My mom was definitely a morning person and like my mother, I consider myself to be a morning person! Quickly following up a tasty breakfast, my mom would immediately embark upon making the household beds. Enduring into today, I have followed suit and still make my beds in exactly the same fashion, fluffing the pillows in a particular manner and folding the household bed blankets and sheets in the same manner, too! Making these beds was loaded with my mother’s love and I continue her legacy. As a matter of fact, I’m showing my daughter the very same acts my mother showed me that I carry out today.
It’s of great benefit to many of us to enjoy a comfortable mattress that many of us may even take for granted. The evolution of beds isn’t a common consideration for most of us. Below are some curious facts about beds throughout history.
A premier bed in history was a colossal 18 feet long and 6 six inches wide. It was lavishly carved with a gorgeous canopy. This bed had a capacity to hold 68 people! Can you imagine this type of bed?
In a time when the poor slumbered on palm bows, King Tutankhamen’s sleeping quarters donned a bed crafted from ebony and gold. King Tut’s bed beautiful bed was not commonplace in the year 3400 BC when it was constructed!
Bed design was improved upon during the Roman Empire. The Romans intelligently designed beds. As a matter of fact, they even had luxury beds! Romans would adorn their beds with bronze, silver, and even gold. Roman beds featured mattresses that were stuffed with feathers, wool, or hay.
Modern people were not the first to enjoy waterbeds. The Romans had a type of waterbed. Romans would soak in a warm water cradle until they became ready to comfortably drift off to sleep. When this time arrived, they’d be catapulted onto a cradle that donned a mattress that would gently rock them to sleep!
Renaissance period mattresses were crafted from either straw or pea shucks. Some mattresses were even constructed from feathers covered by brocades, exquisite velvets, and delicate silks.
During both the 16th and 17th centuries, mattresses were typically stuffed with down or even straw and were then put on top of a rope latticework construction.
During the latter part of the 18th century, cotton mattresses and beds crafted from cast iron were introduced and began to grow in popularity.
The premier coil bedding spring construction was both invented and patented in 1865.
- Innerspring mattresses and upholstered foundations were in vogue in the 30’s. This offering clearly exhibits that in the 30’s, bed construction was steadily improving.
- In the ’40s,futons began to become available in Europe and North America, which offered a space saving option on the bedding market, which continues to remain in demand today.
- During the ’50s, foam rubber pillows and mattresses began to grow in demand and the upholstered headboard became a feature in many homes.
- During the ’60s, the waterbed and adjustable beds were both introduced and began to grow in popularity.
- During the ’80s, airbeds were introduced to the bedding market.
- During the ’90s, larger beds became available, replacing small double divan beds. In fact, in ’99, queen-size mattresses were the style in highest demand in America, as opposed to twin-sized beds, which were once quite popular.
- During the ’00s, waterbeds, airbeds with a foam mattress core, and high-technology adjustable sleep sets were in vogue. Single-sided, non-flip mattresses and high comfort pillow top mattresses began to appear in the bedding market.