Old school flippable mattress?
Jun 9, 2011 6:10 PM
Joined: Jun 8, 2011
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Does anyone know of a good firm just old school flippable mattress out there these days for a pretty inexpensive price?

It seems like a lot of the non-flip mattresses these days are using a lot of cheap materials to pad them up and then it breaks down quickly.

In our guest room, we have a Spring Air firm back supporter and a cheap old foam cover, which works well.

I was debating if I need a full latex mattress, or if there is a decent reliable firm inexpensive mattress out there that people would recommend, I would be open to getting that and putting a 2 or 3" latex topper on it.

Any ideas?

Re: Old school flippable mattress?
Reply #4 Jun 11, 2011 8:15 AM
Location: NE Ohio / NW Pennsylvania
Joined: Aug 26, 2010
Points: 62
I'm in NW PA.   I like a really ultra firm mattress.  The two current models that I liked the best are Imperial Bedding #640 (Huntington, WV), and Original Mattress Factory (several factories but probabably not any in TX) Orthopedic Ultra Firm with the edge supports.   What I ended up buying is a discontiuned Therapedic (Orwell, OH) single sided that I got for only $350 brand new in queen size.   It is extra firm and has about the same ultra firm feel as the OFM set.  The store told me that the set had originally sold for $800.  (The mattress I bought was made in 2008, and probably didn't sell just because it is so firm and the older population here goes for the pilow tops.)   The OMF set was going to be $949 + $50 delivery for the set with a split box.  The Imperial set would have been about $1150 + delivery, with the split box option.


There are some older threads on here, like from last Fall, discussing 2-sided.   King Koil, Englander, and several smaller regional brands were mentioned.   The "S brands" don't do 2-sided anymore.


If you check your local Craigslist, you can sometimes pick up a really nice like-new single-piece foundation or box spring that someone jettisoned b/c either they got a platform bed or they had to get a split foundation that they could get into their BR.  I lucked out and got an Imperial Bedding split box (queen size) for FREE on CL, because the people bought a platform bed and wanted the split box out of the house.  All I had to do was drive over and pick it up.   So, for $350 + 6% PA tax, and fuel cost, I got a really decent queen sized bedding set.   I plan to buy the OMF set in a year or so after I move out of the place I am renting while I'm on temporary assignment.  But I'm really happy with what I got for $350, lol.

I tried the current model by Therapedic that's firm and 2-sided, and I didn't find it firm enough.  But it sells for something like $600 a set or so.  Felt too squishy to me, and also had no edge support.  Felt cheap compared to the one I bought.   The mattress that I bought has very firm edge support and might be a Verticoil spring.  I don't really know.  The price was right.  I'm going to look up the model number and post it later.  I don't know whether Temperpedic makes a 2-sided one like that now, or not.

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