when should i change my mattress?

The mattress might be one of the most important pieces of furniture in our home because we spend 7 to 8 hours on it every day. Many people might ask how often do I need to change my mattress?  There is no definitive answer to this question, as the best time to get a new mattress depends on a number of factors. However, as a general rule of thumb, it is generally advisable to replace your mattress every 5-7 years. This timeline can vary depending on the type of mattress you have, how often you use it, and how well you care for it. 

If you start to notice any lumps or bumps in your mattress, or if it starts to feel significantly less comfortable than it used to, then it may be time for a replacement. Ultimately, the decision of when to get a new mattress is up to you and should be based on your own personal comfort level.

When it comes to finding the perfect mattress, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The type of mattress that you ultimately choose will depend on a variety of factors, including your sleep habits, health needs, and personal preferences.

To help you narrow down your options and find the right mattress for your bedroom, here are a few things to keep in mind:

1. Think about your sleep habits. Do you tend to sleep on your back, stomach, or side? This will affect the type of mattress that will be most comfortable for you. For example, if you sleep on your side, you may want a softer mattress to support your hips and shoulders.

2. Consider your health needs. If you have any medical conditions or injuries that impact your sleep, this will also influence the type of mattress you should choose. For example, if you have chronic back pain, you may want a mattress that is firmer in order to provide more support.

3. Determine your budget. Mattresses can range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars. It’s important to figure out how much you’re willing to spend before beginning your search. Some people might even consider buying a bedroom set to make a consistent theme. 

4. Consider your personal preferences. Do you prefer a mattress that is soft, firm, or somewhere in between? Do you like to sleep with a pillow top or do you prefer a mattress that is more traditional? Taking your personal preferences into account will help you find a mattress that you love.

5. Try before you buy. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, it’s important to test out the mattress in person before making a purchase. Most mattress stores will allow you to lie down on a mattress for a few minutes to get a feel for it. This is the best way to determine whether a mattress is right for you.

Keep these tips in mind and you’ll be sure to find the perfect mattress for yourself in no time!

** This was a contributed post.

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wood cot diy.


in the corner of little green’s living room lies about 5 feet x 3 feet of space. this space exists between a large window and a bedroom door, as well as a lovely little floor register which is perfectly located for those cold days and evenings. this space also happened to drive me nuts for an entire year.

not knowing what to do with the short and narrow corner, but wanting some sort of comfortable yet ample and, of course, different looking seating (i set high standards for little green), i was completely lost regarding how to furnish that area. for the longest time it looked like this. that is, until i came across this cot on hickory + juniper’s blog. not to sound like beyonce knowles’ character in goldmember, but shazam! i finally knew what to do with the space!

for two weeks we searched every store in our city for a 5 foot long cot. we had no luck. then we started considering childrens’ beds. they weren’t right. finally, i was so discouraged and saddened that i would not be able to have this unique seating, that i completely gave up. then suddenly, it hit me! when we bought little green, the previous owners had left a rickety storage unit in the basement that we weren’t using. without even measuring the space, i just knew that it would fit. and you know what? it did. :-)


first, we needed to add extra wood so that we would be able to not only make the cot sturdier, but could lay down a mattress as well. it turns out we found reclaimed wood from another dismantled shelving unit in our house. little green is a home that just keeps on giving! 


next we brought the cot inside and screwed on the wood. easy peasy.


then we purchased a foam mattress and cut it to fit cot just so. after we finished, truman came along and chewed the corners of the mattress for us. they don’t look like this anymore. they are rounded. (i suggest leaving out this latter part in your own diy.)


finally, we got to add our finishing touches! this was my favorite part of the entire construction. however, i love the way that it has turned out and it is now my blogging station. to each their own, right?


reclaimed bedroom shelf.


if anyone has been following hello scarlett from the very beginning, they will remember that our master bedroom in little green is up in a little loft. not only are we short on space, we are also short on ceiling height. for almost a year now, we have been sleeping on two double mattresses. and when i say mattresses i mean mattresses. no box spring, no frame. just two mattresses on the floor. and side tables? fo’get about it! eyeglasses, cellphones, and books have also found a home on the floor beside the bed.

now you may be wondering why we insist on living primitively, or like university students. (really both are strikingly similar.) why not just move into our nice big spare bedroom on the main floor, or new bedroom in the basement? the answer is simple. if you were to ascend our little staircase and stand in our little loft, you would notice the cross breeze that gently caresses your face and brings with it a heavenly scent of fresh air and old trees. the freshly painted white walls would immediately soothe you, while the dark beams above your head would draw your attention upward to our beautiful, and little, crystal chandelier. behind that is our equally stunning white chimney, which leads down to our dark and antique hardwood floors. we installed our own little closet space that hides behind a lace curtain and crystal tie-back. the closet resides next to the famous “we are living our adventure” decal. our bedroom, although imperfect in many ways, is also perfect in and upon itself.

so where does our latest diy fit in? read below!


step 1. 

measure board to desired length. try not to look as confused as this guy.


step 2.

cut the board.


step 3.

install the board using brackets and a wife with a keen sense for eyeballing it.

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step 4.

decorate to acquired taste. i like scandinavian simplicity with a touch of ghost hunters.


have a safe and wonderful day, readers. huzzah!!


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