Do Memory Foam Mattresses Have Edge Support?

Do Memory Foam Mattresses Have Edge Support?

There is a lot of controversy around whether or not mattresses should have edge support. While many individuals sit on the side of their beds to put on socks and shoes or when they're getting up in the morning to stretch, mattresses are technically made for sleeping -- not for sitting. There really isn't any danger of you rolling completely off the bed due to a lack of edges on a memory foam mattress, but is this a matter of aesthetics, or comfort?

Edge Support on Memory Foam versus Innerspring

Do memory foam mattresses have edge support? Yes, however, not like that of a coil or innerspring mattress. As you've likely seen throughout our site, memory foam mattresses are different than traditional mattresses. A memory foam mattresses edge support lies in its contouring and pressure relieving capabilities. It is also worth noting that foam mattresses tend to be sturdier and may not need the same type of edge support that you would require in an innerspring mattress. Some of the softer or less expensive models may compress or sag when you’re sleeping near the edge, but superior quality memory foam mattresses, like, have a more advanced foam structure that is much more supportive. Innerspring mattresses often have a more structured edge, but a down side to this is that it will break down over time — something that a well-made memory foam mattress will not do and something a Bed has been engineered to never do.

Firmness and Support

Sleeping comfort is achieved when you have a consistent experience night after night, with even support that conforms to the contours of your body. Whether soft or firm, ensuring that your body is fully supported is most important during the night. Memory foam mattresses tend to be good for all types of sleepers -- back, side and tummy -- but may offer individuals who are used to sleeping partially off the mattress with some challenges. If sinkage when you're sitting on the edge of the mattress bothers you, or if you're of a larger body size, you may want to consider a mattress like one of the mattresses that offer different firmness options. Whether you're a back or side sleeper, someone who sits on the edge of the bed on a daily basis or not, memory foam mattresses offer you a comfortable alternative to traditional innerspring mattresses.

Updated: 09/13/2019