By: Katherine Dimas

How to Choose the Perfect Mattress

Many a time couples will jump in their car and start searching high and low for the perfect mattress. They will go to various stores in their neighborhood and sometimes even drive across town hoping to find something new and different.

Some mattresses will be too firm, others will be too soft, too thick, too thin and then they have to try to find something suitable for both their needs and wants. On top of all that they also want to find a mattress that they feel good about.

They have lots of unanswered questions like – how was it made, how about the ingredients that went into making it, are they safe without off-gassing? How about the cover that goes on top and then they wondered what would happen to the mattress once it reached the end of its useful life? Wait a minute, before that, how long should this mattress last for them to feel like they got good value for their money?

In various mattress stores, they asked as many questions as they could. Some retailers were able to tell them about the various foams in the mattresses that they tested. The rest mumbled that they wished the manufacturers shared more about those things so they would know better.

According to research by the Better Sleep Council (BSC), there is lots of room for improvement for Retail Sales Agents. They discovered that only 27% of mattress salespeople are extremely knowledgeable about materials that are used to make a mattress and their sustainability practices. A whopping 78% find product information about mattresses too technical and very confusing.

Consumers don’t know what to look for in sleep products. Instead, they often buy what they are sold by salespeople who may not be that well-informed. The onus of providing better quality sleep lies with sleep product manufacturers and their deeper understanding of true sleep attributes, and the way to meet them.

This Couple’s Happy Ending

After driving all over town, this couple decided to visit the Foamite Vaughan Factory Showroom. They are foam and mattress manufacturers. Sleep and comfort experts. Foam is the key comfort ingredient used in all mattresses. If you want to buy a good mattress, get to know your foam first.

The couple received a quick education on the various grades of foam and the role that each played in initial comfort and deep-down support. At Foamite they were able to choose cooler natural options, organic covers, and a mattress that was made with adjustable and removable layers (Simon Mattress).

They also can sleep happily ever after because they were able to choose a custom mattress, with custom sides, so that they each could get the firmness that was best for them at a great factory price.


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Be the best that you can be by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your sleep!

University Students: Beware of Dorm Mattresses!

A father came into our showroom today looking to buy a dormitory mattress for his daughter who will be attending her first year of University this fall. His first mistake was coming in without her. Most parents buy mattresses or mattress toppers for their kids that are not at all what they would choose if they were here.

His second mistake was asking for something hard, “so that it would last longer”. Sorry Dad, but that is not how it works. Heavier (higher Density) foam lasts longer before it begins to sag or soften with use. Durability has nothing to do with the firmness of the foam. Our heavier Koosh Natural high resiliency foam does not soften with use like the conventional polyurethane grades that are used in all dormitory mattresses.

As students head off to campus this fall, many for the first time, they’ll be equipped with many of the tools they need. Laptop? Check. Sheets and blankets? Check. Fast-drying towels? Check. Dorm fridge? Check. Desk lamp? Check. Better Sleep? I don’t know? What they give us will be fine. What? Nooooo!

I LOVE SLEEPSleep Better – Bring a Foam Topper

I know that University students love to sleep – I have two of them myself. However, you should know that you are not helping them to Sleep Better just by dressing up their dorm bed with colourful comforters or lacey pillows. What’s inside the mattress cover matters!

We have been supplying dormitory mattresses to Universities for the past 28 years and we can honestly tell you, from first-hand experience, that 100% of first year university students should go to their new dorm rooms with a comfortable 2 or 3″ mattress topper under one arm.

Now in case you think that the University or College purchasing agents are going to take care of you or yours, think again. Their mandate is to buy as many mattresses for as little as possible. That is what you do when you have a budget.

A Firmer Mattress is Not Better

The foam specifications for dorm mattresses also call for a firmer mattress because they know that plastic-based polyurethane foam will soften up with use. One University RFQ (Request for Quote) asked that all 800 mattresses, be hard enough to support a 300 pound student. Really? How many 19 year-olds do you know that are 300 pounds? And how do the lighter students feel about this? Have you seen the movie – 300? They may be thinking, “Tonight We Sleep in Hell!”

Sleep for Studenst

A firm bed resists rather than conforming to the natural curves of your body. Therefore, your body must constantly adjust in order to get comfortable – sometimes as much as 60 to 80 times a night. It sure is hard to get a good night’s sleep if you are flipping and flopping, like a fish out of water, all night long.

Mattress Buying Tips: Do not test a new mattress just by sitting or putting your knee in it. Lay on it for 15 minutes at a time. And buy from a factory, like Foamite, where you can take the mattress back and change the firmness as many times as you want within the 15 year warranty period.


Foamite can take the edge off dorm life by providing the comfort students need in order to catch the necessary Zs that will prevent drama and help them get As. We sell dormitory mattresses and toppers in any size you need. The sizes vary amongst Universities and even amongst the various residences in each University. Common sizes are: 36″ x 74″, 36 ” x 78″, and 36″ x 80″. A standard single (or twin) mattress is 39″ x 75″.

Sleep Better to Learn Better…


R.C. (Bob) Dimas

Be the best that you can be by doing whatever is necessary to improve the quality of your sleep!