What Is Memory Foam?


Memory Foam, although seemingly unexciting, is quite an exceptional product. We often encounter memory foam in our daily lives, particularly in our sleep, seating, and various products. However, there is much more to learn about this material.

Memory foam is a versatile material used in various applications, including mattresses. Originally developed by NASA for spacecrafts, it has become popular in the bedding industry due to its amazing comfort and pressure-relieving properties.

Memory Foam’s origins date back to NASA

While memory foam is typically associated with comfort, its origins trace back to its development by NASA’s Ames research center in 1966 for use in space rockets. It was created to help astronauts and pilots handle high levels of G-force during flight, requiring it to withstand tremendous pressure.

The unique characteristic of memory foam is its ability to conform to shapes when pressure is applied, temporarily holding that shape before returning to its original form. This quality is what gave it the name “memory foam”. Its scientific name is viscoelastic polyurethane foam or low-resilience polyurethane foam (LRPu), but it was initially known as slow spring back foam. Another name, temper foam, comes from its temperature reactivity as it softens and molds to the body’s heat.

Although memory foam was initially used in space and aviation, it gained widespread popularity when NASA released it to the public domain in the early 1980s. However, due to the high costs and manufacturing challenges, only a few companies initially worked with this material.

Over time, the production of memory foam has become more affordable and accessible, making memory foam mattresses widely available to consumers.

At BodyMould, you can purchase a memory foam mattress online and have it conveniently delivered in a compact box. This packaging process involves special machines that compress and roll the mattress, removing the air and reducing its size. To maintain the compressed state, the mattress is vacuum sealed.

Once the mattress arrives, you can remove the packaging, allowing the air to naturally expand the mattress back to its original size. This innovative method provides a seemingly magical transformation, making the mattress return to its full form.

For more information or to buy a BodyMould mattress call us on 01293 871744, and one of the team will be happy to help.

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190 x 92 cm
75" x 36"
UK Small Double
190 x 122 cm
75" x 48"
UK Double
190 x 137 cm
75" x 54"
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78" x 72"
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