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What is a Half and Half Mattress

Half and half mattresses herald a revolution in sleep solutions, catering to the unique needs of partners with differing weight ranges. They intelligently incorporate two distinct tension levels within the same mattress — offering one tension for one side, and a different one for the other. This ingenious design dispels any disputes over mattress firmness, promising a peaceful slumber for both you and your partner.

Indeed, with these mattresses, it is possible to savour the best of both worlds. Within this guide, we delve into how a half and half mattress, providing bespoke pocket spring support for each user, can significantly enhance your sleep quality.

What is a half and half mattress UK-style?

Also known as a mattress half and half or split tension mattresses, this innovative sleep solution is tailored specifically for couples, ensuring a harmonious and restful slumber for both partners. It achieves this by considering individual body weights and sleeping positions, in order to create a truly customised sleeping surface.

This unique approach utilises a dual pocket springs tension system within the same mattress, allowing for the correct spring tension to be applied separately for each partner. This means that the perfect mattress can be designed to provide personalised support based on individual body weights and preferences.

In addition to providing tailored comfort, this differential tension system significantly minimises night time disruptions caused by a restless partner. How does it work? The individually optimised mattress tensions reduce the need for uncomfortable shifting or fidgeting, thereby lowering the chance of sleep disturbance.

In essence, the half and half mattress is your passport to a more peaceful, refreshing, and uninterrupted night’s sleep.

Optimising couple comfort: The best half and half mattress with different mattress tensions explained

In a world where spring tension mattresses often cater to a one-size-fits-all approach, many sleeping partners find themselves having to compromise on sleep comfort. The prevailing situation usually involves a lighter partner (say, 8 stone) and a heavier one (for instance, 14 stone), being asked to choose between a soft mattress with a 1.2 gauge spring, or a medium 1.4 gauge spring medium firm mattress. In such a scenario, it’s inevitable that one sleeper is left at a disadvantage.

However, with the advent of half and half mattresses, couples can now both relish perfect support, regardless of their contrasting mattress preferences. These innovative mattresses, which are available in super king size zip and link and king size zip and link, integrate two size pocket springs of differing tension levels.

This design strategy caters to the unique body weight and preferred firmness of each sleeping partner, ensuring individualised support for both the left and right side of the mattress. In addition to providing soft medium, firm and extra firm support options, it significantly enhances pressure relief during sleep.

At the heart of it, we believe that sleep is far too precious to be compromised. With the right tension for each partner, a half and half mattress can dramatically improve your sleep quality, bidding goodbye to the days of discomfort and restless nights.

Half and half mattresses: Sizes and tensions for couples explained

What sizes is available for a half and half mattress? These different tension mattresses are primarily offered in both king and super king size. This is because smaller sizes, such as double, traditionally come with a single spring tension. This singular tension offering could be one of the reasons why the king size mattress is now surpassing the double in popularity within the uk.

When choosing a new mattress, it’s vital to select the right spring tension based on your body weight rather than your comfort preferences. It is the upholstery, not the pocket springs, that provides the comfort. This brings to light the importance of recognising the different elements of a mattress and how they contribute to its overall feel.

Half and half mattresses, like a soft on one side and firmer on the other, are a perfect solution for partners with different weights and different preferences in firmness. A double sided half and half mattress is the ideal solution, offering different degrees of firmness that cater to each individual sleeper’s needs within one mattress.

So, there’s no need to compromise on your comfort for the sake of a partner’s preferences. With the correct spring tension and comfort layer combination, everyone can enjoy a peaceful and rejuvenating night’s sleep with their preferred one side firmness levels.

Whats is spring tension?

Spring tension in a mattress plays a vital role in catering to your body weight and preferred sleeping position. Generally, it is classified into four categories – soft, medium, firm, or extra firm. It’s important to clarify that these classifications do not represent the ‘feel’ of the mattress against your body, but rather the degree of support provided to your body weight throughout the night. The key factors to consider when selecting the appropriate spring tension are indeed your body weight and sleeping position.

The foremost question to ask when choosing the right spring tension is – which spring gauge aligns with my body weight and sleeping position? The answer to this question will guide you to the exact level of support you require.

To give an example, a 1.2mm spring is designed to cater for individuals weighing up to 11 stones. Any additional weight would cause the spring to overcompress, resulting in inadequate support. Conversely, an extra firm spring of 1.6mm is designed for individuals weighing above 18 stones. If a person weighing less uses such a mattress, the spring would undercompress, again resulting in inadequate support.

Choosing the wrong spring tension can lead to either insufficient or excessive support. This can result in an uncomfortable sleeping position, potentially causing backache over time. If you find you’ve made a mistake in spring tension selection, replacing your mattress would be the best course of action. For this reason, we offer a 100-night trial on a wide selection of our mattresses, allowing you to ensure the chosen mattress provides the right level of comfort and support.

Weight
Side
Side
Back
Back
Stomach
Stomach
Combination
Combination
Up to 11 Stones Soft Soft Soft Soft
11 - 16 stones Medium Medium Medium Medium
16 - 20 stones Medium Firm Firm Firm
Over 20 stones Firm Extra Firm Extra Firm Extra Firm

What is mattress feel?

The ‘feel’ of a mattress refers to the overall comfort and response it provides when you lie on it. It’s the perceived level of softness or firmness under your body, which can significantly affect the quality of your sleep. The stark difference between a super-soft mattress that offers ample pushback, and a firm mattress with little-to-no give, largely comes down to the types of fibres used above the spring unit.

The unique comfort level of a mattress arises from several elements working together in concert. The four main factors that contribute to this are:

  • Type of fibre
  • Quantity of fibre (gsm)
  • Your body weight
  • Your sleeping position

People often base their mattress selection solely on spring tension, overlooking these other crucial elements. However, to truly achieve a tranquil, high-quality night’s sleep, these additional factors warrant due consideration.

Understanding the role of fibres layered above the springs within the mattress is vital. A wide range of options exists, and the choice will greatly depend on your personal needs and priorities. For instance, if heat dispersal is essential for your optimal sleep, natural fibres like hand-teased wool and cotton would be ideal. On the other hand, if you require significant back and neck support, we would recommend horsetail or organic flax.

Remember, choosing the perfect mattress is not just about spring tension; it’s about considering all these elements that work together to offer you a tailored sleep experience.

Understanding tension mattresses: Various firmness options in a half and half mattress

In catering to the different needs of sleeping partners, half and half mattresses or a split tension mattress offer a wide variety of firmness combinations. These include:

  • Soft & soft split
  • Soft & medium split
  • Soft & firm split
  • Soft & extra firm split
  • Medium & soft split
  • Medium & medium split
  • Medium & firm split
  • Medium & extra firm split
  • Firm & soft split
  • Firm & medium split
  • Firm & firm split
  • Firm & extra firm split
  • Extra firm & soft split
  • Extra firm & medium split
  • Extra firm & firm split
  • Extra firm & extra firm split

Let’s illustrate this with an example: suppose you are a 9 stone sleeper and your partner is 15 stone. In this scenario, you would likely opt for a soft medium split. If you were to choose a conventional one piece mattress, the lighter sleeper might experience discomfort from an overly firm support unit. Conversely, the heavier partner could lack sufficient support.

With a double sided half and half mattress, this is no longer a concern. Each individual sleeper can enjoy a bed tailored to their specific needs. Whether it’s a softer feel to cushion the shoulders and hips or a firmer surface to support the spine, the available layers of firmness levels allow for a harmonious and comfortable night in the bedroom.

On one side firm comfort can be provided for the heavier partner, while the other side offers a softer tension to suit the lighter sleeper. In short, it’s about choosing the firmness combination that both partners prefer.

Concluding thoughts

In essence, a half and half mattress or zip and link mattress is a game-changer, enabling each partner to enjoy a truly restful night’s sleep. There’s no need for any compromise — both sleepers can experience the ideal spring tension that their comfort requires.

It’s important to note, however, that such an array of spring tension options is generally not offered within lower-priced mattress models. This tailored choice is typically available within the high-end range from the majority of mattress retailers. Each model within our luxury mattress range can be customised with spring tensions tailored to your specific body weight.

Should you find yourself in need of further guidance, don’t hesitate to reach out to our friendly and dedicated team at 0161 250 9200 for personalised assistance.

Our Best Half and Half Mattresses

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The Heritage Zip & Link

Available in Extra Firm, Firm, Medium, Soft

Mattress Compositon
English Lambswool, English Wool & Cotton, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Loose Long Curled Horsetail, British Highland Wool, Natural Hessian, English Lambswool, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Alpaca Wool & British Highland Wool
Feel:
Soft
Total GSM:
10600
Spring Count:
1600
Natural:
100% Natural
Depth:
44cm
Guarantee:
30 Years
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The Ancoats Zip & Link

Available in Extra Firm, Firm, Medium, Soft

Mattress Compositon
English Lambswool, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, British Highland Wool, Organic Flax
Feel:
Medium Soft
Total GSM:
4000
Spring Count:
1500
Natural:
100% Natural
Depth:
30cm
Guarantee:
30 Years
from £1,999.99 from £1,899.99
As low as £633.33 at 0% APR over 3 months

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The Shropshire Zip & Link

Available in Extra Firm, Firm, Medium, Soft

Mattress Compositon
English Lambswool, British Pure Wool & Cotton, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Loose Long Curled Horsetail, British Highland Wool & Natural Hessian
Feel:
Medium Soft
Total GSM:
5500
Spring Count:
1600
Natural:
100% Natural
Depth:
32cm
Guarantee:
30 Years
from £2,899.99 from £2,599.99
As low as £866.66 at 0% APR over 3 months

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The Grand Luxe Zip & Link

Available in Extra Firm, Firm, Medium, Soft

Mattress Compositon
English Lambswool, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, Hand Teased Silk, Hand Teased Alpaca, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Long Loose Curled Horsetail, British Highland Wool & Organic Flax
Feel:
Medium Firm
Total GSM:
6750
Spring Count:
3000
Natural:
100% Natural
Depth:
33cm
Guarantee:
30 Years
from £5,299.99 from £4,799.99
As low as £1,600.00 at 0% APR over 3 months

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The Winstons No1 Zip & Link

Available in Extra Firm, Firm, Medium, Soft

Mattress Compositon
English Lambswool, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, Hand Teased Silk, British Wool, Cashmere, Hand Teased Alpaca, Hand Teased Long Loose Curled Horsetail, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Long Loose Curled Horsetail, British Highland Wool & Organic Flax
Feel:
Medium Firm
Total GSM:
7350
Spring Count:
3000
Natural:
100% Natural
Depth:
36cm
Guarantee:
30 Years
from £6,999.99 from £5,999.99
As low as £2,000.00 at 0% APR over 3 months

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The Dreamer Zip & Link

Available in Extra Firm, Firm, Medium, Soft

Mattress Compositon
English Lambswool, British Fleece Wool & Cotton, British Highland Wool, Organic Flax, English Lambswool, Hand Teased Shropshire Wool, Hand Teased Cotton & British Highland Wool
Feel:
Soft
Total GSM:
8000
Spring Count:
1500
Natural:
100% Natural
Depth:
42cm
Guarantee:
30 Years
from £2,999.99 from £2,749.99
As low as £916.66 at 0% APR over 3 months

Dispatched for free in 5-7 Weeks to mainland UK

Published: 25th July 2023 (Updated: 20th August 2023) | Rebecca

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