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The History of the Bed

Everyone throughout all of history needed to sleep, the question is were they able to do so comfortably! With all sorts of new mattress technology and sheets these days, it's easy to forget the mattress's humble beginnings. In this article, we’ll go over the history and evolution of mattresses and beds.



The first evidence of anything like a “bed” was found nearly 77,000 years ago in South Africa. It was primarily made with reeds, leaves, and grass. Fast forward, the Egyptians in around 3000-1000 BCE began to see mattresses on a raised platform. This was made to protect them from the various animals and snakes on the ground. Their mattresses were primarily made from wool and bedding with linen.


Cultures also dictated how beds would be. While the Romans and Greeks began following styles we are familiar with, raised platforms with mattresses, Asian countries such as Japan and China kept to the ground, where mattresses and socialization would happen. During the Renaissance, 4 poster wooden beds became popular. The “modern” bed began at the beginning of the 20th century, where beds became simpler and mattresses could be mass produced.


We hope you found the history of mattresses and beds interesting and hope it allowed you to appreciate your bed a little more! At Fox Mattress, we craft all our mattresses right here in the USA, so you know you have a premium mattress to sleep on. Give us a call or visit our Holly Hills location to learn more about our premium offerings today!


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