Romantic Bedrooms

February is the month of love and romance, and to celebrate the occasion, we’re going to talk about ways to make a bedroom romantic.

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Clean

If your floor looks like the movie where the guy leaves rose petals for his girl, but instead of rose petals, it’s a trail of dirty clothes to the bed, that is going to kill the romance immediately. So, clean your room, dust everything, and run the vacuum, because grit and cobwebs just aren’t sexy. Cleaning is the essential thing.

Make the bed beautiful

If you chose your bed, it should offer just the right amount of comfort. That in itself has a lot going for it, but nothing says ‘I love you!” quite like lots of soft, fluffy pillows and crisp, clean sheets. (Oprah likes hers ironed.) You may also want to decorate your bed with decorative pillows, but at a certain point, it becomes cluttered, so watch for that. If you want, go all-out and purchase a cozy down comforter or topper. 

Soft lighting

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Good lighting is terrific when you’re reading or chopping vegetables, but spotlight or interrogation lighting isn't conducive to romance. Try soft, twinkling lights or candles behind the bed or on the dressing table. If you don’t have anywhere you’d feel comfortable using candles (as a fire would probably not be romantic), use the dollar store battery versions. They twinkle enough that no one minds they aren’t the real thing.

Use your scents

Couples have a fragrance the same way they have a song. Use yours, but with a gentle hand: no one wants to be sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose. The odor from the cat box is anti-romance.

Comfort

The temperature of the room should be cool but not cold. No one wants to be sweaty, but icy feet are equally unpleasant. Some people benefit from a ceiling fan, others from a freshly washed comforter. You may need both since two people often disagree on what is a comfortable temperature.

Things that aren’t romantic:

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  • Most electronics, such as a cell phone, a laptop, and a tv set. Hide these items out of the bedroom. The exception?  Music is okay, but try to avoid rap and sad country western songs.
  • Get rid of the clutter. Hide the half-read horror novel and the knitting. Ditch the knick-knacks and toiletries put the empty hangers away, and file the paperwork. When in doubt, take it out.
  • Photographs of your mom, his mom, or anyone who isn’t one of the two of you are not romantic.
  • The cat, dog, or any pet toys need to be in a different room. The same is true for children and children’s playthings, medicines, or other items. 
  • Avoid odors such as the cat box, urine from the diaper pail, or even the smell of fast food or food preparation. Keep the bedroom door shut during cooking if you know it’s an issue.

Creating a romantic bedroom starts with having a quality, comfortable bed. You can make a comfortable bed more comfortable, but you can only make an uncomfortable bed less uncomfortable. 

Above all, focus on your partner and the time you spend together, with as few distractions as possible. We hope you have the most romantic Valentine's Day ever.


If you’re looking for a new mattress for Valentine's Day, or want to learn more about our financing options or product line, call us at our Biltmore store 602-912-4000 or our Paradise Valley Mall store 602-494-4000. We offer free delivery, free installation, free haul away of the old bed, and a free mattress protector. 

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Teens and Sleep

Sooner or later, it happens: that cute kid who used to bound out of bed every morning chipper as a little brown squirrel metamorphosizes into a slugabed.  When he finally rises, he stumbles out of bed at noon-thirty, bleary-eyed and slumping. 

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How did that happen?

Because of hormones, a teen’s body clock changes. So, when they were previously happy to go to bed at a decent hour, they seem to come to life when the rest of us are, well, frankly, exhausted.
Their sleep/wake pattern has changed, which not only makes them very lively late at night, but they also wake up more slowly, even when they get the nine-ish hours they need.
At the same time, they have increased demands of a more rigorous educational curriculum and homework in high school, and most high schools start quite a bit earlier than even their elementary school counterparts.

Another issue which is poorly affected by lack of sleep is driving, which usually begins in high school. But, while many people feel teaching kids how to drive should happen later, the reality is that kids who wait until they’re older to learn how to drive become really poor drivers as adults.

Solutions

Unfortunately, bedtimes don’t work with a teen the way they do with younger children. A teenager who is forced to go to bed will star at the ceiling for hours. It isn’t that he is being stubborn, it’s that his biological clock is off. Thankfully, it will return to normal when he’s in his early 20’s.

Meanwhile, students should try to start school later, if possible. Parents should urge their school districts to rethink starting times, as kids who start later have been shown to have better attendance rates, higher grades, less depression and illness, and a lower rate of dropping out and attrition. So, as a result of getting more sleep, they’re better able to cope with the pressures of experimentation with drugs, sex, and alcohol.

Routine

Teens who have a calm, organized routine at an appropriate bedtime will find sleeping easier. Like any other insomnia victim, teens who turn off the electronics and have a regular bedtime pattern are telling their biological clock to slow down. If they can repeat the same pattern night after night, eventually, falling asleep will be easier. 

Comfort

A teen should have a clean, electronic-and-homework-free bed in a room which isn’t too warm. In fact, snuggling under the covers may help a teen sleep (but, not if they’re too cold!) 
If your teen is due for a new bed, why not make that happen for them? In a few short years, they’ll be young adults, and the opportunities to help them through the difficult teenage years will have passed.
 

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Facts About Pillows

Let’s talk about your pillow!

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Pillows are made from a variety of materials, have different thicknesses and even different shapes.  So, we’re going to talk about how to choose and maintain a pillow to get the best experience possible from it.

To be clear, we aren’t talking about the decorative pillows which lend an air of comfort to a bed; we’re talking about the pillow used to rest your head. 

A pillow is an intensely personal piece of comfort, and to achieve maximum comfort, it’s imperative to choose one which offers the qualities which are tailored to the needs of the individual.

Allergies

Sometimes, a sleeper will awaken with sinus problems, itchy eyes, or repetitive sneezing. There have even been reports of pillows causing hives, shortness of breath. It May never occur to the sleeper that he could be allergic to his pillow.

 Belly sleepers need a thin pillow or even no pillow at all!

Belly sleepers need a thin pillow or even no pillow at all!

If you get a new pillow and start having symptoms, the easiest way to figure out if it’s your pillow is to take it off the bed for a while and see if the symptoms clear up. If the pillow isn't new, it may be harboring bacteria or other undesirables and need to be washed.

Dust Mites

While dust mites are an unnerving thought, Phoenix residents have less to worry about than people in other places because our humidity is so low. Dust mites thrive in higher humidity. Unless you spill something on your pillow, which can trigger the onset of a mold village, the chief problem with your pillow will probably be lack of support, rather than dust mites.

Support

There are three basic positions for sleeping: On the back, side, or belly. Generally speaking, a side sleeper will need a thicker pillow, a belly sleeper will need a thinner pillow, and a back sleeper--well, you back sleepers run the whole range of thickness needs.  Like a quality bed, a pillow should be tested by the sleeper while he’s in the sleeping position to know what thickness is right for him.

Also, did you know that a sleeper can have a small, medium, or large frame, all of which require different thicknesses and support?  It will also depend on the position the sleeper prefers.

Materials

Feathers (and down), memory foam, latex, polyester, and gel are all used to make pillows. Some pillows even have a bamboo shell or ticking, intended to thwart dust mites and bacteria.

Pillows made of feathers or down can cause a reaction in those who are allergic to birds, but also, memory foam pillows have been mainly known for off-gassing, which can cause a reaction in itself for those who are sensitive to it.

Latex is usually a blend of natural and synthetic latex, as pure latex is very rare.  Many people find the combination is acceptable due to the high level of comfort it provides.

Shapes

 Contour pillows are often memory foam and popular with side sleepers.

Contour pillows are often memory foam and popular with side sleepers.

Pillows can either be a traditional shape or contoured, such as a neck pillow. The right shape depends on the sleeper and his needs. Contour pillows are almost always made of memory foam.

Washing

Before buying a pillow, take a moment to read the washing instructions. Following these instructions will keep your pillow at its best regarding extending its life and keeping it clean. 

A protective cover is also a necessity to keep it free of mold, mildew, and allergens.

Changing Needs

Pillow requirements may change as people age. Sleeping positions and allergies can change, as well as comfort needs. The crucial thing is to be aware of it and go with a change if on seems necessary.

Sweet Dreams!

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The Clean Bed

Everyone loves a clean bed!  In fact, people report they have a better night’s sleep the night after they wash their bedding. Mega-star Oprah Winfrey has admitted she likes to have her sheets changed every two days because after that they lose their ‘crispness’.

 Let your bed be a clean oasis of tranquility!

Let your bed be a clean oasis of tranquility!

While we aren’t going to argue that, we’re assuming you don’t have a full-time staff to wash and iron your sheets on a thrice-weekly rotating schedule, so you don’t have to feel bad if your bedding isn't as crisp as a millionaire’s. But, since clean sheets are delightful, we’re going to offer some tips on how to keep your bedding at its best. 

Pets

 If you don't want your cat to sleep on your bedding, try putting some freshly-folded laundry on the bed to attract them.

If you don't want your cat to sleep on your bedding, try putting some freshly-folded laundry on the bed to attract them.

If you have a pet or two (or four) and they sleep in your bed, keeping your bed clean will be more challenging. If you can’t (or don’t want to) break them of sleeping in your bed, get a fuzzy sleep pad for pets  to protect your bedding. Even animals who don’t shed have a tendency to clean themselves, which is not conducive to keeping your bed fresh. 


If you get sick

If you or your bedmate is having a bout of flu, a cold, a skin condition, or other illness, wash the bedding every other day, not only so your bed will be clean, but also so your bed won’t become a breeding ground for ickies.

Eating in bed

 Try not to use the bed as a staging area for papers or dirty clothes.

Try not to use the bed as a staging area for papers or dirty clothes.

Snacking in bed is a quick way to make a clean bed dirty! Crumbs may also bring pests. Save snacking for the kitchen or dining room.

Pajamas or none?

If you wear pajamas, your bed will stay cleaner. For bed results, change into clean pajamas every third day, and if you sweat, change them more often.

For best results:

  • If you don’t already have a set schedule, replace sheets a minimum of once a week.
  • Clean your mattress according to the manufacterer's directions.
  • Keep the area around (under over, behind) the bed clean so dirt can’t sneak into the bed.
  • Take a shower before bed and make sure your feet are clean when you get into bed. If you don’t shower, wash your hands and face before bed.
  • Have a minimum of two spare sheet sets for each bed in the home. While many people have more, two additional sets will get you through the worst of an illness.You may want to have extra sheets if you have teenagers because bedding can spread some types of bacteria and worsen acne.
  • If your sheets become worn or frayed, they won’t stay as clean or be as comfortable. Animal shelters are always looking for donations of old bedding.
  • Try not the use your bed as a staging area to sort dirty clothes or paperwork. 
  • Keep moisture away from sheets. For example, try not to keep dirty hankies or tissue in the bed.
  • 140-degree temperature is hot enough to kill dust mites. Dust mite and their accompanying waste can cling and add weight to pillows and bedding, which is why a mattress protector is so essential.
  • If your sheets won't handle a high temperature, antibacterial laundry soap is recommended. You can buy it, or make it with this recipe: 

Homemade Laundry soap (Use 1-3 TBSP per load)

1 bar of shaved bar soap such as Fels Naptha
1 cup of borax
1 cup of washing soda
7 drops of natural tea tree oil (for disinfecting – optional)
¼ cup Oxi Clean (optional)

We hope this has given you some ideas to make your bed into the oasis of tranquility you deserve. 

Sweet Dreams!
 

If you’re looking for a new mattress, or want to learn more about our financing options or product line, call us at our Biltmore store 602-912-4000 or our Paradise Valley Mall store 602-494-4000. We offer free delivery, free installation, free haul away of the old bed, and a free mattress protector.

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Holiday Sleep Schedules

During the holidays, shopping, parties and visiting family members can make it hard for people to get enough quality rest. But with planning, even the busiest holiday reveler can get enough sleep. Here we are going to offer some suggestions to help you and your family enjoy the season without exhaustion. No one wants to be tired and grumpy!


Stay positive

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You may have to tolerate grouchy Aunt Aunt Edna or your ex-wife when you hand off the kids, but that doesn’t mean you have to let them bait you into an argument or scene. Mentally prepare your stance of silence when they throw out the hook. Some people compare those types of situations with driving through the forest. No matter how tempted you are, don’t feed the bears! Pat yourself on the back when you escape without feeding negative people’s need for drama or a scene.

Avoid substance sorrows

Whether it’s caffeine, alcohol, sugar, overeating, or something else, if you know certain ingestibles make it hard for you to sleep later or will disrupt your sleep patterns, consider moderation just until the holidays are over. If you have acid reflux, resist the temptation to eat that second piece of pie if you’re going to pay for it later, and be careful not to eat too close to bedtime.


Exercise

Exercise promotes healthy sleep, providing you aren’t one of those people who can’t exercise too close to bedtime. The rule used to be that people needed to put some distance between their workout and sleeping, but newer research exhorts the benefits of paying attention to your own body to decide on the time you exercise.

Avoid running around

The old days of running yourself to exhaustion trying to cross off everything on your shopping list are over. Companies aren’t waiting until Black Friday or even Thanksgiving to put their wares on sale. Gifts and food can be purchased online and delivered to your home.  Even private driving companies such as Uber and Lyft are available to take your family members to Sky Harbor when they need to catch a plane. In short, the chores which used to create stress and eat up chunks of time during the holidays have lessened considerably. Take advantage of them and make this the most relaxing season ever!

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Make your bed a refuge

That late night snack will be just as tasty in the kitchen, we promise! Other things people should avoid doing in bed? Watching TV, playing computer games, working, homework, or other ‘productive’ tasks, which can confuse your body when it’s time to retire to bed for sleep.  

We hope we have given you some tips which you can use to help you and your family stay well rested and healthy throughout the holiday season.  If you’re looking for a new mattress, or want to learn more about our financing options or product line, call us at our Biltmore store 602-912-4000 or our Paradise Valley Mall store 602-494-4000. We offer free delivery, free installation, free haul away of the old bed, and a complimentary mattress protector.

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How to Choose the Perfect Frame
 If you need storage, platform beds have storage beneath.

If you need storage, platform beds have storage beneath.

In the excitement of buying a fabulous, brand-new bed, unless you get an adjustable bed with a base, you're probably going to have to ponder the question of how to find the bed frame which perfectly matches your needs.  Because in the process of buying a bed, a frame can be adapted to suit many needs and functions. Think of the frame as the tool which combines the mattress and the headboard and footboard with height, firmness, and storage solutions.

Make it match

Regardless of the type of frame you choose, the frame has to match the mattress and box spring. In fact, you may already have a frame, in which case, you need the measurements in order to buy the right sized mattress. There can be no mistake in this regard.

Metal or platform

 A metal frame with a nice headboard.

A metal frame with a nice headboard.

You may decide you want a combination mattress/box spring with a metal frame, or you may go with a platform. There are several elements which should be taken into consideration to determine which of these is the most suitable. Regardless, a frame will make it easier to get in and out of bed, provide support for the mattress, and help protect your investment by keeping it off the floor.


The headboard

The material of the headboard can be of some importance when choosing the frame. Decorative, metal or wood headboards, crucial to your decor, can be grand and beautiful things which may come as part of the frame or need a frame with which to attach them. In the case of a headboard which has a matching footboard, the frame may require an adapter to connect the footboard to the bed.

 If you get a foreign frame, don't forget, matching the mattress size is crucial!

If you get a foreign frame, don't forget, matching the mattress size is crucial!

Benefits of a platform  frame

There are several reasons to consider a platform base. A platform without a box spring will create and strong and stable bed. A platform base with a box spring will add height to the bed, which can be magnificent with certain types of decor. If you have a child with a penchant for jumping on their bed, a platform frame takes 95% of the fun out of jumping. If the room is small, a platform offers space beneath the bed for storage, whether it’s drawers or something else, without using any additional space 

Benefits of a metal frame

The benefits of a metal frame include the versatility with which it can adapt to a variety of headboards, and the lower height it will provide if the mattress has a matching box spring. A metal frame offers excellent support and breathability for the box spring, (compared to some types of platform). A metal frame can also be put on wheels, allowing for relative ease of movement for cleaning, compared to a platform, which will not be moved.  

Regardless of which type of frame you choose, keeping these factors in mind will help you make a wise, suitable choice in a frame.You’ll love having a new bed, and a frame which provides you with the options you want will add to the quality of your sleep and decor.


If you’re looking for a new mattress, or want to learn more about our financing options or product line, call us at our Biltmore store 602-912-4000 or our Paradise Valley Mall store 602-494-4000. We offer free delivery, free installation, free haul away of the old bed, and a free mattress protector. 

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‘Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law’
 '...except by the consumer' are the magic words. See how the materials are listed?

'...except by the consumer' are the magic words. See how the materials are listed?

We eye the tag suspiciously, wondering who is going to know. We make jokes about it. We’re talking about the ‘Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law,' that obstreperous tag that threatens to sic the law on us if we rip it off our mattress or pillow.

At some point, we’ve all wondered why it’s on our mattress and why it’s insisting we can’t remove it. It’s attached for your benefit, and yes, you can rip it off while we tell you how it came to be there.

Back at the turn of the 20th century, even new mattresses were stuffed with whatever the mattress manufacturer could collect. This included old rags, newspapers, corn husks, animal hair, and anything else they could get their hands on. Back in the late 1890’s and early 1900’s manufacturer's ‘recycled’ quite a lot of mattresses and mattress materials. Bad enough when you consider what an average mattress can collect, but also, back in those days, medicine didn’t yet offer didn’t offer standard vaccinations. So, mattresses could have the germs from a tuberculosis victim, or smallpox, or any number of deadly diseases. 

 A corn husk mattress!

A corn husk mattress!

We’ve mentioned before that even today, underhanded individuals have been known to take old mattresses, recover them and sell them as new. This isn’t a common practice, but it underscores the need to test the mattress before you buy it. Testing especially holds true for people with allergies, who are often allergic to the dust mites in used or ‘recycled’ beds. 

Even a brand-name mattress made of the highest-quality materials should be tested for the same reason: If a customer tries a bed and his nose starts to run, he may be allergic to one or more of the materials used to make the bed. Similarly, a mattress should bring the utmost in comfort. The tag will contain a list of materials used in the production of the mattress, which should be well-noted if there is an allergic reaction.

 This pillow tag tells a person with allergies to birds that he may want to look at other types of pillows!

This pillow tag tells a person with allergies to birds that he may want to look at other types of pillows!

Your mattress and bedding is a very personal thing. You will spend quite a lot of time in the bed, so it has to adhere to a standard. Holding bedding material to a level of adequacy isn’t pretentious.  Some individuals just can’t--and shouldn’t-- tolerate a bed which is too soft or firm, sags, makes them sneeze or has been stored in a dusty environment.

We offer a free protector for all of our new mattresses. We feel that this provides a measure of preservation that a quality mattress deserves. But it all starts with a bed which complies with a set of specifications, specifications which are high enough that they can bear the tag, ‘Do Not Remove Under Penalty of Law.’


If you’re looking for a new mattress, or want to learn more about our financing options or product line, call us at our Biltmore store 602-912-4000 or our Paradise Valley Mall store 602-494-4000. We offer free delivery, free installation, free haul-away of the old bed, and a free mattress protector. 

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How to Choose a Mattress Size

When choosing a mattress size, there are some factors to take into consideration. Here we examine some of those elements in the hope it will help you choose the right mattress for your circumstances.

Before we do that, it’s helpful to have the approximate dimensions of each mattress. (As a note, there are slight variations in dimensions among manufacturers.)

Twin  39 X 74 (or 38 X75)
XL Twin   39 X 80
Full  54 X 74
Queen  60 X 80
California Queen 60  x 84
King 76 X 80 (6’3” X 6’6”)
California King  72 X 84 (6’ X 7’)

If you notice, a California King is not as wide as a regular King, but it’s quite a bit longer. As you explore your options, it's best to keep the following things in mind:

 The bed should fit in the room, and we don't mean 'just barely.'

The bed should fit in the room, and we don't mean 'just barely.'


The amount of space in the room

While this may seem obvious, it’s a little more complicated than it first appears. For one thing, the room may have things like dressers and closets which will need to be accessed. But, here’s the rub: being able to open some drawers might not be as important as high-quality sleep. For some customers, the solution to this was to get rid of the furniture instead of sacrificing much-needed bed space. 

“My husband has restless leg syndrome,” Barbara D. explained. “Feeling the motion of his legs moving all night wasn’t working for me. So, when we bought a King-sized bed to replace the Queen size, I got rid of the dresser. Now, I hang everything in the closet--underclothing included. It’s been well worth it to me to get a good night’s sleep!”

Physical considerations

Tall people, people with back or neck problems, and people such as bodybuilders require extra space in the bed, especially if they share it with someone else. Like Barbara D.’s husband, people who move around quite a bit or are light sleepers also need more expanse.  

Tall people need added length because a 6’4” person can’t sleep in a shared 6’6” long bed, which is the length of a typical Queen or King sized mattress. The reason is that if they’ll need enough room to put their head on the pillow and still be able to stretch out without having their feet hanging off the bottom of the bed or the sheets untucked. Being curled up will eventually cause back and neck issues. If they sleep alone, they can stretch out at an angle, but even that isn’t ideal.

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Who’s been sleeping in your bed? Or might be?

Like the old fairy tale, this question should be answered honestly. If you have small children and know they will make a nocturnal appearance on a regular basis, or if you have pets who sleep in your bed, you’ll need to calculate some space for them when you size the bed. One lady told us she needed a Queen size because the Full size was too short to accommodate her cat. “He sleeps at the foot of my bed, but if I accidentally kick him in my sleep, he bites my toes!”

While budgetary considerations may be a factor, it should be noted that a smaller, better-quality bed may provide a better sleep experience than a lower-quality, larger bed. A careful look at your needs and what kind of payment fits into your budget is well spent time before you go bed shopping.

Getting a bed which fits your size requirements can be a challenge, but it’s a worthy effort, since getting sound sleep affects everyone’s life in a positive manner. 

Sweet dreams!


If you’re looking for a new mattress, or want to learn more about our financing options or product line, call us at our Biltmore store 602-912-4000 or our Paradise Valley Mall store 602-494-4000. We offer free delivery, free installation, free haul away of the old bed, and a free mattress protector. 

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Why Buy a New Mattress?
 Ask questions about the beds you like. The sales staff are experts.

Ask questions about the beds you like. The sales staff are experts.

In our last blog, we talked about reasons not to buy a used mattress. Interestingly enough, the reasons to buy a new mattress don’t encompass the reasons not to buy a used one. Here are some reasons to buy a new mattress. Some of them may surprise you.

You can afford probably afford it

Many people cite expense as being a concern when they decide to get a new mattress. Fortunately, sleep stores recognize this and the best ones even provide financing, with easy terms and modest payments. Because of this, a high quality, comfortable bed is within reach of almost everyone.  

Convenience

A superior sleep stores offer free delivery, which means you don’t have to rent a truck and squash the new bed into a rental vehicle which may or may not be clean. Some stores also offer free setup and free haul away of the old mattress, which leaves you with the task of enjoying your new bed. 

Try before you buy

It’s slightly comedic to walk into a bed store and see various customers trying out beds all over the store, but this is truly the only way to tell how sleeping on a bed is going to feel.Since comfort is essential, trying the bed isn’t an option anyone should skip. But, don’t worry, everyone else will be testing the beds, too. It’s fun!

 Choices, choices, choices.

Choices, choices, choices.

One caveat

Some less-than-aboveboard outfits will take old mattresses and slap a new cover and plastic on an old mattress, then sell it as brand-new on local shop sites.  If you buy a new mattress from anywhere, be certain the source is reliable, and you can try the mattress before you purchase it. 


You get to make all of the choices

 While some people have a favorite brand, other people choose a bed based on what is comfortable. 

While some people have a favorite brand, other people choose a bed based on what is comfortable. 

In the case of a bed, the more choices you get to make, the better it will suit your needs. The options start with size, depending on how many people will be sleeping in the bed and the size of the room. Then, a buyer can choose what they want, such as a particular brand, material, and price range. The people in bed stores have an almost encyclopedic grasp of the various options and are willing to share their knowledge with the customer.

A Warranty

A warranty is a bed manufacturer’s promise that they will back the quality of their product. Of course, a warranty from a well-established, high-end mattress company is best. If there is a problem with the bed, the owner is entitled to have some form of recourse, which is where the warranty applies. 
Warranty guidelines also offer an excellent set of directives in the care, treatment, and use of a new mattress. These are for the protection and understanding of both parties, so there aren’t any misunderstandings. 


If you’re looking for a new mattress, or want to learn more about our financing options or product line, call us at our Biltmore store 602-912-4000 or our Paradise Valley Mall store 602-494-4000. We offer free delivery, free installation, free haul away of the old bed, and a free mattress protector.

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Top Reasons to Avoid a Used Mattress (Even if it's Free)

Sooner or later, it’s time to get another bed. A new bed can be something of an investment, not only regarding being a piece of furniture but also as an investment in sleep quality. It’s understandable for people to want to make economically wise choices, especially if the family is struggling fiscally. Since most people will spend more time in bed than they do in their automobile, office chair, recliner, or anywhere else, it’s essential that the quality of the sleeping experience is as good as it can be.

 Most people do not recognize bed bugs or know how to avoid them, even in a motel.

Most people do not recognize bed bugs or know how to avoid them, even in a motel.

People aren’t afraid to sleep in a motel, right? So why not buy a used mattress? Here are some things to consider before making a used bed purchase.

Bed bugs

Bed bugs are an epidemic, and incredibly difficult to get rid of once they appear in the home. Many people don’t know where and how to check a mattress for bed bug activity, or would even recognize a bed bug if they saw one. 

One solution is to cover the used mattress with a bedbug proof cover. While these covers can be uncomfortable and noisy, they will protect the home from escaping bed bugs as long as the cover isn’t removed or get a puncture for eighteen months. The cover, an added expense to the cost of a used bed, has to be in place before the bed is introduced into the home.  

It’s lottery money

A used mattress is never returnable. That means you’re playing the lottery with the money you spend. If it has an odor, sags, or you happen to be allergic to the materials, there isn’t any recourse.

Comfort

Mattress building technology has come a long way in just a few short years. The modern methods of bed construction are magnificent compared to their older counterparts. In addition, you choose the firmness and materials which best suit your needs.

Accelerated aging

Even if you can get a mattress from a friend or relative for free, and even though the mattress is currently comfortable, once that bed gets to be 5-7 years old, the fibers of the building materials will begin to decompose. So, essentially, you’re borrowing it for a little while with the understanding that you’re going to be the one to dispose of it. 

 What could that beautiful bed Uncle Ernie has offered you for free be hiding? Allergens, for one.

What could that beautiful bed Uncle Ernie has offered you for free be hiding? Allergens, for one.

Lack of choices

That bed your Uncle Ernie is giving you may be less than two years old, bed bug-free and from a fabulous, well cared-for smoke-free home. But, Uncle Ernie’s needs in a bed might not be anywhere close to what you need in a bed. Choices such as size, firmness, and construction materials have already been made without regard to your body type, comfort needs, etc.

 

A bed should have a reasonable amount of use left in it, be clean, in good shape, the correct size,  and not cause an allergic reaction or have vermin. For these reasons, it’s challenging to find a used bed which can fulfill all of the requirements and also offer the level of comfort the occupants need to sleep well.

If you want a new, high-quality bed, but don't think you can afford it, let us surprise you! Come talk to us about our phenomenal no-interest financing options at the Sleep System Store in Biltmore Fashion Park (602-912-4000) or in Paradise Valley Mall (602-494-4000). 

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