If you’re thinking about buying a spring mattress or your existing spring mattress is getting old, you might be wondering if the springs can poke through the mattress and cause harm:
A mattress spring can poke you if the spring has become damaged, has lost its shape, and/or the upper comfort layers of the mattress have begun to wear out – potentially resulting in pressure points, reduced support, muscular discomfort, aches, pains, and even broken skin.
The rest of this article explains how to fix a mattress with springs poking through it.
Alternatively: if you’re ready to replace your spring mattress then check out my list of the best mattresses to buy now.
How to Stop Mattress Springs From Poking You
Here are 5 ways to fix the problem of your mattress springs from poking you as you lie on your mattress:
1: Replace Your Broken Mattress
If you already have a spring mattress where you can feel the springs poking into you to the point where it hurts then there’s a fair chance that the springs in your mattress have become dislodged or are otherwise broken.
If the springs in your mattress are broken, then the most effective solution is to replace your mattress with a new one because when the integrity of the springs has been significantly compromised, the mattress is at the point of or not far away from being beyond repair.
2: Consider an All-Foam Mattress
If you’d like your new mattress to be completely free of springs so that you don’t have to worry about the springs poking into you ever again, then the best option is to go for a mattress that’s made entirely of foam.
Such ‘all-foam’ mattresses can be made from either polyfoam, memory foam, latex foam, or a mixture of foams.
Generally speaking, all-foam mattresses are better for couples because they are better at absorbing the feelings of your bed partner shuffling around at night than a regular spring mattress.
And the reduction in noise can also be beneficial for autistic sleepers and those sensitive to sounds.
However, heavier weighted sleepers over 200 lbs should ensure that the mattress is firm enough for their sleeping style because all-foam mattresses are more liable to compress under heavier loads than spring mattresses and may therefore cause discomfort due to you sleeping in bad posture.
And the all-foam design may make it more challenging to switch positions smoothly if you’re a combination sleeper if the mattress is too soft relative to your body weight.
To make the selection process easier, a more detailed explanation of the different types of all-foam mattresses can be found below:
All-foam, memory foam mattresses typically have a high-density polyfoam base with a slower response memory foam top layer that excels at adapting to your unique body shape so that it can provide exceptional pressure relief on the more angular regions of your body like your hips and shoulders.
This means that memory foam mattresses are particularly well suited to side sleepers, sleepers with a lower body fat percentage, and lighter weighted sleepers that need more pressure relief.
However, warmer sleepers should take care to choose a memory foam mattress with good cooling properties because some memory foam mattresses can sleep hot due to the way in which the foam absorbs your body heat so that the foam can accommodate your unique body shape.
Heavier weighted sleepers over 200 lbs should ensure that the mattress is firm enough and has a good support core to guard against excessive material sinkage because memory foam doesn’t have the same buoyancy as that of a spring mattress.
Latex foam mattresses can adapt to your body similar to memory foam (although not typically as closely) with the added benefit of typically being more breathable and more responsive so that warmer sleepers can stay cool and combination sleepers can switch positions more easily.
Mattresses made entirely of latex foam should be silent when placed on a suitable frame due to the lack of springs which also makes them ideal for couples and sleepers sensitive to ‘pinging’ springs.
Latex foam mattresses should be suitable for front, back, and side sleepers when selected in the correct firmness.
All-foam polyfoam mattresses tend to be cheaper and more responsive than memory foam topped all-foam mattresses but typically aren’t as durable or supportive.
3: Look for Individually Wrapped Springs
The alternative to buying an all-foam mattress is to go for a new spring mattress – either a regular spring mattress with an upholstered or polyfoam top layer, or a hybrid spring mattress with a memory foam or latex foam top layer.
If you want to avoid the feeling of the springs poking through the mattress then this is likely better achieved by going for a hybrid spring mattress with a memory foam or latex foam comfort layer that’s at least 3 inches thick and has individually wrapped pocket coils in the core.
The individually wrapped coils can help to dampen movements as well as reduce the chance of them poking through the top of the mattress when used in conjunction with a thicker foam comfort layer.
4: Use a Mattress Topper
If you’re unable to buy a new mattress, then a temporary solution could be to place a mattress topper over the surface of your mattress to lessen the feeling of the springs poking through.
I wouldn’t recommend this as a long-term solution, however, because the springs may poke through to damage the topper and if the support core is very damaged then the topper will likely do little to prevent you from experiencing discomfort due to the mattress sagging.
5: Use the Right Frame
You should ensure that your mattress is placed on a compatible frame to make sure that the mattress doesn’t become damaged, cause the springs to poke out, or make noise.
When buying a new mattress, you should ensure that the frame and the mattress are compatible and the best way to do this is by ordering the mattress and the bed frame from the same company – which can also prevent voiding the warranty.
Below are the answers to some of the most common questions related to mattress springs:
Can a Mattress Spring Hurt You?
A mattress spring may feel uncomfortable or damage the skin if it breaks free from the inside of the mattress and you come into contact with it.
Why Can You Feel the Springs Through Your Mattress?
If you can feel the springs through the mattress when you lie or sit on it then this could be an indication that the mattress springs are broken, have become deformed, and/or the upper comfort layer of the mattress is wearing through.
Why Do Mattress Springs Pop?
Mattress springs may pop if you place a lot of pressure on them and/or if the coils have lost their ability to spring back into shape.
Conclusion: Replace Your Old Spring Mattress
If your mattress has broken springs that are poking through the top layers of the mattress then the proper solution is to go and buy a new mattress instead of the short-term fix of just covering up the damage with a mattress topper.
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Dan is the founder and head content creator at Bedroom Style Reviews.
He has been working as a professional online product reviewer since 2015 and was inspired to start this website when he ended up sleeping on a memory foam mattress that was too soft and gave him backache.
Through in-depth research and analysis, Dan’s goal with this website is to help others avoid such pitfalls by creating the best online resource for helping you find your ideal mattress, bedding, and bedroom furniture.
Dan is a qualified NVQ Level 2 Fitness Instructor with 6 years’ experience helping clients improve their health through diet, exercise, and proper sleep hygiene.
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Dan also has direct personal experience with insomnia, anxiety, misophonia (hypersensitivity to sounds), and pain from both acute and long-standing sporting injuries – he enjoys writing insightful articles around these subjects to help fellow sufferers of such conditions.
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