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The Next Few Days

Finishing up the wood flooring in the closet, looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner with family, and then I’ll be back to work on the closet to patch the walls in a couple of spots, clean, and put up a fresh coat of paint. Opportunity for a new color, or stick with white?

Laying New Wood Flooring and Premium Underlayment

I’ll see you guys on Monday with some ‘after’ photos. Happy Thanksgiving!

Our Closet, Before

This is what we were working with (and it has worked pretty well).



At its widest, it is 8’8″, and 9’6″ at its deepest. By those measurements, it would be a decent sized closet, but there are curves and angles to account for, two doorways, a window, a radiator, and oh yeah, that sink. The longest expanse of wall is 72″ and has an Elfa system with double hanging rods, with a rolling rack for more clothes. I created a 3D SketchUp model to give you a better idea of the space.

There was a soft spot in the floor that has been getting worse. Since we’re about to finish replacing the flooring in the adjacent hallway, we may as well address the closet now too.

Closet Carpet Pulled Back

I figured the carpet had been added prior to putting the house on the market because it was the easiest/cheapest/fastest fix before selling, and you can tell that there has been an attempt to fix the wood. It will be good to get the old stuff out of there, fix the subfloor, and lay new wood.

Soft Spot in Wood Flooring

Yay, repairs!

Our New Mattress

The stairs in this house don’t make it easy to get anything large up to the second floor. A traditional spring mattress? Only if it’s a twin size. Anything larger and it needs to be foam so it can round the corner on its way up. A mattress that arrives magically compressed into a box that’s smaller than me? Ideal.

Leesa Mattress

Leesa ships their mattresses, for free, rolled up in a box that makes it easy to transport. The mattresses are made in America, with three foam layers: the bottom is dense foam for support, with a 2″ layer of memory foam in the middle that contours to the body, and then a 2″ layer of Avena® (similar to latex) that adds bounce and keeps the mattress from feeling too hot.

Because they’re a direct-to-consumer company, they can offer lower prices than brands typically bought through nationwide showrooms. Yep, this means that you’re buying a mattress online without ever having slept on it, but they offer a 100 night risk-free trial period. If you don’t like it, they’ll arrange for the mattress to be picked up and recycled or donated. Leesa also has a charitable component to their business; for every 10 mattresses they sell, one is donated to a homeless shelter or others in need.

I was easily able to get a king-sized Leesa mattress setup by myself. Gif time! Enjoy.

Leesa Mattress Unboxing

* A few people have asked about the box spring in the comments, so I thought I’d better add the info to the post itself. It’s actually just a foundation (no springs), it is indeed one piece, and I had to build it in the room. It’s not needed for the mattress, but it is necessary for the bed I ordered. *

I like shopping for bedding — looking for colors and patterns that will mix well with the linens we already have, and giving the bedroom a little update every time I swap out the sheets or change the throw pillows. Heading out to go mattress shopping though? Not so fun. Being able to order a luxury mattress online is so much nicer.

Forty Winks

If you’re in the market for a new mattress and want to go with Leesa, the first 30 readers to redeem promo code MAKINGITLOVELY at checkout will get $75 off.

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