Plush is a very expensive fabric with a dense pile or nap similar to velour or satin. Its softness gave birth to the word “plush” for something plush or luxury, which has been extended to denote high quality luxury accommodation, or just a rich and full feeling. The fabric used in most plush items today is silk, but now cotton is also making inroads into the market for plush items. Cotton can be a less expensive alternative, but it tends to dry out more quickly than silk. However, there are some benefits to both fabrics and a good rule of thumb is to buy the softest, most supple fabric that you can afford and will resist getting threaded, but avoid cheap and lightweight materials as these tend to crease and fray more easily.
So, what is it about a plush mattress that makes it so comfortable? Plush beds and mattresses have a certain feel about them that some people love, while others find them uncomfortable and claustrophobic. The density of the pile, or the density of the individual strands of thread, is what determines the level of comfort a mattress has. A firm one with a large diameter and lots of deep, strong threads will provide very supportive support and it will also conform to your body shape keeping your spine aligned correctly. This is particularly important for long-term sufferers of lower back problems.
A plush mattress with a large number of small, shallow threads will provide more support for your lower back, but it will also encourage sagging and drooping because it will compress under the pressure of your weight. If you suffer from hip pain, then this is great news, as poor support can cause significant hip pain over time. One of the reasons that I recommend a Talalay mattress for back and hip pain relief is that a Talalay mattress supports and contours to your body shape. This is unlike the sagging mattresses of the past, which made you sit back in a bucket of regret and back pain.
In addition to the ability to support your spine, a firm mattress will also support your lower stomach. Some people suffer from serious stomach problems, such as gallstones and hernia, and having a soft, comfortable bed can alleviate these problems. I know people who suffer from chronic stomach pains and they swear by the support provided by Plush and other visco-elastic mattresses. Of course, this isn’t an issue if your back and stomach sleepers are also comfortable.
Another major advantage of a plush mattress is that it is good for the environment. With traditional mattresses, emissions from manufacturing processes and the general electricity used in most homes contribute to air pollution. A firm mattress doesn’t generate these emissions, so it’s much better for the environment. I know some people who still avoid spring based foam so that their children are not exposed to the harmful effects of them.
In conclusion, the differences between Plush and other memory foam products are clear. Plush provides more comfort and support than any other type of foam on the market. It is firm yet comfortable, making it ideal for both side sleeper and stomach sleeper. It is also good for the environment and has been shown to help reduce allergies, especially in children. Hopefully, this article has helped you decide if a Plush mattress is right for you.