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Mattresses are big pads which support bodies at rest. Typically, a mattress will be used as a bed, by being placed on a floor, or will be used by being placed atop a bedframe (which elevates the mattress). Mattresses are sold in a range of sizes and shapes.

While a conventional mattress will typically be a single, twin, double, queen or king-sized design, unique shapes, such as round mattresses are also available. Mattresses which don’t have conventional shapes or measurements may need to be custom ordered.

Many companies do provide custom services to their valued clientele. Price points for mattresses are all over the place. Cheap designs are widely available, mid-priced mattresses abound, and high-end designs are available from top-tier manufacturers.

Mattresses are Crafted from a Range of Materials

These types of products are made from a variety of materials in a range of styles. For example, Japanese futons are generally crafted from cotton, wool or synthetic batting. Conventional mattresses which are placed on bedframes are typically crafted utilizing metal frames, with softer materials (cotton, polyester, et cetera) utilized in order to create a cushioned and supportive effect. These types of mattresses may have wood frames.

Different Bed Bases May be Used

Plenty of bed base types are available for usage with mattresses. Consumers may select from a wide array of styles, such as platform bases, elastic bases (which feature upholstered wood and wire) or wooden bases (which are typically slatted). Some consumers prefer to invest in flexible bed bases which tend to ensure that mattresses will last for a longer period of time.

One type of bed frame which is prevalent in Europe is the Divan. This type of bed frame is actually a product that features a mattress within one singular, upholstered unit. This type of divan will have “feet” so that it is stable upon a flat surface. Sometimes, such divans come with secondary mattresses or toppers which may be removed and replaced as needed.

History of the Mattress

The first examples of mattresses were made from an assortment of all-natural fibers, including straw, feathers and horsehair. During the advent of the 20th century, mattresses sold in North American were equipped with innerspring cores, as well as cotton batting or fiberfill. These mattresses sometimes had other features, such as insulator pads which were placed over inner coils, in order to enhance the longevity of the mattresses.

At the beginning of the 20th century, a British bed-making company, Vi-spring, offered consumers access to the first spring coil mattresses.
These days, almost every mattress sold in North America features innerspring design. However, lately, there is a greater demand for foam-based designs or hybrid beds (which have innersprings and foam layers).

Mattress Care Facts and Information

A mattress that is cared for will last longer. Therefore, mattress owners who wish to protect their investments should make sure to properly install their mattresses, rotate them frequently, utilize protective pads and choose sturdy bed frames that ensure even support of mattresses. Most mattresses will come with instructions on how to care for them. For example, some styles should not be cleaned using particular solvents, and some styles should be aired out before they are slept on. Since materials used in the production of mattresses vary, so do care guidelines.

Mattress Disposal Guidelines

Mattresses should be disposed of in eco-friendly, responsible manners. Rather than sending old mattresses to local landfills, many mattress owners choose to donate their old mattresses to charities, in order to recycle them for the benefit of others. Many charities receive mattresses and then sell them at charity thrift shops or distribute them to the needy. Due to certain concerns, such as bedbugs, mattresses should be completely clean of these pests before being donated.