|My waste-not-want-not cushion|
When we stayed at Carrie's flat in London recently, she had a very comfortable mattress topper on her bed and we remembered that our Ikea one at home had been great too. We didn't have an Ikea near to our Avignon campsite, but did have a Conforama which is where we bought our first Claitron electric hob (the good, powerful one we really liked!). One quick trip to Conforama later and we are the proud owners of a Bultex memory foam mattress topper. We had to buy a slightly larger size than our bed which meant my removing the foam pad from its posh padded cover to trim ten centimetres off both the top and one side. I didn't throw out those ten centimetre trimmings either. (In a burst of waste-not-want-not creativity I coiled them together and crocheted a pretty cushion cover!) For the time being we haven't removed the triangle for the cutaway and fold that under the mattress. The extra weight does pull the topper a little away from the wall towards the floor during the night and I have rectified this with a few tape ties and Dave's bed-remaking every two or three nights. However, even with all the extra faff, the topper is well worth the effort and its £121 cost and has given our bed a whole new lease of life. We can't feel those uncomfortable metal springs at all any more!
After a week, I think the only real downside is that the memory foam does hold heat incredibly well so I am aware that I am sleeping much hotter than usual. The weather is beautifully warm here in Massane though so I am not sure how much is caused by the topper and how much is balmy French nights!