Mom Guilt and the Mattress

This Post May Contain Affiliate Links. Please Read my Disclosure Policy.

I love getting packages…especially ones that are delivered by the postman, the cute UPS guy, or Bob who has been the FedEx guy in my neighborhood for so long that I know him by his first name.

A few weeks ago I came home to find this leaning against my house.

Tuft ans Needle mattress

I got excited…not only for what was inside, but also what I was going to do with the big box once it was empty.

Mattress delivered by mail

The main reason I was excited was the contents of the box was going to be the fix for my recent case of “Mom Guilt”.

Back in the summer, I decided to transform my grown daughter Kelly’s childhood room into a fitness room. She hasn’t lived at home for years and was fine with me making over her room for my needs.

When she came home at Thanksgiving, and then again at Christmas, she slept in the guest room with no complaints until after the holidays when we were chatting on the phone and she told me that the guest room bed was “awful”. That was her exact word – awful!

That was when the mom guilt began to set in.  “Oh no, I took her room and comfy bed away and now when she comes home, she has to sleep on an awful mattress...It was the “I am such a horrible mother kind of thinking”. Thinking of my needs over my children. She laughed at me when I told her this. She said she just wanted to know if I knew the mattress was uncomfortable.

Guest room bed ideas

Note to Self:  When you have a guest room, spend a night in the room periodically to make sure it is comfortable in all respects, especially the comfort of the bed.

Both Ed and I knew it wasn’t the best mattress when we bought it 30 years ago, but it was never a priority to get a new one… until now.

A few days after my daughter’s call,  I got an email from Tuft and Needle asking me if I would like to try and review one of their mattresses.  Are they kidding? How did they know? I felt the stars align and could only think it was one of those meant-to-be-moments.

If you have not heard of Tuft & Needle before, they are one hip and cool mattress company that sells their mattresses online. The coolest thing is that they are delivered right to your front door or in my case, side door.  No pushy showroom salesman to deal with or high retail markups. Just a high quality mattress.

I know you are thinking, how does a quality 10-inch high full mattress fit into that box?

The answer…it is vacuumed sealed and rolled up.  The mattress has no springs. It is made from a new type of foam based purely on customer feedback, unparalleled in comfort and support. It’s not memory foam or latex. It’s Tuft & Needle foam made from organic cotton.  Everything that goes into the mattress is sourced and made in the United States.

Tuft and Needle mattress

When Ed and I placed the rolled mattress along the bottom of the bed frame and cut away the plastic covering it was pretty amazing watching it pop and literally fly out and over our existing boxspring. It was 10-inches high right away.  So cool!

Tuft and Needle Mattress

You can sleep on it right away, but we were going away for a few days so I waited until we got back to spend a night to officially try it out.

Guest room bed

I liked it…very much! It was firm and dense.

I slept right through the night and when I woke up, I hopped right out of bed with no back stiffness. How my back feels in the morning is the real gauge for me if I like a mattress or not.

bed for guest room

This one is a win and even though it is not going to be the bed I sleep on every night, I now know that my daughter and guests will sleep on a comfy bed when they come to visit.

Bedroom and bedding ideas for home decor

The mattress comes in two thicknesses – 5 and 10 inches and in 6 sizes – Twin to California King. It also comes with a 30 night trial. If you decide that you don’t like the mattress within 30 days Tuft & Needle will come and collect the mattress themselves and donate it to charity. It’s all taken care of so there is no need to stress about disposal if for some reason it isn’t for you.

The best drop cloths to use when painting furniture

Not only do I like that the new mattress is comfortable and of high quality for my daughter and guests, but my mom guilt is gone. :-)

A second win is that I repurposed the box the mattress came in. I slit the side open so that it lays flat – making the perfect drop cloth for painting furniture.

The blue paint…a little sneak peek at what I am working on and will post about next week.

Till then…

White bedding on bed with black and white bed hanging. Text says DIY Bedroom Makeover

Tuft and Needle sent me this mattress free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Love your guest room! I’m a fairly new follower so hadn’t seen it before. Timely post too as my husband and I are shopping for a new mattress – online. I couldn’t find any information on the mattress’ website about material that the mattresses are made from aside from general “foam and fabric”. I’m wondering if there is any “off-gassing”, etc. The website is “hip” for sure but lacking in specifics.

    1. Hi Laurie – I do not know enough about the actual materials, but you can ask Tuft and Needle directly. If you go to the site there is a little grey tab on the bottom left of the screen that says “Contact”. They have great customer service and will gladly answer your question.

    2. Hey Laurie!

      Evan from Tuft & Needle here. I’d be more than happy to answer some of your questions.

      Our mattress is made of a high density (3lb) poly-ether foam infused with gel and graphite to help you sleep cooler. All mattresses will have some level of off-gasing. That being said, our foam is certified by CertiPUR-US. That means we have a low VOC count and do not use any harmful chemicals in our product.

      We also use a high quality tactile fabric sourced from the Carolinas to manufacture our covers.

      All of our products are made in the U.S. and covered by a 10-year warranty.

      If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team ([email protected]) or directly to me ([email protected]).

      Enjoy your weekend!


  2. I’m curious. If by some chance you don’t like the mattress, how are you suppose to reroll it to send back. That would certainly keep me from ordering one. Thanks

    1. Hi – Good question. :-) There is no way that you could shrink the air out of it yourself and roll it. I think they will send you a big plastic bag to place it in for pick-up.

    2. Hi,

      This is Evan from Tuft & Needle. Great question.

      We have a 30 night sleep trial that begins when your mattress is delivered (not when you order it). If you decide in that 30 days that our mattress isn’t for you, we will give you a full refund to your original form of payment.

      All we ask is that you help us donate the mattress to a local charity. We will help you find a charity so you can schedule a pickup. All you have to do is show us a donation receipt and we will immediately process your refund. If a charity in your area isn’t able to pick up, or you don’t have a charity that will accept a donation, we will schedule a pickup (free of charge) and process your refund.

      In short, we’ll do all the heavy lifting!

      If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our support team ([email protected]) or directly to me ([email protected]).

      Enjoy your weekend!