The Enduring Coolness of Leather (Daybeds)

September 25, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

There are moments in my life that I will never forget. Curling in the South Pole. Arm wrestling in Balize. Meeting Bronson Pinchot. But the most significant moment came when I was in the eighth grade. Where I grew up up, all of the cool guys wore leather jackets. I didn’t have one, though, which isn’t surprising, given that my rank on the social ladder always hovered close to the bottom rung. I remember one day when I was walking out of school, Randy Sturgis (who was only the toughest guy in school) hollered at me, “Hey Jake! Your mom called… She wants her jacket back!” It was awful. How did he know it was my mom’s jacket? Sure, we wore the same size back then, and I guess sometimes we mixed up our windbreakers, but how did he know? Anyway, I was humiliated. On that day, at that instant, I learned that leather is the secret ingredient of coolness. Think about it. Leather is an essential component to all of the coolest things about life, including motorcycle gangs, cowboys, and Cher’s music videos from the 80’s. Look, I guess you could say I’m a leather enthusiast, but that might be an understatement! LOL!

I’m writing you today because I’m in the market for a new daybed for my home office (there is so much leather in there, you have no idea) and naturally, I’d like it to be made of leather. What are your thoughts? I trust your opinion because you’re a guru.

-Jake from Pine Point, MA

Dear Jake,

Thank you for writing. Believe it or not, leather pants were all the rage where I came from. Small world. Anyway, it sounds like you’re moving in the right direction with a leather daybed, which will not only give you extra sleep space in your home office, but it will also allow you and your guests to sit back, relax, and marvel at the sweet smell, smooth handle, and rich hues of umber, chestnut, and mahogany.

US-Mattress has a huge daybed collection, and you can certainly find one that you can incorporate into your home’s décor. Many of our best-selling daybeds are in stock, ready to ship, and eligible for our special 3 for FREE upgrade, which includes a FREE daybed mattress, a FREE polytop frame upgrade, and FREE “Get it Fast” shipping. While you’re shopping, don’t forget to find a great looking bedding ensemble that will add the perfect finishing touches to your new (and cool) leather daybed.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Making the Most out of a Small Bedroom

September 2, 2014

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If you have a small bedroom, you’ve probably felt frustration at the storage and decorative limitations of your space. It can be difficult to keep a small bedroom free from clutter, and it may seem like no matter what design you try, you can’t keep your room neat and clean. But small bedrooms don’t have to feel like packed storage closets. There are techniques you can use that, when properly put into practice, can fool your eyes into seeing your room as larger than it is, allowing you to feel more content, relax, and ready for rest.

Fool the Eye

Our eyes are pretty good at tricking our brain. Sometimes we see things differently than they actually are, and this is handy when we want to change our perception. When you’re furnishing a small bedroom, there are certain techniques that can fool your eyes into thinking the room is bigger, thus eliminating any cramped or stressful feelings. Here are a few common techniques.

  • Hanging mirrors in the room will create a sense of dimension and depth because they look like additional windows.
  • Limiting the color palette will make the room appear larger. When items are of a similar color, the lines between them become blurred, and the eye has an easier time surveying the room.
  • Using soft lighting that comes from several directions will also blur the edges of your room and will make it look bigger.

Maximize Space

When you have a small bedroom, you should make the most out of every free inch of space. Outfitting your room with multi-purpose furniture will also help you maximize your room’s potential. For example, placing a small desk near your bed will not only give you a place to work, but it can also serve as a nightstand. Also, putting cushions on top of storage chests gives you not only a place to store items, but also a spot to sit. Another way to maximize the potential of a small bedroom is to convert wasted space to a storage place. Under-the-bed storage containers, storage beds, and high shelves all help to maximize storage space.

If you have a small bedroom, consider taking the time to find a way to utilize every inch of space. Think of ways to trick your eyes into seeing the room larger than it is. Get creative, and enjoy the opportunity to make your bedroom more enjoyable. It may be the only room that’s yours, so enjoy it to the fullest.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Accessorize Your Bedroom

July 15, 2014

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Do you have a boring bedroom? Are you looking to spice things up? Is it time for a change? Are you tired of rhetorical questions? There’s no time like the present to make a design change in your bedroom. For many busy people, the bedroom is little more than a crash pad – just a place to sleep and get dressed. I happen to think that’s a shame. Your bedroom should be an extension of your personality and your design sensibilities. Why waste the open canvas of your bedroom on a drab, scant décor?

Often, we get intimidated by the prospect of updating the look of the rooms in our home. We think of countless trips to the store, staring at ridiculously expensive framed images of who knows what and wondering what it would be like to appreciate art. We think about past attempts at creating a look that we saw somewhere, only to view the end result as little more than cheap imitation. Sure, decorating a room can be tough, but when you get the right bedroom accessories, it can be an easy and enjoyable experience. Shop with US-Mattress, and enjoy browsing through the many items we stock that will add personality and character to your bedroom’s décor, all from the comfort of your own home. You won’t ever have to deal with a pretentious store owner leering over your shoulder muttering phrases like, “This piece really exemplifies the artist’s propensity for exploring the shackles of emotional angst.” Whatever that means. Just browse around to find what you like. The bedroom accessories you’ll find at US-Mattress will complement a number of looks. From contemporary to old world, there’s something for everyone in our huge inventory of bedroom accessories. US-Mattress has the lowest prices on the web, so no matter what budget you’re working with, you’ll find what you need to make the changes you want in your bedroom.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Bedroom Recliners

June 17, 2014

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Kick up Your Feet and Relax

Anyone well versed in bedroom décor will tell you that an accent chair is a great way to add depth, dimension, and convenience to any bedroom design. While there are a variety of accent chair styles, none complement the mood and purpose of a bedroom better than a recliner. As the one room in your home that’s dedicated to relaxation and rest, your bedroom is the perfect place for the comfort and convenience of a reclining chair.

Whether the design of your bedroom calls for a large, plush recliner, or you prefer the looks of something slimmer and more contemporary, you can find the perfect recliner for your space when you shop with US-Mattress. With the lowest prices on today’s best-selling and most trusted brands, you can count on finding a bedroom recliner that not only fits with the design of your bedroom, but also fits your budget and lifestyle. Shop today, and start enjoying the relaxing presence of a recliner in your bedroom!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


The Armoire

May 15, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

The hours were running together as they often do when yesterday passes into memory, and I happened upon a book near the top of my library shelf. It was a little sketch book I took with me on my last trip to the crests of the Andes, and I hadn’t looked at it in a long time. Indeed, a significant amount of time had passed since the days of my greatest adventures, and while the handwriting was familiar, the contents of the book seemed foreign and new. I took the book to bed with me, and as I studied the scribbles along the book’s spine, a picture fell from an early page. It was my third wife, Emily. She’s young and standing in front of an old cherry armoire. The picture is blurry, but I remember the armoire well. She inherited it from her grandmother, and in happier times, it soared high above the other furniture in our happy little bedroom. There are a lot of things I’ll remember about that armoire, but probably nothing more than the way Emily loved it more than she loved me. She made no effort to hide that either, and perhaps that contributed to our eventual demise. Another thing I remember about that armoire was how great it looked and how solid the construction was. It was really an impressive piece of furniture. Does US-Mattress.com have quality armoires that a sentimental man like myself can enjoy?

-Aldous Barmour, Londonberry, NH

Dear Mr. Barmour,

First, let me say that I share your enthusiasm for armoires. Not only does an armoire look great, but it also can really help to eliminate clutter while keeping your clothes and other items neatly organized, stowed away, and out of sight. US-Mattress.com has an extensive selection of armoires that will look great in bedrooms of any style. The quality construction and timeless design of many of the armoires makes them instant heirlooms. Shop today, and get affordable prices on high quality armoires and other bedroom furniture pieces that you and your family will enjoy for years to come.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


The Bedroom Accent Chair

April 17, 2014

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Dear Snooze Guru,

I enjoy watching home decoration shows to get tips on how to improve my home’s décor. Recently, I was watching a show about bedrooms that made me look at my room with a more critical eye. It was a tough realization, but I don’t have a well decorated bedroom. I’m setting out to improve this, and I think I’d like to start by purchasing an accent chair. Do you have any suggestions?

-Kelly from Augusta, ME

Dear Kelly,

Thank you for writing. I admire your ability to take a look at your bedroom with a fresh set of eyes. Sometimes, we get so used to the items in our décor that we don’t realize when they start to look bad. As you’re searching for the perfect accent chair for your bedroom, keep in mind what you want to use it for. Will this chair be used more for decoration, or do you plan on sitting in it? If you’re not planning on using the chair very often, then you can search for something more decorative and not worry about comfort. If you want to use it often, then you might want to put comfort before style.

Like anything in your décor, your bedroom accent chair should complement the other items of furniture. In a bedroom, the bed is typically the focal point, so your accent chair should convey they same themes and evoke the same feelings as the design of your bed.

US-Mattress has a vast selection of accent chairs that can transform the look of any bedroom. Whether you prefer the looks of traditional style, or you’d rather display a more contemporary design, you can find great looking accent chairs at the lowest prices on the web.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Old World Bedroom Sets

December 5, 2013

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These days, it seems like I’m always hearing from people who love Old World bedroom sets. They can’t get enough of the rich splendor of Old World furniture, and hey, I can’t blame them. This ole Snooze Guru has a soft spot for Old World furniture, and I get a real kick out of telling people about the Old World bedroom sets they can find at US-Mattress.

In honor of Old World bedroom sets, I would like to share an excerpt from one of my favorite novels, Old World, New Feelings by travel author Michael LaFond. This passage comes from the chapter entitled, “The Aftermath: From There to Back Again.”

In the spring of 1977, I hopped upon my trusty steed, Luther, and headed west in search of a dream. I got as far as western Kentucky, which, in fact, was not that far from where I started. Luther was getting old by then and he didn’t have much steam left in him. I’d had him for nearly a decade, after acquiring him from a local merchant who owed me a little something something after I settled some business for him. Anyway, Luther took me as far west as he could, and we stopped off at a little town just east of tomorrow. Luther was tired and I wasn’t feeling eager, so we settled in at a bed and breakfast owned by a short man and a taller man. It wasn’t clear what relationship existed between the men, but it was apparent that they’d been in the bed and breakfast game for a while and knew a thing or two about hospitality. It was also apparent that the shorter of the men, Daniel, was the one in charge. The taller one, whose name I never learned, was clearly uncomfortable with this reality and made it known to each of the guests.

After securing Luther’s accommodations for the night, I took my things and found my room at the end of a carpeted hallway of appropriate length. I turned on the bedroom light and found furniture steeped in heritage, grandeur, and sophistication. My kind of place. Familiar. Elegant. Old World. I sat at a small desk that was neatly tucked away in a corner behind the bed and drafted what would be the most difficult letter I’d ever write. “Dear Eleanor,” it started. “Sorry about what I did to your car last Thursday when I borrowed it. Yep. It was me,” it finished.

After I sealed the envelope, I took it downstairs and asked Daniel if he would mail it for me in the morning. As I was walking back to my room, I stopped and turned back toward the front desk. “Daniel. The furniture in my room is beautiful. I really love it.” “Thank you,” he said. “It’s Old World.” “You’re welcome,” I said. “I know.”

Head to US-Mattress.com to get the web’s lowest prices on today’s best Old World bedroom sets, and bring rich, elegant tradition into your bedroom.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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