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If you’re looking for a quality mattress at an affordable price, you may want to start with an innerspring mattress. One of the most popular types of mattresses on the market, innersprings offer many advantages that have attracted mattress shoppers around the world for more than 150 years.
- Comfort and support at an affordable price. Innersprings generally cost less than mattresses that use newer technologies and materials, such as gels and memory foam. However, they offer comparable levels of comfort and support for a restful night’s sleep.
- Many different models to choose from. Innersprings come in many different types, sizes and models, giving sleepers a wide range of choices in price, firmness and comfort.
- Versatility. Innerspring technology can be combined with newer sleep technologies to provide a quality of sleep that surpasses standard innerspring mattresses.
Innerspring Mattress Engineering
An innerspring mattress uses a steel coil support system consisting of rows of metal coils and springs with varying thicknesses and strengths. To create different levels of firmness and support, manufacturers often use several different types of spring systems, including units with springs connected into a single unit and individually wrapped pocketed coils. In general, the stronger the coils, the firmer the mattress. The more coils built into the mattress, the better support it will provide. In the past, innerspring mattresses tended to sag as the coils wore down over time. However, today’s innersprings are made with steel or titanium coils and often individually wrapped so they last for years.
History of the Innerspring
The steel coil spring was first invented and patented for use in chair seats in 1857. In 1865, engineers began testing different ways to apply coil spring construction to bedding products, and in 1871 Herman Heinrich Westphal invented the innerspring mattress. Since that time, millions of innerspring mattresses have been sold to satisfied sleepers around the world. Today, modern mattress manufacturers use four types of coils in their innerspring mattresses:
- Bonnell coils. The oldest and most common, these knotted, hourglass-shaped steel wire coils are typically used in mid-range innerspring mattresses.
- Offset coils. These are similar to hourglass type coils, but portions of the top and bottom convolutions have been flattened, allowing the mattress to conform more closely to the sleeper’s unique body shape.
- Continuous coils. The innerspring configuration in which the rows of coils are formed from a single piece of wire. This creates a hinging effect similar to that of offset coils.
- Marshall coils. Also known as wrapped or encased coils, these barrel-shaped, knotless coils create a firmer mattress firmer that also allows for motion separation between the sides of the bed.
Your Innerspring Mattress Headquarters
Sit ‘N Sleep is the #1 choice in Southern California for innerspring mattresses. We offer a huge selection with a wide variety of firmness and comfort levels, and carry the best innerspring brand names in the mattress industry, including:
- Sealy Posturepedic
- Sherwood Staffer
- Stearns and Foster
If you’re in the market for a quality innerspring mattress, come on in to your nearest Sit ‘N Sleep location and browse our huge selection. Our knowledgeable sleep consultants will help you understand how to select an innerspring mattress and make sure you go home with the right innerspring mattress for your personal sleep needs.
As of 12/30/2015, California state law requires retailers to collect an $11 recycling fee on each mattress and each box spring sold. (I.E. A recycling fee of $22 must be assessed for the purchase of one mattress with one box spring.) The amount of the fee was mandated by the state and is not set by individual retailers. To see the details of the recycling fee in California click here.