With the two first-mentioned mattresses there are still further sub- or mixed forms. Foam mattresses are divided into gel foam mattresses, cold foam mattresses and visco foam mattresses. You can find innerspring mattresses in the variants of barrel pocket spring mattress, bonell spring mattress as well as box spring mattress.
However, if you sleep on an innerspring mattress, you will need a slatted frame with fewer slats and greater spacing. The reason for this is that this mattress is usually divided into lying zones.
With cold foam or visco foam mattresses, make sure that the slatted frame has at least 28 slats with a minimum spacing of three to four centimetres. Otherwise, the slats press into the mattress and disturb your lying feeling.
Hardness levels and their permissible body weight
up to 60 kilogram
60 to 80 kilogram
80 to 100 kilogram
100 to 120 kilogram
over 120 kilogram
Regarding the different degrees of hardness, you should know that there are no uniform standards. The hardness levels vary from manufacturer to manufacturer. For this reason, I always advise you to try them out.
If your mattress is labeled with a low density, it means that the foam is made up of little material and a lot of air. A high density, on the other hand, means that there is a lot of material in the mattress.
Therefore, the density is an absolute indicator of quality and value.
Properties of the volume weight
Low density (under 40 RG)
High volume weight (from 40 RG)
low restoring force
high restoring force
susceptible to depressions and hollows
rather suitable for light people
suitable for heavy people
Visco foam mattresses: These mattresses respond to weight as well as body heat, allowing them to conform to your body. They provide a floating lying feeling.
Box spring beds / box spring mattresses: They convey a particularly good adaptability and point elasticity. Older people in particular appreciate the higher entry height.
Gel foam mattresses: These mattresses combine the supportive effect of visco foam with the breathability of cold foam. Thanks to the point-elastic foam, your body is well supported and can relax fully.
I advise you to go for a cold foam mattress without ergonomic shapes. This is ideal for your child's growing body. From a height of 150 centimetres, you can then consider getting a mattress with a shoulder zone or similar.
This is because the processed foam is compressed and compressed. After unpacking, the material must first "open up" again to reach its normal size.
If you do not keep to this period, the mattress may not be able to fully develop its ergonomic shape. This may lead to back pain.
Secondly, it is important to clean the mattress cover. House dust and mites accumulate in it over time and penetrate to the core of the mattress. For this reason, modern mattresses are equipped with a removable mattress cover, which usually has a circular zipper. You simply put it in the washing machine every three months.
Furthermore, I advise you not to vacuum your mattress with a vacuum cleaner. This can damage the structure of the mattress.
As a further care tip, I recommend that you place a mattress protector under the sheet. This way you won't wear out the mattress too much and it will last for a long time.
Other factors also influence the lifespan of a mattress. These include the amount of moisture released by your body, your body weight and how you have cared for the mattress.
For hygienic reasons in particular, it therefore makes sense to replace a mattress after twelve years at the latest.
Another, more costly option is to take it to a recycling centre. Just check on the Internet to see if there is one near you and find out what kind of waste it accepts.
You can also donate your old mattress to charity, friends or acquaintances. Of course, this requires that the mattress is still in good condition.
Manufacturers often offer to take back your old mattress. Manufacturers often make this offer when you buy a new mattress. However, this return is usually associated with costs.