Anyway- our new bed arrived yesterday!
Here's the old bed:
Which was not really a bed. It was really a mattress and box springs on a metal frame. If you look at it long enough, you can see that it sags ever so slightly in the middle. That's because it was an inner spring mattress, albeit an expensive Stearns and Foster.
We learned a great deal in the mattress buying exercise: the number of innersprings in a mattress determine its quality- the more there are the better the support you get, and the more it costs. However, innerspring mattresses don't last because the innersprings are the first part of the mattress to wear out, and according to the statistics on Sleeplikethedead.com, they seem to average about three years. We thought briefly about a memory foam mattress but decided against it because of all the horror stories about off-gassing. I'm extremely sensitive to smells anyway and reading about it reminded me of the Tempurpedic pillow I once bought and couldn't use because of the smell. Steve also didn't want to purchase something made from so much petroleum. So memory foam was taken off the table. We finally decided on a latex mattress because it has a lower allergen rating, and because it was warrantied for twenty years. At least that's what we were told- I think the warranty is really up in 2025. Still, it should last a good while, and is it ever comfortable! And it's another Stearns and Foster and because we got a screaming deal on it, it was roughly the same price as the king-sized innerspring we purchased ten years ago. And guess what? Stearns and Foster has a plant right here in Portland, so it was made locally as well.
So without further ado, here is the new bed, which was made from quarter-sawn oak by The Joinery in Portland:
If it looks smaller, it's because it is; we downsized to a queen because we tend to fall together for warmth anyway, and the king was taking up way too much real estate in the bedroom. The queen size is taking a little getting used to; I only had to tell Steve to stop taking his half out of the middle once last night. Otherwise, it was a great sleep.
Hope you like it it, because we do!