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Plush Bed vs Firm Bed: What Is The Difference?

During your search for the perfect mattress, you’re likely to come across certain terms that need further explanation. Plushness and firmness in mattresses may be among those terms. Read on to learn about the difference between a plush bed vs firm bed. It can help you make a wiser buying decision and get the best night’s sleep that you deserve.



What Is a Plush Bed?

Mattresses described as plush typically feel softer on the surface where you sleep. Many people describe slipping into plush mattresses as sinking into a luxuriously comfortable bed. They are suited for people who sleep on their sides, and suffer from pressure point discomfort while sleeping. The reason is simple. Plush mattresses cushion and cradle pressure points creating a softer sensation and less stress on the joints.

In other words, they cushion your body while you sleep, with the perfect amount of give, for a comfortable night’s sleep. Some back sleepers also prefer plush mattresses, but they require mattresses with firmer cores to provide the support their backs require, in order to maintain proper spinal alignment.

Stomach sleepers, however, rarely prefer plush mattresses. The sinking sensation can leave them feeling as though they are suffocating. And the mattresses force the spine to bend in strange positions. Firm mattresses are a better choice for stomach sleepers and many back sleepers.

What Is A Firm Bed?

Firm mattresses aren’t quite as soft as the plusher varieties. They are often referred to as providing exceptional support. While some people find them stiff and uncomfortable, stomach sleepers often find them a better choice. Firm beds help stomach sleepers maintain proper spinal alignment while sleeping, as do those who sleep on their backs.

Side
sleepers sometimes struggle with firmer mattresses as they tend to irritate
pressure points, leaving them aching and sore in the morning. While shoulders
and hips are the most commonly complained of pressure points when it comes to
firm mattresses, some people also complain about their knees. This can
sometimes be relieved by placing a thin pillow between your knees while
sleeping, regardless of how soft or firm your mattress may be.

What If You Choose The Wrong One?

In Web MD, Arya Nick Shamie, MD, associate professor of orthopedic surgery and neurosurgery at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center states, “The mattress needs to support your body in a neutral position, one in which your spine has a nice curvature and your buttocks, heels, shoulders, and head are supported in proper alignment.”

“If the mattress is too firm, it will push on those main pressure points and take you out of alignment.” “If it’s too soft, those pressure points won’t be properly supported, so your whole body flops back.” Both of these scenarios can lead to an achy morning.”

We can see that finding the proper plushness and firmness is very important for your sleeping needs.

What If Your Partner Has Different Needs?

Most people spend weeks looking for a mattress that offers a balance of plush bed vs firm bed. It is hard enough to find the right fit for yourself, but when you add a partner into the mix, the search becomes more complex. Especially when your partner has different comfort expectations and preferences. That is, of course, unless you choose the right mattress.

PlushBeds Mattresses offer the rare combination of plushness to cradle pressure points and superior support for proper spinal alignment. These handmade mattresses offer buyers infinite customizability, so that each person can have their own preferred level of plushness or firmness, on each side of the bed.

One of the many things that set PlushBeds apart from other mattress makers is that you can change the level of firmness or plushness after you’ve purchased your mattress by adding or removing comfort layers.

PlushBeds does not glue mattress layers together in their Botanical Bliss Organic Latex Mattress, like so many other mattress makers. This gives you the option of adding and removing layers, as needed, to meet your unique comfort and support preferences. You can even have a different level of plushness and firmness on each side of the bed. This is a great option for couples with different comfort needs, where one prefers a plush bed vs firm bed and the other prefers a firm bed.

PlushBeds also offers a hybrid latex mattress that combines the plush feeling of luxurious organic latex with the superior, motion-isolating support of encased coils. The Luxury Bliss hybrid mattress does not offer the customizability of the Botanical Bliss mattress, but it does offer you a free 100 night trial, to see if it’s a good fit for your needs.

Conclusion

Your sleep position carries a lot of weight when it comes to the perfect mattress to meet your needs, but there is some degree of preference to consider as well.

Fortunately, with PlushBeds 100 night sleep trial, you have time to choose the mattress that fits your sleep needs best. Whether you need a plush bed vs firm bed, or a combination of the two, PlushBeds is sure to have a mattress that meets your needs for comfort and support.

If you have questions about PlushBeds mattresses, kindly call us toll-free at 888-264-8619 or speak with us via chat!

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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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