Hi, I am in the market for a new bed. I stumbled across your blog as I was doing some research into what bed would work well for me. The reason for the research is that I am a large man. I'm 6'0" and weigh about 400 lbs. I typically sleep on my stomach with the occasional side sleep when if I get uncomfortable. I prefer that my feet hang over the edge of the bed rather than contorting them to the side on top of the bed. My previous bed I bought nearly 20 years ago. It is a King Coil Posture Bond Tiara mattress that I've had no complaints with until recently. I did no research at the time other than the in store cursory tryout, so I wouldn't put much stock into what I purchased. I bought it because it felt ok. That was 20 years and about 150 lbs ago. I've since developed some back pain, but I feel it has more to do with the degradation of my bed than anything else. I feel it's lost the support in the center, so when I'm sleeping, my head and feet get elevated and arch my back.
From what I can tell with my initial research, it is likely that a Stearns and Foster bed is what I should buy. From a recent stay at an uncle's place, I know that I don't like too firm of a bed as he had one that was rock hard that I couldn't get to sleep on. I had to go sleep on the couch to get remotely comfortable. Due to my size, it's likely that I should get a firmer mattress and probably a mattress topper as well to aid in longevity of the mattress.
As far as the size of the bed, I sleep alone and have only owned Twin sized beds, but I debated on whether I should go up to a Full. My thoughts were that the larger the bed, the more likely it would sag in the middle, which I think is the problem with my current bed. Do smaller beds resist sagging in the middle longer than larger beds? Maybe I should stick with the Twin (or Twin XL).
What can you do for me?
Nothing Stearns & Foster makes will hold up under a person your size.
There are only a couple of innerspring mattresses that will. And the only reason those exist, is because I went and had them made for you. They are firm, probably firmer than you like. But you can soften the surface by adding a latex topper. Or, you can go with an all latex mattress. At your weight, those are your only options....successful options.
You've been out of the market for twenty years. Flash back twenty years and walk into any store and most mattresses will hold you. The last ten years has seen a dramatic reduction in quality....all part of our trend in corporate greed. Nobody wants to wait the 10 to 20 average years to see you back in the market to buy again. At average body weight, you are now back in 5 years if you're smart enough to buy a firm mattress. Go for the fluff and comfort that the industry is pushing, and you will feel the sting of today's choices in your wallet and in your back.
What used to be a legitimate business selling quality products, is now a deceitful business selling junk products. Instead of investing in quality, they invest in marketing to repeatedly tell you how wonderful their junk is.
You may find all this hard to believe, but unfortunately, it's very true. Having been in this business for 30 years, I watched as it developed. Here are links to mattresses that will do the job for you.
The mattresses I had made are from Therapedic. They are the Therapedic Medi-Coil Permatuft firm and plush. The plush model is softened with latex, but still will need a topper if you're going for comfort. The latex mattresses are made by PureLatexBliss, a Latex International company and are the best latex mattresses in the world.
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