the furniture you need when you buy a home

Furniture can be a very big investment when buying a home. What furniture do you really need to live comfortably in your new home? Are there some things that you can live without for a while until you are settled in and get what you really need? Working as a real estate agent for the past twenty years, I have helped a lot of families get settled into their new places. This blog will show you what you probably want to have when you first move into a house and what you can live without for a few months as you get settled in.

Easy Ways To Extend The Life Of Your Pillow Top Mattress


After years of suffering on a lumpy, uncomfortable mattress, you've finally decided it's time to invest in a new pillow top model. Your pillow top mattress will provide you with years of comfort and support, but only if you learn how to care for it properly. It doesn't take a lot of effort to extend the life of your pillow top mattress, and there are several simple ways you can care for your investment. Here are a few simple things you can do to extend the life of your mattress – and a few tips to help you know when to replace the other mattresses in your home:

Haul Your Mattress into Your Home with Care

The first step to ensuring your pillow top mattress remains comfortable for many years is getting it into your master bedroom correctly. First off, it is important that you keep the mattress flat as much as possible during the move. If you have to keep the mattress on its side, move it as quickly as possible. Otherwise, your mattress could sag to one side, which can lead to several nights of uncomfortable sleep.

Avoid carrying your new pillow top mattress by the piping, which is the seam along the edge. The seam could easily rip, which could cause some potentially costly damage. If you purchased an innerspring mattress, avoid bending it while you carry it into the house. The bend could cause some serious damage to the springs, which could ruin the mattress all together.

Invest in a Quality Mattress Cover

Now that your mattress is in the bedroom, your first instinct might be to lie down for a well-deserved nap. However, before you enjoy resting on your new pillow top, it is important to invest in a quality mattress cover. There are several varieties of mattress covers available, and what you purchase is dependent upon your needs.

For example, if you have kids, consider a plastic cover. The plastic will help prevent any stains or odors that inevitably follow your kid's spills and accidents. A breathable cotton mattress cover is another great option because it will help your mattress remain dry and free of mold.

Whatever you choose, make sure your mattress cover is machine washable.

Simple Mattress Dos and Don'ts

As the years go by, your mattress will suffer a lot of abuse. Luckily, there are several day-to-day changes you can make that can help your mattress remain comfortable and free of stains and strange smells for years to come. Here are a few:

  • Don't let your kids jump on the mattress. The mattress makes a great makeshift trampoline, but all that fun can lead to some serious wear.
  • Don't eat on your bed. Food and beverages leave behind nasty stains, and the odors can attract insects.
  • Do vacuum your mattress regularly. Whenever you launder your linens, take a few minutes and vacuum off the top of your mattress. This will help cut down on the dust and other irritants that collect on your mattress.

Signs It Is Time for a New Mattress

According to Apartment Therapy, the average mattress will last anywhere from eight to 15 years. The life of your mattress is dependent upon several factors – including its quality and how much you use it. If you're in the market for new mattresses throughout your home, but aren't sure which ones you should keep and which you should toss, here are a few signs it is time to get rid of a mattress:

  • You wake up not feeling refreshed or you have aches and pains
  • You leave a clear impression behind on the mattress when you get out of bed
  • The bed noticeably and loudly creaks and squeaks when you get out – which is the sign of weak or broken springs
  • There are lumps or sagging areas all over the mattress

Your new pillow top mattress will provide you with years of restful sleep – but only if you care for it correctly. Luckily, there are several simple things you can do to extend the life of your new pillow top mattress. 

For more information and options, visit a local furniture store, such as Visions In Contemporary Living, and talk with mattress professionals there. 


13 September 2016