The Princess and The Pea: Sleep Number v. Tempurpedic

August 12, 2014


Our master bedroom got yet another makeover this year. This time in the bed department!

Yep, a king sizer!


Two things prompted us to make the change (which we did in January – Merry Christmas to us!):

1. Our queen mattress was 8 years old, sagging in the middle and was pretty cheap to begin with.

2. I am still obsessed with sleep. Pregnancy + a newbornhood leave a lasting impression!


I wanted to tell you a little about our mattress hunting experience. It was a complicated one! I decided to share all of this for anyone debating between Sleep Number and Tempur-pedic. I wish I could have read a post by someone who had owned both!

When we started to look into new mattresses, I realized how close in price a queen and king size were. I always sleep significantly better in a hotel room king size bed (I’m a sprawler!) so I knew someday we wanted to get one. The objective wasn’t so much the cost of the mattress, but having to get a new bed and bedding too. It felt kind of silly to get a new queen when the king was just a little bit more and was something we eventually wanted, so since it was time for a new mattress now, we went ahead and made the leap. It wasn’t cheap, but it was sooooooo worth it.

We started out looking for a memory foam mattress. I have several friends with Tempur-pedics, and they LOVE them. My friend Alice says that every night when her husband gets into bed he says “Best. Mattress. Ever.” I wanted to love our mattress as much as they do!

I went to test out a Tempur-pedic and liked it a lot. But I didn’t know if I was going to loooove it. It was different than any other mattress I had ever tried, so I was nervous. I had Matt go with me a second time and we both agreed that we liked it but we just weren’t sure. We needed to sleep around – ha!

One rainy day we ended up at the mall so Mazen could run around indoors. Our mall has a Sleep Number store, so we popped in there and tried out some of their beds. “Sleeping on air” sounded so dreamy, right? Turns out Matt was bakery-friends with the sales woman and she was very sweet to us. We felt the mattresses were very plush and comfortable in the store, and having a sagging mattress at home, the thought of pumping air inside to keep it straight across was very appealing.

We consulted with a few friends and went back a few days later to buy it. Despite the fact that I really wanted the memory foam version, we ended up getting a traditional mattress top. They were having a big sale that meant we could get a really expensive mattress 40% off. I guess you could say we were sucked into good marketing. The only catch was they didn’t have the exact mattress in the store. The sales woman told us it was the same as the I10 – the one we did get to lay on – but just with different designs on top, so we felt comfortable enough buying it. Plus there was a 90-day return policy, so we felt we had nothing to lose.

A few weeks later, Sleep Number arrived to put together our glorified air mattress. I was SO EXCITED!

We were assured that it takes a while to find your perfect number. I seemed to be happy somewhere between a 35 and 40 and went to bed that night ready to wake up feeling the best I had in years.

At 3am I woke up and knew we’d made a terrible mistake. I almost started to cry. As a stomach sleeper, I was nestled in a hammock of deflated air and my back hurt from a mattress for the first time in my life. Although the thought of sleeping on air sounds soft, I felt like I was sleeping on a tire. What felt comfortable at 3pm did not feel comfortable at 3am.

I have nothing but good things to say about Sleep Number’s customer service. In fact, they were incredible!! I called the next morning and described what I was feeling and ended up calling them several more times that week. They offered to do everything in their power to help me out, including sending $500 worth of memory foam toppers for free. I agreed to give it more time, but my gut just knew this was not my dream mattress. It was OK, but it wasn’t what I had hoped. I guess you really do have to sleep on a mattress to make a real decision. Thank goodness for the 90-day trials! I would never buy a mattress without one.

Aside from the trouble I had getting comfortable, I also disliked that you had to touch a remote when you got in and out of bed everyday. I also HATED the hump in the middle of the bed that the two chambers created where they met. It was very un-romantic! The mattress was OK but it was definitely not the bed of my dreams and so ultimately we sent it back. Other than being out some delivery fees, we got a full refund.

That same week, I went back to the Tempur-pedic store and was 100% sure we should have just gone with Tempur-pedic to begin with when I climbed back on the sample bed. We bought a Tempur-pedic Cloud Supreme, and the next day it was delivered. It is sooooooooooo comfortable on my stomach, side and back. There isn’t anything electronic to mess with. We absolutely love it!

And guess what I say when I get in bed every night: “Best. Mattress. Ever.” (It’s true – ask Matt!)


We decided to get the same bed as my sister did – the Pottery Barn Raleigh bed. We saw hers at Christmas and loved it, and after all we share the same genes, so it makes sense that we’d love the same bed : ) Plus we’re both from near Raleigh, NC!

I love the gorgeous nail head detail.



And love that it doesn’t require a bed skirt! It’s upholstered all the way around.


Other purchases we made for bedding:

West Elm Organic Cotton Pintuck Duvet Cover + Shams – White (You can get 10% off if you sign up for email – that helped!)


Pottery Barn’s Pick Stitch Quilt (for summer)


Pottery Barn Bradley Stripe Sham (in the middle – it has a beachy look that I love!)


Pottery Barn Tonal Linen Flange Pillow Cover (in the front)


Lands End 400-count Percale Lands’ End Five Star Hotel Embroidered Diamond Sheet Set (We had these on our queen bed too – percale is the way to go! I got them on sale for just $60)


It was really sad to say goodbye to our four poster bed, but it’s now in the attic to come back down when we have a house big enough for it in a secondary bedroom someday! And we still use most of our queen bedding in the guest room.

The many stages of our room:




And about that pea…


I whipped up this pea dish for lunch last week:

  • 1 cup frozen peas, microwaved with a tablespoon of water until they were steaming
  • 1 ounces goat cheese
  • 1/4 tsp herbs de Provence
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon shredded parmesan

Mix everything together until the cheese melts and enjoy! Kind of like macaroni and “peas” : )


Sleep tight!

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1 Bethany August 12, 2014 at 6:57 am

We have had a tempur-pedic for 6 years now, and I can say that it’s just as comfortable and durable as the day we purchased it! My husband has a bad back (skiing accident as a teenager), and that mattress has been a life saver for him. He’s gotten so spoiled by the mattress that, in some respects, he dreads traveling because it means he will have to sleep on another mattress. Ha!


2 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 6:59 am

Great to hear! I’m the same way about traveling now. First thing I do is test the mattress!


3 Lauren August 12, 2014 at 7:08 am

Thank goodness for 90 day return policies. The new setup looks great- like right out of the PB catalog!


4 Tonya August 12, 2014 at 7:41 am

I am Team Tempurpedic as well! Love your upholstered headboard and frame.


5 Jackie August 12, 2014 at 7:42 am

Id love a tempurpedic mattress. One day!!!


6 Beks August 12, 2014 at 7:48 am

Sounds like you got better Sleep Number Customer Service than my parents did, despite opting not to keep your mattress. They got theirs about eight years ago, and didn’t actually receive it until almost 90 days later, in which they were told (once they started having problems with it a month later) that the 90 days started the day you purchased it, not the day you received it. They still have it, and they seem to sleep okay now (although, getting his and hers CPAP machines probably help there), those first several months of me receiving calls from my dad complaining about them were rough.


7 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh August 12, 2014 at 8:01 am

I’m glad you used your return policy. There is nothing worse than a bad night’s sleep though they (whomever that is) say to give it a week as you adjust to your new bed. We made the same mistake and ended up getting the wrong mattress delivered because the store we went to had switched the signs! So the mattress we laid on is not what was delivered. It was a horror story of 3 weeks to get it rectified. We went with the Sealy Hybrid Majesty and love it. I was worried about foam because of possible heat retention and that ‘hard as a rock’ syndrome in the winter but so far, so good!

Sweet dreams! (Love all the bedding accessories you picked as well!)


8 Ali August 12, 2014 at 8:03 am

I love the re-design! I’m terrible at home decor, so I’m thankful for Pinterest -ha


9 Meagan August 12, 2014 at 8:06 am

Any tips on comfortable sleeping while pregnant? (Kath or others?)
I am 5 months pregnant (first baby). I used to be a stomach sleeper, so that’s out for now. I bought one of those “snoogle” body pillows to help me sleep on my side. That worked for a while, but now that I weigh more my hip bones are constantly in pain at night, bearing the weight of whichever side I’m on. I turn over about every hour for relief of one side or the other, but once I’ve done that a few times both hips are continuously hurting. Any other mommies deal with this and find a way to take some of the weight off your hips while side-sleeping?


10 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 1:43 pm

My best advice: have that baby!

I kid, but really, I was sooooooo uncomfortable the whole time because I’m a stomach sleeper too. I think a good mattress topper that has lots of room to give might help. I also had terrible hip pain. I’m curious to see how our new mattress does with my next pregnancy. The Snoogle helped me a lot, but it didn’t fix everything


11 Erica August 12, 2014 at 8:11 am

I’m SO happy you went with the temperpedic. You will love it more and more each day. My husband and I were in the same boat several years ago. I was sold on the Sleep Number until I investigated the warranty. They only warranty the air chambers (at the time) for one year! Can you believe that? So if it stops working, you are at a loss a year down the road! Also, the chambers are known to grow mold. I have severe asthma and allergies and couldn’t imagine sleeping with that under me! When compared to the temperpedic warranty, there was no question in our minds.


12 Kerry August 12, 2014 at 8:12 am

We just recently got a Tempurpedic. Did yours have that new off gassing smell?
Ours did and I wonder how long until it goes away.
It is real comfortable.


13 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Not for long. I can’t remember that much so it wasn’t awful


14 Jennifer August 12, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Hang in there Kerry. Ours smelled horribly for about a month (we had to sleep in the guest room!) and I almost returned the mattress, but the offgassing smell went away eventually.


15 lois August 12, 2014 at 4:33 pm

We had the store unwrap the mattress and let it air out in their warehouse. It still smelled a bit. The salesperson told us to take off our shoes and walk around on the mattress for for few minutes to help release it. It did help a bit.


16 Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out August 12, 2014 at 8:13 am

I love your Duvet Cover. So gorgeous!


17 Simple Green Moms August 12, 2014 at 8:24 am

We have a tempurpedic and love it. LOVE LOVE LOVE. The only bad thing is it makes me wanna stay cuddled up in bed all day long 😉


18 Hope August 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

I have a sleep number and it definitely took time to get used to it. We love it now, though!

Just curious- why did you have to touch the remote when you got in and out of bed? I only use the remote about once a month to recalibrate the bed.


19 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm

Sleep Number told me the mattress should be pumped back up to 100 every morning to keep the mattress top happy. I was scared of it starting to sag, so I always did it.


20 ali August 12, 2014 at 9:01 am

I went through a similar mattress saga last fall. I got a memory foam mattress and HATED it. I have fibromyalgia and a bad back and there just wasn’t enough support despite getting the firmest mattress that was comfortable. I luckily had a 90 day return period and switched it out for free with a mattress/spring hybrid that was super pricey but AMAZING. I never thought I would spend that much on a mattress (my last set was $200 on clearance for a queen), but I’m glad I did and it thankfully comes with a 30 year warranty. Not sleeping or not sleeping well makes me miserable and, well, my back and sciatic nerve thanks me every morning when it doesn’t take me 20 minutes to get out of bed and it doesn’t hurt for hours after getting up.


21 ali August 12, 2014 at 9:01 am

Oops – memory foam/spring hybrid. :)


22 Lynn October 16, 2015 at 7:53 am

Can I ask what kind of bed it is?


23 KC August 12, 2014 at 9:14 am

We bought a Tempur-pedic last summer. It was a hard decision to make…a lot of $$$ for a mattress. It was the BEST purchase we’ve ever made. After a year, we still get in bed at night and say, “ahhhhhh, best mattress EVER”!!!!! TEAM TEMPER-PEDIC ALL THE WAY!


24 Kavi August 12, 2014 at 9:34 am

Buying a mattress is such a commitment! I spent ages looking, and with my budget and condo size, I went with the Beautyrest Recharge/ Queen Size. It’s perfect for now, but I definitely plan to upgrade one day. I will keep your post in mind! I absolutely love your decor and color scheme – looks very relaxing and serene.


25 Jenn August 12, 2014 at 9:34 am

We have the cloud supreme as well and love it now but had a huge problem with the off gassing / smell when it was new. Couldn’t sleep on it for weeks!


26 Sarah C August 12, 2014 at 9:37 am

I 100% agree with everything you said about the Sleep Number mattress! My parents have one and love it, and have a second one in their guest bedroom, which we have slept on during several different visits. They raved about theirs so I assumed I would like it, but I am a stomach sleeper and I just hate it. It feels like a glorified air mattress to me, and not in a good way. I’m so glad it works for many people, but it is just not for me.


27 jillian August 12, 2014 at 9:49 am

This post is so timely — and familiar! we are shopping for a new mattress now, AND i have the same pottery barn bed and west elm duvet! too funny! I already have a sleep number that i love (now in guest room), but i’m thinking of springing for a tempurpedic for our bed. Which style did you buy? I’m in the data collection stage :)


28 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

We got the Tempur-pedic Cloud Supreme, which is middle of the road quality wise and their most popular style. My friend had it already and loved it.


29 Christine August 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

We just bought a tempur pedic in July! We also up graded from a Queen to a King and have been very happy so far! I am 28 weeks pregnant and I love how the mattress supports all of me, including my growing bump. And I love the extra room we have! It was our wedding anniversary gift to each other :-)

p.s. I love the comforter you selected…I love white linens and blankets on beds. I may need to find a way to justify purchasing a second comforter!


30 Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run August 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

I really like your new bed, especially the pretty white duvet!


31 Hannah @ eat, drink, and save money August 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

Tempur-pedic is one of our big wants. Thanks for sharing this experience! Thank goodness for the 90-day trial and nice sales people. That goes a long way!


32 Jolene ( August 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

I love your blog, and your recipes are great!! I do have one constructive suggestion, however. Your pictures are so large, that I can’t look at an entire one in a glance (diagonal shots). I have to scroll down to see the rest of the picture, but then part of the top of it is out of the screen (therefore, I can never see the pictures in their entirety). I have a regular size lap top at home, and another at work, and have the same problem on both. Since your photography is so good, it would be great to be able to see the entire photo on the page.


33 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Thanks, I’ll see about making them a little smaller in the future. The big ones look better on my computer but I know laptops are much smaller!


34 beth August 12, 2014 at 10:27 am

The new bed is beautiful! I bought a new mattress recently. The store has a “sleep lab” where they make you lie on a bed with sensors to figure out where your pressure points are and can then narrow down choices for you. I always feel so much better after sleeping on a super firm mattress at a hotel, so that is what I settled on. I did try out the tempurpedic but something about it just felt weird!


35 Candice August 12, 2014 at 10:31 am

We are due for a new mattress in the near future and was debating between these options. Thanks for the tips!


36 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) August 12, 2014 at 10:56 am

The bedroom looks great! And I love that headboard! I had a similar experience buying a mattress a few months ago–we bought a feather top, and I thought I was going to LOVE it, but ended up feeling so uncomfortable a few hours into the night. We ended up going back and getting a significantly firmer mattress, and now I could never go back 😉 Funny how what we think we want when it comes to mattresses is almost never true! Haha!


37 Katie August 12, 2014 at 11:41 am

I love your reviews because they’re always thorough, helpful and honest. That is one good looking bed :)


38 Robin August 12, 2014 at 11:46 am

Ugh.. I feel your pain (literally)! My husband had heard lots of people love their sleep number beds, but like you, I don’t like the idea of an electronic bed. It just reminds me too much of hospital beds. We finally found a mattress we both liked, only to discover after it had been delivered that it was 4″ shorter than advertised (and shorter than the new box springs). It took close to 90 days to get one remotely close to the right size. My back is grateful, but I’m already dreading the thought of finding a new one someday, as I know mattresses don’t last forever… and they always seem to change models!


39 Julie O. August 12, 2014 at 11:53 am

DITTO!! We went through this a year ago. We have friends who SWEAR by the sleep number. When we traveled last year we decided to stay at a hotel with the sleep number beds ( we typically stay at Marriot only). We had a similar experience…dealing with getting the mattress to the place I wanted it to be, and waking to find it was no longer comfortable. The divider in the middle really kept us each on our own side…very un-romantic, as you put it!! We received our tempurpedic with the cooling gel almost a year ago. We LOVE it and would never go back. We do travel, and miss our king terpurpedic..
A side note, our dog used to sleep next to our bed, once we had the king size tepurpedic she realized she could jump up on the bottom corner of the mattress without us knowing!! And yes my kids did put the glass of water on it and jump to see if it would spill!! 😉


40 Haley Bohon August 12, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I had a mattress horror story too! I bought one last year that felt great in the store and – same story – I woke up in the middle of the night KNOWING that it was 100% the wrong choice. I’m with you…thank goodness for return policies!!


41 Chrissy August 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Love this post! We finally upgraded from a Queen to a King a few months ago as well. I considered the Sleep Number (though we never tested one) but decided against it because I didn’t like the idea of things that could break (ie. electronics) in my bed and had also heard about that hump. We went with the Tempurpedic too and got the breeze version (we live in Arizona!!) I freaking LOVE it. I travel for work a lot and hate leaving because I want to sleep in my own bed. I also comment EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT that “I LOVE this bed!” to my husband. :)


42 Andrea August 12, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Oh my, I absolutely love your master bedroom….so peaceful….definitely using it as design inspiration for my future master!!


43 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl August 12, 2014 at 12:51 pm

I am seriously obsessed with frozen peas, so anything to do with them makes me exctied! 😉


44 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

Me too!


45 Dana P August 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm

We’ve had a memory foam bed for a few months now and it is a dream! I’ve had my eye on the Raleigh bed for some time, but worried about if it would become discolored or show dirt/dust or anything. How do you guys like it?


46 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

So far so good! I think because it’s in a room and location that doesn’t see much dirt that helps. Dust hasn’t shown at all.


47 Emily August 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Ah – we have had ours for about 10 years and are due for an upgrade. Our friends also highly recommend Tempurpedic – friends who have had chronic injuries in one aspect or another and say they started sleeping without pain. Good to know you like it, too. We’ll go for a KING too next time around. I can’t wait!


48 Sarah August 12, 2014 at 1:12 pm

I’ve used some memory foam mattress toppers in the past and always found them so HOT. Does the actual mattress breathe well? I’m afraid between me, my hot-sleeping husband and our dog, we’d just end up stewing in body heat.


49 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm

It’s definitely a little bit hotter than our old mattress, but I wouldn’t call it hot. Neither of us wakes up sweating that often


50 Sarah August 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

Thanks! That’s good to know because those memory foam mattresses are soooo comfy when you test them out in the store. It’s hard to guess how it would work through all the seasons.


51 ali August 12, 2014 at 1:45 pm

I’m a hot sleeper and woke up sweating every night with a memory foam (I even got the one that is supposed to be cooling). It was awful. I now have a spring/foam hybrid and it is MUCH better.


52 carol keefe August 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Kath, I love the color of the walls in your master bedroom…can you please tell me the shade and maker. The room looks great!! Thanks!


53 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm

It’s Valspar Seashell Gray


54 Jenn August 12, 2014 at 1:23 pm

We will be on the serach for a new mattress soon, so this post could not have come at a better time. Thank you for your honest reviews of each. A Temperurpedic really wasn’t on our radar, but I will give it a look now. I love your new bed, my husband and I DIYed a very similar one. You mentioned storing your other frame away for another time, are you planning to start looking for a new house? Your house really seems so perfect, what would you change?


55 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 1:35 pm

No we’re not planning to move soon. I love sooooo many things about our house, but the big problem is that we only have 3 bedrooms and one is in the basement. It’s not ideal the moment we become a family of 4. While that’s not in the cards in the near future, it’s something I think about a lot. We can definitely move Mazen to the basement bedroom, but we’ll lose our guest room (which is important to us since we have guests a lot) and I’d rather have all kids on the same floor as us. I have friends who have tried putting their babies and older sibs in the same room and at least until both kids are old enough, that has not worked out well for my friends, so that would be a last resort as well. So while we definitely CAN stay in our house and plan to for a few more years, a 4 bedroom house is next on our wish list.


56 Jenn August 12, 2014 at 2:33 pm

I just don’t think I would be able to leave that gorgeous kitchen and amazing back porch behind!! Maybe an addition would do the trick! :-)


57 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 2:59 pm

I know! We love so much about it. An addition is a maaaaybe but I think it would cost too much to really make it a house we’d stay in forever. Plus it would have to absorb the porch!


58 Kim August 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Kath, this is one of my favorite “lifestyle” posts! I really enjoyed reading it and your constructive feedback :) Please dont take this the wrong way, but I also enjoyed that this post wasn’t sponsored! I have a tempurpedic and LOVE it! Im sooooo glad you went with it! Enjoy every moment of good sleep!


59 jillian August 12, 2014 at 1:35 pm

i’m having trouble posting today, not sure why… but i’m really curious as to which style tempurpedic you bought? i’m in the market for a new mattress!


60 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

The Cloud Supreme!


61 [email protected] August 12, 2014 at 1:41 pm

We have a standard mattress with a pillow top thingy. After about a year or so we noticed it getting a hump in the middle from where we don’t sleep. It is very unromantic! Ugh. And we’ve had it for so long we couldn’t return it when we noticed it. But we’ve only had it for 3 years and spent about$1,200 so I can’t bring myself to get a new bed until we’ve slept on it for a bit more at least! My husband tried sleeping on the hump to even it out but he gave up after a week or so as it wasn’t very comfortable to him. It is a king size and I do love all the space!


62 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 2:06 pm

ugh that is so annoying! I love that he tried to smush it back down. When I had a fever last week I soaked my side and had to sleep in the middle for a while – no hump! : )


63 Lisa August 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

We bought a same bed as you. I loved it for the first 8 months or so. As the weather started to change this summer, it seems that the bed is getting softer. As a stomach sleeper, I am having a lot of back problems again. I have read up on it and it says to “firm up” the bed a little you should keep your house at 65 degrees. We usually set our ac to 74-76 degrees to keep our electric bill under control. We have tried a few other things as well. Sadly, I sleep on the couch some nights just to wake up pain free.

I am not happy with my purchase. It has been to long to return the bed, too. As soon as the bed is paid off (we had 3 years of free financing), we will be getting a new bed. However throwing away $3,000+ is going to hurt.


64 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

Oh no that sucks. We keep our air on 76 to 78 and haven’t had any trouble. I’m so sorry you have. Ours is definitely softer than it was/is in winter now though. But I wouldn’t call it soft at all.


65 amd August 15, 2014 at 7:54 am

Hi Kath, I don’t mean to sound nitpicky but I am getting a little confused reading some of these comments. In one above, you said this mattress is definitely hotter, but not hot. And then this one you say it is definitely softer, but not soft at all. Maybe it’s just me but I am having a hard time understanding what you’re trying to say! I know this isn’t a sponsored post so you’re not trying to market this mattress for any monetary gain or anything, but a lot of us are interested in your review and I’m just confused I guess! Thanks!


66 KathEats August 15, 2014 at 8:58 am

I’m saying that in both cases it leans hot and soft but neither to the extent of it being a bad experience


67 Cate August 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Looks so nice and comfortable! Just curious, what comforter do you use as the insert for the duvet?


68 KathEats August 12, 2014 at 3:58 pm

It’s from the Company Store. I had a coupon and found it during their winter sale : )


69 Jaclyn Parsons August 12, 2014 at 4:41 pm

Congratulations on the new addition to your home! :)
I tease my bf that we will register for a Tempurpedic for our wedding. He thinks I’m kidding!


70 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs August 12, 2014 at 5:07 pm

We bought a pillow top mattress and loved it for the first 8 or so months, but now we’ve got sunken-in divets where we sleep :(
Someday we’ll replace it, but it’s hard to think about purchasing another one so soon (it’s only 2 years old) — seems like such a waste! Even so, sleeping well is SO important!


71 darlene August 12, 2014 at 5:19 pm

I have owned a tem=per=pedic for 10 years best purchase I ever made no more back pain.Everynight we get in the bed we say best bed ever! I hate going away and not having my bed with me


72 Carrie August 12, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Important to also consider natural latex mattress – benefit that it has no toxic flame retardants like other polyurethane foam mattresses.


73 Emily @ Life on Food August 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm

My husband wants a tempur-pedic so bad. We don’t need a mattress right now but it is interesting to hear your thoughts. I am a little freaked out by the whole foam idea.


74 Kelli August 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm

I am so happy you love your new bed! I have read your blog since before you were pregnant with Mazen and experiment with your recipes and use your reviews as guidance. I am now a member of Tempur’s corporate team, it’s a wonderful company to work for as well. Also I love my bed too!


75 Robin August 12, 2014 at 11:51 pm

Kath, Very interesting post (and lovely bedroom); your mattress shopping experience ended with a good outcome. We slept on a queen forever and we LOVED it. But, I was going to be having a serious surgery with a long recovery and needed a mattress that would not move when my husband got into bed, or sat on the side, or turned over. I kept recalling the Beautyrest ads (wine glass not tipping over…) and decided to try one. It was the most heavenly bed we ever had, and we loved it for many years. But later we decided that we had to have a king, as much as we did not want to be a couple who have moved on from a queen size; in other words, old married couple moving apart. UGH. But then we got a weimaraner dog, and believe me, the dog needs his own bed. So we decided to get a king so there would also be room for our hound. To save money, we ended up with a Laura Ashley mattress that was supposed to be just like the Beautyrest’s inner coil technology– but forget it. It is not the same. I completely understand your and your other readers’ frustrations about buying the wrong bed. We could not exchange or get our money back on that Laura Ashley bed because we did not pay the $100 non refundable, exchange fee. The bed industry is a complete drag. Buying a new bed is important and stressful, and one really has little recourse when one gets the wrong bed.Even when one remembers that it does take at least a month to adjust to even the perfect mattress. I still want to get a king size Beautyrest, but our darling weimaraner son will NEVER have enough room!


76 Lisa @bitesforbabies August 13, 2014 at 5:39 am

All I can say is I have a California king and I can’t even imagine going back to a queen or even just a king!! I can fit four people (me, my hubby and the kids) comfortably on that bed (even though the kids never sleep with us) but the fact that it is so spacious is a dream!!!


77 Stefanie August 14, 2014 at 11:34 pm

A California king is longer (head to foot) than a king, but it is not as wide (shoulder to shoulder). Most people believe a Cal king bed is bigger, but its not.


78 Lindsay @ lifting in lilly August 13, 2014 at 7:03 am

Very helpful post!! Your new bed looks so comfortable and I love the bed frame!!


79 Blythe August 13, 2014 at 8:04 am

That is the EXACT duvet my SIL had picked out for our bedroom redo! You’ve converted me on the mattress and also the bed frame- LOVE that is doesn’t need a bed skirt! We live close to the Texas coast, so we’ve slowly been adopting a ‘coastal’ color scheme, and so far I really enjoy the calm, cool colors.


80 Natalie August 13, 2014 at 10:31 am

Having had to say goodbye to a 1-year-old Tempurpedic after my cat peed on it and picturing your upholstered bed frame and a projectile-vomiting young child, the least I can do is suggest this:

It really doesn’t sound like you’re tossing and turning on a plastic-wrapped mattress and it’s saved me a lot of money!


81 KathEats August 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm

We have a waterproof pad already. Taking no chances!


82 Becca August 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

I love the textured quilt underneath the duvet. Do you remember where that is from?


83 KathEats August 13, 2014 at 12:33 pm

It’s the Pottery Barn pick stitch quilt


84 pamc August 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm

NEVER NEVER buy a sleep number. We had ours for 5 years..hated it after 6 mths. It finally went kaput this year and we got a memory foam it.


85 Kathy August 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm

Your bedroom is gorgeous! We have the Tempur-pedic as well and looove it…its funny how often my boyfriend says the same thing “best purchase we ever made” as he drifts off to snoresville! I think for the first few months we had it, we dragged every visitor upstairs and made them lay on it! It is so stressful buying a new mattress. They’re expensive and it can be hard to find good reviews/research online.


86 Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet August 13, 2014 at 9:13 pm

I always love your posts that go in-depth about why you choose to buy certain home items. So helpful!


87 Spice Chicken August 13, 2014 at 9:32 pm

Another happy owner of a Tempu-rpedic mattress. We also recently upgraded from queen to king. Love it!


88 Sara August 17, 2014 at 2:49 pm

Beautiful bedroom! Just curious – what are the dimensions of your room? We have a similar house as yours (cute, in-town location, but older…meaning it has smaller bedrooms). I was thinking a king size bed would be out of the question for us, but I really should just measure everything because I might be pleasantly surprised. Thanks – love your blog!


89 KathEats August 17, 2014 at 7:55 pm

I’ll have to get a tape measure to see. We didn’t think the king size would fit at first (or at least comfortably) but turns out it does with room to spare on either side. Email me if you really do want exact measurements!


90 Gillian August 19, 2014 at 12:33 pm

I absolutely love your rug at the end of the bed! I am currently looking for one for underneath our coffee table — where is it from?


91 KathEats August 19, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Ballard Designs!


92 Gillian August 19, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Amazing — thank you!


93 Melissa October 7, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Love your new bedroom. Why percale sheets? Why’s that the way to go? My mother always liked percale but I never have figured out why.


94 KathEats October 7, 2014 at 6:03 pm

They are so crisp!!


95 Josh Anderson October 8, 2014 at 2:33 am

We bought the king tempurpedic cloud two years ago. Now two years later it has lost it’s support on each side. Only the middle is still firm. This causes discomfort. Their warranty only covers visible sag. You cant see the sag but you feel it when you lay down. Because our tempurpedic no longer supports our bodies like it used to my wife and I are both uncomfortable at night and both wish we could sleep in the middle. I feel like I wasted 5 grand.


96 Sharon January 6, 2015 at 7:38 am

Kath, so glad I found this! I am making the decision about a new mattress and was weighing the same two choices! Love the bed from PB — what fabric and color is yours? I have all old mahogany furniture and I love the way your bed looks with the dark furniture and floors!

As a single (and probably always to be at 55) I’m just deciding between a full (which I am used to) and a queen!

Thanks Kath!



97 KathEats January 6, 2015 at 10:14 am

Ours is the quick ship Linen in Oatmeal!


98 Trudy May 17, 2015 at 12:29 am

Thank you for helping me decide…….I’m getting a temperpedic mattress


99 Saliya June 11, 2015 at 10:06 pm

Thank you so much for this post. My wife and I ate in the same situation these days debating between the two brands. The funny thing is we too felt sleep number is better than tempurpedic and almost made a commitment today. We thought having the option to adjust compared to a fixed setting is a plus point, but you made an important point that you shouldn’t have to worry adjusting your bed every night to sleep. I think we would go with tempurpedic too


100 karen June 24, 2015 at 9:08 pm

What are the paint colors you used? Greys or taupe?


101 darin July 12, 2015 at 1:58 am

Im team Tempurpedic and I love Pottery Barn. I have a friend who mentions getting the sleep number instead of the tempurpedic and i know its a huge mistake especially for him due to severe back injuries. Ive had three tempurpedics’ and they are all fab. One is over 15 yrs and still going perfect.


102 Cristina August 1, 2015 at 1:11 pm

Hi, I am coming around late since this post was from last year but I wanted to say thank you for your review and thank you to all that commented as well. I am currently going through the same dilemma. I need a new mattress bad. The one I have right now is causing me too many body aches. I am trying to decide between the sleep number and the tempurpedic. I had almost decided that I would go with the sleep number until this morning when I read these comments and some other reviews on the web. This is such a difficult decision. Amazing how stressful deciding on a mattress can be.


103 Stephanie August 10, 2015 at 10:20 pm

I really love what you chose here for the bed. I went on pottery barn. You go the entire bed set with a bronze nail finish correct? What was the actual material you chose… gives a ton of options like linen, twill, textured twill, etc. any help??


104 KathEats August 11, 2015 at 2:30 pm

It was the quick stop linen….in oatmeal I believe. I linked to it in the post!


105 GP August 22, 2015 at 7:18 pm

Wish I had the same sentiment and luck with a memory foam bed. Worse mattress I ever made the mistake of buying, as it leaves my back in knots. Never again. I should have bought a waterbed instead, that was the best kind of bed I ever had


106 Chelle September 14, 2015 at 4:52 am

Love the bed! I am thinking of purchasing it myself. I also have a Tempurpedic king mattress, with adjustable base. I noticed the Pottery Barn site saying the Raleigh bed set supports up to 500 lbs – do you have the Tempurpedic sitting on the PB bed set? Sorry for the weird question! Just worried that our Tempurpedic would crush the PB bed frame (heavy mattress and base!)


107 KathEats September 14, 2015 at 8:33 am

This never crossed my mind! Ours seems to be totally fine – but maybe double check that your base isn’t super heavy?


108 wende November 27, 2015 at 6:22 pm

Great review. I too am in process of returning a iLE sleep number after 48 days. They are sending me out a “comfort package” in 4 weeks!! I can get a whole bed on amazon in 2 days and sleep number takes 4 weeks! Unlike you, I haven’t found the customer service dept to be pleasant. They are friendly enough but I should not have to wait 45 minutes for someone live to answer. And for the money I paid, why didn’t the “comfort package” come with i? I’m also looking at the Cloud supreme, but last years version at Costco. Just wondering if heat will be an issue as they now are more cool to the touch and not sure when that change occured. It’s been a very long process, reviewing mattresses, getting disappointed, etc! Your pics are great. Hope I love the Tempur!!


109 Alicia December 2, 2015 at 10:48 pm

What is the fabric and color of your headboard?


110 KathEats December 3, 2015 at 9:52 am

It’s the quick ship oatmeal linen


111 Reginald December 19, 2015 at 9:22 am

Well, we looked at both products, Sleep Number and Tempurpedic and originally decided on the Sleep Number. After I got home and did some further research, it turns out the the Sleep Number mattress has to be assembled – deal breaker. If I have to move the bed (and of course it doesn’t happen often), I don’t want to have to disassemble the mattress and then have to try and figure out how to reassemble it. It seems like such a pain to go through for a mattress, not to mention getting the pump exactly right and all the other parts. So I will be cancelling that order and just going with a Tempuredic that I can just move from one place to the other and not worry about losing parts or not assembling it correctly. Sleep Number is a very comfortable mattress once you find your number, but so is the Tempuredic and you don’t have to assemble it.


112 Laura January 24, 2016 at 4:02 pm

We were sleep number fans for many many years. Beds only last a certain amount of time and all of my friends were raving about their tempurpedics so we gave that a try when we felt we’d worn out the sleep number bed. That was 2 years ago. woke up yesterday and decided to admit we had made a mistake, will have to suck up a loss and start a ground zero again. Bed isn’t even paid off. i think we have the middle of the road cloud supreme or something similar, honestly can’t wait to get rid of it. (might be for sale soon in Socal) wake up every morning with sore shoulders and a sore lower back which is new for me. we LOVE the idea of having different numbers. We do the eastern king split into XL Twins because my hubby likes to sleep elevated. spent all day yesterday at sleep number and the mattress store and pretty much elimiinated the tempurpedic. hard to say if its the mattress that runs hot, or my age! haha. as a stop gap measure, we bought the tempurpedic topper for our mattress to see if that softens the bed up a bit to make it feel like we are being supported before I drop a fortune on new mattress. I never had the feeling that the sleep number bed felt anything other than a normal mattress but obviously everyone likes something different and its impossible to choose!!!! I will say we felt it was stressful to change to a new number as you never want to risk a good night sleep but I never touched my remotes unless i was changing the number which was almost never. We felt we made a good choice with the tempurpedic but made it pretty quick but turns out to not be good, plus wayyy toooo much work and time to get them to break in. Praying the topper will help tonite otherwise no idea which way we’ll go but it will be something other than tempurpedic if we don’t do sleep number.


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