What is CertiPUR-US®?

February 26, 2015

CertiPUR-US

Memory foam is a popular product in many of today’s mattress and bedding products — and even with its exceptional support benefits, there are concerns about its manufacture and health effects.

This is where CertiPUR-US® comes in. This is a program that allows companies to show customers that their memory foam products meet specific environmental and health standards. By applying for certification, a company can display the CertiPUR-US® seal in photos of their products so that customers know that they’re purchasing from a company that cares about lessening the possible risks of memory foam.

Any company that wishes to display CertiPUR-US® certification makes their products without the following:

  • Ozone depleters
  • PBDE flame retardants
  • Mercury, lead, and other heavy metals
  • Formaldehyde
  • Phthalates regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission

Such products also have low Volatile Organic Compound emissions to maintain the quality of indoor air.

The guidelines are stringent, so any company that wishes to apply must be willing to meet extremely high standards in order to feature the CertiPUR-US® seal. Not only have these requirements been developed by leading environmentalists, chemists, research scientists, and industry leaders, but they’re also considered to be living documents — that is, they can be revised and interpreted according to new and relevant research and results. This allows CertiPUR-US® to remain current so that you, the consumer, can continue to trust their name and their standards.

US-Mattress carries numerous brands that boast CertiPUR-US® certification — including mattress companies Serta, Simmons, and Spring Air, as well as the furniture and linens brands Klaussner, Jackson Furniture, and Malouf. Check us out today to find healthy, eco-friendly memory foam products at fantastic prices!

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Apartment Sleeping Solutions

February 24, 2015

Apartment-life, like anything, has its pros and cons. Personally, I love apartment life: I don’t have to cut the lawn, shovel the sidewalks, or fix the furnace. It’s great! But for every pro, there is a con; one of the largest cons of apartment-life is space. Whether you have a studio or a two bedroom, no matter what size apartment really, you’ll soon find it full to bursting. Fitting every luxury of a two-story house into a two-room apartment is a challenge, but it’s not impossible! Smart planning and clever solutions can go a long way to finding a good balance of luxury and practicality.

Once such compromise that can have a drastic effect on space and functionality is daybeds, futons, and sleeper-sofas versus traditional beds. Whether for yourself, or as a guest bed, these alternatives to traditional beds can obviously save a lot of valuable real estate in your apartment. But which is the right alternative for your situation? Will you sleep as well as you would on a normal bed? How much space do you have? Do you mind setting up and breaking down your bed/couch?

For starters, let’s differentiate the options:

Daybeds

Daybeds lean closer to the bed end of the scale than the couch end. Essentially, a daybed is a bed with arms and a back to facilitate sitting up and using it as you would a couch. Normal bed mattresses can be used, so sleeping comfort isn’t sacrificed, but the shape of daybeds usually sacrifices something in sitting comfort and convenience in comparison to an actual couch.

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Futons

The word futon is often misused or misunderstood. Technically, a futon is a pliable mattress and quilt that is easy to fold up and store in a closet as to be out of the way during waking hours. The Western futon is essentially the same, with one large exception: the inclusion of a configurable metal or wooden frame to enhance the functionality of the futon. These frames usually lock in a sitting, couch shape, and then fold down flat to serve as a bed. Traditional futons, although very space friendly, are usually too different and suffer in comparison to comfort versus a normal bed and mattress. The Western futon, however, is a more viable option in most cases, providing essentially a couch and a bed frame in one. But more often than not, a Western futon will not compare to a regular couch or regular bed in their specialized levels of comfort.

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Sleeper-Sofas

Sleeper-sofas lean closer to the couch end of the scale than the bed end. Essentially, a sleeper sofa is a couch with a metal frame folded up beneath the seating cushions that can be unfolded to create a bed frame. In order for the sleeping mattresses to fit within the unit, they usually weigh-in at about half the thickness of a standard bed mattress. So, although you most likely will sacrifice some sleeping comfort versus a regular bed and mattress setup, the unfolded, couch form of sleeper-sofas are often quite comparable to that of a normal couch. These results make sleeper-sofas fairly effective space saving solutions, though you will also have to fold or unfold them to change the functionality of the piece.

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Breaking the Norm

Thinking a little outside the box, there is always the option to A) sleep on a normal couch, or B) use a normal bed as a couch. Personally, I can vouch for both of these with real life experience. When my fiancee and I first moved into our apartment, it was the dead of winter and the “bedroom” was attached to a sunroom that was poorly insulated being mostly windows. So we ended up plopping our bed dead-center in the “living room,” and it stayed there for the whole winter. We sat and watched TV, ate dinner, and worked on our laptops sitting on the bed. Sure, it provided zero lumbar support, and I probably got crumbs in the bed, but it worked and was a fully functional, comfortable bed every night. On the flip-side, my dad developed some shoulder problems when I lived back at my parent’s house, and I remember him often taking to the couch rather than the king-sized bed because it would force him to sleep still and not roll around where he might end up putting too much pressure on his shoulder during the night. Even after his symptoms largely subsided, he continued to frequent the couch simply because he found it more comfortable. I’ve napped on a few couches I thought were incredibly comfortable, and if you’re lucky enough to have one, that can be a viable space saving option as well!

In conclusion, know your options, weigh your priorities (sleep comfort, sitting comfort and convenience, space, price, style, etc.), and see if it is worth it to you to sacrifice having a specialized sleeping and sitting solution for a much more space-friendly hybrid of the two.


Innerspring Systems: The Offset Coil

February 13, 2015

Sleep Inc by Corsicana 100 Euro Top King Size Mattress

The fourth and final type of innerspring system is the Offset coil. Each individual coil is has an hourglass shape, but parts of the top and bottom sections are flattened and linked together by several helical wires. This allows Offset coils to be more responsive to the shape of the body.

This innerspring system gives you a fairly good combination of the conforming nature of the pocketed-coil system and the construction of the continuous-coil system. Their hinge design gives them their ability to respond to pressure so that it fits to your body. At the same time, it’s a tied-coil system, so it has a durability and support comparable to continuous coils and Bonnell coils.

A specific kind of Offset coil is the LFK coil, which is an unknotted cylindrical coil. It is even more flexible than your typical Offset coil, so there’s more give and flexibility. This is also a tied coil, so the individual wires are attached to each other — but the fact that they are unknotted means that they will conform to your body better than a typical tied system.

The drawback of an Offset coil system is that you and your partner will still be able to feel the transfer of motion when one of you shifts or gets up. However, if this coil is part of a mattress that utilizes both innerspring and foam technology, the foam padding should help decrease the amount of motion transfer.

Overall, if you want an innerspring mattress that will respond to your body shape, but will still provide you with long-lasting durability, an Offset coil system is a really good option. US-Mattress offers a variety of this type of innerspring, making your mattress-shopping experience that much easier.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Innerspring Systems: The Continuous Coil

February 10, 2015

Continuous-Coil Mattress

The third innerspring system is the continuous coil, which means that the entire system is made of one single piece of steel. This allows each coil to rely on its neighbors to help it provide support, so pressure is easily spread across the mattress. Because of this, continuous coil systems provide solid support for people of any size.

The ability of each spring to draw on support from the coils around it also makes a continuous coil mattress more durable, since they’re less likely to form body imprints. You’ll find that most mattresses with continuous-coil systems are able to provide great support for least ten years. Plus, continuous coils are less expensive than pocketed-coil systems.

As far as drawbacks go, the main one is that continuous coils don’t prevent the transfer of motion quite like a pocketed-coil mattress does. Having every coil connected is going to allow you to feel movement when your partner rolls over or gets out of bed. However, the coils are run from head-to-toe in their construction to help counteract this.

Overall, a continuous-coil mattress is a really good choice if you’re looking for an affordable mattress that will provide quality support for a long time. When you shop at US-Mattress, you’ll find a wide variety of comfort levels and prices for these kinds of mattresses, so it’s easy to find the mattress that’s best for you.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Innerspring Systems: The Bonnell Coil

February 5, 2015

Bonnell Innerspring System

The Bonnell coil system is the second of four innerspring systems that I’ll be discussing. Bonnell coils are the most common kind of coil, as they are both the oldest kind of coil and also one of the simpler ones to manufacture. They were originally used in buggy seats back in the 1800s, and were eventually adapted for use as the main support in mattresses.

The basic shape of a singular Bonnell coil is that of an hourglass. To create the entire system, many of these coils are held together by smaller spiral coils — also known as helical lacing — which allows weight and pressure from an object (or body) to be spread out more easily.

Essentially, the Bonnell coil is your most basic innerspring system. If you buy a mattress with a low coil gauge (which makes the coil stronger) or a high coil count, you can still get good, lasting support from your mattress. Even if the coil gauge is higher, you can still get a durable mattress if it has a high coil count. A good Bonnell innerspring mattress has a minimum coil count of 500 for adults and 312 for children. It’s important to be very discerning when you’re looking at mattresses with a Bonnell innerspring system to make sure that it meets those standards — otherwise it will probably wear out much sooner than a comparable mattress with a different coil unit. Also, this is not the best choice for light sleepers. Because all the coils are attached, there is a very high transfer of motion — so you will be able to feel it every time your partner moves, shifts, or gets out of bed. If this sounds unappealing to you, you may want to look into pocketed-coil mattresses.

It’s not impossible to find a Bonnell system that gives you comfortable support. You just have to go in with your eyes open so that you know what you’re getting. This is the kind of support system you’ll find in a low- to mid-range quality mattress. If you need something for a guest room, or if you plan on replacing your mattress in another five-ish years, a Bonnell innerspring will save you money and still provide support.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


Innerspring Systems: The Pocketed Coil

February 3, 2015

Simmons Beautyrest Recharge World Class Tillingham Plush Mattress

Mattress shopping is not easy. I’m not going to tell you that it is, because that would make me a liar. However, mattress shopping doesn’t have to be as difficult if you have the right information and good resources. Today I’ll be discussing one of four different innerspring coil systems, to be followed in succession by posts on the next three.

In short, an innerspring coil system is a layer of metal coils that provide support while you are sleeping. This is the core of the mattress upon which all the padding and comfort layers lie.

Pocketed coils, also known as Marshall coils, are coils that have been individually wrapped in a fabric casing. This is the only type of coil that isn’t wired together, so each coil compresses on its own as pressure is applied. Mattresses with pocketed-coil systems are very good at conforming to the shape of the body and relieving pressure. Also, because they move individually, they are excellent at reducing motion transfer between couples — so if you often wake up to your partner shifting in bed or getting up, a pocketed-coil system will help prevent you from feeling the movement of weight.

This kind of coil system is really good for side-sleepers. A major reason for this is just simple physics: because there’s less surface area of your body in contact with your mattress, you are exerting more pressure on your mattress. If you have a continuous coil or Bonnell coil mattress, you’re going to need a lot more padding on your mattress to soften the amount of pressure that you feel when you sleep. But a pocketed-coil system cradles your body better to relieve that pressure, allowing you to sleep more deeply and more restfully.

The downside to a pocketed-coil mattress is that it does not provide the best support for people who are high above the average weight. This is partly because the coils are so independent — they cannot spread the weight out as well, so they allow body impressions to form more easily than other innerspring systems.

Overall, a pocketed-coil mattress is a great choice if you are looking for excellent pressure relief and motion-transfer reduction. US-Mattress sells over 400 mattresses with this kind of innerspring system, so it’s easy to find a pocketed-coil mattress at a price that fits your budget.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


A Bedroom Classic: The Quilt

January 29, 2015

A quilt is one of those classic bedding products that people tend to associate with feelings of comfort and warmth. Whether it reminds you of cozy nights in front of the fire, or even of the homemade one from your grandma, quilts just have this relaxing, homey feel that few other items possess.

Your typical quilt is made with three layers: a layer of woven fabric, a layer of batting, and another layer of woven fabric. The construction is fairly similar to that of a comforter; however, quilts usually have a specific side that is the top, which often has a lovely design or pattern. This design is pieced together from smaller pieces of cloth into a patchwork. Quilts that don’t have patchwork tops can still have detailed stitching to create a pattern or motif, just in a more subtle manner.

Whether you like the traditional nature of quilts, or you just enjoy their warmth at night, there are lots to choose from at US-Mattress. Our great bedding selection and price range allows you to find the comfort you want at a price you’ll love.

 


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