Mattress in a Box and other online mattresses – How does it work?

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In days gone by the only way to get the best mattress was to visit a store and try a few out. However, the internet has given consumers the time saving, and sometimes cost saving option of ordering online. Some people will combine the two by testing out some mattresses in a shop, then going home and researching the best deals for their chosen option. Some people don’t have the time to do this and would rather simply use the internet which used to mean that there was no way to try the mattress out first. That’s no longer the case because there is now the possibility of buying a mattress-in-a-box which allows consumers to try them out at home and return them if they are not satisfied.


We spend on average a third of every day on our mattress so it’s a big part of our lives, and deserves time, thought and money spent on working out what’s best for each individual. Many mattress-in-a- box companies offer free trial periods of around 100 days, so buyers have more chance of being sure of their choice than if they had tested the mattress in a showroom. When going straight for the online option, establish before ordering the sizes of the people who will be sleeping on the mattress and their favourite sleep position, to work out which kind of mattress will suit best.

There are ways to save, too when buying in this way: check the seller’s websites for special offers, such as free pillows, or visit discounting websites which list mattress discounts and coupons. Many bed in a box firms offer discounts around the same holidays as traditional retailers do, such as Labor Day.

Another thing to think about before ordering the mattress is what the delivery options are. Some sellers ship the mattresses in boxes so consumers set them up themselves, whilst others will do the work for the customer and take their old mattress away too. Check out and confirm the trial period and ensure that the mattress is made from certified materials – many of them are made of foam, so look for certifications such as CertiPUR-US or Green Guard to avoid anything that includes unsafe levels of chemicals.

Before the mattress arrives, it is compressed and rolled, folded, or both. Many manufacturers recommend unboxing it within a month or two after its delivered. Some will be wrapped in one layer of plastic, whereas others will have many, but if using a knife or scissors to open them, take care not to puncture the mattress. It will regain its volume once these layers are removed within a few minutes, or in some cases within a few hours. There may be an odor from the new mattress-in-a-box after opening, some of which is caused by the breakdown of organic compounds within the foam. This should dissipate within a few hours, or at the very most a few days.

The mattress in a box market is an expanding one, so there is plenty of choice for consumers searching for the best mattress online.

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