Hand-Filled Mattresses

Charles H. Beckley Inc. has specialized in making custom horsehair mattresses for over 80 years and we pride ourselves on the level of quality, comfort, support, and longevity that we offer with all of our products. Our mattresses are proven to last a minimum of 12-15 years and often 25+ years when properly cared for.

We make one of the few remaining 2-sided ‘flippable’ mattresses available on today’s market, which allows the most important part of caring for your mattress: we recommend flipping every 3-4 months. Flipping your mattress gives a fresh sleep surface, similar to fluffing your pillow in the middle of the night. Most importantly, it helps the filling materials stay evenly distributed and wear properly to add longevity to your mattress.

Our mattresses do not develop unfortunate 'body impressions' like the majority of current mattresses. We use an excess of high quality filling material which gives our mattress a 'crown' shape, instead of flat on the surface. If ever you feel that your Beckley mattress is starting to flatten out, it's simply time to flip it over. Our pillow tops are made removable so they can also be fluffed and flipped over as often as you wish; this is the easiest way to freshen your sleep surface.




We only use all natural 100% cotton ticking
to cover our mattresses (no polyester blends)

Ticking Color Choices Currently Available:


The “Bristol” is by far our top selling and most popular mattress model. It follows our ideal and original design for mattresses, the mixture of 70% natural hair and 30% cotton. This is our most proven mattress which has kept us in business for over 80 years.


A bit softer on the surface against the body, the “Ashton” is great for children’s beds as well as anyone who is looking for an alternative to the hair. The filling ratio consists of 85% cotton and 15% dacron.


The “York” is filled with 60% polyester curled hair to replace the natural hair of the “Bristol”, and 40% cotton. We recommend this model for anyone who has heavy allergies as the polyester hair emulates the feel of the natural hair while eliminating any possible allergens.


Our Lambswool is a great alternative to our other natural fillings, as it is designed to be slightly softer than the hair. This mattress is filled with 60% lamb's wool and 40% cotton felt.


Our Talalay latex can be cut to any width or length. It can also be cut on an angle to accomodate and other extremely custom shapes. We use latex regularly for mattresses made to fit boat cabin beds. In certain situations a template may be required to ensure a proper fit.


A less expensive alternative to Latex, our foam cores can also be cut to any size. We use foam cores for many low profile window seat and bench cushions as well as some of our upholstered daybed mattresses; and of course upon specific request.

Most of our models, with the exception of latex and foam, use an innerspring unit as the core
of the mattress, which offers your body the support it needs for a good night’s sleep.

We offer three firmnesses of innersprings: Medium, Firm, & Extra-Firm


Twin: 39" X 75" (85Lbs @ 7" thick)

Full: 54" X 75" (110Lbs @ 7" thick)

Queen: 60" X 80" (125Lbs @ 7" thick)

King: 76" X 80" (145Lbs @ 7" thick)

California King: 72" X 84" (150Lbs @ 7" thick)


How They Are Hand-Made...

Before any of the curled hair we fill our mattresses with can be used, it has to be seperated and fluffed with our fiber combing(picking) machine.
The first step in hand-filling a mattress is to evenly distrubute a layer of hair onto the bottom panel of the cover. This can and will serve as both the top and bottom layer as our mattresses are designed to be flipped regularly.
On top of the hair we lay two sheets of all natural cotton felt. This acts as a dampener on the innerspring unit and secures the hair against the cover.
After the innerspring unit is laid on top of the bottom half, the top layer is hand-filled. Identical filling ratios are used for the top and bottom of the mattress.
One of the most desired features of our hand made mattresses is the old-fashioned hand-sewn rolled edge. This adds a nice decorative finshing detail to all of our mattresses and also gives the side borders added strength.
The last step is to tuft the mattress using a large hand wheeled press. Tufting helps maintain the fillings and gives you a uniform thickness across the top and bottom.

Charles H. Beckley Inc. D&D Building 979 Third Avenue, Suite 1521, New York, NY 10022