• The simple answer is, “all of the above”, but there are rules. The accurate answer depends on the type of mattress that will go on top.  If you follow these simple rules you will get a lot more satisfaction from your new mattress and platform, foundation, or box-spring. A  box spring has a small number of […]

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  • I get mail, lots of mail asking for advice.  Most of it is help in navigating the mattress jungle.  If you send me a short essay that tells me enough about the people who will be using the mattress and any other facts, I can try to match needs with brands and styles.  This letter has […]

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  • Surprise!  I am sorry to make your shopping expedition more difficult but the more I look and learn, it is obvious to me, and many others, that  I cannot trust many  of the reviews on major websites and 99% of the new style mattress merchants on the web.  When you find a mattress website that has […]

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  • 2014 Consumer Reports Ratings: Serta, Charles P. Rogers, & Simmons Earn Top Grades In Lab Tests. The top-rated mattress retailer  again is a factory-direct franchise operator, Original Mattress Factory with most stores in Ohio  and  at the bottom of the list and the least best for two years in a row is Sleepys, an East Coast large specialty retailer […]

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  • March 1, 2014 - Marshall Coyle

    I am the Old Bed Guy.

    Welcome to the Old Bed Guy. I am said old bed guy and have been involved in the bed and bedding industry for over 60 years, and life in general, for more than 83 years. I have seen it all. I constantly shop the web, read trade papers, visit a route of many local stores […]

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  • For oatmeal, yes.  For mattresses, usually not. This is true for most foam and all innerspring mattresses, and there is a personal connection to the phenomenon.  I am sure that I did not invent “perceived value”, but back in the ‘fifties, I thought I did. All innerspring mattresses were padded on both sides and never thicker […]

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  • January 23, 2014 - Marshall Coyle

    MATTRESS FICTIONS AND FACTS

    A shopper journeying through the internet will reveal countless websites claiming that they will share the revealed truth about the comfort, quality , and value of brand name mattresses. Google finds about 634,000 websites if you type in “Mattress Reviews”. Most of them appearing in the top listings seem to be owned by retailers or […]

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  • November 3, 2013 - Marshall Coyle

    Why You May Need A Special Platform Bed Mattress

    I am “The Old Bed Guy” who has seen and done it all in the bed business. Sixty years ago, a then virtually unknown mattress company called “Sealy” came up with a slogan that endured for forty years and was responsible for millions of lost sleep hours. “No Morning Backache From Sleeping On a Too […]

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  • February 25, 2013 - Marshall Coyle

    A USEFUL GLOSSARY FOR THE BED BUYER

    Bedding Industry Glossary Adjustable base: An electro-mechanical or manual bed frame construction that permits the raising and lowering of the head and/or foot portions of the mattress. Airbed: An air mattress with a core that is an air-filled vinyl bladder. Better airbeds are multichambered, covered with cushioning, upholstered with ticking and sold with a foundation. […]

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  • October 22, 2011 - Marshall Coyle

    New York Times Debunks the High Priced Mattresses

    Not Feeling Rested? Don’t Blame the Mattress “If you spend $20,000 on a mattress, it’s not necessarily better than a $500 mattress,” says one sleep expert. By ALINA TUGEND Published: October 21, 2011 MY older son asked for an iPhone for his bar mitzvah. My younger son, Gabriel, will be celebrating his in about a […]

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