Uptown: How I Bought a New Mattress

As some of you may know, I have declared that this year is the #YearOfMyBed.

I bought a gorgeous (really gorgeous) antique French bed a month or so ago and added a set of night stands soon after that (after some DIY attention, they’re looking just perfect with the bed if I do say so myself).

But, what’s a bed without a mattress?

Until recently, I’ve been sleeping on a double mattress inside a queen frame. It’s been fine, but it was obviously not the look (or sleep) I was going for.

To complete the #YearOfMyBed, there was obviously one thing that I really needed to do – buy a new queen mattress set. This purchase has been on my mind for a long while, but I’ve been putting it off because, frankly, I found it a bit daunting. So many mattresses, so little time? Yeah, something like that.

In the end, I headed to the sleep experts at Sleep Country Canada. I figured that it was a one-stop shop that would have helpful and knowledgeable staff who could guide me through the process. Thankfully, I figured right. (This is not a sponsored post, by the way.)

So how did I find a perfect-for-me mattress? Let me tell you!

First, I sang the Sleep Country Canada jingle.

Jokes. Jokes. I didn’t. Okay. I did. I mean, what Canadian doesn’t know Christine Magee or the Sleep Country jingle?


Moving on…

After I headed to my local Sleep Country, I met with a sleep expert (Hi, ES!) who asked me how I sleep (side, mostly) and what type of mattress I like (more firm that soft). I told her that the brand wasn’t one of my concerns, but I did want a really good mattress that would be super comfortable (who doesn’t, right?). She narrowed the beds down for me, then told me to try everything out. What? Pretend sleep on the mattresses in the store? It felt a bit weird at the beginning, but she encouraged me to just go for it. I went back and forth between the narrowed down mattresses and “slept” on them. Feet up and everything!


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White-Cabana-Sleep-Country-3 White-Cabana-Sleep-Country-1 I was a bit resistant at first – Would I actually be able to tell the difference between mattresses? What’s the big deal about the pillow top? – but I got into it. I did actually notice a difference between mattresses, and some were easy to take out of the running (e.g., too soft, too hard).White-Cabana-Sleep-Country-9


I narrowed down my options to two – a Kingsdown and a Serta. In the end, I opted for the Serta (shown in the two photos above), and I was hoping that it would be just right! (As I’m writing this, it seems that I’ve turned into Goldilocks.) I honestly think I would have been happy with either the Kingsdown or the Serta, but the Serta was slightly more firm, which I liked.


here I am learning about the coils (coils, coils, coils) and the details of the Serta mattress set; it’s a pillow top mattress, by the way

Still a bit nervous, I was told about Sleep Country’s amazing sleep country guarantee. If I don’t like the mattress, I can actually exchange it for another one. Isn’t that amazing? It’s a win-win situation if you ask me!

White-Cabana-Sleep-Country-7 My mattress arrived this past Saturday, and I’m sleeping soundly so far. It did take a couple of nights to adjust to it, which I think is completely normal. I think I’m happy with it, but it’s also comforting to know about the comfort guarantee.

Tell me, dear readers, have you bought a mattress recently? How’d you do it? What features did you look for?

Thanks, ES, for your help!


  1. Casey @Waffling May 18, 2016

    I feel like I bought the same mattress as you back when I moved in the fall of 2014. It is my first “adult” mattress (aka- one i bought myself and didnt steal from my childhood bedroom). Anyway, I have had it for 1.5 years and i still love it so Im sure you will love yours!

    • Jordana May 18, 2016

      Ha ha – yes – I guess getting a mattress is part of “adulting”. I wish adulting wasn’t so expensive!

  2. Lana May 18, 2016

    Hi Jordana,

    Really looking forward to seeing the whole bedroom set makeover. I have to warn you that we bought a mattress at Sleep Country and were all excited about the “guarantee” if we weren’t completely satisfied. We were desperate for a mattress in the middle of moving houses so we bought a floor model. After about 2 weeks Neal’s side started to sag so we brought it back and they wouldn’t let us return it. We wrote letters to Christine, and everything. I would NEVER buy a mattress from there again. Horrible experience and I’m not really one to hold a grudge against a brand.

    I hope you have better luck with a brand new mattress.


    • Jordana May 18, 2016

      Oh my goodness! This is terrible! Shoot! Shoot! Shoot! Did you ever get a response from Christine/others?

      • Lana May 27, 2016

        No we never heard back, and got no additional service. So we were forced to keep it and bought another one soon after that. So disappointing from a company that prides itself on customer service.

        • Jordana May 27, 2016

          Very disappointing. I hope you’re pleased with the new one you bought! Sleep well!


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