Life & Style: How To Build The Perfect Mattress

I’m going to give a quick back story on why I was inspired to give this a try. A few years back as I was visiting my best friend at her parent’s house, I ventured into her mom’s newly decorated guest room. It was  absolutely gorgeous! With an all white decor of simplicity, it was so serene and relaxing. It felt like a cute little quaint room in a Bed & Breakfast Inn. But, what put the icing on the cake for me was the mattress. When I laid down on the bed, I literally felt like I was laying on a cloud! That’s when she told me that she’d built the mattress to the level of comfort that she wanted. I kept a mental note of all the details/items she used. Now years later I’ve finally put it to use and I am so happy that I did!

I have been sleeping on a horrible mattress for the past 3 years. I let someone talk me into getting a memory foam mattress, that was hard as a rock and drove me to complain about it often. Through pregnancy and all, I vowed to ditch that mattress as soon as I could and build the comfort of my dreams (literally). With our recent move, I passed that rock solid mattress down to my teenager and went shopping for serenity lol! I have a huge obsession with hotel (4/5 star) beds. I always feel like I get the best sleep when I’m at a hotel, and that’s the level of comfort I set out to design.

I paid $400 for my mattress from the clearance area at a local furniture store. I wanted to get the cheapest mattress because I could care less about the bells and whistles, because I was about to create my own. I kid you not, my mother has a $1500 mattress from Macy’s and my bed now feels better than hers.  The salesman at the store told me “$200 or $2000 mattress, it’s all about what your back/body likes.” Price does not always equal comfort.

My first purchase were these foam mattress pads from Walmart that were $10 each. I had to purchase 2 Twin sizes because I have a King. I laid these down first as my foundation.

My next purchase was this cotton mattress pad that I purchased from Home Goods for $50. I was actually looking for a feather top mattress pad, but could not find one anywhere, so I went with the next best thing. Once again, on price…I examined mattress pads at Macy’s that were $200 and they did not feel as soothing as this here $50 mattress pad. I feel that this step is the most important key to the comfort. This seals the deal over the foam mattress pad, adding another layer of fluff.

Last but not least, the second most important thing, were my sheets. Does anyone remember watching The Newlyweds episode when Jessica Simpson spent $1400 on sheets because of the thread count? Well, I had a Jessica moment and wanted to reward myself with a pair of nice sheets. I usually stick around $50 for sheets, but I purchased a 1000 thread count set for $160 from Macy’s. They were regular $285, but I caught them on sale #winning. And yes, in this case, price does matter with the level of softness. I can totally tell the difference and I love my sheets! Never going back or below 1000 thread count again…ever.

Listen, when I tell you that immediately, when my head touches my Egyptian cotton pillow every night, it literally puts a smile on my face because my bed feels amazing. It is the mattress that I have always dreamt of. I feel like I am sleeping in a hotel every night.

Although, I splurged on sheets, I ultimately saved a lot of money by investing in a cheaper mattress and building it to fit the exact level of comfort that I wanted. I work so hard and my bed should feel like a cloud when I finally lay down to rest. I deserve that and I did just that.

Sorry for such a lengthy post, but a lot went into making this happen. I am forever thankful to Mrs. Westbrook for showing me how to build the perfect mattress. Now, give it a try and let me know how it works out for you! xo.

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  1. Great Post! I agree that you have to BUILD your bed. I too, like most women who appreciate that good sleep, went on a quest for the perfect bed. When I would travel for business or when hubs and I would go on vacation, in every hotel where I experienced a comfortable bed, I would pull them apart to analyze what made that bed feel so good! It damn sure wasn’t that (cheap-a) mattress. It’s what was on top of it, sheets included! SO YOU ARE RIGHT! For my bed, I started off with just a down feather bed atop my mattress. Later down the line, I added a down feather mattress cover atop the feather bed and now (after 3+ years, haven’t replaced either) hubby and I are in Heaven!! I bought the feather bed at Bed, Bath and Beyond and I ordered the mattress cover from Dillard’s, they are life. All I have to do is adjust and fluff them out when I make my bed in the morning and by night, we sink in! (Sorry, for the length, excited to share my experience!)

  2. Thanks for posting this information on bedding. I’ve been looking for an inexpensive alternative to a better nights sleep. I can’t wait to try it out!

  3. This was a great post! Thank you for sharing!

  4. I love this post Mia! You’re always soo helpful in sharing your budget friendly tricks. I’ll definitely order one or two of those Egyptian pillows!
    Thread count doesn’t really matter as long as you’re above a 200. It’s more so about the quality of the cotton, ie: Egyptian or world class cotton. So next time you may not even have to spend the amount that you did. Going into a store to actually feel the sheets and observe the weaving is the best way to tell!

  5. Great post! I am definately going to have to try this and it’s definately in my budget until I decide to buy some more mattresses.

  6. Excellent idea!! I am moving soon and wanted to buy a new mattress but I really did not want to spend a whole lot of money for one.. I am definitely going to try this and see how it works out for me! Thank you!!

  7. I love what you guys are up too. This type of clever work and coverage! Keep up the great works guys I’ve incorporated you guys to my personal blogroll.

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