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Guest room... what would you do? 11 Aug 2013 14:48 #1

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We're getting a new bed to replace our aging 13 year old Sealy Posturpedic (bought before I knew better!)

It was our intention to put that existing set down in the guest room, replacing a blow-up bed that's there now (no, I don't mean an "Air bed"... but rather a temporary inflatable $80 camping type mattress). But, we now don't feel it is very comfortable at all anymore so maybe that's just doing our guests a disservice. On the other hand, we don't have guests stay very often. This last year I think it was used on 5 occasions for maybe an average of 2 nights. So let's say it gets 10 to 15 days per year of use. Which would you do in our shoes?:

1) Stick with the existing blow-up and throw out the Sealy
2) Give the blow-up a break and use the Sealy
3) Buy the cheapest bed that our local independent supplier has
4) Look at a chain (Sleep Country, Sears, etc) because that's the market they actually should be serving well
5) Get a reasonably good set (somewhere in the $700 to $900 range?) knowing that our 2 year old is eventually going to need it anyway (but taking the risk that the bed we choose isn't right for his needs at that time)
6) Other

I appreciate all opinions on this, thanks.

- Steven

Guest room... what would you do? 11 Aug 2013 23:26 #2

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Hi bcsteve,

Which would you do in our shoes?


If it was me I'd probably go with #2 if it's still in reasonable condition and would serve most people reasonably well (I just wouldn't spend money that I didn't need to)

My second choice would probably be to purchase a reasonably inexpensive online mattress that was probably as good as many of the mattresses that you would find in a chain store at twice the price (such as something like this )

If I was looking in a higher budget then I would probably still look online because there is no reason to test the mattresses and a good "medium firm" mattress would do for most people for a few nights and I would follow the same steps as I would for buying a mattress for myself except I would skip the testing part and just talk to people about the most suitable choice in the materials I preferred.

Chain stores don't serve any market well IMO. They are either lower quality or higher prices in every budget range than many other options you have.

You could also choose a basic "firm" mattress and then buy a 2" topper (either latex or memory foam) for the guests that needed something softer and then you would have two options that they could choose between.

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Guest room... what would you do? 12 Aug 2013 08:34 #3

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thanks! I wonder what the shipping size of those are. A few of the comments said things like, "amazed it fit in that box" but nothing stated dimensions. I wonder if it would fit in my car. Then I could have it shipped to my US address and go pick it up.

Guest room... what would you do? 12 Aug 2013 13:37 #4

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Hi bcsteeve,

If you call them they could tell you the size of the box it ships in.

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