How are Mattresses Made?

By all accounts, the concept of the mattress dates back to prehistoric times. Early humans would lay on piles of leaves, straw, and animal skins to sleep more comfortably and soundly. A better night sleep is still the reason people use mattresses, but the technology is a bit more advanced than it was at the dawn of time. If you’re the type of person who’s interested learning how things are made, you’ll appreciate this short blog post on how mattresses are made. This information may also be useful if you are in the market for a new mattress in San Francisco.

  • The “core” of a typical mattress is a series of wire coils attached to one another with additional wire. This innerspring unit is typically produced by an outside firm and then shipped to a mattress manufacturer.
  • After the innerspring unit is received, workers manually affix the upholstery layers to the innerspring. The insulator layer consists of semi-rigid netting or wire mesh and prevents the cushioning layer from molding to the coils. The number of cushioning layers varies and will determine the feel and comfort of the final mattress product.
  • At the same time the mattress is being built up in one part of the factory, the decorative cover that will serve as the exterior of the mattress is being made in another. The chosen stitching pattern is largely ornamental, but it must also prevent the mattress cover from slipping or creeping over the layers of cushioning
  • Higher quality mattresses are often finished with a pillowtop, a panel filled with soft upholstery and attached to the top of the mattress for a more luxurious and supportive feel. The pillowtop is taped or sewn to the mattress after the decorative cover is in place.

Keep in mind, this process is primarily for your standard coil mattresses. Memory foam mattresses and other specialty mattresses have their own unique manufacturing process, which you can learn all about at Mancini’s Sleepworld. We are proud to offer the best selection of mattresses in San Francisco, and our staff will answer any questions you have. You can reach us by calling (800) 647-5337.