Published on January 2nd, 2015 | by Mattress Journal0
Top Mattress Headlines of 2014
At the end of each year, we like to take a look back at the top mattress news of the year to review progress and spot trends for the next year. In 2014, we saw quite a few changes, launches, and other stories, and we’ve put together the highlight real of the biggest news.
This year was big one for new products. Several brands introduced new products, while others revisioned their entire lines. There were also a few legal stories and one recall. Read on to recap the year 2014 in mattress news.
Tempurpedic Overhauls Mattress Line
The 2014 lineup for Tempurpedic was completely revamped in the beginning of the year, along with the brand’s website. They placed greater focus on the Cloud and Contour lines, adding a couple of new models, new mattress covers and somewhat different densities and layer designs.
The Tempur Simplicity line was discontinued, as were the traditional Rhapsody bed (now only in Breeze) and the most basic Cloud model. Tempur-Sealy’s warranty also changed from 20 years prorated to 10 years full replacement in 2014.
Serta iComfort Revamps Mattress Line
Tempur-pedic’s closest competitor also revamped their line up this year. Serta changed the foam layering and covers in their core iComfort line (now the Everfeel series).
They also added two new collections. The EFX series is sold only via retail partners (sometimes with “exclusive” names and designs). The Directions line represents the upscale iComfort collection, with graphene-infused memory foam and additional gel layers.
Astrabeds Goes Organic
Astrabeds, an online retailer of latex mattresses, revamped their website and product line to include new, all-organic mattresses with customizable options over the fall.
The brand now uses only certified organic latex foam along with organic cotton and wool covers, adding to the small handful of organic mattress options available to consumers. Astrabeds’ starting price is also highly competitive relative similar options, starting from $1299.
Sealy Optimum Rebrands With New Line
Sealy also revamped it’s memory foam line this year under the new direction of Tempurpedic ownership. The new Optimum line features Outlast fabric covers and more gel throughout the foam layers of the mattresses (as opposed to just on top).
Mattress Firm Grows Again
Retail giant Mattress Firm continued it’s expansion in 2014 with the acquisition of several local chains and stores including Sleep Train, Back to Bed, Bedding Experts, Mattress Barn and more. The company is growing in sales and market share, though for consumers, these acquisitions may mean less local competition.
California Changes Mattress Flammability Standards
This one might be good or bad depending on where you stand, but in 2014 California revised their TB117 standards to require furniture to now pass a “smolder” test rather than the previous open flame test as of January 1, 2015. This was designed to reduce the need for chemical flame retardants, a growing concern for many consumers.
California has also been getting stricter about chemicals, going after products with potentially dangerous flame retardants like TDCPP, TCEP, and TDBPP. Federal regulations still require open flame tests, but California’s new rule could bring more changes to appease those who want to avoid flame retardant chemicals.
Therapedic Mattress Recall
Compared to 2013 and the years before, 2014 was relatively safe and calm year in the mattress world with only one recall. In March, Therapedic recalled 4,000 twin and full size mattresses sold at BJ’s Wholesale due to failure to meet fire safety standards. The beds were sold in 2013, and customers can get covers to bring the beds up to standard.
Latex International Files for Bankruptcy
The parent company of latex foam wholesaler Latex International and latex bed retailer Pure LatexBLISS filed for bankruptcy in the spring. The company plans on restructuring and maintaining operations, with the aim of improving service and quality.
Sleep Innovations Acquires Flexible Foam
The owner of mattress manufacturer Sleep Innovations purchased foam manufacturer Flexible Foam over the summer, merging the two into one company, now Innocor. Brands under the new company will include Novaform mattresses (sold at Costco and others), Sleep Innovations (sold at Walmart, Amazon, Costco, Sears and others), Comfort Co. (housewares) and others.
Tempur-Sealy Moves Away From Springs
One of the bigger moves made by the newly-formed Tempur-Sealy corporation this year was the decision to sell of Sealy’s innerspring manufacturing capabilities. Tempur-pedic has long focused on foam, so the decision was not entirely surprising. The production facilities were sold to Leggett and Platt, which will now supply spring beds and boxsprings for Sealy.
So, it seems that 2014 was a year of big changes in the mattress world, as well as a safer year for consumers. We look forward to what 2015 will bring, and expect to see trends like brands refining their offerings and greater transparency during this new year.
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