Most of the world sleeps on springs. The spring mattress, that is. There are several good reasons for that. Chief among them is the fact that the spring mattress has proven itself a good option for more than a century. However, today, with other options, such as memory foam, waterbeds and air mattresses, are springs still a good choice? The answer is ‘yes’ and let’s find out why!
Brief History of Mattresses Mattresses, of course, have been with us for centuries. In ancient days, the mattresses were little more than stuffed mats. The idea of springs on the bed started with the box spring, which provided a support for the mattress. It was introduced in the 19th century. Then, in the 1930s, spring began showing up as a filler for the mattress, to provide a firmer sleeping experience. From this point, the whole mattress industry was born. Today, that industry includes heavyweights such as Silentnight mattresses, Sealy mattresses, Rest Assured mattresses and others.
Types of Spring Mattresses Not all spring mattresses are made alike. There are actually different spring configurations whether you buy Sealy beds, Silentnight beds or Rest Assured beds. The chief difference lies in the coils.
Most common are the Bonnell coils, which are shaped like an hourglass, with the ends of the wire knotted or wrapped around the bottom and top circular portions. With encased coils, each coil is wrapped separately in a textile material. Marshall coils are wrapped inside a fabric encasement. They’re usually tempered. Offset coils are sturdy, stable and designed to hinge so that they better conform to the shape of the body.
Continuous coils work with a hinging effect similar to the offset coil. It’s a continuous piece of metal that forms one row in an up and down fashion.