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to not want second hand mattresses?

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oldornew Sun 03-Mar-19 19:29:43

So we have just bought some second hand bunk beds - they're fine, a bit tired but fine. I want to paint them, dh says paint won't go on paint.....I have no idea if that's true. He says we should stick on some star stickers on the scratches or otherwise it's a massive sanding job.

That's not my main niggle though. We have brought back the two mattresses which are a few years old - about four the man told us when we collected them. They are great quality but have some circular marks on them....

I can't get my head around it and want to get some new ones. I have seen some new ones in Argos - not great quality but are only £80 and they can be delivered tomorrow. Dh thinks I would be totally mad to replace very good quality matresses which are second hand for brand new cheaper quality ones.

Aibu to think it just feels icky?? I don't mind the frame but the matresses just make me feel uncomfortable : (

oldornew Sun 03-Mar-19 19:30:49

Change that price - the ones I like are £120 so that would be £240. It's a stretch for us right now but doable.

QuickRedFox Sun 03-Mar-19 19:32:52

I also find it icky.
Would mattress toppers and a second sheet underneath help?

Asdfghjklll Sun 03-Mar-19 19:33:17

I would get new ones. But otherwise can get mattress protector things that are giant mattress bags. That would at least contain the icky-ness!!

MonkeyfaceThereturn Sun 03-Mar-19 19:33:20

Shudder at second hand mattresses. Just no! Think of the dust and sweat. That's just gross.

Buy Ikea ones. Mega cheap but really really good.

QuickRedFox Sun 03-Mar-19 19:33:45

Also doesn’t chalk paint work on everything without preparation ?

PlainSpeakingStraightTalking Sun 03-Mar-19 19:35:05

What do you do when you go on holiday?

But I'd be binning the mattresses - simply because of bed bugs etc

Whisky2014 Sun 03-Mar-19 19:36:19

Definitely get new mattresses.
And if you get an electric sander I doubt it would take long..

PocaMiseria Sun 03-Mar-19 19:37:31

So the posters who think second hand mattresses are 'icky" have never stayed in a hotel / student digs / friends' spare room / youth hostel?

Get decent mattress toppers and save the environment!

AllTeaAllShade Sun 03-Mar-19 19:37:35

eew bed bugs dead skin and dry wee your dh is grim to want to keep them!

oldornew Sun 03-Mar-19 19:38:14

I totally get the holiday thing - but this is permanent furniture and coming into our house - it just feels different for some reason. Dh thinks I am being ridiculous. The matresses are really thick and great quality but there are a few large orange marks on them...just makes your mind wander!!

MonkeyfaceThereturn Sun 03-Mar-19 19:39:56

No I've never stayed in student digs or a hostel! I've done hotels but I'm mega fussy and sleep on top of all the sheets usually. I just couldn't have someone else's arse germs in my bed at home envy

Monestasi Sun 03-Mar-19 19:40:47

What about having them professionally cleaned?

But i agree with you OP.

Ps, Chalk painting doesn't require sanding or any prep beyond cleaning surface.

NotANotMan Sun 03-Mar-19 19:43:30

My DS bed and mine have lovely, expensive, comfortable second hand mattresses with brand new toppers on.
By contrast I have a cheap brand new mattress in the spare room and it's springy and nasty.
Buy new if you can afford good quality. Otherwise buy toppers.

Rubusfruticosus Sun 03-Mar-19 19:45:38

I'd just get a couple of £5 mattress protectors from IKEA instead, wouldn't throw out mattresses only a few years old.

CarrieBlu Sun 03-Mar-19 19:48:06

Ugh, no way would I sleep on second hand mattresses that have stains on.

We bought two single Ikea mattresses a while back and they’ve been brilliant, my girls love them.

CarrieBlu Sun 03-Mar-19 19:49:25

I’ve just checked, they were the Hovag mattresses, £125 each.

Dontsweatthelittlestuff Sun 03-Mar-19 19:52:04

Just steam clean them. Bit daft to spend money you don’t really have to buy something that is inferior to what you already have. Cheap mattresses are always going to be bad for your back as well.

If you don’t have a steamer you can buy one in somewhere like wilkos for about £30.

StyleOfTheTimes Sun 03-Mar-19 19:52:36

Could you borrow a carpet cleaner that has a small spot cleaning attachment? I know our vax has one I use on the sofa. Or even a steamer maybe? Then at least the germs will be dead and if you got a mattress topper for the time being it’d be better?

Rubusfruticosus Sun 03-Mar-19 19:55:03

Dc's IKEA single was £65, but I would happily accept second hand mattresses a few years old as long as they were firm. It's not about the cost for me.

strawberrypenguin Sun 03-Mar-19 19:58:13

Of course you can paint the beds - your DH just doesn't want to.

Absolutely yes for new mattresses. I wouldn't want a second hand one.

bakebakebake Sun 03-Mar-19 19:59:05

Ebay have cheap single mattresses that are okay.
I paid £40 for a 4ft so a single would be cheaper.. and you could just get a topper for it?

skankingpiglet Sun 03-Mar-19 21:00:42

Cheap mattresses are awful to sleep on. DD1 has a cheap Ikea one that was recommended for her bed frame and it's so uncomfortable. I love most things from Ikea but this is awful. We've bought a topper which has improved things slightly, but it's still not great. She's still fairly small and light at the moment so can get away with it, but we will have to change it as she grows.

In your circumstances OP, I'd steam clean the second hand ones and fit the protectors that fully zip up around them until I could afford new good quality mattresses.

burritofan Sun 03-Mar-19 21:25:31

I would have the mattresses cleaned & add toppers, better than sending them to landfill.

Paint can go on paint, you don't have to strip back to bare wood. Clean with sugar soap, light sand just to take shine off/give it a key, wipe down/hoover off the dust, decent gripping primer, paint. It just takes longer than stickers...

Hunter037 Sun 03-Mar-19 21:28:59

I am not at all fussy about cleanliness but I wouldn't use a second hand mattress. For a spare/occasional bed sure, but not as my main bed

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