Explore the history of mattress coverage
Posted On 12/10/2018 04:14:41 by beamattressfabric1

Ever since the transition from woven mattress fabric, mattresses have been covered. Whether filled with sawdust, straw, or feathers, a coveralso called tickingdefined the shapes and dimensions of the earliest mattresses. The role of the cover was to hold the loose materials in place.

The first cover materials were whatever was available where the mattresses were made, whether linen, wool, cotton, or some other fiber. The first requirement was durability. The fabric had to be strong enough to hold the fill under the sleeper without rupturing, spilling the contents and losing its support. The grain of the fabric had to be close enough to keep the cushioning materials from leaking through. With small caliber loose fill material, a tight weave was preferred over knit. With the invention of innerspring mattresses, the cover held padding against the springs to cushion sleepers against the ends of the coils.

In the United States, mattresses were first made locally. Thanks to the U.S. cotton industry, the almost universal mattress cover material was heavy cotton canvas. Some luxury mattresses were covered with linen. Early commercial cushioning materials were cotton or wool batting and horsehair. Then, toward the end of the 19th Century, wagon seat springs were modified for the first innerspring mattresses as Bonnell coils, and padding served as cushioning over the springs. Mattresses still needed covers, and sturdy cotton continued to be the expected material.

When synthetic fibers became more widely used in clothing, they also began to be used in covering mattresses, usually polyester in a blend with cotton. Polyester increased durability, reduced shrinkage, and lowered the cost.

Mattress cover fabrics were generally woven, though the contents were no longer loose materials. But with the introduction of memory foam mattresses by Tempur-Pedic with memory foams conformability, knit fabrics were preferred because they could stretch with the surface of the foam. Several fabric forms are available now: damask, jacquard, terry, velour, microsuede, flocked, and others.

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