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Best starter mattress?

Outfitting my new apartment and I'm in need of a queen-size mattress... price range $200-$600. I like soft beds but don't have a great back either, and generally I sleep well in hotel beds. Already have an Ikea bed and slightly flexible slatted base--can I put a memory foam mattress directly on top of this setup? Otherwise, what mattress should I acquire and where, which will arrive in under a week? Thanks in advance!
posted by serelliya on Jul 28, 2014 - 11 answers

Weight differential making mattress uncomfortable - any solutions?

I am struggling with back aches when I'm trying to sleep. I think it has something to do with my sleeping partner weighing about 60lbs more than me. What are the possible solutions - both short term (mattress toppers, etc.) and long term (new mattress)? [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Jul 7, 2014 - 21 answers

I'm too tired to think of a quirky title

We're tired of sleeping on a twin sized futon mattress. Literally. Help us find a solution. Difficulty: Spiral stairs! [more inside]
posted by Diskeater on Jun 24, 2014 - 34 answers

Bed movement is disrupting our sleep and making me cranky, what to do

My boyfriend's mattress is about 6 years old, and he's a tosser. When I sleep over and he tosses and turns it keeps me up, and it sucks. I'm not sure if it's the mattress or the boxspring - he thinks mattress. Let's say getting a new mattress is not in the immediate future - will a memory foam cover help us? Is there any thing else you can think of? I'm guessing not really, but sometimes there are innovative suggestions around here. [more inside]
posted by namesarehard on Jun 11, 2014 - 25 answers

Help me choose a mattress

We need to buy a single mattress for our infant daughter's bed. I have no idea what is reasonable in terms of price or what we should look for. Please help. [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on May 31, 2014 - 6 answers

Memory foam mattress in Japan?

So Tuft & Needle and the like are pretty cool and exciting, except I live in Japan. What options, if any, do I have for a Double-size good memory foam mattress in Japan? Like, not just a topper.
posted by DoctorFedora on May 18, 2014 - 5 answers

What's the thinnest comfortable mattress out there?

I want to put a mattress up in my loft, which has low ceilings, and I'd like it to be as low as possible while still providing support. Would a mattress topper from Tempurpedic be too thin? There's carpet in the loft for some slight cushioning. I usually sleep on my side and like a medium-firmness bed--I usually like pillow top mattresses. Does anyone have any suggestions? As a bonus question, how do people usually get mattresses up in lofts, if the only way up is a ladder?
posted by three_red_balloons on May 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Lift me up!

I want to get my full size mattress up off the floor-- what is the best way to accomplish this given my space constraints? [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Mar 30, 2014 - 12 answers

I need help buying a new bed

I have never in my life bought a bed. I have never in my adult life owned a new mattress. I have always slept on hand-me-downs or give-aways. I am ready to invest in a new, top-quality mattress and box springs but I don't have the first idea of how or where to start. [more inside]
posted by Brittanie on Mar 28, 2014 - 33 answers

Experiences with Kluft mattresses or other advice?

We have been searching for a mattress for quite some time. The only mattress that we both unequivocally love is the St. Claire Kluft Latex mattress. It is rather firm, supportive, non-bouncy, doesn't transfer motion, and in general felt very 'solid' and comfortable. But Kluft is one of those luxury brands that doesn't seem to publish much on how the mattresses are constructed, and we can't find any reviews of this model or even any other reviews of high-end Kluft latex mattresses. After a few poor mattress choices, we're worried about divots in the bed in a short amount of time, or other general construction problems. Do you have experience with Kluft mattresses, particularly their latex models? Or have any advice on buying this brand in particular? [more inside]
posted by barnone on Mar 15, 2014 - 3 answers

Box spring or wood slats?

We just got a nice new mattress. It came with a box spring. We were using our old mattress on an IKEA bed (the Redalen, which I guess they don't sell anymore) with their cheap wooden slats, the Sultan Lade, as support. All things being equal, we'd stick with the IKEA bed and slats. But are all things equal? Are there advantages to using the box spring instead of the slats?
posted by Xalf on Mar 14, 2014 - 17 answers

What's so funny about a bloodstained mattress?

Can Metafilter offer a plausible explanation of what is going on in this curious vintage photo of a group of women holding up a stained mattress and a pillow? [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Feb 9, 2014 - 34 answers

Advice regarding a new mattress or Shikibuton

The wife and I desperately need a new mattress. Any experience with shikibutons? [more inside]
posted by chirico on Jan 6, 2014 - 10 answers

Ideas for an inexpensive and simple "bed" ?

can you give me some ideas for an inexpensive and minimalist "bed area"? [more inside]
posted by bearette on Oct 28, 2013 - 21 answers

Optimal Desk Chair and/or Mattress for a Bad Back

If you are someone with disc problems, have you found that a certain desk chair and/or mattress has made a significant difference in your level of discomfort? [more inside]
posted by something something on Oct 18, 2013 - 9 answers

There can only be one, frame that is..

So, two bad backs need a solution. Has anyone tried two twin long mattresses in a king platform bed frame? One of the details is that the mattresses will be of different heights from each other. Would it simply be better to have two separate twin bed frames and push them together? How have you solved the two bad backs, two mattress type problem? [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jul 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Best mattress for floor-sleeping

My husband and I need a bed, but we're on a tight budget so we are considering a mattress directly on the floor. Is there a kind of mattress more suited for this kind of arrangement? Any tips in general?
posted by uauage on Jul 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me buy an economical bed!

I'm furnishing my apartment on a truly shoestring budget, and need to buy a bed for the first time. I know nothing about buying beds besides the concepts of frames, mattress and boxsprings (well, that and buying new to avoid bedbugs). What kinds of factors should I be considering? Where and how should I be buying my bed? What's a reasonable price? Please educate me! This is in the U.S.A. [more inside]
posted by raspberry jam and clothes iron on Jun 5, 2013 - 27 answers

How can I buy or make a comfortable double bed for little cash?

I rent a bedroom in a shared house, and my bed belongs to the room. It sucks and I need a new one. It's a double, but I have room to go bigger if it's not a big price upgrade. The new mattress should be fairly firm, but thick enough and squishy enough that I can lie on my side comfortably. The bedframe can be very minimal, but it should also be high, a meter or more elevated for storage purposes. It must not wobble. [more inside]
posted by 4th number on Jun 5, 2013 - 21 answers

White Lotus Home--reviews?

I'm considering buying a flame-retardant–free mattress from White Lotus Home, but lots of the reviews I find online are making my astroturfing antennae wiggle--not that that's incompatible with also having a decent product, but I just can't tell. Have you dealt with them? Tell all!
posted by HotToddy on May 14, 2013 - 3 answers

Does a Simmons Phenom Comforpedic need a matress cover for dust mites?

Does a Simmone Phenom Comforpedic need a mattress cover to protect against dust mites? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Jan 21, 2013 - 3 answers

A sheet I slit...

Help me find a mattress pad and fitted bottom sheet that will stay on my full/double bed with me wildly sleeping on top of it. [more inside]
posted by ackptui on Jan 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Is the 1998 Toyota RAV4 5-door able to transport a queen size mattress?

Is the 1998 Toyota RAV4 5-door able to transport a queen size mattress? [more inside]
posted by gttommy on Jan 3, 2013 - 7 answers

Mattress questions: Ikea & Macy's edition

Inexpensive firm mattress options: how does the Ikea Hanestad hold up? How do firm MacyBed mattresses hold up? Can you haggle at Macy's like you can with mattress chains? (+ more discussion inside.) [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jan 2, 2013 - 12 answers

How to pick a mattress?

So...How do you test and select a mattress? [more inside]
posted by Thorzdad on Dec 19, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I move my mattress across state lines?

Is it prohibitively dangerous to try to move a full-size mattress from Ohio to Florida on the roof of a Honda Accord? [more inside]
posted by grokfest on Dec 16, 2012 - 27 answers

My back... it hurts! And I'm so tired.

Help save our Christmas! My wife and I are sleeping on the basement floor of my parent's house during Christmas week. We've stayed on a queen-sized inflatable mattress before and it is incredibly uncomfortable. Any recommendations for alternatives? [more inside]
posted by swhitt on Dec 12, 2012 - 22 answers

How to prevent Princess and the Pea situations with overnight guests?

Inflatable-Mattress-Filter: what's the best inflatable mattress for two people that I should buy? [more inside]
posted by jetlagaddict on Dec 11, 2012 - 9 answers

Comfortable, cool, allergy-friendly bed setup?

Our bed has reached the end of its life. Best foam bed setup for side-sleeper comfort, cool sleeping, and allergy symptom reduction? We're considering latex. [more inside]
posted by moira on Nov 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Mattress to prevent arm numbness for a stomach sleeper?

Mattress to prevent arm numbness for a stomach sleeper? [more inside]
posted by ecsh on Nov 14, 2012 - 13 answers

3d spacer textile/fabric mattress recommendations

I am interested in buying a spacer textile mattress. Anyone out there who has used one or knows where to buy one?
posted by Infernarl on Oct 16, 2012 - 1 answer

Gel foam mattresses: thumbs up or down?

Gel foam mattresses? Any experiences/info/opinions? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Oct 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Winter's coming. Bed warming time.

Electric blanket or electric mattress pad? [more inside]
posted by zenpop on Sep 27, 2012 - 16 answers

How to pick a good memory foam mattress.

Anyone still recommend the Sleep Innovation Memory Foam Mattress after owning it for awhile? [more inside]
posted by modoriculous on Sep 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Ikea bed and mattress suggestions

Our bedframe is broken beyond repair. Perhaps this would be a good time to get a bed that is larger than a full. Our budget is Ikea level—so I have two questions: 1) Will their queen size beds comfortably support our combined weight of 500-550 lbs? 2) Are there any Ikea beds or mattresses that you particularly like?
posted by ocherdraco on Aug 31, 2012 - 23 answers

Our bed is sagging: Can we fix it?

My now-wife (then-girlfriend) purchased a new queen-sized mattress from Macy's about 3 years ago. We've recently noticed that the bed is sagging on both sides where we sleep, and the middle and sides are firmer and the way they were when she purchased it. It has a split box spring so that it could fit up her narrow staircase in her former apartment. We no longer have that restriction. So, is this the fault of the split box spring (and should we replace it with a normal one), or is it simply a problem with the mattress? What can we do to fix it, if anything? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Aug 27, 2012 - 15 answers

A queen mattress that fits through a twin doorway

Looking for a comfortable (firm!) queen mattress that fits through a very small door. [more inside]
posted by Chef Flamboyardee on Jul 12, 2012 - 14 answers

The Princess and the Beam

Box Springs: Should I keep it? Edition: Should we put the brokenish box springs (twin, two for a king) back on, or get new ones? [more inside]
posted by tilde on Jul 9, 2012 - 8 answers

Recommend a good, cheap, platform-style bed frame

Help me find the right platform bed frame! I want something cheap and of reasonable quality, for a queen-sized mattress. This shouldn't be this hard, but BED SHOPPING IS OVERWHELMING! Please help. [more inside]
posted by aka burlap on Jul 7, 2012 - 13 answers

Crib mattress gap

Is this too much of a gap between the head of crib and the crib mattress? Is it safe to fill in the gap with a rolled up blanket? [more inside]
posted by yarly on Jul 3, 2012 - 13 answers

New mattress - new neck pain, help!

First night on the new mattress and I feel horrible - do I need a topper or a new pillow or ??? We replaced our sagging mushy tempurpedic with a new latex mattress yesterday and while it felt awesome when we first went to bed over the course of the night I went from comfy to miserable. I woke up exhuasted, with a headache and tight neck and shoulders. My husband slept great and he is the one with serious back pain, so I want to make this bed work for us. [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues on Jun 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Mama bear's bed was tooooo soft.

Is there any hope for a too soft mattress? [more inside]
posted by Nickel Pickle on Apr 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Will memory foam padding improve IKEA mattress?

Will memory foam padding on a flat IKEA mattress would give me a better sleep and will folding it up every day ruin the padding? [more inside]
posted by dr handsome on Apr 17, 2012 - 11 answers

Somewhere to put the Parents and Guests

I am looking for recommendations for a guest bed that can be folded or rolled up easily for storage. I am not looking for a day bed or trundle bed (no room) or an airbed (we've tried this twice already, the cats destroy them within hours). [more inside]
posted by instead of three wishes on Apr 3, 2012 - 4 answers

none shall trim my claws, fool!

do you have a sleep number bed? do you have a cat or two? come, young padawan, tell me of your experiences. [more inside]
posted by koroshiya on Apr 2, 2012 - 11 answers

How to clean a foam mattress topper?

How to clean a foam mattress topper? [more inside]
posted by cupcakemuffin on Apr 2, 2012 - 4 answers

Memory foam mattress. What's the winner?

I need a new mattress. I'm looking at memory foam and would like to keep the costs down to $500-600. What is the winner? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Mar 16, 2012 - 30 answers

Affordable mattress type for upper back and neck pain

I'm looking for an affordable mattress type for upper back and neck pain. I'm a bit clueless regarding types of mattresses. [more inside]
posted by svenni on Feb 28, 2012 - 10 answers

Once upon a really crappy mattress...

We just got a new mattress to replace our king-sized memory foam mattress. I bought the old mattress a little too cheaply, and its not suited for further use on a bed. What are some creative ways to reuse the foam? [more inside]
posted by Kronur on Feb 28, 2012 - 6 answers

fitted sheet for thinner mattress??

Does anyone know where I can buy fitted sheets that will fit my older 10-inch mattress? Everything they make now is for really thick mattresses, and the new fitted sheets just slip right off my thinner mattress. I'd rather not buy a new mattress just yet, and I'd prefer ones with a full elastic.
posted by cmp4Meta on Dec 24, 2011 - 12 answers

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