Funny about Money

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ―Edmund Burke

What Price a Decent Night’s Sleep?

Apparently the demand for a decent night’s sleep is SO high that mattress- and bed-makers feel comfortable charging all the market will bear, and then some.

Flare-up of the old familiar back pain caused me to think that I should carry my computer to a bed or sofa to work. But the living-room sofa isn’t really very comfortable for reclining, and there IS a limit to how much I want those dogs loafing on my bed. For quite some time, I’ve been thinking that I’d like to put a twin bed in the spare room, so as to be able to claim (after a fashion) that I have a guest bedroom. And also so as to have a bedstead that’s light enough for me to slide a couple bricks under the legs at the headboard (or whatever), in case the GERD-like thing resurfaces.

So today while I was at the better Costco in Paradise Valley, I checked out the price for a twin bed.

HOLY mackerel! $350 for the mattress alone! If you wanted a real mattress (as opposed to a sponge-rubber simulacrum), the mattress and box springs would set you back $700 to $1,000.  Then you have to buy the cheesy metal frame thing to set it on.

Moving on.

That Costco is next door to a Penney‘s. Not my favorite place to shop, but…really? Five hundred to upwards of $2,000. What do they think the damn things are made of? Tried one of the cheaper foam numbers: ugh! Like sitting down on a kitchen sponge.

Once I got home, I checked online at Ikea and at Tuft & Needle.

Ikea has both foam and innerspring mattresses. In the past, I’ve tested the foam mattress, and it’s comfortable enough (I guess)…though I suspect it could be pretty hot and sticky on a summer night when you can’t afford to cool the house much below about 82 degrees. Foam: $89 to about $400; latex (whatever is the difference?): $1,000. Innerspring: $130 to $800. They don’t seem to carry a box spring — but the truth is, that’s not needed.

Tuft & Needle, of course, carries only its specialty, a roll-it-up foam number. The twin version is $325. Of course, the concept of “box spring” does not exist in the T&N universe.

Whichever you chose, you’d want to get SOME sort of bedstead, whether it was just a metal frame or something that looks like furniture. Tuft and Needle makes one, but not in the twin size.

Ikea has a variety, the best of which appears to be the “Tarva”: made of unfinished wood, very simple and plain…perfect for the proposed “guest” bed and substitute office desk. In fact, since I’d be doing a lot of CE Desk work reclining on this thing, by way of minimizing the back pain, it occurred to me that I might even get away with making the business buy it. Sale price(s): $79 and $109. Darned if I can tell what the difference is.

The wood is ugly and Ikea suggests you stain or at least wax it for durability’s sake. Right.

I have no idea what the quality of an Ikea mattress is. T&N gets good reviews, probably engineered by its marketing department, but whatEVER. Probably the path of least resistance would be to order both the mattress and the slab to put it on from Ikea. And Ikea will deliver, for a $60 ding. Since it costs about $8 to drive to the far East Valley in a vehicle that doesn’t have room to carry a mattress(!), where the Ikea store resides, it probably would make sense to simply order the pieces online and have them delivered.

That’s assuming this is something you won’t be sleeping on every night…

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  1. A word of caution on an Ikea purchase. Some time ago we bought living room furniture from Ikea. In no time it seemed to wear quickly. DW observed the material on the sofa and loveseat wasn’t “real” upholstery material. But rather was just a bit thicker than sheet material for bedding. Soon there were holes and this stuff wasn’t that old and wasn’t cheap. DW was able to make slipcovers to salvage the set for a bit. When a replacement sofa was found I chose to take the old sofa apart, to see what caused it to fail. I separated all the materials for recycling and got quite the education. A large portion of the “frame” of the sofa is plastic and cardboard….like cardboard box cardboard. I will say they used “A LOT” of nails and fasteners. But what wood there was appeared to be “pallet lumber” that had cracked and was warped. IMHO they build things to a “price point” and this is what ya get for this price. Good luck in your search…

    • That surprises me, I had on Ikea sofa for upwards of a decade without problems before I sold it as part of a cross country move. Yes, the lining material covering the sofa frame was fairly thin, but once the upholstery covers were I didn’t have any problems.

    • I don’t think it’s meant to last for the ages. College students and young parents will buy the stuff planning to throw it out when they move or when it wears out — which they figure will be soon. It’s great as furniture that you can dispose of after the kids get old enough to stop jumping on the sofa and climbing on the tables.

      On reflection, I’m now thinking the inexpensive raw-wood bedstead would be good, but I should get the mattress-like thing at Tuft & Needle, whose products are made of better quality materials.

    • I have an Ikea sofa and loveseat for 12 years and they were just fine. The slipcovers (a medium brown) faded a bit after being near a sunny window and laundered many times, but I didn’t have any holes in the fabric or problems with the frame, padding, etc. In finally replaced those pieces just last year and gave away the old ones.

  2. I bought my IKEA sofa years ago and it is still going strong. In fact, I love it and will not be parting with it for quite some time even yet. The sofa and cushion covers are a hard wearing corduroy and still look great.

    I bought an IKEA bed and mattress. Best mattress I’ve ever bought. The hubby and I sleep really well. I bought a firm mattress and absolutely no complaints on either the bed frame OR the mattress. It wasn’t cheap but that is fine. I wasn’t looking for cheap. The bed and mattress will last for a good while yet. At the time I purchased the bed, my hubby (ex football player) weighed 330 pounds and I weighed around 235 so ….. we were not light weights by any means. We are big scandinavians LOL Since then, hubs and I both have lost significant weight and sleep even better.

    You get what you pay for. YMMV.