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Bed-in-a-box mattresses

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Get comfy with the trend that’s disrupting the sleep industry.

The days of spending Saturday morning slogging through a mattress showroom pursued by pushy salespeople are officially over. Mattress retailers and consumers alike are embracing the concept of a bed in a box, which can free you from trips to the store or having to schedule in-home delivery and setup.

What is a bed in a box?

A bed in a box is exactly what it sounds like: It’s a mattress compressed to fit neatly in a box. They’re usually made from a combination of high-quality memory foam and springs for easy home delivery.

The bed in a box is possible with new packaging techniques and advances in mattress materials. Once the concept proved successful, it didn’t take long for it to catch on. Even a California king mattress can now be vacuum-packed into a small, easy-to-manage box.

Pros and cons of buying a bed in a box

Pros

  • Buy from the comfort of your home, no trip into town required.
  • Free delivery and risk-free trial offered by most brands.
  • Direct-to-consumer sale reduces costs by cutting out the middleman.

Cons

  • You can’t try the mattress before you buy — though you usually get a free sleep trial.
  • Most bed-in-a-box options are foam or foam hybrids, which limits your options if you’re into something else.
  • You can’t rebox the mattress, so they’re as difficult to maneuver as traditional mattresses.

Which brands offer a bed in a box?

Casper mattress logo
Purple mattress logo
Nectar mattress logo
Saatva mattress logo
Allswell mattress logo
Eight Sleep mattress logo
Layla Sleep mattress logo
Saatva mattress logo

How to unbox a bed in a box

Preparing your new bed couldn’t be easier with five basic steps:

  1. Carry your new mattress in its compact box to your bedroom. Some brands offer white-glove delivery to help you do this.
  2. Open the box and remove the rolled mattress.
  3. Unroll the mattress directly onto the bed frame.
  4. Remove the protective plastic from the mattress.
  5. Leave the mattress to expand.

Depending on the brand, you might need to wait up to 72 hours for it to attain its full shape.

Bottom line

Ordering a bed in a box from one of the many online mattress brands in this new market can be a convenient and hassle-free way to shop. Free trials and budget-friendly price tags make these beds tempting options over traditional mattress shopping.

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