Mattress Topper Guide
Spongy layers of bedding shouldn’t just be reserved for princesses with pea phobias. A fluffy mattress topper can increase the comfort of and help to extend the lifespan of your mattress, or bring a new lease of life to an older mattress that has seen better days.
As the name suggests, mattress toppers are designed to lie on top of your mattress to provide a layer of comfy cushioning between you and your bed. This layer can be filled with various materials and can be finished with a fleecy, cotton or durable blend fabric depending on your taste and requirements. These bedding layers focus primarily on comfort but if protection is your main concern, our mattress protectors may be better suited to your needs.
Do I need a topper?
Although our toppers may be heavenly, they can’t perform miracles. Whether a topper will work for you depends on the condition of your mattress.
If you’ve bought a new mattress within the last couple of years, you probably won’t feel the need for a topper. However, a firm new mattress will get more comfortable with the added layer of softness that a good quality mattress topper can add. Not only will a topper extend the lifespan of your mattress, a feather mattress topper will bring that extra layer of comfort on your bed which is impossible to build in any mattress made with conventional methods.
If your mattress is a few years old and no longer as soft as it was in the first couple of years, the right topper will save your bed from speedy deterioration, save your back from irritating springs and save your purse from the cost of a new mattress.
If your mattress has a dip in the middle, unfortunately there is not much that you can do. A dip in the mattress means that the filling material has completely worn out and is beyond repair. Replace your mattress now to make sure you’ll get a great night’s sleep.
Which topper Is the one for me?
Thankfully, once you’ve decided to get a topper, they are fairly simple to decipher. There are four key points to consider when choosing a mattress topper: size, thickness, method of attachment and materials. Once you’ve cracked your priorities on these, you can narrow down the topper for you!
The starting point of choosing a topper is a simple one; how big do you need it to be? Our toppers are measured in the same style as beds, so if you have a king size bed, you’ll have a king size mattress, which in turn will need a king size topper. That was easy!
The thickness of your topper is partially dependant on the filling used so if this is a crucial point in your quest for the perfect night’s rest, you may need to be more flexible with your material choice. Our toppers reach the dizzy heights of up to 7 cm so, while you may love the idea of having a super-thick mattress, it is important to take into consideration the height of your mattress and whether you’ll be able to fit your new, extra-height bed under your fitted sheet.
Not going to give up on your princess-and-the-pea dream? We sell extra deep fitted sheets which can cover up to 46cm of height, or you could use a larger size flat sheet to fold around your mattress and topper.
Easy Attachment Methods
Skirt or straps? These are the two methods that our toppers utilise to ensure that your topper is secured to your mattress and will stay put under your sheet.
Skirts Our skirted toppers work similarly to our fitted sheets; the padded top is attached to a deep skirt that wraps around all four sides of your mattress and is elasticated around the base to get a firm grip on your bed.
Straps Those without skirts have straps attached diagonally across the corners of the topper. These straps are made from elastic so will grab onto the corners of the mattress, stretching the topper over your bed.
Sumptuous Sleep - Cloud-like Materials
Our toppers cover a range of fillings and finishes, each with their own unique advantages. Natural Feather and Down Natural filled toppers, such as our duck feather and down, and goose feather toppers offer both support and softness. These toppers tend to be thicker than synthetic-filled ones as the materials are so soft. Generally, goose feathers and down are softer than duck feather and down, so a goose filling will provide a smoother option.
Synthetic Microfibre, Polyester and Fleece If you suffer from allergies or require a topper that can be easily washed at home, synthetic fillings offer a more suitable option. Our synthetic toppers also offer fantastic value for money, so are ideal if you’re on a budget. Cloud-like Super Microfibre is an excellent down substitute if you’re after a cosy bed that you can sink into, our fleece topper is ideal if you like to be extra toasty at night and our polyester-based fillings offer incredible lofty comfort without feathers.
Memory Foam Pressure-sensitive memory foam is ideal for adding a layer of spongy support to your bed. It reacts to the contours of your body to offer perfect support all around, preventing large amounts of pressure being applied to specific areas of your body eg. the hips of a side sleeper. Available in a range of densities, the general rule of memory foam is that the denser the material, the firmer the topper will feel. If you love the feeling of memory foam but don’t want to replace your spring mattress yet, a memory foam topper offers the perfect solution.
What is GSM?
I keep seeing ‘GSM’ on product pages, what does this mean?
GSM is a measurement used to describe the thickness of a fabric. It stands for Grams per Square Metre and refers to the weight of the filling within the topper. The higher the GSM, the more dense the filling which, in the case of toppers, means that the topper will be thicker and fluffier, therefore more comfortable.