FAQ About Buying a Best Mattress NZ

Shop a Mattress in NZ Store?

Most kiwis tend to stick with old fashion way – to shop a mattress in store. Check out as many beds as you can not only you get to know the varieties of mattresses available and also it is the best way to feel it before buying it – simply lay down on one.

If you are buying a mattress worth thousands of dollars, it would easily slow down your pace on rushing into a decision, and it won’t take long for you to start to feel that all mattresses are about the same. So do take your time in store and lay on each of your most preferred mattress for at least 10 minutes before you go on to the next one.

Oh and before you take out your credit card and give it a big swipe, you should always know that you are also paying for store rent, sales commissions, services, brochures, store lighting…etc.

Shop a mattress NZ online?

Shop a mattress NZ online is no longer something new but it provides a great alternative option for those of you wanting to save BIG! And maybe just simply don’t have time to shop store to store.

Well, nope you won’t get as many choices and services and depending on where you are looking, you may still see mattresses with different quality level. But the price you are paying has been cut down to a simpler markup structure, mostly just material cost itself and transportation fees.

Yes you may have to pay shipping separately, but the good news is that the technology nowadays allows mattresses to be vacuum packed – they are rolled up by special technique so they come in as mattress in a box. This allows much bigger savings on transportation and handling – more likely for bigger savings on you. And also it allows you to carry it by yourself to your bedroom while staying nice and small.

So you might think if there is anything online store that offers both benefits? Well, find nowhere else because at TreasureBox, we now have mattresses available to view, feel and lay on it at our mattress Auckland showroom and yet, we are an online based store!

What NZ Bed sizes do you have?

We stock most NZ bed sizes and most common are standard single bed, queen bed, king bed and up to super king beds. Unfortunately we don’t have California king bed at the moment though.

Make sure you have figured out which NZ bed size would suit you and your bedroom before your visit to our showroom or even other local stores as you may not be able to check on all bed sizes.

If you prefer bouncy beds

Bonnell spring mattress is also know as coil spring mattress and the inner spring is made to be interconnected together. Hence it would give much more bounciness and probably more fun to throw yourself into it. But it also gives much more partner disturbance if you are buying a mattress for you and your partner.

Otherwise pocket spring mattress would be most commonly preferred and most of our mattresses comes with this inner structure system.

If you need extra back support NZ mattress

With inner pocket spring being zoned into five, it would take in pressure more wisely along the human body contour. The Premier Back Support Mattress helps on ease back pain by its firmness and it is popular for being a simple foam mattress but expert in back support.

This firm mattress is available for Super king bed, King bed, Queen bed, Double bed, King single bed and Single bed.

Another great alternative mattress would be the Luxury Latex Mattress. It is a seven-zone pocket spring mattress topped not only with dense foam but also an extra layer of natural latex. Making it the best latex mattress NZ for those of you looking for mattress with back support but also with more comfort by being medium firm mattress.

If comfort is your only focus

Memory foam mattress would simply fulfill comfort requirement – Ultra Comfort Memory Foam Mattress has a five-zone pocket spring inner structure, topped with dense foam but it is not as simple as a foam mattress but also got an extra comfy layer of memory foam making it one of best mattress NZ.

My apologies for not mentioning all above mattress we have is quilted with breathable and hypoallergenic fabric with ultra soft touch.

Words are getting hard to describe how awesome these mattresses are so why not come in and check on them yourself today?

 

 

 

 

New Zealand Bed and Mattress Size Guide 2019

New Zealand Bed and Mattress Size Guide 2019

 

NZ BED & MATTRESS

Dimensions

Single Bed Size 91 x 188cm
King Single Bed Size 107 x 203cm
Double Bed Size 137 x 188cm
Queen Bed Size 153 x 203cm
King Bed Size 165 x 203cm
Super King Bed Size 183 x 203cm

You might know about how bed and mattress sizes could be different from country to country where the mattress dimensions vary. For example, USA Single bed size is 97 x 191cm while NZ Single mattress dimension measures 91 x 188cm.

At TreasureBox, we only offer mattresses that fits to New Zealand bed sizes no matter which brand and series they are.  You could rest assure our bed sizes would fit your NZ standard mattress and our mattress sizes would surely fit your NZ standard bed at home.

Now you have spent some time and figured out which mattress material and technology suits your purpose the most, but what is the best size that suits you? Choosing a right bed and mattress size isn’t necessarily the bigger the better.

We have sum up SIX main tips as a NZ bed and mattress sizes buying guide for you to think about before clicking add to cart.

Tip1: Body Size

Big or petite body size, we all deserve to sleep tight!

If you are looking to sleep alone this may be much easier choice for you, if King Single bed size is too small for you then upgrade it to Double bed would normally put a full stop to it.

To make things the easiest for all, you could refer to this equation:

SINGLE PERSON

Bed width = Body width + 20cm on each side (makes total of 40cm)

Bed length = Body height + 20-30cm

 

COUPLE

Bed width = Total body width of couple + 20cm on each side (makes total of 40cm) + 20cm in between

Bed length = Body height of the tallest + 20-30cm

It is not hard to tell how Queen size bed dimensions are often being most preferred in New Zealand.

Tip2: Sleeping position

You might want to discuss this with your partner to get an idea of what are your preferred sleeping positions?  You may want to upsize your bed and mattress if you or your partner is a starfish or freefall sleeper. You want to also add more measurements on the bed width for side sleepers, especially for taller people in general.

Tip3: Room size

Yes, you may be checking out King bed or  Super King bed size right now but hey! What is your room size? Everything would not make sense if your room would not fit or barely fits your new bed. We recommend leaving extra 50-70cm on each side of the bed and do consider other bedroom furniture in the room too.

Tip4: Bed base and overall bed height

If you are buying bed frames and matching mattress sizes from TreasureBox then we are sure you have nothing to worry about. But let’s say if you are planning to buy or already have a box spring with raised legs, then you may not want to choose a deep mattress like the ones with thick pillow tops. It could be a pain to have a bed that is too high that you have to literally climb up to your bed every night, especially if you are choosing a kids bed.

Tip5: Your preferred bedding

Some would like to keep it simple with NZ standard bed sheets and cover, while others might prefer full set of fitted sheet, mattress padding, mattress protector, flat sheets, blankets, quilts plus extra foam padding around mattress itself. All of these would use up spaces or gaps between bed frame and mattress. Standard NZ beds you can find at TreasureBox would generally have gaps when mattress sits on top of the frame for this purpose.

Tip6: Future planning

This may not seem fully relevant, but it is in fact a very important thing to go through with your partner before choosing a best bed size. Are you expecting parents who may be planning to place a baby cot in the room, or even right by your bed?  Are you parents with kids who still want to sleep with you every now and then when they have bad dreams? Will you be moving in near future? To a bigger house? Or smaller apartments? If you are currently sleeping alone, will you be having your partner moving in soon?

 

Yeah! Big questions aye when it comes to picking a best bed and mattress sizes! We hope these tips on bed and mattress sizes buying guide would help you on picking your perfect bed, for you sleep like a baby every night.

ToughOut @ North Shore Home & Garden Show

ToughOut @ North Shore Home & Garden Show

toughout gazebo thunderstorm

Over the years, we get too many questions for not showing ourselves to the public. Right at the beginning many years ago, it was how customer pick up wasn’t available, then it was how the phone number to call wasn’t available.

I believe you would agree on ‘brands that cannot be seen and found would not be trustworthy’ and I do too! Although we now have a great location for pick ups and a phone line to call, it is about time to say hi to more people in person.

So when North Shore Home and Garden Show invited us to bring our ToughOut Gazebos for the exhibition, we knew it would be a great chance for people to actually see us. So there we were last weekend at North Shore Events Centre.

All set up and ready to go

Big thanks to those of you who came to our stand to say hi! We were surprised and thrilled to know there are so many who actually knew us and heard of us already. We also got to know some businesses as exhibitors and most epic thing is when we got to see a couple of ToughOut gazebos at the show.

Spotted this exhibitor with Breeze model 3x3m

This was a great opportunity to also answer common questions on how to set up a gazebo and choose a best pop up gazebo model upon purpose.

Ladies, check out our tough Thunderstorm pop up gazebo

We brought our model with proud – Thunderstorm Pop Up Gazebo 3x6m in blue and an exhibitor right around the corner used a Breeze Pop Up Gazebo 3x3m in Black – these two gazebos were great help on demonstrations, especially when the weather was playing up on Saturday, it rained quite hard at a point. We’ve got a few compliments on how we made a good choice on Thunderstorm gazebo model as we stayed dry the whole time, and accommodated sheltered almost everyone who walked by.

Overall, it was so fun to bring ToughOut and meet people, we gave out heaps of brochures, had some good talks, loads of big smiles and lots of laughs on the 3-day show. Best of all, we even see familiar faces showed up at our site following Monday, so thank you so much!

We will see you again soon in the future exhibitions 🙂

Throwback exhibition 2018 with our Breeze 3x3m pop up gazebo
Throwback exhibition 2018 with our beloved Thunderstorm pop up gazebo

 

5 Top Kitchen Storage Tips

5 Top Kitchen Storage Tips

We don’t always get spacious open kitchen, but we all need to cook nice homemade meals and food no matter you live in big mansion or tiny apartment. We all need the basic whiteware, cooking utensils, dining sets, herbs, spices and all sorts of kitchen accessories.

It’s okay to keep them all, but it is not okay if you don’t keep them tidy. You sure need to believe, if you already find yourself hard to turn around in piles of cluttered kitchen, then you just won’t be able to make nice steamy food of your dream home.

First thing you need to know about kitchen storage is that it does NOT mean to hide away everything and make it look all cleared.  It is about the great balance of appearance and convenience, how things are supposed to have their own places and in certain order for them to look nice.

So lets go through few tips on kitchen storage:

1.  Get them on the wall

Use your kitchen wall wisely, hang up the utensils, add on floating shelf or wall mounted storage shelves. Easiest way would be installing some metal rods or racks then use as many as S-shaped hooks to hang anything that can be hooked.

For the rest that doesn’t come with handle, shelves with flat top would be best.  Store your tea sets, coffee beans, spices and maybe something green as decorations. This extra open and flat area boosts convenience where you could see and get things you need in seconds. Magnetic knife holder is another great tool to have, tiny in size that would only take up small wall space but it allows you to stick metal tools on the wall effortless.

2. Categorised and designated areas

Just like you won’t find a book in your fridge, your kitchen items should have their own designated place to be too. Categorise them upon their purpose? Baking accessories should be grouped together, utensils should be hanged side by side, cutleries should be stored in one single drawer, seasoning all grouped up on a spice rack stand, snacks in the cupboard …etc.

Stack things up whenever possible, plates, saucers, bowls pots and so on. Remember you want to store things vertically instead of horizontally spread out.  By grouping stuff together it also helps you to find things you need much faster, just like supermarket shelves categories.

If storing spices and food ingredients in open area, using same or similar style of containers would be a great idea – it is one of the tips I found most useful for me.  It would help on general appearance by retaining consistency.  Oh! Remember to think about if the food you are storing away is light-sensitive though, as in this case you would want something non-transparent and air tight.

3. storage containers

Internal storage is just as important this includes your cupboard spaces, drawers and even fridge. You don’t want to open the cupboard and risk of something falls off – gets worse if you have kids at home. Make good use of assorted food containers! They are amazing and sometimes magical.

The store-away items should be categorised just as above. Food ingredients best stored away with container sets and they are most likely stackable now.

I’d like to apply this particularly in the fridge as the smell of the fridge could be one of the most horrible thing ever. Don’t know about you, but I find this image is a great example and soooothing! You want to separate meat and eggs and avoid direct contact with other food to prevent food contamination, mostly I just hate the idea of how germs (which have most numbers on meat and fish) could be easily passed onto something else in the fridge. Also think again about smell, exposed fish meat? Not a great idea even wrapped up in cling wrap.  Personally, I would choose glass containers over plastic, since you don’t need to carry them around, it is okay for them to carry a bit of weight. Glass containers are much more easy to clean, leaves no stain, dishwasher safe (for sanitise purpose) and less likely to smell, it also lasts forever!

4. Use corner spaces

You might have blind spots you never use in your kitchen, it might be the tiny corners or simply too small to have any shelving.  These spaces can be useful when you find the right way. Maybe nail up some clothes hooks to hang your apron and tea towels? Maybe mount up a cling wrap paper towel dispenser to add on much more convenience?

5. Kitchen Storage Shelves

Use of kitchen storage shelves would be the most handy and effective way to get more storage spaces sorted.  You would once again see the application of vertical storage as the fundamental idea. For the kitchen that doesn’t come with built-in microwave space, this is a great solution too. These shelves are also super awesome when you have extra kitchen appliance – if you are a baker at home, where would you put your mixer, beater, mixing bowls and all sorts of cool stuff? Try to leave most heavy things and stuff that you use most often on lower shelves, considering convenience and safety.

 

Bed Frame Buying Guide – How To Choose A Bed Frame?

Bed Frame Buying Guide – How To Choose A Bed Frame?

Depending on where you live, you might have dozens of choices on bed frames – or none at all if you live in small towns. But hey, this is where TreasureBox NZ comes in – you could shop quality bed frames with us just in a few clicks.

No matter when you go to your local furniture stores or to shop bed frames online in NZ, you could still struggle most of the time, the most certain thing in your mind is probably just NZ bed sizes. Apart from that, you might be struggling with bed frame features, upholstery materials and quality.

What we like to always ask you to think about before buying a bed frame just for you:

1. Size:

The most certain point right? If you bought wrong size bed frame you might have also bought wrong mattress size and….ouch! That’s going to be a pain. So do take a look at where you want your bed placed and how much space do you have? Do you want to place in bedside tables as well? If so, how many? one or two? Are there going to be free-standing wardrobe or any other bedroom furniture that would take up floor space? By counting all that in, how much space do you have left for just the bed while you could still leave cozy space around the bed? These basic questions should give you an idea on what bed size are you getting.

Generally speaking:

Single Bed Frame – suitable for kids room, best to choose little less in height.

King Single Bed Frame – these could be either for teenage kids or single adults.

Double Bed Frame – when king single bed is too small for a single person, best up-size option would be a double bed.

Queen Bed Frame – smallest bed size to think about and to start with for couples.

King Bed Frame – when you or your partner need a little extra spaces to stretch, then king bed would be next best option.

Super King Bed Frame – when your room is big enough to fit and you might have your kids joining you every now and then.

2. Features:

Are you a fan of simplicity? Or you need extra storage under bed? If you do, do you want it to be in drawers? Or to lift the whole bed up? Do you require your bed to be combined with headboard? Or you are keen to have a fancy bed combined with bedroom furniture? Lift up bed also requires bigger spaces too as they are generally longer and wider than standard mattress sizes.

3. Under-bed Clearance:

Most of the time, the higher the bed would give you more under-bed clearance. The overall height of the bed would be very personal as it would be different for everyone. Under-bed clearance allows more efficient cleaning or allowing robot vacuum cleaner to get in. Otherwise you might prefer to have no under-bed clearance at all.

Wooden bed frames are constructed by connecting headboard piece and foot board piece together with under-bed clearance. Most essential point to look for is whether or not it comes with centre support poles for enhanced sturdiness.

4. Material:

It is about the look right? As most likely, your bed would be the very centre piece of furniture in your bedroom so yes, look is very important and material could greatly influence that. Other than the look, I would also suggest for you to think about how easy maintenance this would bring you. For example, velvety material would give you that warming and soft touch BUT it could be a nightmare when it comes to cleaning – especially if you’re an OCD and want it completely dust-free.

Wooden bed frames tend to be my most favoured because of the sleek and straight edges, they are relatively easy to clean as well. Mostly need to worry about dust build up but because it is not rough and porous, there is no place for dust to hide, simply wipe it off or dust it off would do. Not much maintenance I could think of.

PU leather beds would be ranked right after. With PU leather upholstery, it is softer than wooden bed with warmer touch. They are quite easy to clean but dust could be seen easily even you just wiped it off yesterday, especially if you get a darker coloured bed.

5. Budget:

This is mostly affected by material chose, design and craftsmanship. Hand made bed for example would expected to be at higher price end. Same if you’re looking for bed made with special wood such as Kauri.  A whole bed without having to put together would be definitely more expensive than DIY beds with assembly required.

If you are looking for wooden bed frames NZ, top choice would always be beds made with solid wood. Wooden boards like particle boards or MDF are not recommended when it comes to bed though.

If you are more fussy about noise then avoid choosing beds that need excessive assembly – like headboards are joint by 2 separate pieces and also avoid choosing beds with features – like lift beds.

 

Heatstroke in Dogs – What Are The Symptoms?

Heatstroke in Dogs – What Are The Symptoms?

The next best thing apart from visiting NZ most famous museum this summer, would be a great time spent on beaches and outdoors with your best furry friend.

Your pooch would have wonderful times and always can’t wait for the next fun day out in the sun. But if you pay attention to the news, and it is now confirmed New Zealand just got its highest sea temperature ever in the history, divers are seeing colourful fish species where it should only be found in tropical areas. Not only raised temperature is found in the sea it is also happening worldwide and I am definitely a believer in global warming.

Along with raised temperature, we as pet owners should also raise the cautious level of heatstroke or hyperthermia and make sure it does not happen to your dog while having fun is just as important.

symptoms of heatstroke in dogs

  1. Excessive panting and increased heart rate
  2. Raised body temperature and went over 39°C
  3. Drooling excessively
  4. Weak, drowsy, lethargic
  5. Shivering, trembling, seizing or even went into a coma
  6. Loss of appetite, vomit and diarrhea

dogs at a higher risk for heatstroke

  1. Elder dogs
  2. Dogs are currently on certain medication
  3. Dogs are currently recovering from an injury or disease
  4. Dogs with heart or respiratory problems
  5. Brachycephalic dogs – dogs with flat face/ nose
  6. Young puppies

How to prevent heatstroke in dogs

1. Dogs could be more prone to become dehydrated in summer times, so if you have to be out in the sun for a long while, make sure you bring along sufficient amount of clean fresh water and offer it to your dog as often as possible, even if your pooch turns away a hundred times. Avoid staying in the sun open and exposed for a long time – this is not good to your dog and won’t be good to you too as you would also be at the risk of getting heatstroke.

2. Try to plan your walk or trip at the coolest time of the day – at dawn or dusk. Avoid going out there when it reaches 32°C.

3. Pay extra attention to dogs at higher risk for heatstroke.

4. NEVER! NEVER leave your dog in your vehicle in a hot summer day. It should be common sense now on how the internal space of the vehicle would just heat up like an oven. It is not hard to notice how the inside of your car is always hotter than outside when you hop into one right? This does not get much better even if you leave the windows open a bit. The airflow would not catch up with the rapidly built up heat. There are so many cases reported every summer in New Zealand and the latest decision is to fine owner who left their dog in the car alone.

4. One of the best summery treat is to go for a nice swim. Swimming could effectively cool your pooch down and most dogs just looove water! However do pay some attention to safety and you could get life vests for dogs nowadays. Swim with a leash on may be a good option for smaller dog breeds too.

5. Try to not make your dog walk on boiling hot asphalt or concrete roads. Their little paws aren’t covered in fur so direct contact to heat could hurt them and even cause burns.

6. Keep their coat nice and short. Not only it is much tidier and makes bathing easier, it also helps on reduce heat.

What do I do if my dog appears to be hyperthermia

1. Remove any clothing or collar on your dog.

2. If the situation is mild, you could try to cool down the environment first, such as transfer your dog to a shady area, put your dog in front of working fan or into an air-conditioned room. Offer some water and keep close observation.

3. If situation is rather severe, damp your dogs body using cold water or cover rinsed towel on your dog and head over to your vet emergency immediately. Do NOT use ice water – rapid cooling could lead to blood vessel contraction, something similar to stroke could happen.

 

New Zealand Plastic Bag Ban – What Happens Now?

New Zealand Plastic Bag Ban – What Happens Now?

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 1

How’s everyone coping with the plastic bag ban commenced on 01 Jan 2019?

Well, I have a friend who is currently anxious about how there is no more ‘free’ kitchen bin liner, not sure about you.

But I am surely, truly proud on how New Zealand is one of the First country in the world who commenced this act. Not only that, they will further push it to the extent on the ban of all single-use plastics around mid 2019. I am sure this could keep NZ shores cleaner and kiwis should be so proud of yourselves!

The rest of the world is catching themselves up with this ban as well and I look forward to see more and more countries apply this ban.

If you take a look around you and think about how much plastic you could use and could trash….you would find it scary.

Hence, it is not hard to imagine, things like these do happen some where on mother Earth right at this second:

I am not quite sure on the reason behind this, but I did find a few interesting listings on TradeMe on supermarket plastic bags:

Hmmm…I hope you are not buying these though as I really don’t see a point apart from trying to be funny maybe?

reason to ban single-use plastics

1. Plastic bags looks like floating jellyfishes to sea turtles and dolphins which they feed on.

2. Large mammals like whales wold accidentally ingest plastic as they feed in large portions.

3. Plastics exist in all shapes and sizes even in different forms like a fishing net. This could twine onto marine animals causing suffocation and starvation.

4. Recent scientific report shows these plastics that we threw would came back to us and harm our body in the form on micro beads. Imagine you could be feeding your newborn micro beads unintentionally but the truth is, the next generation could be growing up with plastic IN them since a newborn.

5. It takes forever long to degrade and decompose plastic and who-knows-when, but what if we will be watching our grand children living in plastic waste because there is no longer any land to fill them.

There are countless more to go on but I will stop here because these 5 points are scary enough.

What can we do?

Reduce – Buy less plastics – avoid buying anything that is over packaged.

Reuse – Use your items as many times as possible.

Recycle – Recycle properly.

reusable alternatives

Okay, the whole point of this blog is sharing some ideas on some great stuff that I am currently using to achieve “REDUCE” part.

The first things I’ve got way way before the plastic bag ban commencement are the grocery shopping bags.

I will keep these foldable grocery shopping bag in purse:

And these grocery shopping trolley bags in the back of car seat so I will remember to grab them when I head over to nearest supermarket:

Reusable Grocery Trolley Bag

Not long after these two types, I decided to go further and reduce buying packaged fruit and veges. This is when I realised those plastic bags are still available in rolls for you to help yourself tear one off the roll when you need to grab one. Nah! I don’t want it either but the bags I had weren’t suitable to contain loose fruits and vegetables, so I got some mesh produce bags with draw strings, colour codes so I could use smallest red ones for confectionery :

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 8

Definitely a set of metal straws. There are heaps of reusable straws combinations and I think a simple 5pcs should be enough. For general drinks, medium diameter ones for smoothies and large ones for bubble tea if you are a fan of them. While looking for the best set, I found straws made with glass? Hmmm, couldn’t help but them a bit intimidating…I wonder if they shatters…Oh and I added a set of spoon and fork to the set and carry them with me in my purse. Happy as!

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 9

I am a mugaholic and I am obsessed with buying drink bottles, cups and mugs. Bring your own coffee to-go cup is more and more common these days. So a coffee cup and water drink bottle is something I see myself must have!

I bought this Keep Cup from Stevens and I looooove my water drink bottle bought online.

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 10    NZ Plastic Bag Ban 11

Lastly, and the most difficult part actually – is to bring your own food to-go containers. I personally don’t like to use those Sistema lockable food containers for hot food because I find the food smell would stay in the container forever AND the colour stains no matter how hard I try to wash them off. They are otherwise perfect for spice and dried food storage. So I initially bought glass bowls and bring them around, after sick of the weight of it (and I will have to carry bigger hand bags whenever I need to bring it with me) and the incident where my colleague broke one accidentally, I started to search online and seek for alternative – something that is light weight and does not take too much room! And I found them – these silicon foldable locking containers! I was over the moon to solve this big problem, I mean THEY ARE FOLDABLE WONDERFUL!!!

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 12      NZ Plastic Bag Ban 13

 

That’s it so far from me and I look forward to find more environmentally-friendly goodies and would be great to hear more ideas.

Do Cats Need Cat Trees Scratching Posts?

Do Cats Need Cat Trees Scratching Posts?

Cat owners would be nodding to the fact on how your furry masters naturally love to play hide-and-seek. Most of the time, they could stay hidden for a long long time to enjoy their time being quiet and alone.

Cats generally have ultra high awareness and they could be staying alerted even they could look like they are taking a doze.  It is their natural instinct telling them ‘jump up and hide’ and often being hysterical for no good reason. In cases where they have the need to hide themselves, just do your cat a favour and don’t drag him out.  They need their own space every now and then to cope with this planet with loads of stress.

Cats Hiding places

Every cat would have different reason to hide themselves, sometimes it just want a peaceful undisturbed afternoon nap; urge to run away from that annoying slobbery monster at the corner of the couch; run away from kids who pull on its tail; or it can just because your cat is shy or under stress at the time.

To appreciate your cat could be as easy as providing a place for them to hide and you are the only person who knows their habits the best – simply make them a cozy bed in their hidey hole or in the closet.

So I made a comparison on some purrrfect hidey ideas:

Buy Cat Tree NZ 1BINGO Cat Tree 200cm 8 Levels

Hidey hole – YES  Platform – YES  Hammock – YES            Bed – YES                          Toy – YES                      Price –  $  119.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 2BINGO 150CM Cat Tree House

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – YES              Bed – NO                             Toy – YES                        Price –  $  64.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 3BINGO Cat Tree 158cm 6 Levels

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – NO             Bed – YES                        Toy – YES                       Price –  $  89.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 4BINGO Cat Tree 160cm 5 Levels

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – YES             Bed – YES                          Toy – YES                        Price –  $  89.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 5BINGO 80CM Cat Tree House

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – NO                    Bed – NO                                Toy – YES                                Price –  $  59.99

 

Buy Cat Tree NZ 6BINGO Cat Tree 80cm  3 Levels

Hidey hole – YES          Platform – YES          Hammock – NO               Bed – NO                            Toy – YES                         Price –  $  42.99

How To Care for My Senior Dog – Living Environment Improvements

How To Care for My Senior Dog – Living Environment Improvements

An average life span of a dog is about 15 years ; large dogs are considered to be ‘old’ when they are 5 years old and 10 years for smaller breeds.

This process of aging changes a list of things for your fur baby both mentally and physically. Just like humans, their general functions slowly degenerates, they become less active and slow acting and could even develop cognitive dysfunction symptoms.

Senior dogs would need special care and living environment up to standard , this is where dog owners should come in and make some changes in your house including add essential dog supplies and even change your furniture to become more ‘senior-friendly’.


1. The most common symptoms is the degeneration of joints followed by loss of vision. It is not hard to tell when these symptoms develops, you will see how your dog could easily bumping into walls and furniture. So it would be a good idea to keep them safe by covering up sharp edges of your furniture.

2. If you happen to have wooden floor, laminated floor or tile floor at home, you might want to try to cover as much area up with carpet or floor mat. This helps on increase friction to reduce stress of your dogs joints and most of all it would greatly avoid chances of slip and fall.

3. Avoid going up or down on stairs, jumping onto the couch even they might think they used to be good at that. This particularly gets worse if you have hard floor for  your senior dog to jump onto from high up. There are dog stairs or ramps for them to do that if they insist to sleep on your couch.

4. For injured dogs or disabled dogs, there are mobility aid supporting products to help them walk, such as lifting harnesses and even dog wheelchairs. Do never give up on exercising even when they are not interested to walk. Adequate amount of exercise is important to senior dogs!

5. Help relief pressure on their spine and neck by raising their feeders. I recently bought automatic pet drinking fountain and that really helps. The adjustable pet feeders would be even better as you could adjust the best height to suit your dog’s habits- if they like to eat while sitting down or standing up.

6. If you notice your dog is starting to have accidents indoor then this could be a common sign of aging. To help them out, place indoor dog toilet and dog training pads at places where you want them to go. It’s like having a puppy again so it should not be a great deal. You could also find dog diapers if you need to travel with them in the car. I tried these handy diapers for my dog to help him get through post-op period and it was super convenient.

7. Although there aren’t much stuff to help on dogs with loss of hearing, but I am sure your love and patience would be the best ‘treatment’. You will be amazed on how words really don’t matter so much anymore, your best companion knows how to read your gestures and they are sensitive to vibrations, so if you pat on the floor in front of you, they could easily learn it is you asking them to approach you. Dogs are angels no matter in what age!

8. Their body temperature regulation ability tends to go down hill as well, so it is now extra essential to keep them warm in winter time and to cool down enough in summer. I personally like to place a fleece blanket in my dog’s bed and because of this I got my dog a large size dog bed even he’s only a 5kg small dog. He loves to snug in it and it always keep him warm in winter time. I would use a dog cooling mat and cover it up with a thin layer of blanket after pre-refrigerated it in summer for him and it works quite well to keep his kennel temperature down.

 

After all, we all hope to age gracefully, so same goes to your dog. I believe by living with the hoooman they love,  in happy moods, eating healthy and adequate exercise will keep them staying longer with us.

 

Mattress Buying Guide – How To Choose A Mattress?

Mattress Buying Guide – How To Choose A Mattress Just Right For You

Does ‘sleep like a baby’ been sound like a myth to you?  Couldn’t even have good night sleep? Or wake up with pain every now and then?

We spend one third of our life in bed and we talked about how some people just don’t have good sleeping quality. I am sure there are people changing several mattresses throughout the years just to get improved sleeping quality.

The hard part is that sleeping quality does not have a certain standard, everyone would have their own unique experience by sleeping on a same mattress, and because it varies from one to another, the definition of ‘best mattress’ would be different for everyone.

Today, I am going to go through a few things about mattresses and hopefully you would be able to find a mattress just right for you.

Types of Mattresses

Pocket Spring Mattress

Pocket spring mattress are made by vertical spring individually enclosed into a non-woven fabric pocket, it forms fundamental structure by sitting tightly next to each other. Because they are individually placed in, they offered unique feature of minimised partner disturbance by greatly reduced motion transfer.  These pocket spring can be arranged in zones for its different support ability – ie: Harder spring being placed in the hip zone to offer more support.

Bonnell Spring Mattress

It is the most cost efficient choice, it is structured by using inter-connecting metal coil to link all spring together, so it acts as a whole spring block. However structure like this would make partner disturbance inevitable and another common issue is the spring tends to squeak after a while from coil rubbing against  the springs.

Memory Foam Mattress

Memory foam is mold-able hence provides better contour and support to your body. Does not create any noise coming from inner mattress and for its porous nature, it is hypoallergenic. It is often being combined and layered with specialised gel to provide better temperature so it doesn’t get too hot in summer.  But it is not hard to imagine you would have to increase your budget. I think a good layer of mattress topper would be a great alternative.

Latex Foam Mattress

Latex is the most costy material amongst all, it shares the common of support and contour as memory foam, good flexibility, makes no noise and excellent resistance to motion. It is a natural mold-able material with porous structure, hence better breath-ability and it is also hypoallergenic.  It is comfortable and suitable for people who have back problems.

Tips on Choosing a Mattress

1. VIEW it – take a general look to see if the surface is leveled flat, quilting is done without exposing threads of holes.

2. PRESS it – give the mattress a firm press, also on the corners to see how it responds to pressure. See if the filling material collapse or weakens with pressure and also to see how the material bounces back to your palm.

3. LISTEN to it – Does it squeak when you press on?

4. SMELL it – Although it is completely normal to smell a little ‘man-made’, see if you recognise any irritating chemical odour.

Factors to Consider when buying a mattress

1. Size and Thickness – Buy mattress size that matches to your bed frame and pay attention to how thick it is, as this would result in overall height of your bed to hop on every night.

2. Firmness – This would greatly depend on personal preference however parents need to consider getting a medium to medium-firm mattresses for your young ones given children and young teens’ spine is still developing hence firmness matters the most to them.

3. How much support do you need – for people who has back problems you want to choose something like zoned pocket spring mattresses or mattress with higher bouncing ability. If you have someone like a sick patient at home who need to spend all time in bed, you want to choose mattress with best breath-ability and comfort. If you have rather sensitive skin then you would want to choose mattress made with hypoallergenic material.

4. Packaging – although it sounds rather irrelevant but if you ask people who lives in an apartment or 3-leveled townhouse, they would tell you mattress packaging matters! It would be sensible to choose vacuum packed mattress in cases like this. It is rolled up for transport purpose – so it can be send to you through courier or freight. So it could stay small and trouble-free until your bed is all set and ready to go.

When do I need a new mattress?

1. When your current mattress is no longer working for you, for example, if you recently changed your job that involves more walking and labour, then you really want to treat yourself with mattress with higher comfort level.

2. When your current mattress is 7-10 years old. No mattress can last forever and the generally they last 7 to 10 years. The innerspring would become fatigue results in decreased elasticity; the filling material such as foam would deform over time; not to think about the accumulated moist and dead skin over the years……. Okay! No matter how expensive your mattress is, sooner or later it needs to be replaced.

3. When your current mattress is showing signs of sagging or great abrasions, odour, inner squeaky noise.

Mattress general Maintenance

1. Keep the label – especially when they are sewn into the edge of the mattress.

2. Use mattress protectors – waterproof ones would be great! You want to minimise any moist that could go into the deep inner mattress.

3. Turn your mattress – depending on if you have a double-sided mattress, you could flip it over and upside down from time to time. Single-sided mattress could only be turned upside down. This is to even out the weight pressure to prevent it from sagging.

4. Apply even pressure – this means no jumping up and down on the bed and even if your mattress would be okay, you gotta also consider if it is okay for your bed frame to bear this acute weight.

5. Avoid sitting on the edge – this could result in uneven pressure being applied and could damage structure of the mattress edge causing it to deform. Vacuum packed on the other hand generally don’t have edge support in order to be rolled up so you would find these mattresses less supportive on the edge.