Best mattress 2021 – 16 top sprung, hybrid and memory foam choices reviewed and rated

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A great night’s sleep starts with the best mattress. We can’t control the weather, stresses or other environmental factors that make good sleep hard to find, but we can help you mitigate any comfort issues with our guide to the best mattresses around.

We know there’s a lot of choice out there now – something the boom in online mattress companies has maybe made harder – but with it comes options for everyone. So, while we explain the difference between memory foam, pocket sprung, latex and hybrid mattresses, we also delve into which one will be right for you and your personal sleep issues. Hot sleeper? We’ve found the best breathable mattress to keep you cool all night. Suffering with joint pain? Our top picks are cushioning and supportive to help aches and pains. Or maybe you haven’t bought a new mattress for well over the recommended seven year lifespan and just want to see the best of the latest features out there – in which case, we’re here to help guide you through it.

Our mattress tester Ysanne has decades of consumer journalism experience, and has put each mattress through its paces at home, over several weeks, pitting them against the everyday situations we all encounter. Each one has been rated for comfort, support, manoeuvrability and durability.

Given you spend almost 16 years of your life in bed, buying a mattress is not a time for compromise. It’s important that you do your research and make sure that you really are choosing the best mattress for you. Don’t opt for bad quality simply because it’s cheaper – there are some great-value mattresses out there, meaning you don’t have to compromise, even if you are on a budget.

We’ve included mattresses for every budget and helpful tips about what to look out for, too. Scroll down for our comprehensive mattress buying guide, then check out the best duvets to give yourself the most serene sleep ever.

The best mattress 2021 – our reviews

1. Emma Original mattress

Best mattress for all-around comfort

best mattress Emma Original

Sizes available: Single, Small Double, Double, King Size, Super King Size
Airgocell foam, cold foam, memory foam
Comfort level:
Medium firm

Reasons to buy:
• Keeps cool all night
• Support for aching joints
• 200-night trial

Reasons to avoid:
• Light sleepers may find the mattress a tad too firm

Made in the UK, the Emma uses a different kind of chemical foam to most other bed-in-box mattresses, which the makers say is more durable. While we tried it for just a week or so, we’re not able to comment on whether it’s long-lasting or not but customer reviews seem to confirm that claim.

Underneath the soft breathable outer cover is a three layer construction that includes an Airgocell® foam layer for ventilation to keep you cool. A 25mm memory foam layer giving general pressure relief for joints while the thicker foam base targets areas such as the shoulders and lower back to give optimum support.

It’s a combination that provided a super comfortable sleep on whatever our chosen night-time position, even though our testers found it sat on the fairly firm side of medium our side sleeper still experienced a restful night without any tossing and turning.

Unlike some memory foam mattresses, there was little or no odour and it rose quickly to its 25cm depth once released from its packaging. We’re fond of handles on mattresses, even if they don’t require turning as it means making the bed is a tad easier. It has a returns policy of 100 nights and a 10-year warranty.

Ideal Home rating: 5 out of 5 stars

2. Simba Hybrid Pro mattress

Best mattress for App-y sleeping

Simba Hybrid Pro mattress

Sizes available: Single, Double, King, Super King
Memory foam, wool and Aerocoil springs
Comfort level:

Reasons to buy:
• 10-year guarantee
• 200-night trial

Reasons to avoid:
• Could be too soft for those with back/joint issues

There’s no mistaking that hybrids have a bit more heft to them than traditional memory foam only offerings. The Simba Hybrid pro has six layers, all encased in a soft breathable sleep surface.

A number of things make the Simba different from other hybrids. Firstly two layers of patented miQro coils sandwiched between high definition edge support foam and an open-cell foam layer. Secondly, below the soft outer cover sits a natural temperature-regulating British wool layer to help wick away nighttime sweat.

As you’d expect, the box is heavy – definitely a two man job up our testers’ winding stairs. Once in situ though, the instructions in the box are easy to follow. The supplied cutter ensures you’re unlikely to damage the mattress cover releasing it from its plastic wrapping. The handles are a nice addition and it swells up to the appropriate 28cm in three to four hours.

The soft outer cover provided a lot of give but the springs beneath provided a sleep experience that was both cushioning and supportive for the back and shoulders. The Simba sleep app, which you can download to your smartphone is a nice accompaniment. It’s a tracker that helps you discover your sleep style – our testers were Night Owl and Sleep Master since you ask – and offers tips to improve your night, tailored to the way you slumber.

For our restless ‘Night Owl’ sleeper, the Pro felt a little warmer than some other hybrids but our ‘Sleep Master’ was out like a light and stayed that way until morning. You can take up to 200 nights to decide if you like it, there’s a 0% finance option and a 10-year guarantee.

Ideal Home’s rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

3. Rem-Fit 400 Hybrid mattress

Best mattress with edge-to-edge support

Rem-Fit 400 Hybrid mattressSizes available: small single, long single, single (UK & EU), small double, double (UK & EU), king-size (UK & EU) and super king
pocket-sprung and memory foam
Comfort level:

Reasons to buy:
• Mega supportive
• Even distribution of weight
• 100-night free trial

Reasons to avoid:
• No handles for moving
• Lingering plastic smell for a couple of days

Designed and made in the UK, the Rem-Fit 400 mattress (which arrives in a box) is a medium/firm mattress which offers a good level of support across the entire mattress surface. This is down to the five incredible layers which include a combination of cool open-cell memory foam and 2000 premium pocket springs. It’s suitable for all sleepers – especially side sleepers – and will comfortably withstand a combined weight of 40 stone, too.

We tried it out for a few months during the summer and found that it not only relieved us from back pains, but we also found that we didn’t get overheated during the night. Being a hybrid mattress we felt that we really had the best of both worlds, especially if you’re a side sleeper as our reviewer is. We also found that it is competitively priced with the only slight downside being the lingering smell of plastic which one has come to expect now from memory foam mattresses, but this soon fades so you’ll be sleeping in comfort in no time.

What do you get for your money? A 100-night sleep trial with no quibbles if you want to return it; 15 year full replacement guarantee and free next day delivery (when you order before 1pm).

Ideal Home rating: 5 out of 5 stars

4. Simba Hybrid Mattress

Best mattress for side sleepers

Simba Hybrid mattress

Sizes available: Single, Small Double, Double, King, Super King, EU Single, EU Double L, EU Queen
Foam, memory foam, pocket springs, latex
Comfort level:

Reasons to buy:
• Huge variety of sizes
• 100-night trial

Reasons to avoid: 
• No removeable cover for washing

If you prefer to be cosseted by a cloud-like mattress but your partner yearns for one that’s on the firm side, then this ‘fits-all’ mattress, might well be the answer. Another bed-in-a-box, it arrives well packaged and with comprehensive instructions for use and care. A nice touch is the safety cutter supplied, allowing you to quickly and easily open the packaging without worrying about accidentally cutting the mattress with scissors as you release it.

Once unleashed from its box, the mattress takes 3-5 hours to fully take shape, ready for a night’s sleep. We found it was slightly softer than some of the other memory foam mattresses but much to our surprise, we didn’t mind that too much. It has five layers including a foam core, responsive memory foam, a unique layer of micro-conical pocket springs and a Simbatex synthetic latex layer all contained in a hypoallergenic outer cover.

It’s the springs that really make this one different, adjusting to your body as you sleep – we found that was particularly the case for side sleepers. As with many of the online purchase mattress options, it comes with free delivery and there’s a 100-night trial and free returns if you’re not 100 per cent happy. It comes in a huge variety of sizes, too, so whatever bed base you’re buying for, there’s bound to be one that fits.

Ideal Home rating: 5 out of 5 stars

5. Brook + Wilde Ultima mattress

Best luxury mattress

Brook + Wilde Ultima mattress

Image credit: Brook + Wilde

Sizes available:UK standard sizes; double, king, super king
Comfort level:
Soft, medium, firm

Reasons to buy:
Extremely comfortable
• Supportive for all sleep positions
Good choice of firmness

Reasons to avoid:
• Expensive
Very heavy

The Brook + Wilde Ultima is a true all-rounder: comfortable, supportive and even cooling, we couldn’t fault it. However, at from £1,799 for a double, it’s a real investment. If you’re willing to pay, though, you’ll get the best night’s sleep of your life. And if you use the code IH45 on your order, you can get a cool 45% off.

So, who will suit the Ultima mattress? Well, pretty much all sleepers! With ten layers, this mattress give plenty of support to back, side and front sleepers alike, and help to relieve aches and pains. It’s also great for people with fidgety partners, and those who get too warm in bed. Our reviewer tried a medium and would say it’s pretty much exactly that, offering the perfect flat surface with a bit of give to support for her back. She often suffers from lower back pain, but the day after sleeping on the Ultima, she woke up with no pain whatsoever. She also noticed next-to-no motion transfer, despite the fact that her partner came to bed later than her.

We tested this mattress through June and part of July, which featured heatwaves. Our reviewer was impressed at how cool the mattress kept her even in 20-degree heat – so impressive, in fact, that she slept all the way through the night. The Ultima features a removable and machine-washable thermic cover aims to reduce body temperature by two degrees. Combined with the mattress’s dynamic airflow design, it’s made to keep you cool as you sleep.

The luxury element comes with the huge 10 layers in this hybrid mattress, consisting of premium memory foam and 6,000 nano and pocket springs – plus that aforementioned thermic cover. It’s important to note that this mattress is heavy – it took two pretty strong people to lug it up the stairs – but once in position, it’s easy to manoeuvre.

If you want to invest in a mattress and don’t mind dropping a cool £1,000 plus, we’d really recommend this mattress. You’ll also get free premium delivery, a 100-night comfort trial and a 10-year guarantee, so you can rest assured you’re covered in case you change your mind.

6. Eve Original Mattress

Best breathable mattress

Eve original mattress

Sizes available: Double
Memory foam
Comfort level:

Reasons to buy:
• Great for sleeping in any position
• 100-night trial

Reasons to avoid:
• Instructions for unboxing are online rather than in the package

This buy online bed-in-a-box is probably the one most of us will have heard of, and offers free delivery, a 100-night sleep trial and free returns if it’s not for you. Conveniently packaged, the box in question is a cinch to get upstairs and in fact, one of us managed it on our own although it’s probably better with two.

Instructions for unboxing are online rather than in the package but it’s simple to work out so we didn’t bother – although watch the scissors as you release it from the plastic as you could easily nick the mattress if you’re not careful. Getting it out of the box and onto the bed, once the plastic packaging was opened, it immediately started to get its shape and was ready to sleep on in just a couple of hours.

There are no carrying handles but as it doesn’t need turning, this isn’t too much of an issue, although it might be handy when removing the outer cover for washing. It’s made up of several layers including a moisture wicking top, a breathable air-flow layer for added circulation, a comfort layer, a supportive foam base and a non-slip outer, which all adds up to the comfort and softness you’d expect from memory foam mattress with a level of support that you might find in a more traditional bed.

We had heard tales of that ‘sinking’ feeling when first trying memory foam but although the top layer was definitely softer than our usual bed it still felt supportive. We noticed a definite reduction in the early morning aches and pains we usually experience with our own firm mattress. If we had to give it a label we’d say it was medium firm.

If you’re a fidgety sleeper then this is a great option as whichever way we lay – side, back, or front – there was no discomfort. It’s also great if you sleep next to that restless sleeper as we found movement didn’t ‘travel’ from one side of the bed to another.

Ideal Home rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars 

7. Nectar Memory Foam mattress

Best mattress returns policy

Nectar mattress

Sizes available: Single, Small Double, Double, King, Super King
Memory foam
Comfort level:
Medium firm – firm

Reasons to buy:
• 365-day trial
• Keeps you cool

Reasons to avoid:
• Not ideal for side sleepers

A phenomenal 365-day trial trumpets the fact that Nectar is so sure that once its memory foam mattress is on your bed, it is unlikely to leave. That’s a whole year of sleep with free returns if you’re not happy, plus a forever guarantee. It’s a pretty bold stance for even this highly competitive bed-in-a-box market, so we were interested to see how it matched up to the rest.

It comes in an easy-to-handle box and releasing it from its plastic packaging is simple with the help of the supplied cutting tool, which ensures you don’t accidentally cut into the mattress while you’re opening it. It doesn’t take long to inflate either and was ready in a couple of hours. Four layers of foam are topped with a soft quilted adaptive cooling cover that is designed to keep you cool at night by adapting to your body heat.

It seemed to work well and even the hottest of our two testers wasn’t disturbed in the night by rising temperatures. Plus there’s a ‘smart’ layer that also dissipates moisture, pressure relieving memory foam to provide comfort and support and a 7-zoned layer that adds more support where it’s most needed.

We felt, as it was on the firmer side of medium firm, it was a good option for front and back sleepers but wasn’t so great for a heavy side sleeper.

Ideal Home rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

8. OTTY Pure Hybrid Bamboo and Charcoal mattress

Best mattress for if you find yourself overheating when you sleep

OTTY Pure Bamboo and Charcoal mattress

Image credit: OTTY

Sizes available: Single, double, king, super king, small double, EU double, EU king, emperor
Foam hybrid, 64% spring to 36% foam
Comfort level:

Reasons to buy:
Pressure relie
Even support across the back
Stays cool on hot nights

Reasons to avoid: 
Limited edge support
Cover needs to be dry cleaned

If you struggle to regulate body temperature while sleeping and suffer overheating even in the winter, you’ll probably love the OTTY Pure Bamboo and Charcoal mattress. This mattress stays cool even on sweaty summer nights, so it’s a top pick for hot sleepers. It’s also great if you want a mattress that’s a little on the firmer side, but with a supportive top layer.

At 25cm, the OTTY Pure mattress is about average for this type of mattress. It has a removable cover for an added layer of protection, but note that it is dry clean only. With up to 2,000 encapsulated pocket springs, as well as two memory foam layers, it’s also pretty comfortable. Our reviewer had been experiencing a lot of lower back pain prior to testing – enough to make getting out of bed or sitting at her difficult – but she noticed that the pain lessened when she started sleeping on the OTTY Pure.

As for the keep-cool factor: the OTTY Pure is a very breathable mattress. It had no trouble keeping our reviewer warm through April this year, but it also helped her sleep quite comfortably through the June heatwave. That’s all thanks to the charcoal, which claims to regulate temperature, and the airflow system, which keeps the mattress fresh.

All in all, this is a great mid-range mattress, coming in at £799.99 for a double. We’d highly recommend it for overheating sleepers. And as well as a (hopefully) great night’s sleep, you’ll also get a decent 100-night trial and a 10-year guarantee, so you can rest assured your money’s going into a long-lasting product, too.

9. The Woolroom Herdwick 2500 mattress

Best mattress for traditional luxury

Woolroom Herdwick 2500 best mattress

Sizes available: Single, Small Double, Double, Euro Double, King, Euro King, Super King
Pocket springs, with cashmere, wool, silk and cotton fillings
Comfort level:

Reasons to buy:
• Luxury filling
• Natural materials

Reasons to avoid: 
• It’s heavy and requires turning

A more traditional composition of up to 2500 hand-nested pocket springs paired with all-natural hypoallergenic fillings such as cashmere, wool, cotton and silk the Herdwick from the Woolroom is a classic choice.

It’s delivered by a two-man team, which is just as well as the king size our testers chose is both weighty and solid. No mind, the delivery team seemed well versed in getting large objects up difficult, windy stairs to unpack and place the mattress in the room of choice. They also took away all packaging, which was great.

At first glance you can see the craftsmanship that has gone into this quality piece, with a soft-to-the-touch, chemical free merino wool ticking top secured with tufted ‘buttons’. It almost felt a shame to cover it up with sheets.

We were testing on a slatted base and although the mattress felt quite bouncy at first, it was plenty firm enough for our back sleeper, while it was wonderfully easy on the hips and shoulders for our side snoozer.

The natural materials make it breathable and help to wick away nighttime sweat, ensuring the hottest of our testers had a very comfortable, wriggle-free night. As with all traditional spring mattresses it does require both turning and rotating to keep it at its best and while it’s heavy, the sturdy side handles make it a 5 minute job when changing sheets.

Like its bed-in-a-box counterparts, it has a 100-night free trial so you can return if it’s not suitable and there’s a five-year warranty, too.

Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

10. Emma Hybrid mattress

Best mattress for a firm base

Emma Hybrid best mattress

Sizes available:  Single, Small Double, Double, King Size, Super King Size
Type: Foam and pocket springs
Comfort level: Firm

Reasons to buy:
• Advanced breathability

Reasons to avoid:
• Not ideal for side sleepers

We tested Emma’s Original last year and gave it top marks so we were expecting great things of its Hybrid sister. At £519 for a single compared to £299 for the Original, it’s more of an investment, for sure, so we were keen to see what it delivers in terms of comfort that the Original doesn’t.

For a start, it feels heavier, although it’s just as easy to release from its packaging and fills up to size pretty quickly. It also has handles, which are extremely useful not just for maneuvering them into place but for lifting when sheet changing. It’s a small detail but really useful nonetheless.

Like all hybrid mattresses it pairs layers of memory foam with pocket springs for a combination that intends to provided the best of both worlds. A top layer of the company’s patented Airgocell open pored, breathable layer sits above a seam of pocket springs that provides body support and allows air to flow, keeping things cool by preventing heat and moisture from becoming trapped.

It’s certainly one of the cooler mattress experiences our testers have tried, aided by a cover that has temperature-regulating fibres, comparing well with the Original for minimising restlessness from overheating. Below the springs is a layer of pressure relieving foam, which in turn lies on a base of cold foam with cut-out technology to provide support where it’s needed most.

Our testers found it quite a firm sleep, but in a supportive rather than rock hard way. It definitely took our side sleeper a few more days to get use to the fact it had less give than their usual mattress, so not the best choice for those that prefer something more cloud-like, while the back sleeper preferred it, declaring afterwards that the old mattress now felt ‘too soft, too giving’. There’s a 200-night trial period, a 10-year guarantee and hassle-free returns promise.

Ideal Home’s rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

11. Simba Hybrid Luxe mattress

Best mattress for couples

Simba Hybrid Luxe mattress

Sizes available: Single, Double, King, Super King
Hybrid, foam and Aerocoil springs
Comfort level:

Reasons to buy:
• Very comfortable in every sleep position
• Great edge-to-edge support
• Breathable and easy to clean
• Made with sustainability in mind
• 200-night trial

Reasons to avoid:
• As a premium mattress it might be out of budget for many

It comes at a cost, but our reviewer has slept better than ever since having the Simba Hybrid Luxe. With barely any motion transfer and amazing edge-to-edge support, sharing a bed is never a problem. To add to this, the mattress has several layers that aid cooling among its 10 (yes 10) layers. There is an open cell casing wrapping a moisture wicking bamboo wool layer and a bamboo sleep surface that can be removed for washing. Overheating is less of a problem and only on the hottest nights does our reviewer find herself kicking off the covers. Paired with Simba’s Hybrid duvet temperature regulation is much easier.

It also has three layers of springs in total. Two rows of 25mm Aerocoil springs sit together, then there are larger 40mm carbon steel springs further down the mattress. What this results in is not only supreme support, but really good weight distribution and minimal motion transfer – a must if your bed fellow is a fidget. Finally, we must mention Simba’s efforts towards making the most sustainable mattress they can. Their foam is made from recycled materials and fast-growing bamboo has been used in place of sheep’s wool to make this mattress pretty hot on eco credentials. The only drawback is the cost as starting at over £750 for a single, this may be out of the price range of many. Our verdict? If you can afford it, it is a great investment in amazing sleep.

Ideal Home’s rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

12. Eve Premium Hybrid mattress

Best mattress for supreme pressure relief

Eve Premium Hybrid mattress

Image credit: Eve

Sizes available: UK standard sizes; double, king and super king
Type: Hybrid mattress; five layers of next generation foam – never before used in the UK – and full-sized pocket springs
Comfort level: Medium-firm

Reasons to buy:
• Removable zip cover for 40 degree washing
Excellent pressure relief
• Decent bounce, with minimal movement transfer
Good breathability

Reasons to avoid:
• No single size
• Quite firm, which some might not like

If you’re looking for a supportive yet comforting mattress, the Eve Premium Hybrid could be the one for you. This luxury medium-firm mattress cushions in all the right places: the latest in foam technology means the foam is forgiving on pressure points, but not suffocating like some traditional memory foam feels.
The Eve Premium Hybrid will suit anyone looking for firmer support and comfort, who wants the benefits of foam without really knowing it’s foam. It’s also good for warm sleepers, thanks to the temperature controlled design. Our reviewer personally found it extremely comfortable, thanks to the full-size springs that make it feel like a traditional pocket-sprung mattress. It’s firm enough to make you feel supportive, but it also offers a deep level of cushioning foam to take the weight off, which relieves pressure points. This is a deep mattress, officially measuring 28cm (though our reviewer found hers was more like 26cm deep). It also has a great lack of motion transfer, and our reviewer could barely notice her partner getting in and out of bed.
Thes mattress has a washable quilted cover, which is invaluable if you’re at risk of spillages. The antibacterial top panel of the mattress can be unzipped and popped in the wash at 40°C. There are five generous layers of next generation foam in the eve Premium Hybrid, as well as over 1,500 full-sized pocket springs. This is definitely an investment, but in return for your money you also get a 10-year guarantee, plus a 100-night trial period during which Eve will arrange free collection and refund your money ‘in a jiffy – no questions asked’.

13. Dormeo Octaspring 6500 memory foam mattress

Best mattress for keeping cool

Dormeo Octaspring 6500 memory foam mattress

Sizes available: Adjustable Single, adjustable small Single, Double, King, Super King, European King Size
Type: Memory foam with memory foam ‘springs’
Comfort level: Firm

Reasons to buy:
• Keeps you cool
• Ideal for sufferers of joint pain

Reasons to avoid:
• Not the best for front sleepers

The unique layered construction of this mattress is what gives it enviable levels of support and helps to make it one of the coolest mattresses we tried. Delivered by a ‘white glove’ service that places the mattress in the room of your choice, unpacks it for you and, crucially, takes away the packing, it’s also one of the most expensive.

Two layers of Octasprings – open construction memory foam ‘springs’ – are grouped into three zones, which our testers found super supportive in key areas such as shoulders, lowers spine and hips. Despite our tests being undertaken on unseasonably warm winter nights, there was no sign at all of the overheating that can be found with some memory foam mattresses. This, plus the lack of motion transfer those springs afforded resulted in a great night’s sleep, with a distinct lack of muscle pain in the morning.

It worked well for both the side sleeper and the back sleeper, creating individual support where it was most required. It also has carrying handles – useful when rotating the mattress as recommended. It’s definitely a considered purchase but you’ve also got a 60 night trial period to ensure it suits you and there’s a 20 year warranty.

Ideal Home rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

14. Loaf Our Perfect Mattress

Best sprung mattress

Loaf Our Perfect Mattress

Sizes available: Single, Double, King, Superking
Pocket springs with wool and cotton fillings
Comfort level:
Choose from Extra Firm, Firm and Regular

Reasons to buy:
• Different types of firmness
• 5 year guarantee

Reasons to avoid: 
• Delivery takes 4–6 weeks

Loaf has confidently – some might say arrogantly – named this mattress, but not without reason, we’ve found. From the moment it was delivered (by two absolutely lovely delivery men who took it up our awkwardly shaped stairs as if it was lighter than air, which it’s not, then unpacked it and popped it on the bed base) to the moment we had to reluctantly wave goodbye to it (as it exited in the hands of exactly the same delivery guys), we loved pretty much everything about this one.

The great service, to be praised in today’s market where corners are often cut to keep prices down, was a brilliant start. And the firm but cushioning sleep quality the mattress affords didn’t let it down.

Although Loaf has five mattresses on offer, this is their bestseller and we can see why. Pocket sprung, with breathable fillings including cotton and wool to help regulate temperature, it comes in three tensions, Extra Firm, Firm and Regular – we opted for Firm. The damask cover feels decadent and luxurious and the spongy top layer adds cushioning that’s perfect for side sleepers, while the individual pocket springs – 1200 in a double – gently contoured to our bodies for maximum comfort.

As well as some of the best night’s sleep we’ve had in quite some time, probably in no small part due to a construction that provides a high level of breathability, we also felt fewer of the usual morning aches and pains when it was time to get up. It’s also available on a 100-night trial with free returns and, if you do decide to keep it, a 5-year guarantee.

Ideal Home rating: 5 out of 5 stars 

15. Silentnight Studio Gel mattress

Best mattress for breathable nights

Silentnight Studio Gel mattress

Sizes available: Single, Double, King
Gel, pocket springs
Comfort level:

Reasons to buy:
• Free delivery
• 60-day comfort exchange

Reasons to avoid:
• Have to rotate it from time to time

Arriving not in a box (hurrah to saving on waste!) but still rolled tightly, this mattress was easy to negotiate up twisty stairs.

We opted to test the Gel mattress, part of Silentnight’s Studio range, which also includes Eco and Memory options. The Gel features a breathable cover over a Geltex comfort layer that sits on traditional pocket springs. It’s a combination that provides enhanced breathability for cool nights with tailored support and is billed as the mattress for twisters and turners – something that definitely applied to one of our testers, who is a restless sleeper at the best of times.

Released from it’s packaging, it looked a little short for the bed but after the recommended 24 hours, it had ‘inflated’ well. It doesn’t have handles but as it is not as heavy as some, it was super easy to lift to make the bed and also to rotate, which is recommended to do from time to time. While not as deep as some, it nevertheless had plenty of bounce, probably because of the 1,000 micropocket springs, which definitely gave support where it was needed, particularly in the hips and spine, where our restless side sleeper needed it the most.

There’s free delivery to a room of your choice and a 60-night comfort exchange guarantee. 

Ideal Home rating: 4 out of 5 stars

16. Tempur Sensation Elite mattress

Best mattress for a cosy night’s sleep

Tempur Sensation Elite best mattress

Sizes available: Small Single, Single, Single Long, Small Double, Double, King, King Wide, Super King
Memory foam
Comfort level:

Reasons to buy:
• 10-year warranty
• 100-night guarantee

Reasons to avoid:
• A tad pricey for those with no special requirements

Launched in 1991, Tempur’s memory foam mattress was the first on the market. It is created using a pressure-absorbing material originally developed to protect astronauts during space flight by absorbing G-force pressure. Tempur is the forerunner of all other memory foam mattresses.

Delivered to the room of your choice it doesn’t come in a box, which means it’s more difficult to manoeuvre initially but it doesn’t require time to fill out either, meaning you can catch some ZZZ’s straight away should you so wish.  Is it worth the considerable price tag, though? It definitely smacks of quality, with a beautiful finish and luxuriously soft exterior. However, if you’re a standard sleeper with no significant join pain, you could opt for something a little cheaper.

That said, the support and almost complete lack of motion transfer means that if you suffer from back and shoulder pain, or you’re a particularly restless sleeper it could be an investment you won’t regret. The cushioned top layer makes it feel a little on the soft side and we definitely experience a sinking feeling at first, particularly the side sleeper, but it’s less suffocating and more a welcoming embrace. As with others, you’ve 100 nights to see if it’s for you and if you do keep it, there’s a 10-year warranty.

Ideal Home rating: 4 out of 5 stars


How we test our mattresses


Image credit: Ikea

Our tester Ysanne has more than 20 years’ experience as an interiors editor and writer, and has spent many nights asleep on each of tens of mattresses on her way to selecting the best. She’s looked at mattresses made from a variety of materials, including popular memory foam, traditional pocket-sprung mattresses and hybrids of the two.

Ysanne has carefully picked the mattresses to review based on her own research into what’s new, innovative and popular in the marketplace – ensuring she looks across the full spectrum of price points. Editorial integrity is paramount at Ideal Home and Ysanne’s selections won’t be influenced by our sales team or advertisers. When her shortlist is complete, she will reach out to manufacturers directly to request samples under the condition that she will give a full, frank and completely independent review.

On the rare occasion we can’t get hold of a sample, we’ll simply buy it with our own money. Most of the time, however, we find companies are happy to lend to us, regardless of whether the review we then give is good or bad, because they trust in the quality of their products.

When testing, Ysanne has taken in factors like comfort and support, odour and also the manoeuvrability of each mattress – important, given regular turning of a mattress is often recommended. Ysanne also got husband Paul to help out, so both a back sleeper and a side sleeper have put the mattresses through their paces and we can say confidently which is best for who.

What should I consider before buying a mattress?

There are a few key things you need to consider before taking the plunge and buying a new mattress:

  • A bed, and therefore its mattress, should be 10cm longer than the tallest person who will be sleeping in it. So a king-size is the minimum for someone 6ft or more. If you’re sharing a bed, it should also be wide enough to allow you and your partner to lie side by side, hands behind heads, without your elbows touching.
  • To check if a mattress is supporting you properly, lie down and slide a hand beneath the small of your back. If your hand fits easily, it’s too hard; not at all, and it’s too soft.
  • The base will affect how the mattress feels. A sprung divan will make a mattress seem softer than a solid divan or slatted base. You might want to consider changing your bed as well as your mattress.
  • Sprung and pocket mattresses are padded with fillings including cotton, lambswool and mohair, which can prove problematic for people with allergies. Luxurious options, such as cashmere and silk, will mean the finished product is more expensive, but are also less likely to cause issues.
  • Does the mattress model require turning? Many modern mattresses don’t, which is ideal because they can be incredibly heavy. If it does, you’ll want your mattress to have sturdy handles at the sides.

One major problem is that a quick lie down in a showroom isn’t going to tell you whether a mattress still feels right after a long night’s sleep. It’s good to note that some online retailers offer 100-day, quibble-free return policies on their mattresses, so you really can try before you buy! We’ve pointed this option out in our list of the best mattresses below, if it’s available.

Take a look at our pick of the of the best mattresses and banish those sleepless nights forever. We’ve hunted down the top mattresses on the market across a variety of budgets and styles, so there’s a perfect choice for everyone.

Sleep positions on mattress

Choosing mattress firmness: How do you sleep?

When choosing a mattress, comfort and support is key. We spoke to Myriam Ruffo, Head of Bedrooms and Bathrooms at IKEA UK, who gave us the 101 on the best mattresses for the three key sleeping positions; back, front and side. ‘Be sure to test the firmness and take into consideration your sleeping style, to ensure you choose a firmness that offers you the correct back support,’ she says. ‘Your mattress plays a huge part in your health and well-being when you consider you spend around eight hours every night sleeping on it.’

Sleeping on your back – Medium firm
Back sleepers require support for the lower back, otherwise too much pressure can be put on this area which can result in pain. A medium-firm mattress is the best mattress in this scenario as it offers the support of a firm mattress but also has a softer, more comfortable feel.

Sleeping on your front – Firm
This sleeping style requires a mattress that can keep the body afloat, rather than sinking into the mattress, as this can cause lower back pain. A firm mattress is the best mattress here, as it will keep the body in a position where spine alignment is minimal.

Sleeping on your side – Soft
Sleeping on your side allows your spine to relax and therefore takes pressure off of the back. This makes it one of the healthiest ways to sleep. Side sleepers require a softer medium-firm mattress so the spine can rest in its most natural position. This allows the mattress to mould itself to the curves of the body.

Buying a mattress ultimately comes down to personal preference, because no two people have the same needs and requirements. Some retailers now offer a free trial, meaning if you don’t get on with the one you’ve chosen, you can return it free of charge. Check this option is available before purchase.

Mattresses explained: Memory Foam, Sprung, Latex and Hybrid

Pocket-sprung mattresses have been the most popular for many years now. However, there are plenty of challengers in the shape of memory foam and latex. The modern-day mattress can arrive in a box, and some even overnight! There is no obvious best mattress type, what works for you will depend on your needs. Read on to find out the differences between Memory Foam, Sprung, Latex and Hybrid mattresses.

What is an Open-sprung mattress?

An open-sprung mattress contains one long piece of wire coiled into springs. It also has a border rod of wire that gives the mattress a firm edge and helps retain its shape.

Pros: Great value for money. They are lighter than other mattresses, so easier to turn, and can be turned in all directions, which extends the life of the mattress.

Cons: As the springs are all connected, open-sprung mattresses are less responsive to your body and overall, less supportive.

Best for: Occasional use. They’re also ideal for children’s bedrooms, as they’re less expensive, so can be upgraded as your little ones grow.


Image credit: Georgia Burns

What is a pocket-sprung mattress?

Pocket-sprung mattresses are more luxurious, with up to 3,000 individual small springs housed in separate fabric pockets. They tend to have hand-stitched sides for strong, stable edges.

Pros: The springs move independently to support your body. They come in a choice of tensions – soft, medium or firm – meaning good support whatever your weight.

Cons: Because of the density of the fillings, pocket-sprung mattresses can be heavy to turn. They’re usually filled with natural materials, like lambswool, which can exacerbate allergies.

Best for: The separate springs make them ideal for two people of different weights. They’re also available to buy with two sides of a different firmness.

What is a memory-foam mattress?

Memory foam is a mouldable material. The most well known type of memory-foam mattress is Tempur, a material famously developed by NASA. Now here comes the science bit – it’s composed of billions of viscoelastic cells, which respond to your temperature and weight. You can get memory foam pillows too for the ultimate embrace from your bedding.

Pros: It feels the same on any bed base. When warm, it moulds to the body and absorbs weight, essentially relieving pressure from the joints.

Cons: As the foam moulds to the body it can feel too close and claustrophobic. This same sinking feeling means you can become quite warm, although high-quality memory foam mattresses are more breathable these days.

Best for: Supportive, good for allergy sufferers and helpful for people with joint pain or a bad back. It has a unique feel, so you’ll love it or hate it. Either way if you’ve never slept on one before it might take a few nights to get used to.

What is a latex mattress?

Natural latex is white liquid tapped from the trunks of rubber trees. This is blended with synthetic latex and turned into latex foam, using the Talalay process, which produces the finest polymer.

Pros: Latex is breathable, so you won’t overheat. Exceptionally durable, its resilient feel also makes it good for those who prefer a firmer bed.

Cons: Some think these mattresses have a rather solid feel, and they can be heavy and difficult to move. Cheaper versions can develop lumps and body impressions.

Best for: Those with allergies (except latex) and asthma, as latex doesn’t harbour dust mites. It also has natural antimicrobial properties.


Image credit: David Giles

What is a sprung memory-foam mattress?

A sprung memory-foam mattress is a hybrid of a pocket-sprung base and a memory foam top layer.

Pros: A compromise between the responsiveness of a pocket-sprung mattress and the support of memory foam. There’s also no need to turn the mattress.

Cons: The ‘sinking’ sensation can put people off, which also means it isn’t recommended for young children, in case they roll onto their face and breathing is inhibited.

Best for: People who still want the feel of a pocket-sprung mattress, without the natural fillings that may irritate allergies.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our best mattress guide. Remember to check back here if you want details of the latest mattress deals, and sweet dreams!

How to look after your mattress

Mattresses are not a cheap purchase so you want to do everything you can to care for it properly. A lot of the maintenance of a mattress is preventing it getting damaged in the first place. Firstly, choose the right size for your bed, making sure not to oversize the mattress which will lead to crushing of the edges.

Next, you want to prevent dirt and spills. Many mattresses come with removable covers so look at these if you are particularly clumsy with your morning coffee. Alternatively, invest in a high quality mattress protector for an added layer of protection under the sheets. A waterproof mattress cover is best for kids or those who let pets on the bed.

If you want to add comfort or really up the mileage of your mattress, look at adding the best mattress topper to your bed. Many of the key brands have their own that will complement your new mattress perfectly, but you can also find specialist ones for cooling or keeping you warmer on cold nights.

Bedding for your new mattress

With a new mattress, topper and protector in place, the final bits of kit in your arsenal for a great night’s sleep is some top quality bedding. The best pillows are almost as important as a really good mattress – ensuring your head is supported according to your sleeping position. When you buy a new mattress you might find you need a new set of pillows as the mattress might have altered the usual support points, or even led to a change in the way you lie.

There is also the possibility you need a new duvet too. Hot sleepers switching to a more breathable mattress might need to up their tog, or others might need to go down a few levels if they find their new mattress keeps them warmer. Whichever sounds familiar to you, you can find the best duvets in our guide.

Finally, don’t ruin your sleep with sub-par sheets and bedding. Upgrading is made all the more easier by sleep brands who offer bedding bundles with their new mattresses, all designed to work perfectly together. Alternatively, check out what the local department stores have to offer. From high-thread count cotton, to antimicrobial bamboo, luxe sateen to durable linen, you have plenty of choice.

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Where to get a sofa in time for Christmas

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The colder weather is here, and that can only mean one thing, Christmas is just around the corner!

That means mince pies, mulled wine, and plenty of festive visitors… which can often lead to a reassessment of our home’s seating options and a slightly panicked search for where to get a new sofa in time for Christmas!

We’ve pulled together our tried and tested favourite seating in our guide to the best sofas, but, Father Christmas operates on a strict timeframe, and both the best sofas and the best sofa beds are renowned for having long lead times – think 12 – 16 weeks, eek! – which doesn’t necessarily gel with the festive hosting you might have planned.

But fear not, we’ve rounded up a crib sheet of retailers offering sofa delivery before Christmas, and many a lot sooner, with multiple options available in just 7 days!

Phew… at least that’s one thing to cross off the Christmas to-do list…


A compact blue corner sofa in a contemporary living room

Whether you’re looking for a sofa or a sofa bed, has pre-Christmas delivery available on most orders placed in October – as long as you hit the deadline and order before October 31st. Find the perfect colour and get fabric swatches delivered to your door, or shop online at

2. John Lewis

A grey modular sofa in a colourful family living room

John Lewis has a wide selection of sofas with delivery available before Christmas, including many options that can be with you in just 7 days! You might need to compromise a little on upholstery choice with one of the 7-day options, but as long as you’re happy with grey or navy – two of John Lewis’ bestselling colour options – then you could be putting your feet up on your new settee before you know it. If you need a sofa that can work a little harder to make guests comfortable this festive season, then there are plenty of sofa beds you can buy in time for Christmas too. Shop today at

3. Swyft

A green velvet sofa in a contemporary living room

Sofa-in-a-box champions Swyft aim to make sofa – and sofa bed – shopping easier in more ways than one, offering flat-packed sofas that are delivered in sections to make manoeuvring your new sofa into rooms with tricky access far simpler, and offering delivery in well under 7 days – just 24 hours in fact, as long as you book before 3pm for next day delivery. We’ve done plenty of testing out of the brand’s range in our Swyft Model 03 sofa review and Swyft Model 04 sofa bed reviews, and if it’s quick and easy convenience you’re after we think they’re well worth the investment – perfect for Christmas seating in a hurry! Shop online at

4. Darlings of Chelsea

A classic grey sofa in a living room with a large window overlooking trees

You’ll have to move fast to bagsy a Darlings of Chelsea sofa in time for Christmas, as you need to order before October 15th to beat the pre-xmas delivery cut-off date. The brand’s pre-festivities sofa selection may be small, but there are some gems in the mix. Shop online at


A traditional cream sofa with turned wooden feet in a modern living room

In our experience, MADE’s delivery estimates can sometimes be a little bit hit and miss – the price you pay for designer-look furniture at high-street prices we suppose. But the brand has a wide selection of furniture that is currently available on its ‘express’ delivery timeframe, meaning many options should arrive with you in under a week – great news if you’re looking for modern design with a super-fast turnaround. Just be careful when choosing your fabric, as different colours and upholstery options can have different leadtimes. Shop online at

6. Snug

A bright turquoise velvet corner sofa with a rounded shape in a modern living room

Another worthy sofa-in-a-box contender, Snug offers a similar service with flat-packed sofas meaning even some of its largest designs can still fit into homes with tight access, and 24-hour next day delivery available Tuesday to Saturday as long as you order before 1pm; perfect for festive get togethers. Shop online at

7. Sofology

A grey 3 seater sofa in a dark blue living room

Sofology’s pre-Christmas delivery sofa collection might be a little smaller than some of its competitors, but there are definitely some options that Nan and Grandad will approve of, with several power recliner options available to take you from upright to horizontal at the touch of a button. Sounds like the perfect way to relax after the turkey eating to us. Shop online at

8. Furniture Village

A mustard yellow leather recliner sofa in a warehouse apartment

A selection of sofas available in 14, 21 or 28 days means that sofa shopping at the Furniture Village allows plenty of time to get seating sorted before the family descend for some festive fun. Shop online at

As you’ll see, there are plenty of sofas with delivery in time for Christmas to choose from, although we suggest striking whilst the iron is hot, as quite a few retailers have October orders as the pre-xmas cut-off point.

If you need some more inspiration to help you choose the best sofa for your living room, then you’ll find plenty of help in our dedicated living rooms hub, including modern living room ideas, small living room ideas and – all importantly! – how to get your sofa measurements right, as well as some useful advice on your consumer rights when buying a sofa.

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Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 review: a top pick for families

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Cosori’s new Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 wows with smart features, a sleek look, tactile controls, and an easy-to-clean design. What’s more, it is also one of the most budget-friendly air fryers on the maket. While it is one of the most popular air fryer brands on the market, Cosori sells its air fryers exclusively on Amazon, and they can regularly go on sale for as little as £100. For an air fryer of this quality, that’s a bargain.

I’ve reviewed each and every one of the best air fryers in our guide, so I’m able to compare them all directly with the same recipes every time I review one. The Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 sat in my kitchen for over two weeks while I made chips, chicken, fishcakes, bacon, and cauliflower bites. It impressed me with its versatility and the selection of cooking modes, and the 4.7 litre capacity is ideal for families.

Ideal Home’s rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Reasons to buy: 

  • Ideal size for families
  • Speeds cooking times along
  • Removable air frying insert 
  • Sleek design
  • A range of great cooking modes
  • Dishwasher-safe drawer

Reasons to avoid:

  • Not all of the cooking modes are timed perfectly
  • The glass controls mark easily

Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501

Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501: specs

  • Material: Plastic
  • Colour: Black
  • Capacity: 4.7 litres
  • Modes: Chicken, chips, frozen, steak, seafood, veggies, bacon
  • Weight: 4.54kg
  • Power: 1500 watts
  • Size: 27.2 x 27.4 x 30.2 centimetres

Unboxing the Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501

The Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 comes in quite a large box, but don’t let this fool you, it is a neat and compact air fryer. In the box, you’ll also get a book filled with 30 recipes from Cosori, which are designed to work with their cooking modes and are a helpful introduction to air frying. You can also download the VeSync app to get more recipes from your phone.

Using the Cosori Pro LE

The controls on the Cosori Pro LE are at the top of the air fryer, so it won’t require you to bend down. The drawer locks cleanly into place when pushed in, but you will need to press the button on the handle to pull the drawer back out.

One of the things I enjoy about the Cosori Pro LE is how sleek it looks, especially with the glass control panel on top. It works like a regular touchscreen and you can increase the temperature up to 200 degrees and the timer up to one hour, which is great for slower cooking.

Another big win with the Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 is the removable insert. This means you can crisp up foods with a more liquid base, which may have fallen through the slots on the insert. The difference between the Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 and the Cosori Classic is the drawer, because while the regular Cosori requires you to lift the air fry basket away from the drawer with the handle, you can simply pull out the insert and put it through the dishwasher to clean it.

While an air fryer insert has its advantages and disadvantages, I prefer it to one that is attached to the handle of the drawer. It is far more versatile, and easier to clean. It does, however, make it hard to pour out things from the basket without oil dripping out with it.

Cooking chips in the Cosori Pro LE

I followed my regular chip recipe when testing the Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501, and used the chip preset. It estimates 30 minutes to cook chips, and at 190 degrees. While you do not need to use a preset you can adjust the time and temperature very easily while using one. I did this to lower the timings, because in my experience chips will only take half an hour if cooked from frozen.

It will give you a reminder to shake your chips halfway, too, which is important to cook the chips evenly. The chips were ready in just under 20 minutes, and came out rather crispy, so I may have cooked them for even less time in future.

If you enjoy making chips from scratch, I would recommend the Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501, although its presets may take some fiddling.

Cooking meat in the Cosori Pro

I cook bacon in every air fryer I test, because once you’ve air fried bacon, there is no going back. For a start you will not have to deal with the spitting fat, and because the fat will drain away from the bacon as it renders, it will leave only crispy rashers with the fat captured underneath the insert.

The Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 preset for bacon is 165 degrees, and eight minutes. I agree that only eight minutes is enough time to cook bacon perfectly, but I found that the temperature was a little low so after my first attempt I bumped it up to 180 degrees. I didn’t even need to turn the bacon halfway through because it was crisp on both sides after the eight minute timer finished.

Cleaning the Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501

One of the best bits about this air fryer is how easy it is to clean. The insert slots in with plates in the dishwasher, and the drawer can also go through it. The trickier thing is cleaning the top, because the glass can streak quite easily if your fingers are oily when touching it. To clean this I used a microfibre cloth which buffed away any streaks.

Should you buy the Philips Essential Air Fryer? 

Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 review

With a decent capacity and sleek design, I think the Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 is the perfect middle ground of any air fryer. It’s average in price and size, but above-average when it comes to performance. If you do want something larger I would recommend trying the Ninja AF300UK Foodi Dual Zone Air Fryer, and take a look at our Instant Vortex Mini Air Fryer review for a smaller and cheaper air fryer that punches well above its weight.

About this review, and the reviewer

Millie Fender heads up all things small appliances at Ideal Home. There’s nothing she loves more than testing out the latest and greatest cooking gadgets, for indoor and outdoor use, from toasters to air fryers. She reviewed the Cosori Pro LE Air Fryer L501 from her own kitchen, testing it rigorously for nearly a month before writing this review.

Millie lives in South London and is constantly squeezing more appliances into her modest kitchen.  If it makes it onto the kitchen counters full time, you know an appliance is worth the hype.

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Cane Accent Chairs

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I was feeling the need for change in the living room so I bought myself some new accent chairs. I’d been searching for a few months having grown tired of my teal upholstered versions. I couldn’t find anything I really liked in an affordable price range until these caned armchairs popped up in my search, so I bought them for their casual style, versatility, and price.


They won’t live in the living room forever. I’ll probably move them to a bedroom in the future, but for now I like how light and natural they feel in this space.

caned armchairs / textured pillows

Cane and rattan have been trending for a few years, but cane furniture has been around for centuries! Because of the resurgence in popularity, we have more stylish choices than ever.

The style is lovely as a dining chair, office chair, or accent chair!

caned rectangle / cane dining

rattan dining / cushioned armchair



rounded back chair / dining chair

black side chair / jeannerete



patricia round back / velvet & cane

lula chair / landon chair

Model Home Tour: Design Takeaways

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Over the weekend I toured some nearby model homes in a new housing development. I love peeking into model homes to look for creative design ideas. These designers/stagers had some great takeaways which I was going to share on Instagram but instead decided they were worthy of a blog post.

I shot these with a cell phone so the quality is not as good as if I had brought my dSLR camera, but they capture the the spaces and details adequately enough. I’ll share more closeups and video in today’s Instagram stories.

Think bigger: display large scale art instead of a gallery wall of smaller frames.


Turn macramé curtains into a bed canopy.


Say yes to subtle patterned wall to wall carpet.


Classic hue + modern shapes = this opaque blue glass tile mosaic.


Blend different shapes of porcelain tile flooring.


Consider rectangular open cabinets instead of floating shelves for storage.

For drama, stack rectangular natural stone tiles in a shower.


Group smaller tables to create one larger interesting coffee table arrangement.


Tuck an ottoman under nesting tables for texture and/or extra seating.


Hang wall cubbies asymmetrically in kids rooms.


Stained wood slats over dark paint make a dramatic backdrop to bookcases.



Better in threes: group small pendants in corners or above nightstands.


Hang white brick wallpaper on one wall for subtle texture.


Install textured tile in creative stripes inside small showers.


Display opportunity: Shelves in front of windows.



Small spaces are perfect spots for focal point wall treatments.


Group same size mirrors together in an abstract wall display.


Which one is your favorite design element?

Weekend Reading 9.26.21

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I had a lovely birthday weekend! My best girlfriends picked me up on Friday and took me wine tasting then out to dinner, and the rest of the weekend I’ve been relaxing and taking it slow. Practicing the art of slow living leads to such good things. Food tastes better, plants and flowers are more lovely, time with friends and family is savored.

It feels rebellious to slow down in our fast paced world and appreciate things as they are in the moment, but should it? If slowing down makes life more meaningful then I’m starting to believe the ones caught up in a fast pace or the ones wanting more more more might be doing it wrong. 🙂

Feel like renting a cottage in the English countryside? Take your pick.

An oh so lovely, light and bright courtyard transformation.

This pool house is a well done inside to out transition.

Inspiration for decorating your porches and patios for autumn.

Spray paint for the (big) win!

Tips on how to plan and pack for a pandemic trip to Europe.

Why some older couples have great relationships.

How to remember what you read.

Being brave enough to live life creatively.

40 beautiful moments to remember to savor.

Today I toured some model homes near me and I’ll share the design takeaways in tomorrow’s Instagram stories. 🙂

Remove Rust From Stainless Steel With These Substances

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Rust is no one’s best friend and spotting it can feel like a disaster has struck. But all you need to combat the feelings you get when seeing rust is to learn safe and effective ways to remove it from your items.

Remove Rust From Stainless Steel

While there are many ways to remove rust from other metals, stainless steel requires different care. So make sure you know what kind of metal your items are made out of and if they have a protective coating that can be removed. 

Note: it’s a good idea to start with mild substances in order to use the gentlest formula that works for your item. If that fails, then move into something stronger. Keep doing this until something works.

What Causes Rust On Stainless Steel?

Rust is caused by the reaction iron, and other metals, have when it comes into contact with oxygen and water. So moisture-ridden stainless steel is a hotspot for rust to develop and ruin your tools, utensils, and structures. 

But getting rust on stainless steel doesn’t mean that the item is a goner. While the item can be too far gone, most of the time, you just need a strong enough substance to remove the rust without damaging the metal. 

If the rust has already eaten away at the stainless steel, then it is probably too late. So try removing the top layer of rust to see if the item is worth saving. If not, then focus on finding a replacement instead. 

Substances That Removes Rust

There are many substances that remove rust from stainless steel. We’re going to go over the easiest substances to get ahold of and the simple steps you can take to remove rust from stainless steel with each of them.

Start with something soft like baking soda or vinegar. If that doesn’t work then move onto one of the acids. If all else fails, buy an intense rust remover that is safe to use on stainless steel. 


Vinegar is a great option for removing rust. It is super easy to do. Just draw a bath of vinegar in a small tub that is big enough for the object to rest in. Put the object in the bath and let it rest for a couple of hours.  

After it is done, then you can rinse it off and dry it really well. It may or may not need a soft brushing after it gets out of the bath. Just ensure that no matter the method you use, dry the item well afterward. 

Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great rust remover that works to break down rust and scrub it away. This substance has so many uses that it would be a shame not to keep it around. So even if you’re not a baker, get some baking soda in your pantry

Step 1: mix a paste with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 2 cups of water. Alternatively, you can sprinkle baking soda directly onto the stainless steel. This works better for larger areas. 

Step 2: rub the paste onto the stainless steel and scrub lightly. It is a good idea to let it sit for about an hour, though no more than an hour at first. After it has been an hour, you can scrub with a soft-bristled brush.

Step 3: rinse off the substance thoroughly and then dry with a microfiber cloth or a paper towel. You should now be able to tell if the baking soda removed the rust or if you need to get something stronger.

Lemon And Salt

Lemon and salt is a little-known trick that can remove rust. The abrasiveness of the salt works well with the acidity of the lemon. So these are another two items that are great to keep on hand. The lemon smells great too!

Step 1: mix equal parts salt and lemon juice in a small bowl. Let it create a paste of sorts that can be used like toothpaste on your item. 

Step 2: using a cloth, apply the mixture to the stainless steel. Then let it rest for an hour or two, but not overnight. 

Step 3: after it sits, then you can start scrubbing lightly. Then rinse off the mixture and see if it worked! Hopefully, it did because this is a fairly gentle method.

Potato And Soap

This interesting technique works well for small items. It can also work for large items but it doesn’t work quite as well as you will need to place pieces of potato along with the item which isn’t easy with small potatoes. 

Step 1: Cut a potato in half and apply soap to potato flesh. It can also help to apply some of the dishwashing soap to the utensil as well.

Step 2: insert the utensil into the flesh of the potato and let it rest for an hour or two. The bigger and fresher the potato is, the better that it will work. So use your best if possible. 

Step 3: remove the utensil and wash it as usual. This is a very safe and efficient way to remove rust from stainless steel. So if it works then you are home free.

Citric Acid

Citric acid is a great way to remove rust so if you have access to it, then give it a try. If you can’t find it in stores, you can buy it in large batches for quite a low price online, so shop on Amazon or home improvement sites. 

Step 1: place the item in a container of warm water then sprinkle the citric acid and gently stir the water. You will see it working when bubbles start forming kind of like when using peroxide. 

Step 2: after about an hour, you can remove the item and scrub it gently with a soft, abrasive cloth. Then, you can rinse it, and let it dry. 

Oxalic Acid

Oxalic acid is a great rust remover but it is stronger than anything else that is safe to use on stainless steel. Test it out on an item that you don’t mind losing before testing it on the main item you are trying to save.

Step 1: apply a generous amount of oxalic acid onto the rust. Make sure you read the instructions thoroughly on the cleaner to ensure it is safe to use in the way that you are going to use it. 

Step 2: rub the oxalic acid in the direction of the metal grain lines using a soft, damp sponge. You will need to buff the metal slightly to ensure you end up with a good shine.

Step 3: rinse off the substance thoroughly and then dry with a microfiber cloth or a paper towel. If this didn’t work then there is only one more option to try. 


CLR has its own instructions depending on the form you use. So follow the instructions on the package the only difference will be that you should start off with diluted CLR with half water, half CLR.

If it doesn’t work, you can try using full-strength CLR and this will likely remove the rust. Just ensure that the box doesn’t say that you cannot use it on stainless steel and keep it way away from pets and children.

Never Use These On Rust

While most guides will let you know what to use on rust, they often neglect to tell you what not to use. These are some commonly used substances to remove rust that should not be used on stainless steel.


You may be tempted to use steel wool or another similar scrubbing item to remove rust on stainless steel. But when paired with the cleaning agents, it is simply too strong. So don’t use it, instead use a soft sponge. 


While WD-40 works great for tools, it is not good for kitchen items. So keep it in the garage and use it for exterior items rather than interior items that can break down if used with WD-40 on a regular basis. 

Chlorine, Iodine, Etc. 

Yes, chlorine and other chemicals used to clean pools may get rid of the rust, but it will also damage the stainless steel. So avoid using any type of bleach at all on your stainless steel, especially on a regular basis. 

How To Prevent Rust

Preventing rust is quite easy. All you need to do is keep the items dry as much as possible. You can get them we just make sure they don’t set in water. If you wash them, dry them immediately, and don’t leave stainless steel dishes in the sink.

Because water is what causes rust, this is really the only thing that you can do to prevent rust. If the item stays dry and clean at all times then rust will never be able to make its home on your stainless steel possessions.

But sometimes, you miss opportunities to keep your stainless steel dry. So find out which method works for your items and memorize it so that if this happens to you, then you will have a quick fix with substances on hand already. 

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Interiors With Pockets Of Greenery And Modern Staircases

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Indoor courtyards add pockets of greenery to these two luxury modern interiors, where modern staircases thread a line of luxury and elegance. The courtyards are small and arid designs where mature cacti rule with tall and intriguing forms. Home design number one also features a central terrarium for the family pet, accomplishing one beautiful and practical statement. The courtyard in our second featured home offers inspiration for an indoor reflection pool that’s crossed by luxurious white marble stepping stones and flanked by eye-catching modern art. In each home, we’ll discover inspiring staircases that show off their full beauty through clear glass balustrades, highlighted under mellow mood lighting.

Architect: Mahmoud Sherif  

In Cairo, this private residence features a large terrarium at the core of a luxurious living room. The pocket of greenery divides two spacious lounge areas that are flooded with natural daylight from wraparound windows.

A round ottoman coffee table injects black and white pattern into the centre of the lounge. Matching scatter cushions style the plain grey modern sofa.

Oversized pendant lights drop clusters of illumination over the conversational seating area.

A large area rug holds the lounge furniture arrangement together. A recessed track lighting system draws a mirrored outline of the area rug on the ceiling directly above, creating the effect of a room within a room.

The lounge space on the opposite side of the terrarium is an impressive double height room. A low relief decorative wall panel towers the full height of the lofty void.

Two sculptural chairs are placed at the end of the room, where they silhouette against the bright window.

An eye-catching modern chandelier explodes a bright brass accent into the grey and white decor scheme.

A modern brass floor lamp stylishly coordinates with the ceiling light fixture.

The large living room stands open to a modern staircase with a clear glass balustrade. A small, arid courtyard adorns the base of the stairwell, adding a splash of uplifting greenery, texture and natural interest.

A pet chameleon lazily explores the central terrarium, where he can keep a watchful eye over each side of the living space.

Abstract wall decoration enhances the staircase design, where circular panels appear to extrude from the same wall colour. Some of the circular panels serve as wall sconces that glow mysteriously through the glass balustrades.

The formal dining room unfolds at the base of the open concept staircase.

Chic brass and glass pendant lights are paired up along the length of the fashionable racetrack-shaped dining table. Rounded-back dining chairs complement the table’s modern curves.

The modern kitchen is a clean white and textured wood tone design, accented with a sleek beige kitchen island.

Wooden kitchen accessories warm up the white kitchen core and draw textural links with the wood grain appliance housing units.

White marble kitchen backsplashes and countertops thread a look of luxury through the spacious layout.

A small glass kitchen table makes a lightweight addition by the window. A dainty white pendant light visually anchors the neat eating area in place.

The circular modern wall sconces that illuminate the glass-sided staircase in the living room also make an appearance alongside the concrete entryway stairs.

The modern home exterior is a linear, white rendered volume with immense cutaways that reveal the sky.

Modern outdoor chairs and a coffee table make a relaxation spot beside the large swimming pool.

Glass balconies overlook the sparkling water.

Outdoor chaise lounge chairs pull up to the water’s edge.

Sheer white voiles filter the influx of bright sunlight.

Architect: Amr Ahmed  

Our second modern home interior benefits from an injection of bold colour, in the shape of abstract modern art over the sectional sofa. The rest of the living room decor palette is peacefully grey and white, which allows the art piece to truly shine.

The art-infused sitting area is situated in a quiet location at the back of the larger living room, which makes it a great spot for reading. Deeper into the centre of the social space, a channel tufted sofa forms a snug arrangement around the TV.

A beautiful wood cantilevered staircase design is illuminated along the treads. An arid courtyard grows cacti beneath the rise of the staircase.

A reflection pool shimmers prettily beside the understair courtyard design, flowing a blue river toward a piece of intriguing photographic art. A complementary blue accent covers a Platner armchair designed by Warren Platner for Knoll.

The courtyard and pool divides the kitchen from the formal dining room. White marble stepping stones provide dry passage between the two.

The kitchen occupies an elevated position that overlooks the surrounding living space.

Three black metal kitchen bar stools contrast against the white marble island. A ribbon of LED light illuminates the stunning marble vein.

A luxury console table adds the white marble decor element to the hallway of the home, beneath an attractive set of freeform wall mirrors.

Inside the first bedroom, a 4 poster bed with flowing white curtains creates a romantic look. See more inspiration for 4 poster beds here.

The second double bedroom features a unique suspended bed design with a modern wood slatted headboard. A swing chair follows on with the suspended theme by the window, where it forms an inviting reading nook.

The enormous luxury bathroom has a double sink bathroom vanity setup in the window, where tropical plants loll at the edges of tall bathroom vanity mirrors and marble pedestal sinks. Colourful artwork makes an unexpected addition to the bathroom wall.

On the balcony, sheer white drapes can be drawn to keep out bugs whilst the homeowners enjoy a little TV in the fresh air. A white marble television mount and media shelf build a luxurious indoor-outdoor feel. Crisp white upholstered furniture lay out a dreamy ethereal aesthetic.

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Bathroom Design: Fixed Shower Panels

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Yesterday I shared on my Instagram stories some progress shots on our little two bedroom flip house and created the final to-do checklist before we can list it for sale.

For both bathroom remodels, I chose single pane glass shower panels. It’s a contemporary look, but one I prefer in small to mid size bathrooms with walk in showers. These tempered glass panels are available in a few different styles: framed, frameless, screen, and etched. Installation requires U brackets secured to the wall and shower floor with added silicone on both sides of the glass to stabilize the pane.

For my shower remodels I bought two of these frameless panels in satin brass, they were a lot less expensive than a local bid I got for shower doors. I’m so pleased with how light they feel compared to the alternative of framed sliding or a hinged shower door. (And less glass to clean!) The same panels are also available here with multiple bracket finishes available.

This “barely there” frameless style works for any walk in shower where there is additional space for entry and exit beyond the panel.

Below are a few examples where other designers have installed a similar fixed shower panel. Also find budget friendly sources for a similar style if you’re planning a shower remodel in the future. 🙂

melanie beynon

eva holbrook

adore magazine

the beach people

three birds renovation

Budget Friendly Shower Glass Panels:

curved top in satin brass

matte brass frame

matte black frame


matte black grid

fluted glass

framed fluted & clear

frameless panel (U bracket in chrome, bronze, black & brass)

arched top (multiple finishes)