A Guide to Mattress Sizes: From Cribs to California Kings

August 26th, 2014

This guide will provide mattress dimensions and bed sizes for cribs, toddler mattresses, bunk beds, twin, full, queen, standard king, and Cal king beds. Choosing the right mattress for your room can be confusing but I’m going to break it down for you, complete with accurate dimensions and recommendations for growing children as well as married couples.

What Size Mattress do I Need?

There are few things that you need to take into account when deciding what size mattress you need. The one parameter that cannot be changed is the size of your room. Next is your height. For individuals who are over 6 foot, you’re best off with a king bed. Couples should also stick to standard king beds because they offer the most width.

Baby Cribs – 27.5″W x 52″L

Cribs are usually 28 inches wide and 52 inches long. Crib mattresses also come with different thicknesses. There’s also such thing as a “convertible crib” these cribs can be converted into toddler beds. They transition with your growing child and give parents a little leeway before purchasing a single bed for their kids.

Convertible Crib for Girls

You can find cute convertible cribs like these. This one is called the Windsor.

You can find some adorable Convertible Cribs on this page.

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10 Reasons Why Platform Beds are Better than Box Springs

August 19th, 2014

After reading these 10 reasons why platform beds are better than box springs you won’t have doubt which one is right for you. Platform beds use bed slats instead of a box spring to support your mattress. This makes them lower to the ground and also changes the stiffness of the bed. Read on to learn why so many people are making the switch to platform beds!

Are Platform Bed Better than Box Springs?

It’s Time to toss that that old box spring mattress America! (CC)

[READ: The Best Mattresses for Your Platform Bed]

10 Reasons to Toss out your Box Spring for a Platform Beds

1. Box Springs Can Increase Your Risk of Cancer

A Swedish Research study found that coil springs inside your mattress and box spring set could be the cause of abnormal cancer rates in the United States. It’s a long topic to explain but you can read about it here.
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Swedish Scientists Discover that Your Mattress Can Cause Cancer

August 15th, 2014

Swedish researchers have concluded that metal spring coils inside mattresses are the cause of increasing rates of breast cancer and melanoma over the past thirty years. During their research, scientists gathered that people prefer sleeping on the right side of the body as a way to reduce the weight stress on the heart. So why would this create any disparities between cancer rates in Japan vs the US? They believe that this is most likely caused by what we’re sleeping on; mattresses.

Mattress Coil Spring


This study was conducted by Örjan Hallberg of Hallberg Independent Research in Sweden and Ollie Johansson of The Karolinska Institute in Sweden. It was originally published in Pathophysiology, the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology.

Background Information on Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)

Sweden stands at the forefront of research into the health effects of Electro Magnetic Fields or EMF for short. EMF signals (EMFs) are emitted by devices such as cell phones, microwaves, FM & TV transmission towers, computers, fluorescent lights, appliances and more. The list goes on and on. If you want more general information about EMFs, you can visit this page from the EMF Center.

The Swedish Association for the ElectroHyperSensitive (FEB) is dedicated to improving the quality of life of those who are sensitive to Electro Magnetic Pollution. Over the past 30 years, breast cancer and melanoma rates have increased in the United States and other Westernized countries. This contrasts stagnant rates in Japan. Japan in general has an incredibly low rate of breast cancer; only 3% of the breast cancer rates seen in Sweden and 10% of the prostate cancer rates found in the U.K. and the U.S.

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Good Beds that Don’t Squeak, Creak, or Make Any Annoying Noises

August 12th, 2014

Finding a bed that doesn’t squeak can help you sleep better at night. This includes you and everyone else in your family that sleeps under the same room. Kids tend to move around a lot while they sleep. Imagine as a parent being able to sleep without hearing that eerie creak every time they move around in their bed. Here are some tips to help you find a good bed that doesn’t squeak.

Beds that Don't Squeak

The Cornell Platform Bed is made from solid wood materials. It doesn’t squeak and it wont cost you a fortune. Only $645.00.

Sleeping Through History – A Timeline of Sleep Culture and Bedding Technology

Dealing with Squeaky Bed Frame Syndrome

When searching for a bed that won’t squeak, you might be thinking that you’re looking for a particular manufacturer but this is not necessarily the case. Beds that don’t squeak are typically made from solid wood materials. They are stronger, sturdier, and less inclined to produce small noises. Wood beds tend to squeak less than metal beds that make a screeching sound.

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Q & A: Why Does My Platform Bed Squeak?

August 6th, 2014

Ever ask yourself, why does my platform bed squeak? Platform beds squeak because your bed frame has movement between joints. When your bed isn’t tight at all points, a small amount of wiggle room allows your rails, headboard, and footboard to sway gently. The rubbing of these parts creates a squeaking noise. Learn how to locate a squeak and stop it for good by reading below.

Why Does My Platform Bed Squeak

Squeaky platform bed keeping you up at night? (CC)

The Root of the Problem: Squeak, Creak, Wobble, & Roll

To a certain extent, some movement is normal from any platform bed. The point is, a quality made platform bed will use mortise and tenon joints that move very little if at all. The result is that your frame stays together very tightly, preventing any annoying squeaks when you toss and turn during the middle of the night.

This is why it’s important to purchase a quality bed frame that won’t keep you up at night. Materials made of MDF and particle board are notorious for small squeaks. This is because of the fact that the screws and bolts can’t be tightened down too far or else they will physically rip out of the frame.

Being that MDF and particle board are thin and hollowed inside, there is nothing for the screws to grip and hold onto inside the frame. This means that the areas that your frame connects one piece to the next is loose, allowing for movement and rubbing of wood that emits a squeaking noise.

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5 Reasons Why Platform Beds are Better for Your Back

August 4th, 2014

Once popular in the 1970′s the modern platform bed has begun to regain popularity in recent years. Most people don’t have any problems and actually prefer platform beds when they have the chance to sleep on them. Just check out this forum.

Are Platform Beds Better for Your Back

The Oaktown Modern Platform Bed.

5 Ways Platform Beds Reduce Back Pain

1. Provide more support for your back. Platform beds can be firmer than box springs. If you prefer a softer bed you can opt for a pillow top mattress to make it feel like you’re sleeping on clouds.

2. Stiffer support allows your body to realign itself during sleep. This is evident in the popularity of traditional Japanese tatami mats that have been converted into modernized Japanese Platform Beds. Maybe even these humorous Japanese Bread Beds are better for your back than traditional beds.

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Philosophical Secrets Behind Feng Shui Design

July 29th, 2014

Feng Shui teaches the art of living harmoniously with the energy of the surrounding environment. Literally translated, Feng Shiu is Chinese for “Wind and Water.” It’s a powerful idea that goes beyond trickling water and soothing arrangements; Ancient Chinese rulers believed that Feng Shui could change a person’s entire destiny.

Ancient History

Feng Shui Building Architecture

“The Arch” is the 19th talles building in Hong Kong. It’s built with a hole in the building to promote a positive flow of energy according to Feng Shui. (CC)

Feng Shiu is an ancient philosophical practice that dates back to Neolithic China that thrived in 2200 BCE. Farmers would grow fields in designated areas that would provide shelter from violent winds while feasting on the endless flow of winding streams. The understanding of the Earth’s surface was seen to yield an abundance of wealth and prosperity.

The process of local selection continued through the ages as Imperial rulers built entire cities based upon the relation to the physical terrain. The understanding of Feng Shui was so powerful that many emperors even outlawed normal subjects from learning about Feng Shui for fear of empowerment.

Mao Tse-Tung was a notable practitioner of Feng Shiu Arts. It is said that Feng Shui played a monumental role in his rise to power. So much so that Mao Tse-Tung (Mao Zedong) destroyed text on this practice, clouding our true understanding of Feng Shui principles. Some of the survived pieces were transported to Taiwan, which led to the spread of Feng Shui in other Asian cultures outside of China.

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The History Behind Japanese Kaidan Dansu Step Chests

July 23rd, 2014

Kaidan-Dansu is one of the most popular types of Tansu cabinets. These step chests were used to form staircases to upper lofts and attics. Said to originate from Western Japan in the economic center of Osaka, Kaidan Dansu cabinets are boxed step cabinets that double as a ladder. These step chests have a storied past with evidence of their being since 1702 as documented by Kansai printmakers that reveal depictions of Hako Kaidan.

Kaidan Dansu History

Townscape illustrating two story housing courtesy Toyoharu.

Nobody knows who made the first kaidan dansu step chests. This is evident in the many different explanations as to the original intent and purpose behind the architectural construction of these tansu cabinets. Whatever the case, kaidan dansu holds a special place in Japanese furniture fashion history.

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Sleeping Through History – a Timeline of Sleep Culture and Bedding Technology

July 21st, 2014

Sleep is one of the most crucial processes we all participate in, and despite the fact that we have spent the majority of our human history trying to devise ways to make our sleeping hours more comfortable, it wasn’t until the last 25 years or so that we’ve truly begun to understand all the nuances and subtleties of sleep. We know the benefits of a good night’s sleep, and we are keenly aware of the downsides to missing out on good rest. We even have some good theories as to why we dream, devised within the last few decades. And with improved archaeological methods, we are uncovering more and more of our sleep history.

The timeline of sleep culture and bedding technology is a fascinating one, but is filled with lots and lots of minutiae; we’ve taken the liberty of distilling it down to a simple infographic. Check it out below, and then read the fun random sleep facts after the timeline! (Click to view full size)

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The Difference Between Modern, Contemporary, Transitional, and Traditional Design

July 17th, 2014

I’ve been working in the furniture industry for over 5 years now, enough to know how quickly trends can change. But while fashion sense may evolve quickly, the labels tend to stay the same. Let’s try and break through the confusion.

In the furniture business, trends rise and fall so quickly that people outside the industry rarely even realize they missed a trend at all. After all, trends in furniture are still typically categorized under essentially the same banners they’ve been attributed to since the 70′s. This can sometimes lead to confusion, especially among new furniture buyers and budding interior designers.

Or, should I say, it can sometimes lead to even more confusion than the labels themselves already convey. When people are seeking out a certain look for their home, they will most likely encounter labels like “modern” and “contemporary” and “transitional” and “traditional” – huh? While you may be able to guess the difference between “modern” and “traditional” well enough, could you spot a “contemporary” sofa set from a “modern” one? Or a “transitional” bed frame from a “traditional” or “antique” one?

Interior Design - whatever your style, it really pulls the room together.

Interior Design – whatever your style, it really pulls the room together. – via Flickr (CC).

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