We receive more questions about our foam mattress components than any of our other components. That’s because there is a lot of hype surrounding foam mattresses, but there is also a lot of confusion. Learn all about memory foam, alternative foam mattress components, how components are used in different layers of a mattress, and more.
When most people talk about mattress foam, they’re referring to memory foam. Traditional, viscoelastic memory foam is made by combining the polymer polyurethane with chemicals that increase the material’s viscosity. Traditional memory foam material is a closed-cell material, meaning that its cells don’t contain the air pockets engineered to create open-cell foam, foam which improves breathability.
Engineers of foam alternatives have since included different additives in their foam products that produce extra benefits such as improved breathability, moisture-wicking, and more.
Advances in foam technology have created mattress foams that provide a variety of firmnesses, heat dissipation, and better durability. The following are the types of foam mattress components we use in our handmade mattresses.
The most famous of the foams, traditional “closed cell” memory foam is best known for its ability to cradle the body, help provide pressure point relief, and minimize motion transfer. It can be used in the comfort layer (i.e. top layer) of hybrid mattresses or to create an all-foam or 100% foam mattress using foams of different densities in different layers. 100% memory foam mattresses are not ideal for hot sleepers.
Our high-density foam is just that: high-density. An increase in density increases the firmness of the foam, making this foam an ideal base layer for support in our 100% memory foam mattresses. However, high-density foam can also be used in other layers of the mattress, including the comfort layer, to provide a medium-firm to firm feel.
With its more buoyant feel, high-resilience foam — called HR foam in our showroom — mimics many of the properties of latex to the point that, if the luxury of latex isn’t in your budget, HR foam may be an ideal compromise.
The resilient properties of HR foam keep sleepers from sinking into their mattress. Some individuals like this feeling, but those who don’t typically dislike it for one or a combination of the following reasons: it makes them feel trapped, it makes it difficult to switch sleeping positions, or it makes it difficult to get out of bed.
Regardless, the resilience of this foam makes it an ideal sleeping surface for side sleepers. It is used in the comfort layer of our Santa Barbara Deluxe Mattress, Cannes Plush Select Mattress, Nice Plush Mattress, and Madrid Firm Select Mattress
Our lumbar support foam is made for sleepers who need extra back support but love the feeling of foam. This material is comprised of specially-engineered, high-resilience, 3-zoned foam and is a new technology. We use it as a comfort layer over our quantum coil base in the Barcelona Hybrid Select Mattress.
Latex mattresses aren’t actually foam mattresses, but they share so many of the same properties that they’re worth a mention here. Latex is a natural, green, luxury product. It is naturally more resilient and buoyant than foam, making it ideal for back and side sleepers who need extra support. Texas mattress Makers uses natural Talalay latex in our all-latex mattresses and in our latex comfort layers. For more information, please see our latex component page.
Serene foam is a new technology that helps improve the breathability of the material. Unlike traditional memory foam, which is closed-cell foam, serene foam is an open-cell, meaning that the cells create “bubbles” that allow air to move more freely throughout the foam. This ultimately helps create a cooler sleeping surface. When used, serene foam is placed in the comfort layer of mattresses.
Texas Mattresses Makers uses mattress foam components in our all-foam mattresses as well as in the comfort layers some of our hybrid mattresses. If your body type is suited to an all-foam mattress, Texas Mattress Makers provides our customers with some of the best 100% foam mattress options on the market, including custom mattresses.
However, it’s important to keep in mind all-foam mattresses aren’t ideal for everyone. If you sleep hot, dislike “sinking” into your mattress, carry a lot of weight, or struggle to get out of bed (physically), an all-foam mattress may not be for you.
Instead, you might prefer a hybrid mattress that comes with a foam or latex comfort layer; these keep the cushion and comfort of foam mattresses but have vastly better air circulation capabilities and can be more easily adjusted to provide different varieties of firmness and support.
Texas Mattress Makers has been providing Houstonians with top-quality all-foam and hybrid foam/spring mattresses for over four decades.
If you have questions about our foam mattress components or would like to get a feel for our mattresses before making a purchase, we are here to help. The mattress experts at Texas Mattress Makers can help you find the best memory foam mattress for your exact sleeping needs.
Remember: We don’t just want to sell you a mattress; we want to sell you the right mattress.
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