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The Mattress Saga, 1 Year, 4 Mattresses...

Yes, that's right, we are getting our 4th new mattress in less than a year. 

I know you're thinking we must be really picky about mattresses and made of money because mattresses are not cheap.  Oh how I wish it were that simple... 

The mattress saga started last summer when we moved.  We had never had a decent mattress... when we were married we got a hand-me down, not very comfortable but the price was right, FREE! 

We then got a cheap new mattress that ended up being awful after about two years, we slept on it for 2 more years and then decided that when we moved we would buy ourselves a decent mattress set.

We went to a reputable furniture/mattress store and did that weird laying on a mattress in the middle of a store "mattress test" that doesn't really test anything.  Just tests how long you can lay on a mattress stiffly and feeling awkward while the salesperson stares at you.  It's so weird...

Anywho, we bought a very popular namebrand mattress set that had bells and whistles we'd never heard of like a latex and memory foam pillowtop that was supposed to be the best of both worlds.  It came with a box spring and a 10 year warranty (thank the good Lord for that warranty).

I was super excited and when it arrived I was not disappointed.  I thought it was very plush and comfy.  My hubby on the other hand thought it was too soft.  At first I thought it was because he was so used to sleeping on hard crummy mattresses and that he would adjust to the new one. 

No such luck.

Immediately his side started to sag.  Before you let your imaginations run wild with what my dear hubby looks like I should also add that he is just an average size guy, a size that should not cause a mattress to sag within a week.  But it did.  My side started sagging after about 2 months.  After 3 months had passed our mattress sagged enough (1.5 inches) that the warranty allowed for a replacement mattress. 

This happened again.... and again.... and again all within 12 months.  3 mattresses down and #4 is being delivered next week. 

With our 4th mattress the store has been extremely apologetic and offered to replace the boxsprings (the warranty only changes out the mattress) and give our bed an extra support bar for free.  They also allowed us to choose a different style mattress. Thank you! 

They have been great about replacing these saggy loser mattresses quickly and have taken the last 2 before they were all the way to the point of warranty replacement (1.25 instead of 1.5 inches) because of all the trouble we were having.  We have been very pleased with their handling and are so thankful we bought from a family-owned business and not a big box store. 

For mattress #4 we decided to step it up and get a king size... it only ended up costing $100 more which we had to pay (boooo) and a we got a different style mattress, no pillow top.  We are hoping and praying this will be the mattress... comfortable and roomy, something that will solve all my husbands back pain caused by all the junky sagging mattresses over this past year. 

I am SO excited to get a king but SO sad that my Queen sleigh bed will no longer work.  I also really loved my bedding that will all be too small now. Sniff, Sniff... 

Now I need to sell my queen bed so I can use the cash to get a king.  Anyone need a gently used queen sleigh bed???  It's for sale... Anyone?  Anyone?? :)

I went online looking for a decent priced king sleigh bed and decided to check out CSN Stores because they have everything

I'm supposed to just be looking for a new bed but I was totally checking out bedroom suites and more.  They have all kinds of bedroom furniture, I even checked out a bedroom vanity.  I had one as a kid and thought it was the coolest thing ever! 

But really, I just need a bed.  I'm considering making a tufted headboard but I've heard that can be expensive after all the materials... plus I already have a gazillion projects on my to-do list.  We shall see... 

Have any of you ever had extremely bad luck with a high ticket item?  Did the store or warranty take care of you?


  1. So sorry to here that about that! I think mattress shopping is about as fun as shopping for appliances! :(

    Good luck with all of that, sleeping well is so important! :)

  2. We purchased an off brand tempurpedic mattress and after a few years thought it was sagging. Long story short, our problem turned out to be our bed frame that was bent and the boxsprings began to sag which caused the mattress to sag. We are so happy now that my husband put extra braces and the bed has returned to as it was when it was new. It has been 8 years now!! Nothing worse than a bad bed!

  3. Yes ! We had EXTREMELY bad luck with a LED TV from Best Buy. The story is here...

  4. We had almost the EXACT same thing happen with our futon mattress years ago! Super frustrating!! Good luck with the new one!

  5. Kate we have the saggy mattress story as well. It's about three years old and we are just living with it. We should have called the furniture store right away and taken care of it like you did. I'm glad all is working out well for you.

    Have a good day!
    ~Melissa :)

  6. I am thinking they are not made very well anymore...we are having the same problem. For years we had mattresses from when we were younger. My husband's side sagged. My mother in law offered to buy a new mattress and we had a decent budget to get a good mattress! 6 months into it my husband's side is sagging (he is average size also). I keep forgetting to call in for warranty exchange since he always mentions it during bedtime, so thanks for this post because now I will go call right now!! Hopefully this 4th mattress lasts a bit longer!!

  7. You know I love that bed!
    I am too far away, though, sigh.
    So happy that you finally got a good mattress!!
    Hope you are well!

  8. So sorry to hear about your mattress trouble. A comfy mattress is key. Good Luck!

  9. We had the same thing happen with an expensive mattress that we bought from JC Penney. When they came out to inspect it, they said we had voided our warranty due to "excessive use."


  10. This is why it's taken me SO long to buy a new mattress set. I'm so afraid of ending up with something uncomfortable or doesn't last after spending a lot of money. Eventually I'll need to bite the bullet! Good luck with the new mattress.

  11. How much are you selling the queen bed?

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