Today’s question is almost funny enough to make me forget that I feel like I’ve been run over by a truck. In fact, the questioner followed up with a “will you be answering this soon??” last week, so despite the fact that I’m on my deathbed (oh, okay; it’s just my regular bed, but I am sick) I’m going to get this answered, because nothing is sadder than newlyweds without a bed.
In September I am getting married. Now I’m sure you’re aware of the importance of some of the things you buy when you’re getting married. With all your beauty and sensualness I am hoping you would be willing to show some sex goddess knowlede and share some advice on how to save on the most important purchase for newlyweds—otherwise known as the Queen Size Bed or baby factory as we like to call it here in California.
My current baby factory has that grand canyon look to the center proving that when I bought it two years ago I had no clue what I was doing. His bed, although cute is smaller than my right thigh so it’s right out. We have the pleasure of being a couple with two different body shapes. He is tall and narrow and I am short and valumptuous.
We live in a small town (by small town I mean that sometimes in the morning I have to scare other people’s chickens out of my front yard with a hose and it’s not uncommon to find a bunny or goat from the neighborhood in my back yard eating apricots that have fallen off my tree). Our town only has one furniture store and the bed selection resulted in my ownership of the grand canyon. The nearest town has several stores where nothing ever goes on sale because they know you have no other choice. This means I’m looking for a place to buy a bed online.
~Not in the Sack Newlyweds
Ahhhh. What could be more beautiful? Young love, bed shopping, chickens…? Hrm….
Okay. Here’s the thing: I do not recommend buying a bed you haven’t tried. A bed is a very personalized preference, and I just don’t think it’s the sort of thing you can say “oh, this is a good one!” and buy it sight unseen. Remember—a bargain is not a bargain if it’s something you don’t want or need. I may be able to tell you how to find a smokin’ deal on the esteemed Pillowy Comfort Deluxetop Sleepmaster, but maybe that’s not the bed for you. You won’t know which bed is for you until you’ve tried some.
Your first assignment is to leave the chickens behind, hie thee to a larger town (preferrably one with a mall and a few furniture stores), and giggle your way through laying down on several showroom models. Think of it as a bonding experience for you and your fiance.
I am not saying you have to buy your bed on this trip. I’m just saying that right now you have no idea what you like, other than “a bed without a crater in the middle.” That still leaves a lot of room for possibilities. Find out what you like. Then you’ll know what to look at while shopping.
Thinking out loud here: I suspect that—given your disparate sizes, and the wonderful things I’ve heard about them—you and your beloved might really dig the Select Comfort Sleep Number beds. You can each adjust your own side individually and everybody ends up comfy. Perfect, right? Wellllll… maybe not. I priced out a queen set over there, and even with the sale they’re currently running on their most popular model, you’re still looking at about $1800. Ouch! I mean, hey; if you can afford it, awesome. I’m not saying it’s not worth it. Just that I think that’s a big chunk of money. It’s not going to be your most frugal option, that’s for sure.
Let’s talk about another popular—though not particularly cheap—option: memory foam. Tempur-Pedic is all the rage these days, but again, it’s pricey. Do you like memory foam? (I do; I have memory foam pillows and I love them.) Go and try it. The good news about memory foam is that there are cheaper options than the original name brand. As with anything else, pay close attention to details if you go generic. You want to look at the thickness, the density, etc. But if you try memory foam and you like it, one good option for you might be the Bodipedic from QVC, of all places. (QVC uses frames in a weird way that makes it difficult to link directly to certain products. Search on “bodipedic.”) The price is competitive and the reviews I’ve seen are good. And you can get it delivered to your door.
Happy to go the traditional innerspring route? Again: figure out what you like, first. Then go call 1-800-Mattress or hop on their website. You should be able to find a decent deal on any of the conventional big names, there.
If you haven’t read my previous post on picking a bed for your child, check that one out as well. Many of the tips apply to buying any bed, although the local furniture store tips may be useless for you out there in the boonies.
Two more general points I feel compelled to bring up….
First: A bed is an investment. You spend a third of your life sleeping, and a good night’s sleep effects everything from your posture to your mood. Don’t settle for a crappy bed. You will receive money when you get married; maybe you need to decide right now to earmark it for the Bed Fund. A proper bed will last you twenty years, so if there’s any way to stretch a bit, now, to get a really good one, do. It’s important.
Second: Having said that, I also understand that sometimes you just cannot pull together $1000 for The Best Thing right at the moment. If you simply cannot afford a good bed for a while, at the very least, rescue your spine from further damage: Invest in a good futon mattress. It will cost a fraction of a good bed set and later you can toss it on a couch frame and have a spare couch/bed. (If you hate how hard a futon feels, bop on over to Overstock (click through on the sidebar there, or wait for the next weekend sale coupon I post on Friday) and buy yourself a luxurious padded mattress topper. It’s a cheap but ergonomic solution that will tide you over for a while.
Best wishes for a lovely wedding and a lasting marriage, and for all of your bed-related wishes to come true!