Discovering coir and its uses in beds has been a slow process.
Gilligan and the other castaways may have been on the cutting edge of sleep technology on that lonely island and not even known it? The captains little buddy and other castaways made use of whatever their uncharted deserted island provided them. Sustainable natural resources like palm tree fronds made roofs for their huts and bamboo was used for nearly all their construction. However those ship wrecked survivors including the professor may have overlooked the import uses of what we know today as coir or coconut husks. It’s most comfortable use is that of several bedding applications including coir mattresses and mattress under-layments.
What is coir fiber and how is it used in mattress building?
Coir is a very exciting product but it’s not new. What many people are just finding out is that the bedding industry has used it for years and it could have greatly increased the creature comforts for all stranded on that tiny island. Today the use of coir is only now coming to fruition. These strange looking natural brown fibrous woven strands are extracted from the husk of ripe coconuts. They are commonly used these days for a number of different bedding applications like rug pads, coir pads, and insulator pads. The newest use while popular outside the USA is using them for complete mattresses. Almost 90 percent of this natural material comes from Sri Lanka and India. So why use it and what are the features and benefits of this this rediscovered bedding textile?
Features and benefits of the coconut coir pad in beds
Healthy peace of mind– organic coir is grown on certified organic plantations without dangerous chemicals or fertilizer. An important feature for many concerned about overuse of chemicals in their household products and their impact of modern industrialized farming on the environment. Nontoxic with no synthetics polyethylene.
Naturally springy and supportive– Dark brown in color, thicker, more course and stronger and when an abundant agricultural waste
Breatheable– Used for base support under a mattress on a platform bed, on top of coil springs as a protective insulator or a pillow top on a bed’s surface for comfort. They resemble a brillo pad and are open and extremely porous long fibers are perfect for improving air flow and promote better circulation inside of beds. This material is an excellent choice for those who sleep hot, live in moist humid environments, or have an issue with inadequate air circulation.
Durable– Ripe brown coir fibres used for bedding application encompass more lignin and less cellulose than other natural fibers that make them less flexible and much stronger, so strong in fact that rope can be spun from the 4” to 12” long husk strands.
Low cost– Need we say more?
Sustaninable– While the trees are considered slow growth, fruit production begins in 5-10 years and peak production takes place in 15-20 and can still produce into its long life. Sometimes called the tree of life abundant agricultural waste is simply a byproduct of the fruit so many people already love and enjoy for more uses than a person would want to count.
Comes in a variety of mattress Sizes
King bed rugs include 2 pieces measuring 38″ x 80″
Queens are two 30″ x 80″ pieces.
(California King is not available.)
Full 1 piece rug 54” x 75”
Twin bed rug 38” x 75”
Twin XL (Extra Long) measuring 38″ x 80″
What a great rediscovery coir has become. For those seeking out a nontoxic natural bed or bedding components, this durable and sustainable material has it all and seems to have found its niche in the mattress market. So while professor and Mary Ann may have been stuck in hammocks the rest of us can now enjoy the benefits of sleeping on the husks of coconuts in so many different forms.