January 8, 2014 § Leave a comment
Do you find yourself snoozing at work because you’re not getting enough sleep? Has a lack of slumber made you so irritable lately that you’ve become your neighborhood’s road rage champion? Well, you shouldn’t resign yourself to inadequate sleep. Instead, know that the right mattress can work magic: It can put you to sleep and keep you asleep.
First of all, after about seven or eight years, a mattress starts to deteriorate, and it’s time for a new one. Similarly, any mattress that’s even slightly uncomfortable must go.
One way to locate the ideal mattress is to remain on the lookout. That is, whenever you sleep somewhere besides your own bed—whether it’s a hotel or a friend’s summer home—and you find the mattress to be especially comfy, ask about that mattress. Find out its name and manufacturer.
Take your time during your shopping excursion. Lie on as many mattresses as you can. Whenever you investigate one of these products, get into your favorite sleeping position and stay there for about 15 minutes. And don’t worry about what other customers might think about your lengthy lying-down sessions.
The mattress that you choose should support and cradle your entire body. Your weight should be evenly distributed across its surface. And when you’re on it, no section of your spinal column should dip lower than the rest.
Keep in mind that your personal preferences should play a huge role in your ultimate decision. Perhaps foam mattresses appeal to your body. Maybe your muscles crave cotton. Whatever the case, trust your gut—and your neck, back, shoulders, and so on.
In addition, if you suffer from allergies, your best bet might be to select a hypoallergenic mattress. A mattress cover could also prevent you from sneezing and wheezing during the night.
Finally, if you have any questions about the fine art of mattress shopping, please don’t hesitate to stop by one of our Cardi’s Furniture stores, conveniently located in MA and RI. Visit our website to browse our extensive inventory, or call to speak to one of our friendly mattress experts.
November 20, 2013 § Leave a comment
Sciatica is a painful and at times debilitating condition in which a small muscle called the piriformis irritates the sciatic nerve. Sciatica is characterized by nerve impingement, which not only causes immense pain, but it also can result in temporary paralysis. The pain often begins in the lower back and radiates down the back of the thigh.
Causes of Sciatica
Sciatica itself is not actually a medical diagnosis. It’s the result of one or more underlying conditions, such as spinal stenosis, a herniated disc, chronic overuse, or previous injuries.
Sitting for extended periods of time will further aggravate sciatica as will sleeping on a poor-quality mattress. Most doctors will say that if you wake up with stiff and sore muscles, it’s likely your mattress is to blame. While there are some recommended exercises and stretches you can do to help deal with the pain, a visit to a furniture store might work wonders.
Joining Goldilocks On Her Search
Your bed should be a comfortable place to catch up on your beauty sleep. But, if you still feel tired after a full night of sleep, then you probably need to swap out your old mattress for a new one. Be warned that not just any mattress will do. Like Goldilocks on her search for a napping spot in the house of the three bears, a mattress that is too hard or too soft will have you waking up with even more back pain than when you went to sleep. Goldilocks found exactly what you’re looking for, the mattress that is just right!
Cardi’s furniture stores bring shoppers in MA and RI the perfect combination of innovative technology and common sense with mattresses designed to enhance your sleep experience. Each mattress has unique features that work to relieve pressure in the exact spots that are linked with back pain and discomfort. Reducing the amount of pressure on your spine is critical for dealing with and even preventing sciatica. Here are a few worthy considerations:
• The ComforPedic mattress responds to the unique shape and movements of your body, providing you with customized cushion and support right where you need it the most.
• The iComfort’s MicroSupport gel offers outstanding support while alleviating the pressure from your joints.
• The unique Pocketed Coil Technology found in the Beautyrest is made up of individually wrapped springs that independently adjust to shifting weight and movement as you sleep. This mattress conforms to the contour of your body.
• The Serta Perfect Sleeper boasts a Continuous Support Innerspring that delivers proper back support to help reduce the lower back pain associated with sciatica.
October 30, 2013 § Leave a comment
If you’re similar to the average person, you spend at least 2,500 hours a year on your mattress. That’s more than 100 days spent with your body pressed against a mixture of synthetic and natural fibers, nestling into your pillow top or blissfully resting on your memory foam. Those hours don’t even include the time spent eating breakfast in bed or lounging in front of the TV. With all this time spent on that soft cloud of furniture, do you ever stop to consider what it’s made of? What’s more, when it’s time to buy a new one, how do you decide whether you want a plush, eurotop or firm mattress? Find out what a mattress is made of so you can head to the store armed with information to help you buy the piece of furniture on which you’ll be spending about 30% of your lifetime.
Most mattress spring and coil systems will outlast the mattress upholstery and foam padding. Offset and continuous wire innersprings are used in less expensive mattresses and involve springs that are attached by wire in a way that creates an interconnected system. That means that if your partner or your small cat moves in the bed, you’re going to feel it. In mattresses with individual coils, each spring is wrapped in cloth. These types of mattresses allow your toddler to jump on your spouse’s side of the bed while you sleep peacefully on the other side, feeling nothing. Although many manufacturers list a coil count, it’s not likely to affect your comfort or the resilience of your mattress.
Over the springs and under the outer upholstery lies a layer of padding. This keeps the innerspring system from poking you while you sleep and provides extra comfort. There are typically multiple layers of foam used in mattress construction. These keep you comfortable and provide that cushy cloud or firm foundation. The padding can be made of polyurethane foam, memory foam or latex. Your comfort when lying on a mattress will help you determine which type of mattress to buy. Different people prefer different types of foam to keep them comfortable.
Staying in Line
When it comes to choosing a mattress, it all boils down to comfort. When a mattress can provide the balance of support and softness that you need to keep your spine aligned while you sleep, you’ll wake up happy. The researchers at Sealy use robots that pound the mattresses over and over again to simulate the continual nights of abuse a mattress might get. This article describes how this research is used to build a better mattress. No matter what the research says, choosing a mattress is a personal decision. Visit us at Cardi’s Furniture for expert advice on selecting the best mattress for you.
October 21, 2013 § Leave a comment
If your daughter is more tween than child, more purple than pink, it might be time to update her princess-themed room. Chances are she wants to show off her individuality and prove that she’s not a little girl anymore. While she’ll always be your little princess, you can make her room reflect her maturing style and personality with five easy updates.
Color is key
Whether you’re repainting the whole room or adding color with bedding, think about scrapping the pastels in exchange for bolder, jewel-toned hues. Bubble-gum pink can be replaced by daring magenta. Lavender is punched up a notch with royal purple. Juicy orange contrasts well with the light pink that may have dominated the room before.
Choose furniture that will grow with her
Is your not-so-little one outgrowing her twin bed? Now’s the time to revamp her bedroom with furniture she can take with her to college and beyond. A bed with a headboard lends a grown-up look to a feminine room. Moving the bunk bed to the guest room in exchange for a queen bed in your daughter’s room will give her a comfortable place to hang out with friends or do homework. A wide dresser with a mirror brings a classy look to a girl’s room and gives her a place to get ready for parties and proms.
Since you’re not child proofing the room anymore, you can bring in some sophisticated accessories to dress up the room and show off your daughter’s personality. Have her help you pick out some modern lamps, or choose a simple but brightly colored vase filled with flowers from the garden.
Exchange posters for frames
Although she may have a shrine to her favorite musicians or actors tacked to her wall, maybe she can transfer those posters to a scrapbook and select some framed art prints to hang up. Find vintage frames at antique shops or thrift stores and spray paint them in bright or unexpected colors to maintain a trendy look. For an even funkier look, use an ornate frame as a stencil to make a chalkboard.
Reconsider her storage solutions
Remove toy boxes in exchange for bookcases and desks. Your little diva needs a place to study. She might also want to put away her stuffed animals and display her music collection. A great-sounding stereo system can sit on a bookshelf next to her favorite paperbacks, and her new accessories can be displayed on a well-designed hutch. Start getting your little princess ready for the real world by shopping at Cardi’s Furniture in MA and RI.
May 2, 2013 § Leave a comment
If you sleep at least the recommended eight hours a night, you’re spending a third of your life in bed—and that doesn’t count the time spent there while reading, watching TV or otherwise relaxing. When it comes to comfort and health, your mattress is easily the most important piece of furniture in your home.
Unfortunately, not even the best mattresses can last forever. They all need to be replaced around every 10 years or major health problems can ensue. Are you starting to suspect that it’s time for a new mattress? Here are some signs that your old mattress is at the end of its life:
1. You wake up with aches and pains: Waking up with a sore back, a stiff neck or numb and tingling extremities is a sure sign of problems with your sleeping surface. If you’ve recently begun to feel more tired than usual when you wake up in the morning, your mattress might be to blame. Similarly, if you start raving about the mattress in your uncle’s RV or a cheap roadside motel, your own bed might be lacking.
2. Your allergies worsen overnight: Like all soft home furnishings, mattresses are a safe harbor for dust mites, pollen and other allergens that can lead to or exacerbate asthma, congestion, coughing, skin rashes and a host of other unpleasant conditions. And this is no minor problem. According to WebMD, over the course of 10 years, your mattress may double in weight as it fills up with dead dust mites and their droppings.
You can protect yourself from allergens by washing your bedding frequently, cleaning your mattress twice a year and using a hypoallergenic, easy-to-clean mattress cover made of plastic or vinyl. But eventually, all mattresses need to be replaced—your health is at stake!
3. Your mattress is visibly damaged: A mattress stops providing optimal support long before it looks worn out. So if your mattress is saggy, lumpy or misshapen, it’s a safe bet that it is overdue for replacement. The edges are usually the first part of a mattress to break down, so check those out to test your mattress’s health. And if your mattress has started creaking, sighing or otherwise trying to join in your bedroom conversations, you know what that means: it’s got to go!
If any of the conditions above apply, it’s probably time to invest in a new mattress. No matter how well you care for them, mattresses don’t stay in good condition for more than 10 years. So, don’t delay! Head down to Cardi’s furniture and mattress stores in MA and RI for a mattress that will leave you feeling well rested and ready to start the next day.
February 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic backaches and pain that is made worse by the wrong mattress. The memory foam technology used in Tempur-Pedic mattresses can be beneficial for people dealing with these pains and restless nights.
Brief History of Tempur-Pedic
The memory foam used in Tempur-Pedic mattresses was originally developed in the 1970s as a way for NASA to provide cushioning for astronauts who were in a shuttle during takeoff. Although the material was not developed for commercial use, a version of the memory foam was developed throughout the 1980s. It wasn’t until the 1990s that memory foam mattresses were introduced to the public.
How Tempur-Pedic Works
The patented memory foam used in Tempur-Pedic mattresses is resistant to dust mites and other allergens that accumulate in standard types of mattresses, so Tempur-Pedic mattresses are a good choice for allergy sufferers.
Instead of hard metal springs that push against a person’s body and cause discomfort, memory foam conforms to the shape of any body while providing support.
Benefits of a Tempur-Pedic Mattress
When memory foam conforms to a person’s body, the pressure points that are associated with a standard mattress are eliminated. This means that any aches or pains that are experienced as a result of daily activity will not be made worse by the pressure put on the body by a mattress.
Couples who have trouble agreeing on a mattress type can benefit from purchasing a Tempur-Pedic mattress because of its ability to conform to a specific body. Tempur-Pedic mattresses are not soft or hard like traditional mattresses because of the conforming property of the memory foam. This memory foam has a density of 5.3 pounds to adequately support the body weight of anyone using the mattress.
If you’re looking for an affordable, high-quality Tempur-Pedic mattress to help with your backaches and pains, visit Cardi’s furniture and mattress stores in MA and RI. We have decades of experience helping customers pick the perfect furniture pieces to complete a room, without compromising comfort.
November 9, 2012 § 1 Comment
Arranging furniture and belongings in a small bedroom often presents a challenging issue: do you sacrifice a large, comfortable bed in order to fit other items into the area or do you indulge in a more substantial sleeping space and forego floor space and other accessories in the room? Fortunately, there are a variety of simple solutions to this common problem, all of which combine comfort, convenience and style in even the smallest bedrooms.
Take a tip from the home design experts at Better Homes and Gardens and choose bedroom furniture that promotes an illusion of more space throughout the room. Cardi’s furniture stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island carry sleek, streamlined bedroom pieces and collections that are designed to afford both comfort and convenience without sacrificing size and function.
If you are concerned about not having enough space to store items you use every day, check out a tall, slim cabinet or shelving unit that offers open accessibility without taking up much room. Utilizing your wall space for storage purposes is the single easiest solution to a crowded, cluttered bedroom. Organize books, framed photos, knick knacks and other small items within the ample space provided by a tall bookshelf unit. The height of the bookshelf draws the eyes upward, giving the appearance of a higher ceiling and a more spacious room in general.
Make your small bedroom look larger and more inviting by making your bed the primary focal point of the space. Cardi’s mattress stores in MA and RI offers a large selection of high quality, comfortable mattresses from all of the top manufacturers in the industry. Choose from twin, full, queen and king mattresses at all levels of firmness for a bedroom custom tailored to your needs and preferences. After you have chosen your mattress, browse the bedroom sets and furniture collections available as well to put the finishing touches on your room.
Another way to bring some much needed space into your bedroom is featuring furniture (such as bookshelves and night stands) in light stains or paint colors. Choose a dresser with a tall mirror to instantly add depth and space to even the smallest bedrooms in your home. For more expert ideas, check out how HGTV pros make a small room seem much more comfortable and spacious.