Why you should invest in a good-quality mattress

When it comes to design of our interiors, it is easy to forget about the essentials and focus on the style and gloss which is what we see. Take the bedroom, for example, we may spend some good money on a bed style that we like but when it comes to the mattress we seem to lose interest. Yet we spend (roughly) 30% of our lives sleeping which makes a mattress one of the most important furniture purchases you will make for your home.

When I bought my bed some years back, I was determined to get a good mattress… I was fed up of sleeping on cheap Ikea mattresses which were so uncomfortable but I got used to it. The day that our new mattress arrived I could not believe it was possible to feel so comfortable… and we didn’t even go for a particularly expensive one.


When I began working with Another Country I was introduced to Naturalmat, who make their 100% organic day bed and sofa mattresses, and found that there was a world of mattresses that I had no idea about. Called Naturalmat because of their completely naturally-made fillings, this Devon-based company uses local raw materials… organic coir, cashmere, natural latex, organic lambswool and mohair, which are adjusted to change the finished feel of the mattress. And all mattresses are then upholstered with a pure unbleached cotton cover.


I took a trip to their Notting Hill shop to see and touch the mattresses up close and spoke to their Director Mark who gave me more insight in to how they make their mattresses and why they are so passionate about organic mattresses.


It started with making mattresses for yachts, that were to a very high standard. This was and is a very successful side to the business but to broaden who they reached the company began making mattresses for babies. Both directors had babies and saw the need for an organic mattress with no chemicals to help the baby sleep better. They then moved on to adult mattresses and the soon to launch bed bases and offering the entire package to the hotel market.


This is a company with such a genuine belief in their product and ethos, which is so refreshing to see, that I feel in love with it from the start. So, if you’re thinking that your lumpy old mattress might not cut the mustard anymore, then perhaps you need to think about the best possible experience that could get and buy a Naturalmat. With their cheapest mattress costing just £575, this may be a lot more than your old Ikea mattress cost you but you’ll thank me for making you spend more on this one item.


Now for the science bit: the Cashmere is a great choice for a luxurious mattress that provides softer support without being too soft. The organic latex offers good support, while the cashmere and organic lambswool make the mattress feel wonderfully sumptuous.


Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.