Most recommendations for choosing mattresses concern its design, the selection of appropriate fillers and the size of the perimeter. Height is not given much attention, and yet it is a very important parameter that affects both the comfort of the bed in general and the orthopedic properties of the product. Consider what to look for when choosing the height and how to determine the appropriate height for yourself.

What parameters affect the height of a mattress?

The height of modern mattresses is presented in a wide range from 2 to 55 cm. There is a misconception that the higher it is, the more comfortable it is. In fact, this is not entirely true, because the height is directly related to such features of the product as:

  • fillers;
  • design features;
  • the type and structure of the bed;
  • the age, height and weight of the user.


Look at the design of your bed, the mattress should be higher than the reign by at least 5 cm, and if you have a soft model, it is better by 10, so as not to be injured by the sides. However, if we are talking about furniture of the transformer type or a bed of the wall-folding type – the mattress should not be higher than the sides – otherwise you can not fold the furniture. It is important and the position of the bed relative to the floor. The most comfortable beds are those, for which the angle of bending of the knee joints is 90 degrees. Especially elderly people should pay attention to this parameter, because in order to get up from a low bed they will have to put too much effort and load the joints.

If you choose a product for a double bed, it is better to settle on the thickness of 16-30 cm, as lower models distribute the weight of two users worse and will be less comfortable for the couple.

Thin mattresses are less durable, as the filling layers in them deform much faster.

Composition of the filler

The filler materials also have their own peculiarities, which must be taken into account when choosing the height. For example if you want a mattress with the now popular memory foam, make sure that its layer is not less than 5-6 cm thick, otherwise you will not feel the notorious soaring effect.

If we are talking about a classical combination of spring, latex and coconut coir – you should focus on the weight of the user. Up to 60 kg choose the variant that will suit you in stiffness. From 60 to 90 it is better to give preference to the one where coir and latex are in the same ratio or there is a little more latex. From 90 to 120 kg should be filled with more coconut coir, especially if we are talking about a no-spring product.

Topper – the main differences

Topper is a thin mattress, which is used not so much for its orthopedic effect, but rather to level the surface. Depending on the model and filling, its height can be from 2 to 9 cm. The height of 3-4 cm is considered optimal, because at a greater height the main advantages of this product – compactness and multifunctionality – are lost.

But the orthopedic mattress can not be too thin, because it has a multilayer structure and each of the layers must have a certain height in order to perform its functions. Often the total height of the product is not less than 8-10 cm:

  • cover or fabric upholstery – 3-7 mm;
  • a comfort layer of sintepon, PPU or other soft fillers – 10-50 mm;
  • Coir or felt isolating layer – 10-30 mm
  • latex layer – 20-30 mm
  • A spring block – 120-140 mm.

Also orthopedic models can be without springs, and the listed layers of fillers can be alternated several times, combined with layers of other materials.

Spring and non-spring design

The standard height of spring mattresses is usually 18-24 cm, but there are American models that are 40-55 cm high. There is a misconception that the higher the spring mattress, the less it will sag and deform over time. However, this is not true, the ability to deform depends on the height and type of springs themselves. For example, if the springs occupy only a small portion of the height, the sleeping surface will fail due to the soft insulating layers. Also, dependent springs almost always have a hammock effect, while independent Rocket Spring units adjust to the curves of the body and are generally more resilient and resistant to warping.

If you want a soft spring mattress, choose a product with a low spring block and a thick layer of latex or foam. If you want a hard model, the best choice is high springs or a thick layer of coconut coir.

Mattresses of the non-spring type are not too high, as the fillers can sag under the weight of the sleeper. Usually their threshold is 20 cm, and the most common models are about 15-18 cm high. If this model is not comfortable for you or does not suit the peculiarities of the bed, you can increase its height with a suitable topper or mattress cover, but not more than by 3-5 cm, otherwise its orthopedic properties will be lost.

Children’s mattress and its height

No less attention should be paid to the choice of a mattress for the child. Usually children’s models are presented in the following heights:

  • springs – 10-15 cm;
  • Non-sprung – 5-10 cm.

The younger the child is, the lower and stiffer the product should be. For newborns, specialists recommend buying single-layer low coconut coir mattresses. For children aged from 2-3 years, combined versions of latex and coconut can be used. From the age of 4 to adolescence it is better to sleep on voluminous mattresses of spring or non-spring construction with moderate stiffness.

The mattress in a crib should not fall below the boards, but if we are talking about bunk furniture or cribs, on the contrary, the mattress should be below the limiters at least 15 cm.

Do not forget that the mattress is a very individual thing. Therefore it is worth to listen to expert advice, but also to be guided by your own feelings. And if the future user has problems with the musculoskeletal system, before buying orthopedic bedding is better to consult with your doctor. 16 best mattresses for Kids