The Value of a Two-Sided Mattress is Undeniable
We are proud to be a part of the vibrant Wallingford neighborhood. We pride ourselves in having the largest two-sided mattress selection in the Pacific Northwest and continue to look for ways to improve the quality of the products we offer to our customers. Since this article’s publication in 2008, we trademarked our own process of manufacturing latex mattresses – called Botanicore™ – made of 100% botanical latex from rubber trees; no synthetic latex in sight.
Bedrooms & More reintroduces the two-sided mattress
Bedrooms & More, located in Wallingford, recently announced the reintroduction of two-sided mattresses. According to owner Jeff Garfield, the “no-flip” mattress fad has proven to be a success for manufacturers. However, it has been an outright failure in the eyes of the consumer.
“We have seen the life expectancy of a mattress drop from 12 to 15 years, down to five to seven years,” explained Garfield. “At Bedrooms & More, we have decided that the era of disposable mattresses has to end. In a world that needs to focus more on sustainability and recycling, it is imperative that we eliminate the wasteful practice of manufacturing ‘no flip’ mattresses.”
When you sleep in one spot on the mattress, you compress the foam only in that area.
After a few months you will be able to see a defined difference between where you sleep and the rest of the bed. If there are two people, then you will develop a crest in the middle of the mattress over time. Distribution of the weight is even across the entire bottom surface of the mattress when flipped. The durability of a two-sided bed then becomes significantly greater – potentially two to three times as long.
Garfield says that the “no flip” mattress was pitched to consumers as a benefit – never having to flip your bed again. “The reality of it is, the cost of manufacturing a one-sided bed is up to 30 percent less, and the prices didn’t drop at all.
Consumers felt like they were getting a great deal, but body impression problems started almost immediately. Sometimes people weren’t even told that the bed couldn’t be flipped though, and when they went to turn the mattress, they thought they had been cheated.”
Though many companies claim you cannot buy a mattress that can be flipped anymore, Bedrooms & More actually never stopped selling them. Bedrooms & More has been in the same location for over 30 years, using their knowledge of mattresses and materials to shape the line of products that they carry.
Bedrooms & More is not a big box or chain store.
More than half of their customers find out about them through a friend, relative or colleague. The staff has remained consistent in their desire to help customers find solutions that suit their needs. For most people that is a comfortable, supportive mattress that will stay comfortable and not break the bank.
Ever since bringing these back on the floor the response has been tremendous. It’s only a matter of time before the major mattress companies start taking notice.
Since the publishing of this article, many things have changed. The market has shifted once again; this time to even lower quality products. No longer just one-sided, many mattresses have lighter weight foams to be UPSable. The bed-in-a-box trend is hurting consumers and the planet. People are taking Casper, Avocado, Purple, and Tuft & Needle mattresses to the dump in less than a year. Customers are coming to our store and asking us to remove them when we deliver their new, two-sided mattress. We recycle take away mattresses, though not everyone can or will.
The result of the bed-in-a-box trend is an environmental disaster, and a financial burden for consumers. Having to buy mattresses every couple years is not fair. My hope is to sell you the last bed you’ll ever need to buy. We have shifted to selling many zip covered beds. The least resilient component in a zipper bed no longer limits the durability. It is easy to replace the source of any mattress sag.