Where Did Mattresses Come From? A Brief History
Can you imagine sleeping on a pile of leaves? Or maybe you'd prefer a bed of grass? How about straw? Had you lived around 9500 B.C., one of these materials(covered with a "sheet" made of animal skin) would have been your version of a mattress!
Mattresses have evolved significantly over time. Many different formulas have been tried and tested across the decades. Pea shucks, feathers covered with velvet, and palm boughs, to name a few. For the wealthier, there was the(perhaps more comfortable) option of using cloth bags stuffed with wool, weed, or hay. The Persians invented the first "waterbeds", which were essentially water-filled goat skins. Around the 16th century, mattresses began to largely be placed on frames, and stuffed with fabrics such as cotton, horsehair, coconut fiber, or wool. The earliest frames were simply wooden structures with leather supports. They would be replaced with iron and steel frames in the 19th century. Over the next century further developments were made, such as:
- Buttoned and tufted mattresses(to better hold the filling in place)
- Spring inner and outer coil matresses
- Foam rubber mattresses