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.

What kind of bed frame do I need?

July 31st, 2014

Have you found yourself asking this question recently?

There are so many types of bed frames. Standard, deluxe, hook-on, bolt-on, heavy duty, etc. Shopping for a bed frame can be really overwhelming even for someone who works in a bed frame store. I can only imagine how confused people that have no clue where to start get. I thought you all might like a handy-dandy guide so here you go!

Click the links for more information on each bed frame type.

First , is your head board hook-on, or bolt-on.  Click the links to learn the difference between the two.

Now, keep that in mind through your buying process. Manufacturers typically make each bed frame with both ends available however some are specific to hook-on or bolt-on. *shopping tip- make sure to ask about the type of hook.  Hooks vary as do headboard/footboard pins*

Do you have a foot board and a head board? If so you need bed rails.  You may also choose to get a headboard and footboard frame for a sturdier option.

If you only have only a headboard or nothing at all you need a stand alone frame.  Bed frames come in many varieties. There’s standard frames, deluxe frames, heavy duty frames, tall bed frames and low profile frames.

Once you know which category you’re in after asking yourself those questions, the rest is personal preference.  Read about each of the products and pick the one you think would fit you and your bed the best! :)

Mattress Measurements

July 29th, 2014

Twin: 39″ X 75″

Twin Extra long: 39″ X 80″

Full, Double, Standard (These are all the same thing):  54″ X 75″

Full Extra Long: 54″ X 80″

Queen: 60″ X 80″

King (also called Eastern King): 78″ X 80″

California King: 72″ X 84″

Those are the typical measurements however as of late MATTRESS MEASUREMENTS ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.  It’s a mad house.  That’s a bit of a dramatization but I measured all of the box springs on my showroom floor and not one of the brands matched with the other. Only the Serta’s were true to these “standard” measurements.

*slight over dramatization*

The measurements ranged from 1/4 inch off to a whole inch off which is why is why its so important to MEASURE YOUR BED BEFORE BUYING A PRODUCT.  We have those words plastered all over our website and yet for the most part nobody does it.

It’s the sneaky-sneaky mattress companies that are slowly changing the measurements.  I’m assuming to cut costs.  Whatever the reason though the bed frame world has been left out of the loop thus making for some frustrating situations.  If you order with us, we list the exact measurements to all of our products and you can call at anytime for double-checking.

When is it time to replace my mattress?

July 26th, 2014

In this industry there seems to always be a push to replace your mattress in a certain number of  years.  There’s a big box company out there with a rather annoying jingle about how you should “replace after eight”.  While I agree that mattress companies over shoot their warranties by long shots, take the “replace after eight”  jingle with a grain of salt too.  Now, with that being said here’s the question to ask yourself that may help your decision become easier.

Is it comfortable?  If the answer is no, you should probably replace it.  If the answer is yes, then you don’t really need too.

          A few things factor into the comfort life of a mattress.   For one, the quality of the materials within the mattress.  Some brands use cheaper foams, thinner springs…etc.  If you aren’t using a box spring or a properly supporting  platform bed it will probably shave off some comfort life. Not only should you have a boxspring but it’s highly suggested to have a matching boxspring to that particular mattress.  (It’s always very import to have proper support of a mattress through box springs and bed frame supports) The weight of the person sleeping on the mattress is also a big factor.  The heavier the weight on the mattress is, the faster the mattress will wear out.  The amount of time spent and bed and the motion during the night play a role in durability too.

          Aside from durability our bodies change over time as well.  We may outgrow a mattress far before the typically recommended 5-10 year mark. Depending on pain, weigh gain or loss, and several other factors you may need something a little more supportive or a little softer.

           So in short, although the recommend time frame is anywhere between 5-10 years, comfort trumps all. And, for the next time you go shopping check our guide to make sure you find one you love!

 

How To: Raise Your Bed

July 8th, 2014

If your room often looks like this:

you could probably benefit from some extra under-bed storage.  The Deluxe Bed Risers allow you to raise your bed all the way up to 10 inches! Most standard frames are 7 inches off of the ground, just barely too short to fit storage tubs underneath.  The bed risers allow for more clearance so that you can make use of all that space under the bed! They’re made from a durable,  polypropylene plastic.  They’re very sturdy and don’t wobble and slide!

*Our bed risers now come in black instead of brown*

 

I’ve made a video reviewing the bed risers and explaining everything you need to know about them! Watch it here!

If you have any questions about bedding or bed frame parts call our store!

Toll free at 1-800-905-6252 and ask for Candice.  Mention this post and I’ll tell you how to save 5% off of your order!

 

Center Supports are so important!!!!!

July 1st, 2014

It completely blows me away that there are people out there that don’t understand how important proper center support is! What’s worse than that is knowing that there are thousands of sells rep selling $1,000 mattresses to people without even bothering to educate them!  That should be illegal if you ask me.

I just had a man call in and order 54 BL-1′s.  One of our rather popular center supports.  Now don’t get me wrong, I was excited to sell that many. That’s what makes a business a business but I couldn’t help but wonder why.  So I asked.  He ran a small hotel and every couple of years he noticed all of his Queen and Full beds sagging. This was the second time he had to replace them.  He called the manufacturer in to his hotel to see if they could help find the issue and was told he needed a center support on each bed. This poor, lovely man was wasting thousands on thousands of dollars on mattresses when all he needed was a simple center support.

The fact is though, most people just have no idea how important they are.  Allow me to break it down for you.

When you don’t have a proper center support all of the weight from the box spring, mattress, bedding materials and people sleep on the bed are supported by the very edge of a metal frame.  Naturally, everything is going to try and fall through the middle resulting in TERRIBLE sagging.  This is very unsightly, very uncomfortable and it ruins your mattress!

 

You also need a center support to keep the mattress warranty valid.  No manufacturer is going to replace an entire mattress when the problem could have been prevented.

There are several different supports available.  Some center supports for wood rails and some center supports for metal rails.

 

To protect your mattress investment check tonight to see that you have a proper center support, meaning there is a bar in the center going horizontal with at least one leg to the floor.  Depending on the weight you’re putting on it, it’s a good idea to have a couple more as well.