A Sleepy Update

In a time far, far away time, a time before life-as-we-know-it collapsed, I purchased a lovely bedroom set for the Octagon Bedroom suite. This was in January, which feels 594 years ago.






There was a lot of discussion about getting a mattress for the bed, as vintage beds are normally an odd size. This would mean a scary expense for a custom mattress set. Eek!

Dometa, though, left a comment: “Lebeda Mattress in Iowa does custom-size mattresses for not that much more money.”

This week, I contacted Lebeda and discovered that they had a store in Topeka, an hour away! Golly!

And today (drum roll, please) I ordered a mattress set! It will be ready for pick up at the end of the month!

It turned out that the bed almost fits a full-size mattress set. Almost. The box spring was 1/4-inch too big! A friggin’ 1/4-inch! So, I had to order a custom-sized box spring ($75 extra, not bad I think!) but the mattress will be a standard full size. So, normal sheets will fit. Whew!

You might think: THIS is what Ross is focused on?

But my reason is simple: I want a nice place to take a nap.

For six years I have been napping (when required) on the curved sofa in the parlor. Its narrowness however, and curve, are not conducive to a good sleep. And I adore a good sleep. I deserve a good sleep.

I nap at the house maybe once a week, or perhaps twice, and of late I have been thinking, lustfully: This would be so much nicer on a good mattress inserted in the fabulous 1890s oak bed in the wonderful Octagon bedroom!

Small pleasures. Small pleasures. I am a fiend for small pleasures.

So, thank you, Dometa!




  1. Mike on October 23, 2020 at 7:52 am

    Awesome, good for you. I agree, you do DESERVE this, some small reward for all of your hard work; a taste of how it will feel some day soon when you will wake up every morning in your dream home.

  2. Derek Walvoord on October 23, 2020 at 9:24 am

    Small pleasures indeed! This is a great idea. Sometimes I think and think and think, and then wonder, when the issue was not really a huge deal, why I thought and waited so much and long! Glad you just did it.

  3. Dan V. on October 23, 2020 at 10:03 am

    Sometimes spending a little extra money gets you so much more! Enjoy your naps, Ross!

  4. Beth H. on October 23, 2020 at 11:58 am

    I never knew there was a place that did custom mattress sets!! We have a similar bedroom set in our daughter’s room, and have gotten the regular full-size mattress and box spring into the bed… with much effort… and probably not good for the bed. I bet it’s not off by more than the 1/4″ yours is – but still not good. And tucking in sheets and a quilt is nigh on impossible. Maybe when we kick child out (er, I mean bring her to college), we’ll get a set that actually fits.

    • Bethany on October 26, 2020 at 7:53 am

      I hear you. We scraped down the insides of a single size antique sleigh bed a little to force the modern box spring into it. Awful.

  5. Sandra D Lee on October 23, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Szzzz….here’s to relaxing siestas!

    Wonderful news about the marvelous Vintage Octagon bedroom set/custom mattress set!

    Topeka just hop, skip and jump from Emporia!

    Gr8 news!

    So happy for you!!

  6. Leigh on October 23, 2020 at 4:36 pm

    Hooray for Dometa, Lebeda and Ross! A more comfortable bed for the hardworking Ross. Have a good sleep in the Cross House.

  7. Cindy Belanger on October 23, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Good for you Ross, you deserve a comfy bed to take a nap on. Seeing the bedroom set in the room, doesn’t it make you want to decorate the room? But I know you have higher priorities like finishing the exterior of the Cross House. Sleep tight.

  8. Nancy Lyn McPherson on October 24, 2020 at 6:51 am

    Ross, sorry but you can’t fool me. You want a bed so you and all the kittens can sleep cuddled together in your bed. No better way to nap.
    Can’t wait to see the room when you finish the decorating. I have been anxious and excited about the bathroom you planned to hang the Peacock wallpaper in. I just can’t wait to see pictures of it finished.
    When I was about 6 or 7 (1956 approx) my family took a drive right by the Cross house during the early evening hours. Lights were on, and the window with it’s stained glass glowing looked like a Peacock was fanning open his beautiful tail feathers. It was the Peacock house to me, not the Cross house. Good memories for me.

    • Arkay on October 24, 2020 at 4:10 pm

      I think a ¼” smaller than full-size bed might not fit Ross and all the kitties… But Ross can have fun trying, can’t he?

  9. Dometa Brothers on October 28, 2020 at 11:12 pm

    I just saw this! You are very welcome Ross. I love your blog and admire your work on this gem of a house.

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