It all started in 1999, when our founder, Shane Coker, at 28 years old, opened an unassuming little mattress store in Austin Texas.
He had sort of grew up in the industry, and after carrying all the big “S” brands (Sealy, Simmons, Serta, Spring Air) & new fad memory foam brands (Temperpedic,etc), and after experiencing all the different technologies & core components that were on the market, he came to realize firsthand what worked & what didn’t, what was real and what was fad, in sleep.
It didn’t take long to come to the realization that the normal, non-natural mattresses that were offered to the public were pretty toxically laden with chemicals, so he started carrying the big organic & natural brands that were available at the time.
Then, in 2007-2008, the fire-retardant standards in the US became even more draconic, and the normal, non-natural mattress brands across the country became even heavier laden with chemical fire retardants; full of volatile organic compounds, many that were known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors, developmental neurotoxins, hormonal disruptors & obesogenics.
Zoom to a few years later, and everything that was offered in the little mattress store was either a natural or organic product, completely free of harmful chemical fire retardants.
So he changed the name of the little store to “Austin Natural Mattress”, which took off in a huge way. Local Austinites really took to the idea of a chemical free sleeping environment, and soon, he had opened stores across Texas, with the additions of the Dallas Natural Mattress & Houston Natural Mattress Stores.
But there was still an issue. The big national organic & natural mattress lines that the stores carried were all very incredible & clean products, but not very inexpensive. He had an elderly lady come in to the store to purchase a clean mattress, and loved everything she saw, but told him she was a widow, on a fixed income, and simply could not afford to purchase a chemically clean mattress. This broke his heart. It was as if the natural sleep market was saying, you can sleep healthily, IF you can afford it. Otherwise, you must sleep on the toxic sludge the normal mattress manufacturers offer.
So Shane (& Team by this time) set out to create a natural, chemical fire retardant free, healthy mattress line, that was inexpensive, but still quality, so that everyone had the opportunity to sleep clean, not just the wealthy.
The result of this, by 2012, was the Mango Mattress line. These were hand-made in Texas & California, and cut out the middleman mattress manufacturers. After multiple tweaking’s to the mattresses, over many years, that came from firsthand customer experience & feed back (and we slept on them ourselves!), over the next decade, the mattresses were refined to perfection. Then, very recently, technology in the industry changed once again, so that mattresses could now be compressed, rolled up into a box, and shipped all over the country.
So the Family at Austin Natural Mattress, Dallas Natural Mattress, & Houston Natural Mattress, created MangoMattress.com, to serve those customers outside of our home cities with affordable, clean, natural, chemical fire retardant free sleep.
As the names of our mattresses imply, please enjoy the “fruits” of our path, passion, & labor!