Another mattress company is now offering face masks for people to wear, following CDC guidelines concerning cloth masks. TFS Natural Home by The Futon Shop, a San Francisco based organic furniture manufacturer and retailer, has shifted production to making face masks to help slow the spread of coronavirus.
With many cities, airplanes and places like salons requiring that people wear a mask, finding several is critical for many people right now.
The Futon Shop (TFS) now offers washable and reusable organic cotton barrier face masks, cotton silk face masks, copper infused face masks, and LOGO branded masks. And, if you need a mask insert, they have those too.
They join Purple and Avocado Green who also sell cloth face masks. I inquired and learned that TFS makes and sends masks out within a couple of days. My Purple face mask has been delayed by weeks. So if you need your mask soon, TFS may be a better choice. All of these manufacturers make adult and child sizes. Purple makes a large for men (which is why I ordered it, now if I could just get it – we need it now).
TFS face masks are available in multiple adult sizes and child sizes. Besides what is shown below they have patterned face masks and vibrant solid colors. See the entire selection of face masks here. All masks include FREE Shipping.
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Organic Cotton Face Masks
The face mask is organic barrier fabric is so tightly woven the spaces between the threads are under 3.5 microns, and filters at least 95% of very small 3-micron particles.
Silk has the benefit of being a lightweight material and more absorbent than cotton, perfect for hot weather. A study from the University of Chicago reports “a multi-layered mask made from cotton and silk fabric can be just as effective as N95 masks against the coronavirus.”
The TFS copper infused mask is well-known for its ability to stop and kill the growth of bacteria and other infectious pathogens. These masks have 17% copper infused into threads of fabric woven into the fabric and does not wash out.
According to CEO, Suzanne Diamond of TFS, “Given the shortage of vital PPE, we have donated face masks to San Francisco vulnerable population and essential workers.” TFS has already delivered over 30,000 face masks to consumers and essential workers from state transportation departments, national parks, front line restaurants, retailers, country clubs, and clinics.
Today Purple mattress launched their newest product – face masks. Amid the COVID 19 pandemic, we’re seeing more mattress companies produce this needed protection. They have the production facilities and are experts in fabrics and manufacturing, ensuring a quality design that will hold up to many wearings.
Ear Straps Made with Hyper Elastic Polymer
Here’s the part that we think is genius – the straps aren’t made of elastic. They’re made of 100% Purple Hyper-Elastic Polymer! That stretchy stuff that is the top 2+ inches of every Purple mattress is part of the face mask design. Who knows but it could be made from mattress scraps.
And knowing that it’s not going to shrink when you wash it and be very durable, gives me peace of mind. I’ve had scabs behind my ears where elastic has rubbed off skin. When sewing your own mask it’s the hardest part to fit.
Purple Face Masks Made to Follow CDC Guidelines
While not medical grade, the masks do follow CDC guidelines, which include:
– fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
– be secured with ties or ear loops
– include multiple layers of fabric
– allow for breathing without restriction
– be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
With Costco, some airlines, states and stores now requiring face masks, they’re in much higher demand. While some in the USA are resistant to wearing face masks, they can make a big difference.
The number of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Austria dropped from 90 to 10 cases per one million people, two weeks after the government required everyone to wear a face mask on April 6. Source
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Purple Face Masks in Kid, Adult and Large/Extra Large Sizes
The design is white with Purple trim and are gender-neutral. We also like that they come in 3 sizes to fit the whole family. It seems harder to find kid’s size masks and masks for men. Even finding fabric and elastic can be difficult if you want to sew your own mask. You also need several if you will be in public very often.
Here’s a picture of the large/extra large mask:
Made with triple-layered breathable fabric and they are machine washable.
Kids Size: Center Height: 5″, Center Width: 7″, Ear Band: 6.5″
Medium/Large Size: Center Height: 5.5″, Center Width: 8.25″, Ear Band: 7″
Large/Extra Large Size: Center Height: 6″, Center Width: 9″, Ear Band: 7.5″
With stories of health care workers using bandanas for protection after they run out of masks, individuals and companies are sewing masks. MyPillow which is based in Minnesota is joining the effort by switching 70% of their manufacturing to masks instead of pillows. Their goal is to make “from 10,000 units a day to 50,000 units a day in a very short period of time,” said MyPillow CEO, Mike Lindell. The announcement was made on March 27, 2020.
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Like private citizens, Lindell had to find a supply of elastic which took three weeks. “He says MyPillow worked with a coalition from President Donald Trump’s administration to get the proper design.”
On Facebook Auburn Homes & Services thanked MyPillow for the masks:
AHS would like to say “Thank You” to My Pillow for delivering 660 cloth face masks for use by our staff! We are overwhelmed by this generous donation and their support of our facilities. A special thank you to Cindy Taylor for coordinating this effort and to Quinn Pletsch for delivering them to our CEO, Mike Senden.
Reaction on social media included comments of people admiring the company and vowing to support them. Companies who respond who positively respond to coronavirus are getting a lot of praise. Here are some comments:
Ordering some as soon as this is over.
I’m ordering pillows for the entire family and giving them away as Christmas presents! Of course when this is over!
MyPillow has ordered 25 million face masks 3M to help supply our healthcare professionals, local governments & frontline workers. We are working for our nation to help support the efforts of Donald J. Trump. Thank you to River Capital Group Holdings for answering the call!
More Coronavirus News from Mattress Industry
Here are some related stories about how mattress companies are responding to COVID-19:
We love seeing what the mattress industry can do to help our country in a crisis and Brooklyn Bedding is leading the way. They just announced that they’ve adapted their proprietary mattress technology, designed for the transportation industry, to meet the immediate needs of the healthcare industry.
How? The company has developed a line of hospital beds that are comfortable, affordable and 100% waterproof. The beds are being made at their Arizona manufacturing facility, located in the city of Phoenix.
We love to see company’s respond to try to help during a difficult time in our country’s history and like to support businesses who do good. Brooklyn Bedding is celebrating their 25th anniversary right now (and offering 25% off all products on their website).
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Brooklyn Bedding Waterproof Hospital Mattress
Here are the specs of the mattress, which are only available to for the healthcare industry:
Proprietary vinyl cover with creased corner seals to resist liquid permeability
Dual comfort and support foam layers, including a Tri-Zone convoluted core
CertiPUR-US certified foams for patient health and safety
California Prop 60 compliant materials
Standard as well as non-standard sizes to accommodate all types of bed frames
On-demand production to alleviate excess inventory
Roll pack processing that allows for bed-in-a-box delivery direct to your facility
Previously the company put out a call to see how they can help the government respond to the pandemic.
“We produce mattresses for the largest dot.coms in the nation as well as our own retail channels,” said John Merwin, Owner and Chief Executive Officer at Brooklyn Bedding. “We find ourselves in a unique position to help Americans, to provide viable solutions, at this very critical time in our history. As 25-year veterans in the mattress and sleep accessories industry, we know how to build things and we understand logistics. We doubled our production capacity last year. All we need is the government’s attention to get started.”
How is the bedding industry reacting to the coronavirus pandemic? Well, one company, Avocado Green, is making their own organic cotton face masks. We’re certainly used to seeing sleep masks, but this is the first we’ve seen of a mattress company selling face masks.
They’re sold in packages of 8 masks, called a family pack, for $30. There is a limit of 3 family packs per household. There is no sleep trial or warranty. And they’re non refundable. But if you need one, don’t want to sew your own, plus need organic cotton, this could be ideal for you.
According to a post on their Facebook page, the masks are washable and this is what they want to accomplish:
Our goal is always to create reusable, multiple-use products whenever possible.
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Medical professionals can bulk orders the face masks. They also noted they can provide temporary/disposable mattresses, reusable sheeting, disposable protective wear, and waterproof wedge pillows.
A study of homemade face masks “found that the median-fit factor of the homemade masks was one-half that of the surgical masks. Both masks significantly reduced the number of microorganisms expelled by volunteers, although the surgical mask was 3 times more effective in blocking transmission than the homemade mask.” Read: if it’s all that you have or you want to signal to people to keep their distance (because you’re immunocompromised, for example), this can help.
Avocado says the masks are made and sold at their cost, not for profit.
Features of the Avocado Organic Face Masks:
GOTS® organic certified Face Masks made with two layers of organic cotton canvas.
Two tie straps (that look a bit like a bra). No elastic or plastic.
Not particulate filtering N95 medical masks, but will provide protection and help inhibit the transmission of Covid-19.
Come in adult and child sizes.
Would you buy these masks? Let us know in the comments below.
There are subscription programs for clothes, makeup, perfume and art. What about for furniture? Instead of showing up to your home in a box, this company rents furniture that you order online and then it set up for you in your home.
Maybe a bedroom set with a mattress included. Have you heard of that? Feather is a subscription-based furniture rental and rent-to-own home furnishing service.
If you’ve ever been to a furniture rental place, you don’t get much selection. Their inventory is usually tired looking and worn out. There are no modern styles or colors to choose from. It’s not a place I want to find my furniture! That’s why I’m hoping that Feather expands into more cities.
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Feather offers flexibility, affordability and high style. This is a service for decor enthusiasts who want a fresh, modern designer style furniture without the hefty price tag or long term investment that you normally accompany get when you buy designer interiors.
Online Furniture Rental in Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Orange County
If you ever need temporary furnishings, like to stage your home, get a bed frame or even a mattress, and you live in the areas they service, check out Feather. Right now Feather delivers to larger cities like Orange County, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York City.
You can rent things for 3 months (minimum) or for as long as you want to pay for it but you get it delivered and set up in your condo, home or apartment right away.
Just like a furniture rental place, you rent furniture for however long you want it and then return it. Many items are new or only lightly used because many customers choose the buy out option and rent to own. Plus Feather keeps on top of modern furniture trends and are always bringing in new products to keep up with the changing trends and the demand. So most of the time you’re getting brand new or almost new product.
And if you decide you don’t like something, you can just return it and swap it out for something else. Members can change their space anytime and Feather does the heavy lifting for them at just $99 per trip.
Rent a Mattress, Bedroom Set, Sofa Sleeper and More
Feather means your place will look hip and modern without having to go to a store and buy everything. There’s not the large up front cost. Plus they deliver and set it up for you. It’s like a subscription box for furniture! Right now Feather has Tuft & Needle, Leesa or Casper mattresses plus a crib mattress from Pottery Barn Kids. Mattresses are always new as of Dec 2019. They are donated after use/return if not purchased.
Brands include West Elm, Joybird and Feather’s own brand (they keep adding new inventory).
Here’s how Feather works:
Feather delivers and assembles the products free for subscribed members, or for a low flat rate fee of just $99 for non members. View the side by side comparison of member vs non member benefits in the graphic below.
Membership is just $19 per month and with membership, monthly per-item or per room furniture prices are drastically reduced. Monthly costs go towards owning the item unless the customer prefers to swap it out. The choice is theirs. Or, you can purchase your items. But you won’t have to invest thousands of dollars to have your room look put together and in style. And, if you plan on moving a lot, you don’t want to move heavy furniture every time.
Look at the modern designs and choose what you want to rent on their website Feather.com
Decide to become a member or nonmember. Members get lower prices on all Feather furniture and one free furniture change (swap, add, or return) each year. Or nonmembers can rent items and will never pay full retail once it’s paid off.
Items you choose get delivered and set up at your house (if you’re a member, otherwise for a $99 fee).
Keep it or return what you rent after a year. Members can swap out something one time per year.
Member plans last 12 months. When your plan ends you can:
(1) Renew your membership, keep paying $19/month + the cost of your furniture items (and qualify for an additional free furniture change).
(2) Keep paying for your furniture items month-to-month at the same price in addition to the $19 monthly membership cost. You won’t get a free furniture change in this month-to-month plan.
(3) Buy out your items! Your monthly furniture payments will go towards purchase (not exceeding the regular retail price).
(4) Return your items for a $99 pickup fee.
Who Should Use Feather?
Renters who want to have a fully furnished, stylish apartment and everyone splits the cost but doesn’t have to do the work.
Someone who moves to LA, San Fransisco or New York who sold or left furniture behind and is starting over. Instead of coughing up money up front to furnish a home, you can get it all now and pay monthly.
Great for shorter term needs when you can’t move all of your furniture (like you’re building a new home, just moved in and don’t have a permanent place, short term housing, etc).
You have a long term (3 months or longer) guest and need a place for them to sleep but don’t have a lot of space (get a sofa sleeper that turns into a bed, for example).
You’re having a baby and need the crib and mattress for a year or less and prefer to rent than buying.
In a recent interview with Barron’s, Purple CEO CEO Joe Megibow remarked,
There is significant unmet demand out there for our product. We are selling every bed we can make.
If that’s not impressive enough, he goes on to explain that Purple makes their own machines in house! They only have 5 machines and are almost doubling that number.
We actually make the machines that make the beds, and it takes us six months to build one of these machines. So we’re at five [machines] right now. We’re building four more this year. So we’re substantially expanding our capacity”
Here are some more facts from the article:
Purple is profitable with $8.4 million in profits in its latest reported quarter, while growing sales 66% to $117 million.
Purple has 1.8 billion views of all their videos – which are all mattress ads! They’ve built a brand and audience that continues to watch their videos. YouTube and Facebook are where they get the most views. This is the powerhouse behind Purple’s sales.
They are eyeing the international market saying over half the market is outside of the U.S.
They’re in the premium bed market. “We don’t compete with Casper. They’re selling mostly $600 and $700 mattresses. We’re selling mostly $1,500 and $2,000 mattresses. We’re not really competing for the same customer. This is more of a premium play.”
Purple mattress is unique and not just another foam block. Their patented hyper elastic polymer that’s in every mattress and the lack of memory foam in their beds makes them stand out from other brands. This is key when you see comparison reviews. They’re substantially different from Casper and other bed in a box brands.
One point that wasn’t made in this summary is how much Mattress Firm has contributed to Purple’s growth. When I was at a local Mattress Firm I asked why Purple isn’t in all of their stores. They said they cannot produce enough Purple mattresses to supply the stores. So that’s a significant area of future growth as they ramp up production.
Purple vs Casper
Since announced their IPO, Casper has been under a lot of scrutiny. Here are some points of differentiation:
Casper sells mattresses in their own branded stores and Target. Casper says on average they get about 2x the sales online in markets where there’s also a retail store. Purple sells through several stores, including Mattress Firm, Macy’s, Bed, Bath & Beyond and more. None are their own branded stores. One Mattress Firm ad touted that about 90% of people who come to Mattress Firm ask about Purple.
Casper outspends Purple on marketing by a long shot. In 2018, Purple spent $17 million in media online, outdoor, television, newspaper, magazine and radio (source). Casper has been called more of a marketing company than a mattress company. Casper spent $200 million on buying mattresses to sell in 2018 and around $126 million to market and sell them (source). That’s over 7x what Purple spent!
We’ve definitely seen evidence of Purple copying Casper’s hip style of marketing.
As a YouTube geek, you can see how Purple’s top videos have much higher subs and views compared to Casper’s. Purple takes a direct sales approach (edutainment) and from talking to their marketing department and from our own experience, they convert to sales. Casper’s videos are amazing but not educating to sell.
But, Purple, who came up with this one??
Streamlined Product Line
What you may not know is that all of Purple hybrids are the same except for the number of inches of flexible polymer each one has on top. The Purple 2 has 2″ and the Purple 3 has 3″, etc. And as you add another inch of polymer it adds an additional inch of height to the bed. The thickest Purple is a Purple 4, which is 13″ deep. This streamlines the manufacturing process (saves costs).
This is notable because it’s so different than other brands that come out with various models which address common problems. For example, a cooling gel bed for people who sleep hot. Since Purple doesn’t have memory foam (which is known to get hotter over time as you sleep on it) and because the top layer has built in airflow, it naturally sleeps cooler. The selling point is in the purple stuff (the polymer on top)!
We’re not seeing any talk of tech or smart mattress type offerings from Purple. Other than mattresses, their most on-brand products are the Purple Harmony and Purple original pillow (we don’t understand how the Purple plush fits into the brand).
Want to learn why we’re huge fans of Purple mattress? It’s what we sleep on. Check out our Purple bed review.
There’s no doubt that weighted blankets are trendy. They Time magazine called one brand of weighted blanket (the Gravity blanket), “One of Time‘s best inventions of 2018.” And we’re sure there are differences between weighted blankets, besides just the weight, but also that they’re subtle differences. Top mattress brands such as Purple, Nectar, Layla, Helix, and Casper all have weighted blankets now.
The goal: more relaxed and deeper sleep. However, we also see potential health benefits for people who suffer from muscle aches and uses a heating pad to treat pain. Think: cramps, osteoporosis, lower back pain or injuries. Best of all, with the weight. it’s more likely to stay in place. However, a lot of people want the soothing qualities of a weighted blanket but they get uncomfortably hot.
chiliBLANKET temperature controlled weighted blanket
Chilipad has something truly unique in weighted blankets. It’s called the ChiliBlanket. Wait, make that ChiliBLANKET. They put their heated and cooled water technology inside a weighted blanket. What does that mean? You get the stress and anxiety relief without the heat (or with it). Hot sleepers of the world rejoice! You can now get the benefits of a weighted blanket without the sweaty, heavy heat of one!
There are many cooling weighted blankets but that usually just means they’re made with a lightweight, cooler fabric. None that we’ve seen actually change the temperature of the blanket though. chiliBLANKET has tubing that connects to the control unit. You can set the temperature and heated or cooled water will coarse through the tubes and subtly warm or it cool down. It has a remote for easier control.
Temperature control means you can sleep deeper because you’re not too hot or cold. Or if you live in Arizona or Florida you can use your heated blanket year round!
You get the anxiety and stress relief from the feeling of calm that a heavier, substantial blanket provides. You can get the weight without the temperature. While the chiliPAD or Ooler go underneath you, the chiliBLANKET goes over you. And you can use it without the plug (features) too – as a regular weighted blanket.
chiliBLANKET comes stand alone or with the chiliPAD cube
chiliBLANKET has two options: it works with your existing chiliPAD or Ooler system or just the chiliPAD box. Here are some of the benefits, according to their website:
Hydro-powered, temperature-controlled weighted blanket leads to more restful, restorative sleep
Water circulates through a system of tubes inside the blanket for a luxurious sleep experience
The hydro-powered design also means the chiliBLANKET is EMF-free
The temperature can be adjusted to between 55° and 115°F (13–46°C) to promote deep sleep
Glass beads fill the blanket, which provides even weight distribution
Removable and machine-washable outer cover
Quality fabric offers strength and durability through repeated use and washing
Comes in one color.
You will pay for the tech but if it means your health or sleep, it’s worth it for a lot of people. Available stand alone or with the chiliPAD cube – this is what you should buy if you already have a chiliPAD or Ooler system. The cost: $299 or $13.80/month.
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While most companies try to sell you a mattress by talking about low prices or its features, Nectar has launched a string of ad campaigns with a totally different approach. They’re lighthearted and fun, never boring. They use tech, cultural themes and humor to sell you a mattress in a very competitive category.
For the, ‘Real, Sleep Science from Mayim Bialik’ campaign, they hired neuroscientist Mayim Bialik and created a CGI brain character to teach you how bad sleep affects your brain’s ability to make good decisions. True edutainment, it entertains and educates you at the same time.
Then there was the “Make America Sleep Again” with animated brains depicting world leaders such as Donald Trump and Putin. It won first place in a YouTube award competition for its success in motivation people to action. So naturally, they capitalized on that through a new character who is trying to get you to take sleep seriously.
In these ads they offer a new twist on the motivational speaker and self help gurus. Fictional hype man Yawn Yawnson is a motivational sleeper. He pitches Nectar on stage, cheered by large crowds of adoring fans, in his pajamas and proclaims, it’s a great day to be asleep! The Tony-Robbins-like front man doesn’t talk about personal growth – he’s behind the world’s quietest sleep revolution. He wants to sooth your sleep anxiety by removing the blame. He assures a middle-aged woman who admits to everyone that she tosses and turns at night that it’s not her, it’s your mattress! “There are no bad sleepers, only bad mattresses,” he says.
And he has followers he calls bedheads whom he comically leads to take sleep more seriously and at the same time pokes fun at the trend for business owners and leaders to grind and hustle rather than sleeping. One of our favorite parts depicts a man who comes on stage, looking very comfortable in sweats, to share a testimonial: “When I got my 365 night trial from Nectar, I slept for a whole year!” The crowd cheers.
It ends with, “This is your moment and this is your mattress.”
It’s effective. People know and like the Nectar brand, which sells more mattresses. With over 100 bed in a box brands competing for mindshare, it’s not cheap or easy. According to DTC Daily, Nectar, is the largest mattress brand in terms of unit sales in the US. Launched in 2017, the brand generated $40m in revenue the first year and over $250m in 2019.
In addition to their brilliant ad campaigns, their website has lots of practical information, including a sleep calculator to tell you how much sleep you need.
Eight Mattress is already the most high tech mattress we know. Today they announced a new mattress that will automatically adjust to your body temperature. It’s called the Eight Sleep Pod. It’s not a nap pod or something that encloses over you. This high tech mattress uses liquid embedded into the layers to regulate the temperature.
We haven’t seen anything like it!
The company says they used 43 million hours of sleep data, insights from over 30,000 sleepers and says they collaborated with 5 leading sleep researchers to come up with the Pod.
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Pod tracks your sleep and learns the right temperature for you. Features personalized temperature regulation on each side of the bed. Temperatures can range between 55° and 115°F so it’s ideal for any climate.
The Pod is the only bed that dynamically adjusts its temperature to be perfect for you all night long. It monitors your sleep patterns, learns your temperature preferences and cools and heats to keep you comfortable.
There are sensors in the 4 layers of foam and it’s a liquid based thermoelectric system.
During the night the bed keeps you at thermoneutral or to your settings. Best of all, if you sleep with someone, both the dynamic temperature and biometric tracking work independently for each side of the bed. That means one side can be cooled (for example, if she has menopausal symptoms such as night sweats) and the other side could be neutral (so he doesn’t freeze while she tries to stay comfortable).
In addition to helping you sleep by getting the temperature just right, the Pod can act as a thermo alarm to wake you up gradually and naturally, without the sound of an alarm. It gradually cools the bed in the morning and can adjust the temperature to help you fall asleep at night.
All smart mattresses Eight sells come with an app to track:
– Sleep Stages
– Heart Rate
Eight uses the data to give you tips to help improve your sleep.
Connects to your smart home through Amazon Echo, Google Home, Nest, and Philips Hue.
Medium firm foam mattress
Prices start at $1,995. Pre Order only. Reserve with $95 deposit. Shipping begins April 2019. Fast, easy financing is available, including at 0% interest (should you qualify).