The average American income in 2006 for anybody over 25 was $32,140. This mattress costs $860 more than that. Not including sales tax.
The E.S. Kluft & Co’s hand-tufted (what?), king-size Palais Royale mattress and box spring combination is what we’re talking about – and it’s the most expensive American-made mattress on the market today. Compare that, to, say, Sealy’s top of the line bed which costs just a hair under five grande.
So what makes this mattress so worthy? Is it just a cheap mattress a mobster has been hiding his racketeering dough in? Though, that would be cool, it’s not the case. The Palais Royale is 100% hand made – it takes 10 men 3 full days to create just one mattress, and only 100 total have been made and sold since they began selling them in 2008. Inside are 10 pounds of cashmere, mohair silk, and New Zealand wol as well as a organic cotton to reduce motion transfer.
So, is it worth it? The Wall Street Journal reports:
Exactly how much better will a person sleep on a super-expensive mattress, a shopper might ask. Not much, according to one sleep expert, Clete Kushida, medical director of the Stanford University Sleep Medicine Center. “For the vast majority of people who are generally healthy, bed surface won’t make much of a difference in terms of their sleep,” Dr. Kushida says.