What is a Hybrid Mattress?

You hear it all the time, stores claiming to have the “newest”, “most advanced”, or “best technology” in their mattresses. What does it all mean though? How much has mattress technology changed in the past 5, 10, or 15 years? The answer to the latter question is simply, A LOT. Sure, most innerspring and pocketed coil mattresses nowadays use some form of memory foam or latex on top of their mattress. Hybrids though, feature more comfort layers made of memory foam and/or latex foam than traditional mattresses. Let’s break down what makes a mattress a hybrid mattress and the different ways hybrid mattresses provide the best of both worlds.

Let’s start with the basics: simply put, a hybrid mattress contains both coils/springs and memory and/or latex foam. The coils provide the base and most of the support of the mattress while the foam layers supply the user with varying degrees of firmness based on your preference.

What makes hybrid mattresses so special? Mattress manufacturers have long been fighting the battle of making a mattress comfortable as well as cool enough to sleep through the night on. Hybrid mattresses address both of those concerns in one fell swoop. The top layers consist of memory and/or latex foams that provide the body contouring benefits that memory foam is famous for. While the bottom part of the mattress is traditionally pocketed coils that provide the support and motion isolation they are known for. When you combine these two factors you get the best of both worlds with the bonus aspect that the pocketed coils allow air to flow freely through the mattress allowing the user to sleep cooler than a traditional memory foam mattress.

Furthermore on the cooler sleep front, the newer hybrid mattresses usually utilize gel based memory foams that help control the user’s body temperature throughout the night. Most, including the ones at Far

Below Retail, also have built in ventilation in the outer layer of support foam to further increase air movement.
We hope this has been a helpful read and as always if you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 314-799-2337 or email us fbrstl@gmail.com. Thanks for reading!

Are You Buying a Refurbished Mattress?

How do you know if you are buying a new or used mattress? How can you tell if the warranty is still good on your mattress? How can you be sure you are getting a new mattress and not a refurbished or even used one? Well we are here to help! We are going to go over a few questions you need to have answered before deciding to purchase a new mattress from anyone.

Is the law tag still attached? This is the easiest and most obvious way to find out if you have bought a new mattress. This is the tag that has “Do not remove under penalty of law” written at the top. Typically, under that there will be another tag that will contain information on when your mattress was manufactured and will be needed if you ever have a warranty claim to make on your mattress. However, just because this tag is still intact does not mean you have a new mattress…

If you look closely at the picture we’ve put on here you can see that your law tag will include a “Date of Manufacture” line that will have, at the very least, the month and year that your mattress was made at the factory. That is the actual date that the warranty on that mattress starts. So if you see a date similar to the one in the picture on here, your warranty is already 7 years old! Always check this tag to be sure that you are getting the most out of your warranty, and to be sure you are getting a mattress that hasn’t been sitting in someone’s warehouse for a few years.

Mattress wholesalers can be a great place to get a quality mattress at a fraction of the price. However, these mattresses are often bought second hand from retailers who have had them returned due to comfort issues. These mattresses, while being a great steal if you can find one in near perfect condition, do not carry any manufacturer warranty. The warranty of mattresses are non-transferable, which means only the original consumer has the right to make a warranty claim on these mattresses. Always ask to make sure you are the first person who has owned your mattress to be sure you have the protection of a warranty.

Hopefully these were some helpful tips in your search for a new mattress. Be sure to check that the law tag is still intact, check the date that your mattress was manufactured, and ask if the mattress has any previous owners. And as always if you have any questions please give us a call us at (314) 799-2337. Thanks for reading!

Go Far Below Retail and Stay Homegrown

Here at Far Below Retail St Louis we strive to not only offer our customers the best products at the best prices, but we also bring on Homegrown suppliers as often as we can.


It’s important that we try to shop from US based, homegrown companies; so that we put our money where our jobs are, and we keep those dollars flowing through the US economy. In this day and age where China can beat out almost any manufacturing job cost, it becomes ever more important to support local!


Also, homegrown suppliers means the shipping costs, as well as the energy expenditure from shipping, are both lower… meaning there’s savings for the customer, and a greener earth.


Not only do we try to work with Homegrown companies, but we also prefer to work with companies whose manufacturing practices are analyzed for content, durability, and emissions.


For example, many of our furniture pieces/foams are built with low volatile organic compound, which means indoor air quality is better. Many are made without phthalates, ozone depleters (CFCs), mercury, lead or heavy metals, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, and without PBDEs, TDCPP, or TCEP.


We’re proud to partner with companies that are conscious of their manufacturing practices, and conscientious about safety, air quality, and bright, green future!

Give us a call today at 314-799-2337 or browse our products online at FarBelowRetailSTL.com.

The Middle Man is Going Obsolete

It’s the year 2016 and if you haven’t been paying attention, the internet and smart phones have completely changed and redefined the way that we, as consumers, shop.

The world is at our fingertips with lightning fast coverage and there should never be a reason that anyone pays the retail sticker price for items.

Don’t pay retail.  Pay Far Below Retail.

This holds especially true for higher priced home furnishings items such as bedroom furnishings, bathroom furnishings, and kitchen furnishings.

Our name, FarBelowRetailSTL.com, is derived from this reality.

We know that consumers are smart and use the World Wide Web to scout out and search for the best prices possible.  That’s why it is our mission to ensure you always pay far below retail prices.

In this day and age, this middle man is going obsolete.

We’ve cut out the middle man and, as consumers, highly recommend that you do the same.

The amount of online shopping continues to climb at an upward curve. Call us first; you won’t pay retail again!

We are your local Saint Louis Discount Furniture, Mattress, and Custom Sofa Store.

“Where friends don’t let friends pay retail!”

Give us a call today at 314-799-2337 or browse our products online at FarBelowRetailSTL.com.

The 10 Best Things About Getting Back Home After a Trip

I absolutely love traveling.  It’s an incredible way to learn, grow, meet new people, and experience new things…
But if there’s one thing I enjoy almost nearly as much as traveling, it’s the feeling of getting back home!  There really is nothing better than feeling at home in your own home.
We spend nearly half of our lives in our homes, so we’ve compiled the top 10 best things about getting back home after a trip.
1. Seeing your family
If you’re traveling without your family, the #1 thing most people enjoy about getting home is seeing their family!
2. Seeing your pets
Most people consider their pets to be a part of the family, so #2 is an easy one.  Walking in your door after a trip to be met by your dog(s) or cat(s) is always a fantastic feeling.
3. Falling into your bed
There’s something special about getting home, dropping your bags and falling face first into your own bed.  The feeling is glorious.

​(Image from BBC)
If you are in need of a new mattress or bed, Browse our site, FarBelowRetailSTL.com.  We have a factory direct showroom and believe that you should never pay retail again!
4. Crashing onto your couch
Much like #3, crashing onto your own couch is a special time after a long  trip away. Families spend a lot of time in their living rooms, so it’s no wonder that this made it in the top 4.
5.  Making food in your own kitchen
#5 is only applicable to those of you who have stocked kitchens waiting for you when you get back in town.  If you do however, you know how good of a feeling it is to finally be home, reach into the proper cabinets, and cook yourself a meal in your own dining room.
6. Using your OWN bathroom
Many people view their bathrooms as their sanctuaries. We believe you should like the way your bathroom looks.
7. Feeling the security of being in your home
There’s just a sense of security that we all get from being inside our home with our belongings.
8. The Smell
When you get home after being away for a while is one of the few times that you can actually smell what you’re house smells like. Stop, take a deep sniff around, and see how other people smell your house.
9. Knowing where everything is
It’s really nice to move around the house knowing the forks are here, and the dog food is there. Doing tasks from muscle memory is relaxing.
10. Clearing emails at your own desk
More and more people are working from home offices now, and rounding out our top 10 list is being able to sit back at your own desk to clear emails and catch up on work.
Think we missed some?  Comment below and let us know what you think?
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Feeling at “home” in your home

Did you know that the average person spends around half of their life inside their home and nearly a third of their entire life hanging out in, or sleeping in, their bed? Over 5 million Americans suffer from insomnia, and generally we can’t tell you how much actual sleep we even get according to The Atlantic:


Let that sink in a moment.

Here at FarBelowRetailSTL.com, we believe you should make all your time enjoyable; from the time you spend in your bed, to the time you spend inside your home, to everything you do in life!

To that end we offer a full assortment of home furnishings to make your time more pleasant including; bedroom and bathroom furnishings, furniture, beds, blankets, cushions, mattresses and much more.

The best part is that because we go direct, we don’t have to cut in a middle man and are able to provide you the best possible deal.

Give is a call today at 314-799-2337 or browse our products online at FarBelowRetailSTL.com.

Couch confidential: 10 essential steps to choosing your next sofa

The Denver Post recently posted an Article with 10 great tips for purchasing your next sofa. We thought we’d pass along this great information…

Mason Sectional
Mason Sectional

1 Know your budget. The sticker shock is real, she says. “It’s like buying tires. They all look the same and you wonder why the cost difference is so much.” I totally relate to this comparison.

2 Pin down your style. A lot will hinge on whether your interior is casual, rustic, traditional, transitional or modern. Decide on the feel you’re trying to create.

3 What’s it for? Will you use the sofa for lounging and watching television, or will it go in a formal space and be used only occasionally? In other words, will the kids and dogs use it to jump on, or will adults sit on it and discuss North Korea?

4Choose your arms. More than almost any other feature, a sofa’s arms declare its style. Choose one that fits your décor (See #2). Stuffed rounded (called sock arms) work in laid-back casual interiors, such as cottages or country homes. Structured, rectangular arms work well in transitional or modern spaces. Curved arms lean traditional. Clean-lined wooden arms look mid-century.

5 Legs bare or covered? Sofas that show some leg are most popular, said Payne. Customers are tending toward more casual and transitional looks, and sofas with legs feel less stuffy. Skirts on sofas, however, are still the best choice for traditional rooms. A sofa’s legs should be in proportion to its arms.

6 Back it up. Whether the back of your sofa has cushions or a straight back also depends on use. For crashing and lounging, pillow backs are most comfortable. They’re also the most traditional. Tight-backed sofas look more tailored and formal. Tufted backs are handsome, but are not the best choice for everyday use. When selecting a tufted back, know that the wider apart the tufts, the plusher the padding. Smaller tufting creates a tighter, more rigid back.

7 Now choose color and fabric. Because fabric choice has a big impact on final price, ask to only see fabrics in your price range. A lower-cost, durable, solid neutral on the main sofa can give you lots of mileage and versatility and lets you spend more on fabric for pillows. If the sofa will get a lot of traffic from kids and dogs, seek tightly woven, family-friendly “performance” fabrics. Formal spaces can take something a little less sturdy.

Beware of loud patterns. Solid, neutrals are the best investment, says Payne, “which is why they outnumber prints and stripes 10 to 1.”

8 Add finishing touches. Nail heads, piping and trim give sofas personality. Nail heads are standard these days, said Payne. Their finish is important: Brass, whether shiny or aged, is traditional. Distressed finishes look rustic (think lodge), and pewter goes in transitional to modern settings.

Piping or welting can be in the same fabric (self-welt) or different (contrast welt). Monochromatic looks work well in transitional or modern interiors. Contrasting piping offers a more relaxed, casual look. Higher-end and traditional sofas often have a cord or trim instead of piping. Decorative tapes on pillows or around the base of the sofa is a popular, custom detail.

Furniture Outlet
Furniture Outlet

9 Get your fill. Cushions filled with high-density foam offer a firmer sit and hold their shape. Spring-feather down gives you that great sink-down feeling, but needs to be plumped into shape afterward. High-density foam with a feather or down wrap feels good and recovers well.

10 Maintain it. To keep your sofa looking good longer, flip the cushions often — because who wants to go through this again?

Read more: http://www.denverpost.com
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What Does Your Sleep Position Say About You?

What Does Your Sleep Position Say About You?
Did you know that your sleeping position can reveal a lot about your personality?

Dr. Kevin Campbell says that according to a study of 1,000 people out of Great Britain, if you sleep in the fetal position you are potentially ‘shy and sensitive.’

If you’re a ‘log’ sleeper (lying on your side as straight as a

sleep position
sleep position

, well, log), you are likely social and fun. The ‘good time’ people, if you will.

‘Yearners’ who sleep with their legs slightly bent and their arms tucked under their pillow are often ‘suspicious, always have a plan, always up to something.’

On the other hand, ‘soldier’ sleepers who lay flat on their backs are likely quiet, reserved, not very gregarious.

Someone who is brash and very outgoing may favor the ‘freefall’ position, which looks just like it sounds: face-down on the bed with arms and legs splayed. Apparently, this type of person is ‘always loud at the party and wants to be the center of attention. Some people might avoid this person.’

The ‘starfish’ is like a reverse ‘freefall’ with arms straight out and one knee up. This means you’re a ‘giver, a listener, the person that everyone wants to be your friend and puts others’ needs before their own.’

So what do you think? Does your position match your personality at all?

And remember the mattress you choose can be an important factor in an overall good nights sleep!