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Alternatives to Traditional Beds

May 7, 2015

There’s a keystone in every great invention.

Sleep is a vital aspect of our daily lives. When we sleep at night (or in the morning depending on your schedule), we have the opportunity to wind down and replenish our energy for the next day; the best way to accomplish this is through solid, restful sleep.

People’s varying needs extend to sleeping, and each person has their specific sleep preferences. These preferences usually pertain to comfort—the type of pillows and coverings used, the ambient environment, and of course, the bed itself.

When it comes to choosing a non-traditional bed, there are many options available.

The Waterbed

For those who enjoy a mixture of extravagance and adventure, a waterbed might be just what you’re looking for. Filled with heated water and supported by wooden or foam frames, waterbeds provide a sleepers with a sensation that few beds can duplicate.

The first waterbed patent was obtained in 1883 by a British doctor named William Hooper. The bed was designed to offset the development of bedsores, a common issue afflicting bedridden patients. Unfortunately for Hooper, his waterbed didn’t see any commercial success.

Eight decades later, a design student named Charles Prior Hall revamped the waterbed; the newer product was completely airtight, and it also included thermostats to control the temperature of the water.

Air Mattresses

In 1889, the Pneumatic Mattress & Cushion Company of Reading, MA proved that beds could be filled with substances other than water. The company created mattresses that were air-inflatable, which provided a firmer sleeping experience.

Air mattresses are lightweight and easy to set up, making it a popular choice for campers as well as those expecting overnight guests in their homes. Aside from ease of use and storage, these mattresses can alleviate back pain in people of varying sizes, weights, and body types. 

Adjustable/Hospital Beds

While mattresses filled with air or water had notable health benefits, they were not well-rounded enough for full-time patient care. In the early-to-mid 1800s, the first bed with adjustable safety side rails was created, which then led to the creation of the three-segment hospital bed.

Initially, healthcare providers were able to adjust the elevation of specific segments of the bed using a crank mechanism. Thanks to advancements in technology, this elevation was actuated with electrical motors and gears, and adjusted with the push of a button.

Adjustable beds are also used outside of hospitals in people’s homes. These beds look just like traditional beds, but head and feet segment elevation and overall firmness can be customized by the owner.

In addition to being comfortable, all of these bed types are very hygienic—many impurities like dead skin cells or dirt are easily blocked depending on the bed design. These alternative beds are still used today, and they rely on Keystone Electronic componentry.

Over the years, non-traditional beds have utilized our Battery Contacts Mounting Brackets, , Quick-Fit TerminalsSpacers & Standoffs, Screws & Panel Hardware, Plugs & Pins, and Electronic Hardware & Accessories.

Thanks to the technologies of Keystone, people all over the world can appreciate the soothing and stimulating rest that these products can provide.