Happy new year, readers!
After a crazy Christmas in Palm Springs (where I delivered my beloved lounge chairs to a friend), my partner and I had a quiet New Year's Eve at home. The Friday before the long weekend, we finally got around to getting a new mattress set. For those of you who don't know, your mattresses should be changed about every 10 years or so. (Disgusting trivia fact: after 10 years of sleeping on the same mattress, it will weigh significantly heavier than when you bought it--all the dust mites and their waste will add several pounds over the years.)
Well, I had been sleeping on my bed since I moved to San Francisco--about 12 years! The increasing backaches and restless nights of sleep were NOT a coincidence...
I had already been researching some eco-friendly solutions for the past year. Keetsa opened up a shop in San Francisco a few years ago and I was immediately intrigued. Some friends got their bed there and recommended them, partly for their no-pressure sales team. Maxwell at Apartment Therapy had begun his Year in Bed series of reviews, which also helped us make the decision. (They even reviewed the Keetsa and gave it decent marks!)
In the end, we chose the Simmons Natural Care mattress on Friday. We basically made the decision, paid, and scheduled the next day delivery in part because the set was on clearance and we got the mid- to high-range series for about $1300 (pre-tax)! That's the price of the lower-end model! The top review from Maxwell several months ago also helped seal the deal.
This past weekend we caught up on our sleep. We call the new bed "The Poppy Fields From Oz" because it's so hard to get out of bed each morning, even after a full 8 hours of sleep! The higher, thick mattress height also works well with our higher bedside tables (one of which is actually a small desk)--no more reaching up for that glass of water in the middle of the night!
Being green(er) was a big factor in this choice. The natural latex and other materials (wool, soy foam, etc.) are naturally dust-mite resistant. (This was another reason why we considered Keetsa, too.) After years of extra-firm mattresses, we also finally learned to embrace the pillow top. Sinking in each night is such a luxury. And this foam mattress doesn't feel like foam--it honestly feels like a standard spring bed with a cushy pillow top.
So...have you bought a new mattress recently? Considering one? Let me know--I'd love to start a conversation!