In 1960, Thomashilfen invented the infamous Slat Bed frame, a design which pioneered sleep engineering trends in the Western market. The slat bed frame instantaneously became the foundation of design for the greater majority of the sleep market, as name brand sleep companies continue to make and market the slat bed frame today.
The Thomas Family started the Thomashilfen company in 1972, when Carl Thomas' wife Anneliese was sick with lateral sclerosis, a type of Muscular Sclerosis which caused Anneliese to experience constant pain throughout the night. Her diagnosis began to affect her life, especially her sleep. Anneliese was unable to sleep through the night, aches and pains kept her awake. Carl was working as a master carpenter and began designing wheelchairs, lifters, and other equipment to help Anneliese with her daily and nightly pain.
Carl designed and built many different sleep systems for his wife to try, each more innovative and detailed than the next. Anneliese's sleep improved night after night with the evolution of Thomas' design. Word spread of his invention, and people started requesting sleep systems from Carl. A few yeaes later Carl Thomas' wife, Anneliese passed away from multiples sklerosis. Carl didn't stop designing. There were millions of people who suffered from the same sleep issues, he was determined to perfect his design.