• Blog, February 2018

Support Vs Comfort – Are You Really Being Told?

When we go into a bedding store, there’s no doubt that we’re looking for something that’s comfortable that helps you feel relaxed and wake up feeling rejuvenated.

But when you’re shopping for a new mattress or bed, you also need to consider support.

Anyone who’s slept on a lumpy mattress will tell you that these two key parts of a mattress are not interchangeable. But what do comfort and support really mean, and how can they help you understand what you need in a new mattress?

Comfort is great when it comes to buying a new mattress for your bed, but real comfort comes from real support that you can adjust to your body.

Comfort is great when it comes to buying a new mattress for your bed, but real comfort comes from real support that you can adjust to your body.


Comfort is something we all want in our brand-new mattress. It refers to the material layers of the mattress and how good it feels to lay down on.

Mattresses are often categorised in levels of comfort; firm, medium and soft/plush.


Support refers to the ability of your mattress’ inner and structure to give your body the foundation it needs when you’re asleep. True support from a mattress comes from the way the mattress contours and adjusts to the shape of your body, just like the Ergolife bed – a flat and uniform mattress cannot do this.

Soft or plush mattresses traditionally offer the greatest comfort and sometimes also include layers of soft fabric/foam/memory foam/latex on top to make them feel softer. While these make for a dreamy lay down in the bed store, these types of mattresses do not necessarily provide good support.

Firm mattresses are traditionally considered to offer the greatest level of support. But being flat and uniform they cannot conform to your curves and needs and provide correct support.

Comfort and support should go together, but when you’re out looking for that new mattress separate the aspect of comfort and support so you get the right bed for you. At Beds for Backs we do that to ensure our customers are fully informed and can make the right choice.

There are also many misconceptions about the comfort and support argument. For example, a firm mattress isn’t always the most ideal. It really depends on your specific needs. The best way to get the comfort and support you need to make the most of your eight hours sleep every day, is to try the Bed Selector.

Let’s be realistic, when you go to a bed store, you often look for the most comfortable mattress – one that makes you feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud. However, beds should not be purchased on comfort alone. Comfort layers do not provide the much-needed support that our body should have when we sleep.

Supportive mattresses can be comfortable, and our beds have been tested to show that comfort actually comes from the real support that your body gets.

Conventional mattresses give you comfort, but not the support. An ergonomic bed, like the Ergolife, gives you comfort through its layers, and also supports your body’s different zones. Just take a look at the difference between a conventional and ergonomic mattress here.

If you’re unsure about what you need to know when you’re buying a new bed or mattress, our 10 facts will make it easier for you.

At Beds for Backs, we are so obsessed with your sleep, that we designed a one-of-a-kind, world exclusive, customisable, ergonomic bed that ensures you get your best rest, and this comes from ultimate comfort and support. View our range or visit your nearest store for more details on this revolution in the sleep industry, or try out our Bed Selector to help you find the very best bed for your needs and lifestyle.


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