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Review of Our American-Made Tuft & Needle Mattress

Did you know that $600 could get you a king size American-made, eco-friendly mattress – in the mail – that is actually super comfortable and well made?

You can, and I promise you that this is for real. This is not a sponsored review, just a super enthusiastic happy customer one.

Tuft and Needle American Made Mattress Review

Until a few weeks ago I had no idea such an option existed. I thought Ryan and I would have to head to a few mattress stores, deal with skeevy salesmen, and go through the painful negotiation process only to spend $1500 or so.

Fortunately, when I posted on Instagram about the Ikea bed fame we were considering, my friend from Old Town Suds commented about Tuft & Needle, a relatively new mattress company selling exclusively online.  Fed up with the middle man and mattress store shenanigans, they decided to create a better product at a better price.  Made in the USA, start to finish. 

“We source all the raw materials—everything from the threads to the zippers. The fabric comes from a 90-year-old, family-owned textile mill in the Carolinas. The foams are freshly poured and cut here in the US. We put the finishing touches in Southern California before we load it on a delivery truck.”

Additionally, the company is working to provide beds to foster children.  After reading over the website and loving the company’s story, I showed Ryan and he agreed – why not go ahead and order it?

“But how can you buy a mattress without ever laying down on it?”

Well, Tuft & Needle cut out the middle man (mattress stores) to cut prices.  They offer the lowest price by being the manufacturers and selling directly to you. To make up for the scary unknown risk of ordering a mattress you’ve never slept on, they offer free shipping and free returns for 30 days – no questions asked.   Tuft & Needle Mattress in Box

That’s right.  We could order the mattress, sleep on it for a bit, and if we hated it – just return it.  We wouldn’t lose a penny.

The mattress arrived within 5 business days of our order, in a long rectangular box.  We opened it up and pulled out the rolled-up, decompressed, vacuum-sealed mattress.  It was like a log of mattress.  We rolled it out, and when we punctured the plastic wrap around it, the mattress slowly began to inflate with air.

But it’s not an air mattress.

The sturdy foam that makes up the mattress is somehow vacuum sealed so all the air is pulled out, and that makes it much easier for shipping.  After 3 hours the mattress is ready to sleep on. Unfortunately we went out of town for the weekend so we had to wait two nights to sleep on it. Tuft & Needle Mattress ShippingSo, how was it?

On the first night it seemed too firm, but on the second night it was perfect, as though it softened up just a tiny bit from being broken in.  And it’s been perfect ever since.  I’m finally sleeping well and waking up without back pain.

It’s fairly firm, but it still gives nicely to support the curves of your body.  We’ve slept on it lying on backs, stomachs, and sides – all positions are comfy.  If you like a really squishy pillow top, you will want to add a pillow top mattress topper. That’s easy enough – and you’d still have a great mattress for much less than the cost at a mattress store.

Pros of a Tuft & Needle Mattress:

  • No flame retardants on the outer shell
  • Foam core made from recyclable, low-VOC polyurethane foam
  • Made in California from start to finish
  • Made by a pretty cool small business
  • Free shipping & free returns for 30 days if you hate it

Cons of a Tuft & Needle Mattress:

  • You don’t get to negotiate with annoying salesmen in mattress stores. . .
  • Just kidding.  We don’t see any negatives since you can return for 30 days if the mattress doesn’t suit your sleep style.

Oh, it comes in two thicknesses – 5 inch and 10 inch. We decided to get crazy and go for the 10″.  I’m glad we did – it feels like a “real” mattress.

So, if you’re curious, check it out!  You can order through this link to receive $50 off your purchase.  Full disclosure: we also will receive a small commission for the referral.

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Bedroom Updates: Upgrading to a King Size Bed

We got a new bed, and my back couldn’t be more excited.

I don’t know if it’s pregnancy or just the fun of getting older, but my back has been bothering me a lot lately. My recent business trips were torture, because the airplane seats wreak havoc on my lower back. So when I noticed I was waking up with less back pain in hotels and at my parents’ house than I was at home, I realized it was time to bite the bullet and get a new mattress.

Our inexpensive queen size IKEA mattress held up really well for 5 years – which is a steal considering it cost under $300. In the last year, though, it’s started to sag and we knew it was due for replacement. The only reason we hadn’t? Ryan and I were trying to build our own king size bed. But sometimes life gets in the way – first I was traveling a lot for work. Then I was pregnant and so exhausted in my first trimester that I was useless. Then my mom became sick and we weren’t in town.

I was ecstatic when Ryan suggested the other day that perhaps we should just buy a cheap bed frame from IKEA to use for the next year, because we probably have our hands full until we’ve adjusted to life with a human child.

If you’ve read here before, you probably know that Ryan and I don’t usually buy furniture to use “just for a little bit.” It seems wasteful. But in this case comfort wins out, and IKEA bed frames have a pretty good resale rate on Craigslist.

Here’s the bed frames we considered:

IKEA MALM

IKEA MALM Bed

When it comes to IKEA furniture, it doesn’t get more basic, classic, or inexpensive than the MALM pieces. This bed frame doesn’t get me all excited from a design standpoint, but it’s got a headboard (one of our requirements) and it’s modern and simple.   The $259 price is nearly as cheap as they come for a bed of this size.

IKEA NYVOLL

IKEA NYVOLL Bed Frame

At $309 this frame is a bit more pricey for a temporary solution, but I love the angled headboard and the Danish modern style of the NYVOLL. I think it will resell better too, as there are fewer available on Craigslist.

I asked about this one on social media, and got positive responses from those of you who already own it. That’s good, because it’s the one we chose!

So, How Is It?

We bought the bed frame Sunday night on the way home from visiting my parents.  It took about 3 hours to assemble it – maybe because first we emptied the bedroom, steam cleaned the carpet, and then tackled the bed around 9 pm.

It is nice to have a headboard after 4 years without one.  I have only one complaint with the bed frame.  While there is a steel middle support beam, there is no support leg in the middle. That’s just lazy construction, in my opinion.  We’ll add one ourselves with a piece of 2×4, but come on, IKEA.  Just add a middle support leg and charge a little more.

Ikea Nyvoll No Middle Leg

Next up – the mattress.  We ordered our mattress online, but that’s a story for the next post.

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Our Biggest Project *or* How Ryan Spoiled our Baby Announcement

So, this is the big project that we’ve been working on here at the borrowed abode. It’s definitely our biggest project yet!  If you’re thinking “oh good grief, another blogger having a baby” . . . and you just don’t dig it – no worries. Skip to the bottom where I promise not to become a mommy blogger!Baby Girl Announcement Photo

I’m 17 weeks along, and I was trying to get a set of photos for an idea I had about sharing the news, but last night Ryan went into my Facebook account and did this:

Ryan Spoiled Baby Announcement

It was his attempt to avoid annoying an annoying photo shoot!  I guess it’s only fitting that he take over the computer to announce it, since he took over the blog way back when to announce that he was proposing to me.

So here’s the scoop – I tried to be brief, but it’s hard to cram the last 4 months into very few words.

When We Found Out & Told Family: 

I found out on May 15th on my way out the door for a camping weekend with my girlfriends.  After over a year of trying it was almost a habit to take tests all the time. . . I had just seen the doctor about figuring out “what was wrong”.  Needless to say I was totally shocked!  I accidentally texted Ryan at work simply because I was freaking out that he wasn’t there for the news.  Whoops.  Not the most romantic way to break it to him!

We told our immediate family early on – around Memorial Day.  We used my brother’s kids and Merlin as the messengers to break it to my family. Niece Nephew Baby Announcement

My mom was super excited. This was before she ended up in the hospital.

Niece and Mom Baby Surprise

The First Trimester

The first trimester kicked my butt!  I was exhausted and the shop, the blog, the sewing, the project, and the house all suffered.  It was all I could do to get through each workday without falling asleep. Ryan was a saint and kept up with housework and getting takeout all the time because holy cow – my ability to tolerate most food changed day by day.

I had/have the most absurd symptom ever. I was “lucky” enough to get a really rare issue – an allergic reaction to the hormones caused by the baby. The result was full body hives every day until I saw an allergy specialist who was able to help.  The solution – Zyrtec every other day.  I’m now weaned down to once a week(ish).  I hated taking a medication but the hives were out of control.

Oh, and the ultrasound.  The first ultrasound was ridiculously amazing. It doesn’t seem real. . . and then it is. Yep.

Merlin Baby Announcement

The Gender & Non-Invasive Testing

Ryan and I unofficially found out it was a girl (just like we wanted!) at my 12-ish week ultrasound. My doctor’s visits have been a bit off schedule because we’ve been out of town visiting my mom so much.  When the sonographer asked if we wanted to try and figure out the gender early so we could tell my mom, we said yes.  She explained that because there was only an = sign between the legs, it was most likely a girl.  A super awesome blood test confirmed it a week later, along with confirming that the baby is super low risk for chromosomal issues (despite my “advanced” maternal age) so we didn’t have to risk miscarriage by doing amniocentesis or CVS.

Will I become a “mommy blogger?”

The answer right now is Heck no! While I really look forward to being a mom, I also look forward to keeping my own identity and not letting motherhood overtake every aspect of my life. I’m sure some of you with kids are thinking “good luck with that” but it’s something I’m going to try to do. At this time I really don’t have any interest in blogging about kid stuff all the time.  I’ll do an occasional kid-related post, but I will have more posts on the original blog topics – the shop, the house, small business. I also don’t want to plaster my child all over the internet.

Belly Photos

So I see all these people doing fabulous belly photos with a board that says what week they are.  I keep forgetting and until recently there was nothing to photograph as I’ve only gained 3 pounds so far.  After I took this front-facing photo (left) in San Diego last week I had my boss take a side view with my sticking it out as far as it would go (right).  This is an exaggeration just for fun – also I had just pigged out on amazing Mexican food:

Hidden Belly Photo San Diego

What’s Next?

Thanks to this famous 2nd trimester energy burst, Ryan and I are tearing through projects as much as we can with our limited schedules.  My goal is to have baby prep / nursery / house changes all done by the end of October so I can focus on the holidays socially as well as holiday craft markets for Janery. Then decompress until she arrives in January.

I’m looking forward to sharing our house projects here, but probably in limited length posts simply because time is precious.

Woohoo! Here’s to the next adventure!

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