Memory Foam Mattresses – Good or Bad?

By Scott Braddam [caption id="attachment_249" align="aligncenter" width="302"] Hand Impression in Memory Foam[/caption] Since about 2004, when I bought my current memory foam bed, I’ve been sold on the benefits of memory foam. There is truly no other feeling in the world which is close to sleeping on memory foam. Memory foam is like sleeping on silk sheets, unless you’ve done it, you can’t possibly understand why people rave about it. My bed is a pure foam bed, meaning no springs...

Wooden Coils: What Will They Make Springs from Next?

By Wesley Vaughn What are innerspring coils made of?  “Steel,” we say.  Other options are: Stainless steel, titanium steel, titanium alloy, or some other metal alloy.  That is it!  Or it was—until now.  Among the new mattress companies at the Winter Las Vegas Market in January 2014 is VitalWOOD USA, the U.S. distributor for VitalWOOD, a  division of Hungarian manufacturer Bio-Textima. This family-owned firm developed the wooden coil as an alternative to metal springs,...

Microcoils

[caption id="attachment_199" align="aligncenter" width="242"] Leggett & Platt "Softouch" Microcoil[/caption] Definition Microcoils (or minicoils) are coils which are smaller than standard innerspring coils.  Innersprings are usually 6” to 8” high.  Some microcoils are 4” high, but most are much shorter, usually 1” to 2½” high. They are also narrower and made with lighter gauge wire.  Some microcoils are only ¾” tall.  At least one supplier calls the shorter ones...

Mattress Foams – Part 2

(Continued from Part 1) The three major kinds of foam used in mattresses are polyurethane foam, visco-elastic memory foam, and latex foam. Each kind of foam has variations.  First, there are different ingredients in these foams.  Then there are different densities and firmness levels. Now gel is infused into different foams to add desired characteristics. Polyurethane Foam Polyurethane (PU) foam is made by linking large molecules, usually isocyanates, to each other with modified...

Mattress Foams – Part 1

History of Mattress Foams Most of us appreciate some cushioning when sitting or lying on a hard surface for very long.  This has been true for thousands of years, with cushions for sitting and sleeping.  Mattresses began with fiber sleeping mats laid out on a floor.  At some point, long cushions or pillows were made, filled with wool, straw, feathers, sawdust, horsehair—anything to soften a hard surface. In the middle of the 19th Century, coiled springs were invented for buggy and wagon...

Spring to Sleep

What kinds of springs are in your mattress? Metal Springs The best selling mattresses over time have been innerspring mattresses.  The first mattress springs were adapted from buggy seat springs.  These springs are called Bonnell coils.  For a long time, they were the only kind of springs used in mattresses.  Now there are several types of innerspring coils.  The major kinds are Bonnell, Offset, Continuous and Pocket.  Within each of these kinds are variations.  Each type of...

Spring Beds – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

By Scott Braddam   A recent poll on our main website, Beds.org, showed that about 38% of our readers prefer a spring bed over all other types. While I definitely prefer a memory foam bed, obviously some people like springs better. So how do you know what to look for in a spring bed? Personally, I am a very analytical person. I need to know what makes things tick. For that reason, I have developed a standard approach for evaluating almost anything I buy, from snacks to a house or a...

Simple Platform Beds

By: Scott Braddam A bed is something more than just furniture to sleep on. If this were the case, a mattress on the floor would be a bed. A bed is really a statement, a comfort, and art all at the same time. Personally, I am a minimalist. I like platform beds, and the simpler the bed, the better. My logic is that the less I have to coordinate my furniture, the more options I will have when I add new furniture to my bedroom. This is a perfect example of minimal yet functional furniture. As a...

Does Size Really Matter?

Does Size Really Matter? by Scott Braddam Recently, I overheard a discussion in a bed store while I was doing some research. There was a young couple, early twenties, who were shopping for a new bed when the young lady asked “Will this [king size bed] fit in our room?” The young man stated “Sure, our room is 11’x12’, it should fit really easy.” I walked over and introduced myself to the young couple, and offered to help them pick a bed. I learned that they were moving in...

Romantic Encounters

by Scott Braddam I grew up in a time where a 40 hour week was a 40 hour week, and everything else was reserved for home life. Where did those days go? Now, a 40 hour week is more like a 50-60 hour week and family time is whatever is left between working and sleeping. How about romance? Where does a busy person find time for a little fun in the bedroom? I have a few tips which will help you have a fulfilling time in your bed when you’re not sleeping....

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