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11 Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Mattresses(二) Sep 26, 2017

6. Mattresses Used to Rest on Ropes

Before boxsprings bed and platform bed foundations came into vogue, mattresses used to be supported by cross-woven ropes stretched across wood frames.

In fact, the phrase “sleep tight” originated from this time period, when people would regularly have to tighten their bed’s ropes or risk saggy sleep. As for “don’t let the bedbugs bite”, well that one is unfortunately still applicable to today!

7. All Mattresses Must Be Flame-Proof Mattresses

In 2007, it became federal law that all mattresses must meet flammability guidelines in order to be sold in the United States. Basically, beds must be 

able to withstand an open flame for 30 seconds (don’t try this at home though!).

The law was enacted to reduce mattress fires due to unattended cigarettes, candles and other dangers. The Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that mattresses meeting these requirements can save up to 270 lives and 1330 injuries per year.

How mattress manufacturers achieve flameproofing is not regulated, and there is some consumer concern about about less safe chemicals that could be in use. Some of the worst like PBDE’s and decaDBE have phased out or banned, but . More manufacturers are also turning to fabric barriers and other safer measures also, offer the green mattresses.

8. Mattress Dominoes is a Legitimate World Record Category

There is a thing called mattress dominoes, and it’s an actual record maintained by Guinness. Basically it involves lining mattresses and people up as you would dominoes, tipping one over and letting the fun begin.

The current record is 1001 mattresses and people, set by volunteers in Shanghai in 2012. Previously, the American record was also set by La Quinta volunteers in New Orleans which toppled 850 human mattress dominoes.

9. You Sweat & Shed All Over Your Bed at Night

Oh, yeah. In addition to all of the dust mites colonizing your mattress, it’s also packed with your shed skin cells and sweat and other fluids.

You shed millions of skin cells per day, and since you spend about ⅓ of each day on your mattress, a significant portion of them will wind up there. You also sweat while sleeping, with some sources estimating anywhere from a several milliliters to one liter nightly.

Do your mattress and your peace of mind of favor by using a protective mattress cover. These will protect your bed from absorbing shed skin, sweat and spills and can be washed regularly to keep your bed in pristine, healthy condition.

10. A Messy Bed May Be Healthier

You’re mom always told you that you better make your bed, and a tidy mattress does indeed make a room look better – however one Kingston University study found that an unmade bed might be a little healthier.

The idea is that when you make your bed and cover the mattress with the comforter, sweat and moisture is trapped within creating the ideal environment for dust mites. Leaving sheets exposed to the air and sunlight dries out the environment which can help kill of mites.


11. Queen-sized mattresses gaining share

Queen-sized mattresses, the featured items in bedding ads across the country, gained market share last year, an industry study says.


The 2016 Mattress Industry Trends Report, published by the International Sleep Products Assn, said that the percentage of queen mattresses shipped last year gained more than one point of market share, rising from a weighted average of 40.2% of shipments in 2015 to a weighted average of 41.4% last year, the biggest gain for any bedding size.


ISPA presents the bedding size shipment figures for innerspring and non-innerspring mattresses in adult sizes. The figures are weighted by the percentage of innerspring and non-innerspring mattresses to total mattress units.


King-sized mattresses maintained their share last year at 16.7% of shipments. Also holding steady was twin, with a 19% share of shipments.

Full-sized mattresses grew from a weighted average of 15.4% of shipments in 2015 to 15.5% of shipments last year. Twin XL mattresses also gained share, increasing from a 2.4% share in 2015 to a 2.5% share in 2016.

California king and odd sizes mattress lost share last year, ISPA said.