Oh, the dreaded body impression!
It’s happened to many of us: you invest in a new mattress and after just a few months there’s already a hump in the middle and two deep sinkholes on either side.
You call the salesperson and she tells you the mattress is just conforming to your body. Rotate your mattress more often and this should minimize the issue, she says.
Then, you find out the sags have to be more than “1.5-2 inches” deep before they’ll do anything about it.
You explain that you have to roll uphill to meet your partner, and they tell you this is normal.
“I assure you that this issue is very common, but it is not normal,” says Geoff McLeary, the owner of Sleepy's Bedroom Furniture and Sleep Shop.
McLeary points out that, in decades past, mattresses didn’t get body impressions, and most good mattresses would hold up for ten to twelve years.
But today you’re lucky if they make it five or six, and most will get body impressions in no time flat.
That’s because larger mattress stores have put pressure on manufacturers to reduce costs so the stores can amp up their profit margins.
The only way to make this work was to do away with flippable mattresses, use inferior components, and source low-priced fillers from China.
Some of the largest mattress makers are using 1.2-pound density foam in their high-end sleep sets. That’s only one step above camping foam, folks!
This kind of thing horrified McLeary, so Sleepy’s teamed up with the Restonic and Spring Air Mattress factories in Vancouver to resurrect the nearly-forgotten two-sided mattress.
These factories build their beds with integrity, using all North American components, and they don’t sell their products in bigger mattress stores.
Restonic has won the Women’s Choice Award for the most recommended mattress brand for four years in a row, and the Consumer’s Digest Best Buy Award eight years in a row.
“For about 15-25 per cent increase in the cost you will receive more than double the lifespan on one of these double-sided, flippable mattress,” McLeary says. “The mattress will perform better, will feel better over a much longer period of time, and will retain its shape.”
“We have had clients come into our store that were dealing with a big mattress store in town and gone through as many as five mattresses in two years, due to premature body impressions and warranty issues,” McLeary added.
“Sleepy’s offered them a solution, a better-built and refreshing alternative to the defective designs being offered from other stores, and they are now sleeping soundly.”
McLeary added that Sleepy’s is striving to be the Okanagan’s one-stop sleep shop, offering a range of green, natural, and organic mattresses and bedding.
“Sleepy’s promise is to offer you only the best materials in our mattresses. No smoke and
mirrors; no toxic memory foam; no gimmicks. Just the straight goods,” he says.
Sleepy's Bedroom Furniture and Sleep Shop is located just behind Costco, on Baron Road in Kelowna. For more information, you can also visit the company’s virtual showroom.