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Adjustable base

An electro-mechanical or manual bed frame construction that permits the raising and lowering of the head and/or foot portions of the mattress.

Airbed

An air mattress with a core that is an air-filled vinyl bladder. Better airbeds are multichambered, covered with cushioning, upholstered with ticking and sold with a foundation.

Backing

Any fabric or sheeting material that is used during quilting to anchor the stitches.

Batting

See Cotton Felt.

Bed frame

A metal or wood frame with legs used to support a mattress and foundation. Conventional height is 7-1/4 inches and the low-profile version is 5-3/4 inches when measured from the floor to the bottom of the foundation. Generally a headboard can be attached. Metal frames are sometimes known as a “Hollywood” frame.

Bedding

Commonly used as a generic term for a mattress and foundation set, but may also apply to accessory items such as blankets, sheets, pillows, comforters, mattress pads, etc.

Bedding ensemble

A complete sleep support system, consisting of a metal frame or a bed, a foundation and a mattress set.

Bedsprings

Open-spring or wire fabric box springs without upholstery materials or cover.