Definition of Ticking

Meaning of the Term as it Pertains to Mattresses

What is Ticking?

Ticking is a mattress's final, outer cover. Ticking encases the entire mattress to protect comfort and support layers and keep them in place. The durable upholstery is also designed to allow airflow through the sleep surface in order to keep it cool.

Made from tightly woven linen or cotton fabric, ticking is durable enough to stand up to years of nightly use. Ticking is often quilted together with top comfort layers to provide additional layer stability. Though traditionally applied to mattresses, ticking can also be used in pillows, quilts, and coverlets.