCCI mattress warehouse in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney or other locations and try it out for yourself!
We'll give you the chance to get a real feel for a mattress so you can be sure it's right for you. Our team can design a tailored sleeping solution to help you and your partner get a great night's sleep every night.