Before you rush online to buy a well-marketed ‘bed in a box’, we investigate some of the things the new mattress e-tailers don’t really want you to know. If you care about your wallet, your health and the environment, read on.
The recent surge of online mattress sellers is changing the way we buy a good night sleep. These ‘bed in a box’ providers can roughly be categorised as either foam mattresses or ‘hybrids,’ which incorporate various foams and pocket springs in different layers. However, the sheer variety of offerings in the marketplace means that it is actually very difficult to choose the most suitable mattress for our needs. This article will help you make an informed choice, although admittedly, they are concerned with the darker side of this shopping revolution.
It’s damaged BEFORE it’s delivered
As you and I know, because a mattress is a very large, very heavy item it represents a delivery problem. Compressing and vacuum packing technology has solved this, revolutionising the way we buy mattresses. Now the new generation foam-based mattress literally have all the air pressed out of their core spaces. The result? A flattened thin layer rolled up like a Swiss Roll, reducing delivery size.
Ok. So far, so good
But because delivery is commonly charged by both area and weight of the item, many ‘bed in a box’ merchants willingly compromise their mattresses in order to save money.
These compressed mattresses are fitted into the smallest box possible, saving money on courier costs and making more profit for shareholders.
This is achieved by FOLDING the mattress in half before rolling it. This can cause a deep crease in the layers.
If you think that’s bad enough, given that you may have paid upwards of £500 for your new mattress, it gets worse:
Mass produced and stored
The majority of ‘bed in a box’ mattresses are mass-produced and stored. They are tightly packed in plastic and taken to a storage warehouse in this compressed and folded state for perhaps up to a YEAR or more. If your mattress is made in India or China, then the container crossing alone takes six weeks. This of course, intensifies the profound crease that runs the width of your new mattress. Storing like this also has serious health implications – find out more here.
When this type of mattress is unpacked and unrolled in your bedroom, the top fabric layer will look absolutely fine. But don’t be deceived. The heart of your new mattress may be deeply compromised which will eventually affect your sleep quality. One way to check this out is to look at the 1 star reviews of some of the new e-retailers. Many complaints are concerned with a distinct ridge that formed across the middle of their mattresses after the 100 day trial period had expired. Unfortunately, this offending ridge is located around the crucial pressure point of the hips, making sleep nigh on impossible for most of us. People express anger at wasting their money, as their mattress is not fit for purpose any more.
The result? Accepting another replacement via the warranty may be unacceptable. Understandably people envisage that as the problem will occur again they wish to navigate away from the offending brand of mattress. So they have to make another expensive purchase. But another mattress is likely to end up in landfill, contributing to the 8 MILLION plus dumped every year in the UK.
Some of the many mattress providers that fold their compressed mattresses in half include;
A Mattress made with Integrity
Sleepbear deliver your new mattress compressed and rolled, but will never compromise your mattress by folding it in half. Sleepbear only make your mattress when you order your mattress. Freshly crafted and finished, it is then delivered to your home and carried in to your room of choice. Because Sleepbear stand behind a quality and durability guarantee of TEN years they pay more in delivery costs to protect the integrity of the mattress before it reaches you. For a small fee, your old mattress can be taken away and 100% of it will be recycled.
There are also health problems associated with long term storing of mass-produced compressed foam mattresses. Read more here: Indoor allergies are on the rise.