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What’s New in Box Springs?

What's New in Box Springs? For many of us, the box spring is a Ho-Hum item. We buy a mattress, and a box spring is included. When the new mattress is delivered and set up, the box spring is placed on the rolling steel frame, which is adjusted for fit. Then the new mattress is placed on the new box spring. We think we know what a box spring is, so we just take it for granted. The truth is, that plain old box spring under our bed might not be as old a design as we think. It may be something...

Beyond Wood Slats: Winged Slats

Beyond Wood Slats: Winged Slats Wood slatted foundations, more commonly known as European wood slats, were developed in 1956 by Karl Thomas and his son Wilfried Thomas for better support of mattresses. Just as James Marshall invented pocket coils for his wife, Karl Thomas developed the slatted frame for his. In other words each invention was to meet a need.   The Thomases sold the slatted frames under the name of Lattoflex. Wood slats became the standard flexible foundation for beds in...

Divans and Ottomans: The Alternate Foundations

Divans and Ottomans: The Alternate Foundations We in North America (United States and Canada) are conditioned to think of divans as some kind of couch or sofa which may or may not have armrests at the ends. Thus we are initally puzzled when a divan is one of the foundations available for a mattress. However, the two usages are related. After all, many people will stretch out on a divan for a nap. Ottomans, likewise, come from across the Atlantic with a different application than what we...

“Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite”

"Don't Let the Bedbugs Bite" A very old wish for a good night's rest is "Sleep tight, and don't let the bedbugs bite."  This is testimony to the fact that bed bug bites can disturb sleep, robbing a person of needed rest.  Bed bugs have been recorded in ancient history, being mentioned as early as 400 BC.  The historical accounts of these insects indicates their spread from the Mediterranean region to northern Europe, then to North America.  Our word "bug" is derived from bugge, the...

Box Springs

Box Spring (from US-Mattress) Box Springs A box spring is a sturdy frame–usually wood–on which springs are mounted.  The frame and springs are covered in cloth, usually with padding on the top and a base pad on the bottom.  According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary, the first known use of the term “box spring” was in 1865.[1] The term box spring is sometimes alternatively spelled box-spring.  Making it one word, boxspring, is generally not acceptable. Traditionally,...

European Wood Slats

European Wood Slats – In Europe, the preferred foundations have several closely spaced slats made from a springy wood, such as beech.  The resiliency of the wood makes the wood slat foundation absorb shock, much like a box spring.  The springiness  of wood can be felt walking over a wooden floor as opposed to a concrete surface. Unlike the box spring, a wood slat foundation does not depend on metal, making it preferred by persons wary of the amplification of electromagnetic...

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