When looking to buy a
new mattress near San Dimas, most people don’t give much thought to the history behind the mattress
they are purchasing. Yet if it were not for the originality of Zalmon
G. Simmons, the inventor of the Beautyrest mattress, the mattress industry
we know today would be quite different. Continue reading to learn how
Simmons revolutionized the world of mattresses.
Over 100 years ago, inventor James Marshall developed a way to make the
wrapped coil springs essential to modern mattresses. Since the process
of making the coils was done manually, mattresses were an expensive luxury.
Zalmon Simmons, who had been mass producing simpler mattresses for many
years and making them more available to the working class, hired an engineer
who figured out how to automate the manufacture of wrapped coil springs.
The new mattresses made with wrapped coil springs became the Simmons Beautyrest.
Due to the ability to mass produce these mattresses, a comfortable night’s
sleep became available to the general public. In the early 1900s, future
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt endorsed the Beautyrest mattress and was
featured in print advertising. Later, Simmons Beautyrest was featured
in Life magazine and many other publications. Most famously, Simmons used
a bowling ball to illustrate how it was possible for two people to sleep
on one mattress without disturbing one another. In the advertisement,
bowling pins were set standing up on one side of a mattress and a bowling
ball would be dropped on the other. The pins remained upright as the bowling
ball bounced on the mattress—a novel and compelling demonstration
in those days.
In addition to creating a mattress that revolutionized the comforts of
sleeping, Simmons Beautyrest has led the mattress world in sleeping innovation.
Beautyrest was the first mattress to feature queen and king sizes, and
also the first to feature a no-flip design. Beautyrest continues to offer
the best in mattress choices—from cooling technology to hybrid coil
and memory foam options.