Beginning with making your own bed with whatever was at hand, then local and national manufacturers of increasingly sophisticated mattresses, we have moved to national and global bedding markets. Now we can stay at home, select our new mattress from any of several types and brands, and have them delivered right to our door in a box we can carry or drag to the bedroom to open and expand. Wherever we go from here, it will not be the same as our ancestors – or even our parents – put a bed in the house.
As long as there have been people who could not sleep, ways of getting to sleep have been suggested. According to Wikipedia, for over four hundred years a solution has been to count sheep. Identical sheep pass by, climbing over the low spot in a fence or wall. The insomniac counts each one, one-at-a-time.
This blog section is about memory foam mattresses in particular (as is this site) and mattresses in general.
2016 marks a quarter century since memory foam mattresses were introduced into the bedding market. It did not take long for this new innovation to change the mattress industry. Now specialty sleep mattresses (those without metal coils) command a large share of the market, and most of these are memory foam mattresses or have memory foam among their materials.
The current trend in the bedding industry is the manufacturing and delivery of boxable beds sold online. Also called bed-in-a-box and mattress-in-a-box, the mattresses are compressed, vacuum wrapped, rolled and put into a box for doorstep shipping. These are then sold online. What role does memory foam play in the current trend of boxable beds sold online and shipped by common commercial delivery services such as UPS and FedEx?