So, that's why my back hurts! (partly)
I've been noticing when I climb into bed at night to read (at an absurdly early time), things seem more sunken. We have a very old platform bed that I bought in Central Square (Cambridge) years ago in my twenties. It's the same bed we're using now. It's your typical cheap wood-and-fiberboard bed platform that screws together in the middle and you can get drawers that roll under the bed.
On top of the platform rests our foam mattress -- an embarrassingly aged piece of foam if there ever was one. DH has had that since well before I met him (that's 20+ years). We're not big shoppers and tend to live with what we have.
So, this morning after I got out of bed and saw the crater where my body was, I thought something is up. I lifted up the foam mattress and noticed that the fiberboard is tearing and the bed pieces are separating where they are screwed together! Oh my gosh. While I don't think the bed collapsing explains all of my back problems (soreness, sciatica), I would say that this has a lot to do with it.
I told DH it's time for a new, grownup bed. He agreed. But now, I don't know which way to turn. Aside from sleeping at friends' houses or in a bed shop, how does one evaluate mattresses? Should we get a traditional mattress and boxspring? Do we go for one of those memory-foam things that cost a mint? I think I'm actually ready to move on form foam, to be honest. Any advice from readers? And what about a bed frame? Do y'all have a headboard? Has it improved your life tremendously? I keep thinking a headboard would be real nice for reading.
Pics to follow of collapsing bed!
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