Da ‘Quan Bowers chooses FloBeds

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Da‘Quan Bowers is BIG on FloBeds

“Football is a tough sport to recover from, even when 100% healthy. But it is even tougher when you have injuries. Since coming in to the NFL I have had surgery on my knee and on my achillees. Having two different comfort-levels on each side of my bed, and the fact that FloBeds customized the length of my bed so my legs don‘t hang off the bottom has been HUGE to my recovery.”

Da‘Quan Bowers talks about his FloBed
Da‘Quan talks about his FloBed

“Football is a tough sport to recover from, even when 100% healthy. But it is even tougher when you have injuries. Since coming in to the NFL I have had surgery on my knee and on my achillees. Having two different comfort-levels on each side of my bed, and the fact that FloBeds customized the length of my bed so my legs don‘t hang off the bottom (like they do everywhere else) has been HUGE to my recovery. I have not had to lay on a couch to keep my legs elevated, and I’ve been able to sleep comfortably through the night with 2 lower-leg injuries. “

Da‘Quan works out a little harder, knowing he‘s going home to his FloBed
Da‘Quan works out a little harder, knowing he‘s going home to his FloBed.

I cannot thank Dave and Dewey enough for building me a ridiculously comfortable bed that has been even more valuable to me and my recovery than I could’ve imagined. Thank you guys so much!

My FloBed does it everytime … I get in it and literally don‘t make it past 20 minutes, even when trying to watch TV or stay awake!”

Da Quan at work

Another day at work for Da’Quan Bowers!

Latex Mattress FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions About Latex Mattresses

We have compiled the most often questions we hear about the general topic of Latex Mattresses. For our latex mattress models and prices go Here: Natural Latex Mattresses.

  1. History of latex mattress?
  2. Shipping a Bed in a Box catches on.
  3. What is the best natural mattress?
  4. What is the best natural latex mattress?
  5. How to buy a natural mattress.
  6. How to choose a natural mattress.
  7. How to order/buy a natural mattress.
  8. Where to buy a latex mattress.
  9. Latex mattress – which brand is best?
  10. Which latex mattress should I buy?
  11. Which latex mattress is the best?
  12. Who makes the best latex mattress?
  13. What is a talalay latex mattress?
  14. What is an organic latex mattress?
  15. How firm is a latex mattress?
  16. How much does a latex mattress cost?
  17. How is a latex mattress is made?
  18. Are latex mattresses comfortable?
  19. Are latex mattresses better than spring?
  20. Are latex mattresses less toxic?
  21. Are latex mattresses good for back pain?
  22. Are latex mattresses hot?
    1. History of latex mattress.
      History of RubberIn the 1940’s and 1950’s latex was the popular good quality mattress material. With the advent of national brands developed through advertising on the three major networks, in combination with rising dominance of department stores, cost cutting became more important than quality. The “Big S’s” — Simmons, Sealy, Serta, Spring Air — replaced latex foam rubber with the cheaper polyurethane foam. The then largest purchaser of foam rubber, the auto industry, also switched due to cost and weight. Soon there was only one producer of latex foam rubber in the United States (Latex International, now known as Talalay Global). In the 1980’s and early 1990’s Englander Mattress Company was the only distributor of latex mattresses through-out the United States. Meanwhile, in Europe latex foam rubber remained the quality mattress material of choice. One reason was the difficulty of mass marketing in Europe where language and currency created smaller trade areas and rewarded quality over marketing.On the north coast of California in 1996, Dave Turner, a water bed entrepreneur was looking for the right materials to put into his on-line mattress project. Turner met Roger Coffee from Latex International at a trade show and saw the potential high quality latex in his unique Customizable Mattress sold directly to the consumer via his new website: FloBeds.com. At first FloBeds offered half-latex/half-water or half-latex/half-air or half-latex/half-firmer-latex shipped direct to the customer via UPS. It wasn’t long before Dave saw that the customer almost always preferred the latex side and the water and air were dropped from the system. FloBeds became the largest west coast distributor of latex. Thus began the modern online direct-to-consumer bed-in-a-box business. At first the traditional companies smiled and asked “who would want a mattress that had different firmnesses on each side?” FloBeds quietly grew by double digits each year. A few companies copied the design.
  1. Shipping a Bed in a Box catches on.
    In 2004 saw the entry of BedinaBox.com into the marketplace. A few others also started shipping via parcel post. Then along came Casper Mattress with its’ $15 million it raised from investors like Ashton Kutcher, Nas, and designer Steven Alan. “Keep It Simple Stupid” matched with great marketing proved to be a one-mattress-fits-all winner in the low-end mattress world But they only had 3/4″ of latex and 3/4″ of memory foam over… you guessed it: polyurethane. Watching their sales rocket to $20 million in the first year was like throwing one hundred dollar bills in a crowed New York intersection. Over 150 new startups mobbed the online mattress business.A few have latex. Most are sub $1,000 products with plain vanilla ingredients and a million dollar marketing effort. Here are some of bigger advertisers:

    Leesa
    Yogabed
    Cocoon
    Eve
    Saatva’s Loom & Leaf division
    Dreambed
    Bedinabox
    Helix
    GhostBed
    Amerisleep
    Lul
    WinkBeds
    Nest bedding
    Layla
    Novosbed
    Brooklyn Bedding
    Intellibed
    Purple
    PlushBeds
    Alexander by Nest
    Zenhaven by Saatva
    Spindle Mattress
    Aviya
    Turf & Needle
    Bear Mattress
    Hyphen
    EzoBed
    Dream on One
    Nolah
    Eve
    Endy
    Brentwood Home
    Zinus
    Luxi
    SonnoBed
    Ameena
    myCloud
    WRiGHT
    Yogabed
    Organica Mattress
    Safavieh Dream
    and then there is FloBeds, most of whose customers come by word of mouth.

  2. What is the best natural mattress?
    There are several companies that make very good natural mattresses. One of the best is Royalpedic. OMI makes a very good organic mattress line, as does Savvyrest. FloBeds was the first to use natural wool as a fire barrier to pass the 2007 Federal Standard for the Flammability of Mattress Sets (Open Flame Test) — Consumer Product Safety Commission – 16 CFR Part 1633. The CPSC didn’t believe FloBeds could pass without using FR chemicals or artificial barriers. They sent two inspectors to the north coast of California and picked up two FloBeds Natural Latex Mattresses covered with Organic Cotton and Wool.
  3. What is the best natural latex mattress?
    There are three competitors for the best of class: OMI, Savvyrest and FloBeds.
  4. How to buy a natural mattress.
    The first thing is to consider your sleeping needs. Do you sleep on your back, side or stomach… or a combination of those? Do you have pain issues with shoulders or hips when you sleep on your side? How much do you weigh? Does your partner weight more or less than you? Do you generally like firmer or softer mattresses. Make sure you can change your firmness after you receive your new mattress. And if you can not get your firmness just right, make sure you can get your money back. Be sure each of you can have the firmness on your side correct for your body, your pressure points, your spine and your good night’s sleep. And then make sure you can adjust your mattress firmness for the life of the mattress, which should be at least 20 years.
  5. How to choose a natural mattress.
    Service: Look for a company with a reputation for taking care of its customers over the long haul. Not just a couple of years, but at least 10 years. Preferably for over 20, because you want them to be there when you need them… not just cashing in on a trend and then moving on or disbanding.Quality: Look for superior components like Natural Talalay Latex, Organic Cotton, American or European raised Organic Wool and FSC certified lumber.

    Value: Look for honest pricing, without the ever-lasting sale. Prices that are fair. Weigh quality and service combined with price.

  6. How to order a natural mattress How to buy a latex mattress.
    Order a mattress only after assuring yourself:
    –That your personal sleep demographics (age, weight, sleep position, sex, etc.) have been taken into account.
    –That you can change firmness, now and over the life of the mattress. (And that the company has a history of always having on hand the inventory you might need.)
    –That you can get your money back.
    –That it will be shipped to you within 1-3 days.
  7. Where to buy a latex mattress.
    Look for honesty, quality and service. Consider OMI, Savvyrest and FloBeds. 
  8. Latex mattress – which brand is best?
    OMI, Savvyrest and FloBeds.
  9. Which latex mattress should I buy?
    Consider your sleeping needs. See FAQ 6 and 7 above.
  10. Which latex mattress is the best? — What’s the best latex mattress on the market? — What’s the best latex mattress?
    The FloBeds vZone is made with the highest quality components and has the most versatility.
  11. Who makes the best latex mattress?
    OMI, Savvyrest and FloBeds.
  12. What is a talalay latex mattress?
    The undisputed superior latex is Talalay. It takes five times as long to make a Talalay latex core than a Dunlop latex core. Talaly is more consistent, supple and comfortable.
    *Liquid rubber whipped into a foam and poured into a mold.
    *When closed the mold has rods that go through the foamed rubber.
    *A vacuum is placed on the mold, which removes air bubbles/pockets and distributes the liquid rubber evenly through the mold.
    *CO2 is run through the rods, freezing the foamed rubber and locking in the consistency.
    *Heat is sent through the rods, providing even temperature and yielding a consistent latex cores without air pockets or uneven firmnesses.
  13. What is an organic latex mattress? What is a natural latex mattress?
    The undisputed superior latex is Talalay. It takes five times as long to make a Talalay latex core than a Dunlop latex core. Talaly is more consistant, supple and comfortable. Both come in a complete range of firmnesses (some companies make their latex mattresses with Dunlop on the bottom and Talalay on top, saying “you want firmer base”, but that does not make comfort sense. Firm Talalay on bottom will feel the same as Firm Dulnop on bottom: you just won’t be able to move the Dunlop up closer to your body without comprising the pressure relief gained from Talalay). So, taking the cleanest, best Natural Talalay Latex and surrounding it with Organic Cotton and Wool makes the best organic latex mattress.
  14. How firm is a latex mattress?
    Some companies make their latex mattress in one or two firmnesses. This means you are choosing a firmness for the convenience of the company, not what your body needs. For over 20 years FloBeds has been offering 5 firmness cores (Soft, Medium, Firm, Extra-Firm and SuperFirm) in up to 13 firmness combinations (S/S, S/M, M/S, M/M, M/F, F/M, F/F, F/XF, XF/F, XF/XF, XF/SF, SF/XF and SF/SF). Consider that 13 firmnesses was for the 2-core layer Select from the 1990’s, and that now that FloBeds has a vZone with changeable Zones and a 3-core layer Deluxe the combinations are in the hundreds. With a FloBed, you are guaranteed your firmness will be Just Right.
  15. How much does a latex mattress cost?
    Latex mattresses cost from $699 to $8,000. The OMI Duo king is $8,000. Savvyrest Unity Pillowtop king is $5,000. FloBeds vZone king is $3,000.
  16. How is a latex mattress is made? How are latex mattress made?
    Latex is a milky white liquid composed of rubber particles dispersed in water. This material is whipped with air to form a foam, which is heated to produce foam rubber, or latex. The soft, supple products of a real foam rubber are what make our products superior. Latex is inherently hypo-allergenic, anti-microbial and dust-mite resistant. Latex is not a plastic foam, like polyurethane or furniture foam. It is a denser product made of rubber to last a lifetime. Unlike urethane, latex will feel as good years from now as it does the day it is produced.
  17. Are latex mattresses comfortable?
    No other mattress material conforms to your body’s nooks and crannies like Talalay latex. It pushes back in just the right places. It doesn’t break down and cause your back to sag.
  18. Are latex mattresses better than spring?
    Latex mattresses out-last and out-perform springs. It contours to your body and provides support where you need it. Because latex is a natural product (made from the milk of the rubber tree) it costs more than a twist of wire into a spring.
  19. Are latex mattresses less toxic?
    Mattresses companies over the last 50 years have created unhealthy sleep environments. The poly-foam has chemicals you don’t want to breathe. FR chemicals are even worse. Natural latex combined with a cover made with organic cotton and wool make the cleanest mattress possible.
  20. Are latex mattresses good for back pain?
    Latex mattresses that offer the ability to adjust your firmness are the answer to a lifetime of back pain. The right firmness of Talalay latex can align your spine and relieve pressure points. Side sleepers that suffer from back pain will want to look a zone layer that can be adjusted at each pressure point (like the FloBeds vZone).
  21. Are latex mattresses hot?
    Latex mattress made from Talalay latex have an open cell foam rubber structure, allow air to move and help you sleep cool. Surround the Talalay latex with Organic cotton & wool for maximum air circulation and you will sleep cool and comfortable. Add a slatted foundation to enhance air flow and you have covered all the bases.

More Frequently Asked Questions about Latex

Mendocino Coast Inns and B&Bs with FloBeds

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bed & breakfast inns Fort Bragg and on the mendocino coast

Putting the “Bed” inn Bed & Breakfast

The Alegria Inn

Alegria InnA popular ocean front inn with cottages, Alegria is located in the beautiful town of Mendocino, California. The Alegria Inn has not 1, not 2, but 3 FloBeds for guests to enjoy! Our mattresses can be found in the Pacific Suite, Cove Cottage, and the Tree House rooms.

So what are you waiting for? Come up to the Mendocino coast and stay at the Alegria Inn for a relaxing vacation on a FloBed.

Alegria Inn Bed and Breakfast

Pacific Suite with FloBed Latex Mattress Pacific Suite (Photo Credits Alegria Inn website)

Whether you are exploring the garden or unwinding in the hot tube with an ocean view, you are sure to experience a relaxing vacation. On the Alegria Inn Facebook customer Edu Montenegro Susperreguygave the inn 5 stars. He said, “We had such a great time there 2 weekends ago. We stayed in the best room, the cove cottage. It felt as if we were all alone in paradise, but with a wonderful breakfast waiting for us every morning, cookies every afternoon, hot tub in the evening, and a ready made fire at night. We cant wait to go back.”

Harbor Lite Lodge

Harbor Lite Lodge

Sitting atop Noyo Harbor, the Harbor Lite Lodge boasts location and views.

Choose from 14 rooms with FloBeds!

Here on the Mendocino Coast, the Harbor Lite offers you the comforts of home. From fresh pancake, biscuits and gravy breakfast to /FloBeds and private balconies, you will enjoy your rest.

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Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins on the Mendociono Coast with FloBeds Andiron Inn Little River

We are 11 one and two room cabins perfectly situated on five acres of meadow and woods on Highway 1 in Little River. Minutes away fromeverything– beaches, wineries, diving, hikes, Mendocino, breweries, good food – but quiet, relaxing, and fun, our housekeeping cabins and rooms are each entirely unique and reflect our love of everything vintage, salvaged, rehabbed, and recycled. Add super-comfy beds, a sweet hot tub, and weekend happy hours, and you’ve got a mighty fine getaway. Plus, we think your pets are swell, so bring ’em along.

Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins on Mendocino Coast with FloBed
Cabin 11 Curious (photo credits Andrion Inn website)CURIOUS features all sorts of ways to indulge your curiosity about the world around us. We’ve put a couple old telescopes and guides to the night sky, fantastic-old-but-working binoculars, field guides to local flora and fauna, science kits, and Audubon prints and a bird whistle. We’ve filled our forties-era maple cabinet with smarty-pants games and an eclectic mix of books and activities. Finally, there’s also a sweet mural of the moon and stars. Magical!

CURIOUS has a king FloBed, kitchenette, fireplace, bathroom, deck. CURIOUS adjoins CURIOUS-ER. The two cabins can be rented together or separately.

Pacific Blue Vacation Rentals

Pacific Blue ViewPacific Blue InsideFloBeds Natural Latex MattressAll three of these units have Natural Deluxe FloBeds installed since November 2017

Choose from 3 units in the Noyo River Harbor.

 

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.So buy a plane ticket or jump in your car, because you are not going to want to miss out.

~Alegria Inn Mendocino, Ca

~Andiron Inn Little River, Ca

~Harbor Lite Lodge Fort Bragg, 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.

Who’s using all the natural latex?

Natural Rubber Commodity Prices 2010-2011
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When we started making our Latex Beds in the 1997 we were the only ones in the United States other than the once mighty Englander. Back then Europe had regional manufacturers of latex mattresses. Natura of Canada started showing up at trade shows not too much later. Now, it seems every innerspring company in the country wants to add a couple of inches of latex and say “featuring 100% latex.  It’s a crying shame.  A couple of the higher end lines have an all latex mattress, top-to-bottom and side-to-side, and are charging a king’s ransom (but they have a big distribution network to support, suppliers, factories, distributors, retailers and, of course, Madison Avenue).  If you find one that is entirely Talalay Latex, like ours, you can expect to pay a thousand or two more than our prices. But back to the question: “Who’s using all the natural latex?“. Here is a graph of what natural rubber is looking like on the commodities market.

I believe three things are affecting the price of rubber.
1) We’re selling so many latex mattresses;)
2) The Chinese and other developing countries are using a lot more rubber, from automobiles to consumer products.
3) Wall Street is making tons of money in the commodities market, and you and I are paying for those bonuses.

We are working hard to keep the price reasonable for you, and, of course, we still back up our beds with the best customer service in the business (some say the best they have seen since they fell in love with Nordstroms).  Again, this is where our Manufacturer Direct model works so well for our customers:  every increase in product cost does not get marked up 2 or 3 times.

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May Day

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It’s May, it’s May…
Celebrate May - Dance around the May Pole!
Camelot comes to mind…

But on the business of a good night’s sleep, consider your needs…
Does your shoulder hurt?  Do you have specific areas that need pressure relief?  Is your bed too hard?  Do you and your partner have to compromise on your mattress firmness?

Let us give you some Firm AdviceLet us give you some Firm Advice!

Our Mattress Selector and Firmness Advisor
will ask you a 6 questions about you and your sleep and point you in the right direction.

Because we are a small mattress company (just 10 full time employees:), we are able to consider your needs when we design a mattress for you.  And with our Goldilocks Guarantee, if we don’t get it “Just Right”… we will work with you to get it right or give your money back.  It’s not rocket science, but it does take some thinking and personal attention.

“Comfiest Bed in Our Home”

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Dear Flobeds,

I am writing to let you know that my husband and I sleep on a Duxiana mattress.  I decided to purchase a high quality, healthy mattress for our teenage son.  He and I went to the Duxiana store together, but I did not want to spend quite that much money on his mattress. I had heard about your Flobeds natural talalay mattresses from my sister and decided to purchase one for my son.  He has the comfiest bed in our home.  His bed is by far cozier and more comfortable than mine with the  Duxiana mattress.  In fact, I recently purchased a talalay topper from Flobeds to put on top of my Duxiana to make it more comfortable.  It has helped, but the full flobeds mattress is still more comfortable than my own.

Thank you for your excellent, natural, healthy, comfortable product.

Gratefully,
Sandy

Goldilocks New 20 Year Guarantee

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We’re only happy if you love your FloBeds bed and our service. If you don’t, we’ll make your bed just right.  If we can’t or refund your money.  FloBeds knows how important the mattress you sleep on is. We know you can’t be positive what firmness is going to be right for you. Not on the internet, nor on a showroom floor for twenty minutes (even if they would turn the lights down and leave the room). If we can’t get the Mattress your body needs within 100 days, we will refund your purchase price. You only pay the shipping.

And for the 20 year life of your FloBed you can order new firmness cores at a fraction of the cost.  Your FloBed… always “Just Right

Goldilocks Guarantee

 

Latex Allergies, Box Springs, and New Cores

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I am shopping for a new mattress and had a few question… Ted

Q1: My first question is my wife has a “slight” sensitivity to latex. With the way your bed is constructed, you never really touch the latex while sleeping. Have you found this to be a problem with any of your customers?
Dewey Answers: We have had no allergic reactions to our Talalay Latex even with people who have severe latex allergies. Check out this link to learn more about it. Latex Allergies.

Q2: Is there an advantage using one of your foundations compared to using the box spring set I already have?
Dewey Answers: You can expect our foundations to last the life of our mattresses, and they not only last longer, they promote great air flow. Most box springs start to give way between 5 and 7 years. Since the life of our latex mattress is 20 plus years, we decided to move away from the industry norm of the box spring construction and started building foundations that would last as long as our mattresses.

Q3: Will my mattress be new made with new cores?
Dewey Answers: Any time you purchase a latex layer from us, it will be BRAND NEW.

All About Talalay Latex

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Ever wonder about the latex FloBeds uses to make our beds? We’re proud to say we use Talalay latex, a process that produces the finest quality latex available. It’s American made, and is the most resilient, consistent, and breathable latex available.

Here’s a video that tells you all about it…

Buying a Green Mattress

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People who care about the environment and live a green lifestyle want their bed to be all-natural too.

Purchasing a mattress is a significant investment, so here are some tips to help you get the best value when you buy green.

First, know what materials to look for. You’ll avoid mattresses made of environmentally unfriendly materials if you look for organic cotton, untreated wool, natural latex and sustainably harvested pine.

The organic cotton should be where it counts most… next to your body. Organic cotton is the original sustainable fabric, grown and processed with out chemicals.

Mattress covers should include natural wool. Wool is naturally fire and pest resistant, so a blend of wool and cotton is better than cotton-only. Organic wool allows air-flow around your body, and naturally wicks away moisture. You’ll not only sleep cool and dry, but sleep with peace of mind, knowing the wool is the finest wool gathered in the most sheep-friendly way. Organic wool is free of pollutants and harmful substances with zero chemicals used during the growing and processing. There should be wool on all six sides of the mattress.
When you look inside of a green mattress, expect to find certified natural latex. Not foam, not metal springs, just layers of 100% natural latex. 100% natural means there are no petro-chemicals, just natural rubber harvested sustainably from the rubber tree. 100% natural latex is a great green choice as it’s biodegradable and Oekotex Certified.

The wood foundation should be all natural too. Look for foundations made from FSC certified pine sustainably harvested from Ponderosa Pine forests in the western United States and Birch Forests in Western Europe.

Next, learn about the maker of the mattress; this is easy since very few companies specialize in building green mattresses.

Visit their web site to see what they have to say, and ask around to see what their customers say about their products and service. Then call the company and see how much they know about green products and what they’re like to work with.

Once you find a mattress made of quality organic materials, produced by a company with a good reputation for quality and service, find out where to purchase their bed. Most retail mattress stores do not offer all-natural mattresses so the best place to find a green mattress is online.  Buying on-line direct from the manufacturer works because you get to really sleep on the bed so you know how your body feels in the morning.  Just make certain they have a money back guarantee and will work with you to get ‘just right’.

Buying on-line can also be good for the environment. Ask if the company uses Smart Packaging to save on resources. A king size mattress and foundation can be shipped in just 4 small cartons which saves fuel and trees. And buying direct from the factory saves fuel and distribution costs.

recycle green mattress: latex, woo, cotton

Finally, you can rest easy if you know your green mattress can be recycled at the end of it’s life. Every part of a green sleep system should be 100% recyclable and biodegradable.

FloBeds was the first mattress company to use wool (and no chemicals) to pass the new Federal FR standards.

FloBeds Green Organic Mattresses: Good for you… Good for the whole world.