How To Build Your Own Mattress
by Shelly Weaver-Cather | October 23, 2017 | Filed under: Products
It would be shockingly easy to knock off most of our competitors’ mattresses without the markups and create your very own DIY mattress. Mattress companies can get away with offering basic foams and latexes at premium prices because most consumers never take the time to find out what exactly they’re paying for.
If you want to build your own mattress, it really isn’t that difficult. You can use cheap, poor quality off-the-shelf materials and save all the markups our competitors are adding. You can also use organic and natural materials to ensure you know exactly what your mattress is made of.
We’ve perfected the DIY mattress technique—and so can you in just three easy steps.
- Start with a layer of cheap poly foam or latex. It really doesn’t matter where it comes from, you’re never going to feel it under all of the layers you’ll add in step two.
- Select softer foams or latexes like memory foam or Talalay latex with the desired benefits. Layer these materials on top of each other one by one until you have the desired firmness or softness. Make sure the foam or latex you like the most is the top layer, since that’s the only one you’re really going to sleep on. You’ll have to add adhesive between each layer, which may impact breathability, but the more layers the better, right?
- Cover it all up! We recommend an ultra-soft and durable Tencel® cover, but this is your mattress, not ours. Other options include wool batting toppers, mattress toppers, and mattress pads or covers. Don’t forget to give your mattress a crazy name to catch the eye of the consumer. A few ideas: Wonderluxe, CoolCloud, DreamGelz, UltraDreamMcFancyFoam.
Here’s a rough cost breakdown of this basic mattress:
$200 Base Layer + $250 Additional foam or latex Layers + $100 Cover = $500
Not a bad deal. But would people really want to sleep on it?
This is what some of our competitors do when they make a mattress. They “engineer” by swapping the order of the layers of foams and latexes that have been used forever and rely on outdated techniques to get the most cost-effective product, while still charging you for an “innovative and new” mattress.
That’s why we’ve decided to be radically transparent about what you’re paying for when you buy a Tuft & Needle mattress. We use a proprietary foam that can’t be recreated—though many have tried and failed. Our foam is built on customer feedback and has been tweaked repeatedly to make sure that we’re providing the best product for the best price, and no one else will ever be able to replicate it.
If you’d like to join the many who have tried to recreate our product, here’s a step-by-step guide to making a genuine Tuft & Needle mattress:
- Get fed up with the shady tactics of the bedding and mattress industry. Getting your mind to this place is crucial to building an authentic T&N mattress.
- Realize that there’s a better way to build a mattress and a business. Invent your own proprietary material and give it a clear, simple name: T&N Adaptive® Foam. Adhere one layer of this new material onto an exclusive poly foam base that’s built to last.
Cut through the heat retention by only using one thin adhesive application. Stitch a super soft and cozy cover around the mattress to protect your invention and make sure it will stay cozy for years to come. Give it a 10-year warranty without tricky wording and deceptive requirements.
Make sure to give the bed a 100-Night Sleep Trial and hassle-free return policy – though 95% of sleepers won’t want to give it up.
- The final, and inarguably, most important step. Give the mattress a fair and honest price that allows you to keep innovating and working hard to make the best mattress products for the best price, while still ensuring your customers are getting more than what they are paying for.
Really that’s all there is to it!
There are a few follow-up steps that are important to the process as well—like gathering customer feedback for years and making over 100 iterations to your mattress to improve it or curating an award-winning company culture, but you can worry about those later. You’ve got work to do!
If you’d like to save yourself the time and money, you can always buy a real T&N mattress that is ready to go, by clicking here
Best Mattress Buying Guide
Which brand? What type? Where from? How much? What is the best mattress? These are the questions that are likely running through your mind when buying a new mattress. Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, I’ll help you answer all of those questions and you’ll be having sweet dreams in no time!
How to Shop for a Mattress
So you are interested in buying a new mattress? Perhaps your current mattress is hurting you, or you wake up tired. Maybe you just want a bigger size. Maybe you’re moving and don’t want to lug your old mattress from place to place. Whichever is the case, my goal is to help you select the right mattress so you don’t make a mistake and so you don’t pay a penny more than you have to.
A mattress is perhaps the most important piece of furniture in your home. If you get the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night,you will spend at least 1/3rd of your life in that mattress(To get tips on how to make the most of your time on a mattress, check out our Sleep Resources). That means if you keep that mattress for 9 years (which is about the average), 3 of those years will be spent on it. However, many of us don’t think about our mattresses and how it impacts our lives every day.
In this guide, I will go over the basics of selecting the correct mattress. Elsewhere on the site, I will go into more detail on each of these topics and more, but this will be enough to get you started. If you just want a recommendation, check out some of our top picks below.
What is the Best Mattress?
This is one of the most common questions that I get. It’s a simple question, but the answer is not. The real answer…it depends. Mattresses are not one size fits all. Your decision should be based on your specific sleep preferences. For a more in-depth look, check out our Mattress Reviews. Otherwise, below are our recommendations based on the category.
Best Foam Mattress
Best for Side Sleepers
Best for Combination Sleepers
Best for Hot Sleepers
Best for Back Pain
Best for Heavy People
Read More About All of Our Top Picks
What to look for in a mattress: the major factors
If you can find a mattress that keeps you in proper alignment while not causing any pressure to your body, you’ve found a good mattress for you. There are some other minor factors to look for. They include motion transfer, edge support, and temperature.
There are two major factors to look for in a new mattress. They are support & comfort.
- Support:You want the mattress to hold you in proper alignment from head to toe, so you don’t wake up with a backache.
- Comfort:You don’t want the mattress to cause pressure to your body, which causes tossing and turning, which means you wake up tired.
How to Test for Support in a Mattress:
The most important factor in finding the correct mattress is proper support. You need the mattress to push up on your body to counteract your body weight. So that means a hard, firm, stone-like mattress, right? Wrong.
Your body isn’t a straight line. Whether you sleep on your back, side, or stomach, your body has curves, and a mattress must come up to support the curves and arches of your body (similar to how a good shoe will have arch support). Consider the image below to illustrate:
You’ll notice that the mattress dips down around her shoulders and hips, but her spine is in proper alignment. If the mattress were too hard, her hips would be pushed up and her shoulders would be pushed up, and her spine would not be straight. If you’re in this position for too long, you can wake up with a backache.
Additionally, if you keep changing positions to try to keep your back in alignment, you’re not getting into the deeper stages of sleep, which causes you to wake up tired. The same exact consequences occur if a mattress is too soft, and you’re in it like a hammock. You want a mattress to contour to the shape of your body to hold it in its neutral alignment.
How to Test for Comfort in a Mattress:
The second most important criteria for selecting the right mattress are comfort (or as you may hear it called pressure relief). If a mattress is too hard, it can cause pressure to your body. This cuts off circulation and pinches nerves (ever wake up with a “pins and needles” feeling in your hand?), and will cause you to change positions frequently.
If you’re frequently changing positions, your sleep is fragmented and you don’t get into the deeper stages of sleep (such as REM sleep). This means you’ll wake up tired, even if you thought you got 8 hours of sleep. When you’re trying out the mattress, you should be able to lie in one position without moving around for at least a few minutes. If you can do that, you’ve found a good mattress.
Those are the two main criteria. If you find a mattress that keeps you in proper alignment which doesn’t cause pressure to your body, you’ve found a great mattress for you. To help fine-tune it from there, there are a few other things to consider.
There are several other criteria that you can look for when searching for a mattress.
Motion & Separation
If you share your bed, you want to minimize motion transfer. If your partner gets in or out of bed, or changes positions, you run the risk of being woken up if the mattress transfers too much of that motion to your side of the bed. Try the mattress in the store with your partner, and have your partner switch positions while your back is turned to see how much motion you feel.
Another issue some people have is heat retention of the mattress. Most good mattresses these days have features to help mitigate this (advanced foams, phase change materials, ventilation, etc). The biggest risk here is with cheap memory foam mattresses.
You want strong edge support on your mattress, particularly if you sleep near the edge of the bed, or sit on the edge of the bed often. Most of the average or better innerspring mattresses use the upgraded foam encasement around the edge, but some of the very cheapest mattresses just use a steel rod on the side. Foam encasement is better. Memory foam mattresses don’t often have separate edge support because of the nature of the foam (it’s designed to take the shape of your body, even when you’re just sitting on it).
What mattress should I buy: Types of mattresses
You might have noticed that in all of this time, I haven’t mentioned any details about the construction of the mattresses. I’ve said very little about coils, types of foam, etc. Truth is, this is possibly the least important part of the guide, but it’s still good to know.
There are three basic categories of mattresses.
- Specialty foam.These will usually be made of different types of foam. Two categories of specialty foam are latex and memory foam.(Leesa is a favorite in this category).
- Innerspring. These are the traditional mattresses with springs (or coils if you prefer). They can be all tied together or individually wrapped(US Mattress has the best selection in this category).
- Hybrid.In recent years, brands have come out with “hybrid” options for people interested in certain aspects of both foam and innerspring. They have features similar to a specialty foam mattress but on an innerspring support. You can read more about hybrids here(Leesa Hybrid is a favorite in this category).
Beyond these three major categories, you’ll find a few other types of mattresses. Some manufacturers make air mattresses, that use air chambers instead of coils for the support. Also, there are still some waterbeds around, in which water is used for the support. I honestly don’t know as much about these two categories of mattresses, and they make up a small part of the mattress industry, so I won’t go into them here. The biggest air mattress manufacturer is Select Comfort with their Sleep Number bed. There are several small waterbed manufacturers.
Specialty f oam / Memory foam mattresses
Foam mattresses are becoming much more popular, and they tend to get higher customer satisfaction ratings than innerspring mattresses(though they might not be what you’re used to). There are two major types of specialty foam, and a foam bed will usually have at least one of them, if not both. There islatex, andmemory foam.
Memory foam is probably the most recognized type of foam in bedding. It is a slower-response foam (meaning it takes time to return to its normal position). This has the benefit of not causing pressure to the body. Memory foam is perhaps the best pressure-relieving material that is used in beds today.
Memory foam is often mixed with a type of gel to add additional support and to help keep a more neutral surface temperature. Older styles of memory foam (and cheaper Chinese memory foams) tend to retain heat. Most modern memory foam mattresses don’t have this issue.
Latex foam is the other type of common specialty foam. It tends to be more supportive than memory foam, a lot more durable (I personally have a latex pillow that has been in the same good condition for the past 6 years), it responds a lot more quickly than memory foam, and naturally keeps a more neutral temperature without relying on gel. However, it does not relieve pressure as well as memory foam does, and isn’t as good at separating motion. (Here is a more detailed look at latex foam)
Most of the time, these types of foam will be put on a base of what’s called “poly foam,” which is just a high density, resilient support foam. It’s not really designed for comfort, but it will hold the mattress up. Some lower-end mattresses are only made of poly foam, and these tend to feel harder.
Most of the new direct-to-consumer mattresses are foam mattresses because they’re more easily compressed for shipping. This can be an inexpensive way to try out a foam mattress if you’ve been curious about them. (Take my online mattress quiz and select the “foam” option when it comes up to see which one I recommend for you.)
The last thing to be careful of with specialty foam is to be wary of foams made in China. They tend to be lower quality and won’t hold up as long as many foams made in America or Europe. I made this mistake with my first mattress shortly after joining the industry. My mattress felt amazing for the first 6 months but quickly lost both its comfort and support.
Innerspring / Hybrid mattresses
Most mattresses you’re likely to run into are the “innerspring” type. They have metal coils inside of the mattress with foams and fibers on the top.
The lower priced mattresses tend to use the older style coil in which they’re all tied together. The hourglass-shaped ones are called “Bonnell” coils, but other manufacturers have stronger variations on that type (like the “offset” coil and the “continuous” coil). These are generally a little less expensive than the individually wrapped coil, but don’t contour as well and transfer more motion.
On the left are Sealy “classic” coils that are all tied together. On the right are the higher end individually wrapped coils.
The better innerspring mattresses will use individually wrapped coils. This type of coil allows the mattress to contour to your body from the coil level, which gives better support and causes less pressure. Additionally, wrapped coils are better at separating motion from side to side on the bed. So if one person bounces around or changes positions, the partner will not feel it as much. The downside? They’re usually more expensive.
The foams above the coils will have varying densities. You can get a mattress with firmer foams on the top or softer foams on the top. Some will be in the style of a “pillowtop” (which means the manufacturer sewed an extra cord around the side of the mattress to indicate it has a good amount of foam).
Don’t pay too much attention to the exact title of the mattress. One company’s “cushion firm” might be similar to another company’s “luxury firm” or even a “plush.” Just spend some time on each mattress and check for comfort and support, regardless of what the mattress is called or whether or not it’s technically a “pillowtop.”
What about coil count?
You may hear people talk about “coil counts.” There is a reason I’ve written this much and haven’t really mentioned them until now. They’re generally not important, as long as you’re not getting the least-expensive mattress. There are too many variables to consider to compare coil counts in one mattress to another. Type of coil, gauge (thickness) of the coil, the number of turns, whether or not its doubled up on the inside, etc. One mattress might have 1,000 coils, and another will have 900, but the 900 coil mattress might have a lot more steel in the coils overall.
The one thing Icansay is to avoid is any mattress that has 420 or fewer Bonnell coils in a queen size. Those are only suitable for guest rooms, and they’re barely good for that. If the number is above that, you’re probably fine.
How much to spend on a mattress
Many people who I talk to have no idea what a mattress is supposed to cost. They hear specials on the TV along the lines of “pillowtop mattresses, queen size sets for only $299!” and they assume that it’s for a good quality every night use bed, and there are options even less than that.
The mattress industry does itself a disservice by advertising like this because that’s usually the absolute rock bottom as far as price and quality go.
So how much should I spend on a mattress? You can find a mattress and boxspring set (in a queen size) for as low as $200 all the way up to as high as you want to spend. For example, a Tempurpedic Grand Bed with a motorized base can run you almost 10,000 dollars, and that isn’t even the most expensive mattress. So how much should you spend?
I’ll give a breakdown of what you can expect at each price range. This will vary by retailer and by region. If you live in the northeast, the prices will be towards the higher end, if you are in the middle of nowhere, the prices might be a little less. Additionally,these prices are for a queen sized mattress and box spring sets. Subtract
100-300 for the boxspring, or multiply by
50% for a king. (Note: These are what I consider the “real” prices for the mattresses when they’re on sale. Retail prices might be much higher)
$0-200: This is probably a used mattress from Craigslist. Eww.
$200-400:These are your basic guest room mattresses. Expect to see those 420 coil Bonnell units I warned you about earlier. These may or may not have a pillowtop, and will have a 1 to 5-year warranty (click here for information about mattress warranties). Can be used by an adult for every night use in a pinch, or if you’re on a really tight budget, but you don’t get much in the way of comfort or support.
$400-600:These range from some of the nicer guest room mattresses to maybe the bare minimum for every night use by an adult. You will either get nicer foams on the top than the cheaper ones, or stronger coils, but not usually both. The ones with a 10 year or more warranty will usually have no pressure-relieving foams up top at all, while the ones that have some nice layers of foam will probably still be using the 420 coil Bonnell unit. These tend to be good for college students on a budget.
$600-1000:These are about the average range for every night use mattresses. These are where a lot of your Sealy Posturepedic and Simmons Beautyrest lives. You will get the better coil systems and advanced foams for coil mattresses. This is also the price range that the lowest priced memory foams start appearing. The direct-to-consumer mattresses I mentioned elsewhere in this article generally fall somewhere around this price range. If you find a memory foam mattress for significantly less than $600, you should be very skeptical.
$1000-1500:These mattresses will be the entry level of the luxury mattress. The coil systems might be a little more advanced, or they’ll use thicker layers of the specialty foams. The foam mattresses will be a bit thicker, and you start getting into the big name brand memory foam models.
$1500-2500:Mattresses at this price range will have just about everything you could hope for in a mattress. You’ll get the thickest layers of the best foams, strong coil systems, and longer warranties. Many of your Tempurpedics live in this price range. If you’re spending $2,000 on a mattress, you’re very likely to be getting a great one. Warranties tend to be longer here too, ranging from 10-25 years.
$2500-5000:There’s honestly not much you can add to a mattress to get to this price range. The best Tempurpedics reach this range, and some of the most expensive Stearns and Foster luxury mattresses come up this high as well. You might start hearing about materials such as “New Zealand wool” and “Mongolian horse hair.” Only spend this much on a mattress if the ones at the lower tiers don’t keep you in proper alignment or relieve pressure as well and you have the money to spend.
$5000+:I’ve only ever tried one mattress in this range, a Duxiana, and it did not feel as good as mattresses for 80% less money. There’s only so much you can add to a mattress before it’s counterproductive. If you’re considering spending $5000 on a mattress, make sure it supports you and is more comfortable than the cheaper ones. Don’t just buy it because it’s expensive. If you really want to spend $5000 on your sleep set, your money would be better spent on accessories like an adjustable base for the mattress. I’d take a $3000 mattress with a $2000 adjustable base over a $5000 mattress any day.
Pricing X Factor — Frames & Bases
Since modern mattresses aren’t all made to be flipped like traditional innerspring, few will work on your leftover frame and boxspring. Factor in the price of a new base. Nearly all mattresses these days work on flat surfaces—like the floor or a platform without a box spring. Adjustable bases work, too. Adjustable bases can prop you up for easy phone, computer and tablet use or lay you flat for sleeping. (ADVISORY: Sleep experts recommend avoiding screens two hours before your bedtime!) Adjustables are great for people who need to elevate their heads to ease sleep apnea or their feet for circulation. Most modern mattresses will work with an adjustable base, but they can add $800 or more to your total.
What about the factors, besides price, attached to the actual purchase?
- Shipping is often free but normally will vary based on where you live. If you live anywhere beyond the lower 48, you’ll likely pay a fee.
- Delivery time will vary based on (1) where you live, (2) if the mattress is custom-made and (3) if you want to pay for expedited shipping. A custom-made mattress will delay the actual delivery 1-2 days. Overall, you should plan on a 3-to-10-day delivery window.
- Set-up for boxed mattresses involves a little more than taking it out of the box, hauling it up on your base, unrolling it and freeing it from its plastic covering. If you need help, you can pay for “white glove” service and have someone else do it. If the company does its own delivery. they will likely haul away your old mattress.
- Trial periods vary but you’ll most often get between 90+ nights to try out a mattress. Some companies let you try it out for a year. Don’t assume you’ll know right away if the mattress fits your needs. It takes time to get used to it.
- Returns have conditions, though most returns are free and you often received a full refund. You can’t just get the mattress, sleep on it a few nights and return it the following week. You are normally required to try it for at least 30 days before companies will accept a return.
- Warranties vary but often mimic terms from brand to brand. They’re usually limited, cover 10 years and apply only to the original owner. Companies will only accept mattresses back for manufacturing defects, not wear and tear or user abuse or the user changing their mind.
When is the best time to buy a mattress?
A mattress is often the most expensive piece of furniture that you’ll own. Finding the right fit is really important. But so is not breaking the bank. These days, there are a lot of mattress companies that are “on sale” at all times. However, if you happen to be shopping around a holiday, there is a good possibility you can find an extra discount because of the holiday sales events.
The biggest events of the year are typically as follows:
- Black Friday
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- New Years
That’s not to say that you won’t find a deal around smaller holidays or other events that are specific to that brand. Pro Tip: Sales usually start upwards of a week or so before the actual “main event.” So if you’re worried about an item going out of stock, or just can’t want for a better night’s rest, you probably have some luck in the days leading up to the holiday.
These sales and discounts are perfectly predictable, so if you’re looking for a head start, click over to ourCoupon page. We keep track of current sales and also have some exclusive discount you won’t find on their mattress sites.
Where is the best place to buy a mattress?
Your first order of business will be to choose a store to shop at. Feel free to pick several to shop around, especially if they’re near each other. There are several types of stores out there. I will give the pros and cons of each.
You can always buy a mattress online. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of sites you can choose from, including sites like Amazon. You can even go to Craigslist and get somebody’s used mattress for free (eww).
Pros: You get to shop for a mattress without leaving your house, you can shop dozens of companies quickly, and you’re likely to find a low price. Direct-to-consumer mattresses have taken the industry by storm and offer great options delivered right to your doorstep. Brands like Puffy Leesa(what I personally sleep on), and Tuft & Needle all sell great mattresses at reasonable prices. If you’re in the market for one of the traditional brands, websites like US Mattress tend to have the lowest prices anywhere.
Cons:You can’t try the mattress!This is a huge risk to take with your money and your health. But hey, there is a solution…
Most of the direct-to-consumer online stores, like Leesa, Puffy, and Nectar offer a “risk-free trial period.”The free return policy completely negates the only con of buying online. Some of the bigger online brands are also starting to have a few storefronts, where you can try but still order for delivery.
If you’re not sure which of the online options to pick, I have a mattress quiz here to help you find the mattress that best fits your needs.
Another exception:If you try a mattress in person, you can buy the same or similar model online if you can do the comparison shopping. In fact, this is the strategy I recommend in my mattress negotiation guide.
Big Box retailers:
These are stores like Sam’s Club and Costco. You can buy a mattress, a gallon of ketchup, and 144 rolls of toilet paper in the same trip.
Pros: Low prices, comparable to what you’ll find online.
Cons: Like online, you often cannot try all of the mattresses (they might have a couple out on display), and even if you can, you will get no expert help in selecting the right one. They also have a smaller selection. Lastly, you need to be a member at some of them.
Many department stores like Macy’s and Sears will have a section dedicated to mattresses.
Pros: You get to try the mattresses, most have a decent selection, and there will be a salesperson there to help you answer questions
Cons: The prices are a little higher at department stores than online or at big-box retailers. You might need to take advantage of their price match guarantee. The salesperson there is not likely to be well-trained in selecting the right mattress, and very well might have been working in a different department a week ago. Also, there tends to be a lot more foot traffic through the department, so it’s awkward to try out the mattresses. Department stores also tend to play “games” with their prices, so be careful.
Beware of fake “regular” pricing at department stores. The “60% off” numbers are the regular retail price
Like department stores, furniture stores will also often have a section dedicated to mattresses. This is sensible since a mattress is a piece of furniture.
Pros: It is convenient to have a whole bedroom set and a new mattress delivered at once. Sometimes they’ll give you a very low price on a mattress if you’re buying an entire bedroom set.
Cons: The salespeople aren’t usually specialized specifically on mattresses (though this varies by store). The selection is usually a little smaller than a mattress specialty store (but again, this varies)
Mattress specialty stores:
These guys sell just mattresses and items directly related to mattresses. Some are huge chains (like Sleepy’s and Mattress Firm), some are little local shops. The local shops vary wildly from high-end boutiques to small guys trying to compete head-to-head with the big guys and anything in between.
Pros: Most salespeople will be well-trained and knowledgeable about mattresses and sleep. These will usually have the largest selections. Many of the large chains will have aggressive price match guarantees, so if you’re a good negotiator, you can get the lowest prices here. The boutique shops don’t often have any wiggle room, but they are also more fairly priced, to begin with.
Cons: The retail prices tend to be higher (but again, most will have a price match guarantee and the most room for negotiation). The experience is highly dependent on how good the salesman is.
I recommend doing one of two things.
- Buy a direct-to-consumer mattress. They have free return policies, so if you’re not happy, you can just return it for a full refund and then try option 1 above. To help you pick the right one, click here for my mattress quiz.
- Shop at a mattress specialty store to find the right mattress, then find it online to get the lowest price. (If you need help comparing model names, consult my comparison charts here). If the salesman gives you a hard time about matching the price, just buy a comparable model online.
Option 1 is a lot easier and cleaner, and I’d bet you can find a mattress that fits your needs.
Option 2 is more time consuming and can be frustrating, but if you like to test first, you can often still get a good deal.
In the store
Alright, so you’ve selected a few stores to go to and you’ve checked out some online mattress stores to get a general lay of the land. Next, you need to set aside some time to properly try the mattresses.This is not a purchase that should be made over a lunch break or in a few minutes.Set aside an afternoon to go mattress shopping. Expect to spend up to an hour or so in a mattress store trying mattresses.
Next, you walk into a store, gaze upon the sea of white rectangles and are approached by a salesperson. What do you do?
The biggest thing to realize is that the salesperson is there tohelpyou. Most salespeople I work with genuinely want to help you find the right mattress. The slimy “used car salesman” stereotype is somewhat uncommon (though not unheard of) in the mattress business. Just give him or her a chance to help you. Most of the better stores will have a process in place to help find the right mattress. But the key is to take the time to try the mattresses.
Once you’ve narrowed down which mattresses offer the proper support and relieve the most pressure, it’s important to spend some time on that mattress to make sure it works for you. If you’re having trouble deciding between two mattresses, spend several minutes on each one.Whichever you can spend longer in one position on without tossing and turning is likely the better mattress.Try it on your back, try it on your side. Remember to check for proper support and comfort.
How to negotiate for mattresses
I have a mattress negotiation guide, so read that for an in-depth treatment of this topic. I will just summarize here.
The prices of mattresses are negotiable at most retailers and on most brands. In mattress shopping, the general strategy is to play one retailer off of another. Most places have a price guarantee. So if you get a quote from one place, you can take it to a competitor and have them beat the price. Take that price to another competitor and get an even lower price. You can also look up the mattress online (like at US Mattress) and get the retailer to match the online price. This is the easiest, least painful way to negotiate on mattresses.
If you don’t have time to go back and forth between retailers, online prices are usually the best as long as you are good at comparison shopping. So you can find the mattress that works best for you, and then just buy the comparable model online.
Comparing mattresses can sometimes be tough, though, since the exact model name will differ between stores. Don’t let that scare you off, though, because the lineup is usually the same from retailer to retailer. For example, Simmons Beautyrest currently has its recharge lineup. They have 3 major levels of Beautyrests: the entry-level ones, (which used to be called “classic”), the Platinum models (which used to be called “World Class”), and a luxury level above that which may differ from retailer to retailer (Beautyrest Black, Beautyrest Legend, etc).
Even though the specific model names will usually differ, a Platinum Luxury Plush at one retailer will be virtually identical to a Platinum Luxury Plush at another retailer.
To sum up, here are the bullet points about how to shop for a mattress:
- Check for proper support, meaning being in proper alignment from head to toe
- Check for comfort, which is a feeling of no pressure to the sensitive parts of your body like shoulders and hips
- Mattress specialty stores tend to give you better service, online tends to give you better prices.
- Shop around and take advantage of price beat guarantees. Since online prices tend to be lower, make the brick and mortar store beat their prices to earn your business.
- If you get a coil mattress, individually pocketed coils tend to be better than ones that are all tied together. Avoid low-count Bonnell units.
- If you get foam, avoid cheap Chinese foam mattresses.
- Expect to spend at least $750 for a good quality mattress and boxspring set. If you spend more than $2500 on a queen set, you’re deep in the “diminishing returns” territory for your money.
- If all of this seems overwhelming, buying an online mattress with a free return policy is a reasonable alternative. If that doesn’t work, then you can go back and try the other steps.Leesa, Puffy, and Nectarare common choices for this, though there are others (browse around my website for reviews).
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Season One, Episode Twelve
Mattress, also known asOnce Upon a Mattress, is the twelfth episode ofGlee’sfirst season and the twelfth episode overall. It premiered on December 2, 2009.
When the Glee Club is left out of the yearbook because of budget cuts, everyone seems to be relieved that they won’t have to suffer the ridicule of years past. Everyone except Rachel, who wants her legacy cemented in print. Meanwhile, Quinn makes it her mission to be in the Cheerios yearbook photo despite her pregnancy, and Terri and Will’s relationship is shaken to its core.
The episode was directed by Elodie Keene and written by Ryan Murphy.
Will sits with Emma and Ken in the teacher’s lounge. They tell him that their wedding will be the following Saturday, on the same day as Sectionals. Sue walks in with a pair of black eyes, the result of having some work done prior to yearbook pictures. Sue tells Will she convinced Figgins not to allow Glee Club to have a yearbook picture this year.
In the choir room, Kurt explains to everyone that not having a yearbook picture may save from them countless hours of ridicule. Everyone seems to agree, at which point Will comes in and promises them he will fight to get their picture in the yearbook.
When Will complains to Figgins, the principal tells him his only option is to buy a quarter-page ad for Glee for $325. That will be enough room for two members. Figgins suggest he pick Finn and Santana, since they are least likely to have their faces vandalized. Rachel barges into the room demanding Glee have a picture before Will tells her the news.
Rachel explains in a voiceover that she has joined every club possible in order to get her picture in the yearbook dozens of times. Unlike her other clubs however, Rachel is particularly proud of Glee.
Quinn is watching Santana and Brittany as they look trough the yearbook and is saddened she’s not on the Cheerios anymore. She decides, she wants to be on the squad again once the yearbook photos are being taken.
Terri tells Will that he cannot use family funds to buy the ad for Glee. Will writes Figgins a check anyway, but asks him to wait a few days before cashing it.
Will tells New Directions they must pick two team captains for the photo. Every single vote is for Rachel, and
nobody else wants to be in the picture as they are all afraid of being defaced and ridiculed.
Will asks Emma how to find another kid to be in the picture. She apologizes for having to miss sectionals, and Will thinks Ken scheduled the wedding conflict on purpose. Emma defends Ken and Will ends up apologizing.
Will asks Rachel to pick a co-captain. Everyone she contacts comes up with bogus excuses. Eventually she’s able to convince Finn to do the picture with her. Rachel says she is going to teach Finn how to smile correctly via them singing a duo of Lily Allen’sSmile.
Several of Finn’s football teammates tell him they are already planning to deface his Glee picture. Finn ends up not showing up for the photo shoot and Rachel was about to give up but decided to take the picture without him. (When You’re Smiling). When the photographer tells Rachel he is directing a commercial, she convinces him to cast her and the glee club. Rachel tells Glee clubbers she’s landed them their first "big break." The commercial is for mattresses and all the guys are excited.
During the read-through, Rachel is able to convince the storeowner to let them sing a mattress-hopping version ofJumpas thecommercial instead of a cheesy scenario.
While looking for his pocket square, Will finds one of Terri’s old fake pregnancy bellies. Furious, he goes to the kitchen and demands she show him her belly. The discovery leads to a huge fight, with Terri explaining the origins of the lie and telling him about adopting Quinn’s baby. "I loved you Terri," he says. "I really loved you." and he storms out of the apartment.
At school Will finds a stack of new mattresses given to Glee from the storeowner. He opens one and puts it in his office, in order to spend the night there.
Sue spots the Glee kids’ mattress commercial on TV. Quinn asks Sue to be in the cheerleader photo, however Sue dismisses this idea and tells her about how they won’t be able to sing at Sectionals since they lost their amateur status trough the commercial.
Sue goes to Figgins and tells him that as New Directions has performed in a commercial and accepted payment for it (the mattresses), their amateur status has been revoked and they are no longer eligible for Sectionals. Worse, as one of the mattresses has been slept on, they cannot be returned or even given away. Will admits that he slept on the mattress as his marriage is in serious trouble. Figgins is sympathetic, but tells Will that his hands have been tied by the school board. the club is finished.
Quinn shows up in Sue’s office in her Cheerios uniform (showing a very noticeable baby bump). Quinn reminds her of all the swag she’s been giving the Cheerios over the years. Quinn demands a full-page photo be given to Glee and she also demands a photo in the yearbook. Sue says she has to be in the back so no one sees her enormous belly, but tells Quinn that she reminds her of a young Sue Sylvester. Quinn changes her mind about being in the Cheerios again, stating that she would rather be part of a club that is proud to have her as a member.
Emma tells Will he should focus on his own life. She says, though she wouldn’t do what Terri did, she understands Terri’s intentions in lying to Will.
Will tells the Glee kids that he has fixed it so that they can still compete at Sectionals, as he slept on the mattress, he is the one who accepted payment. As a result, only he is disqualified, but now cannot join them at competition. Everyone balks at this, certain they can’t win without him there (they’re not even convinced they can win with him there). Will reassured them that "If you can’t win without me there, then I haven’t done my job," he tells them. He asks that they take their Glee photo with pride, which they do.
While getting ready for the picture the Glee kids sing Charlie Chaplin’sSmile.
We then see that the photo is mercilessly defaced by the jocks.
|Song Title||Original Artist||Performer(s)|
|Smile||Lily Allen||Finn Hudson and Rachel Berry|
|Jump||Van Halen||New Directions|
- When You’re SmilingbyLouis Armstrongsung by Rachel Berry.
- You Might ThinkbyThe Cars. Background song during Rachel’s search for co-captain.
- Patrick Gallagher as Ken Tanaka
- Iqbal Theba as Principal Figgins
- John Ross Bowie as Dennis
- Naya Rivera as Santana Lopez
- Heather Morris as Brittany Pierce
- Harry Shum Jr. as Mike Chang
- Dijon Talton as Matt Rutherford
- Bill A. Jones as Rod Remington
- Chuck Spitler as Randy Cusperberg
- Max Adler as Dave Karofsky
- James Earl III as Azimio
- Earlene Davis as Andrea Carmichael
- This episode was originally calledOnce Upon a Mattress, but for some reason was shortened to justMattress. This is perhaps due to the copyright conflict that could be generated due to a play with the same name.
- In many countries they still used the original title, but translated: "
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I want my kids to be able to look back at these books and see who I was, make them proud — not the bastard one I’m carrying now, of course — the ones I’ll have when I’m married and ready.