History of the Mattress

Comfortable, supportive mattresses are something most of us take for granted. We don’t think about how they’ve evolved over time. Here’s an eye-opening lesson on the bed history from long ago to more modern times. Give your readers something to think about the next time they go to sleep. So lie down and let us tell you a story about the history of the bed.

10,000 years ago

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In the Neolithic period, people began sleeping on primitive “beds”

3400 BCE

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Egyptian pharaohs discover the benefits of raising a pallet off the earth King Tutankahmen had a bed of ebony and gold. Common people slept on palm bows heaped in the corner of their home.

Roman Empire

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First luxury bed. Often decorated with gold, silver or bronze, these beds featured mattresses stuffed with reeds, hay, wool or feathers

Roman Empire

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Romans discover the waterbed. The sleeper would recline in a cradle of warm water until drowsy, then be lifted onto an adjacent cradle with a mattress, where they would be rocked to sleep.

Renaissance

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Mattresses were made of pea shucks or straw, sometimes feathers, stuffed into coarse ticks, then covered with sumptuous velvets, brocades and silks.

16th & 17th centuries

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Louis XIV was inordinately fond of staying in bed, often holding court in the royal bedroom. Reportedly, he owned 413 beds and displayed a special liking for the ultra spacious and ostentatious variety.

The late 18th century

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Advent of the cast iron bed and cotton mattresses. Together, they provided a sleeping space that was less attractive to bugs. Until that time, assorted vermin were simply accepted as an accepted component of even the most royal beds.

1865s

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1865. The first coil spring construction for bedding was patented.

1930s

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Innerspring mattresses and upholstered foundations become serios contenders for the dominant position they now enjoy in the U.S and Canada.

1940s

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Futons introduced to North America

1950s

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Foam rubber mattresses and pillows appreared on the market

1960s

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Modern waterbed introduces. Adjustable beds become popular with consumers. e-sided no-flip mattresses are common.

1980s

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Airbeds introduces

1990s

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Spacious sleeping is once again on the rise. In 1999, the queen-size mattress become America’s most popular choice for mattress size for the first time ever – ¬†beating the twin.

2000s

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Choice and comfort are key words in contemporary bedding. In addition to an almost unlimited range of innerspring mattress designs