Step 1: Choose your mattress
This is probably the most complicated step.
But this is also where Sleep Hero comes to the rescue 🥳
We've created a whole guide to help you choose your perfect mattress, but here is a quick overview.
Decide on your budget
This is probably the most important, as you can't begin looking for a new mattress if you don't know how much you can afford to spend.
Don't forget that you want to enjoy your new mattress for a number of years, so it's worth investing in a high-quality mattress that will serve you well.
But, you don't necessarily have to invest in Tempur Sealy to receive a good-quality product.
Most of the bed-in-a-box mattresses we recommend are high-quality products at relatively affordable prices.
Decide which firmness level you want
Mattresses can be soft, medium-firm, or firm.
Firmness level is largely a matter of personal preference, and you can decide on the level of comfort you want to feel when you lie on your mattress.
Make sure, though, that your mattress offers good support and stability,
As a guideline, side sleepers and lighter-weight people can choose a softer mattress, while back sleepers, stomach sleeper, or larger builds should choose a firm mattress.
You can still opt for a firm mattress with a pillow top for extra comfort if you like that fluffy, sleeping-on-a-cloud feeling ☁️
Decide which mattress material to choose
There are dozens of different types of mattresses available.
The mattress materials we recommend most often include:
- Memory foam mattresses, usually with a more stable, contoured cold foam base layer for ortho properties
- Pocket sprung mattresses
- Hybrid mattresses, usually with a memory foam comfort layer
There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to mattress composition, but the mattress material you choose will largely impact the characteristics of the mattress, including its firmness, comfort, motion isolation, and temperature regulation.
Memory foam mattresses, for example, offer great pressure relief and can help with back pain.
They are often recommended as orthopaedic mattresses.
Spring mattresses are generally more breathable and are better suited to heavier sweaters.
But there are many inferior spring mattresses out there.
As a guideline, avoid open coil mattresses and opt for pocket spring mattresses instead.
If choosing an organic, natural mattress is important to you, you may wish to opt for natural latex mattresses or mattresses made of coir or wool.
You can read up about different mattress materials in our best mattress guides.
Step 3: Receive & unpack your new mattress
Bed-in-a-box mattresses are delivered tightly rolled up in a vacuum-sealed bag and placed in a compact box 📦
These delivery boxes are small enough to fit through narrow passageways and staircases.
They are also designed to easily be handled by one person.
But, be careful:
Some mattresses can be quite heavy, and you may need help unpacking them.
The weight of a mattress is usually listed on the mattress's information page before you buy. We also list weights in our mattress reviews.
Your new mattress will usually be delivered to the front door of your building, but some online mattress brands give you the option of selecting a two-man delivery service, where the mattress will be carried to a room of your choice.
You'll need to select this option during the checkout process.
Often, they'll also unpack the mattress for you.
How do you unpack your new mattress?
Unpacking your new bed-in-a-box mattress is very simple.
Follow these steps:
- Take your new mattress out of the box and place it directly on your bed frame. This will eliminate the hassle of having to move it later on.
- Cut open the plastic wrapping and make sure not to damage your mattress (most mattress brands include a handy cutter).
- Unfold your mattress and remove any additional wrapping.
- Your mattress will expand automatically and return to its original shape and size.
Your mattress should begin expanding as soon as you remove the plastic wrapping, but may take a few hours to reach its full size.
Off-gassing is normal
Most bed-in-a-box mattresses emit a chemical smell when first unpacked.
This may be alarming but is actually completely normal.
Off-gassing is merely a side effect of the manufacturing and vacuum-seal process.
The smell will disappear within a few hours, but it can still be quite unpleasant.
We recommend that you unpack your new mattress in a well-ventilated room and let it air out until the smell disappears completely.
Your risk-free trial period begins with delivery
Don't forget that your risk-free trial period begins as soon as your mattress is delivered 🚛
Trial periods are one of the many reasons we love buying mattresses online.
We don't think that it's sufficient to try a mattress in-store under the scrutinising eyes of a sales assistant - or other shoppers!
After all, it may take your body a few weeks to get used to a new mattress, especially if your new mattress is very different to your old mattress.
Most bed-in-a-box mattress brands offer you a period of 30, 100, or 200 days to try the mattress in the comfort of your own home.
The Nectar mattress even comes with a 365-night trial period!
This really gives you the chance to see if the mattress is right for you.
And if you're not happy, you can simply return the mattress and get a full refund.
Step 5: Relax and enjoy
This is our favourite step 😴
With your brand new mattress paid for, unpacked, and covered in beautiful bedding, there's nothing left to do other than lie back and enjoy.
Of course, you may still wish to assess your mattress and return it if you notice that it's not quite as comfortable as you'd hoped.
But, most bed-in-a-box mattresses have low return rates, so, hopefully, you'll be very happy with your purchase!
You may visit us at Sleep Hero again to help you make another purchasing decision when you're ready to buy a new bed frame, pillows, duvets, and more!
We have a whole guide on sleep accessories to help you with that!