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How to turn two twins into a king

“How to turn two twins into a king” is a phrase very often searched.  Is it as easy as sliding the two mattresses together and calling it a day?  Not quite.  I guess you could do that but I think once you’re wedged in the crack of the bed at 3 am you’ll realize why it’s not the best idea.  Now, even though it’s not that easy  it’s not hard either.  All you need is a Easy King, formerly called the Create a King. What is a Easy King you ask? It’s just the handiest little thing since Replacement Bed Frame Feet. It’s a tool used to connect your two twin mattresses and make them a king. It comes with a long sheep skin connector and a band with buckles on the end.

Create a King

The truth about pillow tops

I think to cover myself I need to start out by saying, this is a matter of opinion and personal experience.  I’m going to follow that though with saying, we’ve been doing this for a very long time and you can trust the things I’m going to share with you.

The truth about pillow tops.

It seems like for every 5 people that walk through the door 3 ask where the pillow tops are.  1 asks, “Now is what they call a pillow top?”, pointing to the nearest mattress and usually flattest they see and the other 1 out 5 already know they absolutely do not under any circumstance even want to mistakenly look at a pillow top.

For the second group I mentioned, here is a pillow top:

pillow top
A pillow top has a visibly noticeable top sewn on. It’s actually what the name implies, a giant pillow that covers your entire mattress.

Now, the easiest way to explain these guys is to use bullets so, here we go:

  • They are very, very prone to body impressions.  You’ll more than likely develop a noticeable body impression within a few months. Then, the next thing you know you’re either sleeping in bowl or a “W”, depending on how much you snuggle with your partner.
  • The comfort life you feel in the store does not last very long at all.  Meaning, it could lead to serious discomfort and body aches.
  • They’re two times more likely than a normal mattress to have problems with severe sagging.  They aren’t very durable.
  • They’re reported to have more problems with off-gassing.

Though I don’t have but four bullets listed it’s the most important things they have problems with.  Comfort and durability.

The best alternative to a pillow top mattress is to buy a firmer bed and purchase a nice mattress topper to put on it.  This way, as the topper breaks down you can repurchase just the topper instead of an entirely new bed.

The importance of a matching box spring

I’ve noticed a surplus of people coming through the door with a dog-eared copy of Consumer Reports. There is an article in the March 2014 issue that covers mattress shopping. In this article it mentions things like never paying the price you see on a mattress tag, haggling especially during the holidays, the fact that you don’t need a new box spring and a few other debatable topics. While this article may be a good guide to help you learn about the different brands of mattresses and companies to buy them from, it fails to mention a few key facts about the importance of a box spring. Most, if not all, mattress brands require you to have a new matching foundation to keep the warranty valid. The article briefly mentions this at the tail end of the paragraph covering the fact that you should keep your old one.

Another reason a new foundation is so crucial are the variations in mattresses between now and when you purchased your last mattress. The life span of a mattress is generally 8-10 years for most people and a lot changes in this industry during that time. For instance the mattress you purchased 10 years ago was most likely thinner, different materials were sewn into the mattress, and it was more than likely constructed differently. That box spring was made to match that mattress. If you keep a box spring for a thinner, less dense mattress and place a thicker, more luxurious mattress on top, it can cause the box spring to break down. This will result in discomfort, sagging, and again, voiding of the warranty.

The reason why most people opt out of the box spring is price, however, the weight of price is on the mattress itself. It would be a shame to ruin the comfort life and void the warranty of your $1500 mattress investment over a $200 box spring. The easiest way to insure you have the best box springpossible sleeping experience is to go to a knowledgeable sales person and purchase a complete mattress set. This includes a mattress, matching box spring and a sturdy bed frame with a center support that has a metal leg or legs to the floor.
If you have any questions feel free to drop by our website and contact us. We’d love to help. 🙂

To learn more, check out my post about the difference between a box spring, steel foundation, and wood foundation.

Would you buy a $27,000 mattress set?

I went to the spring furniture market in High Point this week. I always enjoy meandering through the IHFC building with its limitless supply of vendors, catacomb-like hallways, and people dressed in business suits. There’s modern furniture, cottage furniture, modern-cottage furniture, acrylic lamps, chandeliers made of seashells, upscale bedding ($12,000 for a down duvet!), and lots of teak outdoor furniture. It is a home shopper’s dream. I get so overwhelmed visually that I forget to watch where I am going. I always run into people as my eyes are drawn to an artist’s funky showroom or the artsy way a designer has showcased her wares.

This was the trance I was in when I spotted an upscale mattress line in one of the showrooms of the IHFC building. I had noticed this mattress line in one of our trade magazines, and I was drawn to the interesting ticking and design of the mattresses. I knew the bedding line was way out of the price range of beds we carry, but still I wondered what this luxury line was all about.

Anytime I’ve visited an upscale showroom in High Point, I get treated like I have leprosy. I remember visiting Ann Gish at last market, and I asked the Sex-in-the-City sales lady there for a price list. She said smugly, “We don’t have a price list.” You don’t have a price list? What? How the heck do you plan to sell these things? I think she meant that she didn’t have a price list for me.

Anyway, at this incredibly upscale mattress showroom, a lovely sales woman approached me. She was gracious and took the time to show me her company’s beds. What surprised me is how respectfully she treated me, despite the fact that I was not in a business suit, and despite the fact that I told her before she spent any time with me that I would definitely not be able to but anything. She showed me her best-seller, a $27,000 beauty in the back of the showroom. (That’s $27,000 retail.) I tried the bed, and yes, it felt magnificent, amazing, even. This mattress company makes every bed by hand, every single stitch is sewn by a seamstress. Every bed is made of all natural materials, horsehair, being one of the most important components. When I asked about all those bald horses, the sales woman smiled and said, “The horsehair comes from the horses’ tails, so no there are no bald horses.” (Just horses with cold butts, I guess!)

My next probing question: What about the warranty? I’m thinking a bed that costs $27,000 should really last a lifetime and never get body impressions. Indeed, the warranty is a long one for the industry – 25 years. But if you buy this bed, expect to get body impressions. Their warranty, like most mattress manufacturers’ warranties, does not cover body impressions (unless they are excessive). I never got a straight answer about what constitutes “excessive” for this luxury brand, nor could I find it on the company’s website. I did notice that the topper was flattened somewhat where I had laid on it. (I wish I could say that I’m super-skinny, but I’m about average size and weight.)

The bed was soft. It was as if you took a plush mattress and put a very nice quality feather-bed or topper on top. Really, that’s what it felt like. It was cloud-like for sure, but lots of beds that we sell are cloud-like for a fraction of the cost.

What I took away from visiting the showroom was a favorable impression of this luxury brand, despite its being unaffordable, impractical, and definitely out of reach for most people. I also left with greater certainty that a comfortable bed cannot be made that totally resists body impressions. If you can’t do it for $27,000, then it can’t be done.