When is it Time for a New Mattress?

You spend about one-third of your life sleeping.  Even though you spend a considerable amount of time in bed, you might not notice that it’s time for a new mattress.  While the materials of a mattress can last 20 years or more, the comfort level decreases with every year that goes by.  This means that you may need a new mattress after as little as six years, even if the mattress still looks to be in good shape.

How your mattress wears is highly dependent on you.  Someone who weighs 200 to 300 pounds or more will wear out a mattress at a faster rate than a 100 pound person.  A mattress that is slept on every night will lose comfort far quicker than the mattress in the guest room that is only used a couple of times a year.

Signs That It’s Time For A New Mattress

  • Waking up sore – Could be that your mattress is no longer offering the same level of support that it was when it was new.
  • Waking up in the night because you are uncomfortable or are not getting a good night’s sleep, it’s likely that your mattress is worn.
  • Preference changes with age – you may find that your mattress is now too soft or too firm for your liking.


The bottom line

If your bed is no longer comfortable, it’s time for a new mattress!  A $600 mattress used for five years costs only $0.33 a night!

MasterBedroom offers a great selection of mattresses from top manufacturers such as Sealy, Sealy Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, Springwall, Chiropractic, Stearns & Foster and Galaxy Bedding.  Their showroom has lots of mattresses on display for you to try out and their friendly and knowledgeable staff are always there to help.

Visit MasterBedroom’s showroom in Whitby to shop for your new mattress. For more information, call (905) 668-4300 or use our form here.

Choosing the Perfect Mattress

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body and your mind.  In order to get a full night’s rest with plenty of REM sleep, you need to be comfortable, and that’s why it’s so important to pick the right mattress.

Testing a Mattress

Buying a mattress is something you never want to do online or at a store where they don’t have the mattresses out on display to try.  Comfort is key when choosing a mattress, so you want to be able to test it out before you buy it.  Put on some comfortable clothing and visit a store that has a variety of beds on display.  Lay down on the beds to see if you prefer a firmer or softer bed.  If you sleep with someone else, make sure that they are with you to test out the beds as well.  You want to make sure you choose a mattress that will allow you both to sleep well.


Mattresses are constructed using different materials, including coils of many types, latex and foams including memory foam.  Each has a different feel to it, so be sure to test them all.


The size of the mattress will also have a big impact on how comfortable you are when you sleep.  A smaller mattress will force you to sleep closer to your partner, making you hot to sleep.  A larger mattress will give you the space to move around until you are comfortable and avoid disrupting each other during the night!

The Bottom Line

You don’t have to be an expert to buy the right mattress, but you should shop at a store that has staff that is both knowledgeable and helpful.

In addition to having top quality mattresses from manufacturers such as Sealy, Sealy Posturepedic, Tempur-Pedic, Springwall, Chiropractic, Stearns & Foster and Galaxy Bedding, MasterBedroom’s highly trained staff are also there to help you choose the perfect mattress.

Visit MasterBedroom‘s showroom in Whitby to find your new mattress.  For more information, call (905) 668-4300 or use our form here.

Buyer Beware When Shopping for a New Mattress

Finding the right place to buy a mattress is almost as important as finding the right mattress.  There are lots of places that sell mattresses, from big box stores to locally owned and operated stores to your local classifieds, but each offers a different experience, quality of product and level of service.

While buying a used mattress may be appealing to your wallet, it may introduce an expensive and aggravating problem into your life: bed bugs.  It’s always recommended to buy a new mattress, so you don’t have to worry about who or what has slept on it before.

Many stores that offer mattresses allow their customers to return their mattresses to them after they’ve slept on them for more than 30 days up to 90 days.  While at face value, this may seem like a great idea – you can try the bed out at home and make sure you love it, have you ever wondered what happens to the mattresses that are returned?  Are you certain that the “new” mattress you are buying hasn’t been slept on by someone else before you bring it home?

Other stores don’t have the floor space to have their mattresses out on display.  At these stores, you will have to choose the mattress you want from a catalogue, on line or pick one off the shelf.  You are not able to lay down on it before you buy it, and will have no idea if it’s comfortable or not before you bring it home.

You also want to shop at a store that employs knowledgeable staff that are able to help you sort through the different types of mattresses available.

At MasterBedroom, their highly trained staff want to sell you the right mattress the first time.  With lots of mattresses out on display, you can test them all right in the store to find one that’s perfect for you.  The staff are happy to provide advice and answer any questions you may have.

Visit MasterBedroom’s showroom in Whitby to shop for your new mattress. For more information, call (905) 668-4300 or use our form here.

Protect Yourself from Bed Bugs

Bed bugs have been the subject of many headlines lately, as they spread through the community.  They are very difficult to get rid of, so prevention is key.

The first step is to not bring bed bugs home.  If you are travelling, be sure to check the mattress in your hotel room for the bugs or brown marks indicating their droppings.  Watch for headlines and avoid places with reported outbreaks, including hotels, libraries, movie theatres, etc.

If you have picked up bed bugs, it’s important to leave your suitcase outside and immediately wash your clothes in hot water to kill the bugs.  Fumigate your suitcase or bags and leave them in the garage or outside for at least two weeks.

Buy a mattress encasement for all the beds in your home.  If you do bring bed bugs home with you, the encasements will prevent them from making a home in your mattresses, and will make it much easier to get rid of them.

Buying a used mattress can also lead to a bed bug infestation.  Just because you don’t see any, doesn’t mean that they are not hiding in there.  Your safest bet is to always buy mattresses new and not from stores selling exchanged mattresses.

Another mattress issue that rarely makes headlines is mites.  These also live in your mattress and are sustained by body fluid and dead skin.  They are invisible, but can cause your allergies to go into overdrive.  The simple solution is to starve them out with a mattress pad.  This will prevent sweat and dead skin from reaching your mattress and help allergy sufferers breathe easier when they sleep.

MasterBedroom can help you prevent bed bugs and take control of mites.  They offer mattress enclosures and pads, as well as a great selection of new mattresses.  Their friendly and knowledgeable staff can help you choose the perfect product for your specific needs.

Visit MasterBedroom’s showroom in Whitby to pick up a mattress enclosure or mattress pad. For more information, call (905) 668-4300 or use our form here.

Buy the Right Furniture for Your Bedroom

Getting a good night’s sleep is largely dependent on your mattress.  But the overall look and functionality of your bedroom depends on your furniture.

From the bed itself to dressers and nightstands, choosing the right furniture is essential to creating a room that you find peaceful, a place you can retreat to after a busy day.

Size & Space

Size is key when choosing the appropriate furniture.  While large dressers provide lots of storage, you want to make sure that it will fit in the room.  Take measurements and draw yourself a floor plan so you can get an idea of how each piece will affect the space.

Beds can be as simple as a frame to ornate pieces with canopies, built-in bookshelves and/or drawers or elaborate head and footboards.

Smaller rooms can benefit from having extra storage, but be careful not to overwhelm the room.  If you have a large bedroom, make sure that you don’t buy furniture that is too small.  It can look miniature when placed in a large room and make the room look sparse.

Material Choice

The next step is choosing a material (i.e. wood, metal) and colour/shade that will match your décor.  Wood often works as a great neutral that will work with a variety of paint and flooring changes.

Shopping for bedroom furniture at a big box store can become an exercise in frustration.  Most of the time, what you see is what you get, and if it’s not working for you or your space, you are out of luck.

MasterBedroom offers a unique solution to buying furniture for your bedroom.  They carry products from College Wood, a local Durham-area manufacturer.  All of their pieces are made from birch hardwood, and can choose the size of the piece, the shade and the hardware.  MasterBedroom also carries beds and custom made stools from Amisco.  You are able to choose the colour, fabric and style they want, and are therefore able to match your décor perfectly!

Visit MasterBedroom’s showroom in Whitby to find the perfect furniture for your bedroom.  For more information, call (905) 668-4300 or use our form here.

Child Bedroom Choices at MasterBedroom Whitby

When furnishing a child’s bedroom, many parents debate whether to give a child their old bedroom furniture or buy new pieces for the children or themselves. New styles, colours and features can make your children’s room fun to use and sleep in.

Bed Size

Often when moving to an older home with less closet space or downsizing living quarters, people are looking to maximize use of their space or find the right bedroom furniture that a child can grow into.

With houses in Durham typically larger than those found in Toronto, bedrooms are usually large enough to take a double bed or bigger, and both children and parents want the bigger beds so parents can tuck the kids in, have room to lay down with them or read to them and, when the kids are older, have friends sleep over.

People want quality the kids can grow into, and it will become a spare bedroom later.

Our Bedroom Furniture Selection

At MasterBedroom Whitby, customers find a wide range of furniture options and mattresses, including twin beds and bunk beds from Canadian manufacturers. Many beds offer storage options to maximize drawer space, and a customer can choose from high-end hardwood products to less expensive Canadian-made high density board.

High Density Board Bed

The high density board option, can be a good option for some rooms because it is very reasonable and you know the child’s needs or room size will be changing.

It is still Canadian made and comes assembled in sizes and colours of your choice, making it a popular option for children’s rooms in sets that can include beds, dressers, desks and chest of drawers. The sets come in eight to 10 different colours including black, white and grey, with the latter colour very popular now.

Canadian Manufacturers

MasterBedroom Whitby carries bedroom furniture from a number of Canadian manufacturers, who build the product to suit the fluctuations in the climate, he says. The high-end hardwood, birch and heritage pine products from Canadian companies include choices from Oshawa-based College Woodwork.

We offer a variety of styles and finishes of beds, furniture, and suites in various price points, including popular adjustable beds favoured by those who like to watch TV or work on laptops. Many pieces can be customized through the selection of finishes, colours, knobs and extra add-ons such as headboards or built-in storage drawers.

The Bottom Line

There are selections offered in varying price points to suit different budget needs. Mr. MacMurry, owner of MasterBedroom advises customers to choose the best they can afford since the furniture will last.



Shop Canadian Products at MasterBedroom Whitby

Shopping Canadian is easy at MasterBedroom in Whitby.

Offering Canadian-made furniture is a point of pride for owner Garry MacMurry, who notes Ontario experiences dry winters and humid summers, and local manufacturers build their products for the climate.

“If you don’t support the local economy, you’re not supporting Canadian,” he says. “Supporting local business is creating jobs for your children, grandchildren and even your neighbours.”

Our Products

The store, locally owned for 35 years, carries high-end hardwood, birch and heritage pine products from Canadian manufacturers that include the Oshawa-based College Woodwork. Those looking to outfit their bedrooms will find a variety of styles and finishes of beds, furniture, suites and mattresses in various price points, including popular adjustable beds favoured by those who like to watch TV or work on laptops.

Pine bunk beds and futons made in Ontario are also popular choices with customers.


Sturdy, solid metal beds from Quebec manufacturer Amisco come in a variety of colours and finishes. “These beds have heavy three-and-a-half-inch rails supported by the head and foot,” says Mr. MacMurry. They are sturdy beds, not on floppy rollers, and the rails can be adjusted upward or downward to create platform beds.

Pine and metal platform beds offer customers an attractive look without the extra expense of a box spring or a bed skirt. If a bed has good rails and a good platform system, it can make a room look more open and airy, says Mr. MacMurry, who can suggest options and choices to customers looking to make the most out of their bedroom space.

“They offer such versatility; you have the option of using a box spring or not,” he says, adding there are three different settings for the rails.

Canadian manufacturers also offer customers under-bed storage options for those needing extra drawer space, which can be especially appealing for anyone downsizing their home.

MasterBedroom carries products with varying price tags to help meet everyone’s budget needs, and many pieces can be customized with choices of finishes and knobs. Beds constructed of high-density board are Canadian made and come in various colours, including white, black and grey, and Mr. MacMurry says grey is a popular choice.

The Bottom Line

He advises customers to buy the best they can afford, because the furniture lasts, and “you do get what you pay for.”

MasterBedroom is located at 1540 Dundas Street East, Whitby, at the northwest corner of Thickson Road and Dundas Street.

Tips on Buying Bedroom Furniture

Tips on Buying Bedroom Furniture

If it’s time to buy new bedroom furniture, there are some key points to keep in mind.  

Owner of MasterBedroom Whitby, Garry, shares insider tips on getting the best quality for any budget.

Know your room measurements

Most people want as big a bed as possible and have a preferred style in mind. Room size and layout help determine the ideal size for your space whether you’re hoping for a king, queen or twin bed.

MasterBedroom has a large selection of contemporary, transitional, and traditional styles in various finishes for every style and need.

Have a Colour and Finish in Mind

Many people often look for finishes that contrast with flooring rather than blend in. So if your floors are light hardwood, darker furniture will stand out.

Customers can choose finishes and different accents such as knobs or under-bed drawer storage to customize their look.

Room Layout

Room layout helps determine the pieces that will work for you.  In newer homes, ensuites and closet doors can mean limited wall space, so dressers are tall rather than low and wide.

Working with Limited Space

Older homes can have limited closet space, so you will want to maximize your clothes storage space and consider beds that have drawer space, too.  We have flexibility with whatever your needs are

Consider your Budget

At MasterBedroom, bedroom furniture is available in all price ranges. We carry many birches, pine and hardwood products from Canadian manufacturers, including College Woodwork.

Metal beds from Quebec come in a dozen different colours, and adjustable beds are becoming popular choices for people who like to spend time on their laptops.

Beds constructed of the high-density board are Canadian made and come in various colours, with grey being on-trend, and are popular choices for kids’ bedrooms.

You Get What You Pay For

Buy the best you can afford.  It lasts forever and you do get what you pay for.


MasterBedroom Whitby has been locally owned for 35 years and carries a large inventory of Canadian-made bedroom furniture, suites and mattresses at various price points. It’s located at 1540 Dundas Street East, Whitby, at the northwest corner of Thickson Road and Dundas Street. Call 905-668-4300.