The single household item that is most taken for granted is probably the mattress. In Victoria, we are blessed with not only a wide variety of mattress types available for purchase or financing, but also a wide variety of stores providing them.
The word mattress comes from the Arabic word matrah, which means “place where something is thrown down” (as with a mat or a cushion). The Europeans adopted the Arabic practice of sleeping on cushions, during the Crusades, and thus a new word- materas- eventually made its way into the Middle English language. At first, mattresses were basically cloth sacks that contained natural materials such as straw or feathers, and sometimes even horse hair.
Through the centuries, the construction of mattresses has become far more sophisticated, evolving first to include cotton batting or fiber filling, a system of springs to provide a framework and body support, and even synthetic materials like polyurethane foam. In 1899, a fellow named James Marshall first introduced the wrapped, pocketed spring coil mattresses that are now called Marshall Coils, providing the foundation for the modern mattress.
Now, a standard mattress contains a core system of springs, as well as several cushioning layers on the outside of the spring section. Alternative-type mattresses, can be made entirely of latex foam or other natural materials, or they can consist of a water or air bladder; some mattresses can even be adjusted to an individual’s specific needs.
No matter what style you want, or what material you would like, you can buy almost any kind of mattress in Victoria BC. Foam mattresses of all sizes and shapes are available from our member partner below.
The Foam Zone is a locally owned and operated by Tiger and his team. They source as many products from within B.C as possible. The Foam Zones success and growth comes from providing their clients with local, reliable, ‘green’ products at affordable prices. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and are able to break down all the specs of their foam products including what is inside each mattress, pillow, etc., including its compression and density.