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A pillowtop mattress for an antique bed.

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Lori writes:

Great blog! 
I'm proud to say that my dear husband and I have been sleeping on an 

 

 

antique full-sized bed given to me by my great-grandparents. 
The frame's 
age is unknown. 
I'm not so proud to mention that we are also sleeping on possibly the 
original or close to original mattress set as well. 
The date on one of the 
tags is from the early 1900s. 
Could this be the reason our backs hurt? lol
I guess our financial situation has always been tight so a new set has been 

 

 

on the back burner to things like, now, twin babies. 
The set is held up by heavy posts that travel long ways. I'd love to get 

 

 

something with a pillow top (anything that would be softer than what we are 
using) … 
… but am afraid what we get will not fit this old-style frame. 
Any 
suggestions???
Thanks, Lori
 
Hi Lori,
"Full" is a standard size…Boxspring at 53" wide and 74/5" long. You'll want to take a measurement.
Also available at that time was a "3/4" size…Boxspring at 47" wide…same length.
Pillowtops feel good when you try them at stores, but lose their comfort rather quickly, as the padding in them is cheap poly foam, which isn't very resilient.
If all you need is more surface comfort, you can add a 2" layer of soft, all-natural latex…which is extremely resilient.
If money is tight, the latex topper is a good first step, as it may be all you need.
If it turns out that you do need a new mattress, you'll use the latex topper in lieu of the pillowtop for long lasting comfort that the pillowtop does not provide.
You will also want to take a height measurement. Today's mattresses are much thicker. You will, almost certainly, want a low-profile boxspring for whatever mattress you buy.
Here are a couple of links to check out. One is consumer feedback about pillowtops and the other is to the latex toppers.
 
 
Latex Mattress Topper

Latex Mattress Topper

 

Thanks, Pete

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