Back in 2006, one of the world's most reputable bed makers, Hästens out of Sweden, launched the Vividus, a bed that took 160 hours to build and came with an astonishing price tag of $112,900. Created to improve on the company's already exceptional mattresses, some of which have lasted more than 100 years, it's now being updated a decade of research and work later. The new Vividus takes 320 hours to make and will set you back $149,000, reports Bloomberg. The bed consists of a wooden frame made of slow-growth northern Swedish pine; a box spring of pure steel springs with layers of cotton, wool batting, and horsehair; and a mattress pad that has its own layers of cotton, wool, and horsehair, each hair braided by hand and then unwound to maximize bounce. Why horsehair? Its strands are hollow, so it naturally wicks away moisture.
Whether one of the world's most expensive beds is also the best is, of course, arguable, but the Bloomberg writer who tried one out writes, "I'm spoiled forever." (He justifies the cost by looking at the investment over decades.) The Mashable reporter who tried four of the world's priciest similarly concludes, "I'm not sure what it says about me that the most expensive bed was my favorite, but it was. It was a sinfully accurate combination of firm and soft." Meanwhile, Hästens' fifth-generation owner, Jan Ryde, declares the bed to be his company's best and says his his first night in the new model "was like rediscovering sleep," per Gotham Magazine. The Ty Warner Penthouse at the Four Seasons Hotel New York boasts a Hästens, but it'll cost you $50,000 for the night. (Whatever the cost of your bed, you probably need to wash your sheets right now.)