We have always advocated for high-quality handmade pocket sprung mattresses over mass produced bags of springs, but there’s still a minefield of information on pocket springs which we aim to summarise for you. There are numerous variables that have to be applied in order for you to come to the right decision as to which is best for you.
For instance, there is no use having a super duper all singing all dancing pocket spring unit when
1. You don’t actually need it or
2. It is not backed up by an element of substantial upholstery.
As you browse through the internet looking for your perfect mattress you will soon see that in most cases great swathes of text is focused on how good the pocket springs are in any particular model, the science behind the design and how you will sleep like a baby. All of this will be relatively pointless if equal space is not designated to the rest of the mattress, the upholstery, the detailing and so forth.
The fact of the matter is, a standard pocket sprung unit which forms the basis of many mattresses, will be suitable for practically everyone. It really is! They are not overly expensive and will offer you all the support you will require.
Where do the springs come from?
In the bulk of all mattresses, you will come up against the pocket sprung unit itself, which will be relatively similar. They are produced in this country in large factories such as Leggett and Platt, Charles Blythe and such like. There are also imports with the most regarded being Agro gmbh (Germany). Of course, there are Chinese imports but not to the degree to be overly concerned. In all my days I have come across samples but never came across a manufacturer who actually uses them. Currently, the most prolific imports of pocket sprung units come from Turkey and South Africa. Some manufacturers have the equipment and facility to produce their own springs such as Vi Spring/Harrisons and, of course, the manufacturer we use who makes our Artisan range all completely made in Britain.
Is there a need to be concerned where the spring is manufactured?
Not really! These form the basis of lower to mid-priced models and so you are tied to what you can get for the retail price asked. The basis of all spring manufacture is the wire used to make the actual spring and there are limited suppliers of this drawn wire and so assumption can be made that nearly all spring manufacturers will be purchasing from a limited supply chain.
The basics of pocket springs
These comments refer to widely available mass-produced pocket spring units. There may be exceptions to the rule but these will be discussed in the relevant section.
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