31 October 2012

On a Cloud

During our stay at the Parkroyal on Beach Road, I loved the bed so much that I wanted to recreate it in our guest room. My goal is to provide a bed so comfortable, our guests will remember it long after they've left. A bit ambitious yes, but I'll try anyway. Hahaha!

The first thing I did while at the Parkroyal, was to check the bed for the supplier of the beddings and found that the pillows and mattress pad were done by Northern Feather Asia. I was able to buy two pillows from them, but not the mattress pad as they only do them as a special order and suggested I contact the hotel.

I dutifully sent an email to the hotel and found that they do not sell their beddings unlike other hotels (e.g. Westin), but helpfully advised I check out Robinsons department store which is where I ended up buying the mattress topper. I've visited other stores and found that Robinsons was not only cheaper but they had more options.

Bed

As mentioned in a previous post, we got the bed from IKEA. We decided on the firmest mattress we could afford as our parents need more support for their backs. Mom liked it, but my Dad (who is nine years older than my mother), said that it took some getting used to as it was too hard. Hmmm...

Pillows


These are called NF Super Soft Pillows and are are composed of 50% down and 50% feather infill at SGD 110 each without GST.

My Mom asked about the pillows (without my mentioning anything) when they were here a few weeks ago. It turns out she really liked them, but could not believe I paid that much for pillows. I think they were well worth the cost since she ended up asking about them out of the blue.

Pillow Encasings


We have two sets of these. The ones in the guest room are from Protect-A-Bed and were bought on sale (SGD 31.20 each) over at Robinsons. The ones we use in our room are from Mission: Allergy made from premium microfiber (USD 18.95 each) that we ordered from the U.S. as they were prescribed by Earl's allergologist. Earl, unfortunately, is very allergic to dust mites.

I'm mentioning this in case someone out there also has an allergy problem because according to his doctor, Mission: Allergy is the best brand available at the moment.

Mattress Protector


This we also purchased from IKEA. It's placed on top of the mattress to prevent it from getting stained and at SGD 15.90, the Skydda L├Ątt is not a bad deal.

Mattress Topper


Through a bit of research online, I found that it is the mattress topper that makes a bed very soft - as one person posted, like sleeping on a cloud. Originally, I was planning to get a feather topper like the one from Northern Feather Asia, but a sales lady introduced me to the down (feather) alternative and I was sold as it felt softer and not as lumpy as the feather version. The feathers would have made for a cooler bed, but since the mattress is quite firm I decided that it needed a bit more padding. Also, our guests will mostly be under air conditioned comfort anyway so it won't be an issue.

The brand I really wanted, Snowdown, was out of stock in Singapore - as in the entire country did not have the queen sized mattress topper available! So I got King Koil Micro-Gel instead at SGD 279.30.

Note: There are other feather toppers out there that are very soft (composed of down feathers or a combination of feathers and alternative down) but they were way beyond our budget.

The mattress topper was delivered last week and we have visitors arriving this month so I'll have to wait and see what they think of the bed. The guest room, like everything else, is a work in progress as I will only buy things once funds are available.

My next project is to buy bed linens made from Tencel. I saw it in one of the stores and really liked the texture, but it too will have to wait.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi,

I was doing some research on mattress toppers and chanced upon your blog.

Please share what your guests thought of the guest room bed and in particular the mattress topper.

Thanks!

Shaun

Nicole said...

Hi Shaun,

Well, it will depend on the age. Those who were much older loved the bed, but the younger ones did not mention anything.

While the topper helped, I think the bed we bought was much too firm.

Daisy Rogers said...

I have searched everything in your blog and I like all of your bed linens. They are really good and looks very much comfort for perfect whole night's sleep.
I love your feather pillows also because pillows are direct source of comfort to your neck, head and upper spine.

Anonymous said...

Hello,

I was also doing some research and found your blog. I have been to a few robinsons outlet and they don't seem to carry the mattress topper. May I know which outlet you went to?

Thanks!

Vera

Nicole said...

Hi Vera,

I bought the mattress topper from Robinsons at Raffles City.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Nicole! :D

Nicole said...

You're welcome!

Anonymous said...

Hi, can I ask if the mattress topper goes on top or below the mattress cover? I'm worried about staining the topper cos even though it is washable, it is not easy to wash and dry it (I think). Thanks!

Sue

Nicole said...

Hi Sue,

I placed the mattress protector on top of the mattress topper as I was also afraid getting the topper stained.

Anonymous said...

Hi Nicole

Yes I meant the mattress protector, not cover. Thanks for replying. I am going to get my mattress topper today. :)

Sue

HK said...

Please note that there are two type of King Koil micro gel topper, one and a half inches (basic) and two inches (premium) The difference is about one hundred Singapore Dollars.





Nicole said...

Noted and thanks HK!

HK said...

Did some scouting around on the pricing

King Koil Plush Comfort Microgel mattress topper, Basic (1300g/sqm) with 1.5" height is retail for $209.

Premium (2100g/sqm) with 2" height is retail for $319.

It is cheaper than buying from Robinson with all the OCBC and Robinson Card added up.

Happy National Day

.. said...

Hi where did u see the premium at $319? Thanks

HK said...

Hi, Please visit a shop at Thomson Plaza where they sell King Koil product. She has priced $250 for 1.5 inches and $319 for 2.0 inches and should be able to get a further 5% discount

Anonymous said...

King Koil develops and manufactures a range of sleep products such as mattresses, pillows, divan foundations, rollaway beds and more. King Koil’s sleep products are the only ones fully endorsed by the ICA and is today world’s best-selling chiropractor endorsed sleep system. See more detail at: http://kidbuxblog.com/king-koil-leaders-in-the-manufacture-sleep-products/

Anonymous said...

King Koil develops and manufactures a range of sleep products such as mattresses, pillows, divan foundations, rollaway beds and more. King Koil’s sleep products are the only ones fully endorsed by the ICA and is today world’s best-selling chiropractor endorsed sleep system. See more detail at:
http://kidbuxblog.com/king-koil-leaders-in-the-manufacture-sleep-products/

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