Tag: natural latex

20 May

Noyo Center for Marine Science Sponsor

FloBeds is a proud sponsor of the Noyo Center

The Noyo Center for Marine Science in Fort Bragg, Ca. “…will create a physical space for researchers, students, families and visitors to explore the Mendocino coast and investigate the dynamic relationship between humans and the natural world.” (Noyo Center)
FloBeds is proud to support a facility that will:

  • Place the Mendocino Coast at the forefront of marine research and education.
  • Engage citizens and children in scientific exploration of the natural world.
  • Exhibit a rare blue whale skeleton
  • Facilitate collaboration among scientists, public agencies and private business in research and management of natural resources.
  • Support the restoration and protection of coastal and marine ecosystems.
  • Promote investigation of climate variability and education about improved resiliency.
  • Draw visitors to Fort Bragg and the Mendocino Coast.
  • Diversify economic development for Fort Bragg and Mendocino County.

FloBeds, Personalized Latex Mattress

19 May

FloBeds vs. The Other Guys

 Latex vs Polyurethane vs Springs

Have the leading brand name mattresses companies invented a new way to build a bed?  In a word, no. They are working hard to provide more of the same:  bigger beds that require different sheets, sometimes even different headboards.  Yet still they are using the same spring construction, with more layers polyurethane foam.  Sometimes they add a layer of latex.  But in order to keep profits up, you will usually find lots of poly-foam going by the name super-soft foam, upholstery layer, extra plush pillow top

Polyurethane Foam

Polyurethane foam, or poly-foam, is a petroleum product designed to imitate latex derived from the rubber tree (foam rubber).  It weighs about one fourth the weight of latex, and lasts about one fourth as long (3-5 years instead of 20 years for Talatech Latex). Poly-foam is like a sponge.  Because of its open cell structure, every time you move on your bed you are sucking into the bed dust, moisture, old skin, pollens and whatever is in the air.  Wool and latex don’t do this.

Springs

Innersprings do not have the issues that polyurethane foam does.  They can be gauged to different firmnesses.  Probably the best thing going for them are they are incredibly inexpensive compared to natural Talalay latex, but do not last as long without losing their ability to support.

The FloBeds Talalay Latex Mattress

Natural Talalay latex is naturally conforming and supportive.  The FloBed invention allows you to change the firmness on either side of your 100% natural latex mattress anytime for the 20 year life of the mattress.

We don’t use any poly-foam for added plushness in our beds.   Instead, we use wool.  Naturally better.  Our covers are not as “fluffy” as the “high-profile” mattresses sold in many stores, just better.   Our covers unzip, so you can easily hang your mattress-top in the sun.  We suggest sunning your mattress-top a couple of times a year.  Sunning will kill dust mites. Latex is dust mite resistant.  If you suffer from severe allergies, with the top off, you can vacuum  your mattress components to remove allergens.  That, combined with your sunned mattress top will provide you with the cleanest and most comfortable mattress possible.

06 May

Just What the Doctor Ordered

Thank you Dr. Lago

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.”
FloBeds latex mattresses are adjustable for the 20 year life of the mattress.

22 Apr

One Size Does Not Fit All

Every FloBed Is Personalized For Each Sleeper

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 latex mattresses can be customized. Ever wonder what the inside of a FloBed looks like? Go ahead and take a look under the hood:

exploded-view

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”

A mattress that fits YOU

15 Apr

To Change the World, Start Off By Making Your Bed

The First Task of the Day

Admiral McRaven, a Navy Seal, gave a new meaning to making your bed every morning. He states that, “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another. And by the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.” Watch the video below to hear more on his philosophy: if you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

And then there is Making Your FloBed… creating your personalized natural latex mattress.  But that’s a little off the Admiral’s message.

14 Apr

Newsweek was Right

Newsweek was right - this bed is JUST RIGHT

Goldilocks Was Right

When the time comes to make a purchase that you will be using every day, you might start to feel a little overwhelmed. Often times mattress shopping includes heading to a crowded mattress shop, wondering if you are getting the best deal, fending off the aggressive salesmen, and spending a few minutes testing out a mattress that you hope you will like spending 8 hrs on every night. That does not have to be your shopping experience. At FloBeds we like to make sure you don’t have to deal with crowds or haggling. You can have a great mattress shopping experience from the comfort of your own home.  Let us help you design a latex mattress to fit both your body and your partner’s.

Even Newsweek thinks you should try a FloBed. As mentioned in the Newsweek article, “…find a mattress you can adjust to the point of perfection. Flobeds (flobeds.com or 1-800-FLOBEDS) sells stackable latex panels that range from soft to superfirm. Stack two panels of different firmnesses for a truly customized sleep. And because each side of the mattress has separate panels, your partner can sleep on marble while you float on marshmallows.” T.E. Newsweek

08 Apr

Certified Pure

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.

25 Mar

Our Most Popular Mattress

Our Most Popular Mattress

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 Layers provide adjustable pressure relief for shoulders and hips and extra lumbar support

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 latex 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

06 Mar

Friday Feature: Alegria Inn

Everybody Raves About The Alegria Inn

The Alegria Inn, a popular ocean front inn with cottages, is located in the beautiful town of Mendocino, California. The Alegria Inn has not 1, not 2, but 3 FloBeds for guests to enjoy! Our latex mattresses can be found in the Pacific Suite, Cove Cottage, and the Tree House rooms.

Whether you are exploring the garden or unwinding in the hot tube with an ocean view, you are sure to experience a relaxing vacation. On the Alegria Inn Facebook customer Edu Montenegro Susperreguy gave the inn 5 stars. He said, “We had such a great time there 2 weekends ago. We stayed in the best room, the cove cottage. It felt as if we were all alone in paradise, but with a wonderful breakfast waiting for us every morning, cookies every afternoon, hot tub in the evening, and a ready made fire at night. We can’t wait to go back.”

So what are you waiting for? Come up to the Mendocino coast and stay at the Alegria Inn for a relaxing vacation on a FloBed.

19 Feb

Mattress Shopping Guide

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 an 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.  If you are 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! Get some firmness advice.

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.

FirmnessILD
Soft Blended19 ILD
Soft Natural22 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 determine 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/changeable-firmness/

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 their 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.  We think it is a good sign when the company has been in business longer than its warranty.

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