Mr D and I bought our bed almost 20 years ago.
It was an impulse buy, whilst we were shopping at Spitalfields Market, one wintery weekend. I say impulse, as we already had an IKEA one but decided that this bedframe was not just for Christmas — it was going to be for life.
Crafted in wrought iron by an artisan metal worker, who had a little shop in the market, I fell in love with it at first sight.
For years it seemed like that bed was an extravagant purchase. It’s a superking and absolutely HUGE! A mammoth 6′ by 6’6 — with a 5′ high headboard — it seemed like an excessive buy for a young couple. Especially a couple without children.
It’s SO big that my boy and I can stretch out and only barely touch each other. Like a huge boat, it’s dominated every bedroom we’ve ever had but — as a bedroom is (predominantly) for sleeping — we figured why not?
Plus going to bed has always been one of the highlights of my day; that delicious feeling, when you’re cosy and warm in a comfortable bed, knowing that you don’t have to get up for hours is one of my favourite things. OK, this has been *slightly* hampered by the addition of our two little sons but — thankfully — they seem to crave their sleep just as much as their mama, so broken nights are few and far between nowadays.
Anyway, a couple of months ago we were asked if we’d like to review a new mattress. I was a little reserved to begin with — we’ve always bought traditional, handcrafted mattresses for the big bed. We’ve had two in the last 19 years and they’ve both been by Hypnos.
Our old mattresses were both sprung and hand tufted; and filled with horsehair and lambswool. Sound like antiques don’t they? But they’ve always been so comfortable and — given the fact that we spend a third of our lives asleep — a decent mattress is a good investment.
The Leesa mattress couldn’t be more different.
No springs, no traditional hand tufted buttons — it’s made of state of the art foam.
A dense 12cm bottom layer, to give amazing support. A middle layer of memory foam, to give comfort. And finally, a top layer — made from a special cooling foam — that allows decent air-flow, so you don’t get too hot. Not a horse hair in sight.
Leesa are SO confident that you’ll fall in love with their mattresses — if you don’t like yours within 100 nights — you can send it back, no questions asked, and you’ll receive a full refund.
Plus — if this should happen — they’ll donate your mattress to charity, ensuring that someone who really needs it, will get a good night’s sleep. The philanthropic efforts don’t end there either, they’ve recently launched their ‘One Earth’ programme, which plants a tree for every mattress sold, to help offset their carbon footprint.
Sounds good doesn’t it?
Another thing that sounded good was the price. Because Leesa don’t operate out of a high street store, they are able to deliver a luxury mattress for a third of the price. Essentially a premium mattress, without the premium price tag.
£390 for a single, £590 for a double, £690 for a king and an incredibly competitive £740 for a superking.
And finally — if that wasn’t enticing enough — this mattress has got an amazing USP. It comes in a box.
Perfect for people like us who live in a house with restricted access.
Getting a superking sized mattress through the narrow doors and navigating the tight corridors in our little cottage proved fairly tricky — let alone getting it up the stairs — so much so, we had to take the bannister off when we moved in!
There was no need for that though with our new Leesa mattress, as it came magically packed into a modest sized box. We almost couldn’t believe there was a full sized mattress in there. But there was!! And seeing it expand is pretty amazing too!
I’ve made a little film, so you can see for yourself.
I’m going to reserve judgement on the comfort aspect of the Leesa mattress until a month is up — to really put it through it’s paces — but must just say that, we’ve been using it for a week now, and I’ve been sleeping pretty darn well. Very well in fact.
So it looks like our beautiful wrought iron bedstead has a new sleeping partner.
And it also seems that, whilst our lovely big bed appeared to be a nonsensical purchase for just the two of us, since the arrival of our tiny sons, it’s now exactly the right size.
Funny how things work out isn’t it?
I was gifted a superking sized Leesa mattress for the purposes of this review; all photos, thoughts and words — as ever — are entirely my own.