Over the course of the past year or so, we’ve seen an uptick in interest in both American-made and roll packed mattresses. And recently, a retailer reader confirmed the popularity of these benefits when they requested more information on the product category. As a result, we decided to explore the topic in our winter Product Focus feature. With roll packed and easy-ship beds becoming the new norm and consumers looking to support American manufacturing, retailers benefit from stocking their showrooms with domestically made products that are simple to send home to the customer. The following is a sampling of brands that offer mattresses made in America and smart, easy-ship options.
Posh+Lavish is unique in that it compresses mattresses exclusively for brick-and-mortar independent retailers. The brand doesn’t consider itself a bed-in-a-box company because it does not sell online or through its own stores, nor does it make home deliveries. Instead, Posh + Lavish offers a truly luxurious product and price point that demands an in-store selection experience. Featuring several different collections—including all-latex, latex hybrid, latex+memory foam and all natural latex models—Posh+Lavish mattresses are made with temperature regulating Tencel fabric, which weighs over 600 grams. Posh+Lavish mattresses use latex on all four sides with pre-compressed, long fiber, medium course grade wool and knitted, all natural cotton. The mattresses are void of harmful chemicals and built by hand in California. For Posh+Lavish, the choice to roll-pack all of its mattresses started because it enhances the comfort feel of each bed. Side benefits of roll-packing include space savings and a reduced risk of freight damage.
Brooklyn Bedding’s owner John Merwin pioneered the bed-in-a-box concept in 2008. For Brooklyn Bedding, the ability to roll pack a mattress has always been a simple delivery mechanism for what it does best: custom craft high quality mattresses on demand in its Phoenix, Arizona factory and ship them directly to customers’ doors. The vertically integrated company values its control over material quality and cost. Today, Brooklyn Bedding can deliver virtually any mattress as a bed-in-a-box option. Since its first mattress sold on Amazon, the brand has compressed every type of foam including latex, latex alternative and memory foam with any advanced technology imaginable. By developing its own individually pocketed spring machines, the brand is able to produce roll pack compatible hybrid mattresses. While Brooklyn Bedding has its own storefront and e-commerce business, it also offers wholesale solutions. Its on-demand, factory-direct production approach is extremely advantageous to retailers. By shipping product orders from online and brick and mortar buyers direct to consumers, the retailers can stock little to no inventory, saving them space and hassle.
In January of 2017, Blu Sleep made the transition from flat-packing its mattresses to roll packing them. In addition to creating a smoother and faster delivery method, compressing the mattress also limits the chance of it being damaged in transit. Blu Sleep specifically roll-packs its Nature Collection, which combines the proprietary air pod technology base foam of its signature bed collection with the water-expanded, Italian specialty foam featured in its Nature Collection pillows. The compression stage of the roll packing process improves performance of the foam by activating its cell structure to make the mattress softer and speeds the time it takes to break-in the bed. As such, mattresses received by the end-user feel the same as the sample they tried in stores. Roll packed mattresses from Blu Sleep are made in the U.S. and shipped to retailers within weeks of manufacturing, compared to months for overseas suppliers.
Not only is OMI’s Rossa mattress American-made and roll packed, it’s also certified organic. Encased in natural biodegradable materials, this customizable, one-sided zipper-cover mattress features motion-absorbing pocket-coil technology paired with a certified organic latex surface layer. Consumers can choose a split or solid latex comfort layer to provide firmness options in plush, medium, or firm. For an additional cost, shoppers have the option to add on a sculpted surface for added pressure point relief and increased air circulation. Sheathed in 10-oz. of certified organic cotton on the bottom, the organic mattress is finished with OMI’s signature quilted woven cover, incorporating wool to regulate body temperature and wick moisture away. OMI roll-packs the Rossa because the process is more efficient than traditional packaging processes and requires less packing material, resulting in less waste.
Therapedic’s Agility Bed is an American-made, high-quality hybrid mattress. Available at competitive retail price points with a 100-night trial, its mix of 1,000 mini micro-coils, bio-based gel foam and top layer of plush, breathable, zoned latex make it a perfect mattress for sleepers who like responsiveness but do not like the sinking feeling of memory foam. Consumers benefit from the ease of having the mattress shipped to their home without needing to take off time for delivery. Logistically, roll-packed mattresses allow for easier navigation of tight hallways, through tight doorways, around corners and on stairways. Additionally, boxed beds provide savings on freight costs, which are on the rise thanks to truck driver shortages and high fuel prices. By lowering the amount of physical truck space required to transport boxed beds, roll-packing lowers shipping costs.
Why Buy Mattresses Made In The USA?
Each of the companies highlighted in this feature pride themselves on creating jobs for Americans and encourage consumers to buy American made to support the U.S. economy. They feel confident in the quality of both the U.S. production and the working conditions in domestic factories. In the case of Blu Sleep, the brand’s foam mattresses recover to the intended profile height and expected comfort levels much faster than mattresses shipped from overseas. For Brooklyn Bedding, the brand’s control over production allows it to monitor its waste and recycle 99% of materials. OMI values the shorter and more accessible lead times for handmade, domestically manufactured products because they allow retailers to offer custom items on demand. Additionally, domestic manufacturing offers more regulation and safety assurance, which is particularly important for the third-party certified organic product manufacturer. Therapedic also rests assured that its products meet strict FR standards, where international imports might not. To Posh+Lavish, the phrase ‘made in the USA’ indicates quality—superior workmanship and a polished product. The same rings true for many consumers.