Everyone say it with me now:
Buying A Mattress Sucks.
This past Saturday, during some of the heaviest rains we have had all year, our family bought a new mattress and bed frame. I do love it, but it took a bit to get here.
We originally started our search online. We looked at Costco, Ikea and the local Bedding Barn. Bedding Barn had no prices listed on its site. Costco had a nicely reviewed Firm Queen that I liked, but it was hard to wrap my head around buying a mattress without being able to lay down on it.
Before we bought a mattress, we did fall in love with a frame at Ikea.
In our store, the mid-beam was NOT included as stated on the site. It was $10.00. We also bought the additional slat set for $60 that supports the mattress. It has two wide drawers on each side of the bed. My husband was very impressed with the quality of wood. We recently bought another bed frame from Ikea for our daughter and he put that together in a little less than 3 hours, so he wasn’t too concerned about this one. For the record though, it did take about 5 1/2 hours to assemble the FJELL.
Here are some close ups of my new favorite piece of furniture and then on to the Mattress Adventure.
Earlier in the day, we found a lot of help in a Lifehacker post where we learned three things:
- Always ask for the best price.
- Always lay down for at least 5 minutes in the same position you sleep in
- Always ask if they have some sort of comfort guarantee because you truly won’t know if your body likes the bed for a few weeks
So keeping the above in mind, while the children were taking a Rainbow Loom class at ACE my husband went to Mattress One in the same shopping plaza. I said I would go in after the kids were done only if he needed me. He did and it was fine at first. Brendan and the salesman had narrowed it down to three beds. His top choice was my last choice, so we knew we needed to look further. The salesman continued to talk up about the Beautyrest that I liked best. It was $899, but the guy went back to his desk and talked to his co-worker. He came back and offered it to us for $799 if we bought it right then. I explained that we were *Thinkers* who needed time to absorb plus with all three kids, it was maybe not the best time. He wouldn’t let us go and just kept talking. We tried politely to leave again and the salesman said, “How are you going to feel when you come back later and the price of this is back up to $899?”
I didn’t even say goodbye. I just gathered the kids and walked out the door. I told my husband that I didn’t care if we slept on the air mattress for a week, but we were not giving a blackmailer a dime of our money.
Our next stop was the Bedding Barn in Davie. Even though they didn’t list prices on their site, the store has been there for as long as I can remember. I have never heard anyone talk negatively about them and I am pretty sure my grandmother had bought a bed there that she loved. It was there that we learned that no one really makes any two sided mattresses any longer. BUT, they had an exclusive deal with a US factory that made them for this store. We didn’t particularly like anything, but finding out that there was no type of Comfort Guarantee was a deal breaker anyway.
The last stop was Mattress Firm near the Sawgrass Mall. Brendan went alone because I couldn’t deal with any more sharks and the kids needed a break. It wasn’t long before he called me. “You know that one you liked best, they have it here in a Plush that feels just as firm for a great price. They can deliver tomorrow and the salesman was great.” When he got home, he shared about what a wonderful difference there was in the way he was treated and to top it off, it was $200 less (!!!) that the other store’s best price. So for $596.65, the Beautyrest Recharge Edmore Plush was definitely worth doing the actual in-person comparison shopping.
Here are some photos of ours:
I just have the old simple quilt from our former King bed, so my final photo isn’t very glamorous:
I hope this helps when you have to go mattress shopping. By the way, this post is not sponsored nor were we compensated in any way. It is hard to shop for a new mattress, especially in South Florida. I am just sharing our adventures.
xoxo ~ Melissa