What replacement mattress on electric drop down bed? (1 Viewer)

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I am looking to replace our mattress on our drop down electric bed as this is the one we use the most and the current one is so warped from body indents (its about 6 years old), even a topper doesn't help!
My concern is it is a basic fibre based 10/11cm (ish) mattress and fits quite neatly inside the bed frame, the edges not rising too high above it. My preference for prolonged use would be to fit a pocket sprung mattress with built in foam top, but this would mean it is at least double the depth at 25cm and almost double the weight. The overall weight won't be an issue, it will still be within limits for the bed (assuming we don't put on a few extra stone each!), but will affect payload to a degree and would mean the bed will return to a slightly lower position. We aren't huge so will still fit underneath without problem though. Can anyone foresee any other problems with this though?
Foam mattresses can be any size so more flexibility, but we could end up with the same problem eventually with it becoming distorted and uncomfortable. With busy working lives (well Laura not me - I'm semi-retired), comfort and getting a good night's sleep are two of the most important things to us when away.

So any thoughts? Has anyone replaced similarly or what options have others gone for with mattresses?
 
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I’d go for one of the foam mattresses bought online that comes rolled up. You can choose the degree of firmness you like. A mattress is due for replacement after about 6 years with normal wear and tear.
 
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I think you should ask the manufacturers what weight of mattress their electric motor can handle. They might not be able to tell you & the makers of whatever mattress you choose might struggle to tell you the weight of it but that's my area of concern.
Maybe 'borrow' a thicker mattress from home to test it.
Regardless of the above, I'd give a shout-out to Belfield upholsterers in Ilkeston (others are available I'm sure). They replaced the foam in our previous van's bed & it completely tansformed the comfort without going above 5 inches depth. Thy're enomously good at customer service so if it was me I'd give them a phone call to discuss your situation and see what they say.
 
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I think you should ask the manufacturers what weight of mattress their electric motor can handle. They might not be able to tell you & the makers of whatever mattress you choose might struggle to tell you the weight of it but that's my area of concern.
Maybe 'borrow' a thicker mattress from home to test it.
Regardless of the above, I'd give a shout-out to Belfield upholsterers in Ilkeston (others are available I'm sure). They replaced the foam in our previous van's bed & it completely tansformed the comfort without going above 5 inches depth. Thy're enomously good at customer service so if it was me I'd give them a phone call to discuss your situation and see what they say.
Thanks. That's really helpful. I didn't know of them, so will give them a call.
 
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May be worth loading the bed with extra weight, few concrete slabs in bin bags for instance. Then see how well the raising mechanism handles it. You will then have a better idea of your max mattress weight.

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Last week I was in Taunton and visited foam 4 u.
They showed me all the different types of foam for mattresses, mine is a electric drop down bed.
Memory foam can make you hot, so we are having front and rear mattress made from reflex foam with new covers.
We laid on it in the factory and it suited us well
 
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Thanks for the advice. I have that same problem with memory foam and would also go for reflex / gel based foam or similar, if I go down that route.

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My last van, I bought a cheap IKEA firm mattress, unzipped it from it's cover and cut it down to size. Had some amazing sleeps. It was really comfortable.

At home, we've had memory foam. It's hot and I found it was was 5 minute showroom comfortable, but I got dead arms and a stiff back the whole time we had it. Got rid of it when it got dents it where we laid.

We've now got an expensive sprung mattress... I'm not that impressed with this one either. Frequently have restless nights.

But I can go tent camping and sleep on an airmat and get a great night's sleep.

I'm convinced that mattresses are more marketing than science.
 
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My last van, I bought a cheap IKEA firm mattress, unzipped it from it's cover and cut it down to size. Had some amazing sleeps. It was really comfortable.

At home, we've had memory foam. It's hot and I found it was was 5 minute showroom comfortable, but I got dead arms and a stiff back the whole time we had it. Got rid of it when it got dents it where we laid.

We've now got an expensive sprung mattress... I'm not that impressed with this one either. Frequently have restless nights.

But I can go tent camping and sleep on an airmat and get a great night's sleep.

I'm convinced that mattresses are more marketing than science.
Always the concern, spend a fortune and still not be able to sleep well! Have an IKEA mattress at home and have never had a bad night's sleep because of the mattress. Doesn't make choosing a replacement easier either.🤣
 
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Ours isn’t a drop down bed, but we bought a LYCKSELE HÅVET mattress from ikea for our van, I cut it to size with a bread knife and altered the cover on the sewing machine, it works well and is very comfortable, it’s a sofa bed mattress so is 10 cm thick.it’s latex foam
 
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We have a lovely topper from Made to measure, after placing an order at the NEC Show. They also make mattress and are based In Tamworth, Staffs.
I do not have any connection to this company, mealy a customer.
 
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