Bed in a box

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The idea to buy a mattress online and have it shipped to your home is still rather mind-boggling. It seems so risky, to say nothing of dubious quality. Like who would do such a thing?

It’s a concept whose time has come and one that’s here to stay. The idea of a bed that fits in a shipping box has exploded over the past five years and turned the $15 billion traditional mattress industry on its head!

Bed in a box

The idea is simple: Order online and have your mattress shipped to your home in a box. Once it arrives, carry that box to your room of choice, open it up, unroll the mattress and allow it to de-compress for up to 72 hours. You won’t believe your eyes (or your back!). Behold! A full size, deep, comfortable mattress that can be set on the floor, on a bed frame or other foundation.

Many perks come with bed-in-a-box mattresses including cheaper prices, more convenience, better return policies—all while providing a solid product! These mattresses come with full instructions and easy online support.

Many startup companies have jumped on the bed-in-a-box bandwagon, creating a lot of confusion for consumers. While the basic concept of a foam bed-in-a-box is simple, there are numerous other considerations.

Some types of foam create a lot of heat for the sleeper. Others produce a pungent odor that doesn’t seem to dissipate over time. Some beds-in-a-box are just so poorly made, they are painful to sleep on. And then there are these types of mattresses that are pure luxury and so lovely it’s hard to imagine a world without them.

The matter of deciding on which mattress is the best can become quite complicated. But not to worry. I’ve done all the hard work for you, cutting through the confusion and clutter of who’s got what and what really matters in order to determine the Best Inexpensive option. I’m confident you will agree.


Mattress-in-a-Box: Tuft and Needle.

Tuft and Needle has taken its product to a new level of excellence with its exclusive T&N adaptive foam. That means they’ve created a mattress that sleeps cooler, doesn’t have that latex-y, chemical odor having been given the Certi-PUR and Oeko-Tex 100 Certified industry ratings, and a true 10-year warranty (no gimmicks). A Tuft and Needle mattress will expand to reach full dimensions within 24 hours of unboxing and unwrapping.

Tuft and Needle mattresses are made in the USA and come with a full 100-night sleep trial when purchased from Amazon. If for any reason you don’t like your Tuft and Needle mattress, no problem. You’ll get a full easy refund.

Tuft and Needle just makes a fabulous product at a great price. It’s not the very cheapest, but comes in on the low end when compared to its major competitors. Tuft and Needle mattresses are available in all sizes, too—Twin, XLTwinFull, Queen, King and Calif King.  It’s my opinion that without any doubt Tuft and Needle makes the very Best Inexpensive bed-in-a-box! Price range: $375 to $700.


This is tricky because bed pillows are so individual. For this reason, I have identified my Best Inexpensive™ choice in three options: gel, down alternative and down.

Gel pillow. Beckham Hotel Collection 2-pack. Here’s a pillow that is nothing short of luxury. Filled with hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant super plush gel fiber, these pillows come with a true 30-day satisfaction guarantee. Not happy? You’ll get a full refund. About $30 for 2-pack. For the money, I don’t think you can beat this.

Down alternative pillow.  Ysther Adjustable Height 2-pack. I love this pilllow. First, the cover is 100% cotton and lightly quilted. But the cool thing, it has a zipper on the side that allows you to adjust the height of the pillow. Machine washable, too. About $30 for 2-pack.

Down pillow. White Goose Down and Feather Pillow. Beautiful pillow with 100% cotton cover, three chambers to keep fill from bunching up. Dry-cleaning is recommended. About $50 for one pillow.


Duvet cover set. Beckham 3-Piece Duvet Cover Set. Includes 2 standard pillow shams and duvet cover in all sizes from Twin to Calif. King and multiple colors. Soft microfiber, zipper closure, machine washable and hypoallergenic. For about $30, this is an excellent choice.

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