Mattresses are something we all use, but there’s so much that we don’t know about this particular item that we long for throughout the day! Here at the Mattress Clearance Center of Boone, we dedicate our time to learning about mattresses and how they affect our sleeping. Our hope is that by having a thorough understanding of mattresses and the various factors that affect sleep, we can help you find the best option for your needs. 

In today’s blog, our team is going to go over some facts that you may not know about your mattress. Let’s dive right in.


Coil springs were originally used for chairs.

Coil springs are most commonly associated with mattresses, but that’s not actually what they were originally designed for. The first steel coil springs were invented in 1857 for chair seats. The bed didn’t actually start incorporating these coil springs until nearly a decade later in 1865. Even so, mattresses with steel coil springs didn’t become popular until around the 1930s. 

Mattresses can double in weight over 10 years.

Now, this isn’t one of the more appealing facts that we’re going to cover, but it’s definitely something worth thinking about. Over the ten years that you have a mattress, it can double in weight! There are so many reasons that this happens, but the most common reason that mattresses double in weight is because they acquire a buildup of sweat, dead skin cells, and dust mites. No wonder mattresses only continue to get harder to move over the years!

Fitted sheets were invented in 1958.

For those of you that struggle to put on that pesky fitted sheet, you may just want to completely skip over this fact talking about its conception! Even though it may be a challenge to put on correctly the first time (or without the help of another), the fitted sheet may perhaps be the best thing to happen to mattresses! 


These sheets provide a soft-to-the-touch barrier for us to sleep on while also protecting the mattress and helping to minimize the amount of dead skin cells, sweat, and dustmites (all those goodies we mentioned above) in our mattress. It’s a love hate relationship here, that’s for sure.

Waterbeds have been around for more than 5,000 years.

Waterbeds don’t exactly have the best reputation, but they’ve actually been around for much longer than the 70s when they became popular. These mattresses were actually once made of goat skin! Both the Persians and Romans used to make these beds and lie down in a bed full of warm water at night. The warmth would lead to them becoming drowsy while the movement of the water rocked them to sleep. It’s truly much more peaceful and comforting than the image the 70s painted of this mattress option.

Vegetables were once used as mattress filling.

It’s certainly not something we can imagine inside of a mattress, but vegetables did indeed used to be the filler for mattresses. The first couple of mattresses were actually made of the pods that cover peas. Over the years, the materials changed and became fancier. While we can’t complain about coverings of velvet or silk, we can’t help but think that this is a fantastic way to use a piece of the vegetable that wasn’t eaten!

Sleep tight started out as a functional reminder.

This adorable phrase that we all throw around was not always so cute. In fact, the phrase “sleep tight” came to fruition because mattresses used to have ropes tied around them to keep the bed from becoming saggy. When people said “sleep tight”, it actually was a functional reminder to tighten those ropes so that you could get a good night of sleep. Thank goodness the mattress has evolved and this phrase has developed into a sweet wish for someone you care about.

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The mattress is something extremely fascinating, at least to our team! We love being able to help people in the Boone area find the mattress that will deliver them the best night of sleep. If you’re currently shopping around for your next mattress, make sure to stop by our mattress store where we offer the very best beds at competitive prices.