A short history of bedsprings and slatted frames

A short history of bedsprings and slatted frames

Understand - February 21, 2018

Man has always looked for soft, pleasant and breathable materials to lie down and sleep. Everything the environment has offered has been used and tried: tree leaves, straws, mosses, hay, feathers, wool... Today more than ever it is still recommendable to stay with natural material.

The great revolution of bedding

Metal springs were invented around 1850. This invention revolutionized the comfort of beds. Bedsprings have literally changed sleep. This system has developed over more than a century and has been adopted in many countries.

The principle of bedsprings

The body of the sleeper creates a force on the springs that compress them more or less depending of the intensity. This results in a good distribution of the pressure points of the body and the line of the spine can keep its primary form.

Woolen mattresses and bedsprings

Wool mattresses, that previously laid on rigid boards, have found unmatched comfort once on springs. The 10cm thick wool mattresses is able to follow the curves printed by the sleeper’s body on the bedsprings.

Obviously, nowadays, steel springs can no longer be used under the body of a sleeper. They act as a amplifier or an antenna of the electro-magnetic pollution all around. Studies showed the carcinogenic effect of the metal springs under the body.

The chemical revolution

At the end of the 1960s, synthetic foam mattresses were everywhere. They are cheap to manufacture and allow resellers to have very high margins, which justifies constant promotions.

This is the decline of mattresses craftsmen.

The principle of chemical foams

Chemical foams replace woolen mattresses and bedsprings. Foams mattresses are placed on rigid or semi-rigid slats. The spring effect comes from the foam whose lifespan is random. The regulating effect of the wool has disappeared and the build-up of moisture in the mattresses is quick to appear.

It’s the race forward toward a dead end

  • Development of dust mites and huge accumulation of mite droppings.
  • Development of bacteria and microscopic fungi.

The answers will soon be on par with the problems

All sort of synthetic chemical treatments are created to treat mattresses and prevent the proliferation of bugs. Of course what kill the bugs is not so good for human health neither. To date, indoor pollution in homes is higher than outdoor pollution. It is a multiple factors pollution: chemical and electro-magnetic, disruptive at many levels.


Some decide to react and propose alternatives.

As eleven manufacturers of natural bedding in Austria, Switzerland and Germany, Ott System founders offer an ergonomic and natural solution. The respect of the same values unites us.

Make complete beds with wood, wool, organic cotton, pure natural latex without any metal.

(source of the bedsprings photo in the header of this article: Wikipedia).