In Celebration of Blanket Season

September 11, 2014

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As soon as the temperature drops, I always find myself reaching for my favorite blanket, a quilt of cable knit sweater patches that was given to me in the late 70’s by a small woman whose name escapes me. As much as I love that old blanket, there are few things I enjoy more than buying a new blanket, and now is a great time to find one at US-Mattress. With a wide selection of blankets, throws, and quilts from today’s top brands, such as Sferra, Matouk, and Peacock Alley, you can find the perfect companion for the cold months ahead. In honor of blanket season, I’d like to share an excerpt from one of my favorite books, On the Fallen Red Leaves of Kentwood by an underrated, yet, in my opinion, giant of the modernist movement, Sir Adam Royle.

(From the chapter entitled “Evening’s Strangers”)

After she left me, I found myself with more time than I had expected. I didn’t think she’d leave so soon, and I quickly became bored and decided to retreat to the small cottage I was renting in the Kentwood Hills region of West Burgundyshire. The woman who owned the cottage lived in a larger house on the estate and I spotted her coming up the hill as I began to build a fire. It was getting dark and the autumn winds had risen from their slumber and I was cold.

As the wind ripped through the open plain, it became increasingly difficult to light the fire. Over the heavy handed roar of the wind, I heard the woman calling to me from a small barn where she was now sitting. “Boy! Come here, boy!” she rattled. I slowly walked up to her and made it known that I was no boy, but rather, a skilled outdoorsman of moderate looks and capable hands. She apologized and offered me a seat next to a small fire that was sheltered from the wind. “The days disappear so quickly now,” I said to her. “Well, it’s the time of year, I guess,” she said in reply.

We talked as the moon became clearer and whiter and soon it was late into the evening and her fire was still burning and my body was still cold. I had long forgotten about the woman who had left me for better company earlier in the night, and all I wanted now was to be warm. Warm and in bed. It was getting increasingly difficult to leave, and I sensed that the woman had something on her mind that she needed to say. “Are you okay?” I asked her. “Come here,” she said, waking into the barn. I followed her and, once inside, began to wish that I hadn’t asked her if she was okay and, instead, gone back to the cottage to sleep. She climbed up a rickety ladder that led to the rafters and insisted I follow.

Once I steadied my feet on the rafter boards, I saw a giant pile of blankets. She pointed to them and said, “Here, take one. I don’t use them anymore, anyway. Not since Robert left.” I was curious who Robert was, but I was too cold to ask. Instead, I grabbed the blanket at the top of the pile and said, “This will do. Thank you.” She smiled and said, “I think you should leave. Go on! Git!”

I descended the ladder and left the barn and turned the corner to take one last look at the fire before crossing the estate and finding sleep in the small cottage. That blanket kept me warm that night, just as it keeps me warm this night as I write with a weathered quill by candlelight.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Slip Into Something More Comfortable

September 9, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I’m kind of a sports nut, especially during football and basketball season. There’s nothing I like better than long autumn and winter weekends when I can lie on the couch and watch game after game. I can go from the NCAA to the NFL to the NBA and back to the NCAA – all without leaving my couch or showering. For a guy like me, it’s bliss. For my wife, it’s the pits. But this isn’t about her (Do you hear that, Tish? For once, it’s not about you). You should see my couch when I’m watching the big game. I have everything I need within an arm’s reach so I don’t need to miss a minute of the action. But, as you can imagine, there are times when I need to excuse myself, especially after some sodas and nachos. It’s a long walk across a cold wood floor from my couch to the bathroom, and I just hate what it does to my feet. There I am one minute, all cozy and warm on the couch, and there I am the next minute, tiptoeing frigidly across the frozen tundra that is my living room floor. I need to find a way to keep my feet warm while also supporting my teams. I want everyone to know that I’m interested in two things: foot warmth and winning. Do you know of any slippers that will fulfill this need, Snooze Guru? I’m counting on you. The whole team is.

-Ted from Sandwich, MA

Dear Ted,

Thank you for writing, and thank you for looking to US-Mattress for slippers. Most people wouldn’t consult a mattress store when looking for slippers, and why would they? But we’re not any old mattress store. And you know that, Ted. I’m glad to tell you that you can find a wide selection of Comfy Feet slippers at US-Mattress – all featuring the logo of an NCAA, NBA, or NFL team! Finally, you won’t have to worry about your feet getting cold when you have to get off the couch. I’ve heard they look great outside of the home, as well. Like at the grocery store, a community fair, or the office. Shop today, Ted, and enjoy comfortable slippers that will help you support every one of your favorite teams!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Machine Washable Bedding

September 4, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

For years, I had the most beautiful bed. From top to bottom, it was a standing testament to my commitment to comfort and design. But as I get older, I find my interest in fancy bedding waning. These days, I seem to gravitate more toward simplicity. That said, I’m looking for new machine washable bedding. I’m getting tired of having to dry clean everything on my bed, but I still want it to look nice. Any tips on picking out machine washable bedding?

-Carol from Dunbar, WV

Dear Carol,

It sounds like you have a fun and exciting project ahead of you! As you know, creating a beautiful bed takes time and patience. It can be tough to piece together individual items to create the full picture, especially when you’re used to having such a grand display. Fortunately, US-Mattress has a wide variety of great looking machine washable bedding that will have you assembling your new ensemble in no time. You can shop through our extensive collection of bed sets, comforters & duvets, coverlets, blankets & throws, bed skirts, and so much more to put together a bed that you can appreciate even more than the one you enjoyed for so many years.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Shopping for a Down Comforter

August 28, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

As much as I don’t like to think about it, the cold nights of autumn and winter are right around the corner. I’d like to purchase a winter weight down comforter, but I’m not very informed. What should I know? Since I’ve been shopping, I’ve seen some terms I don’t understand. Like, what’s fill power? Also, I’ve noticed that some down comforters have different types of stitching. Is that just for design or does the form follow function? I guess I need a little help to learn more about down so I can know what I want to buy. Thanks, Snooze Guru. You’re a real American hero.

-Stephanie from Woodstock, NY

Dear Stephanie,

Thank you for your letter. Down certainly helps to create a comfortable sleep experience, and its insulating qualities are especially desirable during the cold months of winter. I’m glad to provide you with some additional information so that you can make a confident, educated purchase.

As you shop, keep in mind that not all down is created equal. The best down feathers come from large, mature water birds. Goose and duck down are both popular, but goose is the superior down. The best way to measure the quality of down is through fill power, which is a measure of the number of cubic inches displaced by an ounce of down. The larger the down, the higher the warmth to weight ratio. The higher the fill power, the better the down.

The stitching pattern on down comforters is part function and part design. The two most common stitch patterns found on down comforters are:

  • Baffled Stitch – Creates 3D box-shaped pockets that allow for maximum loft while minimizing cold spots and shifting for evenly distributed comfort
  • Box and Diamond Stitch – Creates patterns that keep the down from shifting. Large squares enable the down to loft fully for warmer comfort

Hopefully this information helps direct your search. When you’re ready to make a purchase, head to US-Mattress, and enjoy the lowest price on a warm and cozy down comforter. Your sleep is important. Let the comfort of down help you get the best rest possible.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Where’s the Thread Count?

August 14, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I’ve been shopping for new bedding recently, and I’m interested in getting a set of SHEEX sheets. My only concern is that I can’t find a thread count. No matter where I look, no one has a thread count for these sheets. Do you have any information on this?

-Kaitlin from Milford, MI

Dear Kaitlin,

Thank you for writing. This is a common question with an easy answer – SHEEX sheets are knitted, rather than woven. Knitted fabrics are made from one continuous yarn that is looped repeatedly to create what looks like rows of tiny braids. Thus, the thread count for a knitted fabric would always be 1. Woven fabrics are made from multiple yarns that cross each other at right angles to form the grain, and the thread count is the number of those yarns in one square inch.

Remember, thread count isn’t the only measure of quality or softness. Most microfiber, fleece, and jersey sheets don’t have a thread count, but they’re among the softest bedding available. No matter what type of sheets you decide to purchase, you can count on getting the lowest price at US-Mattress. If you want to know more about the characteristics of a particular set of sheets, feel free to call 1-800-455-1052 to speak with one of our friendly experts who will be happy to help you make a confident purchase.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


It’s Almost Time to Head Back to School!

July 31, 2014

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It pains me to write it, but we’re entering the dog days of summer, and soon college campuses will be flooded with students coming back for another year of memories and, well, probably some math. If you’re heading back to school this fall, there’s no better place to shop than US-Mattress. Whether you’re looking for a new mattress, bedding, or furniture, you can get the lowest prices on the best brands when you shop with US-Mattress.

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Spirited Bedding and Linens

Northwest Company and College Covers make great looking sports themed bedding and linens for most of the nations universities. Whether you’re looking for a spirited comforter, pillow case, valance, throw pillow, or even slippers, College Covers and Northwest Company have you covered! Shop through our collection of college themed bedding, and ensure you show up to school packing a lot of pride!

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Desks

Every student needs a desk to study at, and no matter what kind of space you live in, you can find a desk to perfectly fit in any room. A wall mount desks is kind of like the Murphy bed of desks. You can pull it down while you’re working, and then close it up when you’re done. Most wall mount desks have plenty of room for a lap top, and many of them come with drawers and storage compartments that help you stay organized. Corner desks are also a good option for work space in a small room. They fit right into the corner of your wall, making the most of what is often wasted space. Corner desks also have deeper drawers than wall mount desks, so if you plan on storing a lot of study materials, then a corner desk might be a better option for you.

No matter what kind of furniture, bedding, or accessories you need to make this the best year of college, you can find them at US-Mattress. Shop today, and get everything you need before the summer’s over!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Common Bedding Fabrics

July 29, 2014

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While most of us put a lot of time into finding the right mattress, many of us don’t put much effort into finding the right bedding. But bedding plays a large role in our sleep experience. Without the right sheets on your bed, you won’t experience the full comfort potential of your mattress. At US-Mattress, you can shop through hundreds of bedding items to create the ideal sleep environment. But how do you know which materials and fabrics will deliver the comfort you’re seeking? The following fabrics are the most common types used in the bedding items on our site. Take a look and learn how to pick the items that will help you experience maximum comfort on your mattress.

Cotton

There are many types of cotton used in bed sheets today. With varying degrees of softness, smoothness, and durability, you’re likely to find a cotton sheet that suits you. One popular type is combed cotton, which is formed by a process that removes short fibers and any other impurities in the material, resulting in a smooth, soft product. Egyptian cotton is another popular type of cotton. Grown only in Egypt, it is known worldwide as the strongest, most luxurious cotton. Purchasing an Egyptian cotton sheet set is a great way to ensure you experience exceptional softness.

Polyester

When people think about polyester, they rarely think “comfortable.” But polyester has come a long way since it was found in the shoulder-reaching lapels of your dad’s prom tuxedo. While some polyester items can be scratchy and gritty, blends like microfiber are extremely soft. Polyester bedding also has some advantages over more natural feeling materials. Wrinkle resistance, durability, and high color retention are aspects of polyester that make it a smart choice for bedding. The longer your sheets and comforter keep their original look and feel, the longer you can go without spending money to replace them.

Wool

Wool is an excellent material to keep on your bed during the cold nights of winter. Wool comforters and throw blankets provide additional warmth and, because of their dense, strong construction, last for a long time. But wool doesn’t always have to provide excessive warmth. Many wool blends in sheets and comforters provide the same breathability as other, more airy materials. These blends can stay on your bed throughout the entire year and won’t cause overheating.

If it’s time for you to replace your sheets, head to US-Mattress to find the best selection and the lowest prices. You spend about a third of your life in bed. Why not make it more comfortable?

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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