The mattress shopping fiasco….

My handsome husband and I have been married for five months.  We spent the first four months in a constant struggle with mattresses.  When we married, I moved into his home and we decided to replace his queen sized mattress with a king.  Mattress shopping is incredibly intimidating and gimmick filled.  Since we really had no idea where to begin we started reading online reviews and eventually relied heavily on test results from Consumer Reports… HUGE MISTAKE!

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I am loving my new antique mirror and hanging lamp. The lamp belonged to my husbands grandma. Also, I really need some throw pillows… it’s driving me nuts!

One of the higher rated and reasonably priced innerspring mattresses was the Newfield Cushion Firm from Costco.  My husband and I happen to be Costco members… Nate in particular is in love with “the magic of Costco” as he calls it.  We made a trip to our nearest warehouse and were able to lay on the mattress.  It seemed very comfy, so confident in Costco’s no hassle liberal return policy we took it home.  We enjoyed the comfort of the Newfield, but after only a month it appeared…..the dreaded sag!  Return trip #1!

Back to square one and evermore in doubt we decided to try a memory foam mattress the Serafina Pearl Gel, another top rated mattress offered at Costco.   In desperation we decided to order this online without trying it, solely based on the recommendations of Consumer Reports. We hated it!!!  I do believe that the Serafina is a quality, well made mattress… suitable for deceased Egyptian mummies or the living who barely move when they sleep.  This just seems to be the nature of memory foam.  You sink so far into the foam… it cradles you so much you can’t roll over.  My husband and I both toss and turn so much when we sleep that this mattress was miserable!  We still have recurring chiropractic visits. Return trip #2.

Blacklisted from Costco, frustrated, and sleep deprived we were at a loss.  We were scared to purchase a non-returnable mattress so we knew we had to try something different.  We went to countless stores and laid on every bed we could find. After some deliberation we finally decided to go with a dual sided Sleep Number that would give each of us the customizable comfort we desired…. also all Sleep Numbers are made in the USA!  We chose the Sleep Number C4 model for its simplicity and comfort. We were able to test it in the store and loved it, and as it was one of the models on sale at the time we decided to go for it over the “fancier” models.  Sleep Number does allow returns within the first 100 nights.

We placed our order right away and decided to go for the option of assembling the bed ourselves.  The store advised against it, but we figured it couldn’t be that hard (we were right).  Anybody could handle this… don’t pay the extra charge!

The night we assembled the bed, I had a terrible cold. My husband insisted on taking a picture. Yay.

The night we assembled the bed, I had a terrible cold. My husband insisted on taking a picture. Yay.

We opted out of buying a frame from Sleep Number.  This is a great way to save a few hundred dollars, just make sure your frame has a flat, hard surface.  We used our existing box spring and covered it edge to edge with plywood. Oila!  A flat top foundation!  The bed arrived in two (fairly small) boxes, and according to the directions we allowed it to air out for a few hours before assembly to reduce the factory smell.

One air chamber filled. One empty. Pardon the box of tissues, it was a sick day. :(

One air chamber filled. One empty.
Pardon the box of tissues, it was a sick day. 🙁

When you look at this mattress unassembled on your floor, you stare in shock that a few pieces of foam and plastic can cost so much money!   Do not despair yet.  I kept telling myself that if it was comfortable it would be worth it.  The bed came with a mattress shell with a quilted cover, two layers of foam, two air chambers (one for each side of the bed) and a pump with remote.  We simply attached the pump to the air chambers, layered the mattress together like a sandwich inside the shell (following the directions, of course) and zipped everything up.

Almost done!

Almost done!

This marked the day that we finally made it to the end of our mattress journey… almost.  We liked the C4 and were sleeping well, but it not quite have the softness that we remembered from the showroom.  We called the company to ask about this and they generously sent us two more layers of foam worth almost $800!  We loved the Pressure Relieving Comfort Foam Layer!

The End.  This mattress is perfection and we now lovingly refer to it as “The Cloud”.  With the previous mattress, our bed had become a place we dreaded to go because of the discomfort.  Now it is a pleasure to nestle in our bed and go to sleep in pure comfort each night.  If you’re curious, my sleep number is 60 and Nate’s is about 85.

I hope the helps you if you are considering a mattress purchase, for us it was such a huge decision.  We are no longer teased by our families for our mattress curse!  Bottom line… mattresses are completely personal.  Go with what feels good to you and do not be swayed by ads, recommendations or sales.  If you have additional questions please leave a comment for me, I would be happy to answer!  Happy shopping!

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