After scoring such a good deal on the bunk beds we had a little wiggle room in our budget. Which is a good thing because budgeting for a second baby can get expensive quick! Even if the second baby is the same gender as the first, especially if you have them close together like we did. Next on our list of things to buy was a mattress for just the bottom bunk of the bunk beds. The bunk beds we purchased do not require box springs which would save us some money. I started checking the sales advertisements from various mattress and furniture stores.
Apparently, most stores only sell twin mattresses and box springs in sets. The stores also do not allow you to purchase just the mattress that is in the advertisement. You have to purchase a different mattress and it is priced way higher than the set that is on sale. I find this very frustrating and dumb. I understand that the advertisement was for a certain item I totally get that. I suppose if I really wanted to I could buy the set and then dispose of the box spring. To me that just seems like a waste.
I was explaining all this to James one evening when he suggested we go to the Original Mattress Factory and see what they had to offer. That following Saturday we got up and drove out to Winter Park to do some mattress shopping. The sales associate who helped us was very good. I told him we were looking for a mattress for our toddler daughter to go on her bunk bed. He showed us two different models that had mattress heights that would work on a bunk bed. The first one was a firm model it was nice but a little too firm for my comfort (and probably Cakey’s as well). The second one was firm but soft and comforting at the same time. James laid down on it and looked like he was not going to get up! There was only $20 difference between the two so we opted for the second model.
Originally, we had decided to only buy one mattress because we were not using the top bunk just yet. James and I are both very rational people. We had been discussing reasons why we might need two mattresses versus just one mattress. One of our main reasons was that we might need help before or after the delivery of our next daughter. This hypothetical help would need somewhere to sleep. In the end we decided to go ahead and purchase two mattresses. If you remember in our original budget we had only planned to spend $250. The mattresses ended up costing us about $365 (after tax). This was a difference of $115 extra. It’s a good thing we saved so much on the bunk beds!
Coming up next week bedding and guard rails.
Have a blessed day!
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