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Easier Mattress Shopping: How to Buy a Bed In a Box

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A bed in a box can be a great choice if it’s time for you to get a new mattress. However, as with any purchase, there some things you should know before you run out and buy one.

What Is a Bed in a Box?

Shopping for a mattress is challenging. In years past, you would go into several stores. Then you would test out mattresses at each one. The idea was that you would get a sense of what you wanted in a mattress. Eventually, you would purchase the right one.

However, that’s not how most people shop these days. Besides, even if you go lay down on a mattress, you can’t really tell if it’s the right one if you’ve slept in it. Therefore, it makes sense that mattress shopping has gone online. A Bed in a Box is an online purchase. As the name suggests, the bed arrives at your home in a box.

That said, you can typically order set-up with delivery. In that case, the bed may or may not come in its box. Either way, the delivery people set it up for you. In most instances, you can have them take away your old mattress for recycling.

The main thing that distinguishes a bed in a box from other delivery beds is that it is compressed when it arrives. It is all sealed up to this small size. Then you open it, unfurl it, and over the course of a day or so it plumps up to the regular height of a mattress.

Where to Buy a Bed in a Box

In most cases, you’ll purchase a bed in a box online. In an interesting twist, some retailers now offer brick-and-mortar stores where you can test the bed-in-a-box mattress before purchasing it.

For example, one of the most popular bed-in-a-box brands is Casper. You can order Casper online through their website and Amazon. However, if you want to test it out first, you can go check it out in person at some West Elm stores. Alternatively, you can visit one of the Casper traveling pop-up stores/pods to see what the mattress is like.

In addition to Casper, here are some other brands to consider:

  • Avocado Bed
  • Helix
  • Leesa
  • Loom and Leaf
  • Lull
  • Nectar
  • Purple Bed
  • Tuft and Needle
  • Yogabed

Things You Should Know When Choosing a Bed in a Box

If you are choosing a new bed in a box then you want to consider many of the same things that are important when choosing any mattress:

  • Size, including the height of the mattress
  • Firmness, including high-tech options where you can change the firmness
  • Materials, such as memory foam or sustainable/organic alternatives
  • Extra accessories; for example, will you need a new bed frame for this mattress?
  • Cost, depending on your budget needs and including shipping fees

In addition to regular mattress considerations, you will want to consider some specifics of an online purchase:

  • Do you need help with set-up?
  • Will the delivery person take away your old mattress?
  • How long is the trial period?

As to the latter question, most of these brands offer a 100-day return policy. If you don’t like the bed, you can give it back. However, you should look at the details to distinguish one purchase from the next. What is entailed in the return? What issues would prevent a return?

How to Finance your Bed in a Box Purchase

There is a huge price range on these mattresses depending on what you decide to buy. You can reduce the cost by looking for coupons and deals. For example, many online mattress retailers offer huge discounts for Black Friday weekend each year.

Furthermore, you can often finance the purchase at zero or low interest. For example, Purple Bed works with Affirm to offer financing options. Depending on your credit history, you can qualify for payments lasting a few months or over a year. Furthermore, the interest rate on that loan can be as low as 0%.

A bed should last a long time. Therefore, it’s worth investing a sizeable sum to get the mattress that feels best for you. Nevertheless, with a conscious approach to spending, you should be able to work a new bed in a box into your budget.

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