I remember when I was a child, I would often find myself at my family’s upholstery store with my father, a master upholster, and my mother, a recognized decorator. There was no daycare, so parents would bring their children to work with them. I would entertain myself by creating figures out of Styrofoam with a wood file. Another thing I would do was place coil springs on the bottom of my shoes and bounce around the back parking lot. It was also a chance to earn some pocket change by sweeping the place. As I grew older, I would eventually graduate to stripping old fabric off the furniture.
However, over the years of being in an Upholstery store, I also got hands-on contact with polyurethane foam. There are many foam types available on the market today, and some are better than others. This is especially true when it comes to foam mattresses. I want to share with you what it was like sleeping on all the foam types we have had to offer over the past sixty years. In this article, I’ll talk about six types of foam commonly used for foam mattresses. If you know what foam you want for your mattress, you can head over to our Mattress page. If you want more information about these foam types, you can head over to our Foam Types page.
1. Polyurethane Foam
Polyurethane foam is what you would give guests so they don’t stay too long. Available in medium-firm, this foam type will begin to break down in a short period of time. It is the least expensive and lowest quality foam for mattresses. Polyurethane foam flattens out over time, leaving sink areas that do not return to their original shape. The foam mattress will also lose its firmness and become softer in a short amount of time. Polyurethane foam is the original foam that subsequent foam types introduced to the market were based on. As a very lightweight foam, it is best used in packaging and shipping. A Polyurethane foam mattress can be used as a temporary mattress if you don’t need it to last long or as a mattress topper.
2. High-Density Foam
High-Density foam is a medium quality foam for a foam mattress that comes in all firmness’s, from very soft to extra firm. I have to mention this because there is a misconception that the name High Density means the foam is firm. The name was created to differentiate it from the original low-quality polyurethane foam. Unlike Polyurethane foam, High-Density foam does return to shape after compression. It also gets softer as it gets older, creating a Hammock effect. This means the edges remain firm and the area used becomes softer over a few years’ time. A High-Density foam mattress is a good medium quality mattress.
3. Lux Foam
Lux foam is a good quality foam for a foam mattress that is available in medium-firm. It will provide comfort for quite some time before it softens. This foam mattress is good for the long haul and will provide comfort on the firmer side for several years. If you want to start out with a firmer foam mattress and have it soften to a comfort level you like after a couple of years, this is the foam mattress for you. A Lux foam mattress has a nice supporting feel and is a good quality mattress.
4. High Resilience Foam
High Resilience is a very good foam for a foam mattress and is available in most firmness’. Whereas lower quality foam types are slower to return to shape and feel less pliable, High Resilience foam is fast to return to shape when pressure is applied and released, making it good for any application. This foam type lasts a very long time before it begins to get softer over the years. However, if you rotate the foam mattress you can get a longer life expanse. The High Resilience foam mattress will take a beating and return to its original form. That’s why it has the name High Resilience. It is a very good foam mattress and can be used as a mattress topper.
5. Memory Foam
Memory foam is an excellent foam for a foam mattress and is available in very soft and soft firmness. Only Memory foam mattresses have elastic added to them to create a squishy feel that lessens the transfer of motion. Memory foam is meant to provide comfort through its conforming characteristics. As such, you don’t want it too thick, or it will hold you like a glove and make you feel uncomfortable and unable to roll over. This makes memory foam great as a mattress topper. Having a smaller cell structure, the Memory foam mattress tends to heat up. It is also heavy if you’re trying to move it or get a cover on it. However, the benefits outweigh the nuisances, making Memory foam an excellent foam mattress.
6. Latex Foam Rubber
Latex mattresses go back to a time when it was one of the two foam mattress types my father had to offer on the open market. The Latex foam mattress is the foam type I find to be the best, not only for the length of time it lasts but that it also comes in all firmness’s from very soft to extra firm. Made from rubber, a Latex foam mattress is very heavy and hard to maneuver when you’re trying to get it in place. A Latex foam mattress will feel a little softer than other foam mattresses and have more of a bounce. Latex foam mattresses are an excellent quality foam mattress in both its longevity and comfort.