Mail-order mattresses were introduced to the market in 2007 with the original Bed in a Box but since then, they are everywhere.
The idea started to go mainstream in 2014 with popular names like Casper and Tuft & Needle entering the market, according to Consumer Reports.
Now, nearly 200 such companies vie for a piece of the boxed-mattress market, which commands 12 percent of sales. The market is still dominated by the traditional retail players such as 1-800-Mattress and Mattress Firm.
The majority of beds shipping today come in relatively small boxes in which a memory-foam mattress has been tightly compressed and molded to fit.
Most of the bed-in-a-box companies offer generous trial periods – up to 120 days.
If you don’t like a mattress purchased at a retail store, the store comes and picks it up. But, if you don’t like a boxed bed, returning it can be hard, depending on policy. Tuft & Needle, for example, does not ask you to send it back. Instead, you donate the bed to charity. But, if you buy their bed from another online merchant such as Amazon, then you have to ship it back. This involves wrapping it in shipping plastic, using a vacuum to suck the air out of the plastic, and creating a box.
Price-wise, Tuft & Needle is one of the lowest-cost providers, offering a queen size for around $575. More upscale names like Sapira would cost $1,275 for the same size. Meanwhile, similar offerings can be found in the same price range in retail stores.
Air-based beds are also popular and can be shipped back more easily.
While there are a few specialty vendors, most providers advertise only one model that is meant to please the vast majority of sleepers regardless of their weight, build or preferences. Despite the limitation, however, many mattresses tested did indeed perform at a level of Good to Excellent during consumer testing, and the top-rated brands also scored highly among small, large, and tall sleepers.
Curved shapes: a 2020 design trend to try
Forget geometric forms and strong lines – 2020 is all about bringing the shapes found in nature into your home. Curves and arcs revitalize interior spaces and rounded shapes lend energy and inspiration. Here’s how to in¬corporate this trend into your home.
Be on the lookout for C-shaped sofas, round dining tables, and chairs with curved backs and arms. In the bedroom, consider updating your bed frame for one that features a circular headboard or placing an oval bench under your window.
This year’s hottest home decorating trend is easy to try. Best of all, it can work in practically any room, regardless of space’s style and features.
3 benefits of opting for a custom-designed pool
Are you thinking about installing an in-ground pool? If so, here are three benefits of opting for a custom-designed model rather one that’s a standard size and shape.
1. A durable product
Custom-designed pools are particularly durable and water-tight. This is because they’re usually built from a single piece of concrete or similar material. These types of pools are constructed in a way that minimizes the risk of cracks and leaks.
2. A perfect fit
3. An eco-friendly option
A custom-designed pool can be environmentally friendly, provided you choose the appropriate building materials, sanitation method, and power source. For example, you can choose a structure made of clay or gravel, a natural filtration system, and a solar-powered water heater.
Additionally, if you opt to install a custom-designed pool, you get a feature that blends seamlessly with the rest of your landscape. Indeed, this type of pool will be uniquely suited to your property.
How to update French doors
French doors are a great way to separate two interior spaces that are visually connected. They’re also ideal for enhancing your view of the outdoors and letting natural light shine into a room. However, they can sometimes look dated. Here are a few ways to give them an upgrade.
Change the look
French doors are typically made of wood. If you’re not a fan of yours, why not paint them? White is a timeless choice, but you can also turn your doors into a focal point by painting them a color that contrasts with the rest of the room. Alternatively, replace the whole setup with doors that each feature one large pane of glass or have a modern steel frame.
Adopt a new style
Finally, if you love the look of French doors but lack the space for them to swing open, consider sliding or folding options.
Landscape redesign: 5 factors to consider
Upgrading your yard can be a major undertaking, and it’s easy to miss a key detail if you’re not careful. Here are five things to consider before you begin.
If your upgrade involves moving large objects into your yard, there needs to be a safe access route. Fences, walls, and trees can make it difficult or impossible for trucks to deliver supplies. Create a plan before the work starts to avoid delays.
If your project involves a significant structural change, you may need to obtain a permit from the city. Your landscaping might also have to meet certain requirements such as respecting the maximum height for fences and hedges. Contact your municipality before starting any work.
The consistency of the soil on your property can directly impact the stability of new installations. Heavy rainfall and rapid freeze-thaw cycles can make the ground unstable. Hire a professional to inspect the yard before you begin construction.
Gardens may require frequent care to ensure they don’t become overgrown. Also, keep in mind that maintaining trees involves clearing seeds, leaves, and branches. Additionally, many building materials need to be regularly cleaned, painted, or stained.
Landscaping projects can revitalize your yard but for best results, they should be planned in advance.
Lawn care: 3 reasons to leave it to the pros
Are you tired of spending your weekends taking care of your lawn? If so, hiring a professional may be the solution. Here are three great reasons to use a landscaping service.
1. You won’t need any equipment
If you hire a contractor to take care of your lawn and garden, you won’t need to maintain a lawnmower, sharpen hedge trimmers or shop for fertilizer. In fact, you won’t need lawn care tools at all. This will save you the hassle and expense of buying, storing, and maintaining them.
2. You’ll have more free time
3. You’ll avoid unpleasant surprises
If there’s a problem with your lawn, plants, or trees, your landscaping contractor will know exactly what to do. A professional can identify and resolve issues involving pests, watering, fertilization, and more. This will save you the time and effort of trying to figure it out on your own.
This summer, trust your lawn care to a professional. Your yard will be beautiful and well-maintained, thereby increasing the value of your home and enhancing your enjoyment of the property.
What type of fruit should you grow?
Fruit-bearing trees, shrubs, and plants are easy to grow and can add visual interest to your yard with their vibrant foliage and flowers. Here’s what to plant based on various preferences.
If you want a harvest this summer
To enjoy your fruit within a few months, opt for fast-growing plants. A few examples include strawberries, raspberries, ground cherries, cantaloupes, and watermelons.
If you want long-lasting producers
If you want unique but delicious berries
If you want to plant fruit that’s a little out of the ordinary, try black currants, Arctic kiwis, or Saskatoon berries. These berries are great for making mouth-watering jams.
Keep in mind that some trees and shrubs only bear fruit if there’s a second plant nearby to pollinate it. If you want to grow apples, for example, you’ll need to plant two trees.