Why A Bed in a Box May Not Be Right For You

 When it Comes to Mattresses, Quality Matters

Hello once again, and welcome back to our blog! Here at Flexabed, you could say that we have a bit of an obsession with beds and mattresses. For over 50 years we have been providing quality adjustable beds and mattresses to our clients and, in our opinion, we have been quite successful in delivering on our promise of outstanding build quality and exceptional customer service. Unfortunately, the bedding industry is in a bit of a transition period at this point in time. Seemingly overnight, multiple companies popped up claiming that they had a better way for you to purchase your mattress, a way that allowed you to order from the comfort of your own home and have your shiny new mattress shipped directly to you. To make the offer even more enticing, they threw in guarantees that you will love your new mattress and, if you don’t, you can send it back after having slept on it for months. These companies have been a disruption to the bedding and mattress world and, more often than people may realize, do not quite deliver on the promises that they make in their advertising. While a bed in a box may be a good option for certain sleepers, we’re going to use today’s blog post to go over some of the reasons that these mattresses may not be the best choice for you. Keep reading below to learn more. 

Don’t Settle For a Less Than Quality Product

When the first companies popped up offering mattresses in a box, consumers rejoiced. Gone were the days of awkwardly laying on a mattress under the harsh glare of fluorescent lights in a local mattress store. Finally, a solution came about that allowed people to pick a mattress that they wanted without having to actually interact with a salesperson (or any person for that matter). 

Companies such as Casper, Tuft & Needle, and Purple use high-powered machinery to squeeze their mattresses down to a fraction of their normal size so that they can be easily shipped to their eager customer’s doorstep. However, there is a dark side to these shipping-friendly methods of mattress delivery. Many of these companies are sacrificing the quality of their customer’s sleep (and the lifespan of the mattress) during the process that it takes to shove a large mattress into a tiny box. Below, we’ve listed a few reasons why forcing a mattress into a shipping friendly container may not be the best idea that the bedding industry. 

Memory Foam Can Become Damaged When Compressed, Folded, and Rolled

Memory foam has quickly become one of the most popular mattress types in the United States and, if you have ever laid on one, you can probably understand why. Memory foam offers a level of comfort that most people have never experienced when it comes to a mattress. However, memory foam isn’t the miracle material that most companies would have you believe it is. When a foam mattress is compressed into a box, the cells that make up the mattress begin to quickly break down, just like they would when a person sleeps on it every night. The problem is, the amount of force that it takes to get a mattress into a relatively small box is much more than the mattress would ever see in a lifetime of use! After the shrinking process, the mattress really has no chance to bounce back until it is unpacked. This can cause such severe damage to the memory foam that by the time it reaches a customer’s door, it has lost the ability to conform to the body, bounce back from pressure, and relieve joint pain – the main reasons that people choose a memory foam mattress in the first place. 

The longer the mattress stays in the box, the more likely it is that the damage is going to be irreversible. While a customer may have just ordered their “new” mattress, they could have actually ordered a mattress that has been compressed in a box for weeks or months. 

Compressed Mattresses Need to Expand Before Use

Almost every commercial for a bed in a box company makes a big deal of the unpacking process. They want to show how easy it is to get the mattress out of the box and how quickly the mattress expands after breaking the vacuum-sealed plastic wrapping. Unfortunately, these commercials do not show reality so much as they show an ideal. Realistically, many mattresses that have been compressed to fit a shipping container need up to 48 hours to properly expand before the company recommends that they are slept on. What’s more, many manufacturers recommend that the customer let their mattress expand in the frame that it is going to rest on, meaning that unless you have a spare bed, you’re out of your normal sleeping spot for at least two days. As a result, most people do not wait the recommended time before sleeping on their newly ordered mattress, which can result in the mattress never fully expanding back to its original state. 

High-Quality Mattresses Can Never Really be Compressed

For the most part, high-quality mattresses come in four varieties: latex, memory foam, innerspring, or a hybrid of the aforementioned materials. Each mattress type has its own flaws: latex is expensive and can be too firm for most people, innerspring mattresses tend to wear out faster than other types, and a pure memory foam mattress can provide a hot sleeping experience and can give people an uncomfortable sinking feeling when getting into bed due to the lack of any underlying support. 

Despite these flaws, truly high-quality mattresses have one thing in common, they can’t be compressed to fit inside a box. A mattress that has been built to truly stand the test of time has a sturdy construction, meaning that compression is just not an option. 


We hope that this blog has been informative and that you understand some of the reasons that a mattress purchased off of the internet and shipped to you in a box may not be the best decision for you. Here at Flexabed, we don’t just make all of our adjustable bed bases in house, we also manufacture all of our mattresses. The level of quality that we put into our adjustable bed bases is the same as what we put into our mattresses and we are certain that once you experience the superior quality of our mattresses, you will never consider buying a foam mattress from some internet company. If you would like to learn more about our mattresses, please contact us today and one of our mattress experts will be more than happy to talk to you about the multiple mattress options that we have. Whether you are looking for a traditional innerspring mattress or a hybrid that combines that best of multiple mattress types, we are certain that you will find what you are looking for at Flexabed. 


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