Here’s Why Platform Beds are Good for Overweight People

September 29th, 2014

Having a reliable and supportive bed is important for your health. While you sleep, your bed maintains spinal structure and keeps your posture well-adjusted so that you don’t wake up with aches and pains in the morning. This creates a unique challenge for obese individuals who may experience more drooping and sagging in their bed.

Platform beds have been shown to work great for overweight people because they are firmer than traditional box spring beds. This article will explain the specific reasons why platform beds are ideal for obese individuals as well as provide recommendations on the key features to look for to help you make your purchasing decision.

Platform Beds for Overweight People

Platform beds are good for obese individuals because the slats a more supportive foundation. (CC)

Platform Beds are Good for Overweight People

The suitability of a bed for an overweight person comes down to the density of the mattress and the support system below, whether it be a box spring, a foundation, bed slats, or a bunkie board. The bed must be firm but not so rock hard that it doesn’t adjust to the contours of your body.

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Are Platform Beds as Comfortable as Box Springs

September 22nd, 2014

Contemplating the switch to a platform bed? Then you’re probably wondering if they are as comfortable as the box spring you’re used to. Platform beds are quite comfortable and there is no major difference. The comfortability of your bed ultimately depends on the quality of your mattress and less so on the type of bed, i.e. platform bed vs box spring.

Platform beds are just as comfortable as box springs

My Personal Experience Switching to a Platform Bed

As a child, I grew up sleeping on a typical box spring with a thin metal frame. It worked fine for many years but when I finally moved out on my own, I wanted a platform bed because of the low-profile that it afforded. Years later, I’ve yet to experience any discomfort and have been completely satisfied with my platform bed.
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Scientists Find that Full Moons Affect Your Sleeping Patterns

September 12th, 2014

During a full moon, you’re more likely to have odd dreams. This can happen up to a week before or after the day of the full moon. When I say weird, I mean “flying on a dragon and then having coffee with George Clooney.” You know, no biggie.

Study finds that a full moon can affect sleeping patterns
A recent British Study published in Current Biology analyzed how 1,000 volunteers slept. What they found was comical to say the least. Some people dreamed that they were Superhero’s like Batman and Superman (that’s another debate for another day) while others had boring dreams of being stuck in the office “typing” all day. Hmm, imagine that.

So how did this whole study come about? “We just thought of it after a drink in a local bar one evening at full moon.” Cheers to science! All of this has to do with something called the Lunar Effect.

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7 Really Tall Platform Beds for Really Tall People

September 8th, 2014

Finding a tall platform bed for taller individuals can be frustrating. How does 35″ sound? Most stores only have modern low-profile beds that will leave your body sore. Having a taller bed height means you can sit on the edge of the bed without having to squat. Low profile beds are around 10-12″ off the ground. So, we’re specifically looking for beds that are closer to around 15-20″ tall.

Tall Platform Beds Increase Comfortability

1. Terrano Bamboo Platform Bed – 21″ Tall

Terreno Tall Bamboo Platform Bed

The Terreno Tall Bamboo Platform Bed. $1,248.00.

The Terreno is a really tall, the footboard measures 21″ tall. That’s almost 2 feet, not to mention the added inches your mattress will provide! The headboard is also tall, measuring 41″ tall putting it just at about 3 1/2 feet. This frame will make your bed feel like it’s the right size instead of feeling like a giant squishing everything. Plus it’s made of Moso bamboo, an exotic species of bamboo that is actually 20% harder than oak!

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The Best Convertible Cribs for Growing Children in 2014

September 2nd, 2014

This is a list of the best convertible cribs. All models on this list were compiled in 2014 to provide the most up to date information and specifications. Although there are many other convertible cribs on the market, I recommend considering one of these before exhausting your options.

What are the Best Convertible Cribs?

1. Versailles Convertible Crib

Atlantic Furniture Versailles Convertible Crib

The Versailles Convertible Crib made by Atlantic Furniture. On sale for $715.00.

Nothing says classical more than this white convertible crib made with eco-friendly solid rubber wood. I hate to be bias so I have to let you know that it is available in a variety of finishes including espresso, antique, and maple to name a few. Made by Atlantic Furniture, the Versailles uses their signature hook and pin hardware system that creates a strong and lasting bond between pieces of the frame. Using this system, metal pins are embedded within the headboard and footboard to ensure a very sturdy foundation for your child. Solid construction also means that your bed won’t creak at night and wake them up.  Any parent knows, you don’t want a sleeping baby to wake up in the middle of the night.  Spare yourself the drama.
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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

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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.

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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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