In a brochure, I found a mattress to replace our old one, dented with... cough... sixteen years of wear. To be fair, it still looked good, made of latex rubber, the manufacturers had made the product to last. Well, maybe not that long.
But, I digress. I went online to the store offering an amazing reduction on a memory foam mattress in king size. I wanted the store, Argos, to pick up my old mattress and recycle. After searching the page and chatting to an annoying customer service person between times, I found what I wanted on the page headed king size. There it was, a little cheaper than the brochure price. Plus, they gave me a discount. With everything totaled, the £19.99 for the pick up was knocked off by the discount. Good.
I ordered the mattress.
Delivered next morning, the product came condensed into a small roll. I laughed. “Will this fit on the bed?”
Apparently, the mattress needed time to expand in the fresh air. Gulping, I sent the old one away with the delivery man. This tiny roll would have to expand fast enough for us to sleep on that night.
But, it didn't fulfill my requirements in time. I made bedrolls of old sheets to wedge either side of the mattress for the night. Nothing wrong with the mattress, but the size would never be right. When I checked, I'd ordered a double bed size. Uggg!
I worried all night—working out what I could do. Just shows the power of the mind.
Next morning I Googled 'extension for mattress width'. The one on Amazon didn't deliver from USA to UK—of course. I needed a company which made offcuts in England.
After much difficulty with getting the right heading on Google, I found a foam manufacturer which specialized in making supports for furniture etc. You could type in the exact size you needed, get a stocking cover for the finished off-cut, and have it delivered.
This time, I got my husband to check my measurements, to make sure. “I'll never order anything over the internet again if this doesn't work,” I said to him.
A week later, my specified mattress wedge arrived. Fit perfectly. Problem solved. Now I have a king size mattress for a very cheap price. I feel clever instead of stupid.
The company I contacted, Mark Harris Upholstery Ltd , http://www.thefoamshop.co.uk/were extremely professional and made the whole process simple. So, if you have a mattress that's too small, consider using this method instead of buying a new one.