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100 Innovations - Tekniska museet

An exhibition at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Stockholm, 2012 – 2018

An old bed factory

The bed

Ingress för att beskriva innovationen

An old bed factory

Workers at AB Svenska Jernsängsfabriken J.L. Sebenius, a Stockholm bed manufacturer, around the turn of the 20th century. Photo: Archives of National Museum of Science and Technology.

The bed

The bed in the staff room at Ösjöfors paper mill. Photo: Anna Gerdén.

Kort fakta om innovationen

Kort fakta (2) om innovationen

Rubrik för små genier

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The bed

The innovation that we use most of all is the bed. We sleep for about a third of our lives. Beds existed in Egypt and the Middle East 4,000 years ago, but the bed is probably older than that. Earlier the wealthy filled beds with feathers, down and horsehair, while those who were less well-off made do with straw, twigs and leaves. Nowadays a mattress usually consists of steel springs and filling material, which may be cotton, plastic or horsehair.

For the body to rest the spine and muscles need support, while the bed should also be comfortable. Different bodies need different beds. A heavy person should have a fairly hard bed, while someone who is small and light needs a soft bed.

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