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Foam vs Coil Mattress Cores: Which is Right for Your Antique?

Shopping for a modern mattress on an antique bedframe is a bit of a process. First you have to deal with the sizing issue. Antique beds often require a custom-made mattress due to the sizing usually being smaller and less consistent than modern standards. A ¾ mattress is another name for what you’re looking for when shopping for your “new” antique bed, which we can happily manufacture for you, but there’s still the issue of choosing what kind of core you want for your mattress.

Foam and a coil mattresses are the two most common types of mattresses that are available on the market. While neither is particularly “better” for your antique bed frame than the other and both offer a comfortable place to sleep, there are some key differences between the two that may make one a better choice for you than the other.

We offer both foam and coil three quarter mattresses, custom-made to your exact size-specifications, but there’s pros and cons to each. In the end your choice will be completely up to personal preferences, and both are guaranteed comfortable, however let us give you a quick overview of what to expect in your new custom-made mattress — whichever you choose.

Foam Mattresses: A Modern Bedtime Luxury

This particularly type of bed has been around since the 1960’s but only recently fairly recently has it become popular in the mainstream. Foam beds, also known as memory foam mattresses, are made from special materials that are designed to contour to the shape of your body. This gives your mattress the ability to "remember" the shape of your body and adjust to provide support and pressure relief where you need it most.

Foam mattresses can be made of a number of different materials, however ours only use natural latexes. No need to fear about chemicals or heavy metals leaching out over time.

Unlike coils, foam mattresses have much less bounce to them. This has the effect of taking pressure off sensitive parts of your body by evenly distributing your weight across the bed, allowing you to sink into the mattress while a firmer foam core works to securely cradle you to sleep.

Foam core mattresses are then ideal for side sleepers or those of us who tend to toss and turn a bit who wish to avoid disturbing their significant other while moving.

Though less traditional than a coiled mattress, a custom fit three quarter foam mattress may be for you if you’ve ever woken up with an ache in your shoulders or sides.

Coiled Mattresses: The Traditional Choice

Chances are you’ve had a coiled mattress in the past. They’ve been used since the mid-19th century, possibly around the same time your antique bed was made in the first place. However, this technology has advanced quite a bit from those days.

Our modern coiled mattresses, also known as pocket coils, are individually wrapped meaning they operate independently from each other to conform to your body. Coils also effectively draw heat away from you, allowing you to stay cool easier throughout the night. If you’re a hot sleeper then a coiled cored may be for you.

Coiled cores, however, have quite a bit more firmness than a fully foam mattress. This support is primarily provided by individual coils working in unisons in reaction to where your weight is on the bed, which can cause pressure points.

A custom coiled mattress is great for those who sleep on their backs, providing you much needed extra support, but if you are a side sleeper you may need a three quarter foam mattress for its extra give.

Ready to Choose? Check Out Our Online Showroom

Now that you know a little bit about what to expect in either a foam or coiled three quarter mattresses, check out our selection of custom high-quality mattresses for your antique bed. We specialize in making sure all our mattresses are delivered precisely to your specifications to fit whatever your needs may be. Dream number 5 is our most popular ¾ custom foam mattress at the moment, offering a great price on premium materials and luxurious comfort.


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