Your Guide to Buying a Double Mattress if You Have Back Pain

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Your Guide to Buying a Double Mattress if You Have Back Pain

Back pain can get in the way of work and can be debilitating in the long term. Upper back pains can make it difficult to breathe, and lower back pains can make it difficult to walk. It is little wonder that orthopaedic surgeons and therapists alike recommend moderately firm, and strong mattresses for people who suffer mild to chronic back pain. A mattress that offers superior support helps to keep the sleeper's back properly aligned at the time when the sleeper is not conscious of their posture.

A double mattress is 137.2 cm by 190.5 cm wide. It contains a system of springs and fillings, all of which contribute to the firmness and durability of the mattress. When shopping for a double mattress, shoppers with back pains should consider the mattress filling, the number and kinds of springs, and the combination of layers inside the mattress. Buyers looking for double mattresses to soothe back pain will find them in furniture shops and stores that specialise in beds and mattresses. However, eBay can offer buyers a wider selection of double mattresses at more competitive prices.

Sizes of Mattresses

Mattresses come in different sizes. In general, single mattresses (91.4 cm by 190.5 cm) are the smallest size for adults, followed by the double (137.2 cm by 190.5 cm), then the king (152.4 cm by 198.1 cm), and finally, the super king (182.9 cm by 198.1 cm).

Because single mattresses are the smallest, they tend to have the least sag and are therefore the firmest mattresses. This means that double mattresses are less firm, and king mattresses are the least firm of the three.

However, single mattresses might be too narrow, and single beds might be too small, especially for those who want more room to sleep, in the case of two people sharing a bed, and to roll around at night. A full or queen bed may be too big for a single sleeper. Therefore, a double mattress is a convenient in-between size.

Features of Mattresses

In general, a person suffering any degree of back pain needs a mattress with good support. Such a mattress must also be able to adapt to the sleeper's body shape in order to provide the most comfortable night's sleep. Aside from size, there are also different ways that mattresses can be classified. These different classifications can affect whether or not they are suitable for preventing and easing back pains.

Mattress Content

In general, a mattress can be made of springs, foam, or a combination of both. A spring-based, or an innerspring mattress, is firmer, and offers good support to the sleeper's back. However, this still depends on how thick the individual coils are, what the individual coils are made of, and how far apart the coils are spaced from one another. The farther apart the coils are, the softer the mattress.

On the other hand, today's foam mattresses are manufactured from high-tech foam varieties that rise up to accommodate the sleeper's body's shape. For instance, memory foam can conform to the curves of the body, offering the sleeper a more comfortable night's rest. Foam mattresses provide firmer support compared with innerspring mattresses, but the foam can lose its firmness over time. Hence, some mattresses are made as a combination of both foam and springs.

Some mattresses are made of latex. This is advantageous for persons with allergies, since latex is resistant to mould and mites. Latex also adapts to a person's body shape and can therefore provide support immediately. However, latex is not as comfortable as other types of mattress materials.

One of the latest innovations in mattress technology is the air mattress. An air mattress offers comfort for people suffering from back pains, but such mattresses can start to lose their air slowly through the night. This means that the shape of the mattress as well as its firmness can change through the night as the air pressure in the mattress decreases.

Mattress Firmness

Persons with back pains should not choose soft mattresses, as these mattresses can encourage poor sleeping posture and weaken the back muscles and ligaments. Soft mattresses can also make back pains worse. On the other hand, extremely hard mattresses can aggravate back pains, as hard mattresses put pressure on nerves, weaken muscles, and can even make the person's back hurt in other places. In general, a moderately firm mattress is most suitable for persons suffering from intermittent or chronic back pains.

Types of Springs

Pocket sprung mattresses have the springs sown into compartments. This allows for better support for the back. This can also mean that the movement of one person on one side of the bed will not cause movement on the other side of the bed that might wake the sleeping partner. Such mattresses are very popular as they provide good support for back pain sufferers.

A continuous coil mattress, on the other hand, involves the use of a single coil running through the entire bed. This type of mattress is an affordable alternative to other mattresses, but it does also not always provide ample support for those sleepers who suffer back pain.

An open coil mattress has several springs, all of which are strung or joined together by wires. Such a mattress might also not provide enough support for back pain sufferers.

Mattress Layers and Fillings

Aside from the mattress coils, the the layers also determine what level of support the mattress provides. For instance, some mattress come with layers of memory foam or latex. Memory foam allows the mattress to mould to the sleepers body. The layer of latex also conforms well to the sleeper's body.

A mattress can also have a layer of gel that keep the body cool and takes pressure off the body. Some mattresses have polyester foam layers, providing soft padding. Mattresses can also be filled with natural materials such as silk, cashmere, or cotton, which can add to the softness and comfort of a mattress.

How to Test a Double Mattress

Testing a mattress before buying is important for anyone who suffers from back pain. In general, it is best to first go to a brick and mortar store in order to ask about available mattresses. A brick and mortar store might also have staff members who may very well be able to offer expert advice on what mattresses are best for alleviating back pain.

A person should not shop for a mattress when they are tired. This can cause them to feel that any kind of mattress is firmer and more comfortable than it really is. To test a mattress, a person with back pain, wearing their most comfortable clothes, minus the jacket and shoes, should also lie down on the mattress for around ten minutes, and vary their positions according to the position that they normally sleep in.

To test a memory foam mattress, a person should shift positions while trying out the mattress. Moving from one position to another should feel effortless. The mattress should not restrict movement in any way. The edge of the mattress should feel be firm, and should not sag. One would test the this by sitting on the edge of the mattress.

The following table provides a summary of the factors that contribute to a mattress's ability to properly support a sleeper, and offers recommendations on what features a sleeper should look for in a mattress if they suffer from back pain.



Most Suitable to Ease Back Pains


Springs, Latex, Air, Foam, Combination

Springs, Spring Combination, Memory Foam, Firm Air


Pocket Sprung, Open Coil, Continuous Coil

Pocket Sprung


Latex, Memory Foam, Gel, Polyester, Cotton, Wool, Cashmere

Memory Foam, Latex


Soft, Moderately Firm, Firm

Moderately Firm

A person shopping for a double mattress to ease their back pain should also consider how heavy they are. Heavier sleepers might find a moderately firm mattress too soft, while lighter persons might find the same mattress too hard. Again, mattresses should first be tested in a brick and mortar store before a shopper goes online looking for a double mattress.

How to Find a Double Mattress on eBay

Visit the main eBay site to start shopping for a double mattress. Use the search engine and type in the query 'double mattress'. You can specify exactly what kind of mattress you need by including a description of the spring type, such as 'double mattress orthopedic'. 

The seller will specify the buying method. You can either participate in an auction or buy the mattress at the listed price. You should read the listing very carefully, and note if the mattress is offered as new or used. If it is used, you should look at the photos of the mattress and look for any signs of damage, wear and tear, or stains. If the mattress is listed as 'used', but the photos are stock photos, you should contact the seller and request photos of the actual mattress they are offering for sale. You can contact the seller by clicking on the contact link in their profile.


Back pain should not be taken for granted. If back pains are left untreated, they can worsen over time, affecting daily activities, as well as the proper functioning of organs such as the lungs.

A quality double mattress can help ease back pains. The firmness of the mattress ensures that the spine is aligned properly at all times. Good quality mattress material retains its firmness for years. A good mattress should be comfortable to sleep and move around on. With a good combination of fillings, springs, and layers, a double mattress can support the body correctly, ensuring proper alignment of the vertebrae in the back and neck.

While online marketplaces have a huge selection of mattresses to choose from, it is a good idea to research the different types of mattresses in traditional high street shops before venturing online. This gives you the opportunity to lie on different mattresses and try them out.

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