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How To Choose Your Mattress Thickness

There are not many things that feel more luxurious than climbing into a big comfy bed with a thick, plush mattress. The standard thickness for a mattress is between 6 to 9 inches – while some of the more luxurious mattresses are 12 inches. There are even some mattresses that are an astonishing 16 to 18 inches. But, how much mattress thickness do you really need? Hint: for most people it is nowhere near 16 inches.

Factors that Affect Mattress Thickness Preferences

Before you get started, there are a few factors that affect the mattress thickness, that work best for one person over another. If you’re part of a couple, you need to find the mattress that meets both your needs. Many people select their mattress thickness based on one or more of the following factors:

  • Body weight
  • Health and medical conditions
  • Mobility issues
  • Height preferences

However, there are other factors that affect the thickness of the mattress that will be the most comfortable for you, including the type of mattress and your own personal preferences. Below you will learn more about each of the factors listed above and how they impact your mattress comfort level and buying decisions.

Body Weight and Mattress Thickness

For these calculations, you want to consider the body weight for each person rather than the total body weight for both partners.

  • People weighing 225 pounds or less should expect to sleep comfortably on a 9 inch mattress for the expected lifespan of the mattress.
  • People weighing between 225 and 275 pounds will find that a thicker mattress meets their needs better and that a 10 inch mattress is more suitable.
  • People weighing in excess of 275 pounds may wish to consider a 12 inch mattress to ensure their continued comfort for the duration of the mattress lifespan.

Some will argue there is little, if any, benefit for advancing beyond 12 inches for a mattress, though others seek to add a layer of plush comfort. If you’re sleeping on a PlushBeds natural latex mattress, you may consider an additional comfort layer or one of the PlushBeds natural latex mattress toppers for additional comfort. Latex toppers from PlushBeds are currently available in 2 and 3 inch thicknesses. Another option is adding a wool topper, if you want the softness but not the height.

Health and Medical Conditions

People with certain medical conditions might find plusher or firmer mattresses are better choices to meet their sleep needs. For instance, those who suffer from back pain might prefer firmer mattresses with fewer layers while those who have some of the following conditions might prefer thicker mattresses with more comfort layers that boost both the softness and the height of the mattress.

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Shoulder pain
  • Arthritis
  • Hip pain

Even side sleepers might prefer a softer, thicker mattress to help alleviate pressure point pain on their hip and shoulder, while laying on their side. The key is to find the mattress height that delivers the greatest possible degree of comfort, so you can get a great night’s sleep night after night.

Total Height of the Bed

Another thing to keep in mind is the total height of your bed once you add the mattress. A bed that’s too tall for your feet to touch the floor, while sitting on the side of the bed, may make getting into and out of the bed difficult. The same can be said of a mattress that is excessively short. It can make it more difficult for some people to roll into and out of the bed.

The mattress isn’t the only thing that affects the total height of the bed. Other things have an impact on your bed’s total height, include the following:

  • The bed frame
  • Box springs
  • Foundations
  • Risers you may have added beneath the frame

Fortunately, the total height of the bed is something that can be easily adjusted by changing things like riser height, bed frame, foundation or the type of mattress you choose. Choose the mattress that works best with the total height of the other components or adjust the total bed, so that it is a comfortable height for you and your partner, to get into and out of, at all hours of the day and night.

Mobility Concerns

People who have specific mobility issues may require mattress thicknesses that work with their mobility aids. Some people, for instance, require wheelchairs or mobility scooters to get around. They need mattresses with heights that allow them to transition easily back and forth without requiring too much strain on their legs, backs, or arms in the process.

Even those who have walkers or use a cane to walk may find their needs met best with mattresses that do not require them to climb into or roll out of the bed. Not too high, not too short and not too plush where they sink into the bed. It really is a balancing act for people who have mobility concerns, to find just the right height in a mattress, and that’s one of the ways mattresses from PlushBeds shine, thanks to their customizability.

PlushBeds Offers Unique Mattress Thickness Options

All of PlushBeds mattresses are handcrafted and customized for you, with a wide variety of thickness options. Also, the Botanical Bliss Organic Latex Mattress comes with a 100-night comfort exchange guarantee. Because the layers of PlushBeds Botanical Bliss Mattress are not glued together, you can add or remove layers, to help you find the right thickness, comfort and support to meet your needs. Or you can add a mattress topper to add another 2 to 3 inches to your mattress thickness.

Contact us today to learn more about our handcrafted and customized mattresses.

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    Amber Merton

    Amber Merton is an accomplished writer on the topics of green living and sleep. Her work has been covered in numerous online publications. Amber has been a regular author on the PlushBeds blog for the past 7 years.

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