We Practically Invented Memory Foam
Memory Foam is a special foam made from polyurethane with various added substances, giving it unique conforming properties designed to gradually mold and contour to our bodies and their precise pressure points. Memory foam is ultimately designed to achieve an even and equal body weight distribution when we sit or sleep on the material. Originally, memory foam was developed for NASA in the 1970s to provide shock absorbing qualities and crash protection in airplanes for pilots and passengers and later used in household items to maximize everydaycomfort.
Our Memory Foam is CertiPUR-US® Certified!
All memory foams used in BedInABox® mattresses are CertiPUR-US® certified. This means that the foams used to make our memory foam mattresses have been tested for content, emissions and durability by accredited labs. In layman’s terms: All of our memory foam mattresses are safe to sleep on. Low quality memory foam mattresses that do not hold this certification may actually be constructed with foams made with ozone depleters or other potentially harmful materials.
In 2018, BedInABox® merged all of our operations with NCFI, allowing us to pour our own foams, assemble our own mattresses and provide customer care all under one roof. North Carolina Foam Industries (NCFI) was established in 1964 by Dr. H. W. Bradley, a research chemist, and Barnhardt Mfg. Co., a leading manufacturer of fiber cushioning materials whose origination dates back to 1900. NCFI quickly earned an enviable reputation for its product quality, its technical competence, and its excellence of service.
We are proud of our affiliation with NCFI, a name that has maintained quality and consistent performance since its inception. A prime example of this quality is the NCFI blended Foam-In-Place chemical system that has been on every Space Shuttle Flight since 1983.
Why choose memory foam?
Memory Foam mattresses are typically made with polyurethane foam, which creates a ‘matrix’ of air bubbles through which air can move. As a result, this material tends to soften with body heat, but also has the ability to quickly recover to its original shape. Memory foam mattresses are often constructed with multiple layers of memory foam of varying densities, creating the perfect base for plush support that contours to your body and provides pressure relief and spinal alignment. With newer technologies that can noow be infused into memory foam, memory foam mattresses are sleeping notably cooler and now competing with the latex-based mattress industry.
Advantages of memory foam
The most prominent advantage of sleeping on a memory foam mattress versus sleeping on a more traditional spring mattress is the comfort level. Since memory foam is made to conform to your body, it helps reduce pressure on your spine while you sleep, often eliminating unwanted or unecessary discomfort. Memory foam is also better at responding to pressure than spring mattresses, allowing more even body weight distribution which ultimately helps your body maintain better alignment while you sleep and possibly even correct poor sleeping posture. Long-term use of memory foam has also been shown to reduce chronic back and neck pain and can even help with respiratory problems, being that improved sleeping posture eases breathing during sleep.
The dangers of low quality memory foam
Some mattress companies strictly import their mattresses or memory foam in order to cut production costs or sell less expensive products. Memory foam mattresses constructed with lower quality, imported foams are not likely to hold up well to the everyday wear a mattress gets nor are they likely to be constructed with components free of harmful or toxic materials. These cheap memory foam mattresses are often less comfortable, less supportive and significantly less durable. This is true even for those mattress brands who assemble their memory foam mattresses in the USA using imported foams.
How to clean memory foam
Typically, memory foam mattresses last between eight to ten years, but that timeline will vary depending on how well you take care of yours. For simple upkeep, you can use our BedInABox® Tencel™ Protector or our BedInABox® Cooling Protector to create a breathable barrier against dust mites, bacteria, and fluids. Even with a mattress protector, we suggest that you clean your mattress every now and then, too. But, how exactly do you clean your mattress? Surprisingly, it is pretty simple!
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it safe to sleep on memory foam?
Yes, BedInABox® memory foam is very safe to sleep on! All BedInABox® mattresses are made with CertiPUR-US® certified memory foams that have been tested by accredited labs for content, durability and emissions and are certified safe to sleep on.
What is the difference between memory foam and regular foam?
Memory foam is made from a combination of polyurethane and other added substances, allowing the foam to
uniquely cradle and support our bodies and pressure points when we sleep on it.
Regular foam, also commonly referred to as poly foam, is also made with polyurethane but lacks some of the additives found in memory foam that give memory foam the plush responsiveness we all know and love. Regular foam is commonly used in mattresses, as well, but is often a lower quality foam and compresses quickly, making it less supportive than memory foam.
Is memory foam made out of latex?
No, memory foam does not contain latex. BedInABox® memory foam is made with a combination of polyurethane and other additives, which allows air to move through the material, giving it breathability. This is why the material can contour to your body so well, yet recover quickly to its original shape. As technology develops, the technology used in our memory foam mattresses continues to improve and develop with it.