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What Is a Bed in a Box?


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In the past, buying a new mattress involved a lot. It started with going to a store and lying down on a bunch of different beds, after which you’d hope that the one you picked was comfortable enough to justify the hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars you were about to spend. But then something amazing happened: Someone had the brilliant idea of selling mattresses in a box. And, suddenly, buying a mattress became a whole lot easier.

A Brief History of the Bed in a Box

A bed in a box is exactly what it sounds like: a mattress that comes in a box. These mattresses are generally crafted from memory foam and layers of comfort foam to provide a supportive, comfortable sleeping experience. This material allows them to be compressed and rolled up so they can be shipped directly to your door without hassle.

The machinery to accomplish this task was invented by Bill Bradley in 2007. Since then, the bed-in-a-box industry has exploded, with dozens of different companies offering their own take on the perfect mattress. And while there are some slight variations between them, they all share one common goal: to make buying a mattress as easy and stress-free as possible.

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How Does It Work?

When you order a bed in a box, it will be delivered to your door in a few days. Once it arrives, all you have to do is unroll it and let it expand to its full size. This process usually only takes a few hours, and you’re ready to start sleeping on your new mattress!

Three Reasons to Buy a Bed in a Box

1) Convenience

The first reason to buy a bed in a box mattress is convenience. A traditional mattress must be delivered by a truck and then carried into your house, which can be both inconvenient and expensive. On the other hand, a bed in a box is compressed and rolled up so that it can be shipped directly to your door. This makes delivery much easier and more affordable.

2) Quality

The second reason to buy a bed in a box is there’s no sacrificing on comfort or luxury. Some people think bed-in-a-box mattresses are cheaply made or not as comfortable as traditional ones, but that’s not true. These mattresses are made with high-quality materials and construction, so you can be sure you’re getting a comfortable, well-made bed. 

For example, a Casper mattress provides you with the perfect balance of comfort and support through meticulous craftsmanship and design. Of course, depending on the mattress, you’ll find varying firmness levels and materials. You can also be sure that buying from a trusted brand ensures it’s made with quality in mind. If you don’t believe us, pop into a showroom and try one out!

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3) Affordable

Finally, buying a bed in a box opens up a ton of options when it comes to price. Because so many companies make these mattresses, there’s a lot of competition in the market. That means you can find a bed in a box mattress that fits both your budget and your needs. For example, a Nectar mattress is an affordable option that doesn’t sacrifice quality.

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The Right Bed Frame for Your Bed in a Box

The good news is that any bed frame will work with a bed in a box mattress. Your bed frame can use wooden slats or a box spring, whichever you prefer. 

Using Your Bed in a Box with Wooden Slats

If you have a bed frame with wooden slats, it’s essential to ensure that the spacing is not too wide. If the slats are too far apart, it can cause the mattress to sag and not last as long. Each mattress brand will have its recommendations, but a general rule is a maximum of eight inches between each slat, with three inches being ideal. 

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Using Your Bed in a Box with a Box Spring

If you want to use your bed in a box with a box spring, that’s no problem! In fact, it can extend the life of your mattress. Just make sure the box spring is in good condition and not sagging before using it.

How to Care for Your Bed in a Box Mattress

Taking care of your bed in a box mattress is important to ensure it lasts as long as possible. The first step is to protect it from spills and stains by using a mattress protector. This will also help to keep it clean and free of dust mites. You should also vacuum your mattress regularly to remove any dirt or debris that could shorten its lifespan. When cleaning, use the upholstery attachment, so you don’t damage the material.

Finally, with some mattresses, it’s important to rotate your mattress every few months. This will help to evenly distribute wear and tear so that one area doesn’t get too worn down. Simply flip the mattress over or switch the head and foot to achieve this. If you’re unsure if your mattress should be rotated, check the manufacturer’s instructions. Following these simple tips will help you get the most out of your bed in a box mattress and enjoy it for years to come.


Consider getting a bed in a box if you’re in the market for a new mattress. These mattresses are convenient, affordable and easy to ship to your door. We hope that this guide has helped you understand more about how they work and how to choose the right one for your needs.