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Very few new mattress sets have a box spring that actually has spring in it. Try to press down on most box springs and you'll find they're really just foundations. Check the warranty ahead of time but I agree with mschatelaine. If you don't use a product properly how can you expect warranty?

It's funny how we expect a mattress to last and last and last and want 10+ year warranties when very few products have more than 2 years. Even a Rolex has only a 2 year warranty. Plasma or LCD TVs have a ONE YEAR WARRANTY and yet thousands of dollars are spent on them!! A mattress warranty doesn't cover your comfort but defects in the material or construction.

Most beds can go on a platform base but it can change the feel.

Preview: Embody Memory Foam by Sealy
A Year in Bed Project

11/22/10 10:29 PM

Momentnote, a twin size is 39" wide. If 2 people are sleeping on a queen size together, they would only have 30" so, there's technically more room. I think an amazing twin would be better than a murphy bed any day. You're really limited with what kind of mattress you can put in a murphy set-up. It can only be so deep and has to be quite light so that you can lift up the bed. That pretty much leave poly-urethane foam which is super firm, usually, and all synthetic. Latex would be no good because of the weight and it's quite floppy. I own a sleep shop and have had a couple of murphy beds this summer to fit with a mattress. Hope this helps!

Preview: IKEA Sultan Erfjord
A Year in Bed Project

10/14/10 11:03 PM

It's sad to say, but we would rather spend money on wants (a car) than needs (a mattress). A couple may not think twice about spending $10k-$15k on their bedroom suite and decor but want a $699 mattress!! Messed up priorities. I'm also afraid that we like to spend money on what other people see (vanity). No one sees our mattress but they may really think highly of us if I'm driving a high end car!

Your sleep leads to your health. Only in deep sleep can your body restore itself. If a Hastens lasts 25 years, that's only $534 per year! What's that? 5 nights in a 3 1/2 star hotel???

Carpe Diem has many of the same components as a Hastens (built by the same manufacturers) but costs less (and looks way nicer)!

Preview: The Hastens Excelsior II
A Year in Bed Project

9/7/10 04:38 PM

If I may, Eriqua, synthetic latex is man-made latex. They have come up with the chemical composition of latex and can reproduce it in the laboratory. The positive side of synthetic latex is its consistency. It keeps the latex from developing any soft spots. It's harder to do that with natural latex, but not impossible. That's one of the reasons for the expense of latex.

As for the fire-retardant interliner, how can this be 100% cotton? The interliners are made up of synthetic material to make them fire-retardant. Perhaps ask more questions at Ikea.

Pillows!! These are very important to your overall comfort (80% mattress 20% pillow!). BUT, if you are buying a new mattress, wait until you have the mattress before buying the pillow. The 2 go together and you'll be surprised by the difference the pillow can make. In fact, if you're not loving your mattress but it's relatively new - examine your pillow. Have someone look at your profile and see if you're lying straight. If you're a back sleeper, your chin should be pointing toward the ceiling, not your chest. If you're a side sleeper, you should be in a straight line from your head to your tailbone. Stomach sleepers should have no pillow or a flat pillow at most.

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A Year in Bed: A Modest Proposal
9/1/10 10:58 AM

Love this idea! I own a mattress store and can't wait to hear your results. I agree with typicalguineapig - nobody should pick out a mattress based on other opinions, however, it will be a great spring board to conversation! I carry 6 brands in my store, so not super partial to any one. Can I make a couple suggestions? Carpe Diem is a bed close to Hasten's quality and construction but much less expensive. Also, please try an Eco Haven Organic Mattress from Natura. This bed is available both in the US and Canada!

KayinKCMO, I wonder if you still have a warranty with this much hated bed. Go after the manufacturer and the store. If they have a good reputation, they should want to try to help you and keep that reputation. I replaced a bed for one of my customers even when the manufacturer said no. Be persistent!

A Year in Bed: A Modest Proposal
8/31/10 05:54 PM

I thought I would throw my 2 cents in as well. If Jeff Klein is Mr. Carpe Diem, then call me Mrs. Carpe Diem Canada. After investigating this brand and flying down to visit Jeff and be trained by him, we are excited about the addition of this mattress to our store. I sell 2 of the S's, Kingsdown, Tempur-pedic and Natura's Organic Line. Carpe Diem just seemed like a natural addition to the line-up.

We work with our local chiropractors and want to have every option available to them and their patients.

The beds are truly magnificent and surprised me. Between my co-worker and myself we have over 10 years in this business and thought we had tried it all. But, to lie on a bed and feel absolutely no pressure underneath you and yet not hammock is a feat of engineering. I am truly impressed!

Whatever bed you are looking at, please, take the time to try it out. Consumers Reports stated recently that spending at least 15 minutes on a mattress in the store cuts down comfort exchanges by 80%!! That's huge!

Good luck in your pursuit!

Debi Chewerda
Goodnight & Sweet Dreamzzz
Newmarket, Ontario Canada

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