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Single3' x 6'3
Small Double4' x 6'3
Double4'3 x 6'3
King Size5'0 x 6'6
Super King6'0 x 6'6
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becky says

Today we are going to be taking a closer look at the Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress. I know, I know, a contract mattress might not seem like the most exciting thing to write about, but trust me, this one is worth it.

First of all, let me tell you about the benefits of this amazing product. It was created specifically for the hospitality and contract industry, which means it's made to withstand lots of use and still stay comfortable. Plus, it complies with BS7177:2008 Source 5 - Medium Hazard regulations, so you know it's safe for your guests. This is a legal requirement for the industry and you and your customers are both at risk by not following through with a regulated product like this.

What really sets this mattress apart is its open coil springs at a really low price point. Historically pocket springs have always won the battle when it comes to support, and they absolutely have their place in the history books. all things being equal, I'm a pocket-spring type of person, but for the price point mentioned, the open coil springs are a godsend. See, they provide enhanced comfort all night long and are paired with a perfectly balanced medium firmness for maximum support. And the wire edge is super supportive too, which means this mattress will last for a long time.

But wait, there's more! This mattress is double-sided, which means you can flip it over for even longer-lasting performance which gives twice the surface area for your customers and means you get more use and longer lifespan. What's more, the depth of 17cm is the right thickness for a comfortable night's sleep but also supports standard sheets meaning you won't need an additional expense for new sheeting. It's also made right here in the UK, so you can trust that it's made with quality in mind and if you do happen to have any issues (unlikely) , then it comes with a 1 year guarantee.

So, what do I think of the Canterbury Contract Mattress from Shire? I think it will certainly have its place in the contract world, particularly in the budget segment where value is important. The open coil springs make are supportive and comfortable, and the medium firmness is just for the majority of people with an average BMI. And knowing that it's safe and will last for a long time is just an added bonus. I still prefer pocket spring in a support layer but at this price you can't put a foot wrong. Go for it.

How does it feel?

Firmness of The Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress depends on bodyweight. Adjust your weight below to get an indication of how it may feel. Remember though that firmness is entirely subjective.
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Reasons to Buy

Contract mattress with full source 5 specifications.

Depth is suitable for standard sheets so no need to upgrade.

Medium tension has maximum suitability for sleepers.

Reasons to Avoid

Open coil does not perform as good as pocket spring.

1 year guarantee is a little weak.

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Our Key Performance Indicators are produced using a combination of specification-heavy algoritmic data points and user reviews.

Key Performance Indicators KPI question mark

Our Key Performance Indicators are produced using a combination of specification-heavy algoritmic data points and user reviews. For example, a firm pocket spring support layer is more breathable and offers better back support but may prove unsuitable for side sleepers, the reverse is true for a soft-medium tension reflex foam support layer. This is one of 100+ datapoints considered when generating the below ratings.


*Assuming average weight, suitability will vary dependant on body type, use the quiz above for a more tailored guide.
  • Back Sleepers
  • The amount of support offered from a mattress will vary depending on the firmness of the tension and the type of support layer used. Based on a person of average build.
  • Side Sleepers
  • If you sleep on your side you typically need a supportive tension that is not too firm, nor too soft. This is because your hips and shoulders need adequate sinkage.
  • Stomach Sleepers
  • Stomach sleepers need a reasonable amount of tension in the base support layer to adequately offer body contouring and help prevent aches and pains. Results will vary based on your build.


  • Stability
  • Depending on the type of support layer in place can have an impact on stability, edge to edge support and roll together prevention. Pocket springs of a firmer tension will have better stability than open coil soft tension, for example.


  • Initial Odour
  • Materials in mattresses, particularly memory foam and rolled bed-in-a-box mattresses can have an initial odour, this is typically short term and reduces considerably within 24 hours.
  • Long Standing Odour
  • Certain materials inside different mattresses can produce a small odour. Typically this is short term rather than long standing but there are minor exceptions.

Brand Rating

  • Overall Brand Rating
  • This is based on community driven customer reviews tied to product reviews and grouped together at a brand level to produce a score.
Of The Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress
Brand: Shire Beds
Retailer: Mattress Online
Delivery Time: Excellent
Delivery Charge: Excellent
Customer Sentiment: Excellent
Guarantee: Average

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What Makes The Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress Great?

Created for the hospitality and Contract industry

Contract mattresses are different to mattresses typically sold to the general public. This is because there are additional regulations and fire safety requirements that mean contract mattresses have to adhere to additional rules. Most typically these rules fall under Source 5, something which all commercial mattresses must abide to.

Complies with BS7177:2008 Source 5 - Medium Hazard

A domestic mattress would normally have a level 1 (low-hazard) fire resistance but this mattress goes the extra mile with a level 5 (medium hazard). This is the level of resistance normally used in higher-risk places such as hotels and hospitals.

Superior open coil springs

Open coil mattresses feature a traditional spring design that dates back centuries. They are a low cost solution for bed retailers that provides a good quality sleeping solution that is capable of providing adequate body contouring and reasonable support.

Supportive wire edge for lasting performance

Mattress depth: 17cm

17cm of depth in a mattress is about average, it allows more than enough room to house good quality components and will be able to utilise standard fitted sheets with no need to purchase additional deeper ones.

Double-sided for your benefit

The benefits of a double sided mattress are that you get twice the surface area of comfort layers. The real-world practicality of this means that you flip the mattress as well as rotate allowing for better settlement of fillings which increases longevity, while reducing the chance of dipping or spring problems that may otherwise occur. Ultimately the mattress will likely last longer and remain comfortable for a greater duration.

Balanced medium support

A medium tension mattress like this is the goldilocks of mattress tensions. Not too soft, nor too firm, medium is typically suitable for the vast majority of people that are looking for a good nights sleep. If you are of average build without back or neck problems, this should be a suitable product. If you are of lower BMI and a side sleeper, consider a softer mattress, whereas if you are of a higher BMI and suffer neck and back pain, consider a firmer tension.

Made in the UK

These are made and manufactured in the UK, meaning that they all meet the same exceptional quality and durability that we expect from genuine UK manufacturing.

1 year guarantee

1 year guarantee is typical for the industry. This means you are guaranteed to have a trouble free experience for the first year or have your product replaced

Fire Resistant

Fire resistant does not mean the product will never catch fire, rather, it will not go up in flames quite so quickly. Resistant to fire in the same way that I am resistant to kisses, sooner or later you end up giving in.

Traditional open coil springs

Open Springs offer fairly decent support that is evenly spread across the mattres. However, where budget allows, we would tend to steer people toward a pocket spring mattress, these might be a little bit more money, but the support is superior and consistant across the product


A Medium firmness mattress is the most common build offered due to the range of suitability offered in such a mattress. This type of mattress will be better suited toward averagely weighted people, while lighter people should opt for a medium-light, and heavier people considering a medium-firm.

17cm deep

17cm of depth in a mattress is about average, it allows more than enough room to house good quality components and will be able to utilise standard fitted sheets with no need to purchase additional deeper ones.


Double sided just means that the product can be flipped and still retain the same level of comfort. The fillings and dibres inside the product are capable of operating in any direction. Handy for settlement and to prevent dipping.

Handcrafted in the UK

Handcrafted in the UK means that the product is built here, by people being paid a fair and honest wage using certified and safe products of good quality and construction. UK manufacturing is some of th best in the world and all of that is reflected in this product

Approved by the National Bed Federation

The NBF is one of the most prestigious awarding federations in the industry, helped slightly by the fact that it is one of the only, however, it is still a great source of comfort knowing that this product holds approval by the team

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Customer Reviews For The Shire Canterbury Contract Mattress

Based on 2 reviews

It is cheap and cheerful however better to spend more and invest in a better mattress.


great price fast delivery quality product

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