Thursday, 22 February 2018

Saving up, research, buying...

Although the bed mattress is only 5 years old, it has starting to sink in the middle. For a few months now, I have been waking up with severe backache so time to start looking around.

At the moment, there doesn't seem to be a good enough reason to invest in a new mattress just yet, so I have been looking around for a good quality mattress topper, preferably with memory or memory like foam, as the mattress has a layer of that on already.

Eventually, we chose one. It is quite expensive but you do get one month free trial. If you are not happy, it goes back with free delivery (which it also came by).
Out the box, it was in a vacuum sealed bag with velcro straps.
Once unfurled it look like this. You can see where it was folded in half to get it into the box and also the loose cover material.

After a day, it had sucked back in its air and expanded to fit its cover. Although there looks to still be a slight crease in it, you can't feel it when lying down.

It had a dreadful smell as all new foam versions seem to and it does eventually 'air' away! It is known as 'off gassing' but apparently isn't toxic, just unpleasant.

I gave it 3 days to air then turned it over so the non-slip back was uppermost. It was then unzipped and this layer folded away from the foam. Another 2 days of airing got rid of the worst of it.

You can apparently also sprinkle it with bicarbonate of soda, leave for a few hours before hoovering it off with an upholstery attachment. Quite a lot of faff but so far, it is relatively comfortable to lay on.

Mind you, where ones bottom lays during the night, there is a dip there in the morning so everytime the bedding is changed, it will be turned to see if that helps.


11 comments:

  1. What a good idea! Our very first mattress stayed put for 15 years (the shame!!). Current one is about 7 years old and like yours, is memory foam with big bottom shaped dips. Maybe it's time for us to change as like you, my back aches a lot when I first get up.

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    1. These deep mattresses are so heavy to swing around occasionally, enough to put my back out just trying!

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  2. I hear your pain. I bought a super expensive mattress, it was so uncomfortable and begun to sag within months, the best I ever had, was a cheap foam one, a couple of inches thick, good luck!

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    1. We lay on a comfort station at Benson’s to gauge which firmness is best. I lay for ages before choosing in an effort to get a good one.

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  3. Yep, I'm another one waking up with backache most mornings and you can see the two dips where we lie. Even turning our very heavy mattress regularly only gives me about two or three nights good sleep before the backache ... and the dips ... are back. Time for a new mattress for us too I think.

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    1. Yet they say don’t forget to change every eight years!

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  4. These all singing and dancing modern mattresses just don't last like the old ones. I still have an old Myers mattress on my spare bed that cam off our bed last year. The new mattress was expensive and dreadful as far as wear and tear!

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    1. They charge such huge prices as well, not good enough is it?

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  5. We bought a new mattress last year and it's giving me backache. Tried the topper and it doesn't seem to be helping much. I'm beginning to think sleeping in the chair would be easier.

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    1. Well, it points tp poor workmanship don’t you think, we can’t all have bad backs.

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  6. If you're going to spend out on a new mattress, have a look at those made by Millbrook. Ours is a Buckingham deluxe superking zip and link. They're not cheap, but I can honestly say we've never had such a wonderfully comfy mattress. Also, remember never to sit on the edge of the bed to put your socks or tights on, it destroys the edge of the mattress, which in turn allows it to 'give' a little in the centre.
    We all spend about a third of our lives in bed, it's worth being comfy!

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