Coil Spring

Welcome to the Coil Spring Labratory! Relax and learn while we take the mystery out of the mattress.

Coil Spring Labratory

Removing the mystery from the mattress.

Mattresses can be tricky business if you don't know what you are looking for. We are glad that you have picked us to be your main source (well, we can hope anyway) for information related to your mattress purchase. We recommend that you get started in our "features that matter" section.

Ah, the tried and true Coil Spring!

Simmons, Sealy, Spring Air, Serta and countless other coil spring mattresses are made by a company called Leggett & Platt. In fact, they make about 93% of all innerspring mattresses used by American manufacturers.

Coil Counts, Wire Gauges and bears! Oh my!

Ok, so there really aren't any bears in your mattress. But there are quite a number of coils and different gauges of wire making up those coils. And each one of those coils is pushing back against you when you lay on them. Your body is forced to conform to the mattresse's shape. This is fundamentally different from how a memory foam mattress works. A memory foam mattress responds to your body and conforms around you.

Another difference to keep in mind is temperature. Memory foam is able to sense the different temperatures in your body and respond to it by either remaining firm, or softening up a bit. Coil spring mattresses are simply unable to do this. They have no ability to react to your body heat. This is especially evident when someone who is sick with a fever. They would feel more comfortable on a memory foam mattress.

Some insider information to consider when buying a coil spring

Spring core makes up the bulk of the industry. The sad news is, whether you buy a really cheap $200 mattress or a high end $1500 mattress, it costs the same to make. The materials for mattress manufacturing are cheap. And we mean CHEAP!!! The total cost to produce is in the ball park of $75-150, depending on the spring count and finished fabric that is being used. The low manufacturing cost allows companies to be more flexible with how much they wish to charge for their product.

For example, unknown brands (where mixing and matching is common practice), the mattress can be sold for next to nothing. The profit margins are very low, the marketing cost is $0, and there is a consumer base that will purchase a $200 mattress and be okay replacing it every 3-5 years. In many cases the mattresses are unlabelled well known brands that the manufacturer needs to get rid of from their inventory. Some sellers are okay with making $50 a mattress because they can find ways to capitalize on the accessories that they will push off at multiple times their cost.

Now, knowing that all spring mattresses cost very little ($75-150) to produce, big brands such as Sealy and Simmons will sell their product at a much higher price tag because they have a marketing overhead. Many mattress manufacturers want to include literature, advertizements, and promotions to claim that they are "better" so to speak. Marketing costs a lot of money and that cost is then pushed off to the distributer and then to the customer. This is why some spring mattresses will cost you $1500 and up. But we want you all to know one little secret: Most mattress manufacturers wholesale their goods with a 25-30% margin. That means, the mattress that costs $100 to produce was sold to a distributor for $125-130. The distributor will then push it to a store for the same profit gain. Now we are at $170-ish. Somewhere along the lines, someone will endure some serious marketing expenses. At this point the store will push that off to the customer at $1000. This is where you, as the consumer, have TONS of space to haggle. This is why stores can afford to give you 40% off, free pillows, and local delivery included, because they have already made their money.

Our advice is, anytime you buy a mattress, haggle your butts off because they can, and most likely will, give you a better deal than advertised. Its worth the effort and time put into it. Just know, almost all the mattresses sold cost roughly the same to make. Some cost much more because big brands will spend the money to market, while smaller and uknown brands will not.


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