The History of Mattresses

Posted on Wednesday Jun 6, 2012
Have you ever wondered where, when or how the mattress was invented. Why don’t we just sleep on the floor or in a hammock. When you are the Mattresses Review Guru you ask these questions all the time. We have searched the internet far a wide to try and bring you a brief history on the mattress. Mattresses were invented in the Neolithic period to keep people away from dirt and pests. While no one can be sure the first mattress probably consists of piled up leaves, grass or straw covered by animal skins. In 3600 B.C. the Persian people made beds out of goatskins and filled them with water. This was the first bed made of water. It is reported that the early Egyptians piled palm boughs in the corner of their living areas and used them as a bed. Fast forward to 200 BC and you will find that the Ancient Romans used a bag of cloth stuffed with reeds, hay and wool. However this would not due for the wealthiest of Romans who would use the same technique and use feathers for added softness.  During the Renaissance people stuffed pea shucks with straw or feathers and covered it with velvet and brocades. As peanut butter is to jelly the mattress met the bed frame in the 16th and 17th centuries. Mattresses were stuffed and placed on timber frames and then supported by rope and leather. It wasn’t until the beginning of the  18th century when mattresses would be stuffed with cotton or wool. The middle of the 18th century mattresses were lined with quality linen or cotton. The box-spring was invented in the late 19th century. This allowed the life span of the mattress to lengthen considerably because it distributed the weight of the sleeper and acted like a shock absorber. In 1930 the Innerspring mattress and upholstered foundations became extremely popular. The 1940s the air mattress was constructed of vulcanized rubber. The water bed wasn’t invented until the 1960s and it quickly became very popular. NASA who invented things like duck-type and Velcro also invented the material that would eventually be known as memory foam in the 1970s. Tempur-Pedic introduces a mattress that was made completely of memory foam in 1992. Not to be out done Fibrelux introduced their mattress made from rubberized coir that same year. In 1998 the mattress world was turned upside down when intelliBED came out with intelliGEL. This new mattress material was brought sleep wellness to people that were not getting the support they needed from their traditional mattress. Then in 2000 Simmons Bedding  invented a mattress that did not need to be flipped that was then adopted by most mattress manufactures in North America.

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