When shopping for a new mattress, it's easy to get caught up in the aesthetic appeal of the covering fabric and overlook the importance of the core components that actually provide support and comfort. While the covering fabric can contribute to your sleeping experience, it is an add-on rather than a must-have component.
One common misconception is that the covering fabric is insignificant since it will ultimately be covered with bed sheets anyway. However, the quality of the fabric can impact your sleep quality, especially in terms of temperature regulation and moisture-wicking properties. Therefore, it's essential to prioritize the quality of the core components first before considering the fabric and overall outlook.
Regarding specific types of fabric, there are several myths that should be addressed. Anti-static fabric is marketed as a solution to discharging static electricity that can accumulate on the surface of the mattress. However, the effectiveness of this fabric is questionable since it requires direct contact with the skin to discharge static. Once the mattress is covered with a bed sheet and protector, the anti-static function becomes ineffective.
Similarly, EMF-free fabric is marketed as a solution to block electromagnetic frequencies emitted by electronic devices such as smartphones, which could disrupt sleep quality. However, the amount of electromagnetic field emitted by a smartphone is minimal, and the effectiveness of EMF-free fabric in blocking these signals is questionable.
In contrast, Far InfraRed (FIR) fabric, such as Nanobionic, has practical benefits for a mattress. FIR fabric converts body heat into energy that helps with blood circulation, resulting in improved sleep quality. Furthermore, FIR fabric has a reach of up to 5cm, making it effective even when the mattress is covered with a bed sheet and protector.
Cooling fabric is another type of fabric that is becoming increasingly popular. Cooling fabric is designed to trap cool air from air conditioning, providing a refreshing sleeping experience. However, this cooling effect is temporary, and the fabric can trap heat as well, resulting in discomfort.
To put it into perspective, imagine if cooling fabric could truly disperse heat and only trap cool air. Clothing giants such as Uniqlo would have created a cooling T-shirt by now, and we would not need air conditioning in hot weather. Unfortunately, this is not the case, and while cooling fabric can provide temporary relief, it's not a long-term solution for regulating temperature.
Instead of relying solely on cooling fabric, consider a breathable fabric such as Tencel. Tencel can wick away moisture and promote airflow, resulting in a comfortable and cool sleeping environment.
In conclusion, while the covering fabric can impact your sleeping experience, it is an add-on rather than a must-have component of a mattress. Prioritize the quality of the core components first and consider practical fabrics such as Nanobionic or breathable Tencel for practical benefits. Avoid falling for myths surrounding anti-static and EMF-free fabrics and instead focus on fabrics that provide genuine benefits for your sleeping experience.
Indulge your curiosity and tactile senses by visiting KUN LIVING, our partner sleep studio to personally experience and learn more about covering fabric selection. Our team is ready to guide you through the diverse options and help you find the ideal covering fabric that meets your unique preferences and needs.