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Mattresses -- I need more info

Monday, March 31, 2014

I've been checking on a mattress for our King-sized bed in the house being built. I remember it's been a long time since I bought the one on our bed here in the Phx area and at that time there were two box springs, sort of twin-sized each, then the mattress was one huge piece.

Now I see they have these super-thick mattresses, up to 14-inches thick, and they do not come with a box spring. Do they just sit on your bed frame? Do you have to buy the box spring separately? Seems odd, why don't they come with something to put them on?

So if any of you have experience with getting a new mattress/box spring lately let me know what you know. If the new foam ones are the way to go, I'd like to be up-to-date but if you need to buy something extra for them to set on, I need to know that too.

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    Your best bet is to go to a reputable mattress store and talk to the salesperson there. Ask the questions. Don't let them make the decision for you. If necessary, go to two or three stores. You are the ones buying so get what you both like.

    Happy hunting! emoticon
    1513 days ago
    Wow, wish I could help. We have a queen. I've heard it said you should replace your mattress every 8 years, but we always have ours a lot longer. They are pricey, even just a simple, old fashioned one! Personally, I don't care much for the "memory foam". But different strokes for different folks! I like the idea of the "sleep number" bed where you each can set your level of hardness or softness of mattress independently of each other, but have never tried one. I'm sure we could never afford one anyway. I think you and DH need to actually Go to some mattress stores and try out some! Pick their brains on what is needed, but I suspect you will need a foundation (box springs?) Hope this helps. Remember, this may be the most important shopping trip you take since you'll be spending at least 8 hours/day(night) on it! (((HUGS)))
    Love to Amber and the kitties!
    1513 days ago
    We have a 14 inch deep Calif King memory foam mattress that we have had for several years. We went with the Calif King because it was a drop in for our king size waterbed frame. The frame has since been modified since we didn't need all the waterbed stuff. The foam mattress without a box spring is a bit hard for us and we have discussed doing something else, but it isn't bad enough to actually make us do anything. A big memory foam mattress is also really heavy when you want to move it or turn it for any reason.

    We had one of those expensive choose the firmness on your side air mattresses before this. It developed a slow leak that I couldn't find to fix and was never really soft enough for our tastes, so we didn't get another of the same. It also seemed to have uneven support and my hip would touch the wood under the mattress when I turned on my side.

    Everyone's a bit different in their sleeping needs. I've read that we should plan to rest on any mattress that we are seriously interested in for at least 20 minutes. And pay attention to how the store has it set up. If you do something different, you may get different results.

    Good luck in your search!

    1513 days ago
    We got a pillow top never again but still have not found one I like so I am still looking so will check back here to see what others have said - happy bed hunting

    1513 days ago
  • DALID414
    I've been postponing getting a new mattress for this exact reason; too many crazy options! I'll check back to see what other replies you get and see if I'll get one step closer to shopping for a mattress emoticon Sorry I'm no help
    1514 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Eve, this is such a ripoff item. Bed is a necessity like automobile and the merchants will make you pay. I bought cheap and expensive mattresses all with the same end results. The mattress will sack simply because of the weight.

    Then I found the solution in air mattress and never look back. Yes, they can leak, just pump in more air or buy a new one if not repairable. They give off gas, so just buy months ahead of time and air it out. I have a wooden bed frame similar to the one in the link for $100 since it's smaller. My mattress is $20 (no built in pump) and it's better than the latex mattress I bought for $1400. Mattress is a non-issue for me for the rest of my life. Good luck.

    air mattress:

    bed frame:
    1514 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2014 12:02:10 AM
    There are SO many different mattresses to choose from! You can go the traditional route with a boxspring underneath, and the mattresses on top. With a king size bed, I think you're right with the 2 box springs under, and 1 mattress on top. ElivingstonTX had a point about the sheets costing a pretty penny if you go over 14-17", although how many sets of sheets does one really need? 2 works well for most. I would set aside a day or two and go around and try out several different brands until you find a couple that you like. A good friend bought a firm pillow top mattress that is amazing from Costco. Sam's Club also has great deals. I just bought a twin set for a guest room from a local furniture store that was having a sale. I wouldn't have been able to afford them otherwise. They're Schiffman mattresses. I'll have them forever! Good luck!
    1514 days ago
    Those mattresses sit on a special frame that looks like a series of slats. The traditional innerspring mattresses are still available for sale.
    There are also foam ones now. There are innerspring mattress that come as deep as 24 inches. Sheets for those are expensive. To keep sheets affordable, keep it 14 or under.

    I have a 22 inch mattress and have to pay about $100 for a pair of sheets. needless to say, I have only 2 pairs. I do however sleep really well.

    This is a great time of the year to shop for mattresses as the new models for the year come out in the spring. There should be model year closeouts.
    1514 days ago
    emoticon EVE OUR SYSTEM IS DIFFERENT emoticon
    1514 days ago
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