Help Sagging Beds with Lazarbeam Bed Support Systems

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If you’re losing sleep at night and wondering if it’s time to buy a new mattress (again) you should consider the support you’re getting.  Even though mattresses have gotten more advanced and much more comfortable, they’ve also gotten heavier.   A newer, heavier mattress can cause sagging in beds that were made years earlier. In fact, over the years mattresses have gotten 40% heavier and can often tip the scales at over 300 pounds.

As much as we love selling mattresses, we also know that it’s not always the wallet-friendly option. We also know that sometimes you fall in love with the actual bed before you even consider how well the design would support a mattress long-term. Don’t worry about that gorgeous solid wood bed that Grandma let you take.  You can now buy that expensive, modern mattress you’ve had your eye on. Even if you have a newer mattress and bed frames, you could use some extra help. Here’s an added bonus: It can lift up sagging beds so you can use the space to add more storage.

Lazarbeam for Platform Beds

Lazarbeam Bed SupportEnter Lazarbeam — no, not the newest rock band, but a cost-efficient and patented support system that you can add to your existing setup. Lazarbeam systems are designed specifically for platform beds. Platform beds typically do not require a box spring or foundation. Rather, platform beds rely on  13 – 15 wood slats for support of the mattress. Good center support systems integrate and supplement your existing bed frame. The Lazarbeam support system offers support for sagging or uneven slats and even platform beds that don’t rely on a box spring.

The Lazarbeam is an all-American product made from domestic, raw materials and heavy-duty steel. It has horizontal supports at the head and the foot, and a vertical support across the middle to connect the two. The Lazarbeam is adjustable from 6 to 15 inches high and with compliance across every major mattress manufacturer protecting your mattress warranty. Installation is easy and adding the Lazarbeam system protects the investment you made in both your mattress and your wooden-slat bed frame. Sometimes getting a better night’s sleep means adjusting your current bedding setup, especially if you’re not ready to purchase a new bed or mattress.

Take some time to look through our selection of Lazarbeam support systems and find the one that fits your bed size.  If you have concerns about how these would work with your bed, call us or if you’re local to Western North Carolina, visit us in person.  We’ll be glad to answer all of your questions!

4 Antique Beds That Won’t Convert With Converter Rails

Using full to queen converter rails, you may be able to convert your full antique bed to queen. Converter rails are designed to hook on or bolt on to your existing full size headboard and footboard. These rails are the length of queen size bedding and have specially designed L-brackets for the extra width of queen size bedding. Most of our customers LOVE converter rails, because the rails allow the use of their beloved antique full size beds with more comfortable queen size mattress. However, following are four antique beds that won’t convert with full to queen converter rails.

Tall and Heavy Beds

First, if your antique bed is particularly tall or heavy, full to queen converter rails won’t be substantial enough to support your bed. Though full to queen converter rails work well on many beds, some beds work best with their original bed rails. This is owing to the overall bed design. For example, see the bed pictured below. Full to queen converter rails could not support the weight of a massive bed like this one. The original bed rails appear over 12 inches wide.

Tall, Heavy Antique Bed
Unusually tall, heavy antique beds like this one won’t convert using converter rails.

Sleigh Beds

Antique Sleigh Bed
If you have a sleigh bed, you won’t be happy with full to queen converter rails.

Sleigh beds are beautiful with their graceful curved headboard and footboard. Often sleigh beds come with specially-designed and shortened bed rails to fit into the curves of the sleigh. When a customer adds the extra length of full to queen converter rails – 82″ – 83″, often they end up with an extra 6 – 8 inches at one end of the bed rails!

Wood Beds with “Puzzle Piece” Rails

The “puzzle piece” or key lock attachment is common among antique beds, but hook-on converter rails won’t work with this type of bed. Bolt-on converter rails may work for your bed; It may be possible to drill holes and use the bolt-on converter rails to convert your antique full bed to a queen. This process will require some knowledge of how to properly drill into the wood and what type of fasteners work best in each application. However, if your bed is truly an antique, drilling holes in it may destroy its value. Below, you’ll see two examples of wood beds that cannot be converted using hook-on converter rails. (Bolt-on converter rails – maybe.)

Antique Bed Key Lock
If your antique bed has this type of attachment, hook-on converter rails won’t work for you. If you’re willing and able to drill holes, you may be able to use bolt-on converter rails.
Antique wood bed with round attachment
Above: Another example of a wood bed that won’t easily convert using converter rails.

Iron Beds with Cone Type Rails

Antique iron beds are fashionable and fit in many decorating schemes. Many of these beautiful beds, unfortunately, are full size, and their owners want to sleep on queen size bedding. No wonder; for couples, full size bedding offers less space in width than a crib mattress! One type of bed that converter rails won’t convert are iron beds with cone type attachment parts. See the picture below.

Antique iron bed with puzzle piece attachment
Converter rails won’t convert antique iron beds with puzzle piece attachments

If you still want to convert this type of bed, consult a local machine shop or welder. Often they can custom weld a solution for your bed.

 

Luxury Bedding by Jamison

Many of us go on vacation at expensive hotels just so we can remember what it’s like to get a good night’s sleep. Luxury bedding and mattresses used to be just that — a luxury that few could afford, and so pricey that only the highest-end hotels could invest in these amenities. Guess what? You can now make champagne wishes and have caviar dreams right in the comfort of your own bedroom with a Jamison mattress.

Jamison Bedding was founded in 1883 with a basic business model that emphasized production of handcrafted products and stellar customer service. After 135 years, Jamison continues to deliver its promise and is the mattress of choice for many hotels across the country. We are proud to partner with this extraordinary mattress and bedding company.  However, these mattresses are so amazing that we only offer them in-store.  Visit our showroom and you can easily feel the difference for yourself.

We showcase the Resort collection from Jamison.  These mattresses offer “high resiliency proprietary all foam support cores using varying comfort layers from convoluted foam to latex and visco memory foam.” So what exactly does that mean? Well, for starters, you’ll fall asleep thinking you’re on that dream vacation you’ve been thinking of taking. It also means that your mattress is resilient enough to stand up to many years of good sleep. You can purchase the mattress with or without Jamison’s steel foundational box spring, depending on your bedding needs.

Features

Want to know about some of the features included in your Jamison mattress? Thermo Cool Technology creates a  better, cooler sleep experience that helps consistent sleep temperature. Luxury firm comfort foam offers the ultimate collection of support layers. A Semi-Flex Foundation with a rigid metal wire grid allows some “give” but maximizes support for the mattress. Jamison Resort mattresses also offer firm, plush, or pillow-top options.

We found this awesome review of one customer’s Jamison: “This is without doubt the most comfortable mattress I’ve ever had. The very first instant I get on the mattress I notice it. And it hasn’t changed over time–it stills feels as wonderful today as it did when I first got it. I really look forward to climbing into bed at night.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

Want to learn more about Jamison mattresses? Check out this great video and then come by our showroom and speak to one of our sleep experts.

3 Steps to Choosing the Right Mattress Size

When you’re looking for the right mattress, size matters! Depending on who is going to use it, you have plenty of options. It can seem overwhelming to figure out all of the variations in mattress size, length, width, and depth. Let our mattress experts help with this quick-start guide!

Step One: Making Room

Are you looking for some extra room for you and your partner to spread out? How about your child/children?  Are they transitioning to a “big kid” bed?  Is your mother-in-law coming to spend time in your guest room? Figuring out which mattress size you need is a purely personal decision.  However, consider how the mattress will be used and which room it will be going in. Twin sizes are great for kids and single-sleeper adults, and full sizes are perfect for singles who like to stretch out. Queen sizes can accommodate a couple of snugglers, or solo sleepers who want lots of bed without taking up the whole room. With king sized mattresses, the whole family can pile in!

Mattress Size dimensions guide

Infographic courtesy SleepAdvisor.org

Step Two: Consider bedding

Bedding like sheets and blankets for standard twin, full, queen, and king mattresses are easy to find.  They can be very affordable depending on what they’re made of and where you buy them. Custom bedding for the less popular mattress sizes (twin XL, California king) can be harder to find and a bit pricier. If you already own bedding, double-check the dimensions so you know which mattress size you should be looking at. Also, remember that the pillows, pillowcases, and shams for king size bedding are larger than the other sizes. Depending on the mattress style you buy, you could also pay more for extra depth on fitted sheets to allow for a pillow or foam topper.

Step Three: Get deep

Traditional, old-school mattresses used to have a standard depth of 7 inches. However, recent innovation in mattress construction has created a new generation of mattress that can be up to 24 inches high! Keep this measurement in mind as you shop.  Once you add in the height of your frame and box spring, the inches add up.  This is especially important to consider for those who have trouble climbing in and out of bed.  If you are purchasing a mattress for a child or someone with mobility issues, perhaps look for a mattress with a lower setup.

Make sure you research before you make a mattress investment. The most common mistake most people make is that the bed we buy ends up being too small! Mattresses aren’t one-size-fits-all, and that’s okay because there are plenty of options for every style sleeper.  Once you know what mattress size is right for your situation, come visit our showroom and let us help you find the perfect mattress!

DreamFit Sheets

Mattress innovation has come a long way in the past few years — but bed sheet innovation? Not so much. Traditional sheets no longer work for today’s oversized, specialized mattresses. How often do you wrestle with your sheets while making the bed? Or wake up in the middle of the night, fighting to get the sheets over the corner of your mattress? If this is a familiar scenario, it might be time to consider DreamFit™ sheet sets.

Just as the brand name suggests, DreamFit™ sheets were designed with today’s mattresses in mind. Not only are they engineered to be easy to put on your bed, the sheets will stay put throughout the night — even for the wildest midnight thrashers. These are definitely not your mama’s white cotton sheets!

The patented design was engineered simply, to solve a problem that most of us face at one point or another. DreamFit™ sheets are guaranteed to fit and stay on your mattress, regardless of the size, thickness, or flexibility (adjustability) of your bed. Featuring super-strong elastic straps, the fitted sheet is oversized and deep, which makes it a breeze to put on your mattress — regardless of whether it’s foam, pillow-topped, oversized, or even adjustable.

We offer 3 different “degrees” of DreamFit™ sheet sets, depending on your sleep style and preferences:

  • Degree 1: Made of 100% brushed microfiber, this wrinkle- and shrink-resistant option is great for guest rooms or kids
  • Degree 3: Choose this 100% Pima cotton set if you’re looking for the right balance between comfort and luxury
  • Degree 4: 100% Egyptian cotton makes this set not only soft and dreamy, but also durable for years to come

With proper care, your DreamFit™ sheet sets can last up to 200-300 washings! Don’t use hot water, avoid bleach, tumble dry low, and rotate your fitted sheet from the head of the bed to the foot each time you change or wash your sheets. A pill resistant finish reduces pilling and fuzzing, and the result? You can’t wash the look, fit or feel out of DreamFit™ sheets!

Ready to stop wrestling with your sheets? Shop our selection of degrees and colors of DreamFit™ sheet sets on our website — and end the sheet struggle!

4 Things to Consider When Buying a Bed Frame

instamatic king sized adjustable bed frameSagging, squeaking, and shifting — If you experience any of these when you sit or lie down on your mattress, it may be time to think about replacing your bed frame. You wouldn’t build a house on a shaky, cracked, or poorly constructed foundation — would you? And as much as we would love to go back to our twenties, we don’t advise putting your expensive new mattress and box spring directly on the floor. (We shudder at the thought!)

Finding the right bed frames takes nearly as much thought and research as finding the right mattress. Here are four things you should consider buying a bed frame.

Size

Bed frames aren’t one-size-fits-all. In order to properly support your mattress, your frame needs to match the size of your bedding. Standard mattress sizes include twin, extra-long twin, full-size or double, queen, king, or California King — but you can also find custom bed frames if you have odd-sized or specialized bedding. For growing families, consider an all-in-one bed frame.  These support a twin-sized mattress and can be adjusted to fit larger mattresses as you grow.

Style

Does your bedding include a headboard or foot board (or both)? Make sure you look for bed frames that accommodate your home decor style. Look for frames that let you attach the headboard and foot board.  However, be mindful of the style. Some bed frames attach by hooking on or in, and some attach with bolts and screws. One idea: Take a picture of your existing furniture with you when you shop to avoid any confusion.

Height

While traditional setups used to require a box spring, that’s not necessarily the case anymore. Innovative mattress technology means that some options don’t require a box spring as a foundation.  To compensate for this, look for a frame that sits a little higher. If you do need a box spring, measure the height of your current setup and add it to the measurements of the bed frame. Take these numbers when you’re shopping.  You don’t want to spend 20 minutes trying to roll out of the bed in the mornings.

Features

Do you have a bedskirt you just love that coordinates with your decor? How about wheels?  Do you want to be able to move your bed easily? Is your mattress adjustable? These are all details to think about as you’re shopping for the right bed frame.

Just like your bed frame supports your mattress, we’re here to support you! If you still have questions about bedding, check out our Buyer’s Guide or get in touch to speak with our bedding experts.

Picking the Perfect Pillows

Buying a great mattress is a big step, but it doesn’t really help your sleep much if you don’t find the right pillows to go along with it. Those “economy” packs at the big box stores are perfect — for decoration! Just as you would spend time researching the right mattress, you need to do the same with new pillows.

How High is Too High?

Let’s first talk about loft: Loft is how high the pillow is when it sits on the bed. Remember that some materials may lose their loft naturally over time. It’s always a smart idea to test a pillow in-store for a good 10 minutes.

The position in which you normally sleep will determine what loft pillow is best for you.

  • Back sleepers need medium loft that supports the natural curve of the spine
  • Stomach sleepers need a low, flat loft
  • Side sleepers need a higher loft that keeps their spine horizontal

It’s What’s Inside that Really Counts

Yes, that’s not just something people say. There are so many innovative new pillows out there, it’s hard to keep up.  Also, if you have a medical condition, that may determine what filler is best for you.  Do you have asthma or allergies? What about chronic pain or injury? Depending on your answer, you may need to eliminate some pillows from your search, but here’s a good place to start:

  • Down: Made from the plumage of geese, down pillows are breathable and can last up to 10 years. Those with allergies can look into purchasing synthetic versions.
  • Wool or cotton: These natural fiber-based pillows are a great hypoallergenic option, but stomach sleepers beware because they tend to be very firm.
  • Latex: Resilient and elastic latex pillows are mold-resistant, cooler than memory foam, and can conform to your head. They do tend to be a little pricey.
  • Memory Foam: Choose this option if you have jaw pain or shoulder problems, or you need a little extra support. For “warm” sleepers, foam may not be ideal.
  • Polyester: This choice is the most cost-effective, and it holds its shape while offering support, but it’s also less durable than the other fillers.

Even if your body is supported by the right mattress, choosing the wrong pillow could cause pain, stiffness, and sleeplessness. Take into account any special sleep needs you have, like an apnea machine or allergies that may require a special pillow cover.

As you shop in-store, keep the above tips in mind as you test your different options.

Choosing the Right Mattress

Choosing the Right MattressJust about 30 years ago, traditional innerspring mattresses were (sadly) pretty much our only option. Remember when you were a kid, jumping on a squeaky bed? Or feeling a coil dig into your back all night as you were trying to get comfortable? Yeah, so do we! Thankfully, mattresses have evolved and now there are plenty of choices for all types of sleepers. Choosing the right mattress means being educated about the options.  We want to help you by breaking down some of the most commonly-purchased types of mattresses.

Innerspring Mattresses

This is a traditional mattress fabrication, and despite all of the fancy mattress trends that have swept through, the innerspring mattress remains the most popular and usually the most cost-efficient choice. You can choose from a variety of firmness levels and they’re easy to transport during moves. The drawback of innerspring (or coil) mattresses is that they can be noisy and don’t offer any therapeutic benefits for those suffering from back pain or pressure. When shopping for an innerspring, don’t forget to consider coil gauge — thicker coils make for a firmer mattress.

Natural Fiber

Mattresses made of natural fiber (instead of synthetic foam) can be a little pricey, but they’re great for the environment and great for families who tend to choose products that help to reduce their carbon footprint. Choose cotton if you want up to 15 years of durability.  Wool is great for regulating sleep temperature (attention hot sleepers), and latex harvested from rubber plants is fire-resistant. Because these mattresses come from different sources it’s important to try them before you buy as each lends itself to different sleeping styles.

Memory Foam

You’ve probably heard a lot about memory foam mattresses, and there’s a good chance you own other products that already use memory foam technology. They are incredibly popular and known for conforming to your body shape and returning back to “normal” a few minutes after getting out of bed.

Some features of a memory foam mattress include:

  • Very comfortable
  • Can help in pressure point and pain reduction
  • Offers better spine alignment
  • Won’t move when your partner does
  • Bonus: they fit adjustable beds

Latex

As we mentioned above, latex is harvested from rubber plants and latex mattresses can be both affordable and durable while being a “green” option. Remember that all latex manufacturing processes are different, so make sure to research how brands produce their specific mattresses. On the plus side, they don’t require flipping and rotating and are chemical-free.  The downside is that they happen to be heavy to move and are pricier than innerspring mattresses.

Along with these common styles, there are hybrids, custom options, and highly specialized mattresses available as well. The best way to find the right one for you is to visit us in-store and test them out for yourself. Our mattress pros are here to consult with you to make sure you end up getting the best night’s sleep possible!

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!