Why We Use Horsehair

Glencraft has been using natural fibres, since we were founded in 1843, that help keep us warm when it is cold and cool when it’s hot.

Choosing a mattress with horsehair will help create a micro-climate within your mattress. But getting horsehair to create the ultimate nights sleep, starts long before your mattress is made.

It starts by processing the raw horsehair into a rope. The longer and thicker the fibres are, the better the quality.

The more twists in the product, the more curls in the layers of horsehair. The aim is to create as much spring as possible.

Pocket springs are important, especially for stopping you rolling into the middle of the bed. But the way in which horsehair is processed, it acts as millions of individual springs across the mattress. This is why the horsehair must first be formed into a rope.

Processing Horsehair

Firstly, the horsehair is washed and put through an electro magnetic process to remove any impurities.

It's then manually fed in to the hopper, where it is worked and weighted. A set amount of air is used to evenly feed the fibres through to the rollers, which begins to open up the fibres. As the rope begins to form, the weight and tension helps it become very tight and the rope begins to spin. The more twists and curls in the rope, the more spring will be in the horsehair and ultimately the mattress.

To make the curls and springs permanent, the rope is heated. This changes the form of the horsehair and makes it keep it’s spring. The rope is then fed into a machine which untwists it. The horsehair is now curled and very springy.

So why do we go to these lengths to put horsehair into your mattress?
Horsehair doesn’t absorb any water so it wicks the moisture away from the bed. From a comfort perspective, our luxury mattresses are like nothing else you will find as it provides a level of support and comfort while controlling the temperature like no other fabric.