Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Unboxing the New Casper Wave and Foundation

In my last post, Tom and I shared the news that we, as middle-aged people, had happily just bought a mattress that came in a box.

When we originally decided to order the Casper bed, Tom and I were planning to spring for White Glove delivery. This add-on meant that someone else would put it together for us.

Now, Tom and I are no strangers to furniture that you have to assemble yourself. We've put together tables and chairs over the years that have tested the limits of our joint spatial reasoning skills. Our current TV stand is a glossy white modular system from IKEA. Enough said.

Still, a bed and foundation seemed a little too heavy and cumbersome for us to handle on our own. Unfortunately, White Glove service wasn't available for the mattress that we wanted. The Casper Wave was too new, and the White Glove vendor in L.A. didn't have any in stock yet.

It was the curse of being an early adopter.

"But if you're worried about it," the Casper rep said on the phone. "Just get a task rabbit."

I tried to sound nonchalant because this friendly, nice man was making it sound like of course everybody totally knew what a task rabbit was.

"Yeah," I said. "Okay." And then I hung up and googled it.

(Turns out that Task Rabbit is kind of like an Uber for doing chores and projects around the house. You can hire someone to come over immediately and assemble your furniture, or clean the kitchen, or lift heavy objects, or mount a TV...but that is a story for another post.)

In any case, Tom and I didn't wind up getting a task rabbit. In a burst of excitement and bravado, we decided to do it ourselves.

The Queen sized foundation's box was taller than Tom. When he opened it, we saw a bunch of neatly padded pieces. There was one piece for each of the four sides of the bed, and they slid neatly together into these ingeniously cool corner grooves. You couldn't make a mistake. There was only one way to attach them. It was like Lego had engineered the next frontier of home design.

No tools were needed at all. No screws or washers. Not even that little metal twisty wrench that these things usually come with. Instead, there were simple arrows on each piece to show you which way was up, and four large pegs to hold each corner together.


After step one, the grey foundation supports were all solidly sitting in the bed frame. Next, we took out two rolled-up pieces of beige fabric. They were each filled with wooden slats. Tom unrolled one and I took the other, and we nestled them each on top of the frame.

And then, all that this expertly assembled foundation needed was an awesome new mattress to top it off.

The box that held the Casper Wave weighed in at around 100 pounds. We slid it into the bedroom, and discussed fulcrums, leverage and the best way to get this heavy thing out of the package.

But first, we opened the top flaps of the box and peered inside. There it was, compressed in sheets of plastic, the rolled-up Casper Wave -- and with it, all our hopes and dreams for a better night's sleep.

We wound up tipping the box against the middle of the bed. I held it steady while Tom pulled at the plastic packaging from the other side of the bed. The mattress actually slid out pretty easily. We took a step back, wondering if it was going to suddenly spring open, now that it had been liberated from its cardboard case and all. But the rolled-up mattress held its shape -- a hefty Queen-sized sausage.

Turns out, there are two layers of plastic wrap to remove at this point. The first layer is not sealed, so you just unwind and unroll until you get to the end of it. We tried to do this on the bed, which didn't work very well, because the slats on the top of the foundation started rolling around too. So in hindsight, it would be better to do this step on the floor, which is precisely what the instruction booklet recommends.

The second layer of plastic is sealed, so Tom delicately inserted a pair of scissors into a corner, making sure not to snip off any bits of our much-anticipated major purchase.

Once the seal was broken, the mattress was ready to unroll. We tore away pieces of plastic wrap in a mad frenzy of mattress-freeing abandon. And just like that, we had a new bed.

In a future post, I'll give you an update on the 100-night sleep trial. Casper offers free shipping and free returns, so we have about 95 more nights to decide if our new darling is a keeper. Spoiler Alert: So far, we kind of love it.


  1. Thanks for explaining "task rabbit." I'd have probably just said to the guy, "What the H*ll is a task rabbit?" and he'd have said something like, "Oh, there's this app to get!" and he would've lost me right there!

    1. Thanks for the comment, Lyn! I read an article about someone who hired different "taskers" to do all her errands one week -- even picking out what kind of snacks to bring to her book club.