May 03, 2005

A Bed to Lie In

Terry recently got a new mattress and that was finally enough to spur me on to start agitating for a new one too. We've had our mattress since I started library school in 1997. Before that, my parents had it on a bed in their house for ten years or so. My mom thinks she may have bought it used. So it is a very old and mostly quite uncomfortable thing and I don't sleep well under the best of circumstances.

We'd planned to get a new mattress last fall, but our furnace decided to die which took up all our available funds. Since, like Terry, we just got our check from the government returning some of the cash they'd been holding for us interest free, I thought this was as good a time as any to go mattress shopping.

There had been some debate about whether we should get a bigger bed than the full size we currently sleep on, but in the end, we both decided we like our bed too much to change it -- even if it is narrow by today's standards.

I got it into my head that I wanted a mattress from these folks. So I went early last week and checked out their selection. They seemed nice and in the price range I had in mind, so I dragged Justin back last Friday night to help me choose the one.

We ordered it, paid up and were told to expect delivery on Tuesday (that would be today). So this morning, I waited to hear from them -- and waited -- and waited. This afternoon I called. Somehow they'd forgotten to get our delivery on the list, but they put it on a truck and brought it right over.

One thing I noticed right away as they were carrying out our old mattress and bringing in the new one was that our old one sure was thin. We didn't get a pillowtop mattress, but it's got quite a bit of foam on top of the springs and I think once you add the thicker mattress and the thicker box spring together, you wind up with more than 6 inches more height than we had before.

We also have an old iron bed, as noted above. It's already taller than normal, but didn't look weird with the old thin mattress set. Now, I am afraid what we have might kind of just look goofy. I'm willing to consider the possibility that I'm just not used to it, but I'm afraid it's just too thick. I'm not sure what one can do about that other than get a step stool to help us climb into bed. I'm seriously considering that.

I am looking forward to sleeping on a comfortable mattress for probably the first time ever though. Hooray for good sleep.


I can fix the height problem in two words:

Dust Ruffle.

Not bad for a guy huh?

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at May 3, 2005 06:36 PM

Heh. It's not the height on the bottom -- it's the fact that I'll now be sleeping with my head in the clouds -- well, almost. I'll probably get used to it, but it is now an extremely tall bed.

Posted by: Jordana at May 3, 2005 08:16 PM

That happened in our guest bedroom, too. I've gotten used to it, but the mattress is still out of proportion to the bedstead.

Short of having a cotton mattress made, though, I don't know what I could do.

What the hey. Sleep well.

Posted by: Janis at May 3, 2005 09:08 PM

Hooray for good sleep, I say. Reba's been feeling bad lately, but for once it has NOTHING to do with the mattress. She sleeps like a baby now. (Except without the crying and poop.)

But the mattress IS way tall.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at May 4, 2005 09:42 AM

Did you get a low profile box spring? I think they come in 6" and 9". That might help.

Posted by: Beth at May 4, 2005 11:28 AM