Pick Of The Week – Shifman Mattresses

-MONDAY’S PICK OF THE WEEK-   This week’s pick is from our Poughkeepsie showroom furniture counselor, Karyn.  She picked our handmade, two-sided Shifman mattresses, the finest handmade mattress in the world.  When shopping for a mattress Karyn suggests you ask some important questions:

Is it a one or two sided mattress?  A one sided mattress is only half a product and will last half as long.  Shifman only makes 2 sided mattresses.

Does it have a real box spring?  A foundation without springs can’t provide support and comfort.  Shifman uses an 8-way, hand-tied and knotted box spring for their handmade mattresses.  Remember, 1/3 of the support of your mattress comes from the box spring.

Is the upholstery material natural or synthetic?  Shifman uses cotton for resiliency, comfort, and durability as well as Belgian damask, matelassé fabrics, wool, cashmere, and pashmina.

Karyn, who suffers from frequent back pain, recently purchased Shifman’s Chagall mattress.  “I’d been sleeping on a memory foam mattress for several years and was not getting the support my back needed.  I would go to bed in pain and wake up the same way.  Now I wake up with no pain and feeling great.  Some mornings I don’t even want to get up!  I absolutely love my Shifman.”

Stop into our Poughkeepsie location and ask Karyn about our two-sided handmade Shifman mattresses.  She promises to get out of bed and be there Monday-Thursday and Saturday from 9:30-5:30.  Or call 845-778-1500 and ask for Karyn.  Sweet dreams!Shifman 2Shifman - Sweet Layers June 16 - FINAL

Family talking under the sheets

 

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Do I Need a Boxspring?

Do I Need a Boxspring?

It’s a common question asked of our Furniture Counselors by customers seeking to replace just their mattress.

Do yourself a favor, lift up your mattress and feel the support system that is under it. Can you feel the springs or are you just feeling a stiff board with no support in-between the boards. Do you have a true box spring or is your mattress supported just by a foundation?

If there are no springs you only have a foundation, an inferior alternative to a true box spring. Some people believe that the “dip” in their bed is due to their mattress being worn-out. People often overlook the importance of their box spring, this is what is supporting your mattress and YOU! A foundation does not have any real support for your mattress and therefore it does not support your body as you are trying to sleep. Just as there are springs under your mattress to give support you and your mattress, all of our mattress sets come with a true box spring. This way you will have a longer, more comfortable night’s sleep.

We understand that Mattress shopping is a necessity, far less fun than furniture shopping! Educate yourself before hand to avoid confusion in the showroom, consider the springs in the mattress, the difference between latex or foam and cotton or polyester fill and what the fire retardant layer is made of, and if you prefer a two sided mattresses that you can flip as well as rotate? Select the one that will give you the best night’s sleep for the longest amount of time, often the least expensive will not hold up to the tossing & turning one does for (hopefully) 8 hours a night, making it of more costly in the long run!

To learn more about the eight-way hand tied coils of a Shifman box spring, click on the image.

Sweet Dreams

Sweet Dreams

Local designer & award winning stager (Voted 2011 RESA Professional Stager of the Year) Claudia Jacobs shares some ideas for better rest!

The most important room of the house is often the most neglected. If you’re thinking it’s the kitchen, the heart of the home, you are close. The kitchen nourishes the home but the master bedroom serves the home. Think about how you feel after a night of restless sleep. It really can affect every aspect of our lives including our health.

We have very busy, stressful lives. Your bedroom should be your safe haven, your escape from the rest of the world. By creating a comfortable space for sleep and relaxation, every night has the potential to be a chance for a well deserved respite from the day. Let’s face it, even a great day can be draining and what better way to recharge than with a good night’s sleep.
Here is a step by step plan to get started. This transformation may not happen overnight but the sooner you start, the sooner you will reap the rewards.

Stand by the entrance of your bedroom and really look at it. If you are pleased, great, if not, analyze the problem. This is what I do on a decorating consultation. It is difficult to be objective with your own space but try to view it as if it wasn’t your place. Consider these typical problem issues:

Clutter: Whether it’s on the floor, your walls or your furniture. Eliminate anything you don’t need or want in your space, including your closet.

Clean: Once you free up surface areas, clean your room from top to bottom. Dust and allergens are not good for sleeping. Consider new pillows and wash your bedspread.

Bed location: This is important and there are many theories about where the bed should be position. It’s best to be able to see the doorway while in bed.

Mattress: If you invest in anything in your home, invest in a good quality mattress. It can change your life.

Sheets: Splurge! Shop around and looks for a high thread count. Your body will be ever so grateful and you will be surprised the selection at various price points.

Style: This is your private space and should reflect your personality. If you live alone, this is easy. If you are a couple, figure out what you both like by discussing it. Go through catalogs and home magazines to see what appeals to both of you and compromise on something you both can live with and love. Once you decide the style, you will be inspired and focused to put it all together. It is interesting to see a very feminine bedroom and there is no sign a male even dwells in the house.

Bedding: Shop for a comforter set or bedspread. This is usually the most difficult item to find it will set the tone for your room. Again, there are many styles and prices to choose from.

Color: Find inspiration in your bedding for window treatments and paint. I love the effect of painting the wall behind the bed an accent color.

Change: Personal preference should change as you or your situation changes. My bedroom has evolved over the last ten years. I went from a very feminine shabby chic look with lots of lavender and cream to the exact opposite. Now it is a warm room of dark wood contemporary furniture surrounded by earth tones and a spicy cinnamon color with a dramatic accent wall.

Sweet dreams!