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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.

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:



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.



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.

Updated Rental Home Tour: Master Bedroom & Bathroom

Master Bath

Beautifully renovated and tiled, our master bathroom doesn’t require much decorating. Decorating bathrooms in a rental, and creating enough storage in them, is often a challenge – but we really got lucky with this one.

If I ever run out of projects, I’ll repaint the walls so that they’re more of a light, warm cream that blends with the tile rather than their current yellow-toned beige.Master Bath

Master Bath Details:

  • Owl art from Funnelcloud Studio
  • Glass vanity items from Crate & Barrel
  • Other plants and counter decor (candles) rotate on my whim :)

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom was the first room I “finished” decorating when we moved in. Light and airy, with a window directly over the bed, this room gets a beautiful breeze and makes it hard for me to get out of bed in the morning. It got a seriously hand-made treatment, from custom curtains to home-built nightstands with handmade (and upcycled) storage bins. I customized and hung wall-mounted lamps for night time reading. As for accessorizing, I’ve made some special art and some personalized photography.


And then . . . well, then we “undecorated” the room.  I explained why in the post about the wedding quilt.  We still haven’t built our new king size bed, but we’re getting closer.  Maybe in July?
Once we build the bed, then we’ll start from scratch in the room.  In the mean time, we’re keeping an eye out for some small mid-century nightstands.

Bedroom In Progress

Bedroom Details:

Our Wedding Quilt & A Bedroom Update

This Christmas Ryan and I received an amazing wedding gift:  a king-sized quilt made for us by Ryan’s mother.  The jewel blue batiks are pieced together in a wonderful modern pattern, so perfect for us that I can’t stop admiring it.

Wedding Quilt 3

She chose a wave pattern for the actual quilting that was done to it, because we got married on the bay.  How awesome is that?  (I know the pattern is a little hard to see in my photo below.)

Wedding Quilt2

And on the back corner she included a sweet message.

Wedding Quilt1

Right now we keep it on the foot of the bed when we make the bed, because the cats sleep with us at night and we don’t want it to get hairy just yet.
Wedding Quilt 4

Are you surprised to hear me say that?  I’m usually a firm believer in using something rather than saving it – but we want this to last for the rest of our lives, so we’re not ready to let it get hairy just yet. :)

Showing you the quilt, however, means that you now see how we’ve undressed the bedroom quite a bit.  It looks so naked to me.

Once the most “finished” room in the house, our bedroom is now naked.   It’s hard to explain, but it started when we removed the too-dark nightstands that we built.  Then I reluctantly removed the curtains that I had sewed, because without a headboard for the bed, the curtains got tangled on Ryan as he slept.  (He’s a very active sleeper.)  Then I removed the wall-mounted lamps, and replaced my wine crate nightstand with one from my parents’ house, simply because I wanted to use that Ikea lamp :)

What drives me craziest is the lack of curtains.  Ryan’s finishing up plans for building us a king sized bed with a headboard.  Once that is built, then we will add curtains back in and go from there.

February is filling up, but the bed needs to be built by the spring, so we’ll be building the bed and tackling the bedroom re-makeover in March and April.

In the mean time, I’m open to your thoughts on quilts.  To use them or save them?  How do you like to store them and wash them?  Have you ever had issues with pets messing up quilts?