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October 4, 2018 by: Mattress Advisor
What Heavy People Should Look For In A Mattress

It’s not easy being a plus-size person in a one-size-fits-all world.

Airline seats, restaurant chairs and amusement park rides are all designed for straight-size people. As a larger-bodied person, you know all too well that one size does not fit all. Yet, you are left to compromise your comfort because the world is designed mostly for one body type.

We feel for you. And we are here to tell you that your mattress does not have to be one of those places where you have to sacrifice comfort because of your size.

As a plus-size individual, you probably are all too familiar with at least one (or all) of the following problems when it comes to your mattress:

●      Less than awesome support

●      Quick wear and tear

●      Insufferable heat

●      The dreaded mid-mattress sag


And that’s just the beginning.

Here’s the deal. Much to your surprise, there is a mattress out there for you! And it will make a big difference in how you sleep. You just need to know what to look for. That’s why we are here.

6 Things Heavy People Should Look For in a Mattress

1. The Weight Limit

The average queen size mattress holds roughly 300 lbs for a single sleeper and about 600 lbs between partners, so they say. What most manufacturers fail to mention is how long the mattress can support that amount of weight without comfort being compromised.

Don’t even bother with mattresses whose weight limit is less than your weight or whose doubled weight limit is less than yours and your partner’s combined weights. Even if these beds feel comfortable at first, they will not hold up over time.

No need to worry. The Big Fig Mattress can support up to 1,000 lbs of combined weight or 500 lbs of weight from a single sleeper.

2. The Construction – Mattress Type, Materials and Thickness

Next, you’ll want to pay close attention to how a mattress is built if you want to find something that lasts.

Start by deciding which type of mattress to buy.

Due to the marriage of great support and superior pressure relief, hybrid mattresses, like the Big Fig Mattress, tend to be a great option for heavy people.

Next, look at the materials.

Heavy people need to find a mattress made with durable materials that support their body weight (like springs), while also finding a bed that contours to their body and allows them to get comfortable quickly (like memory foam). The Big Fig Mattress crafts this combo beautifully.

The Big Fig Mattress pairs three inches of high-density foam that is 50% denser than foams in traditional innerspring mattresses with 1600 individually wrapped coils that pushback against body weight so you never feel “stuck in the mud” — a recipe for a great night’s sleep.

Finally, consider the thickness.

Heavy individuals should look for a mattress at least 12’’ thick. That’s because thinner mattresses simply don’t have the ability to provide the support  needed to keep a heavier person’s spine in alignment. A general rule of thumb is the larger the person, the thicker the mattress should be.

Lucky for you, the Big Fig Mattress is 13’’ of unmatched support.

3. The Support

Speaking of support, make sure your bed holds up overtime. A mattress that feels nice for one night may not feel so great after a few weeks.

Both construction (see point 2) and durability (see point 6) play a role in support. Just don’t forget to take a close look at edge support before making a purchase.

Edge support is what keeps you safely on the edge of your bed while you sleep. Over time, sturdy edge support can save your mattress from suffering a premature demise due to sagging and losing its shape. The Big Fig is designed with firmer edge foam to keep you safe from the ground all night long.

If you want to read about one real sleepers experience of the Big Fig Mattress for one month, check out the Mattress Advisor In Real Life Review.

4. The Firmness

Firmness, not to be confused with support,  refers to how soft or firm the top layer of the mattress feels.

Plus-size sleepers should aim for a mattress in the medium to medium-firm range (aka a firmness rating of 5 to 7 on a 10-point scale*). Anything softer and you will sink too far into the mattress, which makes it very difficult to move around and get out of the bed.

*A note on firmness: like so many other things that are calibrated for straight-size people, so are firmness ratings. That means a mattress rated an 8 on firmness will feel more like a 6 or 7 for a sleeper over 250 lbs.

5. The Cooling Properties

Sleeping hot is not an issue exclusive to heavy people; however, it is more common for them. That’s because body fat tends to insulate the body’s core.

Therefore, plus-size sleepers should explore how well a mattress is designed to keep the sleeper cool.

One of the biggest differences in the Big Fig Mattress is its ThermoGel cooling technology. Similar to sweat-wicking athletic clothing, ThermoGel creates a cooling sensation when activated with moisture contact near the skin.

In addition to ThermoGel technology, the Big Fig Mattress is made with a layer of perforated gel-infused latex foam directly under the quilted top for easy airflow.

6. The Durability

When considering the durability of your sleeping structure, there are a few factors to consider:       

●      The proof

●      How it’s built

●      The foundation


Remember how we said the average mattress holds roughly 600 lbs of combined weight? When looking for your next mattress, make sure to ask the manufacturer how they know that’s true.

At Big Fig Mattress, you don’t have to worry about how long your mattress will last. This mattress has undergone a variety of tests including the Rollator Durability test, the Cornell Firmness Retention Test, the Surface Deformation test and the Impact test. As a result of these evaluations, the Big Fig Mattress is proven to last 20 years.

        Next, revist the construction.

It’s one thing to find a mattress made with durable materials and another to look at how those materials are held together.

A common issue heavy sleepers face is materials shifting around. This breakdown in materials often leads to discomfort.

To combat this problem, the Big Fig Mattress is tufted in 16 places.

Finally, don’t neglect the foundation.

Without the proper foundation, a mattress can lose support quicker.

Every Big Fig Mattress comes complete with a heavy duty foundation designed to support 5x the weight of a standard foundation.

Want to learn more about the Big Fig Mattress? Check out Mattress Advisor’s Big Fig Mattress review to see how it scored on factors like motion transfer, pressure relief, and spine alignment.


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