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New Homeowners looking for our first master bedroom set and King size mattress. 02 Dec 2020 12:52 #1

Hi, my wife and I purchased a house in March. We have both been on a queen bed all of our life, even since we have lived together and been married. We recently took a week long trip and were on a King bed in our hotel so, between enjoying that experience and our queen size bedroom set looking too small for our new master bedroom, we are ready to pull the trigger on a new mattress and bedroom set.

I thought I had a decent idea of what we wanted and where to look/buy and then I stumbled on this site and realized I know very little and even less on where to start. All of the guides and tips have been VERY helpful. I have spent the last few days looking through items and topics but don't feel that I have been able to narrow down anything besides we need to 1) lay on as many types of beds as possible and 2) shop from local factory direct stores. I was hoping a moderator or someone here could help at least narrow down my direction so I can get started.

I am in Cincinnati Ohio and have gathered that the following are places local that I should visit. Did I miss any?
1) Bowles
2) Denver Mattress Co
3) Original Mattress Facotry
4) Sleep Tite Mattress Factory

Regarding background information:
I am 5' 11" and around 210lbs. I am a back and side sleeper and sleep hot. Typically a deep sleeper and don't generally wake up with any soreness but, I have been told that I snore ha.
My wife is 5' and 150lbs and a stomach and side sleeper. she also sleeps hot but is a very deep sleeper and can sleep through anything and on pretty much any surface. Its honestly sort of impressive.

My wife's mattress growing up was a super old hand-me-down innerspring and then a cheap innerspring mattress for College. My mattresses growing up were a water bed, a middle of the road innerspring, and a 13 year old Tempurpedic that was given to me from a family member when it was almost new. We used that as a couple living together for 10 years. We got rid of that recently and have been on a low end beautyrest mattress, that was on sale, as an interim mattress until we bought a king size. So as you can see, our sample size is limited to cheap innerspring mattresses and a 2007 tempurpedic.

If you could give any direction on what type (memory foam, hybrid, innerspring, Latex......?) we should start looking at and any additional stores to the ones mentioned above, it would be greatly appreciated. Any advice is welcome.

Thanks in advance!

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New Homeowners looking for our first master bedroom set and King size mattress. 03 Dec 2020 12:27 #2

Hi cfralick,

Congrats on making a home purchase. If you bought in March that might have bin a good time to buy as people are making moves now to find more space.

A good hotel will put in quality mattresses as they live with a daily report card from reviews online. Of course you probably did not pull the sheet up to see the brand.

However I'm glad that it helped you to go down this journey to finding a good night sleep.

Its great that you want to try beds in your local community.

I'd say that you should do your research prior and compare "apples to apples" what's really in the mattresses.

What you have slept on in the past. Anything will probably be better starting off fresh with a new mattress for your new home. Its more about preference you like to get a feel for the firmness and material that you feel the most comfort.

It seems that your wife is fairly flexible so you won't have to do a split king but can find something with cooling and a balance that you'll both like. That's half the battle there to help you both agree on a couples mattress.

Try taking a mattress quiz online if you still feel lost.

Good luck on your new sleep journey quest!
Brian Hawkins
Sleep Partner Manager
GhostBed by Nature's Sleep
"Supernatural Comfort • Bigger, Better, More Affordable"

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New Homeowners looking for our first master bedroom set and King size mattress. 04 Dec 2020 09:21 #3

Hey cfralick,

Welcome to the Mattress Underground :) ! Thanks for your question.

Hi, my wife and I purchased a house in March. We have both been on a queen bed all of our life, even since we have lived together and been married. We recently took a week long trip and were on a King bed in our hotel so, between enjoying that experience and our queen size bedroom set looking too small for our new master bedroom, we are ready to pull the trigger on a new mattress and bedroom set.


Congrats on both your new home purchase and new mattress shopping journey :) ! With this transition, you likely have many projects to consider and upgrading your current bedroom set from a queen to a king is an exciting first step for your new master bedroom.

I thought I had a decent idea of what we wanted and where to look/buy and then I stumbled on this site and realized I know very little and even less on where to start. All of the guides and tips have been VERY helpful. I have spent the last few days looking through items and topics but don't feel that I have been able to narrow down anything besides we need to 1) lay on as many types of beds as possible and 2) shop from local factory direct stores. I was hoping a moderator or someone here could help at least narrow down my direction so I can get started.


Thanks for your kind words on the site cfalick; they are much appreciated. You have made a good start by coming to the TMU for your research and reviewing Phoenix's articles as a guide, your above assessment is spot on regarding store visits. Don't be discouraged that you "don't feel that I have been able to narrow down anything besides we need to 1) lay on as many types of beds as possible and 2) shop from local factory direct stores. I was hoping a moderator or someone here could help at least narrow down my direction so I can get started", as these are part of the important first steps for narrowing down choices.

I am in Cincinnati Ohio and have gathered that the following are places local that I should visit. Did I miss any?
1) Bowles
2) Denver Mattress Co
3) Original Mattress Facotry
4) Sleep Tite Mattress Factory


Just for clarity, I don’t make recommendations for stores unless they are a vetted member here of the site. We have decided to discontinue the provision of listings of potential retailers in various geographic regions (unless they are already approved site members), because of the difficulty in maintaining such lists in a retail landscape that is constantly changing, and most importantly the confusion it was creating with the consumer subscribers who incorrectly assumed that these businesses had indeed gone through the strict qualification process and were approved as members of The Mattress Underground. We do encourage you to use TMU's "Ask an Expert" forum to ask our participating manufacturers/ retailers specific questions where their expertise may be of help to your research.

Regarding background information:
I am 5' 11" and around 210lbs. I am a back and side sleeper and sleep hot. Typically a deep sleeper and don't generally wake up with any soreness but, I have been told that I snore ha.
My wife is 5' and 150lbs and a stomach and side sleeper. she also sleeps hot but is a very deep sleeper and can sleep through anything and on pretty much any surface. Its honestly sort of impressive.


Thanks for including both of your personal stats and sleeping positions as they offer clues as to what materials and component arranging may be most suitable for your comfort and support needs. Good to hear that neither of you have any ongoing soreness or pressure point pain issues, it sounds as though your current setup has served you well over time.

My wife's mattress growing up was a super old hand-me-down innerspring and then a cheap innerspring mattress for College. My mattresses growing up were a water bed, a middle of the road innerspring, and a 13 year old Tempurpedic that was given to me from a family member when it was almost new. We used that as a couple living together for 10 years. We got rid of that recently and have been on a low end beautyrest mattress, that was on sale, as an interim mattress until we bought a king size. So as you can see, our sample size is limited to cheap innerspring mattresses and a 2007 tempurpedic.


Thanks too for including your mattress ownership history, also a good reference for understanding what has worked well for you both previously and what hasn't in terms of comfort and support. As you both have no sleep discomfort issues per se and only mention "sleeping hot" as a concern, you have many potential mattress candidates available for consideration.

If you could give any direction on what type (memory foam, hybrid, innerspring, Latex......?) we should start looking at and any additional stores to the ones mentioned above, it would be greatly appreciated. Any advice is welcome.


Here are a few questions for you, cfralick: did you both like your Tempurpedic mattress's feel and support? What is your budget for a new king mattress? What sorts of properties did you like in particular about the hotel bed other than it being king-sized? Also, when considering other types of mattress constructions (memory foam, hybrid, innerspring, Latex......?), are their specific qualities that you prefer/ dislike other than the preference for sleeping cooler? For example, with your Tempur mattress's memory foam construction, you may be used to a more cradling "sinking into" the mattress feel. Latex, on the other hand, provides a more "uplifting" and "sleeping on" feel to a mattress. Looking forward to learning more details when you have time and thanks ;) .

Sensei

PS to @BrianHawkins/ Ghostbed.com : Thanks for your warm congrats and response to cfralick's post :) ! Looking forward to seeing more of you on the forum and welcome aboard.
Sensei(@ TMU Team)
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