I love my DH very much. But I think I would love him even more if we had a king-sized bed.
Why a king? I used to think king-sized beds were crazy and extravagant and unnecessary. As DH has gotten older, he’s started to snore a bit. He’s got some kind of nasal thing going on (the dentist has talked to him about it) in which if he gets overweight he has trouble doing nose breathing and to fix it he’d either need surgery, a CPAP, or to lose weight. So far he’s been trying the lose weight option, but it never sticks long-term. Also in the winter I love cuddling close to him through the night, but in the summer I’d rather be as far away as possible. He has trouble sleeping without me, but I sleep way better when he’s gone. That year in paradise where we had a king-sized bed I slept really well. We also sleep well in hotels when we get a genuine king bed.
Right now our house has 3 queen sized beds of various ages and comfort levels and one twin bed. The bed we’re currently sleeping on is 18 years old (and is a pretty high quality standard mattress), but spent quite a bit of the time in the interim as an extra bed in an empty room. DC1 sleeps on an (extremely expensive organic) Omi Midori twin; it is about 10 years old. DC2 sleeps on an (extremely expensive organic) Omi queen that used to be ours, though I forget what kind. It is ~8 years old, and DC2 (age 5) has been using it by hirself for something like 3 or 4 years. We were very worried about chemical off-gassing when they were little. The guest bed was a $300 emergency buy– the cheapest full bed option for right after we’d bought the house, had no money, and DH’s parents were visiting. It is not… uncomfortable… but it’s also not terribly comfortable either and it’s smaller than our other queens.
We have to flip the bed monthly or I wake up with my back hurting. And sometimes flipping is not enough. Often it is enough though.
There are two directions that I see we could go right now.
- We could buy another OMI mattress for $4-8K. These guys are supposed to last decades, but one of the reasons we gave ours to DC2 was that it wasn’t as comfy after 5 years, even with regular flipping. I’m fairly sure we could talk them into giving us a platform bed for free (that’s one of their rotating specials).
- We could instead spend $700 on a Tuft and Needle online, and then buy a platform bed frame from Walmart or someplace similar for <$200.
Or, of course, we could continue to do nothing.
#2 says: King-size is 100% worth it. Just buy a Casper like everyone else, and then you’re done. You need 2 twin box springs, or a platform. Casper even sells a platform.
They did not pay me to say this, but you can always paypal to grumpyrumblings at gmail dot com.
Take one-quarter (or less!) of what you would spend on another mattress and buy a decent CPAP machine. The difference in life quality (not to mention silence for your bedmate) once you get that sucker properly adjusted is mind-blowing. Once you get used to it, you will wonder how anyone functioned without it.
What do you guys think? What are your suggestions for mattress buying? How did you buy your last bed? Any suggestions for brands that are still comfortable after 10, 15 years?