Wednesday, March 26, 2014

How Long Should a Quality Mattress Last?

Working at Olinde’s Mattress Superstore, I get many different questions from customers. From the old man who asked why don’t manufacturers make flip mattresses anymore to the middle aged woman who asked which mattress is the coldest? Each question is valid, and like my second grade teacher always said, “There is never a stupid question.” 
Many customers look at a mattress as an investment. Therefore, a common question I get is how long do mattresses last. The life span of a mattresses depends on two variables:

1) The type of material in the mattress. The hierarchy of material that goes into a mattress starts at the top with latex, then comes memory foam and then comes polyurethane foam/coils. A quality latex mattress should last fifteen years. A quality memory foam mattress should last ten years. And the combination of a quality polyurethane foam/coils mattress should last seven years.

2) How you treat your mattress. If you let your kids jump on the bed and you and your wife use your mattress to slide down the stairs, then take a few years off the above estimated numbers. However, if you use a mattress protector and the mattress is used primarily as a sleep system, then you can add a couple of years to the above estimated numbers.

If you have any questions about which mattress is right for you or you are in the market for a new mattress, then please feel free to come into Olinde’s Mattress Superstore or Olinde’s Furniture (4 locations), or call me at 225-378-3003 or email me at

- Andrew Olinde, Jr.   

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hello Viewers!

My original entrance into the family business was not on a good one. It was the first week of summer after 8th grade and my mother had enough of me acting up around the neighborhood. She stuck her finger three inches from my face and yelled, “Andrew Johnson Olinde Junior, it’s time for you to grow up!” The next thing I know she was on the telephone with my stern grandfather, J.B. Olinde. The next day I was cleaning out the old advertising closet on the second floor of Olinde’s Furniture & Appliances.

For the next nine summers I spent my time working in the warehouse, the credit department, and the accounting department. From time to time I would get pulled away from my work in order to do an odd job around the showroom floor under the supervision of the store manager, David Olinde. I learned a lot over those nine summers, and I even met my future wife, Mary Shortess Olinde, the summer after sophomore year of college. After graduation my grandfather and uncle, Thomas Olinde, made a wise decision that I still appreciate to this day; they rejected my plea to start my career at the family business.

Therefore, I went out and saw what it is like in the “real world.” I did not necessarily like it, so I went back to school and got a Masters of Business Administration. Afterwards, I worked five years in the health insurance business. Finally, one day as I was plugging away at a group quote for a large employer in Vidalia, Louisiana, my Uncle Tommy called and asked me if I wanted to work for the family business. I was ecstatic! Life has matured and humbled me, and I am going to make the best of my new career as store manager of Olinde’s Mattress Superstore.
- Andrew Olinde, Jr.