Pehr Adolf Janson (1830-1885) was awarded his master certificate in 1852 by King Oscar I of Sweden. Master saddlers were also makers of mattresses, since horsetail hair was an essential material for the pads that went into the carriage. At that time, becoming a master saddler in Sweden required the certificate to be issued by the King himself.
In the late 1800s, the family moved to Hed and Pehr Adolf’s son Per Thure Janson decided to follow his father’s path in becoming a master saddler. Per Thure started a company together with his son David Janson. The business of making beds took off and they were soon making more beds than saddles.
In 1939, British architect Ralph Erskine (1914–2005) travelled by bicycle to Sweden, where he later met David Janson who commissioned him to build the Hästens Factory, which was one of the first buildings that he designed in Sweden. It was designed by Erskine in 1948 and he also designed the further expansion of the factory in 1998, in Köping where the company is still located as of 2019.
In 1978, Jack Ryde designed Hästens’ blue check pattern that was presented for a furniture trade fair. The blue check pattern is a registered trademark for Hästens beds and is protected.