Category: Latex Mattress

28 Jul

New! Ask for a Sample Kit

Get to See What Goes Into a FloBed

Those of you who have a FloBed latex mattress know what the components of the sleep system feel like. You’ve run your hand over the cover of organic cotton quilted to organic wool. You know the feel of 100% natural Talalay latex in various levels of firmness, and you’re familiar with the touch of the convolute (egg-crate) topper.
It occurred to us that people considering a FloBed mattress might like to see and feel the components too. If you’re on-the-fence and want to see & feel it before you buy, why not ask for samples? Just give us a call, 1(800)FloBeds  – 356-2337, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, Satuday 10am-5pm, Pacific Time.  Or send an email to info@flobeds.com with your phone number and we’ll call you!
The sample set is $2 for a small kit, and $12 for the large with free shipping(we will subtract this from the cost of your bed when you purchase).  A few days later you’ll receive swatches of the cover, the convolute topper, and latex pads in various levels of firmness and you’ll be good to go.

12 Jul

Does Your Cat or Dog Sleep On Your Bed?

When You Have To Share Your Bed

Where do you stand on the issue of sleeping with your dog or cat?
Some people think dogs shouldn’t be allowed on the bed because it can cause behavior issues. But really, is there anything wrong with sharing your FloBed with your cat or dog?
How To Be Your Dog’s Best Friend, the dog obedience manual by the Monks of New Skete, advises letting your dog sleep on the floor in your bedroom, but never in your bed.
‘s article  in About.com doesn’t agree, “In general, letting your dog on the furniture is not going to cause problems – behavioral or otherwise. Dogs love to curl up on the sofa, the bed, and anywhere else that’s nice and soft. They also like to spend time in their humans’ favorite spots”.
An entertaining article in Slate Magazine by Emily Yoffee, tells the story of how her cats lost their spot on the bed to her dog…
My beagle, Sasha, got the opportunity to settle in for the night when my husband declared he was evicting from the bed our two current cats, all 36 pounds of them. He explained, “In the middle of the night they run up and down my body, then they sit on my chest and crush it.” Since I am a light sleeper, I told my husband it was hard to believe his description of our cats’ ramblings. Ever the considerate wife, I suggested he might be having nocturnal psychotic episodes.
“Do I have to install a video camera?” he said. “They march up and down my body like they’re on a picket line, then they sit on me. They’re driving me crazy.”
A few nights later, cats still in the bed, I got up at 4 a.m. to go to the bathroom. When I returned, there was Biscuit, sitting in the middle of my sleeping husband’s chest, peering into his open mouth as if about to perform periodontal surgery. Goldie was climbing up my husband’s legs. I was shaken. It was painful, but I agreed the next morning to banish the cats to the basement at night.
Where do you stand? Do you share your bed with an animal?
Share your opinions, experience and advice – even photos if you have them!

01 Jul

I am Furious

When Good Customers Get Mad

“I am furious.” Wow, usually our customers say how happy they are with their new bed, so you can imagine my concern when I got an email with this subject line.

This is the mattress that I love
FloBeds Zoned Mattress

My concern turned to confusion as I read on, “Just wanted to say that I purchased a flo-bed in early 2002 – latex — I am still more than pleased. I hate sleeping outside of my home and would really only buy from you again.”

Well, so far so good. But I still don’t know why he’s furious, “I liked it so much at the time, I almost bought a guest bed and you guys agreed to both take my order and cancel it when my wife vetoed. I never want to walk into a mattress store again and you guys are the sole reason.”

Ah-ha… here it comes, “So why am I furious? Because in the Page One Wall Street Journal article on quality mattress shopping, you were nowhere to be found.”

The article explained that as people age, or they have trouble sleeping because of chronic pain, they become aware of the comfort of their beds. According to the article, to get a good night’s sleep some people are spending as much as $33,000, the price of the most expensive American-made mattress set on the market!

So what did our furious fan do? He put this note on his blog BlockShoppe: “I was a little shocked FloBeds offerings were left out of the Wall Street Journal article on high-end quality mattresses. My FloBeds mattress cost me a fraction of the stuff they were pitching.”

Within the hour not only St Louis, but Houston and Columbus heard a FloBed fan is furious we weren’t on the list of exceptional beds. Thanks Eddie, now they know!  We will continue to make the best mattress we can: natural Talalay latex mattresses that last and last and remain comfortable.

21 Jun

Slats for Platform

Slat Conversion for Mattress Platform

Avoid an environment that will create the conditions for condensation. Like a window pane in winter, a cooler platform can collect moisture from the air as you warm your mattress through the night. Condensation is likely to lead to mold. We *strongly* recommend using a Slat Conversion on top of your platform so the slats can change temperature with your mattress, to maximize air flow and avoid condensation.

Slat Conversion for Platform

Our Latex Mattresses can be used on any true and sturdy surface:
boxspring, platform or slats.

  • Boxspring — If you have a newer (less than 3 years old) good quality box spring, it should work fine. You can test by removing your mattress and laying directly on the box springs.
  • Platform — A platform can provide even support. Caution must be taken to avoid an environment that will create the conditions for condensation. Like a window pane in winter, a cooler platform can collect moisture from the air as you warm your mattress through the night. Condensation is likely to lead to mold. We *strongly* recommend using a Slat Conversion on top of your platform to maximize air flow and avoid condensation or a 1″ rubberized coconut fiber layer, or coir.
  • Slats — FloBeds offers three slat foundations (follow this link to find our more about our Slat Foundations.)
      • Good: Pine Slat foundation
      • Better: Fir Slat foundation
      • Best: Euro Slat foundation
    • all three styles are available in a low profile design (see Low Profile Euro Slat below)

Simple Pine Slat Conversion

drop in pine slat conversion to make platform provide airflow
Provide adequate air flow around your mattress. Slat conversion for platform will do that for you.

Matching Fabric Covered Pine Slat Conversion

Covered slat conversion come in 6 pieces, making it easy place.
Predrilled with screws to attach to platform.

Covered Slat Conversion still allows air to flow… but matches mattress.

Added Trim to Platform Conversion

Low Profile Euro Slats

3-1/2 inch high Low Profile Euro Slat can be used in traditional bedstead, metal bedframe, our glide leg system, or on a platform.

low profile euro slat
03 Jan

House Beautiful & FloBeds

House Beautiful on best mattresses

Barbara Barry Chooses FloBeds

Los Angeles designer Barbara Barry shares her list of favorite home products with House Beautiful, from Augarten dishes to Häagen-Dazs ice cream!

Barbara Barry in House Beautiful

By Abby Tabak Barbara Barry
Los Angeles, CAFLOWER: Peony

SOFA SHAPE: Crescent

STATIONERY: Pineider Capri in pale celadon; pineider.com

LAMP: Costanza by Luceplan

ALARM CLOCK: Muji

CAR COLOR (EXTERIOR/INTERIOR): Silver/camel

MATTRESS: Flobed! Extra Firm/Firm/Medium on top (there are layers you can interchange to get a custom fit!); flobeds.com

EVERYDAY DISHES: Augarten

COFFEE TABLE BOOK: Exceptional Gardens by Wim Pauwels (Beta-Plus; betaplus.be)

ALL-PURPOSE GLASS: TableArt Tumbler; tableartonline.com

SOAP: Luxo Bahno Creme Soap/Portugal; smallflower.com

ICE CREAM: Häagen-Dazs Coffee

TOWEL: White Abyss; The Golden Goose, Mendocino, CA; 707-937-4655

BED PILLOW: 100% White Polish down from Seventh Heaven; The Golden Goose

SHEETS: Pearls by Barbara Barry Dream; bloomingdales.com

TOOTHPASTE: Elgydium

SHOWERHEAD: I take baths

VACUUM: Miele

COLOR: Gray

LIGHTBULB/WATTAGE: 60W

COFFEE: Zibetto’s; 6th Ave., NYC

TEA: Orange Grove Oolong; tealeaves.com

KITCHEN GADGET: Jura-Capresso Espresso Machine- Impressa Z5.

ARTIST: Ben Nicholson

2009- House Beautiful

07 Aug

FSC Ponderosa Pine

FSC Certified Ponderosa Pine from Collinswood

FSC Ponderosa Pine in Our Foundations

We use FSC certified Ponderosa pine in our foundation construction, sustainably harvested from CollinsWood forest products, a family-owned company whose core values are akin to ours.

Ponderosa Pine

spaceAt FloBeds, we source the wood for our solid Ponderosa Pine foundations and turned leg supports from CollinsWood, the industry leader in FSC-Certified forest products.

CollinsWood Mission:
“Our mission is to manage the forests sustainably. Nurture the forest’s biodiversity. Help create a stable workforce that builds healthy communities where families can work and thrive. Foster loyalty and trust simply by being loyal and trustworthy. Leave the Earth better for our being here.”
– Truman W. Collins, 1943, President, 3rd Generation

Need we say more? If you’d like to learn more about how CollinsWood is leading the industry in sustainable forest products, visit www.CollinsWood.com.

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