5 Fascinating Facts You Didn’t Know About Mattresses


You probably don’t give your mattress much thought, at least until it starts to become uncomfortable.

However, there’s much more to this interesting invention that meets the eye. It’s a billion-dollar industry, with the global mattress market expected to reach more than $72 billion by 2029.

 So, the next time you tuck yourself up in bed, think back to these five fascinating facts about mattresses!

  • The Fitted Sheet Has Been Around Since 1959

The fitted sheet is an incredible invention that has made making the bed so much easier! It was invented in the late fifties by Bertha Berman, who wanted to protect her mattress without the slip of a flat sheet. 

Though, as wonderful as this sheet is to put on the bed, folding it can often pose challenges of its own. Many of us end up rolling them into balls and shoving them at the back of the wardrobe to hide our lack of folding shame.

Luckily, Magic Linen have put together this handy guide on how to fold a fitted sheet.

  • Don’t Rush to Make Your Bed

Growing up you were probably encouraged to make your bed every morning, and this habit has probably stuck with you over the years.

However, studies have found that it might be healthier to leave your bed unmade throughout the day.

This way you let your bed linen air out rather than trapping any moisture from the night under the covers. 

  • Mattresses Should be Changed

Mattresses aren’t meant to last forever. In fact, they should be changed on an average of every seven years.

Having an old mattress can not only lead to a poor night sleep, but it can mean that your back isn’t getting the support it needs. 

When the time comes for you to get a new mattress, the options can be overwhelming. However, experts at companies such as Archers Sleep Centre are on hand to help you find the perfect mattress to suit your needs. 

  • Mattresses are Recyclable 

When the time comes to get a new mattress, many of us are faced with the question of what to do with the old one. 

They’re large items, and this makes them inconvenient to dispose of. However, the good news is, your mattress can be recycled.

Of course, because not many people realise this, they often end up destined for the landfill. 

  • The Waterbed Dates Back Thousands of Years

While having significant popularity in the 1980s, the water bed actually dates back to Persia over three thousand years ago. These ancient waterbeds were made from goat skin and filled with water.

Modern equivalents were then introduced in the 1800s, before the patenting of the design we are familiar with today in the 1970s

Do you have any interesting mattress facts? Continue this list in the comments below!