Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dreaming of clouds and comforters: Or, how we went bed shopping and survived. I think.

Our second year anniversary is fast approaching (next week, w00t w00t!). For a brief moment, we thought about booking ourselves into a hotel downtown - the Royal York, perhaps - and spending a romantic evening inside the buzz of the city. We thought about it, and the idea appealed to us, but in the end, a different anniversary gift won out. Instead, we bought a bed!

Our old bed is the 15-20 year old cheap mattress the Husband lugged around with him from home to home during university. There's a dip in the middle that we both end up falling into. The springs are prominent enough to be lumpy. It's still a relief to fall into, but it's teetering very close to its last legs.



In hindsight, we should have made the investment during the traditional time, a week or so after our wedding, but the purchase hardly felt necessary at the time. Not that it really does now. But now, now it would just be nice.

So, on Saturday, we went mattress shopping.

Friends. I hate mattress shopping.

In the afternoon spent running around to mattress and furniture stores, I also developed a strong dislike of mattress salespeople. Not that I assume these people are terrible, unlikable people. But, as they stood over me in their sellsellsell role, they just rubbed me the wrong way. We came as educated, well-researched consumers and they treated us like we knew nothing, like we didn't know what we were looking for, like we didn't know what's best for us.

Of the four salespeople we dealt with in our shopping around, only one actually listened to what we were looking for, sincerely answered our questions, gave us honest opinions, and treated us like we were more than a commission. So, we bought a bed from her!

What did we get? This one:
The Simmons Beautyrest Napa Valley II, on special for more than 50% off. Pillow top, 1080 coils. This thing is going to change the whole feel of our bedroom. We ordered a low-profile boxspring, but even with it, this bed is going to sit way higher than our current bed. I'm going to have to learn how to climb, hop, leap into bed. And, we're slightly concerned how the height will affect the already tiny room. Will it make it feel even smaller? Will we suddenly feel crowded? 

Also, now I really have to buy a nice new duvet cover, and perhaps even a new duvet. How can we have a beautiful comfy bed covered with a ratty, dog-chewed duvet? First things first, right?

6 comments:

  1. I can share those sentiments about mattress shopping; the pushy-sell-role only served to make us walk out the door faster and onto the next store. But a new bed is very much worth the minor annoyances of the shopping excursion. Even though it did take some getting used to climbing up onto our new mattress it was divine. No lumps, bumps, dips & a goodnight's sleep? So worth it.

    Enjoy the your comfy new mattress :)

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  2. HammeringOurWayHomeMay 1, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    A new bed is a pretty big d, so congrats! I just think it's slightly awkward laying on a bunch of beds to decide if it's too hard, too soft, etc. (cue goldilocks). That said, I'm sure you guys are going to love it! A tip my mom taught me- when possible, buy a split box spring. Makes moving (with said bed) WAY easier.

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  3. Ooooh a new bed! I can't wait until we do that...sometime.

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  4. Good decision!! Money well spent because it's important to your health, too. Happy Anniversary (soon)

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  5. Wonderful page. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely article.

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  6. Great purchase! Looks very comfy. :) Hope Mocha is passed the chewing phase and will allow you to have a beautiful new duvet!

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