By Emeline Suchet. Mattresses. Published at Tuesday, May 01st, 2018 - 12:29:22 PM.
First of all, let's think about what makes a mattress so expensive in the first place. I think this is a bit mysterious to most people, myself included. After all, what are we talking about here: a bunch of steel springs encased in some foam, fabric, and other materials that would otherwise be quite inexpensive. But, not long ago, all of these components were assembled by hand in the USA. Mattress production simply couldn't be automated, which made selling a cheap mattress set out of the question. Fast forward a few decades, when production has moved overseas and advanced technology has allowed these pieces to be assembled with much less human contact, and it's hard to understand why prices have gone nowhere but up.
Regular foam mattresses are usually made of polyurethane foam and can have a reasonable lifespan as well as a very reasonable price tag. They do however degrade, are not odor resistant and do not usually provide the quality of sleep over the long term as other mattress types.
If you are keeping your existing bed base ensure that the new mattress is suitable for it. Divan beds are very different to slatted bed frames and an incorrect matching of mattress to base type may result in a severely damaged mattress that you have just spent good money on. Normally it is recommended by manufacturers that a mattress and base are bought in conjunction so consider this when making a purchase. Certain mattresses are designed to rest on slatted bases though so do check this if you have this type of frame.
Another option for finding a cheap mattress is the large discount chains like Costco and Sam's Club. People don't often think to look in stores like these, but they can offer great deals for much the same reason that the independent operators mentioned on Craigslist can - they buy in bulk and sell at thinner margins. They don't have the paid-on-commission salespeople that the small mattress stores employ.
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