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Choosing the Perfect Mattress

There are many things to consider before finding the best mattress to meet your sleeping habits and needs. Your height, body aches and sleeping preferences will influence the type of bed you should buy. You’ll be spending some quality time with your mattress, so it’s important to consider all of your options to make the right decision. The Brick has a wide selection of sizes, mattress materials and accessories (bed frames, protectors, bedding and pillows) to help you get everything you need, so let’s get started.


How Big is a Full Size Bed Compared to a Queen Size Bed?

The Brick sells mattresses in a variety of sizes, ranging from twin to king. To find the right mattress size for you, we’ve created a measurement chart with approximate sizes to help you out.

Depending on your sleep preferences, there may be multiple size options for you. The smallest option is a twin bed, but most adults won't fit length-wise because these are built for children. If you’re sharing a bed and prefer to sleep close to your partner, a full or queen mattress may be a great choice. However, the taller you are the less comfortable a full bed will feel since it is the same length as a twin bed. Therefore taller people may need a queen mattress to prevent yourfeet from hanging off the end of the bed.

If you are a fan of more sleep space to sprawl out without hitting your partner, a king mattress is a more spacious option. A king can feel as if you have the bed to yourself and may be a better choice for people with specific sleeping habits. In the end consider your sleeping habits and physical body height, and compare them to the chart above to decide on your mattress size.

What Type of Mattress Should I Buy?

Choosing a bed size is easy, but selecting from the types of mattresses you can buy may be more challenging. There are several materials available for manufacturers to use to build mattresses. The chart below is a helpful reference to learn about the different products found inside a mattress:

Description
InnerspringThis type of mattress utilizes a steel coil support system and is covered by padding and/or upholstery layers such as foam, fibre, etc. The greater number of coils in the mattress, the more it’ll support your body.
HybridA combination of steel coils and one or more types of foam are used in a hybrid mattress to provide a conforming support system.
FoamThis mattress type uses one or more foams as the support system, such as polyurethane foam, memory foam or latex foam, as well as possibly gels. These are ideal for those with muscular and/or circulation issues, as foam mattresses provide soft support.
Pillow-topAn upholstery layer is sewn to the top of the mattress to create a pillow-top bed. These layers can be filled with fibres and/or different types of foams.
GelGel is added to foam to help keep you cool as you sleep. It is also used in the support system and/or upholstery layer of a gel mattress.
Memory foamThis mattress uses high-density, polyurethane foam in the support system and/or upholstery layer to conform to your body and relieve pressure points.
LatexLatex foam is made from plant- or petroleum-based materials, and contours to your body for custom sleep support.
Pocket coilIndividually wrapped, steel coil springs are used to create pocket coil mattresses. They are popular for people who’re easily disturbed by their partner’s movements.

What’s the Best Mattress for my Sleep Style

Certain types of mattresses are recommended for specific sleep positions and pains. We’ve provided a guide to the best types of mattresses for back, side and stomach sleepers:

Sleep StyleBest Mattress
BackThe best type of mattress would be a firm mattress with little give. Support is critical to avoid misalignment, which would increase pain. Memory foam would be the next option for a little more comfort and give.
SideSide sleepers will need a soft to moderately firm mattress to relieve pressure on the neck and back. Mattresses with soft to moderate firmness will aid spinal alignment and help reduce any pain. The best types of mattresses would be memory, latex foam, pocket coil or gel mattresses. You can choose from a variety of options because the firmness is what matters the most.
StomachStomach sleepers will need a medium to very firm mattress to relieve pressure from your torso. A fully supportive mattress, like foam, innerspring or hybrid mattress, would be a great option to aid with spinal alignment and a healthy sleeping position.