I hate to say this, but I think I screwed up big time. I bought a firm Excelsior model a little over a year ago back when I was a single guy. Met the soon to be wife shortly after getting the bed and guess what? The mattress absolutely kills her back because her body type isn't suited for a firm mattress. At first I was in denial and thought she might be able to adjust to it, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. Now... she hasn't said that the mattress has to go, but unless we want to sleep in separate beds for the rest of our lives (I don't), something has to give. Between this and paying for medical school, the bed simply must go.
Does anyone have any experience with selling a used high priced bed? A luxury bed must be one of the most illiquid assets one could own, so I have no clue what to do in this scenario. I'm really weary of using Craiglist for a high priced item like this. Friends and family aren't interested and the credit from selling it to Hastens is measly.
"the credit from selling it to Hastens is measly"
Any chance the store you bought if from would be willing to give you a decent credit if you were to apply it to two twin XL's of different firmnesses to put side by side? It's a long shot, I know, but the worst that can happen is you get rejected. Another thought if your room is big enough: if you have a queen, get a twin XL of same height for her (not necessarily a Hastens - just whatever works for her) and put that next to yours. (If you have a double, then just a twin is the same length). You would have to dress them separately (unless you can find someone to make you custom bedding), but an oversized king comforter should allow you to share the top cover. Another option would be to ditch the Hastens topper but keep the base mattress, then start rebuilding the top with either memory foam or latex. You could even have different firmnesses on the top for each of you. And the last option, which you are understandably avoiding, is to have separate beds. You mention medical school so on those nights when you come in late or are up very late studying and you don't want to disturb her, you could sleep on your Hastens. If your Hastens has been your dream bed for this last year, I would find a way to keep it using one of the above options. Good luck.
Congratulations and sorry at the same time! Life does throw curve balls.
Diane has some good ideas.
My first question would be, what would you do to replace it? Get something softer that might not work for you? That would not be a great solution either (unless you went with latex that could be customized on both sides). So, you might be better off trying to make what you have work.
Or as Diane suggested, maybe ditch the top layer and get 2 half layers, one soft one firm. On your side, you could stick with the same thing you have just smaller and find something softer for your wife. Or just add something to make the whole thing softer if you can live with that (memory foam, latex, feather bed, etc.). Or you can have it uneven by just adding something to one side.
Have you discussed your dilemma with the Hastens retailer? Maybe they have some good ideas as well. It looks like they customize soft vs. firm with different coils. That makes it difficult to fix. Ideally you would change one half of the coils to soft, but I doubt they could do that for a reasonable price if at all. Never hurts to ask for ideas.
You could get lucky on Craigslist. Nothing to lose by trying. Or you could put flyers on windshields at the Hastens store...
Thank you for your thoughts! The bed is king sized, so I wouldn't be able to add anything on to the side of the bed. I do like the idea of adding my own toppers though! I never thought about getting rid of the Hastens' topper because it seemed like it sort of defeated the purpose of buying one of their beds no? Whenever I took the topper off the bed to flip it, I always thought the base mattress was a lot more comfortable by itself anyways. I guess I let the price of the topper decide whether or not it stayed on the bed. Maybe I should try having her sleep just on the mattress. Hmmm interesting...
If anyone else has any ideas, I'm all ears.
"My first question would be, what would you do to replace it? Get something softer that might not work for you? That would not be a great solution either (unless you went with latex that could be customized on both sides). So, you might be better off trying to make what you have work."
This is what also scares me because I've had back problems from past beds. I don't know if those beds just didn't fit me right or weren't firm enough.
"Or as Diane suggested, maybe ditch the top layer and get 2 half layers, one soft one firm. On your side, you could stick with the same thing you have just smaller and find something softer for your wife. Or just add something to make the whole thing softer if you can live with that (memory foam, latex, feather bed, etc.). Or you can have it uneven by just adding something to one side."
I'll definitely look into this more. I've got to ask though; if I can make the bed soft and comfortable for her and myself by using toppers, did I just blow a stupid amount of money on a "base mattress". Couldn't a much cheaper mattress do the same thing as a Hastens in this case since the comfort is coming from the top layers?
I do really like the flyer idea too :D
She might want to add something softer and you might want something firm to add. That is a bit of a dilemma, but you could either buy twin XL toppers (roughly 1/2 of king) or buy 1" and cut in half to have 2" for each half.
What is the Hastens topper made out of? I think most of the cost is in the mattress and boxspring. Anyway, it is a sunk cost at this point.
"I'll definitely look into this more. I've got to ask though; if I can make the bed soft and comfortable for her and myself by using toppers, did I just blow a stupid amount of money on a "base mattress". Couldn't a much cheaper mattress do the same thing as a Hastens in this case since the comfort is coming from the top layers?"
Hastens makes an excellent coil system so no, I don't think you wasted money on their mattress because that is where you are getting the support for your back. By the way, when I was trialing Hastens, I liked it better without the topper too. Yes, you can have your fiance (wife now?) try it without the topper but unless she is quite heavy I suspect the firm mattress by itself is still going to be too firm. But it is amazing what 2-3" of a topper will do. And this way you can customize the firmness of the top for each of your needs. A king memory foam at Costco (Pure Comfort) is between 150-200 and is returnable and would be a good place to start. If that makes it too soft for you, then try 2 twinXL toppers of different firmnesses in latex. I'm optimistic this is going to work. Don't give up on your beloved Hastens yet!
|P.S. The flyer on the windshield is a great idea for selling the topper too.|
|The topper is made out of horsehair. It's weird. When you are crawling into bed the mattress is more squishy and feels like a giant pillow, but once your weight gets distributed, it really firms up. The bed definitely needs a topper of some sort, so I'll start looking at a replacement for the Hastens one. I guess I just found my guest "bed".|
"Hastens makes an excellent coil system so no, I don't think you wasted money on their mattress because that is where you are getting the support for your back."
That's good to hear! I'm also glad I'm not the only one who thinks the bed is more comfortable without the topper. I tried sleeping on it last night without the topper and you're right, its still firm even for me (it's a weird firm because it still feels comfortable). She's tiny so that isn't going to work. I'll check out the costco option and see how that feels. Thank you so much for your help!
So, if you had to choose between sleeping with or without the horse hair topper, which would you chose? It sounds like you are saying it is too firm without it?
Costco also has on sale right now Eco memory foam toppers (2.5" 4 lb.). Not sure which is better between that and the pure comfort (3"). Those might be too soft for you (not sure how soft the horse hair topper is to compare), buy your fiance might like them.
Another way to go would be to order 1" of something from Overstock. You could fold in half to see what 2" would be like as well. Possibly you could cut in half if one of you likes it and the other doesn't.
I have tried the mem-cool (4lb. density, a bit softer, breathes better) and Sensus (5lb., a bit firmer, can sleep hotter for me).
p.s. not sure if Hastens could split your topper into 2 for you and resew it. Then maybe you could still use half of it.
Why not post a price, and where you reside in this thread?
Do you still have the shipping crates that it came in? If so, you could try putting it up for sale on Ebay. I would stipulate that arranging the pick up and delivery would be the buyer's responsibility. Or, you can always limit it to a local pick up only. There are plenty of smaller shipping companies that specialize in shipping antiques that could easily handle a job like this.
How much is Hastens offering you as a trade-in credit?
|My wife and I have actually been looking for a used king sized Hastens. But most of them have still been out of our price range. We bought one on e-bay, but when it arrived, it was all torn up so we refused the shipment. Either the seller or the shipping company really screwed it up. How much were you asking for the Bed? We are in Independence, KS of all places. A long way from most Hastens afficianadoes. You can respond to my e-mail email@example.com Thanks, Peter|
I think you are making this more complicated than it needs to be. Women have curves and aren't as heavy as men are, so need more "cush" for comfort. Your bed has good "bones", or springs, and all you probably need to do is create a topper system that works for her and makes her side softer. Horsehair has no rebound,or bounce, that is why it feels hard once you get in it and settled. Foams are all different in their amount of rebound and and sink. Memory foam has no rebound either, but it does have sink...it sinks in where you are the heaviest, and cradles the body. Latex has lots of rebound and less sink...so they have many different ILD's. P/U foam is cheaper and often has a good sink:rebound ratio...but it won't last as long. Does not mean it isn't worth trying.
A long time ago I bought a Select Comfort mattress...without their pillowtop. I simply could not sleep on it without a foam topper....so I got a cheapie at Target, their convoluted P/U foam one, and it slept fine. However, every few months I'd wake up in the middle of the night and the foam had died...I could not sleep on it a moment longer. I ended up keeping a supply of these $30 toppers in my closet so replaced as needed. My hubby wasn't amused when I'd wake him up to change it, LOL, but many of you understand no doubt. A cheapie topper may be all you need.
I'd no way sell that bed and start the mattress hunting nightmare!!!!!!!!!! You have the base, now just make the top layer comfy for her and you should be good to go.
Remember, mattresses are not rocket science...the reason Hastens is a good bed is that they put old fashioned, quality materials into it, and make it the tried-and-true way that mattress companies used to. It is not that easy to find one like that.
I also have a Hastens Excelsior (CA king in Medium tension). I've only had it for 2 weeks, but so far I must say I wouldn't give that sucker up if my life depended on it! LOL. My favorite thing about the bed is the all natural construction with no synthetic foams because I wanted to avoid off-gassing and contaminating the environment. I'm sure you know all about this, but the chemicals in mattress foams have been shown to build up in the body and even human breast milk (just mentioned in case u and wifey are planning on reproducing).
I agree with everyone who said to keep the bed and modify it. I love the cool, breathability of the horsehair, so I would still keep that as the top layer. I think it would be a good idea to buy a twin size high quality all natural latex (or as natural as you can get, I think it would be absurd to put a cheap chemical foam one on such a high quality bed) and put it under the topper on her side. I'd get a thick one because the weight of the topper will compress it. But if heat isn't an issue for her, you could just put it on top. The bed might look a little uneven, but once it's all dressed, it shouldn't look too bad.
Don't give up on the bed yet, try to work out some creative solutions. If she doesn't like the latex, maybe try a featherbed (I don't know much about these, I just remember having one on my bed as a child).
I have a three-year old Hastens King Mattress, bed frame and topper. Specifically:
1 Håstens Excelsior King Medium in Silver (tan) check
1Håstens BJX Mattress Topper in Silver check
2 Håstens Excelsior Bases
8 (2 Sets) 6" Oak Leg Posts
My husband and I discovered the Håstens Excelsior during our stays at the St. Cecelia in Austin. We loved the sleep we got on the Håstens and decided that we wanted one for home. With an upcoming move, there will no longer be room for a King mattress.
Both topper and mattress are in impeccable shape with no stains or rips. I have used a silk and cotton mattress pad always on both the mattress and the pad. As per care instructions, I've rolled and shaken loose the topper with each change of sheets and have walked on the mattress to keep the horsehair from settling.
I paid $11,000 for the floor model, which was a significant reduction in the original price. My asking price is $6000 or (best offer) for all of the pieces. Buyer handles shipping and handling. I am located downtown in Seattle in a building with a loading dock and a freight elevator.
I'm happy to provide pictures and to answer any questions.
Jenny, I know your post is from July, but I'm wondering if the bed is still available?
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The bed would need to be shipped from New York City or collected personally in the NYC-Metro area. I am happy to assist with the shipping but all shipping costs must be paid by purchaser - HOWEVER I'LL PAY ALL SHIPPING COSTS FOR ANYONE PAYING THE "BUY IT NOW" PRICE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, which I will provide by request. This is a bargain as these beds are exclusive and as you will see very costly!
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The proof is in the layering and real luxury is never artificial. It comes from nature. And nature – well, it is the birthplace of Hästens Luxuria.
Hästens Luxuria is one of our newest continental beds, designed to take your sleeping comfort and well-being to the next level – featuring, for instance, our unique spring system. Built completely by hand, and hand-stuffed with durable horsehair and carefully selected natural materials, it’s not however just a bed to feel good in. It’s a bed to feel good about.
BJX luxury top mattress
1. Bolster fabric (100% cotton) jacquard
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3. Genuine horsetail hair
4. Pure cotton & wool mix
5. Genuine horsetail hair
6. Pure cotton & wool mix
7. Bolster fabric (100% cotton) jacquard
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you should try putting it up for sale on Ebay , Good luck !
|I'm selling my son's Hastens with topper. Twin in great condition. I have no experience selling premium used beds. Any ideas. Or interested parties?|
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