After about sixteen years or so (this is embarrassing), we have treated ourselves to a new mattress and box spring. Our first one was good and perhaps that's why it has lasted so long, although we have flipped it and turned it pretty regularly. But we are both over fifty and each have our own list of aches and pains that husband thought might be remedied by a new bed (personally, I just think we both need to get back in much better shape).
So, off we went to a furniture store in a nearby town and tried out several different mattresses. It was quite the Goldilocks moment with , "This one is too hard" and "This one is too soft" and so on. We both agreed on a Kingsdown Prestige something-or-other which was naturally one of the most expensive ones (do you really get what you pay for when it comes to mattresses?) and proceeded to order it. It would not be able to be delivered until we had vacation time off work because we don't have one of those jobs where we can just not come in, but instead wait around the house until a delivery is made in the middle of the day. Nor do we have a grandmother figure who can hang out in our house and wait until a delivery is made in the middle of the day.
We have a queen sized bed. We would love a king sized bed, but our century plus old home was not constructed to allow for huge pieces of furniture to be moved up and down stairs. Nor is our bedroom the size of a small apartment, like I see in pictures of gorgeous McMansion bedrooms. We do not have a seating area in our bedroom. We do not have a fireplace in our bedroom. We do not have an ensuite (I just roll my eyes when I was decorating / makeover / house hunter type shows where someone says. "I have to have an ensuite."). What we do have is a small bedroom with two big old long windows and a small closet that make furniture arrangement darn near impossible.
Then the grand shuffle is about to occur. Our "old" bed will be moved into tall skinny son's even smaller room to replace the double he sleeps on (he could really use the extra length), then his bed gets moved to 21-year-old's room which was the room it was originally stolen from because she is away most of the year, so she got the "crappy" mattress. Then "crappy" mattress will be advertised as "perfect for the cottage" and someone will come and gleefully give us a little money and take away what we don't want, nor have room to store.
So, here is what we shall recline upon this evening:
Of course, we'll cover it with the obligatory you-need-to-buy-it-or-your-warranty-is-null-and-void mattress cover and freshly washed linens.
So, do you treat yourselves to new mattresses a lot more often than we do? Have you found the perfect bed? Are you lucky enough to have a stadium sized bedroom so you can do that whole decorator perfection look? Do your kids get stuck on the less than perfect mattresses because they weigh less than you? Do you get your forty winks, or do you slowly pry yourselves out of bed in the morning feeling less than rested? Go ahead, and share your bedroom secrets!