Vi Spring Trivia

vi-spring_420180_ViSpringTo celebrate our brisk Vi Spring sales recently, here’s a bit of Vi Spring trivia for you to ponder:

The name “Vi Spring” is actually a nod to their patented pocket spring, which is found in all of their handmade mattresses. “VI” being the Roman Numeral for “6” and “Spring” being the term for… well… a spring. So it’s the spring with 6 turns that provides the custom support that every Vi Spring owner feels at night.

Speaking of their springs, did you know that James Marshall, an English engineer working in Canada, created a handmade support system for his wife when she was sick? Due to the less than sterile conditions of hospitals at the time (mattresses were crude and seldom changed out, so the sick who arrived would tend to get sicker while in hospital), Mr Marshal handcrafted a mattress using the first pocket coil, horsehair and outer tufting for his wife,

Vi Spring provided mattresses for an ocean liner company called the White Star Line. First with it’s flagship vessel called “The Olympic” and later for an ocean liner you may have heard of: “The Titanic”.

Not to be outdone, Vi Spring produces the first pocket sprung divan in 1932. Similar to a boxspring, the divans are still available today and provide a one-of-a-kind sleeping experience

Each Vi Spring mattress is handmade to order. The folks responsible for crafting your mattress are experienced masters of their trade. Each mattress is inspected thoroughly to ensure that you are receiving a Heirloom-quality product, to be enjoyed for a lifetime.

The natural materials used in every Vi Spring bed come from renewable resources and are fully biodegradable. Pure British fleece wool minimizes the carbon footprint. All timber comes from responsibly managed forests, as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Constant improvements to the production processes and active stewardship of the environment is the hallmark of a company who understands that preserving nature is a very good business model, indeed.

Research more on our website or stop by our Plaza Boulevard location and try one out today, they truly are a one-of-a-kind mattress.

Vi Spring will, without a doubt, help you wake up happy and pain free.




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Labor Day Weekend Sales!

Check out our great sales this Labor Day weekend! It’s the best time of year to buy a mattress set, with sales from Serta, Tempur-Pedic and Pure Latex Bliss!

We’re working on Labor Day so you can get a great night’s sleep! See you this weekend!

Cozzia Massage Chairs are now 50% off!

Although they were a popular side-show here at the Gardner’s Family Circus, especially with the staff, we are selling off our two remaining Cozzia Massage Chairs at our Plaza Boulevard store.

Our Cozzia Massage chairs offer quality materials and electronics as well as a fantastic massage– you really do need to try one out to understand — now at 50% off the regular price!

The these floor models come with a 1-year factory warranty and are guaranteed to soothe aching neck, back and leg muscles. They’re great for folks who already receive massage therapy or simply need a place to unwind from a long day of running around.

Stop by our Plaza Boulevard location and take advantage of a great deal that won’t come around again for a very long time.

Contrary to Rumors, We’re Not Going Anywhere!

We just wanted to take a moment a clear up an untrue rumor that has been going around about Gardner’s, started by a competitor of ours.

Basically, a competitor was telling people that walked into their store that Gardner’s Mattress & More has been sold to Wolf Furniture. That is entirely false. What IS true is that Gardiner’s Furniture in Maryland has been bought by Wolf’s.

The Maryland store with a similar sounding name is the one that was acquired, not Gardner’s.

While we’re sure that the Wolf’s Furniture/Gardiner’s Furniture merger is a good business choice for them, we’re even more confident in our ability to provide outstanding value and customer service to all of Lancaster and surrounding areas. Especially since we do things the old fashioned way: Through honesty and hard work, one customer at a time.

So No Worries: Lancaster’s Favorite Mattress Store for the past 5 years is not going anywhere. In fact, we’re busier than ever, wrapping up our 25th anniversary celebration. $25 Select Pillows, Sheets and Frames and 25% off all other accessories. Stop by and sign up for a chance to win a $500 Visa Gift Card! Our Anniversary Event ends on August 9th and after that, it’s business as usual here at Gardner’s Mattress & More.

“If you tell the truth you don’t have to remember anything.”  – Mark Twain, 1894


On the Cool Check



Although mattresses come in all shapes, sizes and styles, one thing remains fairly consistent: Cool Sleeping technology.

With the introduction of Memory Foam and all of its touted benefits, one problem stood out with the new technology. The mattresses were hot. Heat would well up underneath the sleeper only to cause discomfort and disturb one’s sleep. As time passed, incremental changes were made to existing technologies and new technologies were researched. Today, we see the benefits of that research.

There are a variety of materials available now to savvy sleepers, either built into the mattress or as an accessory. Although the differing materials are called different names, they all add up to a more comfortable sleep. Let’s go over some of the newest types of cooling technology.

Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam from Serta

Serta has been using its cooling Gel Memory Foam for about 5 years now and it’s been very successful. While not as cool-to-the-touch as other, newer technologies, it does its work under the sheet and mattress surface. As body heat sinks into the foam, the gel beads work to push the heat out from underneath you and can give you a light, airy sleep surface. Available in the iSeries and iComfort lines and is one of the highest selling consumer mattresses in the world.



Outlast from PranaSleep


Outlast boasts that its material was “Tested in space and right here on earth” and has the distinction of being developed by NASA for their space suits. Tempur-Pedic’s Breeze line utilizes a spray that coats the outer sleep surface. PranaSleep uses it in a different way as it’s woven in with the top layer’s fabric. As seen in the diagram to the left, the Outlast material actually stores body heat AND distributes it away from the body, as needed. Indeed, it is a “smart” fabric that relies on your body to tell it what to do. 

Dri-Tec from BedGear

Used in their mattress protectors and pillows, the Dri-Tec material performs in concert with other technologies to provide a ventilated, moisture wicking and airy product. The days of searching for the “cool side of the pillow” are over, as BedGear’s products cool from day one. It’s quite a wonderful product and is available at Gardner’s.




Bamboo is a natural way to get that cool feel and is usually found in sheets. A Bamboo sheet set is well ventilated and durable. Many people have come to prefer Bamboo sheets over cotton due to the similarities in feel, with the added benefits of temperature control. Our Bamboo DreamFit sheets are a popular seller, as they should be– they’re fantastic!


Cotton & Wool

cotton-vs-wool-2Keeping with the natural material concept, some mattress companies use cotton and wool on the top mattress surface for cooling and moisture control. Cotton gives the traditional, soft feel and wool actually works in the same fashion as other cooling materials. Great for temperature control and all natural, these two materials have been around for thousands of years for a reason. They just feel right.



Tencel is another natural fiber. It is derived from the Eucalyptus tree and is ground down to a pulp and converted into a thread. Textiles of tencel are more absorbent than cotton, softer than silk and cooler than linen. You may have heard of Tencel as it’s traditionally found in finer women’s garments. In the past few years, however, it has made its way into the mattress world. It can be found in Serta’s “Profiles” and “Directions” lines and in our popular Tencel Sheet set from Malouf.

At the end of the day, you may need a lot of help controlling your temperature or just a little. Even if you don’t sleep warm at all, these materials can help you feel more comfortable in bed and promote a great night’s sleep. If you have questions, or would like to feel samples of any of the materials listed in this post, feel free to stop by and talk with one of our Sleep Consultants. We’re here to help you wake up happy and pain free, and have been doing so for the past 25 years!


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25th Anniversary Event

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It’s hard to believe 4 years have passes since we opened up our sleep shop on Plaza Boulevard and 25 years since Jim Gardner founded the original Gardner’s at the Regency Shopping Center. The original store had tons of bedroom furniture and accessories, as well as a robust selection of Waterbeds (remember those?!) and was one of the first in Lancaster County to carry a small upstart mattress brand called Tempur-Pedic.

Things have changed since those early days but one thing that remains is our commitment to Helping You Wake Up Happy and Pain Free. We don’t do the usual commission races and daily salesperson specials that our competition enjoys. We listen to what you need and use our vast knowledge base to pair you up with the sleep system that you need.

To celebrate our 25th Anniversary, we’re running a special sales event. Basically, everything but our mattresses are on sale.

  • $25 Basic Pillows, Frames, Sheet Sets and most mattress Foundations!
  • 25% off Premium Pillows, Frames, Sheet Sets, Mattress Protectors, Headboards and Motion Bases!
  • $25 Gift Card to Starbucks, Amazon, iTunes or Dunkin’ Donuts w/ purchase of $999 and up!
  • Enter to win a $500 Visa Gift Card!

It really is one of the best Specials we’ve ever run. Stop by either of our Sleep Shops to learn more and find the perfect match. We’ll help you save a bunch of money as well. This special runs throughout the Summer and ends on August 8th.


Summer Pallet Projects



We have a wide selection of bedroom and sleep accessories here at Gardner’s: Adjustable Foundations, Pillows, Sheets, Frames and every type of Mattress you could think of. Those mattresses are delivered every week via tractor trailer to our warehouse at our Plaza Boulevard location. Sometimes these deliveries come with an added bonus: Wooden Pallets!

Ok, that was a hard sell with the exclamation point, wooden pallets aren’t very interesting…. Unless you’re crafty and need a DIY project for the Summer. These leftover pallets could be transformed into almost anything you could think of. Best of all, if you have a truck or van to remove them, go for it. Free pallets for you!

The Internets are filled with crafty ideas of the wooden pallet variety… I won’t go into detail, as a simple Google search will give you 1 Million+ results, but I will highlight a few of my personal favorites.

First off, it helps to know how to identify a potential pallet. You probably wouldn’t want to build a coffee table out of a pallet that was used for hauling chemicals around and luckily there are markings to look for. 


Now that we know to look for a code and the two big no-no’s (Methyl Bromide and Painted/Colored Wood Pallets), it’s time to start the project! Note that Gardner’s does not receive any chemicals so in our pallet pile the only thing you should look for is the MB code.

Here’s a few neat ideas to get you started. There are thousands of other ideas out there, take a look and let us know if you find anything you’d like to try.









Have you done something like this already? Share a photo with us on our facebook page, we’d love to see what our crafty customers are up to!

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Blue Light Blues

As we learn more about exactly how blue light disrupts our natural ability to produce Melatonin, and in turn robs us from the sleep we need, more products are popping up that claim to help us overcome our sleepless nights. The idea has been around since 1958 in regards to marine animals, however it has made a comeback in the Digital Renaissance that we currently reside.

The concept is, any blue-tinted light that your brain processes after a certain hour of the day actually tricks your brain into thinking it’s much earlier in the day than it really is. This delays the Melatonin production in your brain and, in turn, the normal chemical function of a healthy brain. We need Melatonin to fall asleep, stay asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.

The main culprit of this deficiency is gazing upon your glorious cell phone before you go to bed. Watching television or screen time in front of a computer also can trick the brain.

So, instead of picking up a book (remember those) an hour before bedtime, technology has begun to catch up with the preliminary research.

Backyard astronomers have always used a flashlight with a red-tinted filter to make their way around their outdoor workspaces, as the red wavelength is easier on the eyes. Instead of a normal flashlight, which would cause the eyes to constantly readjust, a red-tinted light is a happy medium between seeing what you are doing in the dark night sky and not disrupting your sight.

So now we have a range of accessories and Apps to help filter that nasty blue light out. One company now sells Orange-Tinted glasses as a way to reduce those blue waves, while also allowing oneself to look totally cool like Bono from U2. Another App developer has a free product called “Twilight”, an Android App that can be programmed to gradually eliminate the blue light from your screen at certain times of the day. I use this app on a daily basis and it makes nighttime browsing easier on the eyes. It seems to do what it advertises… I even find myself dreaming more and feeling a bit more rested on a day-to-day basis.


So while the science is still streaming in, it does seem that living in these technological times has some downsides. Our sleep shouldn’t be affected, however it’s obvious that it is.

Have you tried any “Blue Light” apps or products? If so, let us know in the comments section or on our Facebook page.

– Andrew Rhoads



Further Reading:

US National Library of Medicine: “What’s in a Color? The Unique Human Health Benefits of Blue Light”

Harvard Studies

Twilight App


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The Dream Room – Only at Gardner’s!

The Dream Room at our Outlet and Clearance Center, on Lincoln Hwy East (next to the Adidas Outlet and Dickey’s BBQ)

One thing that separates us from the Big Box competitors, besides our transparent pricing policy, our Sleep Assessments, our outstanding Customer Service, winning Lancaster Newspaper’s “Reader’s Choice” Award 5 years in a row and our witty, handsome sales team, is The Dream Room.

The Dream Room is a unique find in the sea of mattress shoppes because the philosophy behind it is simple: Try Before you Buy.

We know how difficult it is to sort through the task of buying a new mattress. With so many unique and varied options, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with data, propaganda and overbearing, pushy salespeople who don’t see clients walking through their front doors, they see big floppy dollar signs. We do things a bit differently here at Gardner’s. By addressing individual concerns one may have (allergies, hot sleepers, acid reflux, etc.) and matching you up with your best options, we take your sleep very seriously. Once you narrow your choice down to one or two options, you still may not know if it’s the right choice for you. This is where Gardner’s Dream Room comes in handy.

The process is simple. Let us know which  mattress you’d like to try before you buy. A $50 deposit (which acts as a deposit on whichever mattress you choose) is placed and an appointment is made. We suggest booking 1-3 hours for your appointment. On the day of your appointment, we’ll set up the Dream Room with your preferred mattress. All the sheets and pillows are provided, although some people like to bring their own pillows. When you arrive, you’ll be shown to the Dream Room and given the privacy to converse with a spouse, watch some TV, read, or simply take a nap! You’d be surprised at the number of customers who have fallen asleep while testing out mattresses!

A few tips for your time in the Dream Room: As you test out the mattress, feel for pressure points and support of the mattress, as well as how your pillows work with the mattress. A good pillow is an important part of a new mattress. Try out the adjustable foundation, lift your head and feet up to a “Zero Gravity” position to feel the pressure leave your lower back. You may not want to purchase one, but at least you can say you’ve experienced one!

If the mattress you’ve tested feels supportive and comfortable, and once all your questions are addressed, let us know if you’re ready to purchase it. It’s an important decision that should be made with your health and comfort in mind.

As a “Cherry-On-Top” bonus, every mattress purchased through the Dream Room process comes with a 1 Year Comfort Guarantee, backed by Gardner’s.

Read more about the Dream Room here, give us a call or stop by one of our showrooms to take a tour and get ready to wake up happy and pain free!


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More PranaSleep at Gardner’s

As you may have known, our Gardner’s location on Plaza Boulevard now carries PranaSleep brand Latex Mattresses. Combining a triple-layered Performance Core, a luxurious Comfort Layer and NASA-developed Outlast material cover, PranaSleep has created a sublime sleeping surface.


One thing that sets the PranaSleep sleep system apart from it’s competitors is the EuroSlat Foundation. Made in Germany, this special foundation features a slat system that adjusts in the lumbar position for firmness and extends the life of the mattress by using bowed beech-wood slats to absorb energy that would normally end up in the mattress, compressing the materials inside.


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Unique to PranaSleep and Gardner’s, this custom foundation paired with any of our PranaSleep Latex Mattresses is sure to soothe and ease you into a great night’s sleep, night after night and year after year.

A few words on PranaSleep Spokesperson Rodney Yee:

Rodney Yee is a notable figure in the Yoga world. He first started training in Yoga in 1980 and been teaching Advanced Yoga Teacher Training courses for over 15 years. Currently he leads teacher trainings, workshops and retreats nationally and internationally and has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, PBS and many other nationally broadcast television shows. 

He contributes to a variety of yoga and healthy lifestyle publications regularly, including Yoga Journal, Self, Shape, and Fitness, and has been featured in Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Marie Claire, Elle, O-The Oprah Magazine, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He has created and appears in over 30 video titles and numerous audio recordings and has written two books.



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“PranaSleep has made a big difference in my life and when anything makes a big difference in my life, I like to tell people about it. My wife at first said endorsing a mattress is a little off the mark for a yoga teacher. Then we got PranaSleep for our house and she slept on it. All of a sudden it was, okay, let’s endorse PranaSleep.”


Rodney Lee has been a PranaSleep Spokesperson since 2005


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