Horsehair: The Stuff of Early and Modern Luxury Mattresses

Horsehair:  The Stuff of Early and Modern Luxury Mattresses With just a slip in pronunciation, "sleeping on air" becomes "sleeping on hair," and is not taken as a joke, because even today horsehair is the stuff (or stuffing) of several luxury mattresses. These include some of the most expensive mattresses in the world, made by high-class names such as ES Kluft and Aireloom, Hypnos, WJ Southard, Hastens, and others. Besides filling, horsehair is also used in the covers or quilting of a...

Should I Buy a Mattress Online?

Should I Buy a Mattress Online? You've come to the conclusion that you need a new mattress. The first questions are, "What kind of mattress and bed do we want? What are our needs? What will help us get the restful sleep we really need?" So what kind of mattress is right for us? Is it an innerspring mattress? A memory foam mattress or latex mattress? Should it be a pillowtop model? How about a waterbed or an airbed? When you determine what kind of bed you want, you want to know what the...

Lycra/Spandex/Elastane

[caption id="attachment_1499" align="aligncenter" width="167"] Spandex Fibre[/caption] Lycra/Spandex/Elastane Lycra, Spandex and Elastane are all names for the same fiber. First developed by DuPont, Lycra is a polyurethane fiber. The two prepolymers, one long and flexible and the other short and stiff, link to form a folded or twisted fiber which can be stretched up to five times its length. When tension is released, the fiber springs back to its original length. Diagrams of Spandex...

Graphite and Diamond Dust: Pencil lead and jewels

Graphite Lump ~~~ Pencil ~~~ Cut Diamond ~~~ Graphite Structure Graphite and Diamond Dust: Pencil Lead and Jewels Several mattresses are described as having foams or fibers infused with graphite or diamond particles. Graphite and diamond are two kinds of carbon crystals. Both are pure carbon, but they differ in the crystalline structure. The structural difference makes diamond extremely hard and graphite relatively soft. Real diamond particles (a.k.a. diamond dust) are very abrasive and...

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