The Cypress Bamboo Gel Mattress from Brentwood Home is the mattress I selected. They stopped producing this exact mattress so the link directs you to the one most similar in style and price.
I had four non-negotiable's that I wanted in a mattress. First, it had to be CertiPUR Certified. This certification means that it is without mercury, lead, heavy metals, formaldehyde, phthalates, depletes and has a low Volatile Organic Compound. Second, I wanted it to be foam vs. innerspring for example. Third I wanted the mattress manufactured in the U.S. And, fourth I wanted it to be a stand alone - meaning I did not want to also have to purchase a box spring.
I was worried I would not be able to find such a quality mattress for under my $1,000 budget, but they are out there if you do your research. With taxes, the cost for this queen size mattress was $630. I did purchase the 13" depth size because I like my mattress on the soft side.
I will admit, I had my doubts when it showed up in a box the size of a mini fridge. I opened up the box, cut open the plastic it was in and the mattress bursted right out. Fair warning - definitely take the box to the room the mattress will live in before you open it up.
I let the mattress sit on the platform for an entire day to air out before putting on the sheets. This mattress is one of the best investments I have made. Typically, the lifespan of any mattress is seven-years. When that time comes, I will certainly purchase another one similar.
The Leonard Upholstered Platform Bed from Wayfair is what I selected. I was the most anxious about this purchase because I had never had a platform bed. I was concerned it was going to be too low to the ground. I was used to a typical metal frame, box spring and mattress and had concerns that I would feel like I was sleeping on the floor. I spent a lot of time looking at dimensions, measuring from the floor to the top of my current mattress, looking at the dimensions of my new mattress and researching from there. The research paid off, because this platform is simply perfect for me. Just the right height and look I was going for.
Having an idea of what style you are looking for helps. I knew I wanted a light color (beige, off-white, light blue). I also knew I wanted it to be fabric and have button tufting. The more specific you can be in your search the easier it will be to pin point what you want. I paid $280 for this platform.
The Organic Cotton Comforter from Coyuchi is what keeps me comfortable at night. There were three things I was looking for in a comforter. First, it had to be 100% organic cotton. Second, the fibers needed to be certified through the Global Organic Textile Standard. (Look for labels that say GOTS Certified.) Third, I wanted it to be a minimum of 200 thread count.
I knew to get this kind of quality I would have to be okay with opening up the pocket book. I was right. This comforter was $250. Hard to believe that the comforter costs as much as the platform bed. But, it was worth it. I will have this comforter for as long as it will last. I feel good knowing that something I spend 8-hours a night with is free from harsh chemicals.
The weight of this comforter was another big selling point for me. I knew I was going to layer it, so I wanted to make sure it would keep me cool during the summer months and warm during the winter months. The comforter serves it purpose. I just love it!
The Sateen Stripe Sheets from Boll & Branch were the perfect touch to help me complete my "hotel bed" look. For $225, I purchased the set which included a flat sheet, a fitted sheet and two pillowcases. Similar to the comforter, I wanted to be sure that the sheets were 100% organic cotton and were GOTS certified. These sheets were also OEKO-TEX® certified and the cotton used was fair trade.
Since I like the layer look, I placed the flat striped sheet over the comforter. I do not like comforter protectors. I find them annoying to clean and take on and off, so the layering works perfect for me and gives me that vacation-beach home look that I am going for.
Since I did this, I needed another sheet to come between me and the comforter, so I picked up a 300 thread count organic percale flat sheet from Coyuchi. Again, I wanted to be sure they were 100% cotton and I wanted the peace of mind that came from being certified. I did not need an entire set, so I did research to find only those company's that would sell individual sheets while still meeting my expectations for quality. The sheet was $108.
So to clarify, I have the striped fitted sheet on, followed by the basic white flat sheet, then the comforter, then the striped flat sheet on top of the comforter. I have a photo of what it all looks like put together at the end of this post.
I actually ended up purchasing two My Pillows because I wanted to see what all the hype was about. I like them. I am a back sleeper, side sleeper, stomach sleeper - pretty much a little bit of everything throughout the night. I like how I can adjust the pillow to what position I am in at any given time. The cost was $50 per pillow.
All that said, the material used is not backed by any certifications and is not organic. When it comes time for some new pillows I will choose ones that meet more of my qualifications. And, when I do I will report back to this blog post and let you know what I find.
in my home
When it was all said and done, I spent around $1600 to complete my bed. I have had everything for almost a year now and love it all! No regrets. I know some will ask if I have any extra sheets? I do not. Every week, I simply wash all the sheets and immediately put them all back on the bed.
I do not like a lot of extra clutter and having extra sheets just takes up space. If you are looking to simply your bedding think in terms of layers. Instead of having a comforter for every season, layer sheets and comforters together so you can mix and match no matter what the weather.
Aside from what you see pictured, I do have a quilt my mom made for me. It stays on the couch, but if I need it at night I will grab it and I do have a heating blanket on those really chilly nights.
I encourage you to think about ways to simply your linens and focus on quality over quantity. Have ideas or questions? Drop me a line in the comments section.