Sealy is the biggest bed brand in the world and has been steadily growing for over 100 years. The brand can trace their origins back to the late nineteenth century and the original cotton-filled mattress produced by Daniel Haynes in the town of Sealy, Texas.
In 2013 Sealy Inc merged with Tempur in the USA to create a company that operates in over 50 countries worldwide. Sealy beds and mattresses can be found on every continent; everywhere from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and South Korea to here in the UK where Sealy have operated for the last forty years.
Sealy UK are part of the Silentnight group and have been operating under licence from Sealy Inc (and latterly TempurSealy) in the United States since 1974.
Sealy produce some of the very best and most innovative beds, mattresses and headboards from their location in Aspatria, Northern Cumbria.
Today Sealy employ around 330 people and can make a staggering 3,500 mattresses and beds a week from our 160,000sq ft factory.
With factories and offices in over 50 countries worldwide, Sealy can call upon the very latest technical developments on a global basis, with an infrastructure that is unparalleled.
It’s hard to believe that a multi-national brand such as Sealy originated in the small town of Sealy, Texas just outside of Houston, where a cotton gin builder and operator by the name of Daniel Haynes responded to a request from a neighbour and built a cotton-filled mattress in 1881. The product was so favourably received that Daniel Haynes began receiving more and more requests from neighbours and relatives. Encouraged by the response, Haynes invented a machine that compressed cotton for use in mattresses and received a patent for his invention in 1889. The acceptance for the product grew beyond the local area in Texas and began to be referred to by customers in other regions of the country as the "mattress from Sealy".
In 1906, Haynes sold all of his patents and know-how to a Texas Company that took the name of Sealy. It was in this timeframe that a young advertising executive named Earl Edwards launched Sealy on the road to national prominence.dwards placed Sealy advertising in The Saturday Evening Post and Ladies Home Journal. Edwards ensured that Sealy registered its name, developed a trademark and gave Sealy the slogan "sleeping on a Sealy is like sleeping on a cloud". Sealy United Kingdom operates under licence from Sealy Incorporated in North Carolina, USA. The company's success in the UK started in 1974, following the acquisition by the Silentnight Group of local bedding and furniture company M Hackney & Co, in Aspatria, Cumbria.
Today Sealy employ around 330 people and can make a staggering 3,500 mattresses a week from a 160,000 sq ft factory. Sealy invests more time and money on product development than any other bed manufacturer, utilising state-of-the-art facilities at the world’s largest and most advanced research and development centre and bed testing laboratory in Greensboro, North Carolina. This is in addition to the Silentnight Group’s own research and development resource at Barnoldswick in Lancashire.
Sealy are proud that their products are endorsed by these prestigious organisations.
Sealy has been refining its technology for well over 100 years to help deliver the ultimate deeper sleeper solution. But its not just Sealy beds that have evolved with the times, so too have their advertisements.
This gallery showcases some of Sealy's most memorable adverts from the past 50 years, each capturing the fashion, trends, and concerns of the time. Its easy to see why Sealy has remained the worlds number 1 bed manufacturer.