Monthly Archives: November 2017

Bed Frames: All You Need to Know

Angle iron, bolt-ons, hook-ins — oh my! Before you think about buying a new mattress, you have to start with the right foundation, but there’s just so much to learn before you can even start thinking about getting a good night’s sleep. We know it can be confusing and a little overwhelming to figure out which bed frames or rails are right for your lifestyle, but it’s just as important as choosing the right mattress.

Let’s start at the beginning, with angle irons and bed frames. These pieces support your box spring and mattress, and while you can attach a headboard to it if you’d like, you won’t be able to attach a footboard. There are standard heights (7” to 7.5”) and low-profile heights for you minimalists, which measure around 4” or 5” tall.

Bed frames fully support both your box spring and mattress. They can either “bolt on” or hook into to your headboard or footboard, with bolts and metal pieces that attach to them. Just a note — some bed rails require both headboards and footboards, so make sure to check the specs before buying.

For those of you looking for bed frames that might fit irregular or odd-sized box springs and/or mattresses, consider clamp-style assemblies that are easy to adjust. (Think your great Grandmother’s three quarter bed or an extra long twin sized bed.)

And, if you have a bed that requires a Hollywood frame, we’ve got you covered! Hollywood is a brand that’s been around since 1925 and generally refers to an angled iron frame. We have those for you!

We’ve put together this great infographic to explain some common vocabulary that will help you with your search. We’ve been in business a long time and learned a thing or two about bed frames and rails, and we wanted to share that knowledge with you! If you still have questions or want to talk more to our pros about which bed frames or bed rails are right for you, get in touch!

Finding the Perfect Mattress

What do Sleeping Beauty, the Princess and the Pea, and Goldilocks have in common? They all know the importance of finding the perfect mattress. For most of us, though, that can be an even bigger and more confusing task than buying a new car! Fear not — a good night’s sleep is within reach, and we can help get you there.

The first step is finding the right store. Talk to your well-rested friends and family members to see where they got their mattress. Check online reviews or even give your local Better Business Bureau chapter a call to see which store has the best ratings. Most importantly, don’t go to a furniture store! Stick to the places that exclusively specialize in mattresses, bedding, and accessories to find employees with more experience and expertise like Princess and her finely-tuned ability to feel a pea 10 mattresses down.

Now, this is important: Make sure you take time to go mattress shopping! You won’t be able to find the right one if you’re in a rush, and you should block out about 3 hours — seriously! If you’re sharing the bed with a partner, bring them along and try out more than one option together. Spend about 15 minutes really testing out your choices by flopping, flipping, and contorting into every position you normally would when you sleep. Look for pressure points, back support, and movement on your side when your partner is moving. Ask Goldilocks — trying before you buy will help you eliminate any surprises after you get your mattress home and settled in the bedroom.

Something else to consider are the claims that “fancy” mattress can cure all your aches and pains as you sleep. While we’d all love to wake up looking and feeling like Sleeping Beauty, the only real way to get more beauty sleep is to take care of our bodies while we’re awake. Quitting smoking, eating better, and making sure to get 30 minutes of exercise a day can help us all improve sleep regardless of which mattress we choose. While we may not offer a cure-all in the form of a mattress, there are several firmness options to choose from along with different densities and fabrications. This is why it’s so important to really get comfortable in our showroom before you make a purchase.

Listen, we get it. Shopping for a new mattress is no fairy tale. But, if you’re armed with the right tips, a plan of action and a little customer service magic we can turn your dream of getting a great night’s sleep into a reality. We look forward to helping you write the perfect bedtime story!

How to Clean Yellow Pillows and Keep Them Fresh

Over the summer one of my customers mentioned that she washed her old yellow pillows by using a mixture of household detergents. She was thrilled because she was able to whiten her old pillows, freshen them, and she did not have to buy new ones for her guest rooms. yellow pillows

Are All Pillows Washable?

Make sure to check the label.  You can wash most synthetic pillows and even down-filled pillows. My pillows said, “Do Not Wash, Spot Clean Only.” But I did it anyway, because they were filled with a synthetic fiber meant to mimic down feathers. If your pillow has memory foam or latex foam inside – DO NOT WASH IT. Sometimes, the memory foam or latex part of the pillow is removable, and you can wash the outer cover only.

How to Clean Yellow Pillows

When the mood hit me to rescue my own beloved, old, yellow, fiber-filled pillows (with just the right amount of fluff!), I forgot what detergents to mix to get my pillows back to their formerly white glory. I found the mixture on this website, and here it is:

  • 1 cup powdered laundry detergent (I used Gain – lavender)
  • 1 cup powdered dish detergent (I used a store brand)
  • 1 cup bleach or bleach alternative (I used Clorox bleach pods)
  • 1/2 cup borax

Depending on how many pillows, you need a pretty large washing machine. I did this in my old Kenmore washing machine. (You could also use a bathtub and pour in boiled hot water in a pinch.)

  1. In your washing machine, turn on the HOT water and let the whole tub fill up.
  2. As the HOT water is filling up, start pouring in the detergents, Clorox, and borax.
  3. Before the agitator starts, mix all the ingredients up with a clothes hanger (that’s what I used).
  4. When the washer is completely filled with water, turn it off or pause.
  5. Stuff your pillows in the washer. This is pretty tough to do, because they’re filled with air. I stuffed three queen size pillows in there at once.
  6. Let them soak in that cleansing stew for at least 30 minutes.
  7. After 15 minutes, flip the pillows over to make sure all sides are getting thoroughly cleaned.
  8. Let the washing machine complete its washing cycle. (Since my washing machine is old, I ran the spin cycle two times to spin more water out.)
  9. Let your pillows dry in the sunshine, or if you’re like me, throw them in the dryer with a dryer sheet.

I am sharing this because I could not believe how clean the pillows came. They looked brand new and smelled so fresh and clean! I wouldn’t try to save a really cheap pillow, but these are some of my favorites.

Since this concoction worked so well on yellow pillows, I thought it might work on my husband’s yellowed tee shirts (you know the underarm part that always gets those yellow stains) and my 10-year-old’s discolored socks. I followed the same procedure, and this DOES NOT WORK on tee shirts or little boy’s dingy socks, I am sad to report.

How to Keep Pillows Fresh

The best way to keep revived pillows looking brand new is to use a pillow protector.  A pillow protector works the same way a mattress protector works; it protects the pillow from the nightly oils and sweat we humans naturally excrete while we sleep each night. I know, yuck.