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I moved into a new house a few months back, and as it was an up-sizing move, there have been lots of new things that I have had to buy for the house. One of these things was a new bed, and mattress, as our new house has an extra bedroom compared to our old house. I decided that I would use my old bed in the extra bedroom, and would purchase a new bed for my own bedroom. I was lucky enough to find a 2nd hand bed for sale in our local newspaper, that was actually brand new, and never used, but it didn't have a mattress with it, so I started to hunt for one. I was amazed at how much mattresses can cost, as they range from as low as £100 (which is still a lot of money to me) up to anywhere over £2000! This sounds ridiculous, but I suppose sleep is a very important factor for everyone, and so getting the right bed and mattress regardless of price is the key thing for some people. I don't really struggle with getting to sleep though, so the cheaper the better for me!
Along with a cheap price, my only other preference was that I wanted a firm mattress, as opposed to a soft one, as I do suffer with a bit of back ache whenever I sleep on a soft mattress.
Eventually I spotted the mattress that ticked my 2 boxes, on Amazon, through a company called Happy Beds.
The mattress was on sale for £130 (plus a £10 delivery charge), supposedly reduced from £300, so I thought it was a bargain, and it was an orthopaedic bed, meaning that it is firm, and keeps the body well supported.
The full title of the mattress I purchased is an Ortho Royale 4.6ft Double mattress Orthopaedic. It looks like any other mattress to me, as it is a creamy colour, with light floral patterns on it, and is thick and bouncy! It was delivered on time, and by a friendly driver, who helped me to maul it upstairs!
The mattress itself is hand tufted, and contains luxury fillings (whatever that might mean?). The springs are described as 'extra thick bonnell springs, and all this is covered in a damask fabric, which is said to be hard wearing. There are handles stitched into the sides of the mattress, which were very helpful for getting it up stairs when it was delivered, and they are also useful for when it comes to turning the mattress over if required, although this is not necessary with this particular mattress according to the manufacturer.
Pleasingly for me, the mattress sits perfectly on the double bed base that I had purchased separately, and it looks very inviting in the silver and black bedding that I have put on it. I have slept very well on the mattress now during the last 3 months or so, and feel that this is a quality mattress at a bargain of a price, when compared to a lot of other mattress out there. I have not noticed any uncomfortable areas, and have not had any signs of pain from my back, which is very pleasing. It is very firm, and I was a little bit concerned at first that it might be too firm, but I have realized since that it is just perfect for me, and my wife is pleased with it too.
The dimensions are:
Length: 6.3ft (75" approx)
Width: 4.6ft (55" approx.)
Depth: 250mm (10" approx.)
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2012
Buying a new mattress can be a bewildering experience as there are a huge range of prices (£50 - £2000), different mattress construction types to consider (eg latex foam v pocket spring v open coil), soft v firm mattresses, and numerous manufacturers to choose from. One thing I soon realised in my search for a new mattress is that it is better not to choose a top brand name, but look at lesser known, but still reputable, proven brands if you want to save a shed load of money but not necessarily compromise on quality. The other thing is to set a budget from the start, say a maximum of £200 and work down from that level One such brand name that I came across was Bedmaster, who offer very reasonable prices for their mattresses. In the end you are seeking comfort, quality and value for money..
The Ortho Royale Double mattress, manufactured by Bedmaster is an orthopaedic type, meaning that it is firm to lie on. It's also available as a Small Single, Single, Small Double, and King size. The Double measures 190cm x 135cm, and has a depth of 21.6 cm. It is a heavy, thick mattress, which does not need to be turned. The mattress is an open coiled spring type made with orthopaedic bonnell springs which give it its firmness. These are enclosed in a damask fabric with a tufted finish. Open coil spring construction dates back to the 19th century, so this still widely used mattress construction has well proven itself over the centuries..Nowadays open coil mattresses tend to be more at the budget end of the market but without sacrificing quality or comfort. Therefore I'd be more inclined to investigate these types of mattresses first if you want to save some money. Two handles stitched onto the side of the mattress assist in moving or carrying it.
So why opt for an orthopaedic mattress instead of a more traditional softer one? I badly needed a new mattress, as my old one was so worn out that the ends of the springs were already poking through the fabric, digging into me like nails. My old, tattered bed was a small single, so I decided to clear out bed and mattress and go for a brand new double bed set. As I found out a double is some 2ft wider than a Small Single and meant plenty more turning space instead of feeling 'hemmed-in'. I visited retail stores as well as browsing online.The considerable difference between online prices vs retail store prices naturally influenced my decision in the end, but of course you can't try out a bed and mattress online, which is where the visiting of retail stores has some benefits. Having some idea what this was going to cost me, after trying out some conventional soft mattresses the salesman suggested trying out an orthopaedic mattress. Having believed these were favoured by paraplegics or catered for those with back problems, I was somewhat reluctant at first. But the salesman assured me that 'orthos' were becoming increasingly popular amongst the able-bodied. So I tried out the feel of a couple of 'ortho' mattresses, and rather appreciated their firmness. I could see the attraction, but they weren't exactly cheap in the stores. So my next task was to look online. There is no shortage of online firms selling mattresses at much cheaper deals than those in the stores. But are they reliable to deal with? My simple test was to email some of these with a few pertinent questions just to see if they bothered to respond. Having emailed a few firms not one bothered to respond, so I crossed them off my list as I don't buy from companies that don't care about customers. I wasn't going to risk buying from firms that have that attitude despite how cheap their prices looked..
Then I tried Amazon, having read favourable reviews of a particular 'ortho' mattress which had caught my eye. As the seller was considered reliable by reviewers I placed my order for the Otho Royale Double mattress. Within an hour the seller phoned me back. The guy was so helpful, and recommended that I buy a basic divan base to support the mattress. At this stage I still hadn't bought a bed. This was the cheapest way to buy a bed and the best solution for am 'ortho' mattress. More expensive divans come with drawers which I did not need. The double mattress itself was £130 which seemed amazingly cheap. I had seen very similar sized 'ortho' mattress types sold for over £200 in the stores. I was saving at least 33% on store prices. I was also earning Nectar points as this was an Amazon purchase. So now all I had to do was wait for delivery. The bed and mattress arrived slightly later than anticipated Nevertheless the goods arrived in perfect order, with castor wheels supplied with the divan base. I assembled the base and mattress, only to realise I needed new linen as the old sheets only fitted a small single bed. So it was a trip down to a large Tesco to buy some double sheets. Fortunately my old duvet fitted the new bed. While there I spent on a decent headboard that was in a clearance sale.
So was this a good buy? The answer is definitely. This seems like a top quality mattress It isn't until you are actually in bed curling up onto an orthopaedic mattress that you can really appreciate it. The Ortho Royale is certainly firm, but once your body gets use to the feel it is so much more comfortable and desirable than the conventional softer mattress. You just don't want to get out of bed in the mornings. Because your body doesn't sag like with a soft mattress your back and spine are properly supported, 'Orthos' are recommended in the medical profession for those who suffer back or neck pain. But you can enjoy this mattress regardless. But don't think for a moment that this is like sleeping on a stiff board. There is sufficient 'give' in the mattress. I sleep more soundly now, and am unlikely to return to sleeping on a soft mattress again. The mattress + basic divan bed + delivery charges came to £200. For a double bed that's pretty good value. I can highly recommend this quality product.
Firm open-coil mattress made from Damash fabric