Buying a bed

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    Jul 16, 2009 10:16 PM GMT
    Does anyone have suggestions about shopping for a bed? I am thinking of buying from a local family store. Found a Posturepedic firm (queen) with lush (or some other unnecessary adj) pillow top for $500 includes foundation as well. Should I look online? If so, any store recommendations?

    Also, does anyone have overall comments about Sealy, Serta, etc...?

    Thanks,
    Pinny
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    Jul 16, 2009 11:07 PM GMT
    Beds are such a racket. I try to avoid going to a direct store like that and instead find warehouse liquidators and shady businesses in your town's burnt out ghetto.

    I ended up getting a queen sized with box spring for $250 and I have been pretty happy with it.
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    Jul 16, 2009 11:10 PM GMT
    Sorry, I sleep on the floor.
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    Jul 16, 2009 11:13 PM GMT
    I hate pillow tops, why buy a firm mattress in the first place? My pillow-top over a firm mattress became very hammock-like within a few months, not at all good for my back.
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    Jul 16, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    Both of us have bad backs, so a good mattress is critical. A poor mattress will keep me awake all night with pain. In some hotels I have to sleep on the floor, just pulling the bedspread and pillows down.

    I wanted us to get an air mattress, one of those SelectComfort models that I've had before (now called Sleep Number) which was great for me. But he wanted traditional, so we got a Simmons Beautyrest "Black" this past October, with the pocketed coils in a firm. We bought from a local showroom store we knew.

    I think the so-called MSRP was about $5000+ in a King with a double box, but of course those are always wildly inflated, so the selling price was under $3000. We're very pleased with it, and we sleep very well. The pocketed coils really do isolate body movements, and he used to wake me with his tossing, but not any more. Regardless of the model price, the pocketed coils feature is nice for 2 sleepers.
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:18 AM GMT
    Go for a pilllow-top when possible!
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:30 AM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidBeds are such a racket. I try to avoid going to a direct store like that and instead find warehouse liquidators and shady businesses in your town's burnt out ghetto.

    I ended up getting a queen sized with box spring for $250 and I have been pretty happy with it.


    i would not recommend this. You may get a recycled mattress that has bugs. You should buy from a reputable store.
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:44 AM GMT
    check your local newspaper ads, look for mattresses, you can buy new from " a shady area" in town for cheap (my friend does this business) they are new from the factory
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:45 AM GMT
    Memory foam. It is worth it!
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:49 AM GMT
    scarabboy saidMemory foam. It is worth it!


    I can't do memory foam - roasts me alive for some reason.

    Check out this great trivia:
    The Wall Street Journal reported on February 18, 2000: "The average mattress will double its weight in ten years as a result of being filled with dust mites and their detritus."

    Ohio State University experts report that a typical used mattress may have anywhere from 100,000 to 10 million dust mites inside it.

    source: http://www.mybed.com/mattress.html
    I'm not vouching for this source.
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:52 AM GMT
    I've heard other people say that about memory foam... I don't have a problem... but then, I like to be warm in bed.

    Also... gross.
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:55 AM GMT
    Blackguy4you said
    MunchingZombie saidBeds are such a racket. I try to avoid going to a direct store like that and instead find warehouse liquidators and shady businesses in your town's burnt out ghetto.

    I ended up getting a queen sized with box spring for $250 and I have been pretty happy with it.


    i would not recommend this. You may get a recycled mattress that has bugs. You should buy from a reputable store.


    Ditto. Munchingzombie must be joking.

    Don't get trap with a recycled shitty mattress. All they do is recover them; gross.
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    Jul 17, 2009 12:56 AM GMT
    I tried memory foam and didn't like it. The problem for me was that while it does conform to your body as advertised, it's a little too snug after about 10 minutes. When I went to roll a little, I found I was sunken down into this tight "trench" of my own body impression. The foam doesn't recover that quickly, so this depression is still there for a while. I couldn't get used to it.

    As for dust mites, that's another reason I liked the air mattress solution of Sleep Number and others. The padded top zips off and can be dry cleaned, while the inner air chamber(s), which are like rubber rafts, are immune to mites. We use a mattress cover of Gore-Tex on our new Simmons, which breathes but also resists penetration by dust mites, as well as by liquids.
  • UFJocknerd

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    Jul 17, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    I bought a big, firm memory foam mattress on overstock.com for pretty damn cheap. I love it, and shipping is super duper cheap there (prepare to be brutally pounded if you order a bed online from a place that doesn't have cheap or free shipping).
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    Jul 17, 2009 1:25 AM GMT
    hector2009 said
    Blackguy4you said
    MunchingZombie saidBeds are such a racket. I try to avoid going to a direct store like that and instead find warehouse liquidators and shady businesses in your town's burnt out ghetto.

    I ended up getting a queen sized with box spring for $250 and I have been pretty happy with it.


    i would not recommend this. You may get a recycled mattress that has bugs. You should buy from a reputable store.


    Ditto. Munchingzombie must be joking.

    Don't get trap with a recycled shitty mattress. All they do is recover them; gross.


    Comically exaggerating.

    Though I did neglect to mention that getting them sealed in plastic, like you find in the regular stores, is a must.
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    Jul 17, 2009 1:42 AM GMT
    I can vouch for the Select Comfort Sleep Number beds. I own two of them, and they are amazing. However, a bit pricey compared to the $500 you are talking about.

    I worked in a bedding store for a while, and my suggestion would be to ask about "mismatches"... It is common to get great discounts if you can find a mismatched set. This means they may have a mattress from one set/brand, and a box spring from another. They won't match in color, but they'll be covered anyway. Stores will gladly discount to get rid of mismatched pieces.

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    Jul 17, 2009 2:19 AM GMT
    I think my next bed might be the memory foam. I've heard so much about it. I like a firm bed.

    I bought my whole bedroom suite from my buddy when his wife remodeled the house for $250.00. It's insanity to pay $500 to $1000 for a bed, in my view, but, hey, you should spend 1/3 of your life there.

    I'd look around.
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:36 AM GMT
    I like firm but not like I am sleeping on the ground so the pillow top is a cushion but the firmness of the mattress keeps my spine in alignment. My pillow top choice would not be "ultra-plush-lush-mega-layers-of-fat-folds-baby-butt-soft". I just wanted a simple pillow top.

    The mismatches is an interesting suggestion and I will ask. I have looked all around town, but click the profile and notice I live in Champaign-Urbana, it is a college town that tends to douche over all its residents. While the cost of living is relatively cheap things like Rent, Storage, Target and Wal-mart during August, anything a college student needs around August gets MAJORLY inflated because everyone comes back to school.

    Thanks for the help. I found some online with free shipping, delivery, and setup with a purchase of a mattress.

    Any other help is appreciated. I must admit that I am surprised no one turned this into a sex thread. Yay!
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    Jul 17, 2009 2:52 AM GMT
    So when are you inviting us over to try it out? Oh! and be sure there are bedposts so we can tie you down.


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  • HndsmKansan

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    Jul 17, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    Its amazing the difference in the cost of a bed frame.. then the box springs & mattress on top of it. My bedroom set is a rustic southwestern... always have really liked it.

    Hard to make suggestions as each person likes different styles of bedframes. Depends on your budget and whether you like a soft or hard bed. What you might find unbelievable is I actually slept on a twin bed until I was 32. I got the queen bed because, there wasn't enough room for, um, the activities I wanted. It was a welcome relief.

    So you need to consider what activities you might want on that bed.... LOL
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    Jul 17, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    My grandmother told me to buy the best bed/matress I could afford.

    I'm still thanking her for it now Zzzzzzzzzzz........
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    Jul 17, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    I am 24 and have only had a twin my whole life through all schooling including my MA. I am upgrading now. I can't imagine bringing home someone to a twin. This isn't undergrad.
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    Jul 17, 2009 4:10 AM GMT
    hands down the best bed ever is the tempur-pedic. you will never sleep better.

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  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 17, 2009 4:14 AM GMT
    tempur pedic is like sleeping on wet dough. Sucks more when it's hot. I have a select comfort bed. There are a few diffrent grade levels go for the mid-range and up. Best night of sleep you will ever have. (C'mon the bionic woman never lies)
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    Jul 17, 2009 8:53 AM GMT
    I have a firm mattress which I love, I don't really care for the plush feeling. The only bad thing about the mattress (like most mattresses today), is it is not deigned to be flipped over. The underside is flat.