What makes a mattress a “luxury” mattress?
Are they just the same standard materials that you get on any store mattress at any run of the mill retailer?
What really sets apart a luxury mattress from a regular mattress that justifies the premium financial investment from you?
Is the luxury mattress you are considering just the same usual construction and design?
How long is the manufacturer willing to stand behind their product with their warranty?
How much of that warranty is prorated?
How about the comfort and the longevity?
The average spring or memory foam mattress needs to replaced at least every five to seven years due to wear and compression of the materials. Sometimes in as little as one to three years time.
If you like so many other purchasers have paid several thousand dollars for a mattress that felt and looked great in the store and you were sure because you had paid a large amount of money that you must have gotten a high quality luxury mattress only to discover a short time down the road the mattress had to be replaced due to wear and lack of support then you are not alone.
This is an all too common scenario. A truly high quality product such as a luxury mattress should be defined not only by its comfort but by its quality, the quality of the materials, the quality of the service and also its longevity and the manufacturer’s willingness to back their product with their warranty in writing.
Brand name mattress companies offer warranties on their products ranging anywhere from one year to twenty years. Ten years or less is more the standard length of warranty in most cases with the “premium” models at the higher end of the range but at a much higher price point of course.
Here at Dormio our standard mattress warranty is twenty years with the first ten years non-pro rated.
For a luxury mattress to truly be able to worthy of the term luxury mattress, the materials cannot be the same as any other typical mattress out there, they must exceed the standards of the conventional. If you are familiar with the retail clothing industry and the extremely high mark ups then you know your usual cotton mill is producing cotton at extremely low costs and with chemical fertilizers, rodenticides, fungicides etc.
Just like how a great chef will only use the best organic ingredients in his or her dishes, we only use the best organic materials in our mattresses. We have scoured the four corners of the Earth to bring you the best certified organic cotton, certified organic wool and certified organic latex from rubber trees and crafted them together in Canada to delight the palate of the bedding connoisseur.
What is another major defining factor of all luxury products? Exclusivity. You won’t find our beds in department stores, big box chain stores, discount retailers, ebay, flea markets, etc. Regardless of the inquiries we have had to wholesale our goods to other retailers, we have declined these offers to ensure the brand and its quality and service are represented at its best by our own staff who are not selling just any brand of many on their showroom floor for a commission.
Personalized fit. Much like a great suit made by a great tailor on Savile row in London, our extensive lineup and modular options allow us to tailor the bed to give you as much of a bespoke feel that a bed can offer. Add to that an electrically adjustable base option and you have the continual customization at your finger-tips that even Royalty of eras gone by would have envied.
So to sum up here are the great features that make Dormio Organic Beds a luxury mattress
Highest quality certified organic materials
Crafted in Canada
20 year warranty
Modular adjustability and personal customization to suit your personal preferences
All these features together create the ultimate luxury sleep oasis
We are often asked why we sometimes enclose the latex layers in a sock while other times choose not to. There is a lot of misinformation about why the sock is used and we want to clear this issue up for the consumer. The comment we hear most often from shoppers is that someone has told them the sock makes the latex last longer. If you look at the design of the sock itself and the coverings used to make the mattress, this is not only counter-intuitive but completely inaccurate. We have researched this nauseam with experts in the field and there is no evidence to back this claim up. Even the manufacturers that use the sock make no such claims.
At Dormio we have mattresses both with the sock and without. The use or absence of the sock is for very distinct reasons.
Why we use the sock.
The sock has two main purposes. On the manufacturing end, it makes handling of the latex layers much easier since moving the latex cores is eased by the slippery surface provided by the sock – latex without the sock tends to stick together. Unfortunately this ease of movement is a detriment in some mattress designs, such as those with multiple 2 to 6 inch latex layers encased within one cover. The other real reason to use the sock is to change the feel of the bed. Latex mattresses are generally made of the same materials – latex, wool and cotton. In order to ensure a broad selection of comfort levels that appeal to all consumers, various methods are used to adjust the feel and support of the mattress. One of these methods is to put the latex in a sock. This will firm up the mattress in those models where it is desirable and there is no concern about internal layers slipping. Our Premium and Premium Plus lines both use the sock since we are looking to achieve a firmer mattress style overall in those lines. The modular nature of the mattresses removes any worry of internal layer slippage.
The Ashton Mattress design shown is a perfect example of a mattress that works well with the latex sock. Each layer of the mattress is separate within its own cover and our aim is to have a firmer core that is offset by the softer topper layers on top.
Why we don’t use the sock.
As I mentioned above, the sock presents a problem in mattresses featuring multiple layers all contained within one cover. This is often referred to as a tight top design. Here, if we used the sock, the internal layers of latex will be prone to slippage through day to day movement on the mattress. This is a particular problem with dual sided designs and designs where multiple pieces are used within the same layer. Like tectonic plates, the layers can move around and sometimes slide underneath one another leaving lumps in the centre or gaps in the centre with lumps around the side of the mattress. To avoid this problem, our mattresses that have multiple layers enclosed within a single cover are left without the sock allowing the natural adhesion between the latex layers to hold the pieces all together. This ensures a nice even sleep surface throughout the life of the mattress. We can readily demonstrate this action at the store when you come by.
The Stratus Mattress pictured is an excellent example of when the sock is not a good idea. First the great flexibility in comfort levels precludes the need for the sock to firm up the mattress. Second, the number of layers would not hold together properly if the sock was used.
Is a latex mattress made with the sock better or worse?
The answer is that you have to know when to use the sock and when not to. The sock doesn’t reflect better quality and if used incorrectly (such as in a multi layered unit within one cover) then the sock becomes a problem because of the shifting. This is multiplied several times over when as many as 6 pieces of latex tiles are used to form one layer. One has to look at the overall design of the mattress to see what works best.
You work out religiously. Your diet is locked down better than an MMA fighter cutting weight for a fight (or so you think.) Your pants are still too tight. Why? One possible and much overlooked reason is lack of proper sleep. Studies show that when you are tired, your frontal lobe loses some of its ability to control impulse actions and exhibits impaired decision making. Your brain also starts looking for rewards to make you feel better. So maybe you indulge just a bit more than you actually think. That doesn’t tell the whole story though. The impact of hormones on weight control is better understood all the time. Leptin tells you when you are full and Ghrelin tells you when to eat. Studies show that a lack of good sleep causes your Ghrelin levels to increase and Leptin levels to decrease. Couple that with an increase in Cortisol (the stress hormone) telling your body to conserve energy and you have a perfect storm for a little more around the middle. Unfortunately, you can’t use this as an excuse to get a cool 10 hours an night though, a study out of Quebec found that people who sleep 5-6 hours or 9-10 hours where 35% and 25% more likely to experience weight gain than the people who slept 7-8 hours. So get a solid 8 hours of sleep and you will be surprised at the benefits.
Dormio Power Bases
Power Bases, also called adjustable beds, are not just for the elderly and sick anymore. Today’s models have more powerful reliable motors, advanced wireless remotes with programmability and smartphone integration. They are also stylish with furniture grade colour and fabric options, skirts and matching headboards.
There are many health benefits to be gleaned from a powerbase. Most people think of relief for chronic orthopaedic issues but that is just the start. Acute injuries can heal faster since elevation of the injured area is be easier thereby helping to reduce bruising and swelling. Circulatory problems can be improved because the heart doesn’t have to work as hard to move blood quickly. Many people report improved digestion and a reduction in snoring and sleep apnea. A power base will also be an indispensable friend during pregnancy.
Just as important as the health benefits are the lifestyle benefits. In today’s 24/7 work culture more people are finding that work doesn’t go away just because it is bed time. So if you are working why not be comfortable? Working on a laptop or surfing the net on a tablet in bed is so much easier and more enjoyable if you can adjust you position properly. Trying to balance on a pile of pillows or leaning against a hard wall at a 90 degree angle can be a thing of the past. New advanced massage with wave and pulse features, timers and soft awake alarms are other wonderful options.
At Dormio we have several power base options available so we definitely have one for your needs and budget.
Moisture control in mattresses and bedding.
Often overlooked by traditional manufacturers, moisture control in mattresses and bedding is probably the most important factor in creating a successful sleep environment.
When we sleep we perspire. If that moisture remains next to our body we get clammy and hot. Often to alleviate this issue we will throw off the blankets causing the moisture to evaporate quickly and cooling us so fast we get a chill. Then we repeat the process over and over destroying any hope of a decent night sleep.
To ensure the comfort of our mattress and bedding products we use two natural fibres – Wool and Alpaca. I will expand on Alpaca later but first let’s look at why wool is great for moisture control. Wool will continue to feel dry even when it has absorbed 30% – 50% of its weight in moisture. Capillary action (wicking) moves the moisture along the fibres and away from your body. Wool has a very fast drying rate so it releases the moisture that has been drawn away from you into the air keeping you warm and dry; not hot and sweaty. Alpaca’s fibre is hollow and it works like wool but even better with faster drying and better capillary action. It does not contain lanolin which we love for its antibacterial and anti-dust mite properties so we use Alpaca in pillows and duvets, blended with 30% to 50% wool.
In closing, research with tell you there are many synthetic wicking fibres on the market today. They are used in sportswear and some traditional mattresses and show excellent capillary action. Unfortunately tests show they do not offer the quick drying ability of wool and also have the problem of trapping fats and bacteria in the fibre pores resulting in odour. Most of us have purchased these high tech garments and have been stunned by the seemingly impossible to remove smell after just a few workouts. Manufacturers combat this problem by adding even more chemicals to combat the odour – something none of us need in our chemical soaked environment. This is why we have no doubt Wool and Alpaca are the best fibres for moisture control in mattresses and bedding.