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 email@example.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.
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. Jenna Stregowski‘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!
“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.
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.
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
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.
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.
At 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.