Once upon a time beds and mattresses were very different. The history of beds follows that of humans, with the first, and certainly crude mattress thought to have been invented way back in the Neolithic period. It consisted of grass, leaves and had animal skins placed on top. It remained the primary bedding for almost 4000 years B.C. And believe it or not, the next innovation was a waterbed! Developed in Persia, it was made of goatskin filled with water. Over the next 6000 years we have seen many developments, from the use of Palm boughs by the pharaohs who used them, but on a raised surface around 200 B.C. The next big innovation came from the Romans who stuffed straw, wool or reeds into cloth. Then during the Renaissance fancy velvets, brocades covered mattress fillings of feathers of dried vegetable shucks. Then came the first true bed mattress stuffed with straw or down that sat on top of a timber bed frame. The first box springs were invented in the 18th century, and mattresses were now filled with coconut fiber, wool, cotton and even horsehair. Boy, I would sure have been allergic to my own bed!!! Between WWI and WWII latex foam entered the arena. In 1926 Dunlop introduced the technology to produce vulcanized rubber latex foam. Initially it was sold only to the British Royal family! In 1940 air mattresses constructed of rubber coated fabric were invented. Around 1960 the modern waterbed came into popularity, and adjustable beds were introduced in the 90’s. Tempur-pedic mattresses are a result of the NASA space program when they invented memory foam. The latest big development in the history of mattresses came when manufacturers Simons developed the “no flip” mattress, which has been adopted by almost all bed makers now.
Took a long time to get there, but now, with the advent of new technology, the choices are coming almost as fast as new cell phones, although with a much steeper price tag. I need a new mattress, and as I was searching for info I came across these high tech ones and thought you might find them interesting. Several have features that many of us would choose to have and for various reasons. I expect that soon these features will become standard, or at least an option when we purchase our next mattress. So lets look at what is now available.
I have two that I wouldn’t mind having…..do you think Santa will bring me one of them? I really need a new mattress soon. I know this was a bit off from the holiday postings, but thought a break was a good thing. Just a few days to the big day, so hope if you have to travel that the weather holds out. Thanks for reading. Laters, charisse