30 June 2009


We decided we have lived in Switzerland long enough, and are going to live here for the foreseeable future, so it was time to upgrade our Ikea bed.

We looked at several different options and debated this for several weeks (almost several months!) before deciding on the spur of the moment.

On our recent trip to Florence we stayed in a Westin Hotel. It made us remember how unbelievably comfortable the Westin beds are. In fact, it's their schtick. They call it the "Westin Heavenly Bed." And heavenly it is!

I did a bit of research and discovered you can actually order the Westin Heavenly Bed and have it delivered to your home!

We called the number for European orders and now, 8 weeks later, our new bed has arrived!

I think what I enjoyed the most about the delivery was the Swiss delivery men, looking with puzzlement at the pillow-top mattress. They eventually decided the pillow-top was for extra warmth in winter and you used the other side during the summer. They didn't quite believe me when I assured them the pillow-top was for year-round usage, but put the pillowy side up just to humor me.

But my favorite part will be sleeping on it tonight!


jen said...

Oh my god. Thank you for this post. I've been lusting for an american style mattress for oh, 6 years now.
Congrats on the new bed.

Global Librarian said...

You, too, could have one.

I don't know how it compares to the cost of beds in Germany, but it was 1/3 the cost of a high-end bed in Switzerland!

CanadianSwiss said...

Happy sleep! :-)

Anonymous said...

How much did the bed cost, what was included and where did you purchase it?

Global Librarian said...

How much it costs depends upon where you live (delivery costs & VAT) and exactly which bed you get. The bed is shipped from France, so if you live in a country outside the EU you would also need to pay customs.

However, even with all that it was substantially less than a high quality bed in Switzerland would have cost.

The telephone for European orders can be found at:

Our bed is a standard American King (197 cm x 200 cm). When we ordered it they said it would be a European sized 200 x 200. It's actually the American size, but the difference in King sizes is so small that it doesn't matter. Sheets from either the US or Europe work just fine.

It includes the pillow top mattress, 2 box springs that connect together and feet. It comes with a 5 year guarantee. It is actually a bed specially made for Westin by Simmons. It is very similar to a Simmons Beauty Rest.

We chose not to get any of the extras such as the feather bed to go on top, mattress cover, linens, pillows, etc. However, all of those are an option.

From the time we ordered the bed until it arrived was about 8 weeks.