What is the Best Mattress for Overweight People?

January 10, 2019

What is the Best Mattress for Overweight People?

Mattresses come in a variety of materials, sizes, thicknesses, and levels of firmness. Different people require different combinations of all of these to feel comfortable while sleeping. People who are overweight may have different needs from mattresses than those who fall within the “average” weight category. This guide will help you determine the best materials, thicknesses, firmness, and more to meet your needs in a mattress if you are overweight.

Mattress Materials

Among the most common luxury mattress products on the market today are:

  • Natural latex mattresses
  • Memory foam mattresses
  • Adjustable air mattresses

While each offers some benefits to people of various sizes, memory foam and adjustable air mattresses offer a few distinct disadvantages to people of size. The primary concern is that the sinking feeling many people complain about with memory foam can become more than a little claustrophobic for overweight people. The problem with air beds is that they are sometimes fragile, and only rated to support so much weight, which includes the combined weight of partners who may share the bed.

Natural latex mattresses, on the other hand, are ideally suited for frames of all shapes and sizes, especially when combined with dynamic coil support for the mattress core, like the Eco Terra Mattress - a luxurious natural latex mattress with dynamic coil support. 

Here are some of the benefits that the Eco Terra Mattress offers for overweight people:

  • A dynamic coil support core provides unparalleled support for back, side, and stomach sleepers of all sizes.
  • A 3" 100% natural latex top for cushioned comfort for varying preferences.
  • Resilience and resistance to sagging and dipping that occurs with many memory foam and traditional innerspring mattresses.
  • Motion isolation so your partner’s nocturnal roaming does not disturb your sleep.
  • Increased air flow for a cooler night’s sleep. This also helps wick away moisture.

As you can see, natural latex mattresses offer a few distinctive benefits that can help overweight people get a better night’s sleep. Top it off with an exceptionally long warranty, and you have nothing to lose by investing in a natural latex mattress for yourself. However, there is more to consider when shopping for your ideal mattress than the materials it is made of, including the size and thickness of your mattress.

Mattress Size

Overweight people tend to occupy more space in the bed. If you’re sleeping alone, it is one thing. If you’re in a relationship and share a bed, though, you’re going to need to keep a few things in mind when selecting your ideal mattress size. While a full-sized mattress can work well for a single person with a larger frame, it can become a tight fit for a couple who are of larger size. Even if one partner is smaller, it can become a tight fit, making a queen size a better choice in this situation. But, if both parties are larger than average sized, then it is better to consider a king-sized mattress, and if one or more of you is taller than average, a cal king mattress may be the wiser choice.

Mattress Thickness 

Thickness is more of a concern than you may realize when purchasing a mattress for overweight people. The reason is that thicker mattresses offer greater overall support. A general rule of thumb to consider when shopping for mattress thickness is to choose a mattress that is 9-inches thick if you weigh 225 pounds or less. 10-inch mattresses can easily support frames of up to 275 pounds while those who weigh 275 pounds, or more are better served with 12-inch thick mattresses. Of course, there are still other considerations to keep in mind when shopping for the ideal mattress for overweight people.

Mattress Firmness

The firmness level of your mattress ultimately determines how well the mattress in question will suit your frame. Because your weight places pressure of its own on your body, you need a mattress that can not only help relieve that pressure, but also provide adequate support. The support in your mattress helps to maintain spinal alignment, and avoid a quicksand or sinking feeling, like what people experience with memory foam mattresses.

Aside from your weight, the position in which you sleep also carries great importance when choosing the firmness of your mattress. If you sleep on your side, for instance, you’ll require a mattress that offers more pressure point relieving plushness. This helps to avoid sore hips, knees, shoulders, etc. when you wake in the morning. This means a medium mattress might be a better choice for your needs.

Overweight sleepers who sleep on your backs, on the other hand, require firmer support than side sleepers. This helps to maintain spinal alignment while you sleep. Medium-firm, firm, and extra firm mattresses might suit your sleep needs best.

Additional Eco Terra Mattress Benefits 

Eco Terra natural latex mattresses offer a wide range of benefits to all sleepers, including those who are overweight. These benefits include:

  • Peace of mind knowing your mattress is healthy for your home
  • Planet-friendly mattress buying decision
  • No harmful ingredients to bring into your home
  • Amazing comfort with a 15-year manufacturer’s warranty

Another wonderful thing about Eco Terra Mattress is that we offer a 90-day return policy, which allows you to evaluate your mattress to make sure it fits you perfectly, so you can have your best night’s sleep. Plus, you’ll experience Eco Terra’s legendary customer service to help you choose the perfect mattress to meet your needs and the needs of your partner.

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you get a better night’s sleep with the right mattress for your unique needs. Call us toll-free at 1-888-605-0409, or take advantage of our live chat.


Patrick Gunther

Patrick is an accomplished writer. He has been in the retail mattress space for the past 13 years, and more specifically in the natural mattress niche. He blogs on the subjects of natural mattresses, sleep, health, fitness, and green living.