Bedroom Refresh with ComforPedic iQ

I have been updating my bedroom over the last few months – not a floor to ceiling makeover, but more like a little refreshing of the space.

It all started one Sunday morning back in the early summer when I looked up at the bed hanging that used to be above the bed. In those few waking moments I knew that it was history  – like as soon as I jumped out of bed history.

With the old bed hanging down, I had a new idea for replacing it, one that would have no fabric and be low maintenance.  Making the new headboard was a two man job so I had to wait until Ed was around to help me.  I have it almost complete and will be posting more about how I made the new headboard soon.


I have posted and shown you a few of the other updates already…the new sheets and pillow cases, how I updated the shiny brass lights, and hung a gallery wall. I even have a new mattress, one that is pretty high tech and revolutionary in design.


It is a ComforPedic iQ from BeautyRest.   I have an extra lumbar in my spine – it is a family trait – both my sisters have a 6th lumbar, too. It causes problems if I am not careful and over the years I have become extremely particular about the mattresses I sleep on. My previous bed was a BeautyRest, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to give it up, but I am glad I decided to give this new BeautyRest mattress a try.


The Smart Response Technology is just my style  – simple and all about comfort.  It automatically calibrates to your body’s weight and position for personalized support throughout the night without any motors or electronics.


We have had the mattress for 2 months, Ed likes the Ultra Cool Memory Foam since it helps maintain a comfortable temperature for cool, comfortable sleep. I like that the foam is firm and dense and supports my back, but the best part for both of us is that you can toss and turn all night long, and the person sleeping next to you won’t feel a thing. With our spring mattress, we felt every move, which resulted in waking up here and there throughout the night. I have slept perfectly and jump right out of bed with no stiffness in my back at all. WIN/WIN all around.


We also like that it is designed and built in the USA and endorsed by Dr. Andrew Weil. I have a few of his books and make a few of the soup recipes from them – Delicious and good for us and that fits into our lifestyle.


The mattress looks very futuristic when it is not covered. It is soft and feels divine – the foam is dense and supportive no matter how you lay or sit on it.


I like to prop myself up against pillows to do some work from bed from time to time, I like the way the mattress responds to each part of my body and every move.


With the new mattress in place, I also wanted to update my bedside table.  I didn’t buy anything new, but did a little “use-what-I-have” decorating and moved the round table I stripped to storage and replaced it with the small chest of drawers that used to be on Ed’s side of the bed.

I have a new thrift store find to paint for his side of the bed.  I also have two dressers in the room. I painted the smaller one using a new chalk paint. I will show you that in my next post.  The larger dresser is still in progress, but I am loving how it looks so far.


The walls in the room are painted blue.  The color looks OK in this photo, but the color is faded in places and Ed fixed a few settlement cracks that were starting on two of the walls. It will look much better when all the walls are repainted. Once I get that done – my bedroom refreshing will be complete.  I will post all the projects and progress over the next few weeks.

Now that Fall is here, are you doing any room refreshing to get your rooms ready for the nesting seasons?

Disclosure:  I was given the opportunity to test the ComforPedic iQ mattress.  I was not told what to write. I was completely satisfied and shared my honest opinion with you.  


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  1. Colleen Morehead says:

    Mrs. Henkler, I enjoyed reading of your make-over and appreciate your style and choices. Your mattress is the exact same one my husband and I have and it appears we purchased them at approximately the same time. I’m curious as to how your’s has held up and if you are still as enthusiastic about it. We loved ours for the first 3 years but in the past 6 months it has been less than we hoped for. When I lay on my side of the bed, the mattress sinks down approximately 4 inches, creating an indentation that I have a hard time getting out of. The mattress does return to proper shape after I get out of it but it just does not have the same support as it did 3 years ago. My husband is a much larger person than I am but his side of the bed does not have the same issue. I’m just curious if you have noted any difference in your mattress now that you have had it for a few years. Thanks for sharing your make-over.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Colleen – I wish I could help you, but my husband and I only slept on the mattress for a year and then we moved to a new house and needed a another mattress for a guest room. We needed a King in that room so we placed the Beautyrest ComforPedic in there. For the year we did sleep on it, it was fine on both sides. Our guests always tell us how comfy the bed is, so I don’t think the problem is happening. Have you contacted BeautyRest? You can find their contact form here:

    2. Hello! I was just scouring the internet to see if I could find any reviews that mentioned the “indent” that appeared as it also did in our exact same mattress. It happened on my side as well and I’m smaller than my husband also. We have resorted to turning the mattress so this “indent” or weakened side is actually at our feet! It is a king so it fits over our platform and is just a few inches shorter turned this way. Tonight is our first night sleeping on it in this direction so it remains to be seen how it goes. If there are 2 of us experiencing this, there are bound to be more. Very disappointing considering the price of this mattress and our expectations that it would last at least a decade! But here we are only 4 years after purchasing it. :( My email is if you have any advice or follow-up you can offer!

      1. We contacted the store where we purchased the mattress. They sent out a claim form we had to fill out and instructions on pictures needed to include along with the cl. It was quite an involved process and I think maybe they thought we wouldn’t follow through. We weren’t very hopeful but after following all their instructions, submitting the claim and waiting for a response, approximately 6 weeks later we were pleasantly surprised. We received notice of a 100% credit allowance to be used on a new mattress at their store. The only stipulation was the mattress had to be from the same manufacturer and there was no refund if the new mattress was less expensive. As it turned out, the most expensive mattress they now had was about half the cost of the one we were returning. But the end result is we have a new mattress at no additional cost and so far it is fine.

  2. RAÚL SALAZAR says:

    I have a ComforPedic IQ FROM SIMMONS, less than a year old. I spend near $4,000 Mi bed have a hole, I call service center for warranty and after two or three weeks, they sent a technic, he madre the inspección. After I received an email saying that my bed does not have any problem, and they will do nothing. I decided open and check my mattress by myself, and found a hole in one of the air chambers. I tryed TO fix with duct tape. It works like the first day for three days. Now My matress have a hole again. I feel a lot of pain in back, also my wife. I do not know what TO do. Realy I DO NOT RECOMEND COMFORPEDIC IQ TO ANYBODY.

  3. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Oh how wonderful that you got a beautiful new mattress!! I am hearing that the memory foam has been designed to stay cooler in the summers. I just could not go with foam with living here in humid Florida and no AC most of the year. I also love your matching blanket. I am thinking you used some Jen Weld bi fold doors for your headboard. I thought of that too, but what I had already on hand were not symmetrical for horizontal placement and I have a window I did not want to cover. I love yours.

  4. Chris Kreifels says:

    You really did a great job on that bedroom makeover. I can’t get over with the bed cover, it looks so beautiful and relaxing. Finding and picking the best mattress for you is definitely hard. You must be extra perceptive when choosing one, since this is the place where you are going to rest every end of a tiring day. It’s not regretful to invest in a pricey one, it’s all worthy in the long run.

  5. Such an impressive project! The headboard is luxurious and wonderful. Please tell me more about the lilac bedding. I am on the hunt for some lavendar, especially the buffalo Gigham. :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Pamela – I bought the lilac quilt at JC Penney. It is from the Jonathan Adler collection.

  6. Hi Diane – we too have been thinking and in need of a new mattress…so many choices are out there. I will have to look into beautyrest and the mattress you got as it sounds great. Although I have never been much a fan of memory foam. I hope it is not too much money as we were thinking it would be a christmas present to ourselves, a new mattress! Will have to go to the stores to test. :)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Testing the mattresses out is key for such a big purchase. It is such an individual preference to what feels good. The didn’t think I would be a fan of memory foam either, but I have to admit this one changed my thinking.

  7. Can’t wait to hear more about your headboard. I have some doors hanging around in our shed. I’ve planned on using them for a new headboard but haven’t found the inspiration I need to give me that final push!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Deby – I will post how I created the headboard very soon. It is almost done.

  8. im glad you like that mattress. They are quite an investment, I am trying to swing it for 2015.

  9. I am loving the change and the bed looks great. I am going to look into this one for us.

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Vanessa – The mattress is worth trying out the next time you pass a mattress store. It is hard to describe that is is firm, but so soft and comfy. Testing out is the best way to see how it will feel for you.

  10. Char Sethman says:

    Looking into a new bed, I will have to check this mattress style out! Love that headboard!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      I am a fan of BeautyRest mattresses. I chose my previous one after a vacation where the bed Ed and I slept in was the most comfiest bed I had ever slept on. It was a BeautyRest. When we got home, I ordered the same mattress -that is how much I liked it. It is about 10 years old and still a very comfy bed that I was hesitant to give up at first. We moved it to my youngest daughter’s bedroom and got rid of the very old mattress she had. I will be posting the details on how I made the headboard soon.

      1. I would like to purchase a purple coverlet like in this picture, where can I find one?

        1. Diane Henkler says:

          Hi Mary – I bought the purple quilt on my bed last year at JC Penney. It is from the Jonathan Adler collection.

  11. Julia@Cuckoo4Design says:

    Oh I’m so jealous. Lucky you! I love Memory Foam! And your bedroom looks great.