The Real Bed Review from Charles P. Rogers. True Craftsmanship

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Ben Trapskin

I have reviewed hundreds of mattresses, sheets, pillows, duvet inserts, comforters, sleep gadgets, and adjustable beds. My reviews are based on my personal experience and the feedback I get from customers.

Recently updated on May 31st, 2020 at 01:20 pm

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Charles P. Rogers is a company with a rich history. They have been making mattresses and bedding since 1855. It is the longest continuously operating mattress manufacturer in the United States. They are best known for their brass beds which became a popular alternative in starting in the 1850s when wooden beds were known to be more hospitable to bedbugs. The company continues to innovate to this day by bringing new products to market that build upon their institutional knowledge and history of craftsmanship including most recently, the Real Bed.

If you want to own a piece of Americana in your bedroom, you can start with a Charles. P. Rogers bed and mattress. They even have a small archive of mattress advertisements on their website. Below is an advertisement for their beds which were featured in some of the top New York hotels at the time.

Charles P Rogers Ad

Overview of the Real Bed

Here’s a video overview of the Real Bed and what I really think of it. This is a heavy mattress, weighing 139 lb.s in a queen size, so I recommend having 2 people to set up, you can go it alone but it’s much easier with help, especially if you need to get it up a flight of stairs, there’s also an option to purchase white glove delivery for an extra $199 where they will set it up in the room of your choice and haul away the packaging. Once you open this mattress, it’s ready to sleep on right away.


Construction of the Real Bed

While this is not an organic mattress, it is made with all-natural material. Cotton, wool, latex, steel springs and some bamboo-derived rayon. It measures 11.5 inches thick so putting sheets on it will be no problem.

real bed construction

Here are the details from their website.

Safe, renewable, plant-derived latex is naturally cool and comfortable and completely free from harmful substances.

Soft, breathable certified organic cotton is used for covers. It’s flexible and breathable and wicks away moisture.
Chemical and cruelty-free wool is naturally anti-bacterial, and fire resistant, breathable and keeps you warm in winter and cool in summer.
Safe, natural, renewable Eucalyptus tree fiber is used in Real Bed fire barriers so we maintain safety with the highest fire-proof standards.
NO petro-chemical memory or polyurethane foams. NO solvents or glues. NO toxic fire-retardant sprays. NO off-gassing of vapors. Just 100% safe, natural materials.
Traditional English felt wool tufts hold mattress layers together without needing glue and are more comfortable than plastic buttons.
The best side strength with 50% more Powercore steel springs around mattress edges than the competition.
Our own progressive spring system senses body contour and provides targeted support, making it supremely comfortable for all body types and sizes. More turns, more wire and more flexibility.

How Much Does the Real Bed Cost?

Below are the current prices of the mattress before discounts.

SizeRetail Price
Cal King$1,250

My Charles P. Rogers Real Bed Findings

There are no fancy new foams or springs in this mattress, just quality materials, and craftsmanship. While the Real Bed is the Charles P. Rogers bed in a box offering, they offer the same quality you will find in their other mattresses. I am partial to mattress companies that make their own mattresses and certainly this one is no exception given their long track record and consistently high marks from more traditional review publications like Consumer Reports.

Starting with the organic cotton cover, you will find that the mattress is hand-tufted to eliminate the need for glue to hold the latex in place. This gives the mattress a more consistent feel and will prevent you from rolling towards the middle toward your partner at night.

This is a medium-firm mattress. While it feels plush with the latex and tufting, you don’t sink into the mattress all that much because the latex springs to life quickly making it easy to change positions. It also means the mattress is breathable and won’t trap heat like a foam mattress.
pushing on the real bed
This mattress also has excellent edge support. I attribute that to both the springs and latex. Even some hybrid foam mattresses can have poor edge support if they add too much foam to the top layer. That isn’t the case with this mattress.
sitting on the real bed
Here you can see how much by 14 lb. bowling ball sinks into the mattress. It sunk in about half an inch.
real bed sink
For side sleeping, you get really good lower back support. My hips also felt supports and the mattress didn’t bother my shoulders. As long as you have a pillow with the proper height, should pain shouldn’t be an issue. If you prefer a really plush mattress, you can add the Real Bed Topper which is a 2.5-inch thick pad with latex and nano springs. I have never come across a mattress topper with springs and this would certainly keep the bed from becoming too squishy.
real bed side sleeping
This mattress also performed well for stomach sleeping. If you are a dedicated stomach sleeper you may want something a little firmer though.

real bed stomach sleeping

This mattress really excelled at back sleeping. I don’t normally sleep on my back but if I had to, I would choose this mattress. The Real Bed can be used on an adjustable base. No need for a box spring either, in the picture below it is on a bed from West Elm that has wooden slats.

real bed back sleeping

Final Thoughts on the Real Bed by Charles P. Rogers

For the money, this is one of the best values for a natural mattress. Aside from it being all-natural, it’s just plain comfortable. It comes with a 100-night trial, 25-year warranty with free shipping and returns. The Real Bed strikes the right balance with springs and latex. It has just the right amount of bounce without going overboard with the use of latex. I could tell immediately that There’s a reason why this company has lasted so long and there’s no doubt in my mind that the Real Bed will be a strong player in the bed in a box category for a long time to come.

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