“ Brand: Dunelm / Available in different sizes „
Despite having a good quality mattress (it was a present from a friend who could get them cost price and it would be £1000 to buy) it is sadly much too hard for us to sleep comfortably on. I invariably wake up with a tingling dead arm half convinced that I've had a stroke in the night, while my beloved who has a fragile back from her years of nursing would wake up in some pain. Of course our Yorkshire values recognises that this is an expensive mattress so we are going to use it, even though it obviously isn't particularly good for us personally.
Dunelm Memory Foam Topper
In the January sales my beloved spotted a Memory Foam Topper at Dunelm Mill half price (I think it was £35 rather than £70 although my beloved like many women is sometimes rather vague when it comes to telling me how much things cost). As it was a bargain, she decided to take a punt to see if it could improve our lives. The topper looks a bit like a mattress protector only a couple of inches thick. There are straps you pop under the mattress to keep the topper secure.
The topper actually makes quite a difference. I have tried memory foam beds before and while my beloved really likes them, I dislike that sense of loss of control as you sink slowly into the mattress and then that leaden feeling as you get out of them. Fortunately, this isn't thick enough to give me that feeling, and it balances against the hardness of the original mattress; we were both quite satisfied with our topper.
The topper's downers
While the topper certainly gives us a better night's sleep it is not without its difficulties.
The topper moves a little during the week and one of us ends up with a dint along the edge of their side of the bed. Not much of a problem in winter but we both sleep with our legs dangling out of our respective sides on hotter nights and it presents something of an annoyance then.
The topper makes making the bed a nightmare. I hate making beds at the best of times, but some of our "tighter" fitted sheets no longer "fit" the mattress and topper. I feel like I should resort to safety pins to keep it all together.
The topper has been coated with an anti bacterial agent. I'm always a bit uneasy about having close contact with chemicals and here I am spending a third of my time lying on top of something that kills life forms. There is quite a lot of negative publicity about unnecessary anti bacterial agents helping create new drug resistant strains of anti bacteria, and it having a negative impact upon our natural immunity systems. Thankfully my beloved allows her cats into the bedroom, and so any impact the antibacterial chemicals may have are countered by the slugs that Morris brings in on his tail.
The Dunelm Mill Memory Foam Topper has made our lives much more comfortable, although making the bed each week has become even more of a chore, and I can see we can no longer just buy a "fitted sheet" it will have to be a generously sized fitted sheet.
So while our sleep is better, the topper is not without its problems.
I was suffering terribly with lower back pain, so much so that I couldn't move in the mornings. My husband was having to pull me up into a sitting position it was so bad. I couldn't go on with constantly taking pain killers so I decided to look into replacing the mattress to see if it helped.
The adverts on tv for memory foam mattresses sounded like it was worth trying. The price being a consideration, I decided on a memory foam topper. Dunhelm Mill was selling them for around £80 ( 20% off at the moment) so I went and bought one.
When I first unwrapped it I thought it was so flat surely it wouldn't 'grow' much bigger but after a few hours it had expanded to a squishy couple of inches. The rubber smell soon went and I was ready to try it out.
Well the first night I woke up feeling much less stiff, after a few weeks my backache was much improved, I am virtually pain-free now and can't believe how well it's worked. The mattress topper is so comfy to sleep on, I sink right in.
The fitted bed sheet can be a bit of a problem to fit over both mattress and topper so I just tuck it under the topper.
I've since bought the kids one each as it is so comfortable. I would definitely recommend this product.
I decided to buy this memory foam mattress as I have arthritis and I have had an operation on my back, so I was hoping it would help, I would definitely recommend it as I have never had as good a night's sleep in years.
When you first get it home and unroll it and place it on the bed I t does look a little bit squashed and flat but after a few hours it springs to life. This mattress is only 2 inch which is not very much but it really does help with aches and pains. I do find my fitted sheet does not fit as my own mattress is very deep to start off with, but I put my elasticated fitted sheet around the memory foam mattress only and this seems to do the trick.
There are many memory foam mattresses for sale but it all depends upon the density of the foam, the higher the density the better the quality. I have purchased a complete memory foam mattress for my mum but she said it wasn't as good as the topper, this is probably because with a mattress you only get an inch or two of memory foam on the top layer, so it is better to put a topper on to your existing mattress if it is still in good condition.
There is a funny smell with the topper that does take a few days to go, it is better to open the window the let it air out. I also found the mattress made me very hot in the night and my husband was sweating, this is okay in winter but could get annoying in summer. I will still carrying on using it because I think it is fantastic; I noticed that I did not ache half as much the next morning.
I also have the memory foam pillow and I have noticed I do not toss and turn as much while using this pillow, now I can't use a normal pillow without getting neck ache.
I have never before seen the need to buy a memory foam mattress or topper, happy as I was at the time with my new, and rather expensive brand-named sprung mattress. But less than three years on the mattress has inevitably sunken, and whilst it has remained flat (without the characteristic dip you get from one heavier sleeper) the springs have started to dig in a little, and my sleep isn't as confortable as it once was.
Not wanting to spend another £300 on a new mattess, and especially so soon, I had a look on Amazon.co.uk and found that the best thing to eliminate the 'spring dig' is a 2 inch (5cm) memory foam topper. A 1 inch is a little too thin (my husband is 15st and 6 foot 3) and a 3 inch I was concerned about getting the fitted sheets over it (I've also heard you only sink into a memory foam mattress by 1.5inches so a 2 inch is just fine).
I located this one, the Dunelm Value, on Amazon for £52 for a double size, bought from a third party, The Linen Depot. Delivery was £7.99.
I can't complain at the delivery by the way - ordered Friday night, was with me Monday morning.
The mattress came in a carry case and was about the size of a large gym bag. It wasn't too heavy - I'm by no means a strong woman and I carried it out to the car with relative ease. I wouldn't want to carry it far or get on public transport with it, so if you're buying instore, take note (or a strong person!)
The mattress is folded in two lengthways and rolled up. It has had all the air removed from it, when you take it out of the case, you'll be thinking it's really thin and you'll never get the folds out of it - but if you lay it out over your mattress, open a window and leave it for an hour, it will 'puff out' into a 2 inch topper (a little more, we've found).
There is a strong smell which we were warned about in the instructional manual, I would describe it as a very strong sweet plastic smell, it's not overpowering and it does go in a week or so. If you are very sensitive to strong smells you could air this in a garage or spare room for a week (I wouldn't spray anything on to it).
The mattress comes with a soft velour cover in white which is removable and washable - though of course you'd be putting your flat or fitted sheet over it so in theory it would only need a wash every few months as long as it stayed clean and fresh (I mean, we never washed the mattress, though I did spray it with febreze).
Fitting our fitted sheets over it was easy, I use standard double size fitted sheets, it is important to note if you have an Ikea mattress / bed that the sizings are different, I have found this in the past, that Ikea ones are slightly smaller.
The mattress is SO comfortable. From just sitting on the bed watching TV to laying flat out, it is a huge, huge difference in comfort from the springs we had. You literally sink into the foam and it holds your shape. It is very warm too as there is no air underneath you, on our first night I had to get up and open the window as I was so hot - I'll be leaving the heating OFF from now on, which is a great bonus of having the topper.
I can honestly say that the night's sleep I had on the memory foam topper was wonderful, in fact I didn't want to get up! I had a great quality of sleep and so did my husband - he's normally a snorer but I did notice that the snoring was lessened by the foam holding his body in a more natural position, and the fact that when he lay on his side, he wasn't rolling over on his back and snoring, as he was held by the foam. An unexpected yet welcome bonus!
I suffer from a bad back, due to years of hunching over a laptop at work. I do find that the memory foam helps me relax, with it's support. My dad who is disabled following a stroke finds that it does the same for his legs which get tired. Therefore I'd say it would be a great investment for anyone older, with a disability, or even those who have restless legs or who toss and turn at night. It really is suitable for all.
So, now I have my memory foam topper I am singing it's praises to all and sundry. Two people in my office have bought one on my recommendation and if you are thinking about getting one I cannot praise it highly enough. I will eventually end up buying a full memory foam mattress and putting the topper in the spare room but for anyone wanting to try out memory foam, or who doesn't want the expenditure of a memory foam mattress, this is absolutely the next best thing, in fact I can't imagine how my bed can get any more comfortable!
I am amazed that I didn't buy one sooner, and I have to give the topper a full five stars out of five. Love it.
After having problems with my hip since I gave birth to my daughter, my doctor suggested trying a memory foam mattress topper as the pain may have been exacerbated by a mattress which was too firm.
I did a bit of research as to pricing and quality on the internet, and it appeared that aswell as a difference in price, there was also a difference in the type of foam used and the firmness and thickness of the topper.
I decided to have a look in Dunelm, purely on the basis that they have the items out on display for you to try. I had purchased a memory foam pillow a couple of years ago, and couldn't get on with it at all, as it felt like I was resting my head on a rock, and so I was expecting to have the same reaction when trying out the mattress.
However when you sit on the mattress, you can feel the comfort straight away. This particular topper is 5cm thick, which I would say is in the middle range (you can get 3cm and 7cm thicknesses from other shops) and cost £99.00 for a double size. I'm not particularly big or heavy and so I felt that I had enough support with this thickness.
The topper comes rolled up and in its own drawstring bag. When you first undo the packaging, they suggest that you lie the topper somewhere flat and let it uncurl and relax back to its normal shape for 24 hours before use.
The topper comes with its own brushed cotton protector with a zip, and has four elastic sections (one on each corner) so that you can hook it over your existing mattress.
Some websites suggest that it can take you up to two weeks to get used to using a memory foam topper, but I must say that I had the best nights sleep I'd had in ages on the first night I used it. I certainly couldn't live without it now. The only downside to these toppers is that they do move about a bit as you move in the bed. It's not a massive amount but I do have to shift it back across the bed a bit after a couple of nights. In addition, because you are adding a couple of centimetres to the depth of your mattress, some fitted sheets may be difficult to get over both items or "ping" off, so you may want to use flat sheets or move to the next bedding size.
I have read that some people find that they get too hot on a memory foam topper, but I haven't found that to be the case and I have had it since the summer.