Performance Tested for Comfort & Durability
have been performance tested to verify quality and comfort for
of our cotton-less hi-tech futons have been load tested on the Cornell
Testing Machine which assesses the initial nature and resilience
of key performance characteristics of any mattress construction.
The flat lines our futons received in the test (the orange, pink,
green & blue lines in the chart above) mean they maintain their
initial levels of comfort, support and shape over time and use.
Traditional Cotton & Foam futons -- as the test shows -- grow
hard and misshapen over the time and have a dramatic change in their
does the Cornell Mattress Testing Machine do?
The machine very simply rams a 230 pound weight directly into the
mattress 100,000 in a 10 hour period. (Ouch!) This grueling tests
measures the construction of the mattress as to its ability to maintain
its shape and support firmness -- the original feel of the mattress.
do the lines mean on the chart?
The lines on the graph are Trend Line Slopes and are used
to convey how the mattress holds up during the test. A mattress
construction that has a consistent support factor (a mostly horizontal
line) indicates energy to maintain itself more effectively than
a construction whose trend line is positively or negatively sloped.
flat lines our hi-tech futon mattresses received in this test mean
that they retain their shape and initial comfort level for years
without becoming misshapen and firm like traditional cotton and
mostly flat horizontal line means the mattresses initial feel
is "changeless" and it will retain its comfort and
shape with use.
steep downhill line means the mattress loses its initial supportive
feel and becomes noticeable firmer with use.
steep uphill line means the mattress loses initial supportive
feel and becomes noticeable softer with use.
came up with this Cornell test?
The Cornell Mattress Testing Machine and Testing Procedures are
the result of a 11 year cooperative effort between the National
Association of Bedding Manufacturers, The American Hotel and Motel
Association, and The Cornell School of Hotel Administration to establish
guidelines of performance characteristics in a mattress sleep system
that identifies its ability to withstand 10 years of contract grade
(or hard) use.