If you follow us on Instagram, you know that I have a new love in my life – my new handcrafted mattress. I partnered with Custom Comfort Mattress, visited their beautiful new store in Huntington Beach, California and went shopping for a handcrafted mattress. I gotta tell you, it was intimidating at first. Their new store is like something straight out of a magazine. It’s a gorgeous industrial-type look showroom filled with different handcrafted mattresses, including an example of a custom mattress that I can only dream about owning one day.
We were greeted immediately, given some water and the kids were offered a seat at their comfortable lounge while the hubster and I took a tour of the showroom and got to work. Nina, our salesperson, was super nice and really knew her stuff. In all honesty, if it wasn’t for her, we wouldn’t be as happy with our choice as we are .
Our original strategy in choosing a mattress was to go around and lie on each one until we found “the one.” Turns out, there’s a much smarter practice in choosing a mattress, and even better, knowing which one you don’t want. For this, Nina took us to a spot at their store where they had real-life examples of what goes into each of their mattresses. Because it’s see-through, we were able to see exactly what it was that we were buying. We learned proper terminology, why box springs aren’t really a thing anymore and how a mattress topper would affect the feel of the bed. Moreover, we also learned that the mattresses are made in America (at their factory in Southern California) and just how much care and love is put into each of their products.
With that knowledge in hand, Nina handed us each a pillow (with a fresh new pillowcase on it) and we set off to find the mattress of our dreams.
We started off at the back of the store because this beautiful bed had caught my eye as I walked by the display window. It’s their gorgeous organic bedding with a four inch mattress topper and made of hypoallergenic and non-toxic materials. So basically, gorgeous and sensitive to allergies. It’s covered in this luxurious fabric that stands the test of time (about 25 years to be exact). However, the hubster found it a bit too soft, so we continued on our search for the perfect handcrafted mattress.
Like a princess, you’ll have to kiss many frogs (or in my case, lie on many mattresses) until you find the right one. For us, it ended up being the Retreat mattress with a latex mattress topper.
You’ll have to check back next week when we show you what it looks like in our bedroom and what’s this bed is like, but, *spoiler alert*, it does not disappoint.
It took us about two hours to find the perfect mattress. I have a feeling that’s not normal, but for the hubster and myself, everything is a compromise so we both wanted to be happy with our choice. My first choice was the Legacy bed (the gorgeous one pictured above), while the husbter’s first choice was an adjustable bed. We compromised by getting a bed that looks as good as the Legacy bed, but was a bit firmer. It sits on a foundation with wood legs and no bed frame. The latex mattress topper is five inches thick and reversible to help make the bed last longer.
So what exactly do you need to know when shopping for a handcrafted mattress? Here are my top tips:
Shop at a mattress store
Mattress stores are intimidating. Especially when you know that the sales people are commission based. The sales at Custom Comfort Mattress are not commission-based. They walk you around to every mattress if that’s what you want to do, they make suggestions based on preference, and they know everything there is to know about their products.
Know where and how it’s made
I try to shop American-made as often as I can. Mattresses at Custom Comfort Mattress are made in their factory in Orange, California. They ship nationwide, so don’t let location stop you. They offer mattresses that are hypoallergenic, organic, and made of wool, latex and cotton. And if you’re wondering why latex –
Latex is sap from a rubber tree that is naturally hypoallergenic, dust mite, mold and mildew resistant. Most would say latex offers a healthier sleep compared to most foam used today being polyurethane foam. Latex has the unique ability to support the body while going with the natural curves of the body, releasing pressure.
Also, look for a mattress that is double-sided so you can flip it every so often, making it last longer.
Handcrafted is better
A handcrafted mattress will lend to more customization than if it were created otherwise. You’re able to choose how thick you want the mattress topper (if you get one at all), and the size of the bed doesn’t have to stop with California King. Custom Comfort Mattress can make a bed in any shape and size (yes, even those heart-shaped beds). And that RV that you have sitting in your drive way? Update the mattress with a premium-quality mattress. It’s totally doable when you have a handcrafted mattress.
Taking care of your mattress
If you’re investing on a bed, make sure you know how to take care of it. Opt for a mattress topper that is detachable so you can flip it and reverse it. This will make your life so much easier and your mattress will last a lot longer. And don’t forget to pick up a mattress protector. Yes, you need it. Even if you don’t eat or drink on your bed, a mattress protector will prevent dust mites from penetrating the fabrics. If you don’t get a mattress protector, a carpet or upholstery cleaner can usually get your mattress cleaned.
Box spring versus foundation
Box springs are a thing of the past, and you’ll find that most places no longer carry what is referred to as a “true box spring.” Nowadays, most places offer a foundation where the support is practically non-existent and will not offer flexibility under the mattress. It basically just keeps the bed off of the ground. Custom Comfort Mattress is one of the few shops that still offer a box spring option is made with real coils built in. If you have the budget for it, go for a true box spring. It will help your mattress last longer and will also helps your mattress to better conform to your body and give you more support.
It took just a few days for our bed to be created and delivered to us. Normally, someone purchasing a bed would have had theirs sooner, but ours took a bit longer because we added the wood legs. And by the way, our old California King mattress was over 10 years old, sitting on the floor on a foundation with no bed frame and no headboard. Our new bed sits on a foundation where a bed frame is not needed, and adding a headboard is not an option. I personally prefer this because I like to move my furniture around a lot, and sometimes I even put it under the window (even though I know I’m not supposed to).
I invite you to visit CustomComfortMattress.com to find a location near you and learn more about their ridiculously comfortable beds. They offer choices at every price point, and if you ask around you’ll see that they have a loyal following (for a reason!).
Before we left, we asked Nina to walk us through what makes Custom Comfort Mattress so great for choosing out a handcrafted bed. Watch the video and see as she walks us through the inner workings of creating the perfect bed.
What you need to know when shopping for a handcrafted mattress
Originally published on July 1, 2015. Last Updated on September 8, 2015 by Pattie Cordova