The History of Adjustable Base

Is your bed your sanctuary? Rightly so. But, if time has come to replace your old bed with something that is not only in vogue but also adds to your sleep quality and wellness, look for a renowned adjustable base mattress firm. Once you’ve purchased your new adjustable base, you will be amazed by its practicality and versatility regardless of your age and preferences. As long as they are manufactured by a trustworthy mattress firm, adjustable base beds are a smart choice if you’re looking to enhance sleep quality and comfort, whether you share the bed with a partner or sleep alone and have the bed all to yourself.

But first, a slice of history. If you’ve ever felt curious about the history and evolution of adjustable base beds, here it is! Well, you probably haven’t, but we promise you it’s not tedious.

The first adjustable base mattress firm: adjustable base pioneers

It was in the late 19th century, in Cincinnati, Ohio, that the ingenious invention of the adjustable base took place. The mattress company that started it all was called Andrew Wuest and Son. In a move that was most certainly ahead of their time, they focused on practicality as well as comfort. However, this was a very basic, simple variety of the adjustable base we have today – only the head of the bed was flexible.

Getting down to business: adjustable base for medical purposes

It was the beginning of the 20th century when doctor Willis Dew Gatch noticed that post-surgery wound drainage would go much smoother and faster if the patients weren’t left lying flat. The new 3-segment invention, dubbed the Gatch Bed, made it possible for recovering patients to sit up as well as lie down. Later, another doctor, doctor Fowler, modified the invention to allow a 90 degree position as well.

Modern hospital beds were modelled after the Gatch Bed, although they’ve advanced dramatically since those early days. They now come with various added features and are effortlessly operated, giving the patients more comfort and enabling easier patient care and a more rapid recovery.

Beyond necessity: adjustable base beds for home enjoyment

It was in the 1970’s that TV sets became common in the bedroom and a cross between the traditional bed and a couch was just what people needed. This was how adjustable base beds became synonymous with home comfort, but that was just the beginning. The technological advancement that the 21st century brought in the field of adjustable base development would have been considered pure decadence by the 1970’s folks. Whatever the next step in the evolution of adjustable base beds, one thing is certain – they’re here to stay.

Mattress Makers, the #1 local mattress firm: adjustable base options abound

Looking for a reputable local mattress firm, adjustable base being on top of your shopping list? Mattress Makers ticks all the boxes! We have a diverse array of adjustable base beds to add to your health and comfort, whether you’re sleeping or resting. Give us a call or come down to our store and let us introduce you to your new sanctuary!