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The Best Mattress for Plus Size Sleepers

July 1, 2020
The Best Mattress for Plus Size Sleepers

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Many mattresses claim to work for every body type and support all weight equally. But a good night’s sleep is not one-size-fits-all! Plus size and big & tall sleepers have different needs when it comes to long-lasting comfort and quality of sleep.

So what did we do? We listened, we took notes, we went back to the drawing board again and again, and we uncovered the issues ignored by other mattress companies to create the best mattress for plus sized sleepers.

The Big Fig Mattress uses high-quality construction and a strategic design to meet the needs of the plus sized community and their partners. Here are eight ways the Big Fig meets these needs and some reviews from Figgy Fans who have experienced the difference firsthand. 

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1. Hybrid construction

The Big Fig is a hybrid innerspring mattress. Its design has a high coil count at 1,600 individual coils in a king size mattress. We use three layers of high density foams and one layer of gel infused, perforated latex foam. That’s a fancy way of saying our mattress is supportive, comfortable and resilient!

mattress foam designed for plus size sleepers

Traditional mattresses have inferior components that soften over time as the materials break down. For plus size sleepers, the firmness and comfort level of the mattress can diminish within just a few months of use. But the Big Fig’s hybrid construction of high quality pockets, springs and foam leads to long-lasting comfort and support.

This hybrid construction is also very different from an all-foam mattress. Heavier sleepers will tend to sleep "in" a foam mattress, as opposed to sleeping "on" it. Foam mattresses will also tend to create cavities or depressions that the sleeper will sink into. Our spring support provides a more lively surface that will help you roll and turn to find the perfect position for a great night's sleep.


Figgy Fan Reviews

“You can tell that every single part is high quality. I've slept on it
about six months now and it is as new as day 1.”
- Susan P.

“Being heavy is hard. Everything takes more effort and costs more. Mattresses wear
out quickly. But this Big Fig Mattress is better constructed
than any we've ever bought by far.”
- Jamie R.


2. High-density foam

A spring coil mattress doesn’t have to mean “rock hard” or uncomfortably firm! In fact, with our careful selection of quality comfort materials, the top portion of our mattress is the perfect combination of both plush and support.

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The Big Fig Mattress is constructed with three inches of high-density foam cushioning, with a minimum density of 1.8 pcf (pounds per cubic foot). That’s over 50% denser than the foam in a standard innerspring mattress making it firm, yet supportive and comfortable.

Why is this density important? A recurring issue among bigger figure sleepers is mattress sag – those uncomfortable holes or impressions that develop in the surface of the mattress over time. We can’t stand those little divots, so our three foam layers help to prevent sagging and keep your mattress feeling like new.


Figgy Fan Reviews

“I absolutely LOVE my mattress. I have been sleeping in since I’ve set it up. It feels like
it’s hugging my body right where I need support.”
- Monica J.

“I am elated by the performance of my Big Fig Mattress. I have an arthritic hip and I always
woke up in the morning with a lot of pain. Now when I wake up there is no
pain!! I am so happy I purchased the Big Fig Mattress.”
- Gary F.


3. Coil system

We hear a lot about motion transfer from people who sleep with a partner. It’s a bummer to wake up every time your partner rolls over in their sleep, so to help, we sourced the highest quality, individually pocketed coils and put as many into the mattress as we could. 

Our individually wrapped coil system contours and responds perfectly to your body, eliminating nearly all motion transfer. Our coils are premium grade 15 gauge steel springs, so you know we aren’t messing around. With 50% more coils than the average premium innerspring mattress on the market, our 1,600 count innerspring system actively adjusts to body weight and contours while doing its part in our hybrid design to provide more underlying support.


Figgy Fan Reviews

“The best mattress I have had ever. The combination of coils and various
foams has made my sleep very comfortable.”
- Kenneth E.

“We LOVE our Big Fig mattress. It's sturdy, firm and amazingly comfortable. Pocketed coils make
movement in bed unnoticeable. We have been sleeping so much
better since we made the switch.”
- Christy E.


4. Edge support

Have you ever sat on the edge of the bed and felt like you could slide right off or sink to the floor—making it nearly impossible to stand up? All-foam and traditional mattresses are notorious for poor edge support. That’s why the Big Fig Mattress is designed with the firmest foam around the edges to keep you feeling secure in bed. The supportive edges also expand the usable sleeping area, making your mattress feel more spacious.

plus size man sitting on bed

Most other mattresses, especially those made of all foam, do not utilize special materials for edge firmness. Therefore, they have soft, unsupportive edges that will break down over time. When you sit on a Big Fig, we promise you’ll immediately notice the difference. 


Figgy Fan Reviews

“The mattress is supportive, comfortable and well made. This quality can be
especially felt in the edge zones of the mattress”
- Christopher K.

“The sides of the bed provide so much support my husband can place his knee on the
edge when getting into the bed, and the bed does not give. I had
no idea how important the support on the edge of
bed was until receiving this bed!”
- Maggie N.


5. Sleeping cool

While no mattress can guarantee how hot or cool you may sleep, we did our absolute best to keep your mattress surface feeling cooler than a cucumber. First, our mattress topper is made with ThermoGel cooling technology that actively cools your body temperature as you sleep. The technology activates with moisture contact to create a cooling sensation close to the skin.

In addition to ThermoGel technology, we placed a layer of perforated, gel-infused latex foam directly under the quilted top. This unique combination minimizes overall surface temperature, and keeps things chill.

Finally, we significantly increased cooling air flow through the mattress by adding aeration holes in the latex upholstery layer. These perforations allow air to flow freely through the foam for an extra boost to the cooling effect.

plus size women sleeping on bed
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Figgy Fan Reviews

“I'm not near as sore in the morning as I used to be and I actually feel rested.
Plus, the bed is cool instead of retaining heat like our other
mattress did. I'm very pleased!”
- Kelly W.

“My favorite part is how cooling the Big Fig is. I live in the Deep South
and it’s been 103 degrees lately and I’ve never
woken up so rested and not hot.”
- Deborah H.


6. Tufting

One of the most effective ways to ensure the long term durability and integrity of a mattress is to “hand tuft” it. The tufts secure the mattress layers in place and virtually eliminate shifting of materials that can lead to reduced comfort, lumpiness and/or sagging. 

“Hand tufting” means that we individually insert durable string fasteners completely through the mattress in locations spread evenly across the mattress surface. Tufts create the slight depressions with “buttons” on the bottom that are usually arranged in a grid pattern and show your mattress is secure.

mattress tuft

Due to the high cost of hand tufting, it is found on very few mattresses and you usually can’t find it on mattresses in our price range. Many mattresses out there actually include fake tufts! But every Big Fig Mattress is hand tufted by skilled craftsmen in our factory.


Figgy Fan Review

“The first thing you'll notice about this mattress is how absolutely beautiful it is!
The hand tufting on the top with the stitching is incredible. This is the
prettiest mattress I've ever seen.”
- Rob W.


7. Strong foundation

Without a strong foundation, a mattress will degrade even faster and can cause premature sagging. The Big Fig Mattress and Foundation are designed to work together as a support system – the foundation absorbs the impact from the mattress, which increases the longevity of the materials.

We don’t hesitate to say that the Big Fig Foundation is the strongest foundation on the market. It is crafted from the highest grades of spruce, pine and fir woods and has 18, 2.5 inch wide slats and double center rails to support five times the weight of a standard foundation. Like all things Fig, we designed it with our customers in mind!

Even better? The foundation is included with your purchase of the mattress!


Figgy Fan Reviews

“The Foundation is well built. much better than traditional base.
It was easy to assemble and get all set up.”
- Bo H.

“My husband and I love this mattress! This mattress and foundation set up blew us away.
We’ve never seen anything so sturdy.”
- Michelle N.

family with kids jumping on bed
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8. Documented testing

The average lifespan of a traditional mattress is frustratingly short – especially for plus size sleepers. We sent the Big Fig Mattress to a third party testing facility to prove its durability and longevity. We used a heavier weight than normal (350lbs to be exact) and more rotations to simulate 20 years of use. The Big Fig passed with flying colors!

What does this mean? It means that when we say we’ve specially engineered the Big Fig with a combination of high quality individually-wrapped coil springs and high density foams to deliver an exceptionally comfortable and durable sleep surface, we’re telling the truth and sharing the data to back it up!


Figgy Fan Review

“Been a year. No sags, with good sleep still. I was 320 lbs when I bought the mattress and it’s
been going strong, still firm as the day I got it, couldn’t ask for anything better.”
- Marcos R.


The Big Fig is proof that when you address the specific sleep needs of an underserved community, beautiful things happen. Our mattress is the “man behind the curtain,” working behind the scenes to create good moods, good night’s rests and a happier, plus size community. When you sleep bigger, you live bigger!

Are you ready to join thousands of happy sleepers? Try the Big Fig for yourself worry-free with our 120-night sleep trial! Learn more here.