Five Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Beds and Mattresses

February 16th, 2015

Most people take their beds and mattresses for granted, but there are actually many interesting facts about them that go much further than how many springs they have and how much storage they offer. Here are just five. 


1. You may have heard the expression countless times before, but have you ever wondered why people say ‘sleep tight’ when you head off to bed? The saying actually dates back to the 1500s and 1600s, when mattresses sat atop ropes that required regular tightening.


2. A used mattress can contain up to a staggering ten million dust mites, according to experts at Ohio State University in the US. A report in The Wall Street Journal claimed that an average mattress will in fact double in weight over a decade because of the number of mites and detritus it contains.


3. One way to keep beds and mattresses as mite-free as possible is to not make your bed when you get up, according to research. Experts at Kingston University conducted a study that discovered that dust mites and other bugs find it hard to survive in the dry, warm conditions created in a bed that has not been made.


4. There are few pleasures in life greater than slipping into a clean, fresh bed. It is doubtful, however, that you have ever considered who came up with the idea of the convenient fitted sheet. In fact, it was Bertha Berman, an African American, who first came up with the idea in 1959. This was a simple version with sewn-in corners, and the design was improved upon as recently as 1990, when Gisele Jubinville came up with ‘grabbing’ corners that prevented the sheet from popping off the mattress. Just three years after having the idea, she sold the patent for $1 million.


5. The Guinness Book of World Records states that the biggest bed on the planet is 86 feet and 11 inches long (26.5 metres) and has a width of 53 feet and 11 inches (16.44 metres). It was created as part of the St Gregorius summer festival in the Netherlands in May 2011. 


You may not have the space for a 26.5 metre version, but there are plenty of large beds and mattresses available if you browse the Sealy range.