April 10, 2012 1 Comment
There has been a lot going on at the Bunches’ household lately . . . it’s pretty amazing how that whole “nesting” instinct kicks in, right? And while we’re definitely doing a lot to prepare for the baby’s arrival, we’re also trying to do as much as possible for ourselves in these last few months. And that means sleep, and lots of it! With all the horror stories out there about how we’ll never sleep again once this kiddo arrives, we’re trying to give ourselves a leg up in that department. Unfortunately, our bedroom wasn’t quite outfitted for our new endeavor . . .
See what I mean? That’s our old queen mattress on the floor (we had a box spring and frame for it, but we knew we were going to be replacing it down the road, so in utter
laziness thinking aheadedness, we decided not to move those into the room). The room has functioned pretty well for the past ~5 months, especially since we added temporary room-darkening shades, but with a growing family en route, we knew it was time to finally get that king mattress we’d been dreaming of.
But first, we needed a new bed frame. Ideally something low profile with simple lines, and preferably in white. I fell in love with this option from West Elm, but the reviews of West Elm beds were HORRENDOUS, so I had to cross it off my list. Sigh.
And after weeks of scouring the Internet, I basically came up empty-handed. But from our mattress shopping, I knew that there were some decent (and affordable) local options. Like the one we finally purchased from City Mattress for ~$350:
Just realized as I’m writing this and looking at City Mattress’ website that this actually came in white!! Oh sad day–the sales people said it only came in walnut or oak. Oh well–live and learn, right?
We opted for the darker color since it went nicely with our Ikea Malm dressers. With free delivery and set-up, we were pleased with the final result:
Of course, it kind of made our queen mattress look even more ridiculous (I bet you didn’t even think that was possible, did you?). Up next–buying the mattress.
We did a ton of shopping around and finally found one that we liked at City Mattress–the Simmons World Class Parksdale Pillow Top Mattress Set.
Of course, their “sale” price was $1,799. And when we asked for the best price they could give us, they knocked off another 15%, which left us at ~$1,530. With a purchase that large, I knew we needed to sleep on it (I had to put in some lame pun, didn’t I?). And I also knew we needed to do some Internet research to see if we could find a better deal.
Of course, that’s when the problems began . . . ever try to comparison shop mattresses? The problem is you can never find the same one at another store. Now, the stores want you to think that they have an “exclusive” on each mattress, but in reality they just have an “exclusive” name for each mattress they carry. And the manufacturers won’t tell you which mattress is the same as another, differently named mattress. Nope–they protect their vendors. Which means that, as a consumer, you just need to dig a little deeper. The solution? Compare the specs of the mattresses–if you find one that’s the same, then it’s likely the same mattress, just with a different name. So that’s what we did. And we found the exact same mattress (at least per the specifications) at US-Mattress for only $1,349 delivered (it’s the Simmons Beautyrest World Class Sheldon Plush Firm Pillow Top). Score one for the lowly consumer, right?! We saved ~$200. Hooray for us.
We just had to wait a few weeks for delivery, and then we went from this . . .
. . . to this:
Oh, and before the delivery guys could put the new mattress on the new box spring, I quickly covered it in a standard king fitted sheet, which was a much cheaper option that buying one of those fitted box spring covers, and I think it looks just as good.
It’s nice to finally have an appropriately-sized mattress in that room, don’t you think? Of course, that’s enough naked shots of the bed. Here it is fully-clothed:
Are you surprised that I went with a mostly all-white sheet set? If you’ve been paying attention to this blog, you shouldn’t be ;). Of course, I did add a splash of color with some new pillow shams.
The flowered shams are actually Amy Butler’s Organic Bedding in Valencia Orange which I scored for $2.99 each at Burlington Coat Factory (who knew they carried stuff like that, huh?), and the pink velvet pillow is an old pillow from Home Goods.
I’ve also decided to use some new side tables from World Market as our bedside tables.
I originally bought them for the living room, but Mr. Bunches vetoed them in there. They’re not ideal for the bedroom (since they have no storage), but they’ll do for now. And yes, I’ve only assembled one so far, so I still need to put together the other one and move out the round table on the other side of the bed.
So there you have it–Mr. Bunches and I have finally grown up . . . we’re no longer sleeping on the floor! Baby steps, right?
Anyone else ever try to comparison shop mattresses? Why do they have to make the whole thing so difficult? Not to mention claiming that every mattress is on sale all the time–I mean, who do they think they’re kidding?