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Mattress Myth: Custom Size Mattresses Are Expensive

Sleep shouldn’t be confusing. And while ordering a custom mattress might seem intimidating, it’s easy. There are only a couple extra steps vs. purchasing a standard bed. In this quick guide, you’ll learn that buying a custom mattress is not complicated. We’ll also discuss how extra customization affects the price of your tailor-made mattress. Also, you may be surprised to learn why the demand for alternative sleeping habitats has increased.


One of the keys to any custom order whether it is for your bedroom or yacht is to have sizing details ready when you order. More on that in a minute.

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Sleep Situations Requiring Odd-Shaped Bedding

Sleep has our attention more than ever. We track our sleep patterns with apps. We set alarms for waking up, but also alarms to remind us when to drag ourselves off the couch into bed. Our focus on sleep has never been higher as we learn more about how important sleep is to our health. 35% of adults still don't get enough sleep. And we are getting sleep anywhere we can get it.


  • Companies are offering nap areas at work - thanks Google!

  • Hammocks are hung on mountainsides and in living rooms.

  • Van life has made sleeping in vehicles a way to see the world.


The cookie-cutter approach to beds took a U-turn and there’s no turning back. Double U-turns are ill-advised. People find themselves sleeping in weird spots more and more. But we refuse to go back to sleeping in the dirt, or anywhere uncomfortable. So beds evolved to fit where we need them:


  1. RVs

  2. Boats

  3. Murphy beds in tiny houses

  4. Window nooks - perfect spot to wake up with sunlight

  5. Even converted horse trailers are mobile hostels!

  6. Hinged mattresses to fit through narrow areas

  7. Bedding with corners cut off or notched


These are not typical places for many of us to hit the hay, but do what you do. There are plenty of more traditional sleep situations that need a nontraditional fit too…

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Good Old-Time Bunking

Some of the best sleep ever documented occurred at grandma’s house, right? Grandparents didn’t bother you with chores and let you do what you wanted, which made for awesome naps. And they often had antique beds made in a sawmill or manufactured so long ago that standard mattresses just didn’t fit correctly.


Older, oddly shaped beds are a more common reason people seek out unique bedding. Some families want to use a family heirloom piece of furniture. There are peaceful dreams still to be had on a bed that holds your childhood memories. But the idea of 7.2 inches of mattress hanging over the bed frame is not going to cut it.


To go along with that kid theme, don’t forget that bunk beds never go out of style. Why? Because parents never have enough room once more than one child pops up out of the blue! Bunk beds are often smaller than normal-sized bedding. Sometimes they even come in wild circular shapes or trapezoids to match a kid-friendly Batmobile Bunk.


Other old-timey beds that can require a tailored boxspring set:


  • European beds

  • Sofa beds

  • Futons - no judgment here, many non-frat persons use these - allegedly.


Pricing Your Nontraditional Mattress

Sticker shock may be part of ordering a custom Tesla but that’s seldom true with made-to-order bedding. Crafting the mattress doesn’t take any longer in many scenarios. Perhaps your custom mattress is made out of the same material as a regular-sized mattress but needs to be four inches shorter than the most popular bed - the queen size. In cases like this that don’t slow our process, the pricing won’t go up.


The price can increase if your custom-sized mattress takes more time to create. We don’t mind crafting unique bedding for unique situations. That's why we’re here. But time is money even in dream-maker land.


What can make the cost rise a bit?


  • Truly odd shapes which add to sewing time

  • Circle mattresses or custom corners that require specialty cuts

  • Sewing a portrait of your pet into the boxspring - not advisable☺


Don’t forget to consider material details. Anywhere you shop, if you choose more expensive fabric and materials it will impact pricing. It’s similar to building a patio. Nicer stones will hit your wallet harder than run-of-the-mill rock. In today’s sleep world, material options are growing. Better materials may produce enhanced sleep but might increase the price tag.

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Make Ordering a Custom Mattress Light On Yourself

Many folks make the mistake of trying to order a nonstandard mattress without having important details ready. You don’t want to have to call us back; your time is valuable. So the key is to be prepared with measurements needed to get your order started.


If the detailed measurements weren’t a big deal, you could just grab a mattress off the dusty shelf at Costo. But since you have a unique situation, or just want something custom, it is crucial to give us the details we need to begin your custom mattress. A good night’s sleep is on the line - the production line!


Note these measurements:


  • Length

  • Width

  • Height


Please take your time. “Measure twice and cut once” is the old saying. You won’t be doing the cutting or sewing, so - better measure 3x to be safe. Also, be sure to note any special corner needs related to the bed space you’re using.


For instance, you may require a “cut corner” or “radius corner.” We’ll need to know:


  • Which corner or corners

  • Dimensions for the custom corners


This detail is as vital as the bedding LxWxH measurements. The good news is you can learn how to measure a radius corner in this 60-second video. Now let’s talk about how long a bed with special measurements will take to finish…


Typical Time to Produce Specialty Bedding

No matter if you’re sleeping in a loft, a bed frame from the 1800s, or the coolest VW van ever, you want your mattress as soon as possible. Here’s what to expect depending on your specifications.


And by the way, yes, a custom product always takes longer to receive. Standard boxspring sets can be cranked out faster than it takes for a weekend to vanish. Reason being, regular sizes are set up assembly-line style. The process is smooth and seamless.


Custom mattresses break that mold. That’s a good thing in that it means you’re living life outside the box. Cool with us. It simply slows our building process down as we make these custom sleep products by hand, one by one.


  • Making a custom-sized mattress takes 2-3 weeks. That’s our average delivery time for specialty travel mattresses, odd bedding styles, or antique bedroom sets.

  • Oversized mattresses sometimes take 3-5 weeks.


Tips to get your mattress as soon as possible:


  • Order before your old bedding is keeping you up at night

  • Triple check measurements prior to ordering

  • We ship Monday-Friday excluding holidays so please check the calendar

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Custom Sleep Options for Evolving Lifestyles

Our sleep will continue to adapt to our changing lifestyles. We are more connected, more open to new ideas, and our mobility is skyrocketing. No shock that since 2005, remote workers have increased by 140%. Thankfully we can take up our sleeping pads just like nomads of old and prepare for rest wherever life takes us.


For some of us that will mean moving into a tiny home on family land to spend time with our tribe. Others will take to the highways in RVs and vans to see the country instead of living vicariously through TV personalities who leave us unfulfilled. These tiny spaces can still hold big comfort with the adaptable mattress options available today.


Even if you’re happy living a “normal” life with a spouse, two kids, and a house - styles and traditional spaces are constantly changing. Bunk beds can turn into triple-deckers to save floor space. Space savings can also be achieved with quirky bedroom options like murphy beds.


Regardless of where life takes us, we will need a nice comfy place to lay our heads at night. Now you can move forward on a custom mattress with no fear of price hikes or long delays in receiving your new bedding.


Plus, you may now have new travel ideas if your family decides to ditch the cul-de-sac for a boathouse. Or the other way around.


Ready for a mattress made just for you? Order from today.

Customize your sleep experience

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