Bed Tales – Part 2: This is NOT Like Sausage Making

Posted September 2, 2013 by jimhigley

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Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made. – Otto von Bismarck

There’s probably a lot of things that are akin to sausage making, but bed making isn’t one of them.  And when I say bed making, I mean making – as in manufacturing. Bed making is pretty darn interesting these days.

You may remember that we’re on a mission in our house. Two new beds. One for myself and one for my teenage son.

But before we make our final selection, the nice folks at Serta Mattress invited me to get a crash course on how beds are designed, tested and made with a visit to their R&D Center. And if you think for a second that my morning there was a snoozer, think again.

Watch a video of my tour:

There’s a science to what goes in to that good night sleep:

  • Old-fashioned springs and coils? The variation of beds being made makes my sleepy head spin. There’s now memory foam mattresses which have an all-foam support core. That gives you proper support all in all the right places. And, of course there’s the springs – which are called innerspring mattresses. A lot of people just really like the way they feel. And then there’s something that I like to think of as the bed combo: they combine the benefits of both memory foam and innerspring mattresses. 
  • One of the great benefits of Serta’s gel memory foam is some super-gizmo cooling feature that keeps your body from over-heating. If you’ve ever woken up with a drenched pillow, you know what I’m talking about.
  • I learned that there is a lot of testing that goes into beds to see just how tough they are (which ruined all plans I had for getting my youngest a summer internship at the R&D facility. He’s an Olympic bed-jumper, however).
  • I learned that we all have personal preferences with regards to what makes a bed feel comfortable – kind of like how I love brussels sprouts while my kids run for the hills when I make them. That’s why you need to buy your bed from a place that knows what they’re talking about: they’ll help you find what’s right for you.
  • And I learned that I really do need eight hours of sleep each night. But that’s not anyone’s fault but my own.

So stay tuned for the next edition of BED TALES, where Drew and I go shopping for our new beds!


And if you’re in the market for a bed, Serta’s Labor Day promotion runs through September 8 so there’s still time to get a free box spring or save up to $1,000 when you purchase a Serta gel memory foam mattress. Click here for details.

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As you can tell, I’ve been compensated by Serta Mattresses in discussing and reviewing their products. Rest assured, however, I’d never endorse or share anything I don’t really believe in.