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Kingsdown Mattress Company

One Of The Longest Lived Mattress Manufacturers

Kingsdown Mattress Company was founded in 1904 and is one of the longest lived mattress manufacturers around. It was formed by A.N. Scott and W.W. Corbett in Mebane, NC and was originally called the Mebane Bedding Company.

From the beginning Kingsdown mattresses were all handmade with care so they were very comfortable and long lasting.


During the 1920's they patented several mattress components and improved their manufacturing processes. They developed a good reputation in the industry and the company started to grow.

In the 1930's they changed their name to the Mebane-Royall Co. and began publishing their own catalogs. They offered strange looking open style box springs which were apparently very popular at the time.

By the 1940's their steel box springs had gotten a reputation as "unbreakable". But when the war effort needed extra iron they dutifully created box springs that used less steel by incorporating wood elements.

In the 1950's they introduced a model called the Kingsdown which became their most popular. Their delivery trucks advertised the "Kingsdown Mattress and Box Spring" since it was their most recognizable product.

Throughout the 60's the company expanded by selling mattresses to new hotels being built across the country along the interstate highways.

It was in the 70's that the company finally changed it's name to Kingsdown Bedding and began to be seen internationally. They also began to use scientific testing and analysis in their product development which put them at the forefront of the industry.

They hired a new management team in the 80's and went through a period of massive growth. They were featured on the front page of a major trade publication as business innovators.

Sleep Diagnostics

In the 90's Kingsdown introduced one of it's most significant products. They pioneered a unique computer program called DormoDiagnostics which can determine the best mattress for anyone.

Since everyone's body is different, their choice of sleep surface should reflect their needs. The system uses 18 statistical measurements and 17,000 formulas to recommend the right mattress for each customer. They began to use this process in all their stores.

In 2007 the second generation of DormoDiagnostics was introduced. Called BodyDiagnostics it's sold in over 20 different countries and all across the U.S. For a closer look at the Body System line check out this article on Kingsdown Mattresses.

The company's slogan is "We believe that the better you sleep, the better you will live." Their mission is to give people the best night's sleep they can get by providing the latest technology in their products. In pursuit of this goal they've received several accolades including a Consumer's Digest Best Buy award and the National Home Furnishings Association Award of Excellence.

For a close look at comments from actual owners continue on to Kingsdown Bed Reviews.

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