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HAPPY BIRTHDAY AMERICA!

4 Jul

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On America’s birthday why not support a company that is not only American but also environmentally conscious. All Shifman Mattresses are handmade in the USA and are also GREEN! And no, I don’t mean the color. Shifman Mattresses are made with as many natural ingredients as possible and are two sided, which means they’ll last much longer. Being “green” isn’t just a fad for the Newark based mattress company. Shifman, established in 1893, was green before being green was “in”. Take a look at all the goodies packed in a Shifman mattress and see why these American made, two-sided mattresses are not only good for you but the earth as well.

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All-Natural Cotton:

Shifman mattresses are handcrafted with the finest apparel-grade, all-natural cotton available. Cotton is more breathable than man-made, synthetic materials and helps to wick moisture away from the body. Because of this, mattresses made with cotton will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Shifman uses up to 83 pounds of cotton in their mattresses. Cotton lasts considerably longer than alternative materials such as polyfoam and is also safer for the environment. Shifman mattresses are also built with two sides and made to last longer than their one-sided counterparts. A mattress that lasts longer means that a consumer will use less mattresses in their lifetime. Therefore, sleeping on a two-sided Shifman, filled with all-natural cotton, contributes to reduced landfill waste.

Premium Recycled Steel:

Recycled metal reduces greenhouse gas emissions and uses less energy than metal made from virgin ore. Fifty-six percent of energy is saved by using recycled steel versus making it and Shifman uses this recycled steel in each of its mattress innersprings and boxsprings. Premium recycled steel innersprings and boxsprings provide shock absorption support and increased comfort and durability. Shifman mattresses use different gauges of these recycled steel coils, which enables the customer to have a wide range of firmness options.

Canadian Spruce:

Shifman’s handmade premium boxsprings are framed with only superior-grade Canadian spruce, which are sourced from sustainable managed forests that adhere to the strictest environmental guidelines. Canadian spruce is extremely durable and also has a high strength to weight ratio making it perfect for a bed frame that you sleep on night after night, year after year.

In addition to these natural materials, high thread count Belgian damask and matelasse fabrics, wool, Talalay latex, Italian twine, cashmere and pashmina are also incorporated into many Shifman designs. Combined, these elements increase the life span of a Shifman mattress and reduce the carbon footprint.

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Give your country the perfect birthday present and sleep natural. Sleep on a Shifman.

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We <3 Cotton!

14 Feb

Cotton HeartIt’s Valentine’s Day and while others are filling their funnels with chocolates and red wine, we’re filling our premium mattresses with up to 83 lbs of 100% all natural cotton.

A good night’s sleep is all about comfort and cotton makes all the difference. Inside every Shifman mattress is the highest grade all-natural cotton, which pads both sides of the mattress to perfection.

Shifman loves cotton because cotton is quality. It’s good for our bodies and it’s great for the environment. Cotton is a natural, renewable, biodegradable and sustainable fiber. Additionally, it’s had mankind’s back for 7,000 years! Therefore it’s pretty much the superhero of upholstery materials.

Cotton has proven to be both resilient and durable, providing long-lasting comfort for many years. Processed on premises for over 100 years, Shifman utilizes a garnetting machine to effectively produce layer upon layer of luxurious cotton.

Why compromise true comfort when you can breathe easy on a two-sided Shifman mattress, made of all-natural cotton?

Love your body and love your mattress. Happy Valentine’s Day!

COTTON: The Superior Upholstery Material

27 Jun

In our modern society, we are often inundated with a series of national fads which seem to be less of a necessity and more of a trendy antic. Just recently, I stumbled upon a new product that helps keep people cool while they sleep. It’s a fan that literally clips to the foot of your bed and tucks in between your sheets to blow air onto your body.

Now aside from this techno-fad being a complete eye sore, there’s something about this product that gives me cold feet (no, not literally… wait, yes literally). This fan is merely a solution to a problem that could be entirely avoided if the mattress was made from breathable materials.

Enter Cotton: our knight in shining armor.

Cotton’s first introduction into mattress production was back in the early 18th century. Since then, cotton has been a staple of quality, resiliency and most importantly, comfort. What makes cotton a truly remarkable fill material is its breathability. The molecular structure of cotton allows air to permeate through it more efficiently than other upholstery materials. Because cotton is a natural fiber, there are small spaces between each fiber. In addition, cotton has a better absorption capacity than its synthetic counterparts which also helps with its breathability. Again, this is due to cotton’s biological makeup. According to chemists, cotton is a hydrophilic, meaning cotton naturally attracts water.

If you’re confused by all the bio-talk… think of it like this: there is a reason why your bath towels are made of cotton.

At any rate, in the same way that cotton’s molecular structure makes it breathable, other bedding materials can make you overheat at night. Memory foam, which is a type of polyurethane foam, has a closed cell structure which reduces airflow. The tighter the cell structure, the less air flows through the foam and the more you overheat.

The use of cotton has been traced as far back as 5000 BC. Natural cotton is not only versatile, it’s long lasting. Cotton is breathable and draws moisture away from you. Additionlly, it’s biodegradable and therefore good for the environment.

From gel to latex, from polyfoam to air, bedding manufacturers are always looking for the next best thing. But sacrificing old world techniques for new and seemingly improved technology does not always produce the best results. Endeavors like this lead to unhappy consumers. Unhappy consumers look for a quick fix. And that is why new fad products like mattress fans are created.

How To Choose The Right Mattress

8 Jun

No single type of mattress is right for everyone. Similar to the clothes we wear, a mattress fits everyone differently. In order to get the best night’s sleep, a variety of factors come into play such as the temperature of the room, your level of stress, the food you ate and what you did during the day. Yet, the mattress is certainly the first building block to getting a great night’s sleep.

So what’s the first step in choosing a mattress that’s right for you? RESEARCH! Thanks to our convenient 21st century lifestyle, research isn’t too taxing. Make a list of what you liked and didn’t like about your last mattress and start writing some mattress brands off. Boxspring vs. foundation, cotton vs. latex, king vs. queen: it always helps to know what you want before you shop. Also, read customer reviews. Not sure where to look? Check out some forums and visit the mattress brand’s facebook page. Customers are sometimes quite frank about their product reviews (especially if they had a bad experience). But that’s what you want, right? Honesty. While we’re on the subject of conducting internet research, I’d like to transition to my next step:

NO IMPULSE BUYS!: It’s so easy, right? There’s a seemingly perfect mattress staring you straight in the face and all you have to do is click a button and it’s yours. I’m here to tell you, to not click that button! It’s absolutely necessary to try the mattress out first before you buy it. Don’t fall victim to good marketing. Additionally, if you share a bed with a spouse, make sure to bring him/her along.  A mattress that might seem plush to you, might be firm to them. Save yourself the headache. Try out the mattress!

DON’T BE SHY!: For a lot of people, a mattress is a pretty big purchase (and it should be, you spend 1/3 of your life on it). Don’t be afraid to try out your favorite sleep positions on the floor sample. Not all of us sleep like little angels on our backs. Curl up, switch positions and make sure that shifting is comfortable. Sometimes a plush mattress can feel like a dream, until you decide to turn over and find that it’s not so easy to switch sides. Find something that supports your body and be happy about your purchase.

Ultimately, the best mattress for you is the one that feels most comfortable. Don’t let sales associates tell you what is best for you. Do the research, try out the mattress and be confident about your purchase. Afterall, an informed shopper is a happy buyer.

Recycle That Mattress!

8 May

We see it far too often – in our neighborhoods, sometimes on the sides of highways, and even in the woods… abandoned mattresses! Too big to bag, old mattresses often become a burden to people everywhere. And depending on their condition, discarded mattresses can be quite the eye sore. Sometimes mattresses are curbed for weeks before proper removal takes place and who knows what can become of those mattresses in the meantime: my immediate thought is a shelter for creepy crawlers.

But when you think more about it, the improper disposal of a mattress can also be dangerous to the environment and its local inhabitants. Small animals and children could be seriously injured by the innerspring or boxspring, and additionally, the mattress could become unsanitary fast.

According to Consumer Reports, the average mattress lasts about 8 years, but did you know that the average time for a mattress to decompose is anywhere from 80 to 100 years if not recycled? Scary, right? The good news is that recycling your mattress not only saves energy, but also reduces greenhouse gases, the use of natural resources and reduces waste.

Think ahead! When you’re shopping for your next mattress, pay attention to its ingredients. A mattress made with natural materials is far better for the environment than those made with synthetics (i.e. polyurethane foam). Look for mattresses made with real cotton, natural latex foam, wool and cashmere. Your mattress will not only last longer, but it will be eco-friendly, more supportive and most importantly, it will reduce land-fill waste!

Don’t despair! Below is a list of ideas/resources for proper mattress disposal!

  1. Call Your Township: Your township might have a list of resources already outlined regarding the disposal of an old mattress set. If they do, try to find out where they dispose the mattress. Ask some questions! Does the mattress get recyled, or does it end up in a landfill? See what your options are.
  2. Local Recycling Organizations: Do a quick search on the internet and research if there are local recycling organizations in your area. You might even be able to make some money! Check out this website http://www.freecycle.org/ which will support your search in finding the right organization for you.
  3.  Donate To Charity: Depending on the condition of your mattress, you might be able to donate it to charity or a nonprofit organization. If still in good condition, the organization might even come pick it up for free. Explore some of your options here: www.mattressdonation.com.
  4. Get Crafty: Do it yourself recycling never hurt anyone. By taking your old mattress apart, you can recycle each component. The steel innersprings and boxsprings could be recycled and therefore remelted and poured to create new steel parts. The wood in the foundation could be shredded into wood-chips. For a complete list of how mattress parts can be recyled and reused click here: http://www.sleepproducts.org/ispa-earth/uses-for-old-mattress-components/

We Sleep – And So Can You!

27 Apr

At Shifman Mattress Company, we believe that every night should be the best sleep you ever had. Helping people sleep since 1893, we know the industry and would like to not only spread awareness about sleep, but create a conversation.

According to statistics, we spend an average of eight hours sleeping each night. Do the math and that’s exactly 1/3 of our lives spent snoozing. So why is sleep so important? Well, for one, you can’t live without it. According to Dr. James O’Brien, Medical Director of Boston SleepCare Center in Waltham, Mass. “Sleep is not a luxury, it’s a necessity for optimal functioning.” And what happens when we’re not functioning optimally? We get irritated quickly, we eat more and it’s harder to get through the day.

So take a break, relax and get some shut eye. You deserve a good night’s sleep.

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