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ALTERNATING COIL
Provides contouring support & minimizes motion transfer.


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BEAUTY EDGE
Special springs on edges of mattress for firmer seating edge and increased durability. Found in Beautyrest mattresses.

BEAUTY LOFT
Plush synthetic fiber that adds resilience for enhanced sleep comfort.

BLOC FOAM
High density foam at the base of the Beautyrest mattress that absorbs shock and deadens motion..

BONNELL
Hour glass shaped coil, round on top and bottom.

BOX SPRING
A cloth-covered frame containing rows of coil springs used as a base for a spring mattress. Designed to "give" when lied down on.

BOX TOP
A type of pillow top mattress with an extra comfort layer squared off on edges with a gusset.


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CASHMERE MICRO-DENIER FIBER
Ultra-soft genuine cashmere fibers.

CASHMERE/POLYESTER BLEND
A luxurious fiber that provides warmth in the winter and keeps you cool in the summer.

CLOTH HANDLES
Handles made of cloth that match the ticking of the mattress and are sewn to it.

CLUSTER FIBER
Fiber that is bonded to prevent shifting.

COIL COUNT
Referring to an Innerspring Mattress, the coil count is the total number of Coils in the mattress.

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COIL COUNT COMFORT BOND
A fiber pad bonded or molded into shape through a heat process that reduces body impressions.

COMFORT CLUSTER FIBER
Bonded fiber that feels like goose down.

COMFORT/SUPPORT TRAY
Firmer sitting edge and minimizes edge breakdown.

CONJUGATE FIBER
Imported slick fiber comfort pad found in Kingsdown products.

CONTINENTAL BORDER
Waterfall Foundation. Ticking runs from 2-3 inches off the edge of the FND. To the base of the FND. Hiding the non-skid surface.

CONTINUOUS COIL
The coils are formed from one piece of continuous wire, generally running from head to toe.

CONVOLUTED FOAM
Polyurethane foam formed with pockets that resemble an eggcrate that adds additional pressure relief and contouring support.

CONVOLUTED INFINILUX
Synthetic Latex with eggshell foam concept.

COTTON
A natural fiber used as an insulator pad or comfort pad and as ticking on high-end products.

COTTON BATTING
A type of padding layer generally used to achieve a firm feel.

CUMULOFT
Dacron Polyester fiber used on plush Sealy Posturepedics.

CUSTOM QUEEN
A queen-size sleep set that uses a split foundation for easier moving into a small living space. [See SPLIT FOUNDATION].


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DACRON POLYESTER
A plush polyester fiber that provides additional comfort.

DAMASK
Originally referring to a Belgian cotton import, is now used for any cotton, tri-colored, woven design.

DENSE FIBER PAD
An extra layer between you and the innerspring that provides firm comfort and support.

DUAL TORSION
A bow tie shaped spring added to the seat edge for border support.

DURA FIBER
A super firm blend of natural and synthetic fibers, to give you extra support and comfort life.


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EDGE SUPPORT
An additional support element added to the edge to firm up the side of a mattress.

ELEMENT
Torsion bar coils in foundations are referred to as elements.

ENCASED COIL
Coil wrapped in a pocket of material. Provides ultra body-contouring support and minimizes partner motion transfer.

EURO TOP
Type of pillow top mattress where the extra comfort layer is sewn directly into the mattress, rather than constructed as a separate piece. Enhances edge support and prevents slide-off.

EXTRA FIRM
Refers to mattresses with the highest degree of support and the lowest degree of cushioning.


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FIRM
Refers to mattresses that offer a high degree of support with a lower degree of cushioning e.

FLEXATRON
An exclusive, allergy free insulator pad used by Kingsdown.

FOAM ENCASED
Wrapping the entire mattress in heavy foam, eliminating the border wire. Found on upper end mattresses..

FULL CONTRACT COIL BOX
Original Style "Boxspring" Coil


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GAUGE
The measured thickness of the steel used in coil units. The lower the number the thicker the steel.

GEL
Gel mattresses provide a truly unique sleeping surface. Gel moves with your body to provide targeted support. Gel mattresses focus on a few key points: Improved circulation, decreased pain points, and temperature regulation.


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HD FOAM
High Density Foam

HIGH DENSITY
Referring to a high solidity or a low amount of give, usually in a foam product.

HIGH PERFORMANCE FLAWLESS FOAM
Provides proper support, high-density durability, and long-term resiliency.


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INDIVIDUALLY WRAPPED COIL
See ENCASED COIL.

INFINILUX
A poly foam that resembles latex but offering greater quality and durability

INNERSPRING SYSTEM
Coil system that provides body-contouring support and minimizes partner motion transfer.

INTEGRA LOCK
A rigid foam edge around the entire set, found on mid-level Stearns & Foster products.


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LATEX FOAM
A foam created from natural rubber that conforms to the body for extra comfort. May also be made of synthetic materials.

LOW PROFILE BOX
A mattress foundation between 4 ½" and 5 ½" high. Used with low-sitting headboards. br>

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MARSHALL UNIT
Barrel shaped, power packed, individually pocketed coils found in all Simmons Beautyrest models.

MARVELUX
Firmest foam pad on market only available in Sealy mattresses. Gives added height and support.

MEMORY FOAM
A visco-elastic polyurethane foam with high density and slower recovery than other foams. Reacts to temperature to conform to the body.


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NON-SKID SURFACE
Material added to the top of a foundation to prevent a mattress from sliding.

NORDIC GRID WOOD FOUNDATION
Provides support and extends the life of the mattress.

NPR
Non-Pro Rated or full replacement warranty.

NYLON NETTING
Used by various manufacturers to help eliminate pocketing and sagging.


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OFFSET COIL
Variation on the Bonnell coil providing a strong top and bottom through angled surface.

OMALON
Type of synthetic latex

ORTHOPEDIC STANDARD
The minimum count of 312 coils, 13 gauge steel and 6 gauge border wire.


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PILLOW TOP
The type of mattress design where an extra layer of comfort padding is added to the surface of a mattress.

PILLOWFILL
Serta's company name for the synthetic fiber that adds soft comfort to padding layers.

PIN CONVOLUTED
Patented designed with thousands of massaging foam fingers.

PLUSH
Refers to mattresses with a high degree of cushioning, made with additional padding layers for a softer feel.

POCKETING
The name given to the occurrence of padding falling into the coil system.

POCKETED COIL
See ENCASED COIL

POLY FOAM
Short for polyurethane foam, used in almost all bedding as either an insulator pad or comfort pad that provides extended durability and comfort.

PRO-RATED Meaning a warranty is not 100% replacement but could have restrictions as to coverage.


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QUALLOFILL
Dacron polyester comfort fiber found in Kingsdown products.

QUILT-FLEX VPF
High grade poly foam that is poured under a vacuum to produce the most consistent durable foam.

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RAYON/POLYESTER
Inexpensive material used for ticking on low end bedding. Tends to stretch and tear easily.

REINFORCED BORDER
The method of border support used in continuous coil systems such as Serta where coils extend beyond the edge.

RESILIUM PLUS
Synthetic fiber; more resilient, consistent and longer lasting. (Synthetic Cotton)

RESIN BOND
Component added at high temperatures that forms a welding together of material to create a firming pad that will not shift or pocket.


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SILENCER STRIPS
Pieces of scrap fabric placed in boxspring to reduce contact noise.

SILK/POLYESTER BLEND
A luxurious fiber layer that adds comfort.

SIM-FOAM
A synthetic poly-foam developed by Simmons for extra support and greater conformability.

SMT
Simmons 5-Zone Foam

SOFTENING PAD
Generally refers to padding that achieves a plush comfort level.

SPLIT FOUNDATION
A foundation consisting of 2 separate boxsprings for easier maneuverability of larger size beds.

STABILITY FLEX
Type of flexible yet stable mattress foundation. Provides support and extends the life of the mattress.

STRATAFLEX
Resilient foam padding found in IBC products.

STANDARD PROFILE BOX
A mattress foundation between 8" and 9" high. The most common foundation height.

SUPER SOFT CONVOLUTED FOAM
Egg-crate style foam that provides plush comfort.

SUPER SOFT FLAWLESS FOAM
Provides comfort and support.

SUPERIOR FOAM ENCASEMENT
Firmer sitting edge with more sleep surface. Offers increased flexibility.

SWEDISH MEMORY FOAM
The visco-elastic synthetic foam that uses NASA-developed technology to conform to the body and react to body temperature. Found in Tempur-pedic mattresses..

SYFI PAD OR PADS
Compressed polyester fiber that is bonded together.


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TACK & JUMP QUILTING
Tailoring on mattress surface that minimizes body impressions and adds comfort.

TALALAY
A specially processed hypoallergenic, natural foam latex found in mattresses and pillows.

TEMPERED STEEL
A process of heating steel at high temperatures to increase the strength of both mattress and boxspring coils.

TICKING
The name given to a fabric that covers a mattress.

TORSION GRID FOUNDATION
A support system made up of torsion bars.

TRIPLE BEAM
The use of 3 layers of wood in creating a foundation.

TRITON FOUNDATION
A total base of non-flexing steel struts that creates a non-yielding foundation - no motion transfer found in all no-flip Beautyrest & Backcare models.


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UPHOLSTERY GRADE (UG) FOAM
1.8 Upholstery Grade. Very high grade foam.

ULTRA EDGE
The rigid foam border support (similar to Posture-pedics) Found in the lower-end Stearns & Foster products..

ULTRA PLUSH
The plushest mattress type available. May be thicker due to extra comfort padding.


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VERSARE
Piece of material used between the mattress and the pillow top. The material holds layers together to offer less chance of pocketing.

VISCO ELASTIC MEMORY FOAM
Slow responding body heat sensitive foam that conforms to the body.


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WATERFALL FOUNDATION
Also known as the Continental Foundation, it is an upholstered unit as opposed to a foundation ending with a tape edge.

WOOD FOUNDATION
A solid wood bed base made without springs. Supports the mattress on either wood slats or a solid wood surface.


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Z-BAR
Tempered steel bar shaped like a "Z" that's reinforced to the border rod for edge support.

ZERO DEFLECTION
An unyielding, solid base for a bed made up of steel torsion grids.

ZONE GRID BOX
A torsion element foundations concentrating more support in zones of potentially heavier weight.

ZONED LUMBAR SUPPORT
The exclusive feature to Sleepy's found in Simmons Beautyrest providing additional support to the lumbar and leg regions.


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