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If you follow me on Instagram, you’d know that we’ve been wanting to upgrade to a King sized bed for some time now. My husband is a tall man. I’m fairly tall myself. The Queen bed situation has never really cut it for us – cue the cover wars, jockeying for space and serious allegations of bed hogging.
We would both swear before a jury of our peers that our spouse is the one who takes up all the space in the bed. But as I have a blog and my husband doesn’t, just between you and me… it’s him. ??
I’ve always loved four-poster beds. We had one in our last house, but we sold it when we moved. My love for that bed was right up there with Nutella crepes, espresso martinis, and the golden hour of possibility between the children falling asleep at night and the adults being too tired to see straight. (Some nights, let’s be honest, that period of time is more like twenty minutes.)
The only reason we sold that bed is because it was Queen-sized, and we knew even back then that we wanted to upgrade to a King. We didn’t need to move it with us because our new beach house already came furnished with a bed, and we figured that one would do until it was time to upgrade.
Fast-forward four years (!) and we finally have the King-sized four poster bed I’ve always dreamed of! Our marriage is saved!
Ahead stretch days of peace and harmony and eating romantic breakfasts in bed while smiling sweetly and patiently at each other because we did not ruin each others’ sleep the night before by elbowing each other unintentionally in the forehead or kneeing one other in the lumbar area.
Better days. Now all we needed was a mattress.
As someone who struggles with insomnia (MY CHILDREN HAVE RUINED ME FOREVER FOR A DECENT NIGHT’S SLEEP), I wanted to do my research right and get one that would offer the perfect mix of comfort and support. If I’m going to lie awake tossing and turning for hours on end, I at least want to be comfy whilst doing so. Ha.
You know me by now… I overthink everything. ?♀️So I researched and read and researched some more.
I’d seen a lot of buzz about foam mattresses and was curious to try this whole “bed in a box” situation for myself. If you’re not familiar with the concept, mattresses made of foam can be rolled and compressed to fit into a box that gets shipped right to your door. I was tempted by this concept for a few reasons:
- It’s comfortable. I adore memory foam. There’s nothing else quite so cushiony and heavenly as the stuff. That is, unless they could invent a mattress made from whipped cream and the feathers of baby angels. I’ve also heard wonderful things about the supportive qualities of higher density foam such as latex, which allow a body to contour to the bed while also providing firm support for the spine.
- It’s cheap. Store mattresses are overpriced. The bed-in-a-box model allows companies to deliver from the warehouse direct to the consumer, which allows for much more competitive pricing.
- It’s convenient. With four kids and two jobs, when am I going to have time to go into a store and try out a bed? I can just imagine the kids running riot on the showroom floor the second I lie down. Sounds sooooo relaxing. (Insert sarcasm font here.) If I can order something online and have it delivered to my door, I’m in.
- It gives you time to decide. Even without kids with you in a store, you’re not likely to lie on a showroom bed any longer than 5 or 10 minutes at the absolute most. So how are you supposed to know what it’s really like to sleep on? The bed-in-a-box model allows you to actually sleep on the mattress in your own home before you decide whether or not to keep it.
Okay, I was totally sold on the whole model, and wanted to try it out for myself. So I started researching different brands who offer a bed-in-a-box.
One thing that stood out to me from reading dozens and dozens of reviews on different companies is that bed buyers are kinda like Goldilocks. For some, a bed is too hard. For others, the exact same bed is too soft. For still others, it’s just right.
Of course, being the overthinker that I am, this was all very confusing. With so many conflicting opinions, how would I make the right choice??! It’s very important to us perfectionists to make the right choice. Otherwise all of our overthinking and anxiety is for nothing! And then we will get anxiety about having anxiety over nothing!
Luckily, before I needed to start hyperventilating into a paper bag, I found Ecosa. The company caught my eye straight away, because it’s the only bed-in-a-box brand I’ve found that allows the user to actually adjust the firmness/ softness levels of the mattress for themselves, at home. (I’ll show you how in a sec – it’s magic!) They also offer a 100-night trial. If you don’t love it, they pick it up for free and give you a full refund.
That took all the stress off, even for my indecisive worried self. Decision made.
Wanna see me unboxing the mattress? I still can’t believe an entire King-sized mattress fitted into THIS box! It’s crazy! Watch below! ⬇️
How cool is that?! It’s my new party trick. At least it would be, in an alternate universe where I get a new mattress in a box delivered to every party I attend.
(That actually sounds rather appealing. Then I could go to sleep at a reasonable hour at social events. Such as 9pm. Conversation lagging? Eye mask, please! Buonasera!)
Okay, back to adjusting the softness and firmness of the mattress.
This mattress is like a Babushka doll. Open one layer and there’s another surprise waiting for you inside.
First, there’s a removable, washable cover. So smart!
Underneath that is a waterproof layer. HALLELUJAH. The person who invented this mattress must have children. Bless their cotton socks. (Tip for new parents – kids are super generous! They’ll not only wet their own bed, they’ll wet yours too! Yay! And then you will never ever get the smell of pee out of your bedroom for all eternity until you burn everything down and buy a new Ecosa mattress. The end.)
Even if you don’t have kids, the waterproof layer is a great hygienic safeguard to prevent your mattress from absorbing sweat (or “body moisture” is it’s more delicately expressed on the Ecosa website). The microfilaments in this layer also block dust mites, making this mattress ideal for allergy sufferers.
Beneath the waterproof layer is where the real magic happens. (I know what you’re thinking. Stop it. I’m on my best behaviour.)
See those three interchangeable comfort layers?
The blue layer on top is gel-infused memory foam. Memory foam has earned a bit of a reputation for sleeping hot. However, this infusion of gel does magical things and keeps it cool.
That is clearly a highly scientific explanation.
Basically, I have no idea how it works, but it really does work. We live in a very hot, humid climate on the coast of Central Queensland, and even on the hottest summer night I’ve never felt like the mattress is trapping any body heat whatsoever. It sleeps beautifully cool.
Beneath the Gel-infused memory foam is a a white layer of Eco-Tex Memory foam, with open cells that make it bouncy and supportive like latex, only better. Tradional latex tends to perish and yellow over time, and it’s a fairly common allergy trigger as well. Eco-Tex is a new re-engineered version that offers the same benefits without those negatives.
And lastly, the bottom thick, yellow layer is ergonomic support foam to give ultimate support and eliminate partner disturbance. In other words, you can toss and turn and hubby/ wifey won’t feel a thing.
It also acts as a giant shock absorber for when the kids catapult into bed beside you. They could be dancing the Macarena on the mattress at 4am and you wouldn’t even know it. (If only they weren’t so loud.)
The really unique thing here is that you can actually swap the layers around! We have our mattress on the softest setting, with the gel memory foam on top. For a medium-firm sleep, we could put the white Eco-Tex layer on top; or for a very firm mattress, we could choose to put the high density foam on top.
Then just zip it back up and voila! Your mattress is personalised to your very own comfort preferences.
Now I just have to train Siri to make my morning coffee before I get up, and I’ll be set.
So do I have any critique to offer after spending the last couple of weeks trying out the Ecosa mattress?
Firstly, I will say that it’s firmer than I expected – even on the softest “setting”. You definitely don’t feel like you’re sinking into a cloud, but you do feel very supported and comfortable. You can also add an optional memory foam topper (also sold by Ecosa) if you prefer an ultra-plush sleep. I’m actually considering this. Being a side-sleeper, I do like a bit of extra softness to absorb the pressure on my shoulders. (Statements like this make me realise I’m getting old.)
The other thing that’s taken a little getting used to has been the transition from an innerspring mattress with stiff sides, to a foam mattress where the edges are soft. Because of my husband’s former territory-invading tendencies (ha! I’m going to find out pretty quickly if he’s actually reading this post – he will object ?), I often used to sleep curled up on the very edge of the mattress. That’s not really an option any more. If you get too close to the edge of a foam mattress, the foam compresses, and you feel like you’re about to roll right off.
Fortunately that’s not an issue for us anymore now that we have a King-sized area to spread out on. I no longer need to sleep on the edge of a precipice. If you’re considering a smaller sized mattress, though, it may be something to keep in mind.
Having said that, we’ve been married for 18 years, and this is without a doubt the most comfortable mattress we’ve slept on in all that time. We’ve never paid huge dollars for a mattress, so I honestly wouldn’t know how it compares to a $3,000 store-bought mattress, but I would find it hard to imagine a better night’s sleep than the one we’ve been getting since our new mattress came into our lives.
And we’re not the only ones who think so – Ecosa has over 10,000 reviews on their site, with an average 5 star rating. It really is a great product, at a great price-point; that is good for your back, adaptable to your needs, and most importantly will give you the most contented night’s sleep you’ve had in ages.
Many thanks again to Ecosa for supplying this mattress. We absolutely love it, and I hope you’ll check out this inspiring company!
Stay tuned because in my next post, I’ll be sharing our finished room refresh! I can’t wait to show you what else has changed in here!