Mattress History, A Bedtime Story

Everyone Knows what a Mattress is be they innerspring mattresses, pocketed coil mattresses, pillow top mattresses, plush top mattresses, or even Memory Foam. It is simple to locate people that know the difference between a plush top and a pillow top mattress in columbus ohio. But it can be difficult to find some real information about the past.

Luckily we have the capability to help you out with that, Sleep Well Columbus, a Mattress Warehouse in Columbus Ohio has been compiling useful mattress factoids to help you be informed about a bit more than you were about the history of your bed.

Recently, a few indiana jones types discovered a stack of mattresses that dates back about 77,000 years . I say a stack of mattresses because it turns out , the sibudu cave, 25 miles north of Durban, South Africa, was a common resting spot for primitive nomadic early humans, the mattresses were not anything like what modern man would use, they were mostly just compacted plant matter. it was more comfortable than bare hard rock however.

Of course the beginnings of the word mattress are one of those things that some people tend to be curious about, it comes from a word in arabic “al-matrah” that means “the cushion he threw down” over time the word morphed to become “materas” during the assimilation of european and arab cultures.

Shakespeare’s will left his second best bed to his wife Anne. Although this may seem to bean insult, it really wasn’t. In that time the best bed was kept in the main common room and was a public thing, the 2nd best bed was most likely the marital bed, and the one they both slept in commonly.

The tv couple in bed together during prime time were fred and wilma flintstone, probably due to either societal taboo at the time about showing any suggestion of two people in the same bed, or an fcc regulation forbidding two actors from being in the same bed on broadcast television, either way, the the flintstones were able to skirt the rules because they’re animated.

It wasn’t until the late 18th century that cast iron beds and cotton mattresses became popular,. However their popularity expanded with great speed because people discovered that joining the two made their sleeping space less attractive to bugs

It wasn’t until 1871 that Heinrich Westphal came up with the innerspring mattress, Heinrich lived in Germany, and died in Poverty, never profiting from his remarkable invention. It took 60 years before innerspring mattresses garnered any modicum of widespread use.

It is my hope that this information has given you a bit to think about as you lay in your comfortable pillowtop mattress.

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