Over the years it has been a rare time indeed when we haven’t had a little one either sleeping with us all night or climbing in for a cuddle in the wee hours of the morning. Fairly early on, we sprang for the cheapest king-sized bed we could find. I think it was $500 back in 1990. It hung in there for 15 years or so, but a couple years ago we decided it was time for a new bed. We were appalled to realize that we’d now be looking at $1000 or more just for a ‘budget’ mattress. Plus we’d be forced to buy the mattress in a set with new box springs, which we really didn’t need.
After hemming and hawing over the purchase for quite awhile, we went non-traditional. We bought two nice quality SINGLE mattresses (no box springs) at Costco for $120 each. We then bought a good king-sized foam topper for $180, also from Costco, for a total cost of $420. We put the whole shebang onto our old king-sized box springs, with the memory foam thingie on top, and made up the bed in the normal way. The mattress pad, fitted sheet and foam topper do a great job of keeping the two single mattresses from drifting apart and the seam can barely be felt in the night. It might not work for the girl in :The Princess and the Pea” but it works just fine for me!