Our mattress is only 18 months old, and like the two before it, which also cost an arm and a leg, this one has already broken down on hubby's side. He is much bigger/heavier than I, but still it just doesn't seem right that after only a few months each of these mattresses collapsed. The pillow top bunched up, the firm inner spring...well it sprung, and the latest with memory foam (a quarter inch probably), has forgotten how to rebound.
The small print on the warranty states that for a $25 fee the company will come out and measure two inches from the top of the mattress. If it has sunken in THERE, it will be replaced, if it has sunken in where your torso lies, well that's natural wear and tear, and the mattress will not be replaced.
After we huffed and puffed about this truth in advertising scam, we decided to go mattress shopping. We bantered back and forth.
"$1,000 for a mattress?"
"What guarantee do we have this one won't collapse?"
"I think we need one with extra support."
"What about an air chamber mattress with our own number controllers?"
"We've camped on air mattresses. You already know what the outcome will be."
"I think we'll wait until January 6th when the mattresses go on sale for 30% off."
"I will shove a body pillow under my side of the mattress."
And so he did. Prior to the body pillow, it was like rolling into a canyon when I turned toward him. With the insertion of the body pillow, it was like climbing the Matterhorn.
When our kids came for Christmas they wanted to know whose gift was hidden under the mattress.
I was embarrassed. They wanted to take up a collection so "Dad could sleep in comfort."
Two more weeks of sleeping like this with my bum knee, sprained ankle and achy shoulder wasn't going to be good for my personality. I decided to rectify the problem. I asked him to assist me as I shoved a layer of three quilts between the box spring and mattress. Then, when he was out and about, I went down to the basement and brought up a 4'x5' piece of thick plywood. I shoved that mattress to the floor, slid that slab of wood between the three quilts and foundation, on his side, then I tugged that mattress back on top.
My honey has no idea he is sleeping on a board sandwich. But he thinks I am a genius. "Those quilts have made a real difference. Maybe we can put off buying a new mattress."
Now, had I suggested my idea, you know what he would have said.