How to Save Money and Stay Warm This Winter

December 10, 2015

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Day by day, winter is approaching — which means that night by night, the temperatures are dropping. If you find yourself paying a higher energy bill than usual, we have a tip to help lower it: invest in a winter-weight comforter.

A winter-weight comforter is called such because it has a heavier feel and typically a higher fill power, both of which help keep you warm. Fill power is a way of measuring the loft of the comforter, which in turn gives you a general idea of how well it will insulate you. It’s a number that indicates both the size of the down clusters, as well as how much air one ounce of down can trap.

A higher fill power indicates three things: more down clusters, larger down clusters, and a better ability to trap air for insulation.

Now, even if you find a comforter with a low fill power, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a poor-quality comforter. Lighter comforters made for summer weather will often have lower fill powers because they don’t need to provide as much warmth. Conversely, winter comforters have to compete with winter temperatures, so they need have a higher fill power.

So how will a winter-weight comforter help lower your energy bill?

Having a heavier, warmer comforter will allow you to turn down your heat at night. This means that if you get an average of seven hours of sleep a night, you can save seven hours’ worth of energy per day. It may not seem like much, but in the long run, it adds up. The money that you save could go toward next year’s Christmas presents or even a family vacation.

Remember that a down comforter is an investment. It may seem somewhat pricey now, but a quality down comforter will last you for a decade or more with proper care. That’s at least ten winters where you can save money on your energy bill. With long-term planning in mind, it’s easier to see how a winter-weight comforter can positively influence more than just your sleep. Plus, we have all the best prices on winter comforters and duvets at US-Mattress! Shop our site now to stay warm and save money.


Did You Know We Sell Furniture Now?

December 1, 2015

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You know we sell mattresses. You probably also know we sell other bedroom basics like linens, pillows, and beds. But did you know we now carry a vast selection of furniture for outside the bedroom? That’s right! Our ever growing company is expanding daily to provide our loyal customers with more and more products backed by our exceptional service. You can still count on us having the lowest prices, free shipping, and a selection of high-quality products in a range of price points.

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We have taken advantage of our relationship with manufacturers and our sister sites in order to bring you a large quantity of furniture for any room of the home. You might come to US-Mattress for a new mattress, but while you’re here you might end up finding unbeatable prices on a new pillow, a nightstand, a sofa, or even a dining room table. We are proud to carry signature brands like Amisco, Broyhill, Hooker, Largo, Magnussen, and many others! Whether you’re looking for bedroom furniture, baby furniture, storage, or seating, we’ve got hundreds of items for you to choose from from your favorite brands at the lowest prices available anywhere, online or in-store.

Tommy Bahama Beach House Delray Nightstand

I used to tell you to consider US-Mattress your one-stop-sleep-shop, and you still can, but I hope you’re as excited as we are about our expansion outside of the bedroom so you can think of US-Mattress as your go-to source for furniture in every room of the home. A big thanks to all of our loyal customers, we hope to revolutionize the way you shop for furniture the same way we revolutionized the way you shop for a mattress.

Happy savings!

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Enjoy That Thanksgiving Nap More Than Ever

November 25, 2015

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Hello,

This is Andrew, and I work as a merchandiser for US-Mattress. The holiday season is fast upon us, rife with delicious food, family functions, and the feeling that you may most associate with both — drowsiness.

Did you know that the best way to avoid drowsiness this Thanksgiving and Christmas is to avoid the topic of politics around your beloved Uncle Joe? We all know that good ol’ Uncle Joe doesn’t need an invitation to discuss his opinions on the best potential leader for our country, so when that drowsiness inevitably hits, I hope you remember US-Mattress, where we have an enormous selection of mattresses on sale for Black Friday. We even have some models that we get to you the next day.

So if you order soon, you’ll be able to duck Uncle Joe’s lecture on how the government was so much better when he was your age by slipping away to your room to catch a delightful nap on your brand new mattress.

I hope you enjoy your visit to our site and are able to find something to help you enjoy this time of year even more than usual.

Happy holidays!


Why You Should Use Vinegar instead of Fabric Softener

October 29, 2015

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If you are one of millions of Americans who uses regular fabric softener, you are also one of millions of Americans who is a) wearing out their clothes and linens faster, and b) exposing themselves to chemicals.

That’s right. Traditional fabric softener actually contains a variety of petroleum-based chemicals that ruin the quality of your textiles. The flammability of fabrics increases, and its ability to breathe and absorb water decreases, according to a study conducted by Jiangman Guo and Jessie Chen-Yu of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

These petroleum-based chemicals are put into fabric softener in order to coat fabrics so that there is less static electricity. However, this actually breaks down the original finish of the material. The finish of the fabric is an essential part of the textile-manufacturing process, and is part of what gives a fabric its look and feel. Once that finish begins to break down, the fabric itself begins to wear out much faster.

Those are just the immediate results of fabric softener.

Many of the chemicals in fabric softener are harmful to the human body. Some ingredients have a smaller effect, such as benzyl alcohol, which irritates the upper respiratory tract. However, there are some more potent and serious chemicals, such as phthalates and benzyl acetate, which are both linked to cancers. Benzyl acetate has actually been connected with pancreatic cancer, which has only a 7% five-year survival rate. Some chemicals like these are listed on the EPA’s Hazardous Waste Lists.

Luckily, there is a much more natural solution: white vinegar.

White vinegar doesn’t contain chemicals, nor does it affect the quality of your fabrics. Even better, it’s a much cheaper alternative to traditional fabric softer — you can get a 128 oz. bottle for as little as $2.87 at Target. And there’s no reason to worry about that vinegar smell staying with your clothes, because it doesn’t leave a scent behind. For a personal review of vinegar as a fabric softener, read this blog post from Green Idea Reviews.

Now vinegar won’t prevent static, but there’s another home necessity that will — aluminum foil. Just crumple some aluminum foil into a ball and pop it into your dryer with your wet clothes. Green Idea Reviews has another personal account on using these as a replacement for dryer sheets.

It may seem a little odd to transition from traditional fabric softener, but considering the benefits of switching, it’s not a high price to pay at all. This one small change will help you live a healthier lifestyle without drastically changing any of your basic habits.


How to Style a White Bedroom

October 15, 2015

White is a classic color for walls, no matter what generation you’re from. Besides this, it’s a great color for decorating, since it looks good with everything. But white on white? Can you do that?

The answer? Of course you can.

There’s certainly an art to styling your bedroom in all white, but if you do it right, the results are both beautiful and soothing. Not only is white a fresh, crisp color that makes every room look more peaceful, but it also does the best job of reflecting natural light to make your spaces look brighter. Let’s get started!

Shading

It might seem simple at first to choose all white for everything in your bedroom, but like any other color, you’ll find many different shades. Once you have a paint color chosen, try to keep your bedding and curtains fairly close to that shade. After that, you can begin introducing light beiges and grays into the mix, and even some satiny ivories. Metallic pieces, from mirrored furniture to actual mirrors themselves, will break up the monochrome look without detracting from the white color scheme.

 

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Texturizing

Make sure that you have a variety of patterns and textures throughout your bedroom so that all the white is broken up. A linen-upholstered headboard will have a different look than a textured comforter, since they use different fabrics. Throw pillows will give your bed volume, and if they have a pattern of some kind, all the better.

Your choice in furniture for a white room can say a lot about your personality too. Whitewashed finishes will create a rustic look, while a mirrored dresser will give it a more glamorous, modern touch. Or you can choose all black furniture for a more dichromatic appeal.

 

Paula Deen Down Home Bed in Oatmeal Finish

 

When you keep these two decorating points in mind, it’s easy to create a beautiful white bedroom that helps you relax and unwind. If you don’t know where to find certain pieces to for the look that you want, check out US-Mattress! We carry a wide variety of furniture and décor to help you style the space of your dreams.


Get Comfy — Blanket Season Is Here!

October 8, 2015
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Shavel Micro Flannel® Full/Queen Sherpa Backed Blanket

Maybe things haven’t gotten too cold if you live in the South, but the northern part of the country is starting to feel the chill. Autumn is in full swing — the nightly temperatures are dropping, and soon it’ll be time to bundle up each time we go outside. This also means that it won’t be long before a cozy blanket is a necessary part of your evening.

If you’ve already begun pulling your blankets out of storage, you may have found one or two that are getting threadbare or dismally old. Oftentimes, it’s not until you want to use them that you find that they need to be replaced.

When you’re shopping for a new blanket, don’t forget to consider the kind of winters you experience in the area you live, and always keep in mind the ways that the blanket will be used. For example, if you live in the frozen tundra of northern Wisconsin, you know that sub-zero temperatures have no problem overstaying their welcome — and to combat this, you’ll want a thick, insulating blanket. Or if you have kids and pets, you know your blankets are inevitably going to get laid on, dragged around, and crumpled up.

If you want something that’s easy to care for, cotton blankets are a popular choice. Plus, they can often be used year-round because they’re made from a natural, breathable fiber. For a reasonable price, you can get the SFERRA Celine Throw Blanket or the Peacock Alley All Seasons Blanket, both of which are made of cotton and will keep you cozy this fall and winter.

If you know that winter is going to set in hard and heavy, you may want to get a wool blanket. Wool is known for being hypoallergenic, since it’s a natural fiber, and it requires few to no chemicals in its manufacture, unlike many other fibers. For the superb comfort and insulation of wool, check out the Matouk Rialto Throw or the SFERRA Tartini Throw.

Fleece and microfiber are great alternatives if you need something on a budget. From sports teams to television shows, we have a huge range of themed blankets. If you’re looking for a plain blanket, see the Design Weave Outlast Temperature Regulating Blanket or the SHEEX Crème Brushed Fleece Travel Blanket. These will keep you toasty without breaking the bank.

Even if the cold weather sticks around long after we’d all wish it would warm up, a cozy blanket will help you stick it out until you get to put it away when summer comes around.


So What’s Really the Best Sleeping Temperature?

September 17, 2015

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Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to their ideal sleeping environment. Whether or not you’ve really considered it before, temperature is a key aspect to making your bedroom as sleep-conducive as possible — because no one likes to wake up in the middle of the night shivering or sweating. Temperature genuinely affects the quality of your sleep, which in turn affects how you feel when you’re awake.

Studies have shown that the best sleeping temperature exists somewhere between 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Whichever you choose within that range is up to you, but anything higher than 75 degrees or below 54 degrees will disrupt your sleep. Even if you don’t remember every time that you wake up due to temperature, your body will recognize it the next day. If you’re too warm or too cold as you sleep, you’ll often sleep restlessly, and therefore, less deeply. Warm temperatures, especially, will affect how you sleep. This is because warmer body temperatures help you feel more awake and alert, while colder ones generally help you feel more drowsy.

If you’re naturally a hot sleeper, there are a variety of ways to help you sleep cool at night so that you don’t have to use the air conditioner at night.

While some mattresses, especially memory foam mattresses, have been known for retaining body heat, those made with cooling gel memory foam allow you to enjoy the pressure-relief of memory foam without the excessive heat.

chili-technology-chilipad-3There’s also the Chili Technology Chilipad, which has been recommended by neurology specialist Dr. Christopher Winter. It reduces the cost of cooling your bedroom because it works directly on your mattress. Rather than having to run your air conditioning all night, you just use the Chilipad on your mattress as you would a mattress topper or protector. It’s designed so that you can control the temperature of your half of the bed, and your partner can control theirs.

You may also want to look into wool or Tencel bedding products, both of which work to keep the body temperature-neutral. Wool is a natural material that has simply gotten a bad rap over time for being uncomfortable and warm. Tencel is a manmade yet biodegradable material that will wick moisture away from the body. Bedding made of either of these materials will do a good job of keeping warm bodies cooler at night.

If you have any other tips for sleeping well at night, let us know in the comments!


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