Mattress edge support is something many mattress customers often overlook when in the market for a new bed. They crawl right into the center of a showroom bed, lay down for a few seconds, then hop out and try another. Especially for those who share a bed, mattress edge support can be a crucial aspect for you and your partner achieving a good night’s sleep. Even if you don’t share a bed, you might be an active sleeper or frequently sit on the edge of your bed. The smaller the size of your mattress, the more mattress edge support comes into play. Usually, a couple can share a king size bed without edge support being too crucial, but it is highly recommended when sharing a queen size or smaller that you get a mattress with proper edge support. As for single sleepers, I have always been tall and a VERY active sleeper. I can tell you from personal experience that proper edge support can essentially make or break a bed.
So what is mattress edge support? How can you tell if a mattress has it? Are there different kinds? Are some better than others? These are all questions I hope to answer for you here.
What is mattress edge support?
Mattress edge support is probably exactly what you think it is: designs that provide support from edge to edge, corner to corner, without experiencing “roll-off” or reduced comfort. This can be obtained in several ways, but essentially the idea for every method is the same: maintain support as you get farther from the center of the bed.
How can you tell if a mattress has edge support?
Most modern mattresses have some form of mattress edge support. But to tell if the manufacturer built the bed with mattress edge support in mind, the best way is to look at the bed’s features for phrases like “edge support,” or terms like you will see in the next section.
Are there different kinds of mattress edge support?
Yes! Here are the most common and effective mattress edge support mechanisms you will likely encounter:
- Foam Encasement – Although the use of this term can vary from mattress to mattress, this usually means replacing the coils at the edges of the mattress with polyurethane foam that can differ in density and thickness to achieve an accurate level of comfort and support, difficult to achieve with coils.
- Heavy duty border rods or border wires – This mechanism is simply using a rod or wire of varying thickness (or “gauge”) to enclose the perimeter of the coil springs. This binding keeps the edge coils tight, so they don’t create “roll-off,” but can be uncomfortable if laying or sitting on the edge of the bed.
- Wire tied coil springs – This technology essentially links neighboring coils together so they work as a team to offer support, rather than individually. This helps to strength the coils on the mattress edges by offering support from their neighbors.
- Additional coils – A simple solution for mattress edge support is to simply add more coils around the edges for a denser, more supportive bunching. This can make the edges firmer than the rest of the mattress.
- Heavier gauge coil springs – Essentially the same as above, thicker coils mean more support, and usually a firmer comfort level.
Are some mattress edge support mechanisms better than other?
Just as with types of mattresses (innerspring vs. memory foam, for example) there are differences, but preference is generally a subjective choice. You may find one type of mattress edge support more comfortable than someone else. You may like a small support difference in different locations of the mattress. And you will often not have the option to pick and choose a mattress type and edge support type (non-hybrid memory foam mattresses are obviously limited to the non-coil mechanisms, for example). But keep a look out for one or more of these technologies when looking for a mattress with good edge support, and note that many times these mechanisms will have a manufacturer specific brand name.
Learn more here and keep informed! A mattress is a long-term investment!