Spring Air was founded in 1926 when Francis Karr patented a mattress design with free-end coils. Because of the heavy weight, high transportation costs, and low value per unit weight of mattresses, they are often manufactured locally. The company is thus a licensing organization, with local licensees manufacturing the mattresses under a common name for national marketing. Like a cooperative, the licensees own the Spring Air name.

In 1999 many licensees were acquired by Spring Air Partners - North America North Arlington, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1999.then Los Angeles, California, Eastern Canada, and Dallas, Texas,

In 2004 HIG Capital, which merged Spring Air Partners - North America with ABI Enterprises, another licensee to form Consolidated Bedding, Inc. Based in Tampa, Florida, the company also makes Chattam and Wells and Nature's Rest brand mattresses.

The Spring Air Company has merged with Consolidated Bedding, Inc. of Tampa, FL, Spring Air's largest licensee and simultaneously acquired six other Spring Air licensees operating eight mattress manufacturing facilities in the United States. The unified Company will employ 1,150 employees in 14 locations,including its headquarters facility that will remain in the Chicago area. The merger will solidify Spring Air's position as the leading value "S" brand on every retail floor. The acquired manufacturing facilities are in: Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Chelsea, MA (Boston); Denver, CO; Phoenix, AZ; St. Louis, MO; Salt Lake City, UT; and Lacey, WA (Seattle). They will join Consolidated Bedding’s existing facilities in: Columbus, OH; Carrollton, TX (Dallas); City of Industry, CA (Los Angeles); New Brunswick, NJ; and Tampa, FL.

In the late 1940s, the company introduced button-free technology, quilted surfaces and extra-supportive bedding materials. In 1953, Spring Air began producing its Health Center mattress, which featured zones for different areas of the body. Manufacture of the Back Supporter mattress began in the early 1960s, and sales doubled within seven years. Other enhancements to Spring Air mattresses were the pillow top mattress (1973), natural fiber bedding materials such as silk and wool (the Four Seasons concept in 1988), and Conforma foam which conforms to your neck, shoulders, and lower back (1991). Innovation continued with the introduction of latex/innerspring combination products. In 1995, Spring Air introduced a product line that uses three zones in the foundation for durability, zoning in the innerspring for support, and seven zones in the Conforma Foam for total sleep fitness.

In 1999, Spring Air introduced the ultra-premium Back Supporter Comfort Caress Collection... Better Comfort, Better Quality, Better Value. In 2000 Spring Air introduced "The latest sensation in sleep innovation." The foam encased perimeter design, Foam Encased Wireless Edge, provides more support, more comfort, and more edge-to-edge sleeping surface.

Spring Air distributes bedding internationally, with plants in the US, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, the Middle East, Dominican Republic, India, Indonesia, Israel, New Zealand and most recently Korea.
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