A Brief History Of The Bedroom Mattress

Did you know that we humans spend over a third of our lives sleeping, therefore no wonder so much time, effort and money is spent on developing the perfect mattress.

Mattresses in general are normally comprised of foam and fibers, with metal springs and placed either directly on the floor or on a bed frame of wood or metal.

Currently the main sizes of mattresses available in the UK are.

  • Single Mattress: 90cm x 190cm (3ft wide)
  • European Single: 90cm x 200cm (3ft wide)
  • Small Double: 120cm x 190cm (4ft wide)
  • Standard Double: 135cm x 190cm (4ft 6in wide)
  • Kingsize: 150cm x 200cm (5ft wide)
  • Super King: 180 x 200 cm (6ft wide)
  • Made to Measure: various

As a rule of thumb a mattress should be replaced after about 7 to 15 years of use or sooner if a noticeable sag develops.

A Brief History

In the Neolithic period (8,000-6,000 B.C.), people started to move away from sleeping on the ground to simple man-made beds and mattresses. The first resting structures were constructed of leaves and grass, held together with animal skin. At around 3,500 B.C., Persians invented the first “waterbeds,” made of goatskins filled with water. The more affluent inhabitants of the Roman Empire, circa 200 B.C., slept on mattresses filled with feathers. Steel coils, which now support the vast majority of mattresses, were not patented for this purpose until 1865.

Mattresses have enjoyed many advances in the past few decades, including the advent of air mattresses, foam mattresses, and “memory foam” mattresses. Increasingly, mattresses are being constructed from modern materials such as latex foam and polyurethane foam. In addition, those consumers seeking affordability and convenience have chosen futons and futon mattresses to ensure their good night’s sleep. There has also been a core of waterbed enthusiasts who remain committed to waterbed mattresses as the Persians did.

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