That first mattress purchase is the kind of experience you typically don't forget—unless it was deeply traumatizing. Whether this was a decade ago, or even longer, consumer habits and marketing strategies have undergone significant changes since then, the mattress industry included.
In a world where you can subscribe to services that automatically deliver a wide range of products directly to your doorstep, it was only natural forward-thinking mattress companies would do the same. Enter "Bed-in-a-Box" mattresses, a phenomenon taking over the mattress industry.
Here's everything you need to know about the future of mattress buying:
What is a bed in a box?
A bed in a box is a mattress that is compressed, vacuum-sealed, packaged in a shipping box, and delivered right to your door. These mattresses can either be manufactured from foam and latex layers, or a hybrid of spring and foam. Either can be easily compressed, making them easier to transport and set up than traditional mattresses.
Benefits of Buying a Bed in a Box vs. A Traditional Mattress
Everyone has probably gone through the mattress-shopping process, whether you were buying one for yourself, or tagging along with a family member or friend. The following may therefore sound all-too familiar: You walked into a mattress showroom or a big box store, navigated rows of mattresses from competing companies, tested the one that caught your eye, and were greeted by an overzealous salesperson trying to convince you to purchase the most expensive model. Needless to say, it can be frustrating and uncomfortable.
Buying an online bed in a box means avoiding such pressure-filled scenarios and the stress associated with purchasing overpriced in-store mattresses.
- Convenient: We all know how seamless shopping online is. With just a few clicks, your bed-in-a-box mattress can be ordered and sent to you!
- Saves Time: Since you can shop from the comfort of your own home, there's no reason to dedicate several hours on the weekend crisscrossing town hunting for your preferred mattress. Buying a bed-in-a-box means you can dedicate time to more important things in life, like sleep, and use the internet to become more familiar with the mattress you're considering.
- No Sales Pressure: Instead of interacting with a pushy salesperson whose salary depends on personal sales volume, bed-in-a-box companies offer complete browsing freedom. Some companies may utilize pop-up chat services to communicate directly with customers, but that's typically the extent of their communication abilities.
- Online Assistance: You can call or email the company to have your questions answered by honest and helpful team members. After conducting your own research, you can message, call or e-mail the company directly for further clarification, or with technical questions regarding the purchase. It sure beats someone shadowing you inside an anxiety-ridden showroom. Among the other advantages: Bed-in-a-box company representatives are intimately aware of the mattress-making process, down to where the materials originate. Big box furniture and bedding stores also employ knowledgeable salespeople who are charged with selling mattresses from a variety of competing companies, so they're under immense pressure to inform customers on the spot about the unique aspects of each mattress.
- Better Quality: A bed-in-a-box mattress is typically made with superior materials, and with durability and long-term comfort in mind. This is particularly important when you consider cost.
- Less-Expensive: Mattresses in retail and big box stores are typically marked up approximately six to 12 times the original price. By purchasing a bed-in-a-box mattress, you're eliminating excessive retail and storage space costs. Bed-in-a-box makers also save consumers money by identifying ways to make the shipping process less cumbersome and more efficient.
- Cheaper Delivery Fees: These mattresses are compressed (they actually resemble giant burritos), placed in a shipping box, and transported via regular delivery services. Plus, most bed-in-a-box companies even offer free shipping, so there's no obligation to pay exorbitant delivery fees!
- Shipped Right to Your Door—in a Box: Your bed in a box will be shipped right to your door. Since it's in a compact box (typically the size of a mini refrigerator), you'll be able to easily move it into the bedroom without damaging the walls of your home.
- Trial Periods: Since you can't test the mattress before buying it, bed-in-a-box retailers allow for lengthy trial periods, typically up to 100 days. This allows you to sleep on the mattress for a designated amount of time (depends on the company) to ensure the mattress is right for you. If you're unsatisfied, you can return it for a refund.
How to Buy a Bed in a Box
Buying a bed in a box is simple, and can be done right from the comfort of your own home.
Here are a few helpful tips:
- Research bed-in-a-box brands, learn about the mattresses, and read reviews to find the right one for you.
- Choose a size. Not sure which size is right for you? Check out this helpful mattress-sizing guide.
- Purchase the mattress from the company website.
- Your mattress will be shipped to your door in a "How did they do that?"-sized box.
- Unwrap your mattress in your bedroom. (They typically work on any type of bed frame, or even the floor.)
- Allow it to expand to its full size.
- Enjoy an amazing night's sleep!
Tips for Buying a Bed in a Box
With so many companies offering bed-in-a-box mattresses, deciding the best can be overwhelming.
Here are some tips to guide your search for the perfect bed in a box:
Read reviews: Whether customer reviews or those written by paid mattress critics, you'll get a non-biased analysis of the product from someone informed by personal experience.
Shop for your needs: Everyone has different sleep preferences, so what's best for someone else may not be so for you. Imagine your ideal bed-in-a box mattress, and look for one that's similar. Companies often include information on their websites about core materials, and whether you can expect a clean and healthy sleep experience.
Be conscious of price: Furnishing a home, or even a single room, can be expensive. There's no need to spend excessive amounts of money for a comfortable, long-lasting mattress. Devise a budget, and stick to it. The key is to ensure the best bang for your buck.
Look for certifications: It's not uncommon for some bedding manufacturers to incorporate unhealthy chemicals into the mattress. To eliminate any post-purchase anxiety, scrutinize each prospective mattress for certifications, such as CertiPUR-US or The Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX® to verify it's healthy for you and your family.
Made in the USA: Americans have high standards when it comes to how and where they're products are manufactured. You can trust that American-made mattresses are produced with high-quality materials that are safe for you and the environment.
Read the return policy: Read the return policy before purchasing a bed in a box. Return policies among bed-in-a-box companies may vary, so you want to definitively know whether or not the company will refund the purchase if you're not satisfied.
Finding a bed in a box that's right for you
Sleep is unique to each individual, so it's no surprise that when it comes to buying a mattress, people are very selective. When looking for your bed in a box, try to pick the right mattress for you—not the most extravagant, or popular.
Here are some things to consider while shopping for a new bed in a box:
- Sleep position: Are you a back, stomach, or side sleeper?
- Materials: Do you prefer the sinking feel of memory foam, or bounce of Talalay latex?
- Size: Which mattress size do you need?
- Level of firmness: Do you like a hard, medium, or soft mattress?
- Specific needs: Are you looking to find a mattress with specific characteristics, such as hypoallergenic, antibacterial, or cooling properties?
With so many bed-in-a-box companies offering different mattresses, deciding on which mattress meets your standards can be difficult. Unless you're a mattress expert, differentiating one mattress from another may be easier said than done.
Here's how our copper mattress stacks up against our competition:
Why PangeaBed Is The Best Bed-In-A-Box Mattress
First and foremost, PangeaBed produces mattresses with the customer experience in mind. It begins with the material: natural latex produced from rubber trees native to South America. That's followed by an almost-obsessive manufacturing process that addresses certain allergies, mattress temperatures, and even how to defend against dust mites, which latch onto mattresses. And of course, there's the shipping process, which we're proud to say saves consumers money because of the way in which we prepare the product for its trip to your home.
Our mattress is great for back, stomach, and side sleepers alike. It’s supportive and moves with your body to give you your best sleep. Plus, it's seriously comfortable. We've got the reviews to prove it!
What makes our mattress so ideal for the perfect night's sleep is its layer of copper and infusion of 100% pure Talalay Latex. It's breathable, naturally hypoallergenic, antimicrobial, and dust mite-resistant. Plus, the copper makes our mattress antibacterial and temperature-neutral, providing a healthy night's sleep for you and your family!
After an order is confirmed, your mattress is rolled up into a "How did they do that?"-sized box and quickly shipped to your door. Our mattresses cost less than many other bed-in-a-box companies, and especially lesser-quality mattresses on display at big box stores across the country.
When we ship our mattresses, our goal is to provide you with a durable, healthy mattress, without breaking the bank. It's better for your wallet and, most importantly, your sleep.
What Foundation Is Best For A Bed In A Box
By design, bed-in-a-box companies like PangeaBed don't like to complicate things. One of the greatest characteristics of bed-in-a-box mattresses is that they typically work on a variety of foundations. You just have to make sure your mattress is supported by a proper base. This can either be a firm, solid, or level flooring surface, foundation, or box spring. These mattresses can also work with adjustable-base foundations. However, all brands are different, so be sure to check the recommended foundation before purchasing your bed in a box.
Unboxing And Setting Up Your Bed In A Box
This will no doubt be the most-pleasant mattress-unboxing process you've ever experienced, involving the following easy steps:
- Move your mattress to your bedroom.
- Remove your mattress from the box.
- Place the mattress on the foundation.
- Unroll the mattress. (Make sure the top is facing up!)
- Carefully remove the plastic from the mattress.
- Wait for your mattress to expand to full size. This typically takes about an hour.
- Sleep on it the same night!
What Happens if I Don't Like My Bed in a Box
No single mattress is made for everyone, so if you're not happy with your bed in a box, it's okay. Most companies offer "sleep trials" so customers can test their new mattress. If you're not satisfied with the product during a company's trial period, you can return your mattress for a refund. Make sure you read the company's return policy before purchasing!