When it comes to choosing your perfect mattress, size matters. And we don’t just mean the size of the mattress, YOUR size and shape matter too. Your personal “stats,” like weight, height and body shape are more important than you might think in determining what kind of mattress will suit you best. For example, it’s unlikely that a 120 pound person and a 250 pound person are going to have the same taste in mattresses. Comfort preference, support needs and durability concerns are directly affected by body size, and there is no “magical mattress” that is perfect for every sleeper.
Over our years in the industry, we’ve learned that heavier sleepers have a unique set of concerns when it comes to their mattress. From sagging to softening, frequent aches to faulty foundations, we’ve heard it all from unsatisfied plus size consumers. But perhaps the most frustrating issue is the shorter lifespan of your mattress, forcing you to replace your bed more frequently.
So how can you tell which mattress will finally give you the support and durability that you’re looking for? Great question. We’ve put some thought into the key factors that make a mattress best suited for a heavier sleeper. Be sure to look for the following 4 features during your next mattress search:
1) Foam Density
For many of you reading this article, you probably never even considered that foam density should be on your mattress shopping list, but we say it needs to be at the top! Foam density is a critical indicator of a mattress’s longevity and ability to maintain its comfort, shape and support over time. It’s also your #1 defense against mattress sagging, a common complaint among mattress shoppers in general, and the problem can be even worse for heavier sleepers.
The top layers of any mattress, typically about ¼ of its total height, are generally constructed from some type of foam to provide comfort and cushion to the sleeping surface. The flexible nature of these foams means that they compress under your sleeping body and expand when the weight is lifted. Low density, inferior quality foams simply can’t withstand this compression night after night, meaning they stay permanently compacted in the form of a dip or body impression in the surface of your mattress. While the industry standard is 1.2 pcf (pounds per cubic foot) foam, we recommend a density of 1.8 pcf or higher to protect against the sagging and softening of your mattress surface.
Aside from mattress longevity, the other issue that many plus size sleepers face with their mattress is insufficient support. Memory foam, latex and other types of mattresses with an all-foam construction may be trendy, but in our opinion nothing beats the internal support that comes with a steel coil innerspring. Steel coils withstand compression better than an all-foam core and they provide dynamic support, literally pushing back to support your body weight. They also relieve some of the pressure on the foam layers above, allowing them to keep their shape and reduce softening.
A wrapped coil innerspring, where each individual coil is wrapped in its own fabric pocket, is ideal since it allows the isolated coils to respond individually to your body movements. Wrapped coils also distribute your body weight more evenly, providing support when and where you need it most.
It’s easy to overlook your bed foundation as a mere accessory, but the truth is that your mattress is only as good as the foundation that supports it. The two pieces work together as a system, with the foundation providing a stable base for the mattress above. A quality foundation is even more important for plus size sleepers since it acts a shock absorber, provides extra support and adds to the durability of the mattress. Plus size sleepers should look for a heavy duty construction with wood components and multiple cross slats to ensure proper support and sturdiness for the mattress.
Warranty coverage is another part of the mattress buying process that tends to be ignored, but it’s important to understand what kind of protection you are getting from the mattress manufacturer. Since mattress sagging is a common problem among plus size sleepers, you’ll want to make sure that the warranty protects against body impressions of 1” or greater for at least 10 years after you purchase. And make sure you read all of the fine print – if a warranty is prorated, then the manufacturer may not cover the costs of a repair or replacement after a certain amount of time.
So where can you find a mattress that meets all of these specifications? Look no further than the Aviya mattress. We designed our hybrid mattress to be overwhelmingly supportive and durable by sourcing the highest quality materials available in the mattress industry, the perfect solution for plus size sleepers who need an impeccably built bed.
With layers of high density 1.8 pcf foam atop a wrapped coil innerspring, our mattress provides exceptional support and virtually eliminates sagging issues for sleepers of all sizes. Our heavy duty, Amish wood crafted foundation is built to last with 12 cross slats and 30-40% more wood and weight than the foundations offered by our competitors. And don’t forget…our 10 year, 1” body impression warranty is industry leading and affirms our confidence in the performance of our products.
Take a closer look at our Aviya Luxury Firm and Aviya Firm options for a substantial feel with exceptional support. If you like what you see, take it for a test drive with our 100 night risk free trial and experience the Aviya Advantage for yourself.