Metal Beds

November 20, 2014
Hillsdale Furniture Vista Bed

Hillsdale Furniture Vista Bed

Dear Snooze Guru,

After several years of working and scrimping and saving — and putting every spare bit of cash into my student loans — I’ve finally been able to pay off all of my college debt. The only things I’ve bought myself have been things that are absolute necessities, so I really want to use this next paycheck to treat myself to something — specifically a new bed. I’ve been using the same bed since middle school, so I think it’s time for an upgrade. I’m looking for something that is both moderately priced and still a good investment (since I still have regular bills and things — you know, adult life). From what I’ve seen, metal beds seem like they would do the job well. What’s your take?  

Phoebe from Voorhees, NJ

Finished with your loans? Way to go! And look at you now, still using your money for something very practical. A new bed is certainly a good investment, especially if it’s a quality piece. Metal beds are great not only because they are quite economical, but also because they take up less space than a typical wood or panel bed. Their reduced mass also means that they weigh less than most other beds. They’re very durable as well, which is especially great for young adults and young families who plan on moving not far into the future. You don’t have to worry about the frame warping or breaking, so it will hold up to years of nightly use.

Metal beds also have a more contemporary look. Even if they’re designed in a Traditional or Old World style, metal has a more modern association. However, you shouldn’t let this deter you if you really like those styles. A metal bed can still work with the more Victorian themes if surrounded by the right kind of furniture and décor.

I think you’ll really like having a metal bed. There are a number of different brands that sell them, including Amisco, Hillsdale Furniture, and Fashion Bed Group. With all the different styles available, I’m sure you’ll find one you like in no time.

Sleep Well (on your new bed),

The Snooze Guru

Savvy Sleeper Sofas

November 18, 2014

Dear Snooze Guru,

I got married over the summer — which is great! But now my husband and I have to split our holidays between our families, since he’s from Wisconsin, I’m from Virginia, and we live in Michigan. We decided to spend our first Christmas with his family, and they’re coming out to us because he’s an only child and they want to see where we live. Well, we live in a small one-bedroom apartment, and I’m not sure how we’re going to house them at night. (They’re kind of high-maintenance.) I would prefer it if they got a hotel, but my husband wants to put them up in our own bed. Do you have any solution that might lead to a happy compromise?

Janelle from Romeo, MI

Dear Janelle,

Yikes! Spending your first married Christmas away from your family is one thing, but giving up your bed to your in-laws too? Yeah, let’s see if we can find a better solution. You could try a futon, but those have thinner mattresses, which could be uncomfortable for an older couple. (And the last thing you need at Christmas is a passive-aggressive comment from a mother-in-law about sub-par furniture.) You should try a sleeper sofa. They’re way more comfortable, both as a bed and as a regular sofa, and they generally come in full- or queen-size mattresses (I’d recommend the queen for in-laws). Also, sofas are generally built better so that they last for a long time.

Even if your in-laws do manage to finagle their way into your bed, you and your husband will enjoy a sleeper sofa more than any other option. And it’ll come in handy down the road when other relatives come to visit. Really, it’s an investment — in your comfort and in your sanity.

Sleep Well,

The Snooze Guru


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