Monthly Archives: July 2014

What Bed Frame Type Do I Need?

There are so many types of bed frames. Standard, deluxe, hook-on, bolt-on, heavy duty, etc. Shopping for a bed frame can be really overwhelming even for someone who works in a bed frame store. I can only imagine how confused people that have no clue where to start get. I thought you all might like a handy-dandy guide so here you go!

Click the links for more information on each bed frame type.

First , is your head board hook-on, or bolt-on.  Click the links to learn the difference between the two.

Now, keep that in mind through your buying process. Manufacturers typically make each bed frame with both ends available however some are specific to hook-on or bolt-on. *shopping tip- make sure to ask about the type of hook.  Hooks vary as do headboard/footboard pins*

Do you have a foot board and a head board? If so you need bed rails.  You may also choose to get a headboard and footboard frame for a sturdier option.

If you only have only a headboard or nothing at all you need a stand alone bed frame.  Bed frames come in many varieties. There are standard frames, deluxe frames, heavy duty frames, tall bed frames and low profile frames.

Once you know which category you’re in after asking yourself those questions, the rest is personal preference. Read about each of the products and pick the one you think would fit you and your bed the best!

Mattress Measurements and Sizes

Graphic showing Mattress size measurementsA question we get asked often is, “What size is a (fill in the blank) mattress?”  Well, hopefully this graphic and the items below help answer that question for you.

  • Twin: 39″ X 75″
  • Twin Extra long: 39″ X 80″
  • Full, Double, Standard (These are all the same thing):  54″ X 75″
  • Full Extra Long: 54″ X 80″
  • Queen: 60″ X 80″
  • King (also called Eastern King): 76″ X 80″
  • California King: 72″ X 84″

Those are the typical mattress measurements, however, as of late MATTRESS MEASUREMENTS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.  It’s a mad house.  That’s a bit of a dramatization,  but I measured all of the box springs on my showroom floor and not one of the brands matched with the other. Only the Sertas were true to these “standard” measurements.

The measurements ranged from 1/4 inch off to a whole inch off which is why is why its so important to MEASURE YOUR BED BEFORE BUYING A PRODUCT.  We have those words plastered all over our website and yet for the most part nobody does it.

Mattress companies are slowly changing the measurements. Whatever the reason though the bed frame world has been left out of the loop thus making for some frustrating situations.  If you order with us, we list the exact measurements to all of our products and you can call at anytime for double-checking.

Time to Replace my Mattress?

In this industry there seems to always be a push to replace your mattress in a certain number of years. There’s a big box company out there with a rather annoying jingle about how you should “replace after eight”. While I agree that mattress companies overshoot their warranties by long shots, take the “replace after eight” jingle with a grain of salt too. Now, with that being said here’s the question to ask yourself that may help your decision become easier.

Is it still comfortable?

If the answer is no, you should probably replace it.  If the answer is yes, then you don’t really need too.

comfortable mattress

 A few things factor into the comfort life of a mattress. For one, the quality of the materials within the mattress.  Some brands use cheaper foams, thinner springs…etc. If you aren’t using a box spring or a properly supporting platform bed it will probably shave off some comfort life. Not only should you have a boxspring but it’s highly suggested to have a matching boxspring to that particular mattress.  (It’s always very import to have proper support of a mattress through box springs and bed frame supports) The weight of the person sleeping on the mattress is also a big factor.  The heavier the weight on the mattress is, the faster the mattress will wear out.  The amount of time spent and bed and the motion during the night play a role in durability too.

          Aside from durability our bodies change over time as well. We may outgrow a mattress far before the typically recommended 5-10 year mark. Depending on pain, weigh gain or loss, and several other factors you may need something a little more supportive or a little softer.

           So in short, although the recommend time frame is anywhere between 5-10 years, comfort trumps all. And, for the next time you go shopping check our guide to make sure you find one you love!

How To: Raise Your Bed

If your room often looks like this, you could probably benefit from some extra under-bed storage.  bed risersDeluxe Bed Risers allow you to raise your bed all the way up to 10 inches! Most standard frames are 7 inches off of the floor, too short to fit storage tubs underneath. Bed risers allow for more clearance so that you can make use of all that space under the bed! They’re made from a durable,  polypropylene plastic. They become part of your bed frame leg, so they’re very sturdy and don’t wobble and slide!

raise your bed
G10 Deluxe Bed Risers

I’ve made a video reviewing the bed risers and explaining everything you need to know about them! Watch it here!

Center Support Importance Has Grown

Center Support Importance Has Grown

I’ve been in the retail mattress industry for over 17 years, and when I first started, not much thought was given to center support of bed frames. Today, center support importance has grown. Our bedding suppliers suggest that twin and full sizes benefit from having center support. I am always amazed that there are people out there that don’t understand how important proper center support is for bedding. What’s worse than that is knowing that there are thousands of mattress stores selling mattresses to people without even bothering to educate them!

Even hoteliers don’t know about center supports!

A very nice man called in today to order 54 BL-1’s, one of our rather popular center supports. Don’t get me wrong, I was excited to sell that many. That’s what makes a business a business, but I couldn’t help wonder why the man was ordering so many supports. He runs a small hotel and every couple of years, he noticed all of his queen and full beds begin to sag. This was the second time he had to replace the mattresses. He called the bedding supplier to his hotel to see if they could help. The hotel owner was told he needed a center support on each bed. He was wasting thousands on thousands of dollars on mattresses when all he needed was a simple center support.

Center Support importance
The BL-1 Support – Works for full and queen size

Why are center supports so important?

The fact is though, most people have no idea how important they are.  Allow me to break it down for you.  When you don’t have a proper center support all of the weight from the box spring, mattress, bedding materials and people sleep on the bed are supported by the very edge of a metal frame. Today’s bedding is heavier than bedding from the past. Naturally, all the materials will settle toward the middle and result in TERRIBLE sagging.  This is very unsightly, very uncomfortable and it ruins your mattress!

You also need a center support to keep the mattress warranty valid.  No manufacturer is going to replace an entire mattress when the problem could have been prevented.

There are several different supports available. Some center supports for wood rails and some center supports for metal rails.

To protect your mattress investment check tonight to see that you have a proper center support, meaning there is a rigid bar in the center going horizontal with at least one leg to the floor. Depending on the weight you’re putting on it, it’s a good idea to have a couple more as well.