February 22, 2016 CompREST, a Canadian startup, offers a plush, open-cell foam pad that’s 2 inches thick but rolls up small. In colonial America, the bed was considered a family’s most important possession In a fire, it was the very first item to be moved to safety by firemen Today, beds (and mattresses) are nearly as important. Not surprisingly, unlike sales of clothes and consumer electronics, which have largely migrated online, most Americans still prefer to try out different mattresses and make the purchase in a store. A waterbed is a mattress with water in its interior instead of metal coils or air. The phenomenon of showrooming , in which shoppers try the item in a store and then buy it online from the cheapest e-retailer hasn’t yet hit the mattress industry. Even though retailers prod us to replace mattresses every eight years , they are durable products, easily lasting 10 years, 15 years, or longer. Unless you are moving out of your parents ‘ house or returning from an extended world tour, mattresses are also discretionary purchases: You don’t have to buy a new one. Mattress retailers are responding all over the country by opening new stores to capture these new customers. Air mattresses use one or more air chambers instead of springs to provide support. There was a lot of pent-up demand for new mattresses that is now being released as the economy improves and Americans feel more optimistic about their future. I also love that you don’t have to wheel and deal at a mattress store, you can purchase it on your computer from homeÂ and it’ll be delivered to your door. I don’t know how they fit a mattress in a box and then it’s in perfect foamy condition once it’s out. The Brazilian company’s design is a bit too frilly for our taste, but we love the thought of Fido sleeping not on the bed, but inside the mattress. For humans, the mattress provides perfect postural support that prevents the spine from being distorted and allows body weight to be distributed ideally. Whether that time is spent blissfully slumbering – or tossing and turning – depends a lot on your mattress. Like the existing mattress industry before companies like Casper came on the scene, Chapin saw that there were way too many choices and a lot of confusion” around buying pillows. Down pillows are popular, but they tend to sink too easily — no one wants their head disappearing into the mattress. The program is funded through an $11 recycling fee that is collected when a mattress or box spring is sold to California consumers. In Europe, polyurethane foam cores and latex cores have long been popular and make up a much larger proportion of the mattresses sold. Coils of 14 to 15.5-gauge (1.63 to 1.37 mm) give more easily under pressure, while a 12.5-gauge (1.94 mm) coil, the thickest typically available, feels quite firm. Most coils are connected by interconnecting wires; encased coils are not connected, but the fabric encasement helps preserve the mattress shape. First adapted from buggy seat springs of the 19th century, they are still prevalent in mid-priced mattresses. Made of light foam or fibres stitched to the underside of the ticking, it provides a soft surface texture to the mattress and can be found in varying degrees of firmness. This type of mattress is good at relieving pressure on painful joints, but is usually more expensive than spring mattresses. Air mattresses designed for typical bedroom use cost about the same as inner-spring mattresses with comparable features.