Definition of Contouring

Meaning of the Term as it Pertains to Mattresses

What is Contouring?

Contouring is described as when a mattress conforms to the unique shape of the body. Memory foam mattresses take a moment to contour to the body, whereas innerspring mattresses take shape immediately. When a person gets up, memory foam mattresses revert back to their original shape. Innerspring mattresses may maintain the shape of the body or show body impressions. This is completely common, as innerspring mattresses may contour as far as an inch and a half deep into the mattress.

Contouring capabilities vary by mattress style. Memory foam mattresses provide the most responsive contouring support, and innerspring mattresses with pocket coil systems follow close after. Other coil configurations use linked spring systems, which provide less responsive contouring capabilities.