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

FloBeds Takes First!

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The FloBeds team takes first place.

FloBeds sponsors a local basketball team here in Fort Bragg. Our Manager of Operations, Dewey Turner, put together a FloBeds team that meant business. The team went 12-2 this season. It was a very competitive season but our FloBeds team prevailed! Congratulations to everyone on the team: Brandon Tupper, Patrick Turner, Tim Anderson, Myles Anderson, Josh Hartsock, Kevin Miller, Woody Heckeroth, Dewey Turner, Cody Odekirk, Ernie Rubio, and Jason Cimolino (not pictured).

Here are some additional photos of the team with their families-

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One Size Does Not Fit All

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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:

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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”

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.

Friday Feature: Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins

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Photo Credit: The Andiron Facebook

This Friday we are featuring the Andiron Seaside Inn and Cabins.  The Andiron is nestled in the woods off of Highway 1 in Little River, California. It is only minutes away from the coastal town of Mendocino where you can find fun shops, fine dining, and amazing coastal views.

Book the room Curious to sleep on a FloBed. Photo credit The Andiron

The Andiron is exciting and different because as the website states, “…rooms are each entirely unique and reflect our love of everything vintage, salvaged, rehabbed, and recycled.” The Inn offers fun activities including board games, croquet, badminton, and a hot tub.

One Andiron customer Nicole Said, “Beautiful, comfortable, fun place to vacation. Amazing host and hostess, Scott and Madeline treat you like family. If you LOVE vintage, wilderness & kindness you have to go!! Thank you for a wonderful stay. Wish we lived closer so we could visit more often.”

So head over to the Andiron website and book your stay on a Flobed natural latex mattress today!

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.

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.