Posted May 29th, 2015
By: Wesley Vaughn

Horsehair: The Stuff of Early and Modern Luxury Mattresses

Horsehair:  The Stuff of Early and Modern Luxury Mattresses With just a slip in pronunciation, "sleeping on air" becomes "sleeping on hair," and is not taken as a joke, because even today horsehair is the stuff (or stuffing) of several luxury mattresses. These include some of the most expensive mattresses in the world, made by high-class names such as ES Kluft and Aireloom, Hypnos, WJ Southard, Hastens, and others. Besides filling, horsehair is also used in the covers or quilting of a...

Posted May 27th, 2015
By: Wesley Vaughn

Should I Buy a Mattress Online?

Should I Buy a Mattress Online? You've come to the conclusion that you need a new mattress. The first questions are, "What kind of mattress and bed do we want? What are our needs? What will help us get the restful sleep we really need?" So what kind of mattress is right for us? Is it an innerspring mattress? A memory foam mattress or latex mattress? Should it be a pillowtop model? How about a waterbed or an airbed? When you determine what kind of bed you want, you want to know what the...

Posted May 22nd, 2015
By: Wesley Vaughn

Lycra/Spandex/Elastane

[caption id="attachment_1499" align="aligncenter" width="167"] Spandex Fibre[/caption] Lycra/Spandex/Elastane Lycra, Spandex and Elastane are all names for the same fiber. First developed by DuPont, Lycra is a polyurethane fiber. The two prepolymers, one long and flexible and the other short and stiff, link to form a folded or twisted fiber which can be stretched up to five times its length. When tension is released, the fiber springs back to its original length. Diagrams of Spandex...

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Posted May 12th, 2015
By: Wesley Vaughn

Graphite and Diamond Dust: Pencil lead and jewels

Graphite Lump ~~~ Pencil ~~~ Cut Diamond ~~~ Graphite Structure Graphite and Diamond Dust: Pencil Lead and Jewels Several mattresses are described as having foams or fibers infused with graphite or diamond particles. Graphite and diamond are two kinds of carbon crystals. Both are pure carbon, but they differ in the crystalline structure. The structural difference makes diamond extremely hard and graphite relatively soft. Real diamond particles (a.k.a. diamond dust) are very abrasive and...

Posted April 4th, 2015
By: Wesley Vaughn

Steel Bed Frames

  [caption id="attachment_1275" align="alignnone" width="205"] Glideaway Bed Frame[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1276" align="alignnone" width="231"] Mantua Metal Bed Base[/caption]   Steel Bed Frames For two or three generations, most beds consist of a mattress, a foundation (box spring, box platform or slatted box) and a bed frame. The bed frame for these is usually side rails, cross bars, and (for larger sizes) a center beam, made of angle steel. These frames have...

Posted March 4th, 2015
By: Wesley Vaughn

“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...

Posted February 22nd, 2015
By: Wesley Vaughn

Natural or Organic?

  Natural or Organic? Many producers and sellers label or describe their merchandise as "natural" or "organic" products. "Organic" and "natural" food, clothing, bedding and many other goods are fashionable. Significant numbers of shoppers now ask, "Is it natural? Is it organic?" Two concerns drive this trend: health and the environment. There is also, for some, a philosophical or religious undertone, a belief that there is an intrinsic value to being as natural or organic as possible....

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Posted February 17th, 2015
By: Wesley Vaughn

Sleep: How Much Is Enough?

Sleep: How Much Is Enough? Suppose someone taking a survey asked you, "Do you get enough sleep?" How would you answer? The answer to this depends on knowing the answers to two other questions: "How much sleep do you get?" and "How much sleep do you need?" How much sleep do you get? For most of us that means how long do we sleep in bed at night? That is, minus interruptions. New parents know all about this, waking up to check on the wee one, responding to a cry or a whimper in the dark,...

Posted January 15th, 2015
By: Wesley Vaughn

Foam Springs

Foam Springs In February 2014, I posted an article about wood coils, a new kind of mattress innerspring invented and developed by a Hungarian company. Not long before the launch of wooden coils in the bedding market, another new kind of mattress spring was invented and introduced into the market by Willy Poppe, a Belgian. Poppe is CEO of a family-owned bedding manufacturer, Diamond Spring Company, in Sint-Niklaas, East Flanders, Belgium.                    Willy Poppe...

Posted December 10th, 2014
By: Wesley Vaughn

Nylon

[caption id="attachment_862" align="aligncenter" width="382"] Uses of Nylon[/caption] NYLON Nylon is a thermoplastic amide polymer.* Invented in 1935 by DuPont chemical engineer Wallace Carothers and first used for toothbrush bristles, nylon is the most used synthetic fiber. In 1940 it was introduced as a substitute for silk in stockings. Nylon is very similar to silk, and with Japanese occupation of China the supply of silk was restricted. Then in 1942, nylon replaced silk in parachutes....


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