Mattress Jumping as Serious Work

Some people are paid to sleep on the job, while others get to play on the job working as Mattress Jumpers.

Becoming a mattress jumper is a full-time work offered at McRoskey Mattress Company based in San Francisco. Workers are hired to test mattress firmness and durability, and they say they do this with all seriousness and committment.

Here’s one man’s account of what it takes to do this kind of job:

San Francisco, CA — (SBWIRE) — 11/27/2012 — At the McRoskey Mattress Company in San Francisco, California, you will find the usual employees: Craftsmen, foremen, loaders, janitors, secretaries, clerks, and executives. You will also find another employee working there as well: Reuben Reynoso. However, Reynoso does not have a typical job like those previously mentioned.

He is a professional mattress jumper.

As humorous as that may sound, it is a real position and Reynoso gets paid real money to do something children, and some adults, do the world over for free. That’s his job, to jump on mattresses every workday.

“It’s work,” Reynoso says. “It’s not for everybody. There is a right way and a wrong way to do it.”

Reynoso estimates that he jumps on about three mattresses a day. He says that there are specific ways to do it, as the mattress manufacturer is looking for certain things. He does not try to get as high as he can, or perform tricks like somersaults.

“This is not a game,” Reynoso says while performing his job on a $2,700 mattress. “Not to me.”

Reynoso’s job is one of the final steps taken in the construction of a handcrafted mattress. When jumping, Reynoso is looking for specific things, such as pea-sized lumps in the mattress or other imperfections.

Reynoso works at McRoskey’s mattress factory, located in the Potrero Hill section of San Francisco, where he has performed his craft for several years. McRoskey has been making fine, handmade, high-end mattresses for San Franciscans for 112 years. The company produces about a dozen mattresses per day.

Reynoso’s skill at jumping requires a certain technique and a set pattern. For example, after a protective mat is placed over the mattress, Reynoso stakes his place in the middle of one edge of the mattress, then jumps five steps forward and five steps back, working in a specific grid pattern, making ensuring that each section of the mattress surface has been covered once.

The process takes 100 bounces. Once completed, the mattress is turned over and the process is repeated.

Moderation is the key to mattress bouncing, Reynoso says. If there are not enough bounces, the mattress may not fit in the immense stitching machine for the final sewing while too many bounces may cause the cotton batting to become punctured or compress. Any mistakes and the mattress may need to be resubmitted for a complete makeover.

Reynoso also assembles mattresses when not jumping. Among his many duties include setting up the coils, laying the cotton/polyester batting atop the coils, then finishing with the mattress covering. Any mistakes that cause the mattress to fail inspection results in Reynoso and his fellow assemblers having to disassemble the mattress and start all over.

Reynoso says he feels a sense of satisfaction from his offbeat job, knowing that a mattress is an intimate part of a customer’s life, and will be for many years.

“It just feels good to make one of these,” he said. “Sleep is so important. Everybody in the world has to do it. I like being a part of that.”

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