Mattress making the odd way
Passion in every single stitch
Each of our fully sprung mattresses originates not from an automated, mechanised production line of machines but instead a wooden work bench and the careful hands of a skilled craftsman. All our mattresses are handmade using some of the finest natural materials and techniques which have been honed and perfected over generations.
Nothing we do is without purpose and each component of your mattress is present to ensure that when the end of the day comes around, you are quickly transported to deep restorative sleep.
Natural fillings to wake up happy
We use natural fillings in all our mattresses due to their inherent characteristics which make them excellent at bringing about deep and restful sleep in a way which cannot be matched by synthetic substitutes.
How do the ample layers of cotton, lambswool, horsehair and cashmere used in our mattresses create the correct environment for maximise comfort? A lot is down to the composition of their fibres, which make all these materials function like an inaudible air conditioning unit, transporting moisture away from the body and funnelling fresh air to take its place. This natural process regulates your temperature and helps keep you and your bed aired and hygienic from the point the lights go out to the point the you awake from relaxing slumber the following morning.
Synthetic fibres, although great for many other applications from beach balls to wetsuits aren’t great as mattress fillings, as they hold onto moisture, seal in heat and don’t breath.
THE STAGES OF AN ODD MATTRESS
Each and every mattress we make starts with a spring system at its core. Its role is simple – to provide optimum support for your entire body in order that your muscles can relax while you sleep, and you can therefor wake feeling fully rested and ready for the day ahead.
Although we use two types of spring system in our mattresses – the interior spring and the pocket spring, it is the more modern pocket spring which performs this task best. Each spring is 6” (15cm) tall and occupies its own fabric pocket. Being produced in this way means the springs can move independently from one another, moulding themselves to the curves and contours of your body, without falling over inside the mattress. By being able to form around your body in this way a pocket sprung mattress can give the sensation of weightlessness allowing you to drift into restful and relaxing slumber.
Our spring systems are sandwiched between deep and luxurious layers of cotton, lambswool, horsehair or cashmere. These fillings work in conjunction with the spring system to create, when lain upon, a sumptuous experience of nightly bliss. It is our view that the fibres that make up these fillings are unrivalled in their ability to contribute to the best possible sleep. Hypoallergenic and heat regulating these natural fillings control your body’s temperature during the night, drawing away moisture and therefore helping keep you cool in the summer and cosy throughout the winter.
The Hand Side Stitching
Hand side stitching is one of the most technically difficult and time consuming tasks that is undertaken in the making of our mattresses. This process sees a 10″ long, double ended needle used to pass thread back and forth through the mattress in order to bind the mattress’s side to the pocket spring system. In doing so a more supportive mattress edge is created allowing the entire top surface of the mattress to offer the same level of support no matter where you lie.
How time consuming I hear you ask? A standard King size mattress with two rows of side stitching can take upwards of three hours to complete, with a single thread, some 14 metres long, being used to go around the entire bed.
The final step in the crafting of your mattress is tufting. Tufts are not there merely for decoration, although they do give the surface of the mattress a subtle undulating appearance. Instead they play an important role keeping your fillings in place, preventing them from moving as you naturally alter your sleeping position throughout the course of a night.
Using a tufting press the mattress is squeezed by two large panels which are placed either side of the mattress. A needle and thread with the tuft attached are then carefully passed though the mattress at specified points. Once the needle and thread appear on the other side of the mattress a second tuft is attached. This process is repeated 40 or more times until the surface of the mattress has been adequately tufted. As the press is slowly released these threads tighten creating a dimpled surface to each side of the mattress which not only looks visually appealing but indicates that the natural fillings are being held securely in place.