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 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).

Lullaby Mattress

This mattress offers your children superior comfort thanks to its pocket sprung construction; it also features a luxurious comfort core of natural wool and cotton. It's available in two depths depending on the height of the bed you have; the shallower All Rounder design is available in both UK and Euro single sizes.

No Sneezes Mattress

This is designed for children sensitive to natural materials - as you probably guessed from the name. It is also pocket sprung for superior comfort, but the comfort layers are made from non-allergenic polyester. It's available in a UK single size only, but you can choose from two depths depending on the height of the bed you have.

Express Mattress

If you can't wait four weeks then this mattress is for you because it's even available for Next Day delivery! It offers a good level of comfort with an open coil construction, polyester comfort layers and an anti-allergy finish. It's suitable for use with all beds including bunks, but is available in a UK single size only.

Truckle Mattress

Here's to a guaranteed good night's sleep for your guests; this open coil mattress features 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 mattress recommendations in the product details for each bed.

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

Here's a summary:

  1. 1. Ask yourself what sort of bed is it, i.e. a Bunk, Cabin, Single, Toddler, or Truckle?
  2. 2. Check if it's a standard UK sized single, or a longer European sized one?
  3. 3. 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.