Originally Posted by Machka
We bought a European-style bed setup the day after my post above ... it's our Christmas pressie to each other. But now we wait. These beds are made here in Tasmania, so we have to wait till it is made, which should be sometime in early January.
The fact these beds are made in Tasmania was important in our decision-making. Helps the local economy, reduces the footprint marginally, and we have access back to the people who actually stitched it together if something goes awry.
We were entertained a little, but more dismayed to hear that the mattresses made in China exuded all sorts of chemicals for a long time after being installed (ours doesn't smell one bit), and that they are strapped down so tightly to increase the numbers going into the shipping containers, that the top and bottom ones have to be discarded on arrival because they are so damaged from the treatment.
The beds we did get weren't cheap. But we're hoping they will last at least a decade and so far the verdict on our selection has been positive.