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.

Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

Terracotta Warriors….As Your Home Furniture

 

Happy New Year 2019!!! I hope you all had a wonderful holidays, got to go somewhere and had lots of laughter.

This summer, Te Papa museum has an very interesting exhibition:

Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality

Here’s brief info about it:

This landmark exhibition features eight warriors standing 180 centimetres tall, and two full-size horses from the famous terracotta army – as well as two half-size replica bronze horse-drawn chariots.

Also on display are more than 160 exquisite works of ancient Chinese art made from gold, jade, and bronze. The works date from the Western Zhou to the Han dynasties (1046 BCE – 220 CE), and were found in imperial tombs in and around China’s ancient capital, Xi’an.

While you might be familiar of what terracotta is but you would have NO IDEA on what it is like when they happen to be in your room and even became part of your bedroom furniture!

There was a hotel review being posted online recently where a traveler went to Xi’an China and happened to stayed in terracotta themed hotel.

HAHAHAHA! Seriously?! You won’t believe this and I hope you don’t laugh too hard about his experience:


The moment you turn on the light, this is what you see, they all stares at you….to welcome you….

to……welcome you….

Enter the bedroom….to find four warriors staring at you right next to your bed.  Now you may never feel such wide awake before…..

“How was your sleep dude.”

The other room had five of terracotta warriors right above your head, yea…you kinda have them as your headboard.

“Go head and sleep tight, we will be guarding you!”

Or even better – your bed could be sitting on top of tens of these little terracotta…..and they don’t seem to have hands…

“Sweet dreams!”

Would you be happy to take the flower?

Or you may not mind how they just show up like this…

Look around you and find yourself in need of turning the bedside lamp on, only to discover woah! A terracotta warrior on its knee and the lamp….seemed to be its helmet.

So here’s the question, exactly how many of them are there in the room?!

Take the full view in the living room won’t you?

After the tour so far you might just want to chill in the bathroom and splash some fresh cold water on your face, only to discover…..

The great wall art right in your sight……you surely won’t feel alone in the shower!

Best of all, you get these two staring right at you when you are doing your business…..look at it as per part of….cheer leading?

If you really can’t sleep, just get up and go around in the room, you will find terracotta in various sizes at different places just like hide-and-seek game.

If you sleep with the lights on, you get to see lots of them standing right next to you…

If you sleep with lights off, then you get to feel them looking at you and guarding you in the dark…

If you sleep facing towards them, it might creeps you out but it feels even creepier by knowing they are at the back…

The owner of the hotel says the whole idea is to create an unique theme where customers could find themselves back to dynasty Qin again.

Okay, no joke, ever since this review being posted online, the hotel became famous and hotel manager happily mentioned they got fully booked almost at all times.

I think it is quite interesting to see them outside a museum for sure while we should always respect the actual terracotta and get to know the history behind it. It would be great to visit Te Papa if you have the chance to stop by Wellington this summer.

Will you stay in this hotel on your next visit in China?

 

10 Bedroom Relaxing Tips to Improve Your Sleep

10 Bedroom Relaxing Tips to Improve Your Sleep

I don’t know what you would be picturing of when we talk about bedrooms of your dream.  But for mine, it would definitely be close by sunny windows, it would be in a neutral bright colour with lots of natural light and not too spacey.

When you look up ‘cozy bedrooms’ it would give you a lot of neutral colours and I found them tend to be quite pastel too. And when I pay attentions to the ones I find calming and relaxing, it is for sure that none of them consist dark coloured wall, and I found too much modern elements could sometimes ruin the coziness.

I’ve met a lot of people in my life who have trouble sleeping, so although I am not one of them but I do know how painful it is to not being able to get a good night sleep. “It is such as mental torture and I would do anything to improve sleep quality” – this is what they all told me that shared in common at different times.

So here are some tips to create a relaxing and cozy bedroom to improve sleep quality which hopefully you could find them working for you.

use of cushions

Cushions could be in any size and it could be used to lean onto for a bedtime read and most of the time it can be one of the best decorations in a bedroom.  It can be any pattern and colours really, anything you like, but try to avoid using something like animal faces or human faces and sharp colours like neons. Generally speaking, just like pastel walls, neutral and calming colours would be the best.

bedside table lamps

I personally think bed lamps are just as important bedroom furniture as bedside tables.  Just like getting kids to be ready for bedtime, our mind needs to be prepared for sleep mode for a period of time before actually turning lights off. Because we are not a machine that gets switched off, our mind need to take time and gradually reach that state, this period could take longer for people who have trouble sleeping or light sleepers.

Since a good bedtime read may help for some people like myself, you need light that is bright enough for readings but at the same time, to be able to dim down for sleep mode. So a dimming light or touch lamp would be the best. I found warmer light tend to work the best so salt lamp with dimmer switch for example would be a great idea.

home fragrance candles

Well, what kind of light could be more calming than nature flame? It makes the most of it when combining with fragrance. Happily sigh in bed and read on your unfinished book is just as easy. Although lavender fragrance tends to link the most to quality sleep, but I do think fragrance is something super personal, and as long as you like it and it is not an over-powering scent then it is great to have in a bedroom.

The golden hue, flickering flame and your favourite scent….hmmmmm! I had my eyes closed already!

room divider to de-clutter

            

I went like: “What do I do with room dividers being placed in a bedroom as per part of bedroom furniture?”  when I first got introduced.

Room divider is something smart to use in a room and with different designs and textures used, it could give your room a different look straight away.

It could be a great de-clutter helper because it can be a blockage tool, to keep away something you don’t want to be seen, to section up your room depending on your needs and I happen to see people use a room divider to keep away from direct sunlight too.

indoor plants decorations

Indoor plant or house plant pots are the answer to a lot of indoor decoration questions. But if you are not a green thumb like myself, then overdo it would only make you more anxious. I used to ask myself way too many questions when using greens to decorate living spaces including “what are the best indoor plants to put in the house / living room / bedroom?” “what are the most easy indoor plants and where do you get them?” Then I start to worry about all sorts of stuff about planting and it just all turned into a frustrating mess. So if you are worrying about putting natural indoor house plants into your room, then the fakes ones would work. You don’t need a lot of them to do the charm, simple floor-standing pot and a couple of smaller pots with variations of indoor house plants would do. I recently got my hands onto the baby succulents which could be another story to tell laters 🙂

decorating posters & paintings

Apart from the indoor greens, the decorating wall hanging arts are probably the next thing you see in almost all bedrooms in magazines and display units. The large area of your great white wall is your art space so use it to display something about you and what you like. I am sure every time when you walk into your room and it would be pleasant to see your favourite masterpiece dominating your bedroom wall.

use of wall decorating components

Wall decoration is quite personal too so do be creative.  I would prefer make it stay simple though. Although anything might do the art job, but I would still hope to suggest on avoiding anything that shows faces, like animal or human figures, cartoon figures; avoid anything that is ‘too much’ such as taking too much of spaces, or using too many colours or too dense; avoid a clock that keeps reminding you on what time it is and to avoid using anything reflective like a mirror.

It would be wonderful to combine decors and green indoor plants together!

AROMATHERAPY diffusers

There are like millions of aroma diffusers to choose from in NZ market, honestly it doesn’t really matter which ones to buy. But when it comes to decorating point of view, I would say again, try to keep it simple so it blends into your bedroom but not going to attract attention. Pure white ones or the ones with wood grains would be my personal preference. It works as humidifiers to help on keeping bedroom air moist too and sleep in the calming fragrance really helps!

extra blankets and throws

An extra blanket and throw on bed could be for decor purpose and most of all, it serves its main purpose on an unexpected cold night or when your child had a bad dream and wanting to snug into your bed with ya. A nice soft double-sided fleece blanket would be lovely and this one with pompom edge is quite special too.

bedroom curtain and blinds

This last suggestion might surprise you but I do think curtains play a key role on bedroom overall atmosphere. If you walk into a room that has a bright true red curtains, you might experience that sudden struck of distress and that is how colours could affect a person’s mood especially being used in large areas. My personal favourite when it comes to calmness is these linen curtains in single neutral colour, it allows the sunlight to shine through at certain degree but not too much and it would be nice to wake up in some natural light. But this wouldn’t suitable for people that are extremely sensitive to light though – in this case, choose curtain over blind, choose light colours over dark, choose thick or double-sided curtains, choose neutral to be safe and definitely a colour that matches your bedroom wall.

After all, I do hope we all get wonderful good night sleep. Sweet dreams! xx