Modern Mattress Lingo

If the last time you bought a mattress was 15-years ago, not only is it time that you replace your bed, but you might also need to catch up on new terminologies in the mattress world. One of the first things you need to know is that the technology behind mattress manufacturing has developed dramatically in recent years. Today the process of creating new mattress technology is called advanced sleep technology. And if you’re looking for a new mattress, this means the days of sleeping on lumpy foam mattresses and coil beds with springs poking in your back are over. 

Before heading out to a local divan bed sale, it is important to research the mattresses available. The science of sleep technology is geared to help customers with chronic ailments like back pain, insomnia, and other sleep disorders. Over and above that, the aim is for a sleeper to have a restful sleep and to wake up feeling well-rested and energized. However, for the average person, this does mean that the terminology associated with the mattress industry has become more complex.

In this article, we will look at how ordinary mattresses have evolved through technological advances in modern mattress manufacturing and the lingo that goes with it. To start, we need to tell you that the contemporary mattress comprises two vital layers, a core layer, and the upholstery layer.

The core layer: Some of the most significant advances in mattress technology design in recent years have revolved around the coil system. You might be interested to know that the coil system is still very much part of the main design of the core layer although it has been upgraded drastically. For example, coil-on-coil is a type of luxury innerspring used to construct a mattress. 

The upholstered layer: You may already know that foam mattresses were historically designed to increase blood circulation and relieve pressure points. Today, you get three main foam mattresses, polyurethane, memory, and latex foam.

Mattress manufacturers have new vocabulary when it comes to describing the support and comfort offered by their designs. You get convoluted support foam, which is processed through a machine of rotating metal teeth to create a column-type system within the foam. It’s designed to improve cooling, breathability, and deep compression support.

Then you will see that you get indentation deflection force (IDF) and Indentation load deflection (ILD). Both are a scoring system that rates the firmness of the foam, the lower the score, the softer the mattress. A high score means the foam is very hard.

A hybrid mattress uses a variety of the foam mentioned above to maximize support and comfort and minimize problems that mattresses from the old days caused – such as collapsing or sinking, which causes back pain and restless sleep.

A pillow top is a term used for the padded layer that is fixed to the top cover of a mattress. It provides added support and comfort you need from a good bed.