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The Archetype

The Archetype and The Archetype Pillowtop are the WJ Southard innerspring models. These mattresses are made by hand using the same materials and processes that WJ Southard used in 1929. Mr. Southard avoided mass produced mattresses made by machine.

The materials used in The Archetype models are: recycled steel, organic cotton batting, wool blend batting, and organic cotton fabric - and in the Pillowtop, botanical latex.

The heart of the Archetype mattresses is the innerspring core. The coils (460 in queen size) are offset, which balances the support, prohibiting roll-together and minimizing motion transfer. The offset arrangement (alternating right-turn and left-turn coils) also automatically adjusts to the body shape and weight of the sleeper(s). These coils are made with 14 gauge steel, which is 95% recycled.

Above the innerspring unit of The Archetype is a layer of organic cotton batting. This is somewhat thick, weighing 65 ounces per square yard. The cotton is grown and carded in Texas and New Mexico. No pesticides or herbicides are used in its cultivation, therefore there are no harmful chemical residues.

Atop the cotton batting of the The Archetype is the wool batting, 20 oz. per sq. yd. This is wool from different sheep breeds, blended to provide the desired propeties. The wool controls moisture by wicking it away from the sleeper(s). It also makes the sleeping surface more breathable. The wool also contributes to the organic nature of the mattress because it is a natural fire retardant. This negates the need for flame resisting chemicals and synthetic fire barriers.

The mattress is covered with organic cotton fabric. This cotton, same as that in the batting, is woven in North Carolina and South Carolina.

In the Pillowtop version of The Archetype there is a 3" layer of botanical latex between the cover and the wool batting. The latex is ventilated vertically to encourage air flow. It has layers of bound wool above it and below. The latex layer is to produce a softer, more cradling feel without compromising support.

The Archetype models, like all WJ Southard mattresses, has a 25 year prorated, limited warranty.

  • Mattress and Bed Set Model Name

    The Archetype

  • Price Category


  • Listed Manufacturer

    WJ Southard Mattress

  • Location

    W J Southard Mattress, 2770 Erie Blvd E, Syracuse, NY 13224-1204, (315) 218-0050

  • Bed Classification


  • Level of Firmness


  • Inner Bed Composition

    6 inch innerspring coil with cotton batting and wool batting. Pillowtop version adds 3 Inch latex layer.

  • Mattress Edge Support

    steel rod

  • Mattress Cover Composition

    Organic cotton

  • Total Mattress Height

    About 8 inches, 12 inches for pillowtop version

  • Bed Foundation

    Wood slats or wood box base, upholstered

  • Special Features


  • Sleep Trial

    not stated

  • Bed Warranty

    25 year prorated, limited warranty

  • Manufactured In


  • Restrictions

  • Website


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