You use your innerspring mattress every night, and when you’re spending half of your life relying on a bed for a restful night’s sleep, it’s a good idea to know what goes into the structure and comfort of your mattress. Inside your innerspring mattress, coils (usually made from curved high-density steel) are arranged into tight rows and columns to create a support system for your body. These coils absorb impacts and pressure in order to support you throughout the night and make for a good night’s sleep. Where wrapped coil mattresses feature coils encased in fabric to reduce impact, innerspring mattresses feature a network of hundreds of coils without a fabric cover. There are several factors, such as coil count and arrangement, that can affect how supportive and comfortable your mattress is. Read on for some of the basics of your innerspring mattress coils.
Count and Configuration
Coil count and configuration will have a significant impact on how comfortable and supportive your mattress is. The coil count, or the number of individual coils inside a mattress, will give you an indication of how much support you can expect. Higher coil counts will generally mean greater strength for more support over time. This is something to look for since your mattress is an investment that lasts for years. Coil configuration can also affect support. Innerspring mattresses will feature standard coil configurations such as Bonnell and offset patterns for traditional mattress performance, as opposed to encased or wrapped coil mattresses.
Over time, everyday use will wear on your mattress. This will generally come in the form of coil fatigue, where coils begin to lose their load-bearing capacity over the years. This will occur more quickly in low-quality mattresses, but generally won’t be an issue in a high-quality model. If you notice that your bed is not providing the support it used to after years of use, it can be a sign that the coils are wearing out, and it may be time to replace your mattress.
Coil gauge is the measure of the thickness of mattress coils. The most common coil gauges you will find in mattress range from 12 to 15, with lower numbers indicating thicker (and therefore stronger) mattress coils. Smaller coil gauges offer a firmer feel for sleepers who prefer a firmer mattress, while larger coil gauges have springier, softer support.
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