The average person buys three to five mattresses during his lifetime, and most people have visited multiple mattress stores in search of the perfect bed and mattress. In ancient times, a person might keep the same mattress for his entire life, and most mattresses were handmade at home. Here is a look back at the complex and surprising history of the mattress.
The Earliest Beds and Mattresses
Beds were created about 10,000 years ago during the Neolithic Age. In 3400 BCE, rich Egyptians constructed beds out of raised pallets made of ebony or gold. Commoners slept on mattresses constructed from heaps of palm bows. During the Roman Empire, the first luxury beds were designed. Mattresses were stuffed with reeds, hay, wool, or feathers. During the Renaissance, mattresses were stuffed with straw, pea shucks, or feathers, and covered with velvet, brocade, or silk.
Introduction of Spring Mattresses, Futons, and Memory Foam Mattresses
By the late 18 th century, beds were crafted from iron, and mattresses were made from cotton. In 1865, the first coil spring mattress was introduced, and by the 1930s, innerspring mattresses were increasingly common. The futon was developed in the 1940s, and foam mattresses and pillows in the 1950s.
The Complex Designs and Features of the Modern Mattress
When you visit your local mattress store, you have hundreds of options for mattress designs and materials. You can choose between mattresses of various firmness levels, and have the choice of a memory foam mattress, waterbed, spring mattress, latex mattress, or an organic, all-natural mattress. You can also find mattresses with advanced features that allow you to adjust the position of the bed to improve your posture and sleep.
At Mancini’s Sleepworld, our mattress store in San Francisco sells a wide variety of affordable, high quality mattresses from top mattress brands such as Sealy. Our mattress experts can guide you through the selection process by evaluating your needs and allowing you to try out mattresses to find the right fit for you. To learn more about our mattress and bed selection, call us today at (800) 647-5337.