After an exhaustive search both online and in stores, we finally chose a mattress for John’s new room. (If you missed the news, the sweet twin beds are gone and we are doing a “tween” update.) We finally settled on the Zinus 12 Inch Gel-Infused Green Tea Memory Foam Mattress from Amazon. It was $299 for a queen with free shipping and came in two days. It also has a 4.5 star rating with 1,500 reviews on Amazon alone! I know that a mattress is very personal, and I also know it sounds crazy to buy one online, but for an eleven year old, it seemed like a good fit. :-)
So, here’s how it all went down… it arrived compressed and rolled in a box. It seemed like I could just tote it right upstairs, but it was actually quite heavy. It passed Elsa’s initial inspection so we were off to a good start.
We carried it up to John’s room and cleared out a big space on the floor. As soon as Honey took it out of the bag it popped open. When he cut the plastic it immediately started expanding. It is recommended to leave it alone with no linens for 24 – 48 hours so we left it on the floor and made sure no pet or child touched it. I was envisioning a brand new mattress with the permanent indention of a dog in the middle of it. HA! I read that it has a funny smell for the first day or two and did notice that. But, it was completely gone by the time we put it on the bed 24 hours later.
As far as a box spring, I went ahead and ordered the Zinus 5 Inch Low Profile Smart Box Spring. The box spring comes in a variety of depths, and I generally like a tall, fluffy bed, but when I measured the mattress depth plus the box spring, I was careful not to cover up the pretty headboard in its entirety. So, I was glad they had this low profile version and it was only $85. Now, this came in a long rectangular box and had to be assembled. Honey worked on it for a while – he said it was easy, but took some time. The majority of it is a steel structure like this.
And then you zip it up in a cover to look like a regular box spring!
We got everything on the bed but had to wait for the sheets to come before sleeping on it, so that got us solidly to the 48 hour mark.
I also did some research on mattress pads and, man, like the mattress there are WAY too many options. I realize this is a really exciting topic, but it is something everyone needs, right?! I ended up with this SafeRest option from Amazon. I liked it because it is waterproof and also protects against dust, allergens, and bacteria. It said it would be noiseless and breathable – and it is! And, it had 4.5 stars with over 25,000 reviews.
Lastly, his pillows were in awful shape so I went ahead and threw two new ones in the cart. (Does anyone else have a problem cutting off the spending once you start?!) I picked these luxury gel pillows and they are so nice that I’m going to get two more for my bed. I think our pillows might be as bad as his were. Yikes.
Before I go… a mattress review. I have not been allowed to sleep in the bed (ha!) but I have read in there to give it a try while he is studying. It’s nice! Firm but not hard, comfy when on my side and back and doesn’t seem to generate heat. He loves it and that is really what matters. We need a new mattress for our bed soon and I’m going to try his bed out the next time he has a sleepover. You really can’t beat the price. The only thing I will say is that it slides around on the bed a little. My boys like to get a running start and dive into bed so this one always looks a little askew. Of course, if you are a normal person that just falls in to the bed exhausted at night, you likely won’t have this problem. *wink*
Boy Room Update Posts:
- Last Look at Brother’s Room
- Zinus Mattress + Other Bedding Necessities
- The Queen Bed
- FLOR on the Floor – A New Rug
- The Ceiling Fan
Let me know if you have any questions!
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