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Old 05-27-2013, 04:52 PM   #1
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Question Mattress, Pillow, Sheets, Blankets and all that Good Stuff

We just bought a new King size bed and mattress. We bought a Stearns & Foster mattress, but had to return it after two weeks because it had a lump in the middle. Lou said it was like climbing a mountain every night, lol. It was one of those foam ones. Thank God the store had a great return policy. We replaced it with another S&F, this one even more expensive than the first very expensive one; only this one has springs.

I'm happy to say that this mattress is like a dream come true. We both have very bad spines and other painful joint and other heath issues, but we feel at least 50% better when we wake up. It's the best money we've ever spent on a household item. I like a soft mattress while he likes a hard one, so we compromised and got a medium.

Last month, I bought one of those special foam pillows that comes in a box. It smelled like gasoline. It said on the box that the odor would go away within two days. I did everything they suggested. Sprayed it with Fabreeze, put in in front of a fan, put in on the balcony overnight, on a cold night. Nothing worked. I returned it. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect pillow for my bad neck. We both use three pillows (one behind my back, my head, he uses one between his knees).

New sheets, 400 count. I was surprised to hear that some people don't like a top sheet. I'd go nuts without one. New comforter with the shams and fancy pillows. It's a pain to make the bed now or to get it ready to sleep at night. I like sheets with a sheen to them, not satin, just a little shiny. Regular cotton, not flannel or anything different.

So how about you, what do you like in the way of mattresses, sheets, blankets, pillows, etc? Sleeping is such a big deal, and it has to be just right for me.
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I've had my mattress since 8th grade. It's soft, because I'm a soft mattress kind of person. I too have a top sheet, mainly because I fold the comforter down every night so I don't have to wash it (comforters get to lumpy after being washed). In the winter time I also use a blanked over the top sheet and sometimes an afghan, because my house doesn't have great insulation. I have soft pillows too. I try to make the bed everyday, because I just can't stand to leave the house with it not made. I have three decorative pillows that I put on top after making it.


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That bed sounds great Janice.

I like a soft mattress. I like soft sheets, cotton, jersey, even flannel for when t's cold. I need a top [flat] sheet to sleep along with a blanket. I also like soft blankets and comforters, etc. I have a set of purple sheets (of course). I like soft pillows. I have a twin size bed and use one pillow.
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I could never sleep with just one pillow, Jenny. You're a LOT less particular than me... Totally not a bad thing! Means you are the easiest customer ever to please when you go to hotels, etc.

Me -- my bed has to be slightly soft (prefer firm). If I had a foam mattress - that would be up my alley! I have a foam topper for my bed and love it

I'm always on the hunt for that perfect pillow -- I sleep with 4 at this time (hey, it's down from the 6 I used to sleep with when I was in high school, LOL!). I've gotta have one pillow on each side of me... one behind my back and one to snuggle up with. THESE pillows in particular, I have yet to find a satisfactory pillow. After like 6 months they're flat as pancakes, then I toss them out to test out the next batch of pillows.

I do, however, LOVE the main pillow (for my head) that I have. It, too, was an exhausting hunt! It didn't come cheap, either. $40 foam pillow for side sleepers. I got mine probably in 2011 and it's still as awesome as the day I got it. I hope I can keep it forever. I'm a side sleeper, and this is like what I have (not sure if that's the brand, but it seems right!). The firmer my pillow, the better... I have such a hard time with soft pillows at hotels. I'd rather not fluff my pillows. This pillow is HEAVY though - far heavier, since it's all foam! But soooooooooooo worth it.

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I, too, sleep with a top sheet. I used to sleep with tons of blankets... but these days, it's just my top sheet and comforter. During the winter months, I will put on either my electric blanket or electric mattress pad (I have both! lol but I don't use both at the same time... I'd have to live in Antarctica to warrant use of both at once!). I didn't use either this past winter though.
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I could never sleep with just one pillow, Jenny. You're a LOT less particular than me... Totally not a bad thing! Means you are the easiest customer ever to please when you go to hotels, etc. I sleep with 4 at this time (hey, it's down from the 6 I used to sleep with when I was in high school, LOL! I, too, sleep with a top sheet. I used to sleep with tons of blankets...
The only time one pillow wouldn't be enough for me is if I was somewhere and the pillow was flat. Then I would need two. I can't imagine four pillows much less six pillows, lol. I don't think that would even work on a twin size bed? lol.

I know what you mean about a ton of blankets. When I was in college in (Nacogdoches, TX) the university kept the dorm rooms freezing! It would be in the 60's which is too cold for me. I would wear sweats, two pairs of socks, then have a flat sheet, three blankets and two comforters on me. Sometimes I would still be cold.
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We just bought a new King size bed and mattress. We bought a Stearns & Foster mattress, but had to return it after two weeks because it had a lump in the middle. Lou said it was like climbing a mountain every night, lol. It was one of those foam ones. Thank God the store had a great return policy. We replaced it with another S&F, this one even more expensive than the first very expensive one; only this one has springs.

I'm happy to say that this mattress is like a dream come true. We both have very bad spines and other painful joint and other heath issues, but we feel at least 50% better when we wake up. It's the best money we've ever spent on a household item. I like a soft mattress while he likes a hard one, so we compromised and got a medium.

Last month, I bought one of those special foam pillows that comes in a box. It smelled like gasoline. It said on the box that the odor would go away within two days. I did everything they suggested. Sprayed it with Fabreeze, put in in front of a fan, put in on the balcony overnight, on a cold night. Nothing worked. I returned it. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect pillow for my bad neck. We both use three pillows (one behind my back, my head, he uses one between his knees).

New sheets, 400 count. I was surprised to hear that some people don't like a top sheet. I'd go nuts without one. New comforter with the shams and fancy pillows. It's a pain to make the bed now or to get it ready to sleep at night. I like sheets with a sheen to them, not satin, just a little shiny. Regular cotton, not flannel or anything different.

So how about you, what do you like in the way of mattresses, sheets, blankets, pillows, etc? Sleeping is such a big deal, and it has to be just right for me.
Your new bedding sounds so nice & comfortable. Bet it feels like you have a whole new bedroom. I also like a comforter or bedspread with the matching shams. I have a waterbed which I've used for years and it is so comfortable plus you can adjust the temperature of the water, cool for summer & warm for winter. The only draw back is you can't move it unless you drain all the water out and sheet sets are hard to find, so I usually buy 2 individual flat sheets & 2 pillowcases for it.

Also for that new pillow that smelled like gasoline, I would have returned it too.
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The only time one pillow wouldn't be enough for me is if I was somewhere and the pillow was flat. Then I would need two. I can't imagine four pillows much less six pillows, lol. I don't think that would even work on a twin size bed? lol.

I know what you mean about a ton of blankets. When I was in college in (Nacogdoches, TX) the university kept the dorm rooms freezing! It would be in the 60's which is too cold for me. I would wear sweats, two pairs of socks, then have a flat sheet, three blankets and two comforters on me. Sometimes I would still be cold.

I have a cousin who is cool natured like you. She has several little ceramic heaters she keeps in different rooms of her house. You could have used something like that in your dorm room.
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Your new bedding sounds so nice & comfortable. Bet it feels like you have a whole new bedroom. I also like a comforter or bedspread with the matching shams. I have a waterbed which I've used for years and it is so comfortable plus you can adjust the temperature of the water, cool for summer & warm for winter. The only draw back is you can't move it unless you drain all the water out and sheet sets are hard to find, so I usually buy 2 individual flat sheets & 2 pillowcases for it.

Also for that new pillow that smelled like gasoline, I would have returned it too.
I had a waterbed years ago. I loved it. I remember it sprung a couple of leaks, and the heater stopped working, and it got cold. Still, I loved it. The sheets were easy to find because this was in the 80s when waterbeds were all the rage.
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I have a waterbed which I've used for years. The only draw back is you can't move it unless you drain all the water out.
My mother had a waterbed in the 90's. I remember she liked it, but had the same problem. The waterbed couldn't be moved unless you drained it.

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I had a waterbed years ago. I loved it. I remember it sprung a couple of leaks, and the heater stopped working, and it got cold. Still, I loved it. The sheets were easy to find because this was in the 80s when waterbeds were all the rage.
It sounds like you had a nice waterbed.

I think I would be afraid to have a waterbed because it might spring a leak.

There was a season 5 episode of Growing Pains where the family (The Seavers) had to sleep in the apartment over the garage overnight because of termites. Anyway, the family tried to all sleep in [the oldest son] Mike's waterbed. The waterbed sprang a leak. Mike tried to stop the leak by drinking the water.

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I have a cousin who is cool natured like you. She has several little ceramic heaters she keeps in different rooms of her house. You could have used something like that in your dorm room.
We weren't allowed to have any kind of heaters, including space heaters.

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The only time one pillow wouldn't be enough for me is if I was somewhere and the pillow was flat. Then I would need two. I can't imagine four pillows much less six pillows, lol. I don't think that would even work on a twin size bed? lol.

I know what you mean about a ton of blankets. When I was in college in (Nacogdoches, TX) the university kept the dorm rooms freezing! It would be in the 60's which is too cold for me. I would wear sweats, two pairs of socks, then have a flat sheet, three blankets and two comforters on me. Sometimes I would still be cold.
Oops, I forgot to mention the fact that this is on a queen-size bed. So, that does make a difference! Three is the absolute minimum I could have on my bed.

My room is overinsulated, if that's possible... Altho it may have something to do with my room being right next to the furnace. So I'll feel the heat or AC first, lol. I close the vent in my room in the winter because even if I have it open a tiny bit, it's gonna get hot fast and that would suck! But I keep my vent wide open in the summer... The more AC I get, the better. Gotta have my room good and cold... it's the only way I can sleep. I got cold easily as a kid... Not so much now. Heh.
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I got my mattress when I was ten and it's very comfortable and my bed faces the door and near my bed is my bookcase and the bedding that's on my bed is leopard print bedding and I hope to get leopard print toss pillows for my bed soon. As for pillows I always have to sleep with two pillows because my stuffed animals take up the other pillow and I sleep next to them but when I need to get more comfortable I sometimes use one of my stuffed animals for a pillow too. I also have a leopard print blanket too that I use on cold nights. But the only time my room gets cold is during the winter nights and that's when I use blankets the most
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I got my mattress when I was ten and it's very comfortable and my bed faces the door and near my bed is my bookcase and the bedding that's on my bed is leopard print bedding and I hope to get leopard print toss pillows for my bed soon. As for pillows I always have to sleep with two pillows because my stuffed animals take up the other pillow and I sleep next to them but when I need to get more comfortable I sometimes use one of my stuffed animals for a pillow too. I also have a leopard print blanket too that I use on cold nights. But the only time my room gets cold is during the winter nights and that's when I use blankets the most
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I have a guilty pleasure with having a stuffed toy...I get the cartoon types.

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