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Sleeping is one
thing that we all have in common. Another thing that we all have in
common is that we have difficulty getting a good night's sleep on
the floor. The invention of the mattress relieves that problem.
Whoever built the first mattress is shrouded in the mists of time.
We should all thank him anyway.
The first mattresses were undoubtedly piles of leaves or soft
branches. They were assembled at night and left behind in the
morning. The invention of a fabric-covered permanent mattress
accompanied the advent of agriculture and houses. There are many
sorts of mattresses today.
Buying a new mattress can offer a bewildering variety of choices.
Older bedsteads can present difficulties as they will not
accommodate a standard size of mattress. The only choice in this
case is to have one custom built or to keep up with the old standard
of cotton-stuffed ticking. The frame of a modern bedstead will
accommodate one of the several standard sizes of mattress, but it is
not a bad idea to make some measurements before venturing out to
shop for a replacement.
The most common type of mattress is the innerspring mattress. It has
an internal frame of very light steel rods connected to an
arrangement of springs. The whole bit is surrounded by a padded
cover which is available in many colors and patterns. This type of
mattress can be placed directly on the bed slats, if there are
enough of them, or on top of a box spring. The box spring is an
additional coarsely sprung platform that is usually decorated with
the same material used on the mattress. In spite of their
similarities, innerspring mattresses vary widely in price and
quality. One should always test the mattress by lying on it and
comparing it to the others in the shop.
Another sort of mattress that is rapidly becoming popular is the
foam mattress. Not the old-fashioned foam rubber that we are
familiar with in the mattresses of convert-a-beds and the berths of
small boats, this is a very advanced substance that has some unusual
properties. It is designed to deform with load in a controlled
manner so that the pressure on the body is evenly distributed over
the entire person. This is reported to be very comfortable. These
used be very expensive but have come down to more reasonable levels
in the last few years.
Mattresses - probably the largest choice of
Mattresses in the UK!