Choosing Quilted Mattress Pads

Like most other bed linens, there are many Mattress Pad options out in the marketplace today.  Where to begin? 

  1. What use would you like to get out of the Mattress Pad?  Is it for a Kid’s bed that may need to be waterproof?  Is it for a Guest bed that doesn’t get much use?  Or is it for the Master bed that is extra thick, or maybe is too hard and needs some softness?  Do you want allergen or bed bug protection?
  2. What size is your bed?  Measure not only the width and length of the mattress pad, but also the depth.  Make sure to measure only the mattress without any bedding of any sort on it to get correct measurements.  Depth is very important as all mattress pads are not created equal.

Now since you have done some research as to what you need for a mattress pad, let’s discuss what Quilted options are available.

Let’s start with the skirt (part that wraps around the side of the mattress).  The best fitting skirt is elasticized and grips the mattress like a glove.  The Mattress pad with this type of skirting can also be referred to as guaranteed-to-fit, tailor fit, or expand-a-grip.

There is also the fitted mattress pad.  It is designed similar to a fitted sheet with elastic on the corners, but the top is quilted.  Pay close attention to the depths of mattresses this type with fit, as it does not grip the mattress quite as well as an elasticized mattress pad.

Next is the cover.  These can range from a 100% Polyester to a high thread count 100% Cotton.  Keep in mind that the polyester does not breathe like the cotton cover, and could get a little warm.   As for the cotton cover, the higher the thread count, the longer the cover will last.

Most Mattress pads are filled with polyester, but some are filled with Down Alternative Wool, or Silk fibers.  The last 2 can get expensive.  Some polyester fills are overfilled and can give your bed the softness of a featherbed without the feathers, plus is easy to launder.

If you need a Waterproof mattress pad, then look for one that has a laminated backing. This will provide the protection you need, but will also breathe and provide more comfort than if the pad had a vinyl back.

With all of this information, you are now ready to shop for that new Mattress Pad.


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