Mattresses buying guide

The right mattress can mean the difference between sweet dreams
and restless nights

How to choose a mattress

How to choose a mattress

A good mattress can last up to 10 years: for every £100 spent that’s about 2.7p a night

How to choose a mattress

It's important to test a mattress. Visit your nearest
John Lewis shop and give them the bounce test!

How to choose a mattress

If you have a good quality bed frame then just invest in a mattress. If you've a divan base, we advise buying a complementary mattress and base together for proper support

Mattress types

Open spring mattress

  • The most common spring system for more affordable mattresses
  • Border rod or wire gives the mattress a firm edge and helps retain its shape
  • Sides are machine-stitched rather than hand-stitched

Pocket spring mattress

  • More luxurious, with individual small springs housed in separate fabric pockets
  • Minimises the risk of you rolling towards your sleeping partner during the night
  • Springs work independently to respond to individual body weight

Memory foam mattress

  • Moulds to your body’s contours
  • Hypo-allergenic with anti-microbial properties
  • Provides support and enables natural movement during sleep
  • Helps to maintain correct posture and align spine horizontally when lying on your side

Our mattress collections offer a variety of options to suit your unique sleep style

Value Mattresses

Starting at £49, our Value mattresses offer quality at the lowest price

Essentials Mattresses

Ideal for children's beds or a guest room, this collection is suitable for occasional or everyday use

Memory Mattresses

Let your mattress mould perfectly to your shape with memory foam

Ortho Support

Our Ortho Support mattresses are our firmest, perfect if you prefer a harder sleeping surface

Natural Mattresses

Combining natural fillings with pocket springs, our Natural Collection mattresses will feel like a cloud

Posture and springs

Find out more about how a good mattress supports correct posture, and discover the unique spring systems present in our Natural Collection mattresses, which will help give you a great night's sleep.

Mattress measurements

info icon All John Lewis beds are available in UK standard sizes

Small single W75 x L190
Single W90 x L190
Small double W120 x L190
Double W135 x L190
Kingsize W150 x L200
Super kingsize W180 x L200
Super kingsize zipped and linked W180 x L200

Made to order

Bespoke options can be made to order, direct from the supplier - please ask in our shops. The supplier will deliver within 4-6 weeks.

Looking after your mattress


Air your mattres for 4 hours after delivery to remove any aroma from storage. The mattress should be aired on a weekly basis by turning back the bedlinen for a few hours.


It's important to flip your mattress regularly to maximise its life. Body weight compresses a mattress, leading to dips and ultimately
uneven sleeping.


Avoid using a plastic sheet on or under the mattress as this prevents air circulation and can cause condensation. We sell breathable waterproof mattress protectors.

Mattress toppers and protectors

To get the best out of your chosen mattress try a mattress protector. They're available in anti-allergy or waterproof styles, and are machine-washable.

Mattress toppers add a luxurious extra layer to your mattress. They provide extra support and comfort and will generally provide a cosier feel to your bed. Available in all UK standard sizes with a choice of materials: goose feather and down, siliconised polyester or quilted cotton-rich fibres.

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