Mattress Guide

What is the ideal mattress for my child?

For adults and children alike, the most comfortable and healthy sleep position is with a straight spine; this means we need a supportive mattress.

What do we mean by a supportive mattress?

A supportive mattress is a responsive mattress, that can adapt to all the curvy (or not-so-curvy) parts of the body, whether it's the shoulders, hips, waist or head.

Do children need a more supportive mattress than adults?

Yes, it is even more important for children's mattresses to be supportive. This is because:

  • Children tend to be lighter in weight than adults; they make less impact on the mattress so they need a more sensitive mattress to respond to their contours
  • They change position in bed more than adults, so their mattress needs to respond accordingly
  • Their shape is constantly changing as they grow; a more supportive mattress will be able to respond to these changes, resulting in greater comfort.

So that's your watch word when it comes to choosing a mattress for kids; it's not about being firm, or soft, it's about being supportive.

What makes a mattress more, or less, supportive?

Mattresses are made up of an inner support core (consisting of metal bed springs), various comfort layers and then an outer cover.

The level of support offered depends on the type of sprung core and the comfort layers: the sprung core varies according to the spring count, and whether they are of open coil or pocket sprung construction (see our glossary for more help). The thickness and softness of the comfort layers is also important.

Do I need a different sort of mattress for a bunk bed or cabin bed?

Yes. Bunk beds and raised beds often require a mattress with a maximum depth of 15cm, which may narrow down your options; you will find this information in the product details of your preferred bed.

Is there a standard Single size mattress?

Yes there is a standard UK size (190L x 90W cm), but there is also a longer European standard size (200L x 90W cm); this information will be in the product details of your preferred bed and will narrow down your options.

What sort of mattresses do GLTC offer?

To save you wading through heaps of different mattresses we've whittled down our range to just a handful; between them we think we've answered all your children's needs, so all you have to do is pick the right size and depth for your bed (you'll find our specific mattress recommendations listed with your chosen bed).

Luxury Mattress

Our Luxury mattresses offer your children superior comfort thanks to their pocket sprung construction; they also feature a luxurious comfort core of natural wool and cotton. They're available in two depths depending on the height of the bed you have; the shallower All Rounder design comes in both UK and Euro single sizes and is suitable for all beds, including raised beds and top bunks; the luxurious Extra Deep design is only available in a UK single size, and is suitable for single beds and lower bunks.

Classic Mattress

Our Classic range offers a good level of comfort with an open coil construction and comfort layers made from non-allergenic polyester. It's available in both UK and Euro single sizes only, in an All Rounder depth which is suitable for all beds including raised beds and top bunks.

Truckle Mattress

Here's a guaranteed good night's sleep for your guests; this open coil mattress features cosy, polyester comfort layers and an anti-allergy finish.

Dormouse Toddler Mattress

This is perfect for toddlers thanks to a cosy but supportive pocket sprung construction and a removable, machine washable cover; it's also designed to help regulate heat as well as reduce allergens.

Do you recommend any mattresses for specific beds?

Yes, you will find our specific mattress recommendations in the product details for each bed.

So what do I need to consider before making my final decision?

Ask yourself what sort of bed is it, i.e. a Bunk, Cabin, Single, Toddler, or Truckle; then check if it's a standard UK sized single, or a longer European sized one. If you’re not sure (take a look at the details of each mattress for our mattress recommendations).

You may also find our mattress glossary helpful. Failing that, do give us a call: we're always happy to help: 0344 848 6000.