10 Small Things To Take On Your International Trip

Here are some small things that you should think about including on your packing list for your next international trip.


Calculator, Jodie Fosters character in Contact talks about numbers being the universal language that will probably be used to communicate with extra terrestrials, let me tell you it works great on this planet as well, from Bangkok to Beijing it is understood, say Casio in a market anywhere in the world, and the trader will know what you mean if you forget to bring yours. Recommended that you get the solar power ones so that you will never run out of batteries and they are more eco friendly as well.


Alarm clock, been to many times that the morning call was missed in small hotels & guesthouses, also you can sleep in airports, train stations and bus stations and you will never miss your connection. If you bring an air mattress and beach ball (I bet you though I carry them for the pool) for the occasions of late flights and cancelled trains. Yes everyone else will be jealous of you especially if you snore like a bear!


Compass, walking around town it will get you headed back in the right direction if you get spun around. Can be used to watch that the driver is not taking you in circles, amazing the amount of travel time you can save in Manila with one.


Multi use electric plug adapters, there are many on the market they make some that you can change to many different pin & plug configurations I carry 7 different ones for all the different countries I have the pleasure to explore. The round 2 prong for 220 KV is the most universal in my opinion. A common adapter will take the American 110 KV without ground as well as 3 pin rounds and 3 blade large 220 KV. If you have all American plugs make sure to get the grounded 2 blade plug adaptor in the states, or you will have a real hard time everywhere, as most countries in Asia are not grounded, and the adaptors are not set up for the 2 pin one blade American grounded plugs.


Camera seems like a natural, but not for this reason. Security if you have a butt head taxi driver take his picture, you will be amazed at the transformation in their manner, also works as a tout warding tool for when you are being harassed by street touts after you have used the 3 No, Thank You, Buzz Off rule.


Immersion Heater amazing all the things that you can make to eat and drink once you have one of these. I always double check that this is in my bag. I bring two on long trips just in case. I use it mainly for coffee in the morning and sometimes for noodles as a late night snack. Most airports have places that you can find a plug, sure beats paying 3 bucks for coffee, or 6 bucks for a sandwich. If you are on a real back packer budget traveler use it to heat the cold water in a splash bathroom to cut the cold a bit. Adventurous Try the handmade Tuna Ala King Veggie Surprise, you’ll love it, I promise!


Super Glue I don’t know what will break on your trip but from my experience they have fixed shoes, sun glasses, BCD’s and held a friends filling in place until we could get him to a dentist, which I might add is not a recommended use, but for him any thing was preferred to the pain. One of Super Glues first uses I’ve been told, was as a combat medic and M.A.S.H. surgery tool for holding wounds together until they could close them correctly in the rear.


Paper clips, rubber bands and safety pins, OK I cheated they are more than one thing, but they are really small and weigh nothing. Rubber bands for holding wads of money together after the stop at the foreign currency exchange. 100 USD = 766 Yuan, which = 4000 Baht which = 400,000 Riel gets to be a lot of money to hold together, especially if it is big money like Thai 1000 baht notes, or 100 Yuan notes. Paper clips for holding tickets and receipts together in your note book, also for extra passport photos attached to your passport, where they are easy to find. Safety pins for broken zippers and for wounds if you run out of super glue.


Note book and pens for writing down stuff that you are going to need to remember like flight times, phone numbers and words you want to learn like thank you, hello and how much, which I usually don’t write down anymore, as I just whip out my calculator. The idea is too have all your data in one place. In China they want the receipts back for everything; you can store them in there as well. I buy the little black books that fit in a shirt pocket and then keep them for after the trips as mementoes.


A sense of humor you will be surprised at the many and varied uses you will get from this magical tool in your travels. Hope to see you using it soon!


Finding The Perfect Sleeper Sofa Bed

Defining the concept of a sleeper sofa

A vital question to address, is “what are sleeper sofas really?” Also referred to as a ‘sofa bed,’ these are essentially couches that have a foldaway bed under the seats. They are typically easy to just ‘pull out’ in situations where an extra bed is needed, and they are certainly more comfortable than overnighting on a couch.

The design is such that it hides a bed underneath the seat cushions of the couch, by way of a folding frame and mattress. In effect to open the bed – you need to take the seat cushions off to be able to unfold the mattress, via pulling on a handle or metal bar, which will lift and expand the framing. Once the frame has been expanded fully – the bed is ready to be covered with bedding, quickly and easily turn any space into a guest room.

Buying guide:

Types of Sleepers

Sleepers can vary in their form and size that may range from a sleeper chair and double-seated couch sofa (that typically expand to a double bed size) to more spacious units, such as a queen and sectional beds (that offer more comfort than smaller variants). When making your purchase – ensure to take proper measurements of your available space, before going to a store (to be sure the unit will fit once the bed has been expanded).

Mattresses to Fit

An important aspect to pay attention to, when you’re deciding on a particular type of unit, is its mattress. Over the years, and especially recently, manufacturers have notably improved the mattresses that go inside the sofas. Sleeper sofas are now often available with an assortment of mattress options – from almost 13cm coils, memory foam, an air and coil combination and ‘gel-infused’ memory foam. If you’re looking for something versatile that will suit the needs of a diverse range of users, including yourself, make sure you ask for a bed retailer’s expert advice.

5 Benefits:

1. Kids’ slumber parties and sleepovers

Having a sleeper sofa in your living room or spare room offers an easy go-to when your kids have their friends over for a slumber party or simply just a movie night. Besides that it provides a great alternative to having kids sleep head-to-toe with their friends – it can also reduce the late night noise by way of being further away from your bedroom!

2. Guests that only stay a night or two

These types of expandable couch-beds are bound to be a convenient and useful addition to your living room when your ‘overeager jolly drunk’ friend needs to crash for the night or your relatives want to stay overnight. It provides a more suitable and cosy sleeping option than a troublesome air mattress.

3. When a family member gets injured or falls ill

If you want to avoid catching whichever contagious illness your spouse has or avoid your one child catch the others’ cold/flu – sending them to sleep in the living room or den will keep you healthy and comfortable while you stay away from the germs.

If someone is unable to climb stairs and/ or is bedridden – having a sleeper downstairs could be their salvation. Being able to park an injured or old relative in front of the TV on the sleeper could save you and them plenty of hassle.

4. Air-BnB bed

If you rent out your home from time-to-time to travels – adding more sleeping space could be in your favour. By being able to accommodate more people – you’ll be able to charge more for the same space. Alternatively, you could transform your living room or an extra room into a rentable room, with minimal space, by adding a few basic appliances etc.

5. Emergency bed

Having a couch-cum-bed, or even two, in your basement could make waiting out a storm more comfortable, whilst staying safe during emergency situations.

Well, I hope this article will help you decide on the best sleeper couches for your needs.


Choosing Bedroom Furniture: Comfort, Storage or Style?

When people are choosing bedroom furniture, two of their main criteria are comfort and style – in that order. People generally associate bedrooms with comfort, and although storage is also very important from a practical point of view, it tends to play second fiddle to style. Ask anyone – "should your bedroom be comfortable, stylish or an effective storeroom?" and we all know what the answer will be.

Ask then to place these three in a particular order, and it will likely be as presented above. However, once they start using the bedroom, storage will likely be the highest on their complaints list, even though that was the last on their minds when furnishing it. But not you, because you are more intelligent and discerning, and understand that of all the rooms in your home, the bedroom is where most of the storage is needed.

Teenagers are Different!

In saying that, a lot depends upon age and gender: young adult males will likely need lots of space floor space for storage and very little else. Until they get a girl friend – and then it all changes to comfort and style with beautiful hi-fi units and fat-screen TV stands. But young men are a race apart as any parents know, so we shall restrict ourselves here to conventional bedroom furniture and ignore the principles of this paragraph.

So back to normality and leave the teenagers to their own devices – except the girls of course, because everyone knows that young teenage women have perfect taste and style. In furnishing a bedroom you have specific types of bedroom furniture: sleeping and storage.

Choosing Bedroom Furniture – The Bed

Among the former are traditional beds: single, twin, queen size and king size being the most popular sizes, and you can add to that bunk beds and sofa beds for casual visitors. It is not possible here to describe the beautiful styles of bed available, but mention must be made of the fabulous Spanish Bay design by Homelegance, with raised ash burl veneered panels and antique brass hardware. Beautiful carvings are featured on each piece, including the magnificent dark cherry-veneered headboards on the post bed.

This is a fabulous traditional European romance style, but if you prefer something different a black Broyhill 'Perspective' bed offers a stylish ultra-modern design with geometric silhouettes. You may prefer something lighter, such as the white painted woodwork of Paula Deen Home furniture. Or how about a traditional bed by Signature, such as their Wyatt king bed with a scroll metal headboard and footboard.

When choosing the mattress, regard that as separate from the bed, and select a mattress that meets your personal needs, and those of your partner. That choice is beyond the scope of this article.

Storage in the Bedroom

These firms above are all well known American brands that offer the storage bedroom furniture to match the beds. As hinted above, storage is critical in a bedroom, and if you are the guy in your mixed relationship and ignore bedroom storage then you may be looking for another bed in the spare room! If you have no room, then join the dog!

An armoire or two is essential if you have no bedroom closet, and you will never have enough drawers. You may have had some foresight and included drawers with your bed, but you will still likely need a full chest of drawers and sometimes also a lingerie chest. Do not forget the dresser – that is essential for any woman and is something that most single men forget about. That will soon change (you hope!).

You will need a nightstand for each person for lamps, books, drinks and so on. Choose the height carefully, since it should be no lower than the height of the mattress – maybe two or three inches higher at most. Most beds, including those mentioned above, offer matching nightstands.

Women and Their Dressers

Dressers are best with mixed drawer sizes, and a lovely large clear glass mirror. Most women prefer to sit at their dresser rather than stand, so make sure it has a matching chair or stool. A matching ottoman would also be appropriate, offering further storage space benefit a lift-up seat. Although some now have drawers, you lose a lot of the storage space for large and bulky items by having drawers in your ottoman.

When choosing an armoire, make sure it is high enough to hold your coats and dresses without them touching the bottom. It should have space for suits, shirts, dresses, coats, ties and so on – in fact many purchase a 'hers' and a 'his'. No prizes for guessing who needs the biggest! Make sure that at least one of these has a full-length mirror, unless you have one attached to your bedroom wall.

Choosing bedroom furniture is not difficult, but keep clear of the comfort, storage or style argument by taking comfort as a separate entity. Regard the bed as most important, but also take it that you will need lots of storage space. If you are a single guy it will all likely change anyway anyway.


Queen Air Bed – Comfort at Its Best

Rest is best served with soft pillows, comfortable pillows and blankets to keep you warm. After a long day's work, your body will want to rest in that heavenly bedroom and recharge itself for another day. A good rest will energize your body and will give you sufficient rest to keep your body going, in your work or school, even though you've had only a few hours rest. A terrible rest on the other hand will make you tired and lethargic, damaging your efficiency at work and school. This is often caused by, terrible sleeping conditions, the most frequent of which are uncomfortable beds. This problem can be easily solved by acquiring the best and in-demand beds for your bedroom, air beds. These are instilled in people's minds as Queen Air Beds, a line of high-quality and comfortable beds that give users the most relaxing sleep they could have, without pain in their pockets.

Queen offers three different air beds for commercial deals. Each of these has the most comfortable surfaces, easy-to-inflate functions, and been further improved with a sleek design to keep the user sleeping like a baby.

The Intex Pillow Rest is the best choice for travelers. It comes furnished with a built-in and high-powered electric pump that will inflate the bed in mere minutes. It has a waterproof flocked top and high-quality vinyl beams as well as 16-gauge sides and bottom. It is secured and comfortable; giving you the sense that you are sleeping in your own home. The Wenzel Insta-Flex on the other hand is a perfect air bed for guests that allow transition from bed to seat. It can be easily customized and easy to carry, with an adjustable head and shoulder section that copes with the needs of the user. For those wanting quality and comfort, the AeroBed Hi Rise Premium is the right choice. It is considered the best of its kind, having the standard height of a regular bed and top quality mattress. The vinyl used is non-allergic, heavy-gauge and puncture-resistant, giving you a comfortable and comfortable air bed in one. A Queen Air Bed will not disappoint any of its users. Getting a well-deserved rest is now possible every day of your life.


Futon Chair – The Perfect Dorm Room Decoration

Futons have long been the mainstay of dorm rooms and other small spaces because they are so versatile and now you get that same great adaptability in a smaller sized futon chair. Futon chairs are similar to futon sofas with an adjustable frame and a mattress, except that they are smaller. One of these chairs will sit one or two people and it can be placed horizontal to create a small bed for one person.

Often dorm rooms come furnished with two beds, two desks, two bookshelves, and two chairs. Rooms are often small and cramped, leaving little space for extra stuff. If allowed, many students choose to build lofts or other structures that give the occupants more room. Some have opted for futons to sleep on rather than the traditional beds because the futons can serve as both a bed and a sofa for lounging on during the day. For students who sleep in lofts, the futons serve as guest beds for visiting friends.

Futon chairs offer a great option to traditional futon sofas. With such limited space in a dorm room, a futon chair fits in easier and leaves more space for other furniture. Meanwhile, you've still got a place to put guests for the night or for you to take a nap on during the day. The comfort is the same as with the sofa futon but it'll fit better in tight spaces.

Another option for dorm rooms is a futon bunk bed. These feature a flat mattress on top and a futon on the bottom that can be adjusted to make a bed or a sofa. These bunk beds also save space and give you comfort at the same time.

An advantage to using futon chairs or futon bunk beds is the cost. Futons are often much less expensive than buying a sofa bed or a chair bed. You can also switch out the mattress if yours gets worn or damaged, something that you can not really do with a regular sofa or chair. Another advantage is that it's easy to change the look of your futon or futon chair by buying a cover that you can wash and change out whenever you want.

If you're furnishing a dorm room for yourself or for your child, think about getting a futon chair to add comfort and style to the room. The adaptability of the chair and its low cost makes it a good option for small spaces like dorm rooms.


Bunk Beds And Safety

There was nothing more exciting growing up than to have a sleepover at a friend’s house who had bunk beds. Was there anything more wondrous? When you decide that bunk beds are right for you and your family, not only will your children be delighted, but your whole family may benefit from the increased space. There’s something about creating that extra space that improves the whole function of a house. There are some important things to consider; however, when purchasing bunk beds. Most importantly, make sure you purchase a quality bunk bed from a reputable dealer. Safety should be your primary concern; your dealer will be able to explain all the safety features of the bunk beds they sell.

This is very scary, and very important: children can be strangled by falling through openings between a bunk bed mattress and its frame while they’re sleeping. Make sure your mattress fits snugly. A gap greater than three inches anywhere on the bed spells trouble. Ask your dealer for help if you’re not sure.

Although children love bunk beds for obvious reasons, there are additional precautions a parent should take to ensure their child’s bed is safe and secure. Every reputable bunk bed has been tested and safety certified by the ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials). This means that the bunk bed is purchased from a company that follows the ASTM’s stringent guidelines for mattress fit and guard rail placement. Precise placement of the guard rails will keep little heads, feet and hands from getting caught between them. The guard rails will also be securely fastened to the bed, to keep your little ones safe for years to come. The necessity of guard rails for safety cannot be stressed enough; sometimes, a child may tell his parents that he’s too big for the guard rails and will ask the parent to remove them. Please never tamper with the guard rails. They are a proven, tested way to keep your child safe. And also, as children get older, they learn the boundaries of their bed and will learn, just as you did, not to fall out of bed as they sleep.

There are many decisions to make when choosing a bunk bed. Why don’t you visit your nearest bunk-bed retailer (on line or in person)? They are best qualified to answer any question you may have. And just like you, they want to make sure your child is tucked in safely and soundly at night.


Achieving A Higher Quality Of Sleep

Does it seem to you that your days are getting longer and your nights shorter? You’re not alone. Today’s busy lifestyle means more of our attention and hence our time is constantly pulled in multiple directions.

Work, family and civic responsibilities increasingly put pressure on each of us. What do we tend to neglect first?


Just look around the office. Notice all the people loading up on caffeine first thing in the morning?

Yet sufficient sleep is exactly the remedy for many of our problems. Sufficient sleep relaxes and rejuvenates the body, while it refreshes the mind.

Note that I mention “sufficient” sleep. Fact is, it’s not just the amount of time we spend in bed that is important. Equally vital is the quality of sleep.

The quality of sleep depends on a variety of factors. Of course, a quiet environment is helpful, as is a relaxed state of mind. If you are worried or anxious, then falling asleep is just so much harder. And as you know, maintaining sleep is tougher if there’s a load of troubles on your mind.

But many of these elements are sometimes beyond our control. Perhaps the spouse sleeps with the TV playing all night; or the next-door neighbor’s dog is a barker. And even the calmest among us occasionally experiences periods of heightened stress and anxiety in our lives. Let’s face it–there are some nights even the most well-adjusted people tumble into bed chock-full of worry over tomorrow’s problems.

But one component of a quality sleep we can control is the mattress we sleep on. Although often overlooked, the right mattress is a key ally in the search for a higher quality of sleep.

Let’s face it–if you are sleeping on a worn-out mattress, canceling out your good efforts in making sure you sleep in a quiet place and trying to relax before going to bed. You’ll lose out in your battle for a restful night’s sleep.

There are several mattress options out there…but that’s the subject for another article.


Use the Description Luxury Carefully

Beware of descriptions and your adjectives as poorly used descriptions and words, more than anything else, create problems with guests. The most over-used adjective in our owner’s arsenal of words is ‘luxury’.

Is luxury a TV – or is it a home-cinema system. Is luxury a wood burning BBQ – or a high end gas one? Is luxury the world’s best mattresses – or just the fact you supply one at all?

To me, and I think to most holidaymakers, the expression means a lot – but we have very different perceptions of it’s worth. If I was looking for ‘luxury’ accommodation I would want the appliances, but they must be quality brands; I won’t want just a TV — I’d expect a home theatre system; and I’d expect a high end stainless steel BBQ and quality outdoor furniture, as well. The mattresses must be top-range with bed linen to suit, and there should be at least one en-suite bathroom. Overall the property must be stylish with attention to detail showing in every aspect. For me, the word ‘luxury’ in a holiday home rental means I expect things to be at least as comparable as a boutique hotel.

The vacation rental industry has spawned a new breed of ‘luxury accommodation’ (which is good) and we must take heed of what the rental client is looking for when they type in these terms on a Google search. I remember when the term ’boutique hotel’ was introduced to differentiate between mass market hotels and smaller, more unique accommodation. Bedrooms became attractive and super-stylish and lobbies became places to sit and drink coffee in rather than just check-in. We’re moving in this direction with vacation rentals too, as more owners recognise they need to be different in order to become visible in a more competitive market.

If you must use words such as luxury, exceptional, superior or upmarket, you have to make it match the hype. A ‘superior’ kitchen will have the best knives and saucepans, a superior range of cooking (and best-brand) appliances; a ‘designer’ bathroom will look as though it has come from the pages of a glossy magazine and have the latest in trendy features. For an ‘executive’ home to be labeled as such, you’ll need separate office space and include for free hi-speed internet and all necessary equipment for working away from home.

Good impressions always comes down to the detail. A nice thought from a post I read on a forum is: ‘Spend money on things that people touch’ (door handles, taps, knives, saucepans, towels and so on).

Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise

Luxury should include stylish furniture, quality furnishings and appliances, top mattresses, exclusive brands such as Bose speakers, Egyptian cotton sheets, home theatre systems and an office. People who spend lots more money on their accommodation usually want to see that reflected in the quality of the furnishings

Think about any 10 things you could add to your rental property that most ordinary people only aspire to owning themselves – which of these will move your property into luxury?.


Modern Bed Features That Can Help You Enjoy Your Sleep

Sleep is a vital part of our lives, not only is it time for resting after a long day being on the go but it is also time for our body to grow, heal and generally recharge our batteries for the next day’s events. Some people can fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow whereas some people may find nodding off to be quite tough.

This is generally down to the quality of your bed; a poor performing bed could be the root of many problems like lower back pain, neck cramps and obviously a cranky mood the next morning! Buying a better quality bed such as a more supportive or softer mattress or the right pillows for your sleeping position will help you enjoy a decent night’s sleep without having to spend most of it tossing and turning.

Mattresses can be a common complaint for people who have bad beds as springs that have gone or sagging can mean your mattress can over time become quite uncomfortable which means you should replace your mattress every few years to make sure it stays supportive and holds its shape. More expensive mattresses can be worth their cost if it helps support your body, specifically your back, these mattresses tend to have special construction such as individual pockets for springs and the use of memory foam material in either the upper layers or the whole of the mattress.

Memory foam adapts to the heat and pressure our bodies place on it and form around us, this can reduce airflow so warm sleepers or summer months may be good reasons not to choose a memory foam mattress but many people who have complained of sleeping difficulties have seen benefits from sleeping on a memory foam mattress.

Pillows can also be made of memory foam material which can make them contour to your head’s position, this can help your neck straighten and not be elevated to high or low which can happen with some pillows that are too thick or thin.

There are many new technologies and products that can help you sleep better including electrically adjustable beds so if you are having trouble sleeping make changes to your bed and you should be able to start getting more sleep which can help your body recover at night and you feel better in the mornings


Viscoelastic Memory Foam

Visco elastic memory foam was created by NASA in the early 1970s as an attempt to help the astronauts relate some of the pressures that they felt during take off and reentry. After NASA perfected it with the help of a Swedish foam manufacturer it was soon used in hospitals to help long-term patients. Then in the early nineties a company called Tempur-Pedic created a mattress and began selling it worldwide. Because of the increasing exploding popularity of these mattresses, manufactures from Canada and the United States have begun manufacturing them and selling them to the masses.

The Quality

One of the problems that people run into when they purchase Visco-elastic foam is that the foam they purchased is not as high quality as it should be. Some manufacturers will charge very high prices from foam that is of much less quality than other versions or other models. This is especially true if you purchase memory foam from your local retail store (stores such as Wal-Mart, target, and Kmart are examples). These companies tend to outsource the manufacture of their memory foam or purchase it from overseas manufacturers. Overseas manufacturers may use toxic chemicals such as formaldehyde and PBDE in the creation of their foam. So not only are these foam products toxic but they also extremely low quality. So to find a higher quality mattress you would need to look for mattresses that are made in the United States or Canada.

So when you're looking for Visco-elastic memory foam, make sure that you check with the manufacturer to find out exactly where the foam was made.


The Easy Way to Buy Mattress Pads

Shopping for mattress pads may seem a tedious and hopeless task at times, but there are absolutely great rewards if you pursue these products. These are widely used for a variety of reasons that could have been summarized into two words: comfort and protection. Depending on your needs, mattress pads could just be your answer to a great night's sleep.

Information overload is sometimes the culprit as to why consumers end up confused before they could even buy the best mattress pads for them. Manufacturers are also not helping because of the various names that they could think of for their products. Things could really be simpler if you'll just know what to look for in order to zero in on the pads that you really want and require.

Before hitting the web or visiting your local retail store, you just might want to take a second and think of your purpose in buying a mattress pad. People normally use these products for protecting their beds from dirt and soiling. Others would get one because they like the extra thickness and soft feel to help them sleep better at night. Parents would also use these pads when they're transfering their kid from the crib to a regular children's bed.

The best rated mattress pads could be judged according to different aspects – based on your personal preference and product technical details. If it's on a more personal level, the best product is the type that will give the most appropriate comfort and protection for your bed. Pads that are made from 100% cotton covers are usually the types that will provide the most comfort and support. The soft feel and durability of these products are dictated by the type of fiber materials used and the thread count – so, make sure to check that, too.

Constant sheet displacement and noise could be a potential problem if you buy the wrong type of pads. To avoid such problems, you should buy those with non-slip features and flat-like straps, or simply the guaranteed-to-fit pads.

Products with waterproof design and anti-allergen properties are also good points to consider. Waterproofed pads are usually fitted with plastic covers underneath to prevent moisture or fluids from seeing through the mattress. This could really come in handy when you're living with an elderly or non-potty trained child.

Sometimes, you might want to just skip all that technical details and directly look for the most trusted brands out there today – and that's absolutely allowable and possible. Customer or expert reviews are still the best sources of information if you want to look for the top-selling products in the market. Speaking of, you might want to check Newpoint's Deluxe Damask stripe mattress pads , which are one of the best-selling items today.


Pillow Top Mattresses

If you are wondering why you need a pillow top mattress, then, this article is for you. A pillow top mattress ensures that your precious mattress does not get spoiled or get any stain, if by any chance something gets spilled on the mattress. It also ensures that you mattress is protected from bugs. It is very easy to maintain and once your pillow top mattress gets dirty, all you have to do is to throw it into the washing machine, clean it and then throw it in the drier and you have a clean one, which can be used time and again.

If you are suffering from allergies, then these mattresses can be used as a shield to protect your bed from attracting dust mite and other allergens. There are different kinds of these mattresses available in the market, few of them being, foam mattresses, mattress toppers, bedding, etc. Using a foam mattress, you can achieve extra comfort and get a good night's sleep. The only problem in using these is that, they are not easy to clean, unlike other pillow top mattresses, these can not be washed in a washing machine. Next is the pillow top mattress topper that can easily fit under the fitted sheets on your mattress. These are very much similar to the normal mattresses but a few of them are designed in the form of fitted sheets. This way, you need not have to fix the pillow top mattress topper every time you use and the added benefit is that that makes your bed feel even smoother. If you wish to have a smooth feeling on a firm mattress, then is the best choice for you.

If you are longing for extra softness on your firm bed, then you can purchase pillow top bedding to serve that purpose. It is similar to purchasing comforters or feather pillows. Pillow top bedding offers various choices to choose from. There are a wide range of sizes and styles that are sure to fit your bed and provide you the required comfort. The only problem with the usage of these pillow top bedding is that after a while and constant usage, they tend to loose their shape and become limp, but the advantage of using these is that, you can get them for any kind of your bed, even for a twin mattress, you can find twin pillow to bedding. They also are available in different price ranges, hence according to your budget, you can choose one.

Also, by using these kind of tops on twin beds for kids is a great way of keeping the beds brand new even after a number of years of usage, since they can even act as a medium that protects the mattress surface. There are a lot of websites offering wide range of pillow top mattress products and some of them even offer great deals. Check out a store near you or any website offering them and find one that suits your needs !!


Getting A New Mattress Can Impact Your Health

Sleeping on a new mattress that offers sufficient and effective support, will certainly provide you with a restful night’ sleep. More importantly – it will also significantly reduce and help avoid those long-term aches and pains, which was most likely caused by oversleeping your old mattress. Here is what happens: A very old sleeping surface loses it density or support over time resulting in insufficient spinal alignment when you sleep. As your spine, necks and hips contort to accommodate for this it causes spasms and aches and pains that keep you awake. Not only does it keep you awake, it also makes it difficult for your body to go into deep sleep, or REM, as it is called. This phase of sleep is crucial for muscle recovery, memory retention, mental alertness, your immune system and your mood.

The health benefits offered by a new mattress can be attributed to the genius of modern mattress technology and design. The mattresses made today are designed to promote sleep and overall health. Making mattresses with much less “solid surface/ filling” – this means that incorporating air pockets, memory foam, latex etc., rather than sponge and springs – makes this possible. The science behind it is that helps in avoiding and/or halting the occurrence of possible stress points (caused by tossing and turning during the evening). Along with the latter benefit – new mattress designs are also aimed at improving the overall support it offers your body whilst you are sleeping. This, in turn, can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, any stiffness or discomfort in your joints and ensures that your spine is always aligned and not undress pressure.

Besides getting a good night’s sleep, every night, a new mattress offers more benefits that are particularly evident during the day. Proper sleep – thanks to not struggling to get and stay comfortable during the night – can lead to a healthy and joyful day. Another benefit of getting a good night’s rest includes supporting your immune system, which aids in fending off colds and flu.

So, now you are convinced that it is time to look into buying that new bed or mattress, but the mind-boggling array of choices in beds, mattress and bedroom furniture available in the market, this can be a pretty daunting task! This is a purchase that is going to cost you a few pennies, so take the time to do your research and then speak to a mattress expert at a reputable bed retailer near you before you make your final decision. Also ensure that you understand the return warranty and guarantees, just in case you are not satisfied with your purchase.

Happy snoozing!


Plush Latex Mattress – Why You Should Buy a Latex Mattress

Not all plush latex mattress are the same. Some mattresses may be really soft, others are on the firm side. There are also those beds that prevent dust, mites, dirt and other substances to form in the bed. There are also beds that are more durable and last longer than others. To a certain extent beds have all these properties but in different degrees but the best beds are those that rank high in all those respects.

There are mattresses that have all of these important characteristics. In fact there are many of them but among them, a latex plush mattress may be a step above the rest. They give their owners unprecedented comfort that is always a good thing to come home to. Comfort is the primary reason for buying a latex plush mattress. Although they are actually a lot more expensive than other mattresses especially in the United States where this market is still beginning, the comfort that it provides is definitely worth it.

In comfort, a plush latex mattress will always conform to your body structure and will provide it with adequate support. This is recommended especially for individuals who have wasting bones and also for those who have sensitive bodies. People with these kinds of problems will be glad to know that a plush latex mattress will be beneficial for their health since they will not force your body into an awkward position that will only make their situation worse. Also since this kind of stress conforms to your body structure, it also alleviates pressure points in the body, which Aside from giving you added comfort also promotes more restful sleep because it would decrease the event of you tossing and turning in your sleep.

Also another thing about a plush latex mattress is that this brand is durable and will last for a very long time. One of the reasons for this is because it is made of material that will resume its shape every after it is used. This means that you will not really worry about it being deformed because of use. Another reason why it is durable is because the material used in making a great latex mattress is allergen resistant. Allergens are bad for the health as well as bad for mattress' life span.

Many materials that are used to make a latex mattress are composed of breathable materials that make for a cooler sleeping experience. This means that these mattresses do not heat up that much and will continue to keep itself cool even during warm weathers.

A plush latex mattress is one of the best investments you can make for yourself. It provides you with the comfort and support that your body needs when sleeping. These kinds of mattresses are also the therapeutic and will prevent further harm to your body. it is also one of the most durable mattresses that is available today. The materials that are used to make these mattresses are essentially hypo-allergenic and is also anti allergen which basically means that this bed will provide you with clean air while you sleep


Compromise – The Secret to Buying a Mattress Together

Most couples don’t actually realize it; but finding a way to share a space as small as a bed together can be one of the most challenging parts to harmony in a marriage. It’s just that people have certain specific tastes and needs when it comes to how they sleep. People happen to be very particular about these, and it gets very difficult compromising on these with your partner. One of the first orders of business when you get married has to be going out together and shopping for a wonderful bed that both of you can be comfortable in that you can enjoy together. Buying a mattress together isn’t as easy as it seems. Apart from the fact that there are hundreds of kinds of mattresses to choose from, you do need to work out how you and your partner might compromise on the kind of mattress you will be getting.

You’re probably thinking, “What could there possibly be to argue about buying a mattress? You just buy a good one and you’re done with it.” Not exactly. When you’re married, you just find a number of ways in which to disagree. For instance, what if one of you wants a firm mattress and the other likes a soft one? Usually you need to go to several mattress stockists and try rolling on a dozen examples of each outlet. The first thing that you’re probably going to notice is that you have way too many choices to make any sense of. One of the most expensive options out there is the Sleep Number mattress. Basically, it’s exactly the right kind of concept for a bed for a married couple. It is an air mattress comes that with a remote control. You could turn one side of mattress firm and the other soft all at the same time. As innovative as all of this is, it does tend to be expensive; and anyway, whoever found an air mattress comfortable?

A memory foam mattress can be a particularly meaningful way to arrive at a compromise. Tempur Pedic is the brand to go for, and memory foam beautifully shapes itself to the contours of your body. No matter how much one person moves, the other person just doesn’t feel it. It can be firm while it convinces you that it is soft as well. If a full memory foam mattress seems too expensive, you could choose a memory foam mattress top for perhaps $200.

The problem with sharing a bed when you get married is that at some point, you realize that you no longer have the luxury of having the whole bed to yourself the way you did when you were single. Neither partner in any marriage is likely to be happy to see their space cut down by half. One of the best ways to solve that particular a riddle would be to order a California King bed that gives you an extra 6 inches in length. If a wider bed is what you’re after, buying a mattress that’s King-sized gives you a full extra foot over what you get on a double bed. Buying a mattress together doesn’t have to be a stressful experience. Of course, compromise is essential. You couldn’t ever find a mattress that gave both of you exactly what you wanted. You could come close though.


Growing Into Bigger Mattresses

Americans seem to go via a pattern of progressively larger bed mattresses. Starting using the crib mattress, which at a small 2 ft by 4 ft would barely support an adult curled up in a ball, a person learns about how to sleep lying down by oneself. Typically a youngster will move to a twin sized bed. A twin mattress gives the sleeper more than 3 ft by 6 ft of sleep room and will enable for the growth of a youngster. Little youngsters could possibly locate it cozy to co-sleep with a sibling during a thunderstorm, but these are traditionally single beds. In reality in Europe they're referred to like a single rather than twin bed.

Upon reaching college, the young adult will unforgettable that dorm beds are additional prolonged twin. This can be most likely to accommodate the longer length in the young adult. It absolutely complicates the shopping for this new dorm encounter. Old, familiar sheets are not sufficient any longer.

The subsequent sizes for beds get a tiny bit complicated, and it will need the sheet buyer to be excessively cautious of actual sizes. Numerous persons will say that total and double bed mattress are similar. Definitely they're both usually about 54 inches (or 4 f ft) wide and either 75 or 80 inches extended. The exact same lengths on the twin and long twin extended. Those very same five inches that were a particular purchase for new sheets for college could leave the individual tugging and pulling each single morning to keep the mattress covered. There are not any particular standards for these names so check what the actual measurements are from the bed and try to come across those exact same numbers on the new sheets. A person is likely to discover that a favorite store has many sheet sizes available.

The coming size up is the queen. It's a total five ft across along with the identical 80 inches or 6 2/3 ft from the twin excess prolonged. Although occasionally purchased for any single individual, it is unduly the much more practical choice for two. It still does not offer as much room across individual individual like a twin, but for most adults it would be sufficient.

Any parent knows that once kids can get out of bed, they will begin their stampede in storms and to escape bad dreams. Parents, depending on the cause and their individual taste, will make some room and sacrifice a few added precious inches. These inches multiplly with the family size and some parents suddenly need a King Sized mattress. At more than 6 ft wide two men and women have nearly the exact same amount of room as if two twin beds were following to each other side by side.

Historically as the couple ages just one will blame the other for snoring or expertise insomnia at some point and a person may move back to a smaller mattress in a guest room. This really is of course all a matter of individual taste.


5 Guidelines For Successfully Cleaning Urine

When it comes to removing the smell of urine, you want the best solution possible. Whatever your child falls asleep and wets the bed or your pet was not let out in time, the smell can be annoying. You do not want a temporary fix but would prefer methods that will eliminate the odor completely.

  • The most affordable way to remove the odor from carpet or a rug is to use soap and water. This may take some manual labor but it will work. Use a good liquid detergent that is known for breaking up grease and a durable sponge. Scrub the affected areas two the three times for a few days until the scent is gone. When using this method to get rid of urine in mattress, the soap and water procedure will have to be modified. A mattress can only be scrubbed very well once a day in order for it to dry properly. This should not be repeated continuously either. The best solution for urine in mattress is probably going to be a chemical spray. A great spray chemical product is named Equalizer. This product is also effective in the removal of human urine. It is not a fun task to be the one cleaning mattress urine but it is also not healthy to sleep on a mattress with urine build up either.
  • Another great solution for cleaning mattress urine is to call in the professionals. This is going to cost more money but they normally guarantee their work and the job gets done much faster and efficiently. The professionals normally have everything that is needed to eliminate the urine and smell in half the time it would take an individual to do it themselves.
  • Water and vinegar will also remove the urine stain and smell from carpets. This is also an inexpensive method to use. Using the same procedure as with water and soap, make sure the water and vinegar lathers and do not let it soak for more than 5 or 6 minutes.
  • An aggressive method for cleaning urine is to use an enzyme cleaner. It does not cost as much as paying for a professional but it will cost more than vinegar and water. A good enzyme cleaner will take care of the smell and get rid of the stains. It is always good to test a small area of ​​the item that is being cleaned before applying the solution to the entire area.
  • The best protection that can be used to avoid urine in a carpet is to have hardwood floors. If the home is not already equipped with hardwood floors, it may take a few dollars to get it done but it will save the owner much trouble in the end. The floors will also look beautiful. The best protection for mattresses is to use waterproof mattress pads and a good mattress cover. That way if any accidents happen during the night, the pad and the cover will prevent the urine from soaking into the mattress.


16 Green Ways to Recycle Old Memory Foam Mattress Toppers

Most memory foam mattress toppers have a lifespan of only 5 years. After that the foam loses the ability to regain shape and gradually start to sag. A lot of people change mattress topper after this period, that means there is quite a bit of waste out there. Instead of increasing your carbon foot prints what can you do something more eco-friendly? The most opted option is to recycle the foam as it can be 100% recycled. Some manufactures also take used toppers, so that’s another way.

But instead of just throwing them away I have some unique ideas that will convert your old memory foam mattress topper into something completely new and eco-friendly.

1. Stuffing for toys

Why not? They make an excellent stuffing material for toys. Cut them into small pieces and use them to stuff toys for your kids. Also you can make toys out of them and even sell on eBay or Etsy!

2. Bean bags

A bean bag can be made more comfortable by filling half of it with pieces of memory foam. Or you can sew a new bag and fill it completely with foam pieces, this will give quite a decoration for your living room.

3. Donate

Donate them to the homeless or shelter homes. Many of them do not have enough beds to accommodate homeless people, donating to them would be a good thing you do for the society.

4. Car seat pads

You can cut the foam and use it as padding for car seats. They can also be wrapped in fabric or leather and used as head support.

5. Wheel chair pads

Resize and give them to a person on wheel chair. They can be used as padding and help the person sit more comfortably.

6. Halloween costume

Your old memory foam topper can come handy during Halloween. A lot of costumes require bulges and this is an excellent choice for that.

7. Cushions for hardwood chairs

Not comfortable sitting on your hardwood chair? Make some cushions out of your ‘to be disposed’ topper.

8. Stuffing for pillows

They can be used to make pillows for your kids and pets. Cut them into small pieces and stuff them inside the pillow.

9. Dishwashing sponges

We use hundreds of sponges a year. Why not cut your topper into square pieces and use them as dishwashing sponges. That is a lot better than just throwing them away.

10. Sell on Craigslist

OK, this is not a DIY project. But definitely I have seen people selling and buying old mattress toppers on Craigslist, may be for their own DIY projects.

11. Floor cushions

Cut them into large square pieces and cover them with decorative fabrics. They will make great floor cushions.

12. Pet bed

I wonder why people often forget this. This is an excellent idea to reuse your old topper. Cut it and make a bed for your lovely pet. Cover it with a waterproof cover, the foam doesn’t go well with pee.

13. Headboard

It is an excellent material to be used as padding for a headboard. If you were longing for a headboard for your bed then this is the right time to get one.

14. Use as an outdoor day bed

Use it on a day bed in your garden or patio.

15. Packing, moving material

They can be used to keep things intact while packing and moving. Vacuum storage bags are a good way to keep them stored till needed.

16. Gardening knee cushion

Gardening is an excellent hobby but all that sowing and weeding can be a little tough on your knees. Your old topper will be an excellent choice to make a home-made knee cushion.


Sleep Your Way to Good Health

Massachusetts, without doubt, enjoys an optimum number of resident mattress shops that offer the best of mattresses, furniture, frames and futons in the state. No matter where you might go looking for mattresses in MA, you will be offered only the finest quality of products. Mattresses in MA is specifically designed and manufactured keeping the utmost comfort of its citizens in mind.

Manufacturers of mattresses in MA understand that sleep is a very integral part of a healthy daily routine for all. A good sleep goes a long way in helping to make a person feel physically fit and happy. But a good sleep is not possible without a good, soft and well designed mattress.

For the citizens of Massachusetts, bringing home a mattress or a bed to decorate their bedroom is an easy task, thanks to the wide range of options that are available for them. Many of the stores also offer free home delivery which is extremely beneficial for those who purchase large bedroom sets and furniture.

Mattresses in MA

The number of different types of mattresses available in MA is simply mind blowing. You can browse through the mattresses pamphlet offered in most stores to get an idea about the various types of mattresses available and choose one that is absolutely suited to your requirements.

Some of the main types of mattresses available in Massachusetts include:

– Simmons Beautyrest Classic Mattress
– Gold Bond Lancaster Mattress
– Englander Prestige Mattress
– Gold Bond Hotel Contract Mattress
– Gold Bond Yarmouth Mattress
– Englander Lenox Firm Mattress
– Sleep Master Euro Top Mattress
– Medium Firm Mattress

-Simmons Beautyrest World Class Plush Firm Mattress
– Simmons Beautyrest World Class Super Pillow Top Mattress

Each type of mattress available in MA is specifically designed to meet the distinct requirements of varied people. They are comfortable, luxurious and cost effective.

Beds in Massachusetts

There are a large number of options available for lodging in Massachusetts while looking for beds to purchase. The wide varieties of options available are an absolutely amazing mix of colors, designs, comfort and cost. Some of the most commonly preferred or in demand styles of beds in Massachusetts include:

– Tuscany Platform
– Retro Platform Bed
– New Yorker Platform
– Domain Platform Bed
– Tilbury Platform Bed
– Riviera Platform Bed
– Coronado Platform Bed
– Soho Platform Bed
– Twin Metal Bunk Bed
– Santa Barbara Platform
– Montego Platform Bed
– Wilshire Platform Bed
– Metro Platform Bed
– Cottage Platform Bed
– Pacifica Platform Bed
– Yorkshire Platform Bed

These names are only the tip of the ice berg. With so many options available, it is no wonder that people feel more than a little confused for choice while searching for mattresses in MA.


A Safe Solution For Restful Sleep

It’s often the case that no area of your daily life needs more attention than creating a safe refuge for restful, revitalizing sleep. In lifestyles where we regularly depend on the fast pace of our lives to accomplish all our daily tasks, it can be easy to over look our body’s need for deep and restful sleep. Current studies certainly prove this is most often the case. It can be of great benefit to you and your family to make positive changes in the perception of natural sleep.

Surveys have shown that between 40 and 60 percent of the general population regularly has trouble sleeping. It seems that we sometimes assume that a poor night’s sleep goes hand in hand with daily stress and worries, pressure from job and family obligations and the aches and pains that accompany aging. However, a solid night of sleep is critical for our overall health and well-being. We just can’t put our best foot forward when a poor mattress robs us of the quality sleep we require.

Natural sleep refers to the rhythm of sleep habits that enhance the rest and relaxation that you carry forward into your daily life. Sleep creates a reservoir of recovery from daily stress that we draw upon during our waking hours. When this reservoir is deep and clear with powerful and refreshing energy, we bring the best of ourselves into our work and all our relationships.

A natural latex mattress provides the most comfortable possible sleeping environment, by providing unbelievable support for your body weight and contours. A natural latex mattress is generally a simple configuration that bypasses the concerns that have developed as the result of the widespread use of chemical fire-retardants in many conventional innerspring mattresses. Current labeling does not require labeling that lists chemicals contained in the ticking of the innerspring mattress.

Pollution, in all its forms, has become a justifiable concern in our modern life. Studies have shown that our indoor air is often 3-5 times more polluted in than the air outside. Often it is the very chemicals we use to clean that contribute to air quality problems inside the home. In addition, most bedding and mattresses are treated with a variety of chemicals. Most conventional innerspring mattresses contain chemical fire-retardants and formaldehyde is commonly used to create wrinkle free sheets.

Certainly chemicals have provided tremendous improvements in our health and quality of life, but the proximity of harsh or toxic chemicals while you are sleeping is best to avoid. The popularity of the latex mattress, using natural materials in the cover instead of chemical fire-retardants, should come as no surprise. When we consider that a full third of our life is spent in the bedroom, it makes sense to choose the most careful approach in creating a safe refuge that is as chemical and toxin free as possible.

To upgrade your existing mattress and to provide a barrier from any possible chemicals, consider the purchase of a natural latex topper of 2″ or 3″. A latex topper is also a great introduction to the unsurpassed sleep comfort of latex foam, nature’s finest sleep surface.

The other important components for safe sleeping are chemical free sheets, blankets and pillows. The best materials are free of synthetic dyes, bleaches and wrinkle proofing treatments. Organic cotton and wool are great choices, and can easily found on-line. Natural pillows filled with buckwheat, natural latex and cotton or wool provide safe sleep comfort free of chemical and dust mites.

Be aware of the changes in your life that can signal the need for a new mattress or indicate that your sleep habits can be improved such as deep fatigue during yours hours at work, general irritability, weight gain or loss and general lethargy. If you are waking up uncomfortable or tired, it’s time for a new mattress. Provide your body with the rest and recovery it needs, you’ll find benefits in every area of your life.


What Are The Different Mattress Measurements?

Many people simply focus on the manufacturer and the soft or hardness they are looking for when choosing a mattress. What is often overlooked are the measurements of the different mattresses. You need to consider before choosing the right mattress for you and your partner is the length and width. These measurements account for movement during the night, the size of the people sleeping and the length of the people sleeping. The last thing you want is to get your mattress home and sleep with your feet hanging off the end each and every night.

The measurements of the USA mattresses are as follows:

o Twin Size: 39 "wide X 75" long

o Long Twin Size: 39 "wide X 80" long

o Double / Full: 54 "wide X 75" long

o Queen Size: 60 "wide X 80" long

o California King Size: 72 "wide X 84" long

o King Size: 78 "wide X 80" long

These are the standard measurements for mattresses of all brands and manufacturers. You will find that by simply knowing this information your success in purchasing a high quality and most importantly comfortable mattress will increase.

With so many different factors to consider when buying a mattress it can be easy to neglect the measurements and it is important to remember that these measurements are not only important for your sleep comfort but for your room as well. Someone with a small bedroom should not be investing in a king size bed that will take up every inch of space, just as someone else with a large room should consider a larger bed than a twin. These are all factors that need to be taken into consideration before a mattress is purchased.

Mattress measurements have retained the same for many years now so once you know them, you can use this information to your advantage for life. Again, it may seem pretty simple, but you never know when this kind of information is going to come in handy!


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