Innovative design of mattress covers

  • On early mattresses, the entire cover was of the same material. Now the sides are covered differently. And with one-sided mattresses, the bottom panel differs from the top panel.

    Temperature control also produces new mattress coverings. The first applications are for breathability. The use of foams made mattresses warmer, sometimes too hot. The initial solution was airflow. When the cover is breathable, air flows through it better, carrying heat away. The Space Age produced Outlast, a material developed for use in space suits. Outlast uses phase change materials to absorb extra heat when too hot and releases heat when it is too cool. Now several mattress models by different manufacturers are covered around the border (the sides) with mesh to allow grater airflow for cooling.

    Other fabric materials such as CoolMax are profiled to channel moisture away from the surface, keeping it both cool and dry. This brings about an irony. Horsehair was among the early mattress cushioning materials. Now Stearns & Foster uses Mongolian horsehair in the covers of its Golden Elegance mattresses for moisture wicking.

    Fabrics are often treated to make them more healthful or aesthetically pleasing. Some of the treatments are aloe vera, lavender, gel, silver, and vitamins.

    Mattress covers can be quilted or non-quilted, tufted or non-tufted. In quilted covers, the quilting materials share billing with the cover fabric. Quilting foams may be polyurethane, memory foam or latex. Sometimes these are gel-infused to enhance cooling. Quilting fibers are also used, such as polyester, Dacron, rayon, cotton, various kinds of wool, cashmere, etc. The functions of quilting materials can be cushioning, softness, warmth, coolness, and breathability. In SpringAir’s reintroduced Four Seasons line, the quilted topper is reversible. One side has a Joma wool quilted cover for warmth. The other is quilted with silk & fibers for cooling. Whatever the firmness level of a mattress, a quilted cover is perceived as luxurious, even though it is fairly common now.

    There are several considerations used by mattress designers in selecting cover materials. Among these are comfort areas such as surface texture, conformity, breathability, and how warm the underlying material gets. Health issues include allergies, mold & mildew, pathogenic microbes, and pests (such as bedbugs). There are also the economic issues of durability and cost. Besides these are considerations of environmental impact, aesthetics, and class appeal. The goal of designing the cover of a mattress is to optimize the balance of these considerations for the best mattresses in the designated price range.

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