How To Sleep Better!

September 18th, 2014

If you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, try these tips!

Usually, people don’t have the most ideal sleeping environment.  This contributes to restless nights. To ensure you have a peaceful environment slowly try incorporating these habits and see if they help over time. It can’t hurt right?

1.) Turn off any electronic devices at least an hour before bed. Melatonin is the chemical that makes you sleepy and it runs away from light. Especially blue light which tends to be what cellphones and computers emit the most of.

2.) Try a noise machine. A nice rushing wave, crickets, or the soft trickling sound of rain can drift you off to the point of no return.

3.) Make sure your room is clean! Your brain can get stressed out if your environment is messy. If you don’t have enough space in your room to keep your room clutter free, try raising your bed and adding under bed storage.

4.) Write all the thoughts about your day down before you go to bed.  That way, you have time to process your day and get it out of your head so you aren’t laying there thinking about it all night.

5.) Read a book!

6.) Take a bath.

7.) Make sure your sheets are clean and make sure they’re comfortable! If you need suggestions, try our Dreamfit sheets!

8.) Develop a night time ritual! When you do the same thing over and over at night eventually your brain knows what’s coming next and will slowly start to release that Melatonin.  For instance at the same hour every night go through a routine. Try taking a bath, applying lotion, and reading a chapter or two in your favorite book.

Visit our Facebook page and enter our contest to win a beautiful basket from Harmony Soap Acres! Applying their great, all-natural, crud free products to your skin could become a part of your nightly routine to help relax you!

We met the Emmons, who run Harmony Acres, in our store a while back ago and they have a fascinating back story! Not to mention, they are lovely people!  They hand-craft all off their delicious smelling soaps and products right in their backyard (in a shop of course!) Check more about them out here! And don’t forget to stop by their website to see all of their amazing products! (And the cutest packaging you’ll ever see!)

Center Support For Queen Frame: XR5-AG

September 16th, 2014

Recently at The Sleep Shop, our store front, we’ve started carrying a new product. This product is the XR5-AG, it’s a metal center support for metal side rails on a queen size bed.

After adding it to our website it sat there for a few weeks and nobody paid it very much attention. So, we pulled one off the self to install it and see what he was all about and make a mutual decision that maybe we should retire him.

However, upon installing him we discovered that WE LOVE IT. It is by far the easiest center support I’ve ever installed. Especially when you order it from our company. (I’m not just tooting my own horn here it’s just that we open it to inspect it and while we’re in there we basically set it up for you!) All you have to do is pull it out of the box, screw in the foot provided, slide it on the lip of you metal rail, adjust the height of the leg, and tighten the wing nut. See, easy as A,B,C,D,E!

 

Truthfully, after seeing how easy and sturdy this support is, I don’t see why anyone would buy anything else for a queen bed. Give it a try for yourself! Click here to view the product page and click here for a detailed video on just how easy this thing really is!

Replacement Bed Frame Feet

September 15th, 2014

If your bed frame feet have broken, it’s not necessary to purchase an entirely new frame.

Now, in some cases it may be the best idea to buy a new frame. If you have an old frame that’s squeaky and raggedy it might be time; however, these are the perfect solution if your frame is just a few years old and they’ll save you quite a bit of money.

The replacement foot is a plastic piece that slips over your bed frame leg and replaces the current foot (or thereof.)

Click the link here for more information of sizing and measuring correctly!

 

Fold-able Bed Frame

September 11th, 2014

Do you need a convenient, fold-able bed frame solution?

Here it is! The Pragma Fold-able Bed Base

It’s easily stored and assembled. Just unfold it, stick your mattress on top and you’re all set!

Pragma Bed Bases do not require a box spring. The Pragma (formerly Duraplus) bed base is engineered with heavy-duty wire mesh, which serves as a complete mattress support system that will not bend or sag over time. This bed base provides a flat, sturdy, squeak-free base for your new memory foam mattress or even your old spring mattress.

The strong, yet lightweight design can hold up to 1200 pounds per twin bed frame, up to 2400 pounds on the king-sized base. The weight of our twin bed frame starts at a very light 23.75 pounds. Pragma bed frames are strong, yet light enough to be carried up the steps.

  • The frame can fold or unfold quickly and easily. When folded, the frame is easy to store and takes up little space.
  • This TALL bed frame sits 14″ off the ground, so there is ample space to store suitcases or other bulky items underneath.


How To Lower Your Bed

September 9th, 2014

There are a few reasons one may want to lower their bed.  The main reason we get is for children or the elderly. It’s easier to get into and eliminates the risk of a bad fall. We at The Sleep Shop have several options for lowering your bed. We have low profile rails, frames with feet, frames with wheels and an all-size-in-one low profile frame.

 

 

With today’s extra thick bedding, you might feel you need a stepladder to get in bed. Normal bed frames sit about 7 – 8 inches off the floor, while low profile bed frames are 4 – 5 inches off the floor. Low profile bed frames are designed to lower your bed and fully support your mattress and box spring without the use of a headboard or a footboard. Use low profile bed rails when you have both a headboard and a footboard and you want to lower your bed.

 

 

Attractive Bedframe

August 21st, 2014

I know a lot of people -especially my age (21) and especially men (any age) who have a serious opposition to bed skirts. I get it. They require a whole 2 minutes of your life to put on and it’s another thing to wash. And even if you get a very boring color they manage to look so girly and frilly.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a bed frame that wasn’t ugly and was cost efficient?

 

You can! It’s called the Edge Bed Frame.

Look how attractive that is!

Features of the frame:

Steel

Available in Twin, Full, Queen, King and California King

Contemporary silver finish (no ugly rust colored brown)

recessed legs to prevent leg injury

Bedding retainer tabs for a more polished look

 

 

Dreamfit Sheets Review

August 18th, 2014

Recently, I had the opportunity to try out DreamFit sheets. Now, I know what you’re thinking.  ”This is not an honest review. That company sent her something so that she would write this review.”  While that type of thing does go on all the time this is actually a 100% honest review.  We’ve sold these sheets for years at our store and I’ve just never brought any home.  Until now. And oh how my life has changed.

I tried the micro fiber sheets first, they were pretty awesome but they didn’t make me loyal to the DreamFit brand (more on those later).  Then, I tried the 400 degree cotton sheets. I can’t even believe what I was missing. So, on to the review:

The microfiber sheets- If you’ve ever tried microfiber before I can almost guarantee these aren’t what you’re thinking. I purchased a set of microfiber sheets from Wal-Mart and felt like a DJ in my bed all night.   Every time I would move it sounded like scratches on a turntable.  So I’m just in bed like…The DreamFit microfiber sheets were very silky and soft.  And obviously the band on the bottom of the sheet was a true dream come true. No more snapping and popping and fighting and fussing with my bottom sheet! I could hear the hallelujah chorus in the background. Here’s a picture of those heaven sent bands.

Like I said, those alone didn’t make me a loyal fan.  The pilled a little where your feet go and they sleep very hot. These are not, I repeat not, summer sheets.

However the cotton ones changed my life.  I actually have not one bad thing to say about them.  The only thing I can think of to even give you a heads up about is this, if you have a very thin mattress you’ll have a bit of excess sheet.  These are made for thicker beds and so that they wont pop off.  If you have a thin mattress and like a tight fitting sheet, these aren’t so good for that.  That being said these are the most luxurious, softest, lovely sheet I’ve ever had the pleasure of sleeping in. They don’t pill WHAT SO EVER.  The Egyptian cotton sheets  come in 3 degree and 4  degree.  They come in multiple colors and also these sheets are made in America! (However the cotton is imported as the name “Egyptian cotton” would imply)

Do yourself a solid, and pick some up!!

 

Protect your floors!

August 13th, 2014

There’s nothing more unsightly than a scratched up hardwood floor. It relates to the bedding industry because bed frames are often slid around a room to allow for cleaning.

 

But I’m here to tell you, life doesn’t have to be this way. You can protect your hardwood floor for as long as you have it.  Whether you have wheels or glides we have you covered!

Why we like Slipstick Large Castor Cups

  • The large castor cups keep your bed frame in place.
  • Caster cups protect hardwood floors, tile, laminated flooring, parquet floors, and slate floors from being scratched by your bed frame wheels or castors.
  • Will support up to 250kg (550lb) per cup.

We have many options. Protectors for carpet, for hard wood. For feet and for wheels!

 

Eventide Bed Frame

August 5th, 2014

When I first saw this frame I just wasn’t sure what to think of it.  It was a box of metal and plastic brown parts with what looked like giant cocoa puffs sitting in the mix.

My co-worker and I were given an assignment to put it together and see what we think of it and decide if we want to keep selling it.  The entire staff ended up pitching in and we had a blast. You can watch it here!

So, here’s an honest review of Knickerbockers Eventide bed frame:

Now, I already know your first question. Is it worth the $199 we sell it for on our website? Yes!  And most websites, especially big box stores, are charging up to $300 more and that excludes shipping. ( Sometimes i just wonder if their possessions are made of gold with all that extra money they suck out of people)

Here’s why:  It has an extremely modern, aesthetically pleasing appearance.  To me personally the legs do sort of look like giant cocoa puffs but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  Trust me when I say it’s a great conversation piece. This is what the wheel looks like: 

It fits all sizes! You can put it in a guest bed where bed sizing may change from time to time, or buy it for your son/daughter and adjust it as they grow.

It’s sturdy! It’s great for heavier weight limits.

It’s so easy to move! This is great for people who re-arrange a lot or people who like to get under the bed area for cleaning. In the video we were able to move the entire frame with a mattress set (and one of co-workers) with a simple glide.  Don’t worry, we also sell floor grippers so it doesn’t slide everywhere all of the time just willy nilly.

Since this is an honest review here are the cons: It was a little difficult to snap the plastic encasement on to the frame. We all gave it a good go, struggled quite a few minutes and then finally one of our male co-workers snapped it on.  It takes a pretty firm hand.

It would be kind of difficult to put together completely on your own.  I’m not by any means saying it’s impossible, but you may get frustrated and walk away a few times.

It’s very easily slid-able. Which is great for the movers and cleaners but for a child or the elderly it may not be so great.  Again you can get the gripping cups but children jump around and the elderly tend to push all of their weight on the bed sometimes when trying to get in.

 

I hope this review helps you make a decision! If you’re looking for an even more sturdy and easy to assemble frame try the Embrace! It’s amazing!! If i’m honest, I like it a little better but the Eventide is still awesome!

What to do if you hate your newly purchased mattress.

August 2nd, 2014

Yikes!! You just spent over a thousand dollars on your new mattress and you hate it!!!

 

Now what??  Well, if you’re anything like me you certainly don’t have another 1000+ dollars sitting in the bank to purchase a new mattress when you just bought one.  Hopefully these tips can help make everything all better.

Sleepless nights? Try these tips to sleep better.

 

1. First, give it a few weeks.  When you spend 5-10 hours every night on one surface and then suddenly change, sometimes your body needs to catch up.  It’s very common especially in memory foam to not automatically love it.

2. If you still can’t make peace with it, check the mattress store policy. In North Carolina we can’t accept returns due to our laws. However, in some states they are allowed to take returns and re-sell them. Also, certain Serta mattress (and a few other brands I’m sure) offer their own specific comfort guarantee.

2. Is it sagging already? Unless they also run a bed frame shop, most mattress stores don’t stress the importance of a center support.  The amount of people that call us daily that don’t have a center support nor did they know what one even was actually shocks me. If you don’t have a center support with at least one leg to the floor this can lead to sagging which makes a mattress very, unnecessarily uncomfortable. I even suggest getting two to three.  The more the better.  The Bed Beam System and ELM-211  are two of our customers favorites. You just might actually love your mattress once it’s properly supported!

3. Is it too firm? First try taking off your shoes and walking (or lightly bouncing) on the mattress.  A lot of times the mattress you get in your home will be slightly firmer.  This is because the floor model in the store has been tested from 3 months to 2 years before you came along and gave it a try. Still not doing the trick?   Try adding a nice mattress pad or luxurious topper to soften it up. A lot of our customers love the feeling of a firm mattress and a padded topper and purchase the combo intentionally.

4. Too soft?  This is one of the areas where is might be better off trying to sell it too someone you know or online.  You could try purchasing a really foam memory foam topper but other than that, it’s hard to fix this problem.

To make sure you find a mattress you love next time check our guide to finding the right mattress for you.