The bedding industry has never had a shortage of made-in-America options, a rarity in today’s import-heavy marketplace. Serta and Sealy, two name-brand mattress manufacturers, still produce domestically along with regional companies like Jamison Bedding (Nashville, Tennessee) and King Koil (St. Paul, Minnesota). We take a look at a trio of alternate choices, from an all-organic line made in Ohio to two upstarts that use design thinking to lower costs.
Organic bedding purveyor Naturepedic, which was founded by an environmental engineer in Ohio and is produced by Amish craftsmen, is touting its new EOS Customizable Organic Mattress Sleep System ($1,599–$4,399). The system allows buyers to customize their mattress with a choice of coils that range from plush to firm or latex, plus wool, cotton, or PLA plant-based fiber batting with cotton fabric. All are certified organic.
A new introduction to the American-made sleep scene is Tuft & Needle, which launched in 2013 and follows the Warby Parker model of commerce: Cut out the middleman, lower prices, and donate to charity. Look for its new ten-inch mattress ($300–$600), which is more compatible with a box spring than the company’s five-inch “urban” model. The bedding is assembled in California from eco-friendly cotton milled in the Carolinas and CertiPur-approved foam—meaning it’s low-VOC and made without heavy metals.
And then there’s Casper, another startup that aims to offer its latex-and-memory-foam mattresses at a fraction of the cost ($500–$950) via domestic production and direct sales to consumers. The mattress—which is manufactured in Newnan, Georgia, from North Carolina-made fabric that’s stitched together in Chicago—was created with the help of Jeff Chapin, a former IDEO designer, to ensure a “healthy bounce.”
Kelsey Keith has written about design, art, and architecture for a variety of print and online publications.
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