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Sunday, 17 December 2017

I Don't Get It

What is going on with beds these days?
A few weeks ago I dropped into my favourite furniture store on a search for a mattress/box spring set.  They had some lovely 'made in Canada' sets (two can play this game Mr. Trump) and I purchased one after giving it a test drive in store.  It was delivered yesterday.
The delivery men took the old box spring and mattress away and after they left I wandered down to the bedroom to check out my latest acquisition.  Holy Hell!!!!!   It's huge.  This thing dominates the bedroom...looms over everything....I kid you not.  Bedside tables that were once an a level with the top of my mattress are now a good six inches lower.  I called the store and asked if perhaps there had been a mix up.  Apparently the model in the store sat on a simple metal frame whereas in our house the set sits on a wooden bed frame.  
Well....there it sat and the first question that came to mind was "can I even get into it?"  More important, "can I get out without falling on my face?" and finally, "What if I fall out of bed?  I'll kill myself."
I got into it but it wasn't pretty.  Being over a 'certain age' I get up once or twice in the night.  Never mind why.  Getting back into bed was exhausting.  Each time I got up I remembered that I was farther from the floor than usual so I was okay...until the last time when I forgot and slid out energetically and free fell the last few inches.  Wow.
I spent the first night in my new bed feeling alternately like Royalty and as though I were reenacting a part from the Princess and the Pea.
I might just add that making this monster is a task as well...I had to have the hubs help to lift the mattress so I could tuck in sheets.  This sucker is HEAVY.
Anyway, this morning I poked around in the storage closet and found a small padded step stool that will now live beside the bed.  Ridiculous.  
Anyone else need a step ladder to get into bed?

19 comments:

  1. I've noticed this as well. My wife and I made the decision completely independently of each other (and were amused to find we agreed) that ALL beds must be set up on the floor to make it manageable. With the box spring and all, our ground-based bed is as tall as my bed was growing up!

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  3. Our days are getting so rotten that we have to make extra sure that our mattresses are comfortable enough for us to drift away on the second we climb into them, I'll bet. Which is fine, except I've heard that house critters have a tough time getting up onto them. I have a friend who built a staircase for her old cat because the poor thing miscalculated the height of the bed every time.

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    1. My grand daughter had quite a time getting up on it today. I need a staircase for ME to get up on it lol.

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  4. I guess beds have changed a lot. Hopefully the small stool helps. Warm greetings to you.

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    1. It tworks...as long as I don't tripi over the stool in the night.

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  5. After we replaced our box spring and mattress set I had to remove the wheels and feet from our bed frame to lower it down (added thin pieces of wood for frame to sit on and not damage carpet) I couldn't believe how much taller the new set was, so yes there is a big difference between the new and old sets...

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  6. I had not thought of how high new bed sets may be, thanks for the warning, as I may be looking for a new bed frame one of these days. I hope your little stool is a good solution for you.

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    1. Seems to be working so far so good......good luck with your bed hunt.

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  7. Ours is also high and I'm short, so sometimes it's a struggle to get in. I put a box beside it so the cats can get up. So, yes, been there, done that. There are some good suggestions by other commenters on how to accommodate the new height. Good luck and be careful! We don't want any broken hips, legs, or heads!!

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  8. I have my grandmother's bedstead, and my new mattress is way too tall. I use my hands to aid a spring onto the mattress, then dig my heels into the side boards to finish the job. They should come with a warning--you must buy a new frame, too. I do love the mattress.

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    1. The mattrress is great......if I wasn't 100 years old on one side I would 'spring' into bed as well....as it is I am less than graceful.

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  9. I am tall and suspect I would welcome it. Bed/chairs/toilets are all toooooo low for me these days. And there is no graceful lowering of myself to any of them.

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    1. Short as I am the toilets are too low for me as well....there is just no pleasing me lol.

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  10. Yes, I have a step stool to get in my bed also. At first I did not like the height, but have grown (not literally) to love it. I wake up to be able to look out my window with a better view of my yard and woods. It gives me a better outlook (literally) on the day. I am also closer to the fan which helps with the night time sweats. Thankfully, the bed is not a foot higher because the fan could be an instrument of decapitation if I sat up. I wouldn’t want to be found like that.

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  11. I've spent two nights in it now and so far I haven't falled out in the middle of the night but I do need to turn the light on now when I get up in the night so I don't trip over the stool.

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