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        We all love a comfortable mattress to sleep on, right? Taking a nap on a comfortable mattress can make you feel as though you are floating. However, sleeping on a soft, cloud-like mattress isn't as enjoyable as some of us imagine. Our need for firm mattresses stems from this. The firmer the mattress, the stronger the sleeping surface for those who need it.

        If you are a heavy person who loves to sleep on your back or stomach, then you definitely need a supportive mattress. Fortunately, Turmerry provides some of the best firm latex mattresses you can find on the market today! Exemplary support, great bounce, and timely response—our mattresses have it all. Read on to find out why a Turmerry latex mattress is the best firm mattress for you!

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        Turmerry Mattresses Feature Multiple Firmness Levels

        Turmerry understands the need for a firm surface beneath you as you sleep. As such, each of our five latex mattresses has been imbued with a great sense of firmness and strength! You are able to customize select mattresses to be “medium-firm” or "firm." We’ll soon be offering an “extra-firm” option for those who love maximum support.

        The Dunlop latex we use in our mattresses is denser and more resilient than Talalay latex. Plus, with our quality construction, you can be sure to get a firm mattress that meets all your support needs!

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        Choose From 5 Unique Firm Mattress Types

        We have five different latex mattress types—Latex Foam Mattress, Latex Hybrid Mattress, Latex Egg Crate Mattress, Latex RV Mattress, and Dual Side Latex Flippable Mattress. Each has varying levels of firmness for you to choose from.

        1. Organic Latex Mattress

        Turmerry’s organic latex mattress is all-foam with a 7-zoned support design. It features three layers of Dunlop latex foam combined with a wool layer and an organic cotton cover. You can customize its thickness, of which you can choose 7, 10, or 12 inches. You can customize its firmness, of which you can choose soft, medium, firm, or extra-firm. And you can customize its size, of which all standard mattress sizes are available.

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        2. Latex Hybrid Mattress

        Bringing you the best qualities of spring and foam, the Turmerry latex hybrid mattress combines 8" pocket coils with 2" latex foam. These are then wrapped in layers of GOTS-certified wool and cotton.

        Totaling around 10 inches in thickness, the hybrid offers you a medium-firm experience. It provides fantastic support with its spring coils and soothing comfort with its latex comfort layer. You can customize its size and choose from twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king.

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        3. Egg Crate Mattress

        Putting a twist on the plain surface of our all-foam mattress, we introduce to you the egg crate mattress. It harbors a similar construction as that of its predecessor, but with an added layer of egg crate foam atop it. This egg crate layer offers an addition to the pressure relief front.

        You can customize its firmness from soft, medium firm, or firm (extra firm coming soon). You can also customize its thickness from 10 to 12 inches and its size from twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, or Cal king.

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        4. Latex RV Mattress

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        Turmerry's RV Mattress offers the perfect solution for compact living spaces. Designed with firm support in mind, it's crafted with Dunlop latex foam, New Zealand wool, and organic cotton. Ideal for RVs and campers, this mattress comes in RV-friendly sizes with customizable thickness and firmness options, ensuring personalized comfort on the road.

        5. Dual Side Latex Flippable Mattress

        Dual Side Latex Flippable Mattress

        The Dual Side Flippable Mattress is Turmerry's newest addition! You can switch between a cozy feel and a firmer touch just by flipping it over. It's made with eco-friendly materials like GOLS-certified latex, natural New Zealand wool, and organic cotton. Plus, it's 7 inches thick and comes in Medium/Firm or Firm/Extra Firm options for personalized comfort.

        What is the Best Firm Mattress Offered by Turmerry?

        We would recommend the Organic Latex Mattress or Egg Crate Mattress if you’re seeking the highest firmness. Just customize its thickness to 12 inches and set its firmness to "firm" or "extra firm," and you should be good to go!

        When you’re assembling the mattress, you’ll get three or four foam layers, depending on the height you choose. These layers include two 'firm' latex foam layers, one 'medium-firm' latex foam layer, and an 'egg-crate' latex foam layer. Place one 'firm' foam layer as the base, then place the 'medium-firm' foam layer above it. After that, place the second 'firm' foam layer atop the 'medium firm' layer, and top it all off with the 'egg-crate' foam layer.

        The natural and organic latex mattress is completely made from the Dunlop technique, ensuring greater support. And, no matter how firm you want your mattress to be, the egg-crate foam layer you get will guarantee that you have enough pressure relief.

        Best Firm Mattress - Buyer's Guide

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        What is a firm mattress?

        Going by the definition in the Cambridge dictionary, firmness is "the quality of being strong and tight." In other words, a firm mattress provides a supportive sleeping environment with a strong, tight surface.

        Any type of construction can be used to create firm mattresses. They can be all-foam as well as spring-type, consisting of both spring and foam.

        All-foam mattresses tend to have denser foams than softer mattresses, so they are more supportive and less likely to sag over time. The three most well-known all-foam mattress types are latex, memory foam, and polyfoam.

        In an innerspring construction, firmness is determined by the shape, gauge, coil count, and material. The two most well-known spring-type firm mattresses are hybrids and innerspring beds.

        Who is a firm mattress ideal for?

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        A firm mattress is ideal for people who prefer the supportive sleeping surface that firm mattresses offer. Always make sure you are certain that you want a firm mattress before making your purchase. A firm mattress might not be comfortable enough for some people, such as those who are thin or tend to sleep on their sides.

        Heavy people often need a firm, supportive mattress to avoid sinkage that causes spinal misalignment. Since a firm mattress helps to lessen pressure points, it is also great for people who experience back and joint pain.

        Firm mattresses are also useful for those who prefer to sleep on their stomach or back, as they help maintain the spine's natural alignment. Overall, a firm mattress can be used by almost anyone who doesn't feel uncomfortable sleeping on it.

        How can you decide what the ideal firm mattress is for you?

        When it comes to choosing the perfect firm mattress for your sleep needs, there are several factors to consider. This includes:

        • Finalize your budget

          You must first decide on your budget. Prices for firm mattresses range from affordable options ($500 to $800) to luxurious models ($1500 and above). The best firm mattresses are made of high-density foam, but they are also more expensive. For about $1000, you can purchase a good, standard-sized firm mattress. You might even be able to buy a high-quality firm mattress for $1,000 or less during a mattress sale.

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        • Choose high quality mattress material

          You'll want to consider the materials used in the mattress, as this will affect its comfort, support, and lifespan. Natural latex typically lasts 15 to 20 years and strikes a balance between comfort and support. Memory foam has a lifespan of about 10 years and offers more comfort than support. Spring types have a lifespan of about 10 years and will offer more support than comfort.

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        • Consult the mattress firmness scale

          The firmness scale evaluates a mattress's firmness on a scale of 1–10. Mattresses ranging from very soft to soft are represented by numbers 1 through 3. Medium-soft to medium-firm mattresses are identified by numbers 4 through 6. Firm to very-firm mattresses are represented by numbers 7 through 10. A suitable firm mattress can be found in the range of numbers 7 to 10.

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        • Consider your shopping avenue

          If you're shopping online, you'll have access to various mattress options. But until you receive them, none of them will be available for you to touch and feel. You'll get a trial period, so don't worry about feeling stuck with your purchase. If you go the in-person route, you'll be limited to a smaller selection of mattress types to choose from. Additionally, you won't benefit from the same price reduction that you would online.

        • Consider your shopping avenue
        • Take into account the legitimacy of the mattress retailer

          Verify the legitimacy of the retailer by getting in touch with them or going to their address. Checking their reviews will also show you whether they have a solid reputation with their clientele. Always ensure that the retailer offers competitive pricing, a solid warranty, a clear return policy, and responsive customer service. This helps you get in touch with them and resolve any problems arising after your purchase.

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        What are the different types of firm mattresses?

        There are several different types of firm mattresses on the market today. Latex, memory foam, innerspring, hybrid, and air mattresses make up most firm mattresses. There are benefits and drawbacks to each of these mattress types, so it's important to do your research.

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        • Latex mattress

          Mattresses made from latex are either obtained from rubber trees or made using chemicals. Compared to synthetic latex, natural latex mattresses are firmer. Their molecular structure is much more rigid, especially when made using the Dunlop method. Latex mattresses provide an excellent balance of comfort and support.

          Natural latex mattresses have a higher price tag, but they come with unique properties that compensate for it. Among the benefits of this mattress are the cooling provided by the breathable foam, the exceptional bounce, and its lifespan of up to 15–20 years.

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        • Memory foam mattress

          Memory foam mattresses are synthetic, manufactured by making polyurethane more dense and viscous. In comparison to low-density versions, high-density memory foam is firmer. They do, however, retain more heat than low-density foam, making the bed warmer while you sleep on it. Memory foam with a higher density also costs more than foam with a lower density.

          Mattresses made of memory foam are renowned for their ability to conform. They provide exquisite levels of pressure relief and body adaptation to the sleeper. However, as a result of this, the amount of support you get might decrease.

          Memory foam's heat retention and off-gassing are some other problems that might put off buyers. Open-cell memory foam that has been infused with gel or copper can help to address some of these problems.

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        • Innerspring mattress

          Innerspring mattresses are traditional models using spring coils to provide heavy support. The spring coils, which serve as the support core, are either pocketed, continuous, offset, or Bonnell coils. The coil count (number of coils) and coil thickness indicate how firm an innerspring mattress will be.

          With increased coil count and thickness, the price of an innerspring mattress will rise along with its level of support. A thin layer (or layers) of foam is also sometimes used by innerspring as a comfort layer. If you want a good level of firmness, the best comfort layers to choose from are latex and memory foam. A pocket coil spring layer can also improve motion isolation and provide personalized body support.

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        • Hybrid mattress

          Hybrid mattresses are a modern version of innerspring mattresses. They, too, use spring coils as their support core to provide a firm, supportive mattress surface. The difference between hybrids and innersprings is that hybrids don't just offer support. The comfort layer in a hybrid will be given the same priority as the spring layer, resulting in a balance of comfort and support.

          Increasing the coil count and thickness of a hybrid makes it firmer. The comfort layer of a hybrid, made of latex foam or memory foam, will already be thicker than that of an innerspring, resulting in greater firmness. A firm hybrid mattress will also have pocketed coils, which tend to give better support than most of their counterparts. You can get the best of both spring and foam mattresses with a hybrid, but it will cost more than an innerspring mattress.

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        • Air mattress

          Air mattresses, also known as airbeds, are highly customizable and easily portable mattress types. The mattress itself is made using Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) or textile-reinforced rubber/plastic. By manually or automatically pumping more air into the air chambers, you can make an air mattress firmer. Similarly, firmness can be reduced by removing air, making it simple to find the ideal firmness for you.

          Most air mattresses are purchased for short-term use, like when traveling or for guest rooms. They can be purchased for low prices ($100–$500) or high prices (above $500). The higher-quality ones typically have foam layers made of latex, memory foam, or polyfoam. Aside from adding more air, increasing the firmness of the foam layer can also aid in making an airbed more supportive.

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        What is the best firm mattress one can find today?

        Well, the best firm mattress will not be the same for everyone reading this article. Each firm mattress type has a different construction method, material, and price. It's possible that your opinion on one of these factors differs from ours, so in the end, only you can decide what is right for you.

        That being said, we believe that natural latex is the best firm mattress you can find today. A harmony of support and comfort is necessary for the majority of sleepers. This harmony, and much more, can be easily achieved with an all-foam mattress made of natural latex foam.

        Let's take a look at certain benefits that natural latex mattresses offer:

        • It is natural and safe to use - A certified natural latex mattress is devoid of harmful levels of chemicals. This means they don't emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), so people who are sensitive to chemicals can sleep soundly. Natural latex mattresses being eco-friendly also makes them good for the environment.

        • It is supportive and great for all sleep positions - Natural latex mattresses come in a variety of firmness options, including soft, medium, and firm. No matter what position you sleep in, a medium-firm or firm latex mattress offers enough support to keep your spine in neutral alignment. Make sure that the latex mattress you choose has a layer of Dunlop latex, as it is firmer than Talalay latex.

        • It provides great contouring and pressure relief - Although memory foam is frequently regarded as the best contouring mattress, latex doesn't lag far behind. The ideal firm mattress should have both support and comfort capabilities. Latex mattresses are elastic due to their rubbery origin. This lets them conform to your body's contours very well, providing a great level of pressure relief alongside firm support.

        • It is bouncy and responsive - When asked what latex mattresses are best known for, the most common answer is their bounce and quick response. Being rubber at its core, latex doesn't give the sensation of being "stuck" that you often get in memory foam. You can move around freely atop a latex mattress. Every time you move, the mattress readjusts in response to provide you with the necessary contouring.

        • It is cooling and breathable - Natural latex foam can create a highly cooling, firm mattress thanks to its open-cell structure. Its breathability allows air to pass through easily and doesn't retain heat like memory foam. If the latex foam is perforated, it helps the mattress sleep cool. Hot sleepers who have been seeking a good, cooling mattress will find latex to be an ideal solution to their problem.

        • It is resilient and durable - The average lifespan of a natural latex mattress can be anywhere from 15 to 25 years, depending on how well you maintain it. This lifespan is much longer than any of its competitors, making your investment worthwhile. As they age, natural latex mattresses remain resilient for at least two decades, preventing the early onset of issues such as sagging.

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        As you can see, natural latex mattresses have all the ideal characteristics a mattress should have. Natural latex is the best option for a firm mattress, in our opinion. However, because the material is difficult to obtain, it is somewhat expensive. Your investment in this luxury firm mattress is made worthwhile by the attributes you've read above.

        Hybrids, innersprings, and memory foam are our secondary recommendations. Though they don't offer the same benefits as latex in many ways, they are less expensive and provide an adequately firm mattress surface to sleep on.

        How and where can you purchase a firm mattress?

        You can purchase a firm mattress both online and in-store:

        • Online mattress purchase

          Buying a firm mattress online is the route we'd suggest you take. There are many online mattress retailers, each offering a different type of mattress. Whatever material or design you're looking for will be right at your fingertips. All you need to do is research a retailer's reputation, the kind of mattress you want, and the best offer you can find.

          Shopping online also lets you alter your mattress however you see fit. This means you get a wide range of firmness options, from ultra-plush to ultra-firm. You can even increase certain features, like height, to enhance the overall firmness.

          The mattress(-in-a-box) will be delivered to your door within a few days of placing your order. With fewer overhead expenses, online retailers can afford to offer free shipping and various discounts all year. Plus, with the trial period you get, you don't need to worry about being stuck with your purchase.

        • In-store mattress purchase

          Shopping in a physical store is worth trying out, as you can touch and feel what you're buying beforehand. If you're unsure of the mattress firmness you want, trying out different types of firm mattresses at a store can be helpful. When shopping in person, look for the people who work at the store. They may be able to assist you in locating what you seek.

          In-store shopping is inconvenient, however. To find a good mattress, you must visit several shops. Even then, it might not be as sturdy as the one you could have found online. Additionally, there isn't much choice when shopping in-store. If you find a good firm mattress, you will have to pay extra for delivery. You may even have to carry it back yourself sometimes, which is harder with a firm mattress, as they use denser foam.

        Best Firm Mattress FAQs

        1. What is the ideal mattress firmness for different body weights?

        When choosing mattress firmness, we can classify body weight into three categories -

        • Less than 130 pounds

          For sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds, it is better to go for a soft or medium-firm mattress. This firmness level can provide the right amount of contouring and pressure relief that you won't get from a firm mattress.

        • Between 130 and 230 pounds

          Medium-firm is the best option for sleepers between 130 and 230 pounds. People around 130 pounds can try out soft if it suits them. Similarly, those around 230 pounds may find a firm mattress to be more suitable than a medium-firm mattress. But medium-firm is usually the ideal choice in this weight category, as you get a balance between proper comfort and support.

        • More than 230 pounds

          Sleepers above the 230-pound mark should opt for a firm mattress. They can be deceptively soft in terms of comfort. They will also provide the proper support that you won't get in a medium-firm or soft mattress.

        2. What is the ideal mattress firmness for different sleeping positions?

        There are three common sleeping positions adopted by sleepers, namely - side, back, and stomach sleeping. Those who combine all of them are called combination sleepers.

        • Side sleepers

          Side sleepers will find medium-firm mattresses to be more suitable than firm mattresses. Their spine needs good support, while their hips and shoulders need good contouring to avoid pressure sores. A firm mattress will provide the support, but it may not be as effective at contouring.

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        • Back and stomach sleepers

          If you sleep on your back or stomach, a firm mattress can be a great choice. Firm mattresses provide superior spine support and aid in keeping the spine in alignment. This helps a lot, as external factors, such as gravity, increase the risk of spinal misalignment in these sleep postures.

          Furthermore, a firm mattress evenly distributes body weight. Since your body is completely spread out on the mattress surface, you won't experience as much discomfort as you do when sleeping on your side.

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        • Combination sleepers

          A firm mattress may or may not be comfortable for combination sleepers. It would depend on which sleeping position they prefer most, their body weight, and whether they suffer from pain.

          Medium-firm is the most common choice for a combination sleeper, as it comfortably supports all sleeping postures.  A firm mattress may, however, be appropriate for those who prefer back and stomach sleeping most, weigh over 230 pounds, and/or have pain that can be eased by a firm surface.

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        3. What is the ideal firm mattress for different pains and aches?

        In terms of pains and aches, each individual reacts differently to firm mattresses. Some people find them particularly helpful for back pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, body pain, and joint aches. These are usually people who prefer a firm mattress to sleep on, such as heavy people and back and stomach sleepers.

        Some people find that firm mattresses increase their pain. This is because sleepers experience too much pressure on the painful area, resulting in inflammation. It may even cause them to experience new, unrelated pains.

        Thin people and side sleepers are usually the ones who find a firm mattress uncomfortable to sleep on. Medium-firm mattresses are ideal for such people, as they provide pressure point relief, thus reducing aches and pains.

        4. If your current mattress is too soft, how can you make it firmer?

        A mattress that is too soft will pull you down into it. Some people may enjoy this because it gives them the sensation of being hugged and is thus relaxing. However, there are some disadvantages to having a soft mattress. They pose risks such as spinal misalignment and pain inflammation, which can lead to problems in the future, if not now.

        Here are some tips on deciding if your mattress is too soft -

        • You're feeling uncomfortable while you sleep.

        • You're waking up with persistent pain and aches in the morning.

        • You're unable to move around well atop the mattress.

        • You're sinking into the mattress and can feel its bottom layer.

        • You feel tired during the day.

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        Here's what you can do to fix it -

        • Buy a mattress topper

          A mattress topper is an excellent bedding accessory that can firm up your old mattress. It is a single layer of material that you can purchase and place on top of your mattress to change its feel. We would recommend getting a firm latex mattress topper, as it provides excellent comfort, support, cooling, and bounce. It will also last long, up until you can purchase a new mattress or another mattress topper.

        • Tighten your bedding

          Tuck your bedding into each corner of the bed, ensuring that it is tight and flat on the mattress. The bedding will provide you with more firmness by tightening the mattress through pressure.

        • Flip and rotate your mattress

          Flipping and rotating your mattress on a regular basis keeps it healthy and prevents it from sagging over time. If you sleep on a single side of the mattress for an extended period of time, it will sink down and provide less firmness.

        • Air out your mattress

          Airing out your mattress removes any moisture that has accumulated within it. Moisture can cause a mattress to become damp and less supportive. Maintain your bare mattress in a standing position (against a wall) in a well-ventilated room. Check that no direct sunlight is falling on your mattress.

        • Change your room temperature

          Certain foams respond to temperature. Memory foam is one such mattress material that is sensitive to its environment. It softens in hot weather, similar to how body heat makes it conform better. It hardens in cold weather. Changing the temperature of your room with an air conditioner or thermostat may help firm up your mattress.

        • Get a good mattress foundation

          A mattress foundation is essential to a firm bed setup. Sure, you can simply place your mattress on the floor and claim that it makes it firm. But leaving your mattress on the floor causes it to accumulate impurities, thereby reducing its integrity. A good mattress foundation, such as a metal, solid platform, or slatted foundation, can help firm up your mattress without ruining it.

        • Add plywood between your mattress and foundation

          Placing a firm substance, such as plywood, between the mattress and the foundation may help your mattress be even firmer. Think of it as a mattress topper for your foundation. It may even help reduce the eventual sagging over the years.

        • Return the mattress (if possible)

          If the mattress is brand new and you are still in the trial period, you will be able to return it to the retailer. If you can do this, it is preferable to any of the steps listed above. Purchase a new mattress with your refund, or exchange the soft mattress for a firmer one from the same retailer.

        • Buy a new firm mattress

          After attempting all of the aforementioned techniques, some of you should have a mattress that is firmer than it was before. If you don't, your mattress is probably past its prime, and it's time to invest in a new one. Make certain that you purchase a firmer mattress made of high-quality materials this time.

        5. Is a firm mattress good for your back?

        Firm mattresses can be good for your back, as they promote good posture and prevent spinal misalignment.

        However, firm beds could prove to be too firm for some people, causing issues to their backs and further discomfort.

        Make sure a firm mattress for back pain is comfortable for you to sleep on before buying it.

        6. What can you do if your mattress is way too firm for your liking?

        Similar to a mattress that is too soft, an extra-firm mattress can also be harmful. A lack of contouring can lead to pressure accumulation and spinal misalignment. Furthermore, any pain you have, such as back pain, hip pain, or shoulder pain, will be exacerbated by a mattress that is far too firm.

        Here are some tips on deciding whether your mattress is too firm -

        • You constantly move around, trying to find a comfortable region on the mattress.

        • You're waking up every morning in pain or feeling sleepy.

        • The mattress feels too hard underneath you.

        • You get better sleep on a less firm mattress.

        • You are not getting the proper contouring and pressure relief.

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        Here are some things you can do to fix it -

        • Get a mattress topper

          A mattress topper can easily assist in softening your mattress. It is a layer of foam that changes the firmness of the mattress when placed on top of it.

          You can instantly soften your current mattress by purchasing a medium-firm or soft mattress topper. Certain mattress toppers, such as latex, can also provide additional benefits such as cooling, bounce, and so on.

        • Give it time to break down

          If your mattress was recently purchased, you might want to give it some time to soften. New mattresses tend to be firmer in the initial stages. You can get them to soften up by sleeping on them frequently for a few days or weeks. This will cause their fillings to be more evenly distributed. Memory foam is one type of mattress that takes time to soften. It will become accustomed to your body by routinely absorbing body heat and pressure.

        • Try out different sleeping positions

          Firmer mattresses are more comfortable for back and stomach sleepers. The body is much more spread out in these postures, as opposed to side sleeping, where your sides and shoulders make sole contact with the mattress. By trying out different sleeping positions, you can discover which ones work best with your mattress's firmness.

        • Flip your mattress

          Certain mattresses are double-sided, with one side being softer than the other. Latex is one such example, with Talalay latex being used for the comfort layer and Dunlop latex being used for the support core. You could be sleeping on the support core right now without even realizing it. Check to see if your mattress has a similar construction, and if it does, flipping it upside down may get you to the softer side.

        • Introduce warm air

          Heat applied to certain mattress types, such as memory foam, can help soften the foam. Memory foam is particularly heat-sensitive, which means it will most certainly soften when heated. Sleeping hot has the disadvantage of increasing the temperature of the room, so if you prefer a cooler temperature to sleep in, this method may not be for you.

        • Get a different mattress foundation

          Certain mattress foundations, such as solid platform, slatted, or metal foundations, are designed to provide support over comfort. You can therefore soften your mattress by changing it to a box spring or sprung slat foundation. These provide extra bounce and cushioned support.

        • Return the mattress (if possible)

          If you are still within the trial period, you should return the mattress for a refund or store credit. With an understanding of what kind of firmness does not suit you, look for one that does.

        • Buy a new softer mattress

          If your mattress isn't brand new and none of the above methods work for you, it's time to consider investing in a new mattress.

          Make sure to consider the firmness of your current mattress and opt for a slightly lower firmness. This time, give the construction and material of the mattress some thought as well. Changing them from what your current mattress is made of may help you maintain a softer, more consistent firmness for many years to come.

        7. Besides firmness, what are the other essential factors to consider in a mattress?

        Besides firmness, there are several other factors that need to be taken into consideration when shopping for a mattress. This includes:

        • Mattress size

          One of the most important considerations is size. Twin, twin XL, full, queen, king, and California king are the most common mattress sizes you can find.

          Make sure that your bed is large enough for you and anyone else who may be sleeping in it. You also need to consider whether or not you want a split queen or king bed if more than one person will be sleeping in it.

        • Mattress height

          The height of the mattress, sometimes known as its thickness, increases with the number of layers added to it. Increasing the height also increases the overall firmness of the mattress.

          The common mattress heights are 8 inches, 10 inches, and 12 inches.

        • Mattress material

          Different materials provide different levels of comfort, support, breathability, and longevity. Latex mattresses tend to do better than foam mattresses in some cases. Hybrid mattresses combine both spring coils (often individually wrapped coils) and foam (latex, memory foam, etc.), providing a balance between comfort and support.

        • Temperature regulation

          Open-cell foams provide better breathability and cooling than closed-cell foams. Different mattress materials also provide different levels of heating or cooling. For instance, cooling gel-infused memory foam mattresses make use of cooling technology (gel beads). The memory foam infused with gel beads dissipates heat much better than traditional memory foam.

          Due to their breathable construction and materials, latex, hybrids, and innersprings are often cooling. Traditional memory foam and polyfoam mattresses retain heat, so they tend to sleep hot.

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        • Motion isolation

          In order for two sleepers to move without waking each other, movement shouldn't be transferred from one end of the mattress to the other. Latex, memory foam, hybrids, and innersprings all provide motion isolation by reducing motion transfer to some extent.

        • Edge support

          Edge support refers to how much weight the frame of your bed can handle when sitting or lying near its edges. Some mattresses come with reinforced edges, offering excellent edge support, while others require box springs or mattress foundations for more stability around the edges. We recommend going for a mattress foundation, like the natural wood platform bed frame, as it makes for a more durable mattress, has strong edge support, and doesn't alter the mattress's intended feel.

        • Hypoallergenic properties

          A hypoallergenic mattress does a great job of preventing most allergies from flaring up. This is done by preventing any allergens from settling into the mattress.

        • Lifespan

          Different mattress types have different lifespans. Latex tends to last the longest, with a lifespan of 15-20 years, when cared for properly. Memory foam, innersprings, and hybrids can all last up to 10 years with good upkeep.

        • Warranty

          The ideal warranty you can get for a mattress is one that mimics its lifespan. If you cannot get one that lasts that long, then at least get a warranty of at least 7 to 10 years for your mattress.

        8. What is the best firmest mattress?

        The best firmest mattress for you will depend on your body weight, sleeping position, and any health considerations you may have. Generally, the traditional innerspring mattress and the (customizable) latex mattress have been seen as the best firm mattresses for most. Both of them are great at offering support, with latex offering more cushioning as well.

        Look for mattresses that are customizable or labeled as "firm" or "extra firm" if you prefer a harder surface to sleep on. However, keep in mind that what feels firm to one person might feel too hard for another, so it's essential to try out different mattresses if possible before making a decision.

        9. Do doctors recommend a firm mattress?

        Many doctors and healthcare professionals do recommend firm mattresses for people with certain back or joint issues. The right firm mattress offers better support and helps maintain proper spinal alignment while sleeping.

        Woman visiting a doctor

        However, firm mattresses need not necessarily be the right ones for you, even if they have been recommended by doctors for others. The best way to find out whether a firm mattress is right for you is to consult with your own healthcare provider, as they can often provide personalized advice.

        Additionally, if their recommended firmness level doesn't suit you, you can try different firmness levels. In some cases, a medium-firm mattress might be more suitable, as it can offer a balance of support and comfort.

        10. Is it OK to sleep on a firm mattress?

        Yes, it's generally okay to sleep on a firm mattress if it feels comfortable and provides adequate support for your body. Many people prefer firmer mattresses because they can help prevent sagging and maintain proper spinal alignment.

        However, if you find that a firm mattress causes discomfort or stiffness, it's essential to reassess and consider trying a different firmness level. Sleep quality and mattress comfort are intertwined, so don't hesitate to explore various options until you find the one that suits you best!

        11. How long does it take to adjust to a new, firmer mattress?

        Adjusting to a new, firmer mattress can vary from person to person. Generally, it may take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks for your body to fully adjust to a new mattress, especially if it's significantly firmer than your previous one. During this adjustment period, you may experience some initial discomfort or stiffness as your body gets used to the new level of support.

        It's essential to give yourself time to adapt and allow your muscles and joints to align properly with the firmer surface. To aid in the adjustment process, you can also try using supportive pillows or mattress toppers that complement the firmness of your mattress.

        12. What are the pros and cons of a firm vs. soft mattress?

        Firm Mattress Pros

        • Better Support: Firm mattresses are often recommended for people with back pain or those who need extra spinal support during sleep.
        • Reduced Sagging: Firm mattresses tend to hold their shape better over time, reducing the likelihood of sagging and maintaining proper alignment.
        • Longevity: Due to their sturdy construction, firm mattresses can be more durable and last longer than softer ones, especially for heavier individuals.

        Firm Mattress Cons

        • Less Initial Comfort: Some people may find firm mattresses less comfortable initially, especially if they are used to softer sleeping surfaces.
        • Limited Pressure Relief: While firm mattresses offer good support, they may not provide as much pressure relief for sensitive areas like the hips and shoulders.
        Better support vs. limited pressure relief side by side

        Soft Mattress Pros

        • Enhanced Comfort: Soft mattresses often provide a plush and cozy feel, which can be beneficial for individuals who prefer a softer sleeping surface.
        • Pressure Relief: Soft mattresses can help relieve pressure points and may be more comfortable for side sleepers or those with joint pain.

        Soft Mattress Cons

        • Potential Sagging: Soft mattresses may be more prone to sagging over time, especially with regular use, which can affect spinal alignment.
        • Lack of Support: Some individuals, particularly those with back issues, may find that soft mattresses don't provide enough support, which can lead to discomfort.
        Enhanced comfort vs. lack of support side by side

        13. Where can you find the best firm mattresses of 2024 online?

        When shopping in the online mattress industry for the best firm mattress picks, reputable brands are the ideal one's to stick by. Brands like Turmerry, Brooklyn Bedding, Helix Mattress (Helix Mattresses), Saatva Mattress, Avocado Green Mattress, Bear Mattress, and Plank Mattress (Plank Firm Mattress) are trustworthy, as they have a genuine history backed up by hundreds of reviews and satisfied customers.

        Most reputed online mattress brand companies and mattress makers also offer a number of convenient benefits, like free white glove delivery, free shipping, responsive customer service, lengthy trial periods, strong warranties, trustworthy return policies, and flexible payment options. This means you're investing in the best mattress you can find, for some of the best prices, and that too safely, without going through a hassle.

        Shopping best firm mattresses online

        14. How much does a good quality firm mattress typically cost?

        The cost of a good quality firm mattress can vary widely depending on factors such as brand, materials, size, and additional features. Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from $500 to $2000 or more for a high-quality firm mattress.

        Luxury brands or mattresses with advanced technologies such as cooling gel layers, zoned support, or organic materials may be on the higher end of this price range. Consider factors like durability, warranty, and customer reviews when investing in a firm mattress to ensure you're getting value for your money.

        15. How can I properly care for a firm mattress to extend its lifespan?

        Here are some tips to care for a firm mattress:

        • Use a mattress protector cover or mattress protector pad to guard against spills, stains, dirt, and dust mites.
        • Rotate your mattress regularly (about every 3-6 months) to promote even wear and prevent sagging.
        • Keep your mattress clean by vacuuming it occasionally and spot cleaning as needed.
        • Avoid sitting on the edges of the mattress for too long to prevent premature wear.
        • Follow manufacturer's guidelines for weight limits and use appropriate support (such as a sturdy bed frame or foundation).
        • Air out your mattress occasionally by removing bedding and allowing it to breathe.

        Proper care and maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of your firm mattress, ensuring it doesn't prematurely sag and holds its structural integrity.

        16. What other sleep accessories can help improve comfort on a firm mattress?

        Several sleep accessories can enhance comfort on a firm mattress:

        Mattress toppers, pillows, adjustable bed, bedding side by side
        • Mattress toppers: Adding a latex mattress topper can provide extra cushioning and adjust the firmness level to your liking.
        • Supportive pillows: Using pillows designed for your sleep position (such as for side, back, or stomach sleepers) can improve overall comfort and spinal alignment.
        • Adjustable bed bases: These bases allow you to customize your sleeping position, providing added support and comfort, especially for those with specific health concerns or preferences.
        • Bedding and linens: Using soft, breathable sheets, blankets, and/or comforters can enhance the overall sleep experience on a firm mattress by adding a cozy touch.

        By incorporating these accessories, you can tailor your sleep environment to maximize comfort and support on your firm mattress.

        17. Do adjustable bed bases work well with firm mattresses?

        Yes, adjustable bed bases can work well with firm mattresses and offer additional benefits. Adjustable bases allow you to elevate different parts of the bed, such as the head or feet, to find a comfortable sleeping position that suits your needs.

        This can be especially beneficial for individuals with conditions like acid reflux, snoring, or back pain, as it can help alleviate pressure points and promote better sleep quality.

        Note: - Some firm mattresses may not work with adjustable bases. When pairing an adjustable base with a firm mattress, ensure that it is compatible with one. To avoid damage, we strongly recommend following the manufacturer's guidelines (or contacting them for compatibility advice).

        adjustable bed bases

        18. If a firm mattress isn't for me, what are some other mattress types to consider for back pain?

        If a firm mattress isn't easing your back pain, there are several other mattress options worth exploring. Let's delve into some popular choices and how they might benefit your back.

        1. Medium Firm Mattress

        Medium-firm mattresses offer a sweet spot between support and comfort. They're ideal for back sleepers who still crave some pressure relief throughout the night. They can also be a good fit for combination sleepers who switch positions frequently. However, medium-firm mattresses might not provide enough support for heavier individuals or those who strictly require a very firm feel.

        Medium Firm Mattress

        1. Egg Crate Mattress

        Egg crate mattresses can be a valuable addition to your bedroom. The convoluted surface promotes airflow, distributes body weight more evenly, helps reduce pressure points on your back, and helps reduce bed sores as well. Egg crate mattresses are available in a variety of materials, including latex, memory foam, and others, so you have options.

        Egg Crate Mattress

        1. Zoned Support Mattress

        Some mattresses feature zoned support, where different areas of the mattress provide varying levels of firmness and cushioning. This can be particularly helpful for back pain as it targets specific pressure points and promotes proper spinal alignment. Look for mattresses with zoning technology that cater to back sleepers or those with lumbar support needs.

        Zoned Support Mattress

        1. Airbed

        Adjustable air mattresses allow you to fine-tune the firmness to your exact needs, potentially offering back pain relief. The downside is that air mattresses can lose air pressure overnight, requiring inflation adjustments. They also might not offer the same level of support and durability as traditional mattresses in the long run, making them ideal only as a temporary solution.


        1. Waterbed

        Like airbeds, waterbeds are another option to consider. They conform to your body's curves and evenly distribute weight, potentially reducing pressure on your back. You can adjust the water level to achieve your desired firmness. However, waterbeds can be expensive and require more maintenance. Additionally, the wave motion might not be suitable for everyone, especially those who prefer a more stable sleeping surface.


        Remember, proper spinal alignment is key for back pain relief, regardless of the mattress type you choose. Look for a mattress that keeps your hips, shoulders, and spine in a neutral position. Consider your preferred sleep position, as it can also influence the type of mattress that works best for your back pain. For example, side sleepers may benefit from a slightly softer mattress to cushion their shoulders and hips, while back sleepers may find medium-firm to firm mattresses more supportive.

        It's also recommended to consult with your doctor for personalized recommendations based on your specific back pain condition. Finally, don't hesitate to try out different mattresses. Many online mattress companies offer generous trial periods, allowing you to test the mattress at home and see if it helps alleviate your back pain.

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