Starting in 2000, some mattress manufacturers began making one-sided mattresses – and just like that, mattresses stopped holding their value.
Manufacturers marketed the “no-flip” mattress as a simpler product for consumers to use, as flipping was no longer necessary. They argued that the lifespan of the mattress was not affected by the singular sleeping surface.
However, in most cases they did not improve the one remaining side of these mattresses. By eliminating the cost of one entire sleep surface, the manufacturers increased their profit margin by a staggering 25-30%. These savings were not passed on to the consumer or even the retailer. Instead, the manufacturers kept all gains for themselves.
Serious problems with these one-sided mattresses started almost immediately. In some cases, problems could be traced to the petroleum-based synthetic foams being used to create the product. However, the main issue was the inability to turn the mattress to allow even wear. Consumers began to complain of deep, permanent body impressions. At the same time two-sided mattresses became harder to find, the consumer demand for softer materials increased. As a result, additional foam layers were placed on top of the coil systems. The thicker the manufacturers made the mattresses, the greater the chance became of them developing deep, permanent impressions.
Couples on queen-size beds found themselves involuntarily rolling towards each other while those on king-size beds discovered a growing ridge between themselves and their partner as their individual impressions became deeper and deeper. People described themselves as having to “climb” or “crawl” out of their beds. Understandably, consumers became frustrated when manufacturers wouldn’t cover these problems under warranty. According to them, up to a 2” depression was considered normal.
Sleep experts had little choice but to start recommending that consumers replace their mattress every five to seven years. Many people did not think that paying full-price for half a bed that would wear out in a few short years was much of a deal. At Bedrooms & More, we didn’t either.
At first, Bedrooms & More Seattle carried some one-sided mattresses in addition to our standard two-sided beds.
But all too soon it became apparent that the major manufacturers (now owned by “financial groups” instead of mattress people) weren’t concerned with what was best for the consumer but what was best for their own bottom line. The final straw for our company was the use of petroleum-based foam and the problem with potentially harmful off-gassing. Off-gassing occurs with all petroleum-based foams, including memory foam. With concerns for toxicity, mattress longevity, and mattress value, here at Bedrooms & More we removed the remaining big “S” brands from our store and have never looked back.
To be part of Bedrooms & More’s regular lineup, mattresses need to have two sleeping sides or a zippered top so that the interior components can be reached and refreshed. Materials used in our mattresses, such as natural latex, are required to have renewable and/or sustainable features and significantly reduced or negligible off-gassing. Health, durability, affordability, and social consciousness – these are the cornerstones at Bedrooms & More.
About the Environment
Bedrooms & More does not adhere to the philosophy of the major mattress companies. Our bottom line is our customers, and our products reflect that. We’re committed to products that keep the welfare of the earth and the people who inhabit it in mind. We seek out the best in natural, green, organic products and offer them to our customers at everyday affordable prices. It’s our policy that you will never pay more for the same item. We always take into consideration the larger impact of our product lines on the earth and on you.
How do we do this?
- Whenever possible, we buy locally. This supports local manufacturers, strengthening our local economy and reducing our carbon footprint.
- We always use solid wood or wood veneers. Whenever possible, our woods and mattress materials come from ecologically sound, renewable resources.
- We specialize in natural latex mattresses; our latex is a sustainable resource coming from rubber tree orchards in Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
- When our trees are no longer able to produce rubber (after approx. 25 years), their wood is used to manufacture furniture and new trees are replanted in their place.