Sammy Marks was one of the most influential men in South Africa’s history. He bought and commissioned the Paul Kruger statue in Church Square, he started the steel industry, glass industry, and several others in South Africa. If you visit his museum in Pretoria however, you will see one thing he did not try to change or industrialise in South Africa: mattresses. He and his family lived extremely European lifestyles, down to their feather mattresses, which slowly sagged down during the night, unlike our modern mattresses.
The guide at the Sammy Marks museum will show you into the main bedroom first, where there isn’t a feather mattress, but an Edblo that the museum replaced the feather mattress with to show the bed frame itself off more easily. Edblo mattresses are made with a bonnel coil sleep system, and are durable and very affordable beds, which is probably why the museum used an Edblo. The bedframe itself was a customised bed ordered by Sammy Marks’ wife, and made from bronze, with an ornate headboard. The headboard had little pockets shaped like half birdcages, one on each side, worked into it. These were for the books the Marks’ were reading before bed, that could be placed into the little nooks until the next evening (which I think is a brilliant idea!). The Edblo bed the museum bought was a 7 Crown, which is Edblo’s bonnel coil range, but they also make pocket coil beds with the Edblo Pocket range if you are looking for an affordable pocket coil bed.
Although the Mattress Warehouse does not make a bronze headboard with book cavities, we do have a wide range of beautiful headboards, from leather to wooden ones that would look stylish in any bedroom. Click here for more information.
Mattresses filled with feathers were mostly for the wealthy in Victorian times: everyone else slept on thatch and blankets spread on the floor. But even feather wasn’t that wonderful, because it depresses during the night as the weight of someone sleeping on it pushed all the air of the mattress. When Victorian people climbed out of the mattress, it was plumped up by servants again, and left to rise during the day, meaning that for it to beat its full height again it could not be lain on until evening. This is why the Victorians had couches they called “day beds” for lying on during the day to relax, read a book, or take a nap on. The term day bed is still used today, such as with this sleeper couch that has a day bed, which is basically just a flat couch.
For a modern day mattress that does not sink down during the night, but stays level and supportive, whether it be a very soft memory foam one, or a firm latex one, or any kind of innerspring mattress, come to The Mattress Warehouse. We carry every brand, from Serta to Simmons to Edblo and much more, and we specialise in helping our customers to find the bed that suits them. Call us today on 0861 007 000 or buy a new bed online here, and have it delivered to your door for free.