What is a Pocket Sprung Mattress? [2024 Guide]

What is a Pocket Sprung Mattress?

What is a Pocket Sprung Mattress?

A pocket sprung mattress is a type of mattress that contains hundreds of individual pocket springs, each sewn into its own pocket of fabric and operating independently of each another. 

These springs operate independently of one another, respond to your weight, shape, movement and sleeping position, by providing support without redistributing motion and offering improved contouring to the body. In addition, the ability of the individual springs to distribute weight leads to less dipping of the mattressover time. In this post we look at some of the key features of this mattress type.




How many springs are in a pocket sprung mattress?

Pocket sprung mattresses generally have 1,000 to 2,000 individual springs, and more in some cases where the use of mini spring or layer technology results in a higher spring count. Higher spring counts are achieved by layering mini springs.


How many springs do I need?

We recommend getting a mattress with the highest spring count you can, according to your budget. Generally speaking, the higher the spring count of the mattress you’re sleeping on, the better as an increased number of springs offers greater support which in turn can reduce aches and pains and improve the quality of sleep.  The more pocket springs you’re sleeping on, the better.


What are the benefits of a pocket sprung mattress?

1) Long lasting
Thanks to the use of the series of individual coils, pocket sprung mattresses offer even weight distribution across the mattress, reducing the formation of a dip or sag in your mattress, offering 8-10 years of comfort and support

2) Support
Pocket sprung mattresses are designed to relieve the build-up of pressure points as the weight of your body is distributed across many different springs. As the individual pocket springs move independently from one another, a pocket sprung mattress adapts to the individual body mass, offering a distributed support system for the body.

3) Limited motion transfer
Unlike standard coil sprung mattresses in which all the springs are connected, the isolated springs in a pocket sprung mattress ensure that motion isn’t distributed across the entire mattress, meaning minimal disturbance for your sleeping partner.

How long does a Pocket Sprung mattress last?

The average lifespan for a pocket sprung mattress is around 8-10 years.


  • Lifespan: 8-10 years on average
  • Support: Weight distributed across many springs
  • Motion isolation: Isolated springs ensure minimal motion transfer
  • Choice: Huge range of spring count options to fit every budget


  • Weight: Mattresses with a high spring count can be heavy and difficult to turn
  • Price: Unless buying directly from a manufacturer (such as DFI Beds) , high quality pocket sprung mattresses can be expensive. 


Pocket sprung mattresses are incredibly popular in Ireland, despite being more expensive than some options, a long lifespan, excellent support and superior motion isolation means the pocket sprung mattress strikes the perfect balance between price and quality. Remember, as a rule of thumb, the higher the spring count, the better! 

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Struggling to understand the various types of mattress? Check out our post Choosing the best mattress to learn more about the different types of mattress and how to choose the right one for your specific needs

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