Are Bed-In-A-Box Mattresses Safe?
If you’ve been doing your homework to learn everything you can about the bed in a box memory foam mattress you’ve been considering buying, good for you. There has been a lot of conversation about these popular beds and people are smartly asking more questions about the materials used in the construction of memory foam mattresses to see if they may be harmful.
Memory Foam Mattress Construction & Safety
Just as with any other product, all memory foam mattresses are not created equally, so it is important to know a few characteristics to look for when choosing a new memory foam mattress. To be an educated consumer, you must first know that the construction of memory foam mattresses differ from company to company. Most memory foam beds are made up of two major parts: the polyurethane memory foam layer as well as a polyurethane foam core layer. BedPillows.com mattresses, however, boast three layers of comfort: A top layer of latex foam, a layer of Preserve VG Visco-Elastic Gel bio-foam, and an eco-friendly bio-poly memory foam core. From a consumer safety perspective, flammability and the presence of any toxic chemicals are common concerns, so we'll outline how memory foam mattresses stack up in each.
All mattresses including those made from memory foam are required to pass flammability tests according to federal safety standards. Mattresses sold in the U.S. must be able to receive exposure from a burning cigarette for a pre-determined amount of time to pass, so flammability itself is a non-issue when looking at memory foam mattresses.
Unfortunately, the chemicals and treatments used in constructing and fireproofing memory foam mattresses are NOT created equal. In fact, this was one of the reasons the CertiPUR-US® certification was founded. Around 2008, there was growing concern that some foams, particularly imported ones, were substandard utilizing chemicals either banned in the United States and/or were present on some chemical watch groups’ lists as potentially harmful. As such the CertiPUR-US® certification was established to give consumers piece of mind and rigorously test memory foam mattresses for content, emissions and durability. When you are buying a memory foam mattress, you should look for the CertiPUR-US® logo to ensure your mattress is constructed with compliant foams tested in accredited independent laboratories. .
Off-gassing: What’s That Smell?
You may have heard or noticed that there is an obvious odor present when you open the box and remove the plastic cover from your bed in a box memory foam mattress. This odor is typical with new memory foam products (kind of like the ‘New Car Smell’) and is perfectly normal. You can read more about off-gassing and how to minimize the effects of it in our recent blog post here.
BedPillows.com Mattresses Are Safe – Here’s Why
You can rest assured and sleep soundly knowing that you and your family are safe using the BedPillows.com memory foam mattresses. BedPillows.com mattresses are 100% made with foams adhering to the stringent CertiPUR-US protocols and leverages a bio-based/plant-based foam using natural soy polyols vs. a petroleum based ones like some other manufacturers use. In fact, this foam used in our mattress, called "Preserve VG," was introduced in 2005 as the world’s first bio-based foam. Preserve foam is the first to combine Visco Memory foam and cooling gel to create one bio-based foam to offer a cooler and more comfortable sleep environment. BedPillows.com cares immensely about the safety and well-being of those who sleep on their beds are proud of the extra steps taken to assure consumer safety and satisfaction. If you are looking for a safe and comfortable mattress, memory foam is definitely a great alternative to the typical spring mattresses that leave us wanting more. Learn more about the BedPillows.com bed and its features.