S-Cape to a Better Night

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“We’ve had our beds for almost 3 years, and there are still a couple of times a week that we’re sitting up in bed, drinking our morning coffee, ‘taking our massage’ and one of us will say. “Boy am I glad we got these beds!”. They truly are SO comfortable.” -Susan K

Susan is referring to her FloBed and the adjustable base she purchased for her mattress. One our new favorite adjustable bases is the S-Cape.

The S-Cape Photo Credit: Leggett and Platt
The S-Cape Photo Credit: Leggett and Platt

Here is comfort that transcends anything you’ve ever experienced before. Luxurious comfort you customize at the touch of a button. Deeply satisfying comfort in an infinite selection of positions.

Features

*Plug-in Electrical Components – All electrical components plug into a central junction box for easy replacement in the rare event of a component failure. Motors, massage units and hand control are factory tested prior to shipping.

*Plywood Base Platform – Only the finest plywoods are used for platforms, providing a strong unbreakable surface for your FloBeds Mattress.

*Quiet Operation – Two powerful, yet extremely quiet, DC electric lift motors respond instantly and smoothly. Maintenance and service free.

*Swing-A-Way Headboard Brackets – Exclusive Patented Swing-A-Way Headboard Brackets For Easy Set-up & Easy Access.

 

The FloBeds Family

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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

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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

Certified Pure

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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.

Our Most Popular Mattress

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Often times when people call FloBeds to learn more about our latex mattresses they ask, “What is your most popular bed?” Well the answer is the vZone.

The vZone Mattress

vZone Latex Mattress

In addition to the top to bottom & side to side customization of our Select & Deluxe models, the vZone features head to toe adjustable zoning to provide pressure point relief for hips and shoulders as well as additional lumbar support. With the Natural or Original vZone, your mattress is customized and adjustable in every direction!

What Our Customers Have to Say

four stars

 

 

My wife and I have been customers of Flobeds since almost the beginning. We started with an individual control air bed and then migrated to the latex once that was available back in 2000. It was now time to replace a couple of the foam cores and we upgraded to the vZone! What a difference a day makes! My wife woke up after the first night with absolutely no back pain and each night keeps getting better!

The products and people are just the best. I applaud them for their innovation and keeping a step ahead of all the other brands you hear on the radio and TV. Keep it up Flobeds!!

Thanks Dave!
Cheers,
Greg

Friday Feature: The Atrium Bed and Breakfast

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Atrium Bed and Breakfast Photo Credit: Atrium Facebook
Atrium Bed and Breakfast Photo Credit: Atrium Facebook

This week our Friday feature is about a Victorian inn called the Atrium Bed and Breakfast located here in Fort Bragg, California. This vacation spot is located only a few blocks away from the FloBeds Sleep Shop. It is also located very close to rivers, state parks, redwoods, and the famous Glass Beach.

The Nest Room Photo Credit: Atrium Website
The Nest Room Photo Credit: Atrium Website

Make sure you request the Nest when you make your reservation. The Nest features our queen size FloBed and it is a, “…sunny, whimsical, bird-themed room.” (Atrium Website)

Whale and Seal Watching Phot Credit: Atrium Facebook
Whale and Seal Watching Photo Credit: Atrium Facebook

 

Here are some fun activity suggestions from Atrium, “Imagine sitting in our flower-filled atrium garden while sipping your choice of morning beverage and planning your day. Will it be sifting through mounds of beautiful sea glass at one of our glass beaches, a train ride through the redwoods, horseback riding on the beach, or walking through our downtown and museum?”(Atrium Website)

Ultimate Relaxation

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FloBeds Latex Mattress
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

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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!  https://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: https://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: https://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.

Imagine Pressure Relief In Bed

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Fort Bragg, CA

Imagine you could choose any spot on your body and make your mattress softer or firmer in that exact spot.  That is relief, relief a FloBeds vZone Latex Mattress delivers to thousands of sleepers.  The genius of the vZone lies in the six adjustable latex zones, all encased in an organic cotton sleeve, within the zippered luxurious Euro-knit organic cotton cover.  Most bodies need attention in three areas: shoulders, hips and lumbar.

Need a little softer in your hip zone?  Simply open cover, unzip the pocketed hip zone and insert your soft zone.  Each sleeper controls their own firmness or pressure relief.  www.FloBeds.com provides a “Mattress & Firmness Selector” and ships worldwide.

Add a European Slat Foundation with flexible beach wood slats under the mattress and one finds sleep and comfort most only.

FloBeds is able to make a pure clean mattress by using natural latex from the rubber tree surrounded by organic cotton quilted to organic wool.  The wool acts as a fire barrier and passes the Standard for the Flammability of Mattress Sets (Open Flame Test).  The new standard required mattresses and foundations to be able to withstand an open flame for 50 seconds on the side and 70 seconds on the top without igniting. Most companies use FR chemicals or other artificial components to pass this test… FloBeds is proud to use only wool to make our mattresses meet this standard. dream of.

Customer reviews cover the gamut from “herniated disk pain gone” to “our son’s FloBed is far cozier and more comfortable than our more expensive Duxiana.”

FloBeds was started by Dave Turner while a student at Stanford University.  They sell 90 percent of their beds via www.FloBeds.com which features both a “Goldilocks Firmness Guarantee” and a Money-back Guarantee.   Now the mayor of the small Northern California coastal town of Fort Bragg, Turner likes to tell folks that doing business on the internet is a lot like doing business in a small town:  if you don’t treat someone fair, everyone will know about it.  FloBeds’ focus on customer service before and after the sale seems to be paying off as 2013 saw their best year ever, and sales continue to grow.

Contact:  Dave Turner, President, FloBeds davet@flobeds.com 707-964-3356

Tags:  Natural, latex, European slat foundation, pressure relief, lumbar support, mattress zone.

Spring (good)… Springs (not so good)

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It rained again today.  What a blessing.

We have had 3 years of very dry weather.  The thought of mandatory water rationing is not pleasant, but was on the horizon before these last two storms.

I hope the rain continues.

Curious Lambs
Spring Lambs are curious!

The sheep need it too!

Spring lambs are frolicking.  They will be making future FloBeds wool and live to an old age.  Are sheep-years like dog-years?   One thing is certain: our customers don’t count sheep!

Maybe you should consider a natural latex mattress made with 100% pure milk of the rubber tree foam rubber cores surrounded by organic cotton and organic wool (the wool is our way of making a fire-safe mattress that meets US Open Flame Mattress Standards).  No more counting sheep… just enjoy the great qualities of latex and wool in a chemical free bed of your dreams!