Refers to the type of platform the frame the bed will be resting on. All Queen and King size sets require a frame that is either metal with a center support bar and vertical center leg or on a headboard/footboard system, a minimum of 5 slats (1” x 6”) with a vertical center support. Waterbed platforms may be used, but a layer of protective material must be used between the bed and the platform to ensure that damage is not caused by splintering wood.
A heavy wire attached to the outermost coils, providing shape and form for the mattress and/or foundation. The border wire is that forms the perimeter of a mattress and/or box spring.
Sometimes referred to as a Cal-King or Western King. A bed that measures 72 inches wide and 84 inches long.
This refers to the number of innerspring coils in a mattress. A high coil count does not necessarily indicate better quality. Rather, it is the design of a coil, the gauge of wire used and the way the coil is engineered that determines the comfort, support and durability that it will provide. The number given will usually be in reference to a double (full) size bed.
Firm mattresses are, as the name indicates, the firmest style of mattress. They provide more resistances against pressure from the sleep surfaces.
With soothing comfort layers, like latex and memory, a softer sleep surface is created.
Especially soft, enveloping surfaces are created by multiple layers of foam in the top upholstery.
Plush Pillow Top
This mattress has soothing foams in its upholstery layers, making it quite possibly the softest and most enveloping bed available, .
In an innerspring mattress, the materials such as cotton, felt, polyurethane foam, etc. that lie below the tickings and above an insulator pad.
Sometimes referred to as a full-size bed. Refers to a bed that is 54 inches wide and 75 inches long.
Double Extra Long
A bed that measures 54 inches wide and 80 inches long.
Formerly called box springs, the term now used industry-wide.
Refers to the thickness of the wire used in a mattress and/or foundation coils. A lower gauge denotes a heavier/thicker wire.
Adjacent rows of coil springs are usually held together by these wire spirals.
The inside of an innerspring mattress, or the spring and wire unit made up primarily of coils, helicals and border wires.
Fiber padding separating the cushioning from mattress coils.
A bed that measuring 80 inches long and 76 inches wide.
Premium latex foam mattresses are often constructed from this natural foam product.
One type of coil/spring used in foundations to provide support to the bed’s occupant(s) and the mattress.
No-Turn / No-Flip Mattress
Matresses that have been designed to provide continuous support without the need to turn them over and use the reverse side of the mattress. Tempur-Pedic, Simmons, Serta, Stearn’s & Foster and Sealy models do not require end-over-end flipping in order to maintain their warranty.
A type of top finishing on a mattress where a pillow of soft materials is sewn over the entire surface.
Locations on the body where capillaries will close due to pressure against that area, causing discomfort.
Check with your salesperson to determine if the warranty on the bed you are purchasing has a prorated time frame. Each unit comes with a national manufacturer’s warranty, which can range in length from 1 to 20 years, depending on the model. Some warranties have a prorated time frame, wherein if a manufacturing defect occurs after that time frame, the consumer will be required to pay a portion of the original retail cost to have it replaced.
A bed measuring 80 inches long by 60 inches wide.
Patterns sewn into the mattress ticking. These patterns do not go through all layers of upholstery/fabric.
Split Queen Box
Designed to accommodate the passage of a single-piece foundation, two queen size foundations, each measuring 30 inches wide by 80 inches long.
Refers to the outer fabric covering on a sleep set.
A mattress without the extra ‘pillow’ of fabric on top.
A bed measuring 75 inches long by 39 inches wide.
Twin Extra Long
A bed measuring 80 inches long by 39 inches wide.