Extended Length Bed Frame

June 2nd, 2015

Have you ever sat down on the edge of your bed and the mattress didn’t have the support you wanted it to? Or worse, flipped up?

Normal bed frames measure around 70-71 inches long, and sometimes, it can cause problems for those of us who like to sit on the edge of our beds.

The hospitality Instamatic frame is 75 inches long! This means it covers more of the length of the mattress, offering greater support throughout the frame.

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This frame can also be paired with our G-10 deluxe bed risers to give you a frame that is 10 inches off of the floor. This allows for plenty of storage room.

How To Choose A Center Support

April 28th, 2015

These days, in order to keep your mattress warranty valid, mattress manufacturers require that your bed (queen size or larger) have a center support with a leg to the floor. If you’ve found yourself in the market for one, you’ll quickly realize it can get overwhelming with all of the different options.      There are several questions you can ask yourself in order to make the process of choosing a center support for your bed a much easier process.

What are your side rails made of?

The first question would be, are your rails metal, or wood? Center supports are typically made specifically for the type of rail you have. If you have metal side rails, the support will usually have a clip that allows the center support to slide onto the rail and remain in place. If you have wood side rails, the support will have a flat tab on the ends and you will attach them using wood screws. There is also another common type of side rail, it’s made of metal but is painted to look like wood. These rails can be difficult to find a solution for. The edges of these rails are curved, making it impossible for either the typical support made for metal or wood support to work. For these, you could either try to contact the manufacturer or forfeit your current rails and replace them with wood or metal rails.

How much weight are you putting on your mattress?

Another important question is, how much weight will be placed on the supports? All center supports have a weight limit. They usually range anywhere from between 400 lbs to 3,500 lbs. I know that even 400 sounds like a lot, but it’ll add up fast. If your bed set weighs 80 pounds, you weigh 180 and your partner weighs around 200 then you’re at 460 already. The more weight they’ll hold the sturdier, but more expensive they’ll be. You may also want to consider getting more support than you really need; if the trends continue as they are, mattresses will only get thicker! This will prevent you from having to replace them again. Some products, like the Knickerbocker Bed Beam, offer a lifetime warranty!

How long do you want them to last?

This question touches in the same territory as the last one, but longevity is also a good thing to keep in mind. If you’re buying them for a kids bed, you would be perfectly fine with some basic metal slats with legs attached, such as these. However, if you want to protect a major investment, for example, an expensive bed set and brand new mattress, you should opt for something that supports a lot of weight and has a decent warranty.

If you have any further questions, feel free to call the us at 1-800-905-6252. We’d love to help!

 

 

 

Wood Bed Rails

April 18th, 2015

F.A.Q About Wood Bed Rails

Where do I find replicas of the rails currently on my bed?

The first step when searching for replacement wood rails is to contact the manufacturer. (Tip: Save your papers when buying a new bed set, a lot of times the name of the manufacturer is not located on the bed itself.) Sometimes, they will sell you the exact set of rails for your bed, as long as the bed is still in production. Without the manufacturers help though, it would be easier to find a needle in a haystack than to find matching rails for a decorative bed. But don’t worry, you have other options!

What do I do if I don’t know the producer of the bed? 

Your best, and most cost efficient bet is to settle on some replacement rails like the ones pictured below. While they are not the best looking things in the world, you can stain them. They also feature a pretty thick cleat (inside lip) to attach a center support to, which you will definitely want to do.

wood rails

How can I make sure they will fit my bed? 

If you purchase them from The Sleep Shop we have a template that you can print out on your computer. Then you can cut the template out (I would recommend tracing it onto something a little more substantial than paper, such as cardboard) and actually hook it into your bed. If the template fits, the rails will work for you. However if it doesn’t, the rails will not work for your bed.

What colors are available?

The only option we have available is an unfinished style. However, they are very easily stained, so you could transform them into what ever color you desire!

What are the rails made of?

The rails are made from a laminated hardwood with the top edge being veneer banded. The term “laminated” doesn’t exactly sound like it can be stained, but the term is actually describing the process in which the wood was pressed. They are 100% stain-able.

What do I do if I have a headboard and footboard that require bolt on rails? 

Currently, the only option available for wood rails is hook-on. If you have bolt-on rails, you may need to consider going to metal rails.

If you have any other questions, you can call us at 1-800-905-6252!

Bed Frames Vs. Bed Rails: What’s the Difference?

January 3rd, 2015

When asking our customers if they need a bed frame or bed rails, we often get the counter question: what’s the difference? Bed frame terms can begin to sound all the same when you’re trying to explain a situation, so we understand that question!

A Bed Frame is a stand-alone structure; meaning, it can support your mattress and box spring entirely on its own. This is what you need if you have neither a headboard nor a footboard, or if you have only a head board. This is what they look like:

As you can see, it is completely connected and has a beam across the middle for added support. (Some bed frames don’t have this, but you need the center support for queen size and larger)

 

Bed Rails are two rails independent from one another. You would use these if you have a footboard and headboard you would like to connect them too.

These will not work unless you have both a headboard and a footboard.

 

Pictured above is a set of queen rails with a center support; without the headboard and footboard the structure will not be able to stand.

 

Hopefully this helps! If you have any questions, give us a call and we’ll be glad to point you to the product you need.

Three Ways You Can Extend the Lifespan of Your Mattress

December 9th, 2014

Every night, you flop over onto your bed, ready to get whatever amount of sleep you can. Maybe on the weekends you worry that you need to wash and change your sheets, but other than that, you pay your bed no mind.

Unfortunately, you’re making a big mistake. If you like your mattress, and want to get as many years as possible out of it, you need to take care of it. After all, a quality mattress can last as long as 10 years, but that’s only if it’s looked after.

Here are a few tips you can use to extend the lifespan of your mattress.

Rotate Your Mattress.

The first and most obvious thing you can do to prolong the lifespan of your mattress, say online bedding shops, is to rotate it. Most people usually sleep in the same spot, in the same position, every night, which can lead to uneven wear and tear on the coils. Online bedding shops say that after a number of years, one side will be worn out while the other is like new, which decreases the support both sides can provide. So, online bedding shops advise you rotate your mattress every two months, and flip it on occasion.

Make Sure You Have a Good Box Spring.

Sleep accessories can be as important as a mattress, the box spring and its frame in particular. Box springs act like shock absorbers, and take a lot of the nightly wear and tear, while box springs add further support. You can get pretty good deals on these bedding accessories online.

Clean the Mattress!

Your sheets aren’t the only things you need to wash! Online bedding shops advise that you also clean whatever stains there may be with a mild detergent or soap. Soak a clean cloth in cold water, get it soapy, and have at it. Online bedding shops also advise against using volatile chemical removers, since they could actually damage the mattress.

Who would have thought that rotating your mattress could help extend its lifespan? Or that your bed frame supports the mattress and eases wear and tear? Or even that you had to clean the mattress, too? With these helpful tips from online bedding shops, you can make your mattress last much longer!

If you have any questions about caring for your mattress, feel free to ask in the comments.

Replacement Bed Frame Wheels

November 22nd, 2014

These little wheels are made to replace your existing broken ones, or you can add them to a frame that currently has feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These wheels allow you to move your bed more easily, and the wide wheels help protect your carpet.  These are fairly standard wheels that fit most bed frames. They come with a plastic insert that fits inside the leg to snugly hold the wheel in place. Check out the product page here for more information! 

*Please note that in the picture these are a silver/black combination- when you receive the product they are a brown/gold combination*

 

Three Important Considerations to Make When Shopping For Luxury Bed Linens

November 13th, 2014

You can buy all sorts of amazing bedding accessories online, but the best ones are arguably luxury bed sheets. After all, there are few other sleep accessories that will so directly impact the quality of your sleep. No matter how you already sleep, luxury bed linens can make beds unbelievably more comfy, allowing you to get to sleep sooner, get higher quality sleep, and feel more refreshed in the morning.

Like all consumer products though, you need to make a few careful decisions as you shop for luxury bed linens to make sure you’re getting the best ones for your home. Here are a few such considerations you need to take into account.

The Thread Count.

The first thing you need to think about when buying luxury bed linens is the thread count. Although it is not good to base your purchase solely on thread count, typically,  the higher it is, the better the sheets are. While there are certainly many factors that affect how comfortable the sheets are, the thread count number is a good rule of thumb to use when determining just how soft the luxury bed linens are.

The Color.

Though most think it’s best to just buy sheets whose color simply appeals to them, putting a bit more thought into the color choice can help you find luxury bed linens that will put you even more at ease. Warm colors tend to make people feel more energetic, while cooler colors are more relaxing. Red, orange, and yellow are simply not as relaxing as blues, greens, and violets. You should also considering getting pastel or earthy hues, which are more subtle, muted, and even more relaxing.

The Size of Your Bed.

Perhaps the most obvious thing to pay attention to when buying bed linens is that they actually fit your bed. Though it shouldn’t need to be said, it still bears reminding that shoppers make sure they have king, queen, double, or single bed sheets that will fit their king, queen, double, or single mattress.

Luxury bed linens can help any sleeper get a better night’s rest by making beds feel much more comfortable, just so long as they have a high thread count, are the right color, and fit the bed properly.

If you have any questions about shopping for luxury bed linens, feel free to ask in the comments.

Three of the Most Common Ailments That Affect Sleep

November 13th, 2014

Unfortunately, about 40% of Americans don’t get the necessary 8.5 hours of sleep, which can result in such problems as faulty memories, lack of attention, and even increased risk of contracting certain diseases. Sleep problems have become so problematic that they now cost the nation about $15.9 billion in health care.

While some of these people can’t get enough sleep because of certain habits and schedules, many people aren’t getting the necessary amounts of sleep because of certain physical ailments.

Luckily, there are several sleep accessories that can help. Here are a few of the most common, physical problems, and the things that can help people overcome them.

Sleep Apnea.

Sleep apnea is one of the more serious sleep disorders, and causes people to stop breathing when they sleep. Common symptoms of sleep apnea are a loud snore, and daytime tiredness. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, talk to your doctor about which sleep accessories may work best for you. Some people might not need to be too concerned just yet, but others may have to start using certain wearable sleep accessories like a mask.

Acid Reflux.

Acid reflux is a common, gastroesophageal ailment that causes a person’s stomach acid to flow back into their esophagus. Naturally, this backwash is quite painful and bothersome, and can often interrupt a person’s sleep. Luckily, there are a couple sleep accessories that can help. An acid reflux wedge is a wedge shaped pillow that can prop a person up when they sleep, so that gravity can help keep a person’s stomach acid in their stomach. Deluxe bed risers also use the same principle. They’re put underneath standard bed frame feet, which then put the whole bed on an incline.

Restless Leg Syndrome.

People who have restless leg syndrome feel an unpleasant sensation in their legs when they go to lie down, which prompts them to move their legs around to make them feel better. This movement then makes it difficult for a person to fall asleep. Thankfully, there are several ways to deal with restless leg syndrome. Afflicted sleepers can try exercise, medications, vitamins, or even sleep accessories like a warm compress.

If you’re not getting enough sleep, you may want to talk to your doctor to figure out what problem you may be having. Only then can you figure out which sleep accessories will be able to help you at night.

If you have any questions about sleep accessories, feel free to ask in the comments.

Three Reasons You Should Consider Using Bed Risers

November 13th, 2014

 

Americans love their sleep, but too few are getting enough of it. Even though adults are required to get between eight and eight and a half hours of sleep every night, the average person in the U.S. only gets 6.8 hours of sleep.

The reason so few people get enough sleep is because so few people in the U.S. have good sleep hygiene, which is the practice of good sleep habits. Most people know that they need to do something about their poor sleep habits, but refuse to make a change. Consequentially, these sleep problems cause health issues, like anxiety and faulty memory, and economic issues as well. In fact, sleep problems add about $15.9 billion to national health care costs.

What’s most baffling about this entire situation is that it can be incredibly easy to solve sleep problems. Many times, a person just needs to get new bed frame feet, which lift a bed up, or a wedge pillow, which allow a person to sleep in a more comfortable position instead of laying flat on their back.

Though it might not seem like these deluxe bed risers do all that much, these sleep accessories actually provide several advantages. Here are just a couple of the many wedge pillow and bed riser benefits.

Fight Acid Reflux.

Acid reflux is a condition where a person’s acidic gastric juices are regurgitated, which causes heartburn and pain. It can also disrupt a person’s sleep, and decrease the quality of sleep a person gets. Sleep accessories such as a wedge pillow allow a person to sleep sitting up a bit, and use gravity to help keep these acidic fluids where they belong — in the person’s stomach — thereby allowing them to sleep better.

Make it Easier to Get Into Bed.

The lower the bed, the harder it may be for some people to get in. By raising the bed up a bit, these sleep accessories can make it easier for some people to get into bed, allowing them to get to a good night’s sleep sooner.

Helps Make Room For Storage.

These sleep accessories also have a use beyond helping a person sleep better. If a person’s bed is lifted up, there’s more room underneath it to store things. Many people actually use these sleep accessories exclusively for this purpose, if you can believe it.

Who would have thought that such simple sleep accessories could provide so many benefits? Anyone would be wise to head to an online bedding shop and getting these vital sleep accessories.

Three Ways You Can Beat Allergies and Get a Better Night’s Sleep

November 13th, 2014

If you have allergies, then chances are you’re well aware that pollen, dust, and mold will keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. In one study reported by WebMD, only 17% of people with allergies would rate the quality of their sleep as optimal, while about half of respondents said that their allergies make it hard for them to fall asleep.

As an adult, you’re supposed to get about eight hours of sleep a night, but if your allergies are making your sleep hygiene poor, chances are you’re getting far less than that. This in turn can cause a myriad of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

It’s time to take back your 40 winks from your allergies. Here are a few tips to help.

Wash out your nasal passages with saline spray.

When allergens get in your nose, they tend to get stuck there, and then cause inflammation. Fortunately, you can use a saline solution in a squirt bottle to wash your nasal passages out before bed, thus allowing you to go to sleep with no allergies.

Find bedding accessories online that can help, like allergy proof mattress covers.

Online, you can find tons of anti-allergy bedding products and sleep accessories that can help you overcome your allergies and get a better night’s sleep — allergy proof mattress covers being one of the best. Made out of plastic, these allergy proof mattress covers come with a zipper, which effectively locks any dust mites and other allergens in, keeping them from coming and going. In one study of allergy proof mattress covers, kids with asthma were able to cut their medicine in half when they started using them on their beds.

Stop using over the counter decongestants.

Many over the counter decongestants can actually cause insomnia, believe it or not. If you want to get a better night sleep, find allergy medicines that induce drowsiness instead.

If you have allergies, consider using saline nasal sprays, getting allergy proof mattress covers, and ditching over the counter decongestants so that you can reclaim your 40 winks.

If you have any questions about solutions or products such as allergy proof mattress covers, feel free to ask in the comments.