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Monday, 18 April 2016


The Upper Class Romans owned beds decorated with gold, silver or bronze with mattresses stuffed with feathers, hay, reeds or wool.

At the siege of Acre during the Third Crusade, England's Richard I was stricken with fever. He was carried to the scene of the battle on a mattress. It is claimed that as he lay there the king discharged his arrows killing many Turks.

In the 14th century the poorest people slept on a straw mattress on the floor with whatever warm covering they could get.

Mattresses in Queen Elizabeth I's time were filled with straw and held up with a rope stretched across the bed frame. To remedy sagging ropes, one would use a bed key to tighten the rope. Mattresses were then placed on top of ropes that needed tightening- hence the phrase sleep tight.

Cotton mattresses were introduced in the middle of the 18th century.

In 1987, 25% of all mattress sales were waterbeds.

The average mattress contains two million house dust mites.

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