Posted May 23rd, 2016
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What’s New in Box Springs?

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What’s New in Box Springs?

What's New in Box Springs? For many of us, the box spring is a Ho-Hum item. We buy a mattress, and a box spring is included. When the new mattress is delivered and set up, the box spring is placed on the rolling steel frame, which is adjusted for fit. Then the new mattress is placed on the new box spring. We think we know what a box spring is, so we just take it for granted. The truth is, that plain old box spring under our bed might not be as old a design as we think. It may be something...

Float Like a Boat on a Waterbed

The title of this post sounds like either an ad or a put-down of waterbeds. When waterbeds hit the market in the early 1970s, some people remarked, "You call that a bed?" But waterbeds became wildly popular. In 1987, they constituted about 22% of mattress sales in the United States. So what are waterbeds? Why did they become popular? Why did they decline? And where are waterbeds today? Waterbeds are also called water mattresses and flotation beds. The modern waterbed is like a water...

Beyond Wood Slats: Winged Slats

Beyond Wood Slats: Winged Slats Wood slatted foundations, more commonly known as European wood slats, were developed in 1956 by Karl Thomas and his son Wilfried Thomas for better support of mattresses. Just as James Marshall invented pocket coils for his wife, Karl Thomas developed the slatted frame for his. In other words each invention was to meet a need.   The Thomases sold the slatted frames under the name of Lattoflex. Wood slats became the standard flexible foundation for beds in...

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...

European Wood Slats

European Wood Slats – In Europe, the preferred foundations have several closely spaced slats made from a springy wood, such as beech.  The resiliency of the wood makes the wood slat foundation absorb shock, much like a box spring.  The springiness  of wood can be felt walking over a wooden floor as opposed to a concrete surface. Unlike the box spring, a wood slat foundation does not depend on metal, making it preferred by persons wary of the amplification of electromagnetic...

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,...



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