I haven't slept on a normal bed-- like a really bed-y, bed-like bed?-- for a few years. Mattress/box spring on the floor? Yes. Air mattress on the floor? Yep. Couch? Indeed. In fact, in the absence of a real bed-like bed, 'couch' is the option I've been going with for the last couple of weeks.
|sweet dreams are made of this|
I've gone so long without a real bed-like bed mostly because I'm lazy. I suppose I should have gotten around to this a couple of years ago? But, you know, I...didn't. Also, I can sort of sleep anywhere (and really, any time) so I didn't feel terribly compelled to figure it out. Plus-- hey-- real beds? Those are expensive!
But now, I think the time has come. I own a house; my house should contain a bed. A real, bed-y, bed-like bed. Because I am an old lady, I want an adjustable bed. I also want a memory foam mattress. You know what though-- those are *expensive!*
I've gone to 4 different mattress stores now, trying to comparison shop, to wheel, to deal. It is Labor Day weekend, so there are sales to be explored. But I think I no matter what, it's going to be expensive. Essentially, the options on the table are:
My instinct, of course, is split. I find myself in this kind of situation frequently lately. For example, do I hire a more expensive handyperson, on the assumption that they will do a better job? Or is there really no consistent correlation between the rate per hour and the skill of the person? Similarly, do I go with nicer carpets, since I will have to look at them every day? Or really, are they just carpets?
With the three bed options, #3 is easy to rule out. I am, after all, a middle class girl at heart. Having been raised at the midpoint of the median in the middle of the economic road, I can't even fathom Option #3. In discussing Option #3 with a salesman (and they are ALL men, in these mattress places), I found out it would cost me $280/month for 18 months.
Me: $280/month? That's a car payment. No.
Salesman: Well, these last even longer than cars! You let me know where your car is in 10 years!
Me: No YOU shut up.
OK, I didn't tell him to shut up. But -- he should shut up. My car in 10 years. haaaaarumph. That is not the point.
I had a different salesman who quoted me a too-high price over the phone also pitch a bit of a fit when I balked at the total.
Me: OK, well thank you for that information, I appreciate it. Should I call this number if I decide to go ahead with this?
Salesjerk: Wait, so what's stopping you from going ahead with this?
Me: I don't want to. Not right now? I need to visit a couple of actual stores before I make my decision.
Salesjerk: Come on, you know you're not going to find a lower price than what I'm giving you, Cristina.
Me: Um...actually, I think that's the point-- I don't know that, not yet.
Salesjerk: Are you not really committed to buying an adjustable bed?
Salesjerk: Well, maybe you're not really committed to buying an adjustable bed. I'm just trying to help you get what you want, Cristina.
Me: Um...y-yeahhh, well. I...[does he have to keep saying my name?]
Salesjerk: Are you on drugs? You sound like you're on drugs.
Me: [hangs up]
The point for me is that I can't afford anything approaching option #3, however long it lasts or however much I want it.
So, I am trying to put together something along the lines of Option #1. This will involve creative use of Macy's for the adjustable frame, Overstock for the memory foam mattress, and a self-assembeled Ikea frame to wrap it all up. This will save me about $800-$900 over Option #2. Given what I've learned about this type of bed and mattress, I think what I've picked should work.
But then, Paranoia Alert starts to sound its alarms, and I think-- BUT WHAT IF IT DOESN'T? WHAT IF IT DOES NOT WORK, AND THEN I AM A FOOL WHO HAS TRIED TO SAVE MONEY WHEN SHE SHOULD HAVE SPENT IT? WHAT IF I AM ZIGGING WHEN I SHOULD ZAG, SCRIMPING WHEN I SHOULD SPLURGE? Because, I mean-- what if I should just pay the extra, and end up with a frame and mattress that I have actually tried out and that are made to go together? Isn't that better than taking a somewhat educated guess on the internets, especially since this is a bed?
But then again- $900. This is ridiculous. Maybe my creatively-sourced bed will not be the most amaaaazing thing ever to exist, but it'll be fine. It'll be nice, definitely nicer than what I've had in a while. Creatively sourcing it just makes it a Frankenbed. And then, I'll have $900 to put towards something else in the house. Doors, maybe-- doors for the closets. That would be good. I want this bed to be nice, but it's far from the only big bucks event at the Frankenhouse.