Category: <span>About FloBeds</span>

19 May

FloBeds Congratulates our Adopt-a-Fifth-Graders

2 Future College Students

FloBeds Congratulates our Adopt-a-Fifth-Graders

All of us at the FloBeds Latex Mattress Company are so excited to send this two awesome fifth grade students on their way to college. The Mendocino College Foundation has an Adopt-a-Fifth-Grader program:  Companies (or individuals) can donate $700 to the foundation for a deserving fifth grader selected by the school.  The Foundation guarantees that student will receive $1,000 at graduation towards tuition and books at Mendocino Community College or $500 at another college.  This year Fort Bragg Rotary did a match of $200 for every $500 given, enabling FloBeds to turn $1,000 into $2,000 for two fifth graders.  Last year there were three students in the program here on the Mendocino Coast.  This year, with Rotary’s help and motivation, we have thirty fifth graders thinking about college!

Built in Fort Bragg... shipped worldwide!
Built in Fort Bragg… shipped worldwide!

This is such a powerful program.  Student who have shown themselves to be hardworking, diligent and good citizens are selected by their teachers.  At an early age they are gifted with a scholarship to go to college.  The next 7 years they will have college on their minds.  And it will spread to their friends… that’s just the way of it.

02 Jan

Otsuchi

Otsuchi

These are gifts the Turner family has received from our friends in Otsuchi. Sadly, many of these friends perished in the Tsunami.

Today, April 1, 2011 is First Friday in Fort Bragg. Merchants have put up Otsuchi Displays and are donating a percentage of sales to the Otsuchi Recovery Fund. As of yesterday, we had raised over $50,000.

FloBeds is donating 20% of First Friday Sales (today)
and 10% of our sales from April 2nd to April 10th.

ChoCho-sans (Mayors)

Mayor Yamazaki and I plant Redwoods that were a gift from Fort Bragg to Otsuchi.

Otsuchi Kids Help

Otsuchi School Children help Anne and I plant more trees.

Otsuchi Town

View of Otsuchi from old Samurai Castle in 2005

after

Otsuchi Temple

otsuchi town

Otsuchi City Hall

City Hall destroyed

goodbye in 2005

Saying good bye outside City Hall in 2005

Mayors sign sister city agreement

Mayor Yamazaki and Mayor Turner sign Sister City Agreement October 18, 2005

Sister Cities Otsuchi Fort Bragg

31 Dec

Bed In a Box vs. Bed In Boxes?

FloBeds’ Talalay Latex Mattress Return Policy vs. Competitors

When it comes to ordering anything online, it’s very important that the company you buy from has a reasonable return policy. After all, you may spend hundreds or even thousands on a particular product (especially a mattress), so why shouldn’t you get a refund if you’re not fully satisfied? That’s why more online mattress companies offer 30-, 60- or even 90-day return policies that allow you to fully gauge the comfort of your new bed before committing to it. But, are all of these policies as good as they seem?

Companies like Casper, Saatva and more understand the importance of ensuring that their customers make a confident purchase decision, and thus have instituted their own money-back policies. However, while some mattress companies promise easy returns, this isn’t always a guarantee. In fact, some businesses leave buyers with a hefty disposal fee or hidden return fee, despite offering a “full money-back guarantee.” And, unfortunately, this makes it difficult for customers to be completely satisfied because they don’t want to go through the hassle of the return. Instead, they (sometimes regretfully) keep the mattress they purchased to avoid the headache of getting a refund or exchanging the product. It may have been better to go with a different, more reliable company from the beginning (perhaps one that sells quality Talalay latex mattresses).

Testing a mattress’ quality is fairly difficult. If you go to a showroom, you don’t get to immerse yourself in the full experience that you would get at home. And, if you order online, you must keep the mattress in pristine condition to return it, and you may still have to pay a disposal, return or shipping fee. Some companies may list these conditions on their website, while others might hide the details in fine print that most consumers won’t catch. 

Additionally, there may be outside factors that play a role in returning your mattress that can have damaging effects on the mattress company itself. For example, as The New York Times journalist Ron Lieber points out in this “Your Money” article, some companies have to use third parties like 1-800-Got-Junk to have workers haul the mattress away, and this can cost companies as much as $118 (or more) per mattress return. For this reason, it’s highly recommended that customers do their homework and take notes of the mattress they truly want before ordering. 

Now that you have an understanding of the behind-the-scenes of mattress returns, you might be wondering, “Where does FloBeds stand with their return policy?” We’re glad you asked. First and foremost, we offer our unique Goldilocks Guarantee which allows customers the opportunity to change the firmness of their Talalay mattress very easily. Rather than offering a flat-out return process, our customers are able to purchase firmness layers (or cores) over 20 years of their Talalay latex mattress‘ life without ever having to send anything in. The layers can be added to the mattress to fit the customer’s specific comfort requirements, and they cost as low as $75 per core for the first two orders within five years. But, if you are still unsatisfied, we will refund your full order within 100 days of purchase without any questions. However, please note that this does not include the cost of shipping, and there are other factors involved with items like foundations or adjustable beds.

If we’re being transparent here, 95% of customers have reported complete satisfaction with their purchase, so it’s unlikely that you will find discomfort when resting your body on one of our Talalay latex mattresses. But, if you would still like to learn more about our Goldilocks Guarantee return policy, or have questions about our Talalay mattresses, research our selection or contact us today and we’ll be happy to assist you!

22 Dec

Often imitated, never duplicated | FloBeds

Pt Cabrillo Lighthouse by Bruce Lewis

Quality + Customer Service

We began by offering a unique product, with stellar customer service.

We still offer a unique product.  Some have began to offer mattresses that appear similar, but as they say:  “often imitated, never duplicated”.  Our product, service and guarantees remain unmatched.

Back in the 90s, we were shipping common carrier. We worked hard to make it possible to ship our latex mattress and quality foundation in ta people friendly manor.  By 1999 every FloBed could be shipped via UPS in manageable cartons.  Don’t expect FloBeds to fit 100% real natural latex foam rubber into one box like you see on over 100 brand new mattress company web sites,  all who offer variations of inexpensive polyurethane foam.

And we never lost sight of the importance of having the right support for each person. We knew that people of different age, weight, height and sleeping positions deserve a mattress that is built for them.
It is fun to see all the mattress companies popping up on the Internet, making “bed-in-a-box” ubiquitous. But as they say:  “Often imitated, never duplicated.”

The “Boxing” is just one part… Many of these ghostly wanna-be’s promote “one firmness fits all”. Crazy, but at last count there were over 100 of these companies… usually offering a excellent marketing with incredible descriptions of inexpensive polyurethane foam. Glad you found us in the increasing noisy Internet mattress market. We know we have to make each side right. We believe you deserve a mattress made with 100% real natural latex foam rubber, from the rubber tree. Top-to-Bottom and Side-to-Side every FloBed uses natural Talalay latex to support your body the way it wants.

And of course you deserve a company famous for its unparalleled customer service. Maybe age does matter.

In beds since 1971, on the web since 1996.

The original
The original bed in box… but way different – a personalized latex mattress!
02 Nov

Certified B Corporation! | FloBeds

a_bcorp_logo_posFloBeds is proud to be a Certified B Corporation!

We are excited to announce that FloBeds became a Certified B Corporation® on the Autumnal Equinox, September 22, 2106. B Corps are a new way of identifying companies that use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.
Today, there are over 1,800 Certified B Corps around the globe, including Warby Parker, Patagonia and Ben and Jerry’s. In our little Northern Californian community of Fort Bragg we have Thanksgiving Coffee (the morning engine at FloBeds:), Harvest Market (feeds most of us), The Color Mill and North Coast Brewing (I don’t need to tell you what they do for us… except I should point out that they make an awesome Steller IPA and contribute a portion of Steller sales to help support our local Noyo Center for Marine Science, of which I sit on the board).
Here are some of the things that helped us qualify for certification:
Organic Cotton
Organic Wool
Natural Latex Mattress
FSC Pine Foundations

It only goes to figure, if FloBeds think a mattress should be personalized for each sleeper, made with natural talalay latex, covered with organic cotton quilted to organic wool and be serviceable for the next decade or two… that the FloBeds company would also think a corporation should be built to serve its employees, it’s community and it’s planet earth home as well as its owners.

20 Jul

How to Purchase a Bed Online | FloBeds

FIRMNESS ADVICE

How to Purchase a Customizable Mattress at FloBeds

Shopping for a mattress online is an exciting new step towards achieving better sleep. However, because there are many options available, finding the right mattress can be difficult. The mattresses sold by online retailers might be comfortable, but many of them are sold as-is and cannot be modified to meet the customer’s needs. Unlike other retailers, FloBeds offers our customers the opportunity to create their own, one-of-a-kind customizable mattress. On top of that, we provide the best latex beds in the business, made from natural Talalay latex.

Are you interested in learning more? Here are 5 easy steps you can take to purchase a quality latex bed and get yourself back on a great sleep schedule:

1. Browse Our Selection of Talalay Latex Mattresses

Before you get started, you’ll need to visit our natural latex mattress page to choose from one of our three mattress types: Select, Deluxe and vZone. No matter which one you pick, each Talalay latex mattress is sure to give you the best sleep you’ve ever had.

2. Get Personalized Firmness Suggestions

If you’re unsure about which mattress type is best for you, you can consult our Mattress Firmness Advice section. Our handy tool allows you to enter key details, such as your sleeping position, your desired mattress firmness and weight and the number of sleepers who will be in your new latex bed. After entering your specifications, you’ll see tailored results that recommend the best Talalay latex mattress settings based on your needs.

3. Apply Mattress Firmness Settings

After you’ve completed the Mattress Firmness Advice tool, a button will appear which will give you the option to apply the recommended firmness to your natural latex bed. All you have to do is click this button and your mattress will be updated with your specifications.

4. Manually Choose Your Mattress Firmness Settings

If you don’t need recommendations when choosing your new natural Talalay latex mattress, you can skip our tool and start shopping right away. At the top right of our mattress product page, there will be a drop down menu with four separate options — size, mattress model, left side firmness and right side firmness. Simply fill in these fields and add to your cart once completed. And, if you would like to add twice-fluffed pillows to your order for free, you can!

5. Add a Mattress Foundation

Before you confirm your purchase, make sure you browse and order one of our many foundations which properly support your natural latex bed. We offer FloBeds foundations in three variants — Fir Slat, Euro Slat and Adjustable. These foundations fully elevate the mattress to meet the shape and size of your body, allowing for complete comfort.

Find Great Talalay Latex Mattresses at FloBeds

Now that you’ve created a wonderful customizable mattress, it’s time to complete your order. Once we’ve received your confirmation, our team will begin constructing your mattress right away. After a few days, your latex bed will arrive at your doorstep, just waiting for you to indulge in blissful comfort. If you have any questions about our customizable mattresses or require assistance, please contact us at any time and one of our Firmness Advisors will be happy to walk you through the process.

10 Jul

We are Here to Help | FloBeds

FloBeds is at you Service — It’s Our Claim to Fame!

Our sales staff works hard every day to bring our customers the best shopping experience possible. We know it can be difficult to make such a big purchase online. That is why we make it our mission to help you feel comfortable through the entire shopping experience. Have questions? Give us a call. Have questions and we are not open? Send us an email. Our trained firmness advisors are here to help you find the best fit for your personal needs.
Here is one customer’s Yelp review:
Literally, some of the best sales staff I have ever worked with.  The crazy part, is that I have never even met these people in person.  I feel like I’m a part of their family and that they honestly care about their customers and their products meeting the standards of their customers.  I have been using my vzone bed for a little over a month now and my wife and I love it.  I can also feel great about the fact that, if there ever comes a time when this bed doesn’t meet our specific needs, I can modify it to whatever specs I want (i.e. firmness).  If my wife needs a change because she is aching from pregnancy, there are ways you can help with that with this bed.  It’s truly an amazing company and I’m glad I did the research and took a hard look at the mattress industry to come to the conclusion to go with FloBeds.  I couldn’t be happier.
Thanks!
Michael W

31 May

4 Sleep Tips for Success

What you can do in the bedroom to sleep better

Here are some pointers on how the right bedroom setup can help you sleep better. Check these tips off your list and your will be on your way to dreamland in no time.

  1. A custom mattress: Many people sleep on mattresses that are too firm or too soft. FloBeds can be customized, so your mattress can fit your body and sleeping habits just right. Our latex mattresses are extremely supportive and the layers in the mattresses can be switched around to achieve different firmnesses.
  2. The right height frame: Make sure it isn’t too difficult to get in and out of bed because of your bed frame height. Even the rules of Funghi suggest you pay attention to the height of your frame. FloBeds offers various height legs so you can find the best one that fit your needs.
  3. The right sleep temperature: Research shows that your bedroom should be between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit. Invest in a smart thermostat to make sure your room is the right temperature.
  4. The right humidity: “Extreme weather conditions impact our mood, our health, and can even our sleep. When the air has a high humidity concentration, we feel hot and sweaty – which means uncomfortable sleep. When the air is too dry, on the other end, our skin, eye and nasal passages dry out which is also uncomfortable.”-Huff Post According to the National Sleep Foundation your room should always be at 50% humidity.
26 May

Sleep Better During Pregnancy | FloBeds

FloBeds creates a mattress that’s better for pregnant women, while sleeping on their side.

“We received our latex bed in early October due to a recommendation of a friend. About two weeks later, we were lucky enough to find out our second kid is on the way come June 8. My wife spent her first pregnancy on a 15 year old mattress and didn’t sleep well. This pregnancy she is sleeping better and more soundly, even with our 3 year old daughter in the bed with us. It is amazing how less movement transfer there is between sides of the bed and the latex support is “awesome” for the wife. We’re looking forward to the next 20 years of sound sleeping. I’m so enamored that when the kids get old enough I might need to buy them latex beds themselves.” –KENT D WEDEMEYER
FloBeds Talalay latex mattresses are great for women who are pregnant because they are adjustable . As a mother progresses through each trimester, she can switch around the layers on her side of the mattress. This will ensure that she gets the support she needs throughout her pregnancy.

24 May

The Big and Tall | FloBeds

A latex mattress fit for a king.  We combine Natural Latex, with horse hair, and coconut fiber.

 

Big & Tall Performance Organic Mattresses
Our Organic Big & Tall Performance Latex Mattresses feature premium 100% Natural Talalay latex inside a luxurious organic euro knit cotton quilted to organic wool. Our multi-layer latex cores accommodate the firmness needs of each individual sleeper by allowing each of you to choose your own firmness combinations. The Big & Tall Performance Latex Mattress adds an organic sateen encased wool over horsehair layer on top for the ultimate in sleeping cool.Big & Tall Mattress - exploded view
Build the firmness (and softness) for each side.

Organic Natural Big & Tall vZone– 16 inches of Top-to-Bottom, Side-to-Side and Head-to-Toe adjustable zoning for relief at hips and shoulders plus lumbar support.

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