Considering that we spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping (at least in an ideal world) it’s remarkably difficult to test out mattresses, understand the differences between mattress technologies, and end up with a great mattress on your bed. Furniture shopping is worse, so if you want to get a great bed frame to pair with your mattress, it’s an even more challenging task. It’s hard to say why this is the case; people spend a lot of money on beds, and given that here in the USA we have over 331 million citizens, there must be at least 200 million beds in homes, condos, and apartments. Not only that, but most mattresses have an effective lifespan of 7-10 years, so in any given year there should be at least 20 million mattresses sold in the United States alone!
When I moved into my present home in Boulder, Colorado I bought a bedroom set that included a king platform bed frame. Not a great piece of furniture, but functional and it looked nice. I added a budget mattress from a local bedding company but replaced it a few years ago when a startup sent me a new mattress to try out [and then promptly went out of business, as it happens]. An okay mattress, a mediocre frame, and a dissatisfied sleeper who wished for it all to be higher off the floor and more solidly built.
Enter Amerisleep. A premiere bedroom and mattress manufacturer, the company surprised me by reaching out and asking if I’d like to try one of their mattresses as an upgrade. Heck yeah! Since I’m sensitive to the outgassing of new mattresses and the chemicals that can be used (particularly by budget bedding companies) I requested the Organica organic mattress. They added a new platform bed frame to the order and I was ready to reinvent my sleep.
The Organica mattress is constructed from all organic materials. It features an organic cotton cover and a mattress that’s 1-inch of New Zealand Joma Wool, 3-inches of natural Talalay latex, 8-inches of coils with edge support, and 1-inch of natural Dunlop latex. All rainforest alliance, eco-INSTITUT, and OEKO-TEX wool certified. I’ll be honest, I don’t really know what it all means, but suffice to say, this is a mattress that’s a lot more than coils inside a few layers of cotton bedding, and made with the sleeper’s health in mind every step of the way.
A few weeks later I found the bed on my front doorstep. In a box that seemed impossibly small for a king mattress (a king is 76-inches wide x 80-inches long x 13-inches high):
How can that be a 13-inch high king size mattress? Well, it turns out that there’s some sort of vacuum packing method that the company uses because when we (carefully) cut open the box, the mattress was rolled up and wrapped with tough, thick plastic and, again, startlingly small.
It took two of us to drag it upstairs – it’s heavy! – where I’d already built the platform bed frame:
As you can see in the photo, the platform frame included ten wooden boards that made it a fantastically firm and solid foundation for a mattress. Heck, my old mattress felt 10x better on this bed frame.
Then we oh-so-carefully cut the plastic wrapping off the mattress and, like a scene out of a Transformers movie, it just sort of expanded and started unrolling and unfolding without us able to do much other than stand back and admire the transformation.
Autobot, Roll Out!
The most astonishing revelation was yet to come: The Organica mattress has strong, sewn-on handles that make it really easy to move around and place on the bed frame. This after I’d spent the previous weekend helping friends move and not one of their mattresses had any handles at all. Oh, what a great move to add those handles, Amerisleep. That made it a breeze to get it perfectly centered on the frame:
What’s great is that once it fully expanded out, it fits the bedframe perfectly (with just a little bit of space for tucking the bedding under the mattress) and is significantly thicker than my previous mattress. More importantly, it’s wonderfully comfortable and from the very first moment, laying and breathing right by the mattress surface revealed no odd smells or outgassing from the manufacturing process. Organic mattress, oh yeah.
Even better, the bedframe works really well on the wood floor; it doesn’t slide. I like to read in bed and it’s great to sit up in bed and lean against my built-in headboard (that’s screwed to the wall, not part of the frame) without worrying that I’m slowly sliding down as the bed oozes away from the wall. Solved.
Amerisleep also has showrooms if you’re lucky enough to live in Arizona, Colorado, or Texas. If you’re near me in Colorado, for example, you can visit their Denver mattress store at Cherry Creek North or check out their other Denver locations. Too lazy to click? Okay, here’s the address of the flagship store in Colorado: Amerisleep Denver Mattress Store at Cherry Creek North, 3015 E 2nd Ave., Denver, CO 80206.
I’ll report again in a few weeks, but for now, I can attest that the Amerisleep bed frame and mattress are terrific and have improved my sleep and the time I spend awake in bed, reading, too. If you’re in the market – and remember, mattresses only last 7-10 years – then I highly encourage you to check out the Amerisleep range of options before you decide on your next bed. You’ll thank me in the morning! 🤓
Disclosure: Amerisleep sent me the mattress and bed frame without charge in return for me promoting its product line. I’m also using affiliate links to help with tracking. You pay the same price, it just helps them understand how this promotion helps drive sales. Thanks!