Goodbye, Sister Creaking Springs

This was the day.


It came from a kid’s bunk bed, is at least 20 years old, and I’m going to go ahead and guess that’s way beyond its rated lifespan. For the past 3 years an inch of memory foam has helped a lot, but that thing has caused an old man more restless nights than he cares to think about. Its great virtue, of course, is that it was free.


How does one get rid of an old mattress in the boonies without going full white trash? Um…

To be continued. But some of it is destined to become firewood. Some of the rest will test my new fire basket. I’ll find a way to get the fireproof parts to the county dump before … well, as soon as it can be arranged.

Meanwhile, back at the “people throw away the damndest things” department…


I was kind of hoping this would turn out to be a mattress/box spring combination. But no, it’s two mattresses.


And I don’t really want two mattresses. But the trick to living on scrounge is offering mutual benefit. Didn’t do my benefactor any good to get rid of one inconvenient mattress. So I’ll get used to the difference. Meanwhile, these are really nice. Like, nearly new. I’ve plotted for years how to score a new mattress, and now I have two.

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12 Responses to Goodbye, Sister Creaking Springs

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looks like you’ve raised TB’s bed out of his reach. You’ll need to build him a ramp or stairs or an elevator or something.

  2. Winston Smith says:

    I’ve never understood why anyone needs a boxspring when a sheet of plywood will do just fine. Not that I’d deny anyone their boxspring if that’s what they want. It is America after all.

  3. Joel says:

    TB may actually be an issue. We’ll know in a couple of hours just how determined he is to get into the bed.

  4. Ben says:

    Lay them side-by-side and you will have a King bed. (And no walking room in your bedroom. )

  5. TK421a says:

    Very nice. Don’t forget to check for bed bugs.

  6. Judy says:

    If you can, put a sheet of 1/4″ plywood between the 2 mattresses for a firmer bed, your back will thank you.

  7. Norman says:

    In support of Winston Smith’s and Judy’s comment, a sheet of 3/4 plywood would work wonders and eliminate the need for the second mattress. Extra points for using two 3/4 sheets; glued together, 2X3/4 is pretty darn rigid. I used that trick to protect my septic tank from 3500 lbs of Bobcat a couple years back when I needed some excavation work and the only access point was over one end of the too-shallowly-buried tank.

  8. matismf says:

    So how did things go for Laddie last night???

  9. Joel says:

    It took him two tries to get it. His first attempt was best kept between him and me. But he can clear the height easily enough.

  10. abnormalist says:

    Judy speaks the truth here. Then every year you can rotate which one is on top to prolong the life of them both…

  11. Jerry says:

    Rotating top/bottom and end for end monthly to quarterly can also extend life. Unless there is a reason they can’t be turned over.
    Having them stacked may make it easier to get out in the morning, rather than forcing yourself up from a lower position.

To the stake with the heretic!