When Casper mattresses burst onto the scene in 2014, it sold $1 million worth of “bed in a box” mattresses in the first month. If you haven’t yet heard the term “bed in a box” then you’re still living in the antiquated world of rigid inner-spring mattresses. Materials that were originally designed for use in space have in recent decades come down dramatically in cost while being employed in increasingly complex arrangements. The result is a disruption to the traditional mattress industry: higher quality, longer lasting mattresses for lower prices.
These mattresses, which are made of multiple layers of various densities and types of foam – including memory foam, latex-like foam, and polyurethane foam - typically arrive in a highly compressed state, stuffed into manageably sized boxes (hence “bed in a box.”) You open the box and wait for up to several days for the compressed foam to fully expand and in some cases release its factory odors.
Casper, among the first to bring this disruption to the mattress industry, offer light-weight, long-lasting mattresses delivered to your home with a 100-day money-back guarantee (If you’re not fully satisfied, Casper arranges through partnerships with local charities to pick-up your mattress and deliver it to people in need).
Casper’s first models were wildly successful and the company continues to set the standard for what’s possible with these new materials.
The basic features of memory foam make it superior to traditional mattresses in a few ways:
• The higher quality (denser) versions typically last twice as long as an inner spring mattress;
• The motion transfer reduction is superior;
• There is no squeaking, creaking, sagging or development of bodily impressions;
• They resist mildew, mold, and dust mites;
• Because they aren’t rigid, they can easily adapt to adjustable bed frames.
The earliest (and now cheapest) versions of these mattresses, however, tended to suffer from poor temperature control. Because the foam softens down in reaction to your body heat, it molds around a warm body within a few minutes. This results in poor air circulation and excessive heat. The earliest versions were also made of less dense foam that wasn’t as supportive and didn’t last as long.
However, the more advanced models like Casper’s award winning original “The Casper” consist of several different layers of varying density foams. In Casper’s case, these can be divided into four sections:
The Comfort Layer
This is made of a latex-like foam that allows the bed to respond to weight quickly, offering immediate pressure relief when you move to different sections of the mattress. This type of foam also has great cooling properties so it’s ideal for summer nights or for use in hot climates.
The Contour Layer
This section consists of a denser memory foam which produces a body-contouring feeling that enhances the pressure relief begun in the top layer.
Zoned Support Layer
In this section we find varying densities of foam depending on their position in mattress. Under the shoulders the foam is softer so that you sink in just enough to relieve pressure and stay comfortable. Under the hips and shoulders the foam is firmer, offering extra support where you need it for ideal spine alignment.
This section forms the base of the bed. It is made up of a heavy-duty poly foam which gives the mattress its structure and improves its durability.
Technological and design improvements have propelled memory foam mattresses to superiority over most of their inner spring counterparts. The highest quality versions can still be over $1000 for the largest sizes but offer the best cost performance.
Here is some inspiration for your bedroom that we found on YouTube: