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Ask Brandon: Improving Sleep Accessories While Cutting Cost

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Making sleep a top priority easily allows you become more productive in all areas of your life. Investing in the right mattress can work wonders for sleep improvement. However, while saving up to get the mattress of your dreams, you can still make small investments to get better shut-eye with accessories such as mattress toppers, high-quality pillows, or darker curtains. Thank you for all the great questions this week!

Q: How much wiggle room do I have to negotiate for a new mattress set?

A: Here at Gallery Furniture, we are not paid on commission, therefore our margins are set as low as they can. Some brands such as Tempur-Pedic, have pricing that is set by the manufacturer that forces all retailers to abide by the same pricing across the board. In that regard, you may find many retail stores that offer the exact same pricing on their products. If it happens to be one of those brands, I would advise negotiating for free pillows or free delivery.

Q: Why are all new mattresses the kind you can’t flip over? You can only spin them around?

A: Great question! The short answer is: mattress manufacturers all decided to make beds one sided. The majority of consumers did not flip the beds as they should. This fact created warranty issues, so they eliminated the issue by making most beds one sided. Admittedly, there is also a profit motive there also. Vi-Spring, a brand we carry, is two sided.

Q:  Hey Brandon, here’s my deal: I have chronic insomnia and lower back pain. I am in dire need of a new mattress but, simply cannot afford it. Is there anything I can do to my current mattress to help? Thanks in advance!

A: Thanks for asking! I would advise looking into some mattress toppers. There are some that are available for as little as $30 to $40 and go up to a few hundred dollars. There are some great ones available from Wal-Mart or Target and seeking out name branded ones like Sealy or Serta can sometimes help to find a higher quality option more quickly. Please note: We do not sell mattress toppers, so I have no profit incentive in these recommendations. I truly do think a mattress topper, when you find the right one, can really help in providing more comfort for your sleep experience! I have insomnia as well so, my commendations for pushing through your condition and making it happen!

Please continue to submit your awesome questions and comments about all things sleep! And feel free to visit us at one of our 3 Gallery Furniture locations–6006 N. Freeway, 7227 W. Grand Parkway South, or 2411 Post Oak– in Houston, TX!

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