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Tell me about your box spring.

Designed and built in Canada using lumber sourced from Canadian sustainable forests, your box spring assembles in less than 20 minutes with a Philips screwdriver!

Our 8" profile box spring comes with 11 slats designed to support the mattress completely. Double, Queen and King foundations are designed with an additional centre support. Locating dowel pins allow for ease of assembly along with a nut and bolt design for an incredibly strong and supportive box spring. You’ll find a wrench is included in the box.

Our tailored, Canadian-made cut and sewn cover slips over the box spring and is simply pulled tight with the drawstring.

Queen size box spring ships in a 12” x 12” x 74” container and is designed to get into tight spaces and corners.

What is the right temperature for a good sleep?

Bedroom temperature plays an integral part to a great night's sleep and slight changes like the temperature of your bedroom can make all the difference. Finding the best temperature can help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer.

Our body temperature drops about 2 degrees when we sleep and internally we produce melatonin which induces sleep and keeps you asleep throughout the night. To assist in this cooling temperature and melatonin production, it is recommended to keep your bedroom between  60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit (15-19 degree Celsius).

Not only is temperature very important but there are a few other tips to keep you sleeping throughout the night.

Dark rooms with blackout curtains keep the heat out during summer days and morning light from penetrating in.

Cotton low thread count sheets are another great way to stay cool. Cotton is lighter and more breathable than other materials such as polyester or silk.

Bathing before bedtime is also a great way to cool down before bed. While showering, your temperature will jump, but as soon as you leave the shower, your body temperature will begin to drop. While your body temperature steadily drops, melatonin production begins, readying your body for sleep.

If you’re a hot sleeper like some people, ensure the materials in your mattress dissipate heat. Look for cooling gel memory foams or open cell foam construction that will release heat and not trap it within the mattress itself. Bill’s Bed is produced with heat dissipating foams on both the plush side and firm side. So whichever side you’ve chosen, the heat will be dissipated.

Science of foam making

I’m often asked about how our foams are made. The seats in your car, office chair, pillows, couch and of course, mattress are most likely made from a polyurethane foam.

What is Polyurethane Foam?

Polyurethane foam is made from raw, liquid polyurethane. It’s comprised of two chemicals which, when mixed and heated, form liquid polyurethane prior to being further processed. These chemicals are polyol, a type of complex alcohol, and diisocyanate, a petroleum byproduct that reacts with alcohol. By combining the two, a stable long-chain molecule is formed. It's a polymer, or plastic, known as urethane.

How is Polyurethane Foam Made?

Once the two ingredients have been combined to form hot liquid polyurethane, they are passed down through a pipe into a nozzle head. Beneath the head is a series of rollers upon which waxed paper passes by. The nozzle jets a fine spray of hot liquid over the waxed paper, mixing with blasts of carbon dioxide coming from another nozzle. This causes the polyurethane to expand as it moves down the conveyor belt, forming a foam strip. The edges of the foam are trimmed and compressed to ensure it retains a viable shape. The foam is comprised of an untold number of tiny gas bubbles trapped in the polyurethane. Unless the gas is released, the foam will take on the consistency of a rock. So, the foam passes beneath a series of heat lamps. It dries the foam and causes the bubbles to expand, then burst, leaving a completed spongy porous material behind. The block of foam will now need to cure for about 48 hours where it will then be further processed into its final shape. This shape can be in the form of pillows, cushions for couches or mattress toppers or cores.

What is Polyurethane Foam Used For?

Polyurethane foam is used primarily for bedding and furniture stuffing. It's hypoallergenic, nontoxic and does not degrade over time. This means that cushions filled with it will always regain their shape, no matter what punishment they're put through. It’s uses are in the furniture, bedding auto and marine industries. The center core or backbone of Bill’s Bed is a 7” polyurethane core.