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Go mattress shopping these days and you’re in for a big fat surprise. Similarly, like me, it seems that mattress and boxsprings have become let’s just call them “fluffy”. I’ve tried denying it myself, but just like mattresses in recent years I have grown to be bigger in size, crazy thick from head to toe, oh let’s just say call a spade a spade, were both getting fat. I know a diet would be best for me, but do we really want mattress manufacturers to trim down mattresses or should they continue to build them thickened up, pushed up, and fattened up with layer upon layer of cushy foam filling and padding.
Sorry New York lets face it during the 1960s, 1970’s and 1980’s it was still a pretty common practice to build mattresses in a way that wasn’t very impressive to look at, they weren’t very comfortable to lay on, and had about as much support as a concrete New York park bench.
Since we brought it up, rarely is comfort defined by sleeping on the rock hard floor or by a nonconforming mattress in which you can feel every spring? Truthfully how many people still really put boards under their mattresses and better yet are their doctors telling them that all of the above is best for their backs and a good night of healthy sleep?
Do we really believe that the old shorter coil springs used in the old thin mattresses have the capability to properly contour and support our bodies?
Many would say we have really sacrificed quality in today’s mattresses by putting so much padding in the beds, I simply think we just kept those old thin mattresses way too long. I think most of us were guilty of it , keeping mattresses even though the steel coil springs were old, to short, and fatigued. Not only that but we kept sleeping on the old mattresses even though they were loaded with pounds upon pounds of dust mites, dead skin cells, and allergens because the mattress still looked good?
I will admit I have complained about regular mattresses in blogs and posts, yet I will acknowledge that today’s big fat mattresses are light years beyond yesterday’s relics. I often compare them to driving an old car vs. driving a new one. From the moment you start one, to experiencing the advanced tuned suspensions, modern handling, and unparalleled ride, yesterday’s old mattresses really don’t have a thing on today’s new advanced mattresses.
The fact is that thick mattresses are made that way for a reason; it’s true they will eventually break down, but all things do? Even though mattresses are built using smaller amounts of steel, today’s coils support us in ways we could only dream about 30 years ago. Today’s coils are taller to give where they need to give and placed where they can support you best.
Certainly mattress padding has grown thicker recently, but it has also improved mattress comfort light years ahead of what beds were just 15 to 20 years ago. I can’t remember the last time I heard about a mattress coil poking someone in the back or butt and I won’t because of thick quality cushioning and good coil-spring performance.
Lastly, durability may not be what it was 20 or 30 years ago, however, we have learned through asthma, and allergy sufferers and their physicians what can happen to us throughout a short 6-8 year mattress life span. We know what gets trapped in mattresses, and because of advancements in medical studies, we realize that keeping a conventional coil spring mattress 10, 15, or 20 years is not only a bad choice but an unhealthy one.
Tell us how do you like your mattress?
New York-style thin mattress
Deep thick Chicago style mattress