a sapira mattress for my parents from leesa.

February 8, 2018

a new mattress from leesa | reading my tea leaves

This post is sponsored by Leesa, a mattress company with the simple goal: “to help people sleep better.”

In the house where I did most of my growing up, I can slide my feet over the sloped floorboards with my eyes closed and still know precisely which room I’m in. The house was built in the mid-18th century, and in some places those floorboards pitch so impressively that as kids my sisters and I could take bounding leaps and sail across them like reckless cross-country skiers in stockinged feet. Try as you might, square corners are not a thing you will find in this house. But if you’re looking for musicality, at its advanced age the house conducts an impressive symphony of creaks and moans. The rooms are damp and musty in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s a place that demands a certain kind of endurance to care for it, and for the past twenty-six years my mom and dad have been its devoted custodians. Devoted custodians who deserve a good night’s sleep.a new mattress from leesa | reading my tea leaves

When Leesa reached out at the beginning of the year to see if I would be interested in giving their Sapira mattress a try, I knew precisely who should take a luxury mattress for a test-drive. I won’t claim that my parents were sleeping on a straw-stuffed pallet on the floor or tightening bed ropes nightly, but suffice to say the mattress they’d been sleeping on needed an upgrade. One might view navigating the quirks of an antique house as something of a pleasant pastime, but navigating the quirks of an antique mattress is something else entirely. So on a recent winter weekend, we took a trip to Connecticut to help them unveil their new brand-new mattress.
a new mattress from leesa | reading my tea leavesLike the Leesa, the Sapira ships direct-to-consumer in an improbably slim box. In addition to three layers of foam, the Sapira has an additional layer of steel springs working to support sleepy bones. As my dad and I unpackaged the mattress, it unfurled itself with a satisfying pop and poof. Moments later it was fully robust.a new mattress from leesa | reading my tea leaves

My parents made use of their existing bed frame (and the fabric-covered plywood headboard that I remember watching them make together in the 80s), but to ensure that their new mattress would have a firm surface to rest on, they paired their mattress with the Leesa Foundation. The slatted foundation came together in a matter of minutes and provided just the kind of solid support that makes the mattress shine.a new mattress from leesa | reading my tea leaves

How are they sleeping at night? As folks who hadn’t endeavored to purchase a new mattress since the phenomenon of mattresses arriving to back porches in boxes began, my parents viewed their new mattress with optimism, but also a whisper of incredulity. My mom wanted to confirm that it was flame-retardant free (it is), my dad wondered if it would have an odor (it didn’t), and they were both concerned that a foam mattress would feel too soft. A few weeks into their test-drive of the Sapira, they tell me they’re eager to climb into bed each night.

Much to their surprise, their biggest adjustment was firmness, just not in the way they expected. After years of sleeping on the same mattress, the Sapira actually felt firmer than what they were used to and it took them a few nights to get used to the extra support. Now, they welcome it. Each of my parents has been sleeping on the same side of the bed since they were married thirty-seven years ago. Which is to say that my dad sleeps on the left and my mom sleeps in the middle. My parents happily report that the Sapira feels “uniformly solid, from side to side and top to bottom” and that they’re not worried that the middle might start to sag. And, if not for their decades-long spooning habit, my mom claims that the foam cushioning would mean they’d barely be aware of each other in the bed.

To the question of whether the Leesa Foundation seems to be doing an adequate job of keeping everything afloat, my dad quips, “solid as a rock.” To his delight, the mattress edges fully support his morning ritual of pulling on socks and shoes while perched on the edge of the bed.

The house might still creak and moan, but the mattress doesn’t. a new mattress from leesa | reading my tea leaves

If you’re interested in taking the Sapira or Leesa plunge yourself, today marks the beginning of their Presidents’ Day Sale. Today through February 21, 2018 at 12:00 pm ET, you can get $125 off the Leesa mattress or $200 off the Sapira and receive a free pillow with your order. (And if you miss that offer, you can use the code TEALEAVES at anytime for $100 off the Leesa mattress, or $200 off the Sapira mattress, plus free shipping.)

Also! You can now test-drive Leesa Mattresses in person in select Pottery Barn and West Elm stores.

For the curious: We treated my mom and dad to a few bedroom improvements in addition to their mattress: the duvet cover and shams are a gift from Parachute Home and the bedside lamps are a gift from Schoolhouse Electric

This post was sponsored by Leesa. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Reading My Tea Leaves.

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  • Reply Alexis February 8, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I’m so glad you provided information about the lamps – I love the way they are positioned, with the option for each person to use their own.
    We recently transitioned my son into a single bed and, because we are still night training, bought a <$100 Zinus memory foam bed that arrives similarly to the Leesa or Casper ones. It never reached its full height however, which is a disappointment.
    Leesa seems like a good option to try, if we ever upgrade to a queen.

  • Reply Аnn February 8, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Everyone deserves an excellent dream!
    And we have on one basis two mattresses. This does not prevent to be together, but does not allow to interfere with each other in a dream – I spin in a dream.

  • Reply Judith February 8, 2018 at 11:15 am

    All I can say is, these “Brooklyn kids” take good care of their parents, as I can personally attest. And I will check these out as our guest bed, where those Brooklynites sleep when they come to Portland, probably needs an upgrade.

    On another topic do your mom and dad happen to remember the name of the blue paint they used in their bedroom? I’m currently sifting through all manner of blues and blue-greens for our old house.

    Thank you!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 8, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Ha! And yes! Yarmouth Blue from Benjamin Moore!

  • Reply Liv February 8, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Just gorgeous- I love any small peek into your folks’ home- what a dream.

  • Reply Rachael February 8, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Your parents sound lovely and well-deserving of a new mattress. Kudos to you for taking care of them.

  • Reply Kate February 8, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    What a thoughtful thing you did for your parents and their bedroom (the glimpses I see at least) is lovely!

  • Reply Alexandra February 8, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    If I recall correctly, you got a Tuft & Needle mattress for your daughter, right? How do the two compare to each other?

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 8, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Hi, we did! I’ve found the Leesa (the original mattress) and the Tuft and Needle to be super similar. The Tuft and Needle is maybe a little bit firmer, but it’s a negligible difference. We’ve been super pleased with both!

  • Reply Alix February 8, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Erin, do you use a Leesa foundation and/or think it’s necessary? I was thinking of getting a Leesa mattress and a slatted Keetsa bedframe.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 8, 2018 at 3:50 pm

      We don’t need a foundation because we have the slatted bedframe!

  • Reply heather February 9, 2018 at 7:49 am

    mid 18th century!! 300 year old houses are allowed to creak…..

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 9, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Yeah they are!

  • Reply susan February 9, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    I really love the fabric used for their window treatment — could you share any details about it? Really pretty…

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 12, 2018 at 8:22 am

      It’s a brocade fabric that my mom found locally and had made into curtains ~10 years ago. Don’t have any other details!

  • Reply Heather February 9, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    What a lovely bedroom. May I ask what kind and color the floor paint is? We’ve been considering tearing up the carpet in our bedrooms and painting the floor underneath.

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 12, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Benjamin Moore Sandy Beaches!

  • Reply Anna February 16, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    I really appreciate that you have three reviews for the Leesa mattresses especially the one year post purchase review. I have been a bit paralyzed for the last year with all the choices which makes me appreciate Leesa’s 100 day return policy. I have a question for you – if you could choose between the Leesa and the Sapira, money aside, which would you choose after having a chance to check both out? Thanks!

    • Reply ERIN BOYLE February 18, 2018 at 4:27 pm

      Oh! I think I’d still go for the Leesa. I love how lightweight it is and for me it’s the perfect firmness.


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