This story begins at my friends making fun of me for only have one set of bed sheets. Hey, I’m a guy! I don’t need a closet full of them. And a little ashamedly, I don’t change them out all that often. But now that I’m on a strict cleaning regimen, which includes frequent hot water washing of the sheets, it would be handy to have an extra set. My goodness is it entirely more complicated than necessary! I went to five places-Bed Bath & Beyond, Marshalls, Big Lots, TJ Maxx, and Home Goods-after doing some online searching. Thread counts and fiber types galore! (If you’re interested, I settled on 600, pure cotton.)
The point is, my allergies are worst at night, and I’ve been steadily working toward the recommended changes my allergist gave me. Mostly. Not the part where Naomi can’t sleep with me anymore. That’ll never happen. Anyway, my mattress is probably about 8 years old, so getting close to end-of-life. Spurred by the purchase of new sheets, I figured I could start looking to change it out to something fresh. I listen to quite a few tech/geek podcasts and several have advertised for a company called Casper.
I heard the ad often enough I looked at them at one point and was actually really interested in the research and technology they put into their unique mattress. And they give a 100 night free trial! What! Don’t like it? They send someone to pick it up and it gets donated to charity. I was definitely intrigued and the reviews were absolutely glowing! I figured it be a good tax return-funded purchase next year.
But it is the holidays so there are some good sales going on. The Casper is made for platform beds, which I’ve never had and didn’t know anything about. So I started investigating. Basically, the mattress is supported by a solid sheet of plywood or slotted slats rather than box springs. I looked around to see how much they run and came upon a really nice looking one on Overstock.com on a doorbuster sale. Normally $550, on sale for $229. So I decided it was a good time to make the move.
I ordered the frame and immediately got an email confirmation. But interestingly, it included a 10% off code for my next order. Hmmm, I thought. I never order from this site and that’d be really fabulous to get on this big purchase. So being the crafty dealmaker, I quickly cancelled my order, made my checkout cart again, and used the code. Bam, now it’s down to $200! Score! (Don’t judge me.)
I ordered my Casper mattress and had a code there too (up front this time) from one of the podcasts. I thought I ordered such that they’d arrive the same day but no such luck. The mattress arrived first on Wednesday in a really tiny box.
You wouldn’t believe it. I saw some unboxing video reviews and it is super cool how they vacuum pack it in without any loss of material integrity. Well, I had to make my own unboxing video clip.
I was originally going to wait until the frame arrived to get the mattress out but I was too excited to try it out, so I moved my old bed out and plopped the Casper down on the floor. The first night was pretty restless. To be expected, I suppose, given it was new. But also, my allergies peaked all night, I think from being down on the floor (even though I thoroughly vacuumed).
If I haven’t lost your interest yet, the true drama of this begins to now unfold. UPS delivered the frame on Thursday, and by way of my handy video doorbell, I saw them leave two boxes. When I got home, they were clearly labeled “1 of 3” and “3 of 3”. Oh crap. I got on with UPS and they assured me the third box was coming, though I could not figure why the shipment would have been separated. Yay logistics. I put as much together as I could and waited. Thankfully, the next driver arrived. I took the box and immediately opened it. Inside… a pair of Toms shoes. For my neighbor.
I ran back out the front door and intended to head off the truck as it looped around to leave the neighborhood. Fortunately, she realized what she did about halfway down and stopped short. We exchanged boxes and had a relieved laugh. Got it inside and finished the bed.
Well, it looks great. Except one thing. I could not tell from the pictures on the site that the headboard actually had bedazzled jewels, not buttons. Major facepalm. I’ll be looking to figure out how to paint them this weekend…
Last night was pretty good. Naomi seems to love it. Honestly, if you are due for a new bed, I’d check it out! Nothing to lose with 100 nights to try it! It is very supportive yet comfortably soft and cool! Last thing for me to add is an allergen-rated mattress encasement, and Casper sent me right to their recommended one on Amazon.
So there’s my long winded story about getting a new bed. Yup, you know you’re old when this is the kind of thing that excites you.
Oh and hey, if you do somehow decide to try, let me know. We both get $50.