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A brief history of memory foam

At Feather & Black we always try to imagine what bedtime was like before memory foam was invented. The introduction of memory foam to the modern world has done what the iPod did to music; making sleep far more enjoyable and adaptive to your requirements.

Memory foam is now one of the most popular materials used in mattress production around the world, with the majority of manufacturers and designers incorporating it to deal with high demand. It was only in 1999 that memory foam was widely available to the retail sector, however in the early 1970s NASA were using it (known then as T-Foam) on their space shuttles.

Unfortunately due to a gas it released, memory foam couldn’t be used in confined spaces, until it was adapted to the medical industry in the early 1980s. There is no record of who exactly engineered this transition to the commercial market, but this shift revolutionised the way beds – particularly within hospitals – were designed for people with arthritic and posture complaints.

Over the last decade memory foam has convincingly proved that it has a unique way of reacting to temperature, as well as an adept way of spreading over a wider surface area compared to more conventional mattresses.

TEMPUR were the very first company to appreciate and capitalise on the key benefits of memory foam; developing the ‘TEMPUR-Pedic’ mattress purely for the medical profession and helping millions of people across the globe with back-related issues. Even today they’ve set the benchmark for innovation, however consumers can now acquire variations of memory foam that differ in cost, durability, hardness, softness and temperature response.

January 19th 2010

Posted by: Feather & Black

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