Choosing the right mattress is something that deserves plenty of time and attention. Because you spend a lot of time - approximately a third of your life, in fact – asleep. And let’s face it; a good night’s kip is what gives you the energy to face the world with a spring in your step.

In the Habitat Mattress Buying Guide, we point out questions you should be asking yourself, so you can be confident you’re making the right choice. Plus, we throw in a few tips on how to care for your mattress once you’ve got it home.

All of Habitat’s mattresses are handmade in Ireland and designed to complement our divan bases and bedsteads.

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What should I consider when choosing a mattress?

Your top priority will be different from the next person's, whether it’s temperature control or extra support for back pain.

To find your perfect fit, we recommend the following:

Get geeky.

Our top tip? Do your homework. You can narrow things down considerably by researching online before you even step foot in the store.

Try before you buy.

It’s essential. The only way to know whether the support and breathability of a mattress is right for you, is to lie down and have a wriggle about. Take a jaunt to one of our London stores, which all have a wide selection of mattresses for you to try.

Do the pillow test.

You might consider trying a mattress with a pillow, to mimic how you’d normally sleep. It’s especially important for a memory foam mattress, which will warm up and adjust to your shape after a few minutes, slightly shifting the way it supports you.

What are Habitat's mattress sizes?

All of Habitat’s beds and mattresses are available in standard UK sizing and a selection are available in the slightly larger European sizing. All our mattresses are made to fit both wooden frames and divan bases, and all our bedding, duvets, mattress toppers and protectors are sized the same way. This makes shopping for your bed – and everything that goes on it – super easy.

Our mattress sizes are as follows:

EU SINGLE 90 x 200cm 36” x 78” 3’ x 6’6”
EU DOUBLE 140 x 200cm 55” x 78” 4’7" x 6’6”
EU KINGSIZE 160 x 200cm 63” x 78” 5’3" x 6’6”
EU SUPER KING 180 x 200cm 71” x 78” 6' x 6’6”

UK SINGLE 90 x 190cm 36” x 75” 3’ x 6’3”
UK DOUBLE 135 x 190cm 54” x 75” 4’6” x 6’3”
UK KINGSIZE 150 x 200cm 60” x 78” 5’ x 6’6”
UK SUPER KING 180 x 200cm 71” x 78” 6’ x 6’6”

Mattress depths: Start from 20cm

Our bedding is designed to fit both EU and UK sized mattresses.

What mattress tension should i choose?

First of all, there are no rules. Everyone likes a different level of firmness depending on their personal needs.

A lot of it is common sense. If you like a mattress with a lot of support, try something firmer. Habitat offers mattresses to suit medium to firm back support and spinal alignment. Soft mattresses are comfortable for different reasons, but won’t provide the same orthopaedic qualities.

What kind of mattresses are there?

Roll-up foam mattresses

What they are:

  • Made from solid foam
  • Rolled and vacuum packed
  • Easy to get home and unroll within a few hours to full mattress depth
  • Convenient and comfortable too
  • Ideal for bunk beds and guest beds

Why they are comfortable:

  • Deeper than most rolled foam mattresses
  • Extra hygienic due to their zip removable covers that are machine washable

Shop the collection: ASTER

Memory foam mattresses

What they are:

  • Designed to prevent muscle and joint pain
  • Natural body heat softens the mattresses at tailor-made points, giving support to the body’s curves and natural lines
  • Helps air to circulate and reduces the build-up of excess body heat
  • Available with either a block foam or pocket spring foundation

Why they are comfortable:

  • Malleable surface helps to relieve body pressure
  • Prevents aches and pains in your joints and muscles
  • Discourages tossing and turning in the night

Shop the collections: DOZI, RILEY, ISLO

Pocket spring mattresses

What they are:

  • Made from individual springs; each wrapped in fabric pockets, conforming to your body shape and lessening the effect of partner movement
  • Designed to be the ideal ‘all-rounder’
  • The ‘go to’ mattress for most people

Why they are comfortable:

  • Lots of different options designed for every sleeper
  • Available with orthopaedic back care support
  • Memory foam and body temperature regulation
  • Made from supportive wire, coiled into springs
  • Have a reinforced outer wire border and comfortable polyester layers
  • Open spring construction allows air to circulate
  • Reliable and durable
  • Perfect for students, children and guest beds

Shop the collections: DOT, COEN, DOZI, EROL, CORBY, ISLO, ETON, ARVIN

Open spring mattresses

What they are:

  • Made from supportive wire, coiled into springs
  • Have a reinforced outer wire border and comfortable polyester layers
  • Open spring construction allows air to circulate
  • Reliable and durable
  • Perfect for students, children and guest beds

Why they're comfortable:

  • Linked springs tend to feel firmer than most pocket spring mattresses
  • Reinforced outer wire frame gives the mattresses a firm edge and helps to keep its shape
  • Top layer fillings give extra padding and comfort

Shop the collection: BUDD

Natural mattresses

What they are:

  • Handmade using 100% natural fillings
  • Firm pocket spring foundation; 1400 or 1600
  • Sumptuous layers of natural wool, cotton, silk and cashmere

Why they're comfortable:

  • Pocket springs conform to your body shape and lessen the effect of partner movement
  • Back Pro frame for the best back support on the market
  • Natural materials keep moisture at bay and help you to keep cool

Shop the collections: ETON, ARVIN

Kids' mattresses

What they are:

  • Designed with kids in mind
  • Foam-encased pocket spring system and comfortable top layer fillings to support kids through each growth spurt
  • Durable quilted covers for cosiness
  • Available with airflow technology to keep little ones cool at night
  • Non-allergenic
  • Removable, washable covers

Shop the collections: DOT, ASTER, BUDD, COEN

What mattress should I choose if I have allergies?

A memory foam mattress is the best bet for allergy sufferers because the core of the mattress is solid, so there is nowhere for pesky dust mites to live.

Sprung mattresses – coil or pocket – are less favourable because of the space between the coils, which act like an incubator for dust mites.

Which mattress is the best for back pain?

Habitat’s mattresses are specifically designed to help with back and joint pain; medium-to-firm tension supports the body in ways that ease pressure on problem areas.

As a general guideline, pocket sprung mattresses are a better choice for people with back pain. The amount of coils, and the way they’re arranged, provides the right amount of support so that your body’s weight will be spread over the mattress more evenly – meaning a sounder sleep.

Memory foam mattresses are a good option for back pain sufferers as they mould to your body shape, giving support and relieving pressure as you move throughout the night.

Shop our back care mattresses.

What kinds of mattress finishes are there?

Most mattresses are finished with a plain, quilted or tufted surface.

Plain surface

Keep it simple with a plain surface, or you could add a mattress topper for an extra bit of comfort.


This technique is used to attach the outer fabric to the surface fillings, which makes for a smoother, flatter surface.


Tufting involves passing tapes through the mattress at intervals to prevent loose fillings from coming loose. It’s often used in pocket sprung mattresses to secure the springs in place, which means your mattress won’t collapse or lose its shape.

Coolmax Cover

Coolmax is, put simply, a fabric that helps to pull moisture away from the skin. You might have seen it used in sportswear and recognise the brand. The fabric is extremely breathable, as well as being soft and moisture wicking. These properties make Coolmax great for high-performance products, when there is a real need to keep cool and dry. The material is also washable, allowing it to be cleaned with ease.

What are mattress protectors and toppers?

Mattress protectors

Protectors fit over the top of your mattress, helping to shield it from wear and tear and ultimately prolong its lifespan.

Habitat’s mattress protectors are made of a machine-washable polycotton cover filled with 100% polyester wadding, quilted for comfort. The skirt is elasticated for easy, secure fitting.

Mattress toppers

Another way to bump up the lifespan of your mattress, toppers add a new layer and level of comfort and support.

Habitat’s toppers consist of a premium hollowfibre filling and a cotton percale cover. They’re soft, breathable, and machine-washable and come with elasticated corners for an easy, stretchy fit.

How do I care for my mattress?

Although every mattress is different, they generally last between 7 and 10 years. There are things you can do to ensure yours performs at its best for its expected lifespan.

Turning or rotating a mattress

Some mattresses should be turned, and some should be rotated, depending on how they were constructed.

Most sprung mattresses need to be turned regularly; doing this will stop your mattress becoming uneven over time, and will help it last longer.

A memory foam mattress shouldn’t be turned, but instead rotated regularly to keep it in ship shape.

Airing a mattress

When you receive your newly delivered mattress, we’d recommend removing all the packaging and allowing it to air for at least four hours. Then, as part of general upkeep, let it air for an hour or two when you change the sheets.

When to replace a mattress

Signs to look out for that will show when your mattress is past its best:

  • Waking up with back or shoulder stiffness, aches and pains
  • Feeling tired after a full night’s sleep, which might mean your sleep is being disturbed by the state of your mattress
  • Wear and tear, including sagging, stains or damage

How are the mattresses tested?

What is the warranty on the mattresses?

We feel confident you’ll be very pleased with your Habitat mattress, but in the unlikely event that you feel it has a manufacturing fault, just get in touch with us with your warranty card and receipt to hand. We’ll arrange for the mattress to be inspected at a time that works for you, and then determine whether it’s a genuine fault and what the next steps will be.

Should a fault develop with your mattress within one year (two years for the Luxury range) of the date it was made, the manufacturer Kaymed will, at its discretion, repair or replace it free of charge.

If service is needed during subsequent years (up to a maximum of 8) any repair or replacement will be made, at Kaymed’s discretion, at a charge of 1/5th or 1/8th of the current price multiplied by the number of years the product has been owned (sliding scale).

This warranty doesn’t apply where the defects are because of:

  • abuse, misuse, or general wear and tear
  • any causes other than faulty manufacture or materials
  • where the product is soiled or in an unsanitary condition
  • where the Customer Care hints haven’t been applied
  • where the mattress has been used with an old or unsuitable base or foundation
  • where the product has been purchased as an ‘ex floor model’ or ‘clearance model’, which will have a limited warranty
  • body impression, which is normal on new luxury mattresses and does not constitute a manufacturing fault
  • perceived level of comfort, which is largely subjective and isn’t covered by the manufacturers warranty

Kaymed mattresses only contain foams and polyesters manufactured at our Dublin plant. That means all foams used to manufacture the products are to CertiPur Standards.

CertiPur is a voluntary testing, analysis and certification programme for the environment, including health and safety properties of polyurethane foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture. It flags up substances that shouldn’t be used and sets stringent maximum limits for some components.

Foams that conform to CertiPur are:

  • Made without heavy metals including mercury, lead or cadmium
  • Made without dyes that are carcinogenic or allergenic as described by EU legislation
  • Made without Phthalate plasticisers
  • Made without substances that cause cancer or may cause heritable generic damage
  • Emitting low levels of VOCs (volatile organic compounds)
  • Kaymed Woolfson is a member of CertiPur; Licence number C-IRL-1206-012-0201
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