Sweet dreams this winter

Sweet Dreams This Winter, Mornington Peninsula Magazine, April 2021

Makin Mattresses’ Sandringham team will set you up for the ultimate night’s sleep this winter. Hopping into a toasty warm bed during the chilly winter months is the best way to see out the day and prepare your body for rest. In fact, the secret to feeling fresh and revitalised each morning is actually a good night’s sleep. This dream can become a reality with a bed that’s just perfect for you. You and your body will know the difference when you experience Makin Mattresses’ comfy-plus mattresses. Just add luxe bedding to start your journey to a well-rested night’s sleep this winter.

For more than 45 years, Makin Mattresses has been Australia’s largest independent mattress manufacturer, so you just know that your restful and warm night’s sleep is in very capable hands. The sales assistants at Makin Mattresses are bedding specialists, and with 10 stores Australia-wide and six manufacturing sites, they offer a range of mattresses to suit everyone – including the popular Bellissimo range. Here the Bellissimo range is designed to provide long-lasting comfort, support and style. The seven-zone support system cradles the parts of your body that need it most. Their complete range of mattresses are double-sided, handcrafted and designed to be flipped and rotated to ensure an even sleep surface. This is essential because it doubles the life of your mattress so you can rest easy knowing you’ve made a smart purchase.

Makin Mattresses sells direct to the public, and clients can try before they buy. Now that’s something to dream about this winter.

There’s more to Australian Made than protecting Australian jobs

Beware of cheap imported mattresses.

Australia has a long and proud manufacturing history. It’s a sad day when local manufacturers close their doors and take work overseas.

Aside from loosing Aussie jobs to overseas we must consider the direct affects on the quality of the product and also the methods used to create these products overseas. International manufacturers DO NOT have to comply with the same safety standards as Australia.

There have been reports of chemicals being used that have the potential to be carcinogenic. Now spending eight hours breathing in these chemicals, that doesn’t sound safe.

Additionally, these mattresses are imported in a compressed state. They do not have edge supports. NO edge supports means the side of the mattress will collapse creating a “rolling off” feeling.

Always ASK where the mattress is manufactured. do not fall for the ‘designed’ in Australia story.

Makin Mattresses, is Australian made & made locally. We’ve been manufacturing mattresses for over 40 years, at 6 of our 9 locations our mattresses are made onsite.

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When Should You Replace Your Mattress?

When should you replace your mattress? article by Sleep Foundation, March 2022

Sleep is one of the most important aspects of human health. Without quality sleep, our bodies are not able to heal and rejuvenate themselves, and our brains struggle to process emotions and store memories.

One of the biggest factors in getting a good night’s sleep is the comfort of your mattress. There are few other products that can have such a significant effect on our health and happiness. Therefore, it’s important to invest in the best mattress possible, and replace it according to expert guidelines. But when should you replace your mattress?

Under normal conditions, mattresses should be replaced every 6 to 8 years.

Of course, this is a general guideline and not a one-size-fits-all solution. There are various factors that influence when you should replace your mattress.

Generally speaking, you should replace your mattress if one or more of the following apply:

  • It’s 6-8+ years old
  • It’s negatively affecting your sleep
  • It’s noticeably saggy or damaged in certain areas
  • It’s making more noise than usual (noisy springs are common in old innerspring mattresses)
  • You find that you sleep better at hotels, friends’ houses, etc.
  • You notice an increase in allergies and/or asthma
  • You regularly wake up with muscle or joint stiffness

Essentially, you should replace your bed if it’s no longer helping you get restful sleep. There’s no clear-cut way to know for sure whether it’s time for a new bed – but generally speaking, if you’re thinking about a new bed, it’s likely worthwhile to make the investment sooner rather than later.

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Factors Influencing Mattress Lifespan

A variety of factors influence the longevity of a mattress. A cheap mattress (thinner comfort layers) could degrade much faster than a luxury mattress (higher quality materials used), for example. Some key factors that impact mattress replacement guidelines include:

Mattress Material – The materials used to manufacture your bed greatly influence its durability. Lower-quality innerspring and all-foam mattresses tend to have the shortest lifespans, as they are prone to sagging and body impressions respectively, but not in all cases.

Finally, make sure you’re getting natural latex rather than synthetic latex.

Maintenance & Care – Like any other product, a mattress will last longer if you take good care of it. This means flipping & rotating your mattress regularly and utilizing a mattress protector. See our mattress care guide here.

Sleeper Size & Weight – Your weight, as well as the weight of anyone sharing your bed, also influences the rate at which the mattress will degrade. Heavier sleepers will find that mattresses may sag quicker, while lightweight sleepers will have less of an impact. Similarly, a mattress accommodating a couple will likely wear out sooner than a mattress for a single person.

Children & Pets – If you share your bed with small children, or with animals, it’s likely that you will need to replace your mattress more frequently. In addition to the extra weight, both pets and children are more likely to cause stains and/or damage to the mattress.

Original story by Sleep Foundation, March 2022, https://bit.ly/MPMApr8

A good night’s sleep rests on the right mattress

A good night’s sleep rests on the right mattress by Mornington Peninsula Magazine, December 2021

Sleeping well is literally life-changing. Good sleep is credited with improving mood and memory, boosting immunity, and increasing productivity. But getting to sleep and staying asleep isn’t always so easy to do.

The first step to a good night’s sleep is investing in a high-quality mattress made by the experts at Makin Mattresses. For more than 45 years, Makin Mattresses has been Australia’s largest independent mattress manufacturer. With 10 stores Australia-wide and six manufacturing sites, Makin Mattresses has a wide range of mattresses that makes finding the right one for your individual needs easy.

Makin Mattresses’ complete range of mattresses are double-sided, handcrafted and actually designed to be flipped and rotated. This practice is key to doubling the life of your mattress and ensuring an even, comfortable sleeping surface.

Whether you’re looking for a cot mattress, a super king-size mattress or anything in between, Makin Mattresses will have the mattress you need. If you own a caravan, camper trailer, motorhome, or boat, there’s a lightweight range and a custom-made range so you can travel and sleep well even on a road trip.

Makin Mattresses is the only bedding manufacturer in Australia to have a micro coil machine that maximises mattress airflow to reduce heat and increase hygiene. This feature is essential not only for your body temperature but also the health of your mattress because sweat causes foam to degrade and flatten over time – so imagine how your current mattress is faring. We dare you to strip off that mattress protector and examine it closely. https://bit.ly/MPMJanuary13

Sleep well on a dream mattress

Sleep well on a dream mattress, article by Mornington Peninsula Magazine, March 2022

The first step to a good night’s sleep is investing in a high-quality mattress. Look no further than the experts at Makin Mattresses to assist you with this important purchase. For more than 45 years, Makin Mattresses has been Australia’s largest independent mattress manufacturer. With 10 stores Australia-wide and six manufacturing sites, Makin Mattresses has a wide range of mattresses that makes finding the right one for your individual needs easy.

Whether you’re looking for a cot mattress, a super king-size mattress or anything in between, Makin Mattresses will have the mattress you need. Their complete range of mattresses are double-sided, handcrafted and designed to be flipped and rotated. This practice is key to doubling the life of your mattress and ensuring an even, comfortable sleeping surface.

Makin Mattresses is the only bedding manufacturer in Australia to have a micro coil machine that maximises mattress airflow to reduce heat and increase hygiene. This feature is essential not only for your body temperature but also the health of your mattress because sweat causes foam to degrade and flatten over time – so imagine how your current mattress is faring.

If you own a caravan, camper trailer, motorhome, or boat, there’s a lightweight range and a custom-made range so you can travel and sleep well even on a road trip. There’s no need to put up with an inferior mattress just because you’re travelling. A good night’s sleep is vital wherever you are.

Original story by Mornington Peninsula Magazine, March 2022, https://bit.ly/MPMApr8

Bed in a box…why not?

The internet has brought us many wonderful things in the past couple of decades: entertainment on demand, social networks that connect us with long lost friends, information at our fingertips, and more.

When it comes to Australian companies, the internet has made it easy for trusted brands to offer customers new ways to browse and buy from their product ranges anytime and from anywhere.

However, the internet has brought many disadvantages too: trolls, spam, misinformation, cyber crime and other nasties.

When it comes to the space that is closest to our hearts (making mattresses!), one of the consumer disadvantages we’ve been saddened to see is the sharp rise in pseudo Australian manufacturers that operate 100% online.

Clever marketing tactics would have you believe they are Australian, authentic, and just down the road. Unfortunately, that’s often not the case.

The classic example of this is the “bed in a box” product.

Once upon a time, these were the types of products you could only buy through direct mail advertisements tucked in with your junk mail. Now, bed in a box manufactures permeate your internet search with outrageous claims about the supposed quality and longevity the mattress can provide.

If you’ve ever contemplated a “bed in a box”, here are a few insights that may make you think twice before clicking the buy button…

They’re cheap because they’re cheap

 For a bed to be shipped in a box, it must be compressed. The only way to achieve this is to make it from almost 100% foam.

2 or 3 pieces of foam stuck together does not create a quality mattress that will properly support you or stand the test of time. In fact, this type of mattress can be compared to the type you may buy for a young child who is very light and will likely outgrow it in a couple of years.

They’re usually one-sided

Often manufacturers take shortcuts to keep their prices down – and this includes making mattresses that are only functional on one side.

If you see “half off” on a single sided mattress, consider that you’re actually getting half the life, half the comfort, and half the support.

They do not have edge supports

Mattress compression is only possible if there are no pesky inclusions (such as edge supports) to restrict it.

Edge supports are very important for mattresses, because they stop the mattress collapsing over time so you don’t end up sinking into the middle or feel like you are rolling off the side.

They’re usually imported

There are many ways to say a company or product is Australian when it’s not.

When a mattress comes in a box, it’s best to imagine it arriving in Australia in a shipping container where it collects dust in a local warehouse until you purchase it and get your “next day shipping”.

They’re often difficult to return

Don’t be fooled by claims about “no fuss returns”. Simply do your research to find hundreds of examples of disappointed customers that tried to return a bed in a box mattress only to find it costly, time consuming, or extremely difficult.

The only way to really trust a mattress is to try it before you buy it. A mattress is such a personal and significant addition to your home and well-being, it’s worth the time to test it out in store.

Read more here about our Natural Comfort Wool mattress. Similar price to the ‘bed-in-a-box’ market but with some many long lasting features like double-sided sleep surface, pocket spring support and quality comfort layers, backed by a store front so you have someone to speak to if you have any questions or need a little extra advice.

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What is a micro coil and why do we make them?

Springs have been used in mattresses for well over a century, mainly due to their ability to “bounce back” and distribute weight evenly across a bed.

These days, most innerspring mattresses use either Bonnell springs or pocket springs. Bonnell springs are hourglass-shaped springs connected by metal. Pocket springs are individual springs encased in fabric.

Pocket springs are generally found in more premium mattresses because they are much more expensive to make. The individual casings prevent each spring from touching; allowing them to move independently to contour to your body and provide extra support.

We use both Bonnell and Pocket springs in our range of mattresses, to meet the comfort and budget needs of our diverse customers.

In 2015, we decided to take pocket spring technology a step further and developed a purpose-built micro coil machine. Used exclusively in our Bellissimo mattress range, our micro coils are no bigger than the size of a $1 coin and are inserted precisely into their own tiny fabric pockets during construction.

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Australia’s only micro coil machine

Located in our North Brisbane factory, our micro coil machine produces thousands of tiny micro coils which are sewn between two sheets of premium fabric in the top layers of the Bellissimo mattresses.

Each Bellissimo mattress has thousands of micro coils which ensures:

  • proper air flow
  • pressure relief
  • even weight distribution
  • body temperature regulation
  • a more hygienic and cooler sleep environment

A cool mattress is important for a sound sleep, because a hot mattress can make you sweat which leads to a build-up of bacteria.

Micro coils also stretch easily in any direction and always bounce back to their original shape and weight which gives the mattress a longer life.

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We are proud to have the only micro coil machine in Australia, with a mattress so comfortable it has become Australia’s #1 selling premium mattress.

To try our Bellissimo mattresses for yourself, pop into your local Makin Mattresses store.

High quality vs low quality mattress materials: can you spot the difference?

Have you ever bought a mattress that lasted just a few years before it started to sag, fray, rip or dip?

This happens frequently with low quality mattresses because they are constructed using substandard materials. And while you may think the hefty price tag must reflect the quality, remember this is likely the result of big margins being added by distributors and retailers.

Because we manufacture locally and sell direct to customers at each of our stores, the prices of our mattresses directly reflect the high quality materials we use and the time it takes to produce each product.

Like achieving the perfect balance of ingredients when you make a delicious meal, every layer of a Makin Mattresses mattress incorporates a material that ultimately helps to provide a superior sleep experience…

Foam

We use several different types of foam in our mattresses to achieve the various comfort levels our customers desire (soft, medium and firm).

Supplied exclusively by Australian companies, our high quality foams are carefully selected and incorporated as luxury layers between the mattress’s support core and your body.

 

Latex

Similar to foam, there are many different types of latex – each with its own unique quality. We only use the highest quality latex because it is hypo-allergic, anti-microbial, and ultra-resilient.

Our most superior latex product is found in our Bellissimo Duo mattress. This features a 7-zone European latex core, where latex density is adjusted to meet the unique needs of each zone of your body as you sleep:

  • head and neck
  • shoulders and upper back
  • lumbar support
  • pelvic zone
  • knees
  • lower legs
  • feet and ankles

This offers a huge range of benefits such as correct spinal alignment, elimination of pressure points and the unnatural compression of disks, and reduced motion transfer across the mattress so your partner’s movements do not disturb you while you sleep.

European latex is also extremely durable and luxurious, which is why it is one of the most expensive latex products on the market.

 

Poly wool comfort layer

Poly wool is a sublime combination of polyester and wool that adds another level of comfort to our mattresses.

Our poly wool comfort layer also helps to keep the mattress cool in summer and warm in winter.

To experience the Bellissimo mattress, or any of our other high quality mattresses for yourself, visit your local Makin Mattresses store.

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Why we love being Australian made and owned

When quality matters, you can’t beat Australian made.

Since 1975, Makin Mattresses has remained uniquely Australian made and owned. In a world of global trade with a preference for cutting costs by manufacturing offshore, we’ve stayed true to our local promise for 45 years.

There are many reasons why we have and always will make our mattresses locally, and here are just a few…

We control supply

The events of the past few months have definitely shown how fragile global trade can be. When supply chains are disrupted, products that are manufactured overseas can be incredibly hard to come by – leaving those who rely on them in the lurch.

We make our mattresses at 6 manufacturing sites across Australia, so our supply is never compromised by what’s happening overseas.

 

We want to work with people in our community

There’s something magical about supporting the innovation of local business, and celebrating the skills of craftsmen who are our friends and neighbours.

All the people who work at Makin Mattresses live in our local communities – from our management team to our frontline sales staff.

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Mattresses need to be compressed when they’re shipped

When you ship a mattress, you usually need to compress it. This means your mattress cannot have edge supports, which is one of the key features of a Makin Mattresses mattress.

We include edge supports on both our mattresses and pillow tops because they:

  • give you more mattress space
  • stop you feeling like you are rolling off the bed
  • support the weight of the mattress so it lasts longer.

You cannot guarantee the same quality

Overseas manufacturers are not subject to the same quality standards as we are in Australia. This is why some internationally-manufactured mattresses have been proven to contain carcinogenic foam.

We would not want ourselves or our kids to breathe in carcinogens while we sleep. So we would never ask you to do the same!

 

Our products are always evolving and improving

Over the past 45 years, we have continued to improve our mattresses and bedding products to meet customer needs and feedback.

This process of continual improvement is not easy to achieve when you outsource manufacturing to a factory with its own set processes and techniques.

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We love local

The care that goes into every layer and every stitch of a Makin Mattresses mattress exists because we truly treasure and respect the people in our communities.

From Victoria to Albury, Canberra to Newcastle, Queensland to Perth – our love for local is what has kept us going for nearly half a century.

To experience the magic of an Australian made and owned mattress, pop into your local Makin Mattresses store today.  

What’s in a mattress

When it comes to getting a good nights sleep, it’s what’s inside your mattress that counts.

At Makin Mattresses we make all our mattresses at our six manufacturing sites. We are proud of the quality components we include in each of our mattresses that’s why we’ve prepared this mattress construction overview, designed to make the process of choosing the right mattress for you a little bit easier.

When comfort is your number one priority

You’ve told us that comfort is your number one reason for buying a new mattress, but you also want it to last, that’s why using quality components, resulting in long lasting comfort is our number one priority!

Comfort layers The comfort of a mattress come from the materials between you and the support unit. The different types and combinations of these comfort layers determine how much cushioning and the comfort feel the mattress is. These are found on the top (single sided) or on the top & bottom of the mattress (double sided).

Support Core of the mattress construction – determines the amount of support. With three main support units traditionally used 1) The traditional spring unit, known as the Bonnell spring, 2) Pocket Spring unit, that reduces partner disturbance and 3) Latex for true body contouring attributes.

Quilted Cover The final component and the one visible is the Quilted Cover. Each fabric is carefully selected to finish the mattress to give a luxurious feel. Each fabric is quilted with a final comfort layer to ensure comfort and breath-ability of the mattress resulting in a cooler nights sleep.

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The illustration below demonstrates the components and materials utilised for the construction of the Indulgence Plus mattress.

So what does this all mean?

Below we outline good better best of what to look for when purchasing a new mattress:

MATTRESS SUPPORT UNIT ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
Air Cheap Poor support, potential for leaks
Water Good support, comfortable, warm in winter and cool in summer Potential for leaks, hard to move
Polyurethane Foam Cheap, offer cushioning Poor support
Gel / Visco Foam Conforms to body to relieve pressure points Hot, air circulation, unhygienic, increased sweating, nightmares, collapses over time with use
Innerspring Excellent support, durable, good air circulation Cannot contour to the body
Zoned Innerspring Zoned support, extra longevity and greater back support Cannot contour to the body
Standard Latex Long lasting, resilient, offers excellent support contours to the profile of the body No zoning, heavy, expensive material, restricted air circulation
Bellissimo Seven Zone Latex Long lasting, resilient, has zoning for proper spinal alignment and telescopic hole design, gives differentiated firmness for different weight sleeping partners, air vents allow air circulation from top to bottom of the mattress Expensive to manufacture as it is exclusive European technology
COMFORT LAYERS ADVANTAGES DISADVANTAGES
Micro Coil Excellent air flow makes mattress cooler to sleep on and more hygienic Expensive production process requiring high technology machinery
Poly wool Warmer in winter and cool in the summer No support, flattens with use
Polyurethane Foam Cheap materials, different densities Low density foam will flatten over time. High density foam is long lasting but not as comfortable
Gel / Visco Foam Conforms to relieve pressure points

 

Hot, air circulation, unhygienic, increased sweating, nightmares, collapses over time with use
Latex Long lasting, resilient can be soft and supportive at the same time Expensive material
Memo Latex Increased conform-ability compared to standard latex but still provides good support Expensive to manufacture as it is exclusive European technology

Benefits of a two piece, double sided mattress.

Let’s take a look at the Allure mattress model.

1. Pillow tops offer luxuriant cushioning for tired bodies. Being removable means that this comfort is still a practical feature. Removable pillow tops have air flow technology and can be flipped and turned so that they wear evenly.

2. Poly Wool comfort layer in the quilting makes the mattress cool in summer and warm in winter.

3. The European Latex layer has a plush, spongy feeling for ultimate comfort.

4. The visco memory foam layer moulds and contours to the whole body providing pressure point relief.

5. The mattress spring unit provides maximum back care, with a heavier gauge spring in the middle of the unit where support is needed most.

6. The mattress includes a resilient comfort edge that increases the sleeping surface of the mattress.

7. The timber frame base includes four drawers which provide convenient storage space for blankets, extra pillows etc.

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