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The Past and Present Of Mattresses

  • 10 May 2017
  • By Shveta Bhagat
The Past and Present Of Mattresses

The fact that the mattress has survived through time is a testament to the importance human beings have placed on getting a good night’s sleep.

In ancient times people slept on straw like animals, and with the development of fabrics, they invented pillows and slept on padded cloth. In 17th Century England beds were made with wood frames, with rope or leather supports, and a bag of straw for mattresses. Elaborate beds were a sign of wealth, more than they are today.

Amongst the royalty, the bed room was given special attention and was a very public place. It was only with Queen Victoria that the bedroom doors really swung closed. Until the Victorian period there were always people trooping through the royal bedroom.

Tutankahmun, the Egyptian king’s bed is known to have been made of pure gold and ebony. While his subjects were made to sleep on palm branches, he slept in the ultimate in luxury.

Latex mattresses were introduced in the 1930s. Waterbeds were used even in ancient times: goat skins filled with water were employed for Persia mattresses in the 2nd millennium BCE. In the second half of the 19th Century rubber mattresses fitted for water were introduced to cope with bed sores. They were sold by mail order and would break and release water frequently.

The first cotton mattress appeared on the scene in the late 18th century. This made a more comfortable mattress than ever before. It was during this same period that the iron bed was created. In the year of 1865, the first coil system mattress was invented and became patented. This opened the way for the modern mattress that we know today.

Soft sprung mattresses have been popular in the past 50 years. They are often accused of being a source of back pain, but doctors say no such conclusive proof.

Mattresses have been around for thousands of years. Humans originally slept on makeshift mattresses stuffed with leaves and animal hair in order to stay warm and dry. The wealthy often had their mattresses raised above the ground by placing them onto wooden frames or bedsteads; and the concept of a raised bed didn’t become common among the middle class until the 1600s. states that the innerspring mattress was developed in the mid 1800s but wasn’t popularized until after World War I.

Mattresses are built in many different sizes but the most commonly purchased are twin, full, queen, and king. Twin mattresses are 39 inches wide by 75 inches long; full (also known as double) mattresses are 53 inches wide by 75 inches long; queen mattresses are 60 inches wide by 80 inches long; and king mattresses are 76 inches wide by 80 inches long. Mattress thickness varies from brand to brand due to differences in building materials.

Foam mattresses were introduced in the 1970s and gained popularity because they were hypoallergenic, mold resistant and easy to maintain; they are still popular today for the same reasons. Memory foam is a gel-like material that adjusts to pressure and bounces back once the pressure is released. It is an improved version of NASA memory foam technology and a Swedish company introduced it to the general public in the early 1990s.

Our Sunday mattresses are made of latex sourced from the best factory known for it, in Belgium.


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