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FloBeds vs. The Other Guys

May 19th, 2015
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Have the leading brand name mattresses companies invented a new way to build a bed?  In a word, no. They are working hard to provide more of the same:  bigger beds that require different sheets, sometimes even different headboards.  Yet still they are using the same spring construction, with more layers polyurethane foam.  Sometimes they add a layer of latex.  But in order to keep profits up, you will usually find lots of poly-foam going by the name super-soft foam, upholstery layer, extra plush pillow top

Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane foam, or poly-foam, is a petroleum product designed to imitate latex derived from the rubber tree (foam rubber).  It weighs about one fourth the weight of latex, and lasts about one fourth as long (3-5 years instead of 20 years for Talatech Latex). Poly-foam is like a sponge.  Because of its open cell structure, every time you move on your bed you are sucking into the bed dust, moisture, old skin, pollens and whatever is in the air.  Wool and latex don’t do this.

The FloCare Clean Mattress

We don’t use any poly-foam for added plushness in our better beds.   Instead, we use wool.  Naturally better.  Our covers are not as “fluffy” as the “high-profile” mattresses sold in many stores, just better.   Our covers unzip, so you can easily hang your mattress-top in the sun.  We suggest sunning your mattress-top a couple of times a year.  Sunning will kill dust mites. Latex is dust mite resistant.  If you suffer from severe allergies, with the top off, you can vacuum  your mattress components to remove allergens.  That, combined with your sunned mattress top will provide you with the cleanest and most comfortable mattress possible.

The FloBeds Family

May 14th, 2015

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We are a family owned and operated business, which makes it easy for us to offer our customers the individual attention they deserve.

Dave Turner entered the sleep business in 1971. His children have always joked that they have been working for their father since they were able to put stamps on envelopes. Today the FloBeds shop is run by Dave Turner, his wife Anne, and oldest son Dewey. When you call to purchase your FloBed you will most likely be greeted by Dewey or his coworker Garrett.

Our team gets excited every time a new customer calls to learn about our FloBeds. We also love hearing from our existing customers, whether it’s to help adjust layers or to sell them another bed. Since we are a family owned business we are able to work quickly and efficiently as a team to keep our customers happy. The best part about buying a FloBed is you have a support system and a family that will be there for you over the next 20 years.

Just What the Doctor Ordered

May 6th, 2015

Here is a little thank you note we got from one of our customers Dr. Lago-

“As an orthopedic surgeon, I have seen many patients who have been adversely affected by an uncomfortable bed. The obliteration of pressure points has been a major result. Motion on either side of the bed goes un-noticed with FloBed. The old days when I awoke with a low backache are gone.”

DR Lago

One Size Does Not Fit All

April 22nd, 2015

We are all different heights, weights, and have different sleeping preferences, so why do most mattress manufactures use the one size fits all mentality? Here at FloBeds we know that your partner might like to sleep on something similar to rock, while you prefer a cloud. That is why FloBeds can be customized. Ever wonder what the inside of a FloBed looks like? Go ahead and take a look under the hood:

exploded-view

What you are going to find is-

A mattress you can adjust: Top-to-Bottom, Side-to-Side & Head-to-Toe
  •Top-to-Bottom: Several adjustable layers of Latex customized for YOUR body
  •Side-to-Side: Each side personalized to accommodate both sleeper’s firmness needs
  •Head-to-Toe: Pain in your shoulders or hips? Need extra lumbar support? Are you a side or back sleeper? The vZone allows you to micro-tune customized “zones”

Don’t Miss Out On The Fun This Earth Day

April 22nd, 2015

Happy Earth Day! To celebrate Earth Day today NASA is asking that we share pictures of our favorite places using the hashtag #NoPlaceLikeHome. When you look up this hashtag you will also see photos that NASA will be posting as well. After Earth Day NASA will use some of the best pictures to compile a video.

Operations Manager Dewey Says his #NoPlaceLikeHome is anywhere with his family-

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How it Began

April 10th, 2015

Owning a business is not an easy task, and it is not for everyone. Dave, the owner of FloBeds, has been in business for over 35 years. It all began one summer while he was attending Stanford in Palo Alto. In 1971 he entered the specialty sleep business in Palo Alto, California as a means to pay for college. After 4 years of political science and waterbeds, Dave opened a second retail store. Since then his business has changed and adapted multiple times. Watch the video below to hear how FloBeds evolved into the successful natural latex mattress shop it is today:

 

Certified Pure

April 8th, 2015

Have you ever taken a second to stop and think about what you are sleeping on? If you have a FloBed you have nothing to worry about, however, not all mattresses are made with the same materials that we use. You spend a third of your life in bed… consider what you’re sleeping on. We were the first to use wool to pass the federal fire standards for mattresses, making our covers chemical free. Organic Cotton is obvious… but we even wash it before quilting it to our organic wool.

We even use solid Ponderosa Pine for our slat foundations. The Pine slat foundations are FCS certified of course.

Okeo-Tex

FloBeds is Okeo-Tex certified. Okeo-Tex is the world leader in testing for human safety in textiles.

People spend about a third of their lives in bed. We want to make sure that third of your life is not only comfortable but chemical free.

Ultimate Relaxation

February 27th, 2015
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The formula is simple- you take a beautiful vacation on the Mendocino Coast, plus a FloBed, and get ultimate relaxation! Below is a list of Inns and Bed and Breakfasts that have FloBeds. Every Friday for the next few weeks we will feature one in a post to give you more details about these wonderful vacation spots. So buy a plane ticket or jump in your car, because you are not going to want to miss out.
 You can find a FloBed at:
~Alegria Inn Mendocino, Ca
~Andiron Inn Little River, Ca
~Atrium Bed and Breakfast Fort Bragg, Ca
-The Albion Schoolhouse Mendocino, Ca
How a FloBed Will Improve the Quality of Your Vacation
By choosing to stay on a FloBed at one of these locations you will get to experience our luxurious mattress made out of high quality and non-toxic materials. Our all natural or original talalay latex mattresses are wrapped in organic cotton. You spend all day in a harsh world. Retreat to a natural bed covered with organic cotton for a true safe haven.

Mattress Shopping Guide

February 19th, 2015

An Interview With Our Mattress Pro

Dewey Turner has worked at FloBeds for over 10 years selling original blended and all-natural latex mattresses. He has walked countless customers through the process of mattress shopping, so I interviewed Dewey to see if I could gather some mattress shopping information.

Things You Should Know When Mattress Shopping

If I am looking for a blended or all-natural latex mattress where should I start?

If you have decided you want to go with a latex mattress, I can say your on the right track! Whether you purchase a bed from us or anyone else, I would highly recommend all latex. Latex is more durable than anything used in the bedding industry, and here at FloBeds we can make sure you get the proper support needed for your body, without compromising comfort. I would determine if you want blended or natural, that will narrow down your field, and leads us right into the next question.  If your curious on what firmness level might be best for you, check out this page people use to customize the mattress of there dreams  every day!  http://www.flobeds.com/build-bed/

How do I know if I want a blended or an all-natural latex mattress?

I would first ask you, what kind of milk do you buy? If your answer was organic, likely your living that type of lifestyle.  We are a very honest company, and honestly, the difference between the blended talalay vs the 100% natural talalay are not found in performance, durability, of feel.  I say to customers every day, “as far as look, touch, feel, performance and warranty go, the two are the same.” It comes down to a personal preference, the blended is 30%natural and 70% synthetic, the synthetic components are Styrene butadiene rubber.  The natural is 100% natural. The biggest difference is, in 20 -30 years from now, if your latex mattress finds its way to a landfill, the natural will biodegrade on its own, while the blended will not.  You pay an additional $300 dollars for the chemical free sleeping environment.  And I can’t tell you one is better than the other, the choice is yours.

When determining which is right for you, keep in mind that the most recent Latex International testing demonstrates a modest 2.6% increase in natural latex softening, and a less than 1% increase in height loss of natural latex vs. blended over 10 years. 100% Natural Latex is the best choice for thise looking for a chemical free bed, although we have found that off gassing is not an issue with Blended Latex. We use Blended Talalay from Latex International in Connecticut and Natural Talalay from Radium in the Netherlands.

What is an ILD?

ILD stand for  Indentation Load Deflection and is a standard for measuring foam firmness. This is the universal scale in which the firmness of latex is labeled throughout the bedding industry. Below is a list of the ILD’s for each of our firmness levels, as well as a more scientific description of ILD.

Firmness ILD
Soft Blended 19 ILD
Soft Natural 22 ILD
Medium (Natural and Blended) 28 ILD
Firm (Natural and Blended) 32 ILD
Extra Firm (Natural and Blended) 36 ILD
Super Firm (Natural and Blended) 44 ILD

ILD is a firmness measurement that is a standard for measuring firmness. It is also called IFD, or  Indention Force Deflection. It is a measure of load bearing capacity or firmness. IFD is measured on the surface as 25% IFD. For example to deteermine 25% IFD, a four-inch thick latex sample is compressed to three-inch thickness. The number of pounds required to achieve compression is the 25% IFD value. The higher the IFD the firmer the surface feel.

What is the difference between Talalay and Dunlop?

For years we carried Natural Dunlop processed latex for our natural customers, because before the year 2005 Natural Talalay was not available.  During the years that we were carrying Natural Dunlop, we ran into many issues. We are selling a product 90% of the time to customers over the phone or off our website, we are selling sight unseen.  Often, a customer may be rather skeptical when the mattress they just ordered arrives in pieces.  During the installation our customers tend to look at each piece rather closely, touching, feeling, and even smelling the foam rubber going into the bed they plan to spend the next 20 years on. With the Dunlop Latex customers would notice that one firm Dunlop core felt different than the next, eye brows began to raise, and customers looked even closer and noticed that the firmness was not even consistent in the head and foot of one piece.  We are really micro tuning mattresses for folks here, and the inconsistency’s our customers found in the Dunlop processed latex made our job a bit more difficult.  The Talalay process just produces a more consistent, durable product, a product we are happy to stamp our name on.

For more information: on Talalay vs Dunlop, or latex in general check out this page on our website: http://www.flobeds.com/information/latex/about-latex-links.htm#TalalayVsDunlop

Why do you suggest a customized bed?

With a conventional mattress made by say, one of the major “S” brands, a very large couple may walk into a showroom and be told one mattress will be good for them. Lets say he weighs 300lbs, while she is 275lbs. Later that afternoon it would not be uncommon for that very same mattress to be sold to another couple weighing half as much.  What I’m getting at here is, people are built differently, their mattresses should be too. Here’s a link to more information on that topic: http://www.flobeds.com/information/latex/changeable-firmness.htm

What kind of warranty questions should I ask?

Most mattress company’s have warranties, often overstated, and over claimed. The question is will the company your thinking of going with stand behind there warranty?   Many will not, we will: http://www.bbb.org/greater-san-francisco/business-reviews/mattresses/flobeds-in-fort-bragg-ca-15241 and have been since the 70’s.

Delivering the Perfect Organic Mattress

February 3rd, 2015

Derived from the rubber tree, natural latex has qualities that simply make it the PERFECT ORGANIC MATTRESS MATERIAL.

Organic Cotton where it counts most…next to your body. You spend all day in a harsh world. Retreat to a natural bed covered with organic cotton for a true safe haven.

Nature’s best bedding fiber, Plein-Air Wool® is the term used for wool that comes from… well, happy sheep that live outside all year round and aren’t exposed to pesticides or herbicides. Not surprisingly, wool from sheep raised in this humane manner is superior in resilience, bounce & loft.