Setting up a bed-in-a-box mattress

How to Set Up Your New Bed-in-a-Box Mattress in Less than 15 minutes


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Mattress toppers & pads are a great way to cool your bed and extend its life.
Topper SizeMaterialFirmnessWarr.
LINENSPA
LINENSPA 2 Inch Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper, Twin
Best Value2"Gel memory foamMedium3 years
MOLECULE AIRTEC
MOLECULE AIRTEC
Best Comfort3"Memory foamMedium-firm5 years
MyPillow
MyPillow Three-inch Mattress Bed Topper (Twin)
Best pressure point relief3"FoamMedium-firm10 years
LUCID
LUCID 2-Inch Ventilated Gel Infused Memory Foam Mattress Topper - Full
Best cooling2"Gel memory foamSoft3 years
Milemont
Milemont Mattress Topper Twin, 2-Inch Cool Swirl Gel Mattress Topper for Twin Size Bed, Blue
Best for back pain2"Gel memory foamMedium10 years
Pure Green
Pure Green 100% Natural Latex Mattress Topper - Firm - 2 Inch - Queen Size
Best for stomach sleepers2"Natural latexExtra-firm5 years
Sleep Innovations
Sleep Innovations 4-inch Dual Layer Gel Memory Foam Enhanced Support, King, Made in the US Mattress Topper
Best for side sleepers4"Gel memory foamSoft10 years
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Sleep Number DUAL TEMP
Best temperature regulation-Forced Air-1 year
TEMPUR ProForm
Tempur-Pedic TEMPUR Supreme 3-Inch Mattress Topper Medium Firm, Full, White
Best memory foam3"Memory foamMedium-firm10 years
Avocado Green
Avocado Green
Best organic2"Organic latexSoft/firm10 years
Bed cooling/heating systems have come a long way – especially the BedJet, my favorite.
SystemTypeBest For...Temp. RangeControl
BedJet V3
BedJet V3
Air cooledBest Overall (esp. for night sweats)66°F-104°FWireless remote control/smartphone app
ChiliPad Cube 3.0
Chili Technology chiliPAD Cube 3.0 - ME and WE Zones - Cooling and Heating Mattress Pad - Individual Temperature Control, Great Sleep Enhancement, Wireless Remote Integration (Queen (80" L x 60" W))
Water cooledBest water cooling system55°F-115°FWireless remote control
Ooler Sleep System
Ooler Sleep System
Water cooledBest temperature control55°F-115°FSmartphone app via Bluetooth
The Pod by Eight Sleep
The Pod by Eight Sleep
Water cooledBest smart cooling system55°F-115°FSmartphone app/smart voice assistant
Mattress Cooler "Classic"
2020 Mattress Cooler "Classic" Chilled Water Sleep Cooling System (Now with a Spare "27x63" Cooling Pad)
Water cooledBest budget cooling systemN/AWireless remote control
SleepNumber Dual-Temp v3
SleepNumber Dual-Temp v3
Air cooledN/ARemote control
bFan Cooling System
bFan Cooling System
FanBest bed fanN/AWired remote control
Brookstone bed fan
Brookstone Bed Fan with Wireless Remote
FanN/AWireless remote control
These pillows excel at relieving neck and shoulder pain:
PillowWhy I Like It
PlushBeds Shredded Natural Latex Pillow
Best Cooling Mattress Pads

best shredded latex pillow for side sleepers
Coop Home Goods Memory Foam
Coop Home Goods - Premium Adjustable Loft Pillow - Hypoallergenic Cross-Cut Memory Foam Fill - Lulltra Washable Cover from Bamboo Derived Rayon - CertiPUR-US/GREENGUARD Gold Certified - Queen
perennial, proven Amazon Choice with over 16,000 reviews
MARNUR Contour Pillow
MARNUR Cervical Memory Foam Pillow Orthopedic Contour Pillows for Neck Pain Ergonomic Pillow with RoHS Certification and Pillowcase Covers, White(23.5×14.5×5.5 Inch)
perfect spine support using a groove down the middle
SleepRightSplintek Side
SleepRight Splintek Side Sleeping Pillow Memory Foam Pillow – Best Pillow for Sleeping On Your Side – 24" x 5" Standard Size
full facial cradle plus a perfectly-angled shoulder cradle
Xtreme Comforts Adjustable Pillow
Xtreme Comforts Hypoallergenic, Adjustable Thickness, Kool-Flow Micro Vented Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Bed Pillow for Sleeping, Back, Stomach & Side Sleepers, Queen Size, Made in USA
thinner and softer than most, so your head will not bend back
UTTU Sandwich Pillow
UTTU Sandwich Pillow, Adjustable Memory Foam Pillow, Bamboo Pillow for Sleeping, Cervical Pillow for Neck Pain, Neck Support for Back, Stomach, Side Sleepers, Orthopedic Contour Pillow, CertiPUR-US
designed specifically for neck support and alignment.
Mediflow Water Pillow
Mediflow Fiber: The First & Original Water Pillow, clinically Proven to Reduce Neck Pain & Improve Sleep. Therapeutic, Ideal for People Looking for Proper Neck Support
clinical tests prove it reduces neck pain
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow
Cradle Me Cervical Pillow - Orthopedic Contour Memory Foam Pillow for Back and Side Sleepers with Neck and Spine Support - Helps Reduce Back and Neck Pain
best overall design with lots of position choices
KaUa Neck Roll
K Ka Ua Neck Roll Pillow Cervical Bolster with Bamboo Cover – Memory Foam Spine Lumbar Traction Spondylosis Support 4” Diameter x 17 “Length (4 Inch)
1,000s of satisfied customers & rave reviews
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
J-Pillow Chin Supporting Travel Pillow - 2020 Version - British Invention of The Year Winner - Supports Your Head, Neck & Chin (Blue)
added chin support prevents your head from falling forward.
Nursal Contour
NURSAL Knee Pillow for Side Sleepers - Wedge Contour Support Pillow for Leg, Orthopedic Knee Pillow for Sciatica Relief, Back Pain, Leg Pain, Pregnancy, Hip and Joint Pain
great reviews, washable cover - and half the price
These are my favorite luxury sheet sets sold online:
Best Luxury SheetsIncludesSizesColours
Parachute
Parachute
Fitted sheet + two pillowcasesTwin to Cal KingSand, Slate, White, Light Grey, Blue
Brooklinen
Brooklinen Luxe Core Sheet Set – Includes 1 Flat Sheet, 1 Fitted Sheet + 2 Pillowcases – 480 Thread Count Sateen Sheet Set – 100 Percent Long-Staple Cotton – Oeko-TEX Certified – Smoke – Twin
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Cream, Steel, Smoke, Smoke Stripe
Saatva
Saatva
One flat sheet, one fitted sheet, and two pillowcases.Twin to Cal KingWhite, Ivory, Grey
Boll and Branch
Boll & Branch Luxury Fair Trade Long Staple Organic Cotton Sheet Set - Full, Natural
one fitted sheet, one flat sheet, and two pillowcases.Full, Queen, King, Cal King onlyWhite, Solid Natural, Striped White, Pewter
Best For Specific Needs Soft and Warm: Parachute’s Sateen sheets Most Luxurious: Brooklinen’s Linen sheets Organic Luxury Sheets:  Saatva Lofton Organic sheets Breathable/Cool: Percale sheets from Parachute or Brooklinen
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Unless you are ordering a heavy innerspring mattress or you live alone, there’s really no need to pay extra for white glove delivery when buying a bed-in-a-box mattress.

If the company is offering it for free (Like Purple) then by all means take advantage.

But if they are charging the usual $99 to deliver the mattress and set it up for you, you can keep your money and set up the mattress yourself.

It’s easy and takes just a few minutes.

Just make sure there someone else around to help you carry the box inside and, if need be, lift the mattress to properly position it.

Here's how to do it.

Take The Box Inside

The first step is to take the mattress inside to your bedroom or wherever else you want to set it up. You’ll most likely need a helping hand here.

Even though the mattress has been compacted into an unbelievably small box, it still weighs as much as it would if it were spread out. You won't be able to lift it on your own.

With help, getting it inside is super easy.

One reason I love bed-in-a-box mattresses is that they are no trouble getting inside the house. So don’t worry if you have stairs or a tight doorway. The box will get through easily.

You need to have your foundation or box spring already setup. If you ordered a new foundation along with the mattress, set it up first before unboxing the mattress.

Unrolling the Mattress

Setting up the Purple mattress

With the foundation ready, lift the box containing the mattress and lay it on its side on one end of the bed.

Open the box and pull it out to leave the mattress roll sitting on the bed. You can also remove the box while the mattress is still on the floor and place the unboxed mattress roll on the bed.

Either way, you should end up with a rolled up mattress sitting on one end of the bed.

Cut away the plastic that’s keeping the mattress rolled up. Be very careful not to cut the mattress itself.

Roll out the mattress onto the bed until it is completely flat.

If there is another plastic wrapping around the mattress, remove it too. An easy way to do this is to cut open along the head side of the bed and then pull it out like a sock from the other end.

Note: Never leave the mattress in the box for more than three months. The pressure keeping it rolled up tight can deform it permanently with time. If you’ll not be home for more than 3 months after the mattress is delivered, ask the company to reschedule delivery. Most will gladly do it.

Wait for A few Hours

At first your mattress may seem thinner than the 11 or 13 inches specified by the manufacturer. This is normal and is caused by the compacting process.

As soon as you unroll the mattress, it will automatically start puffing up to its normal height.

If you want you can sleep on the mattress immediately but it’s best to give it a few hours to settle.

It takes a couple of days before it has fully expanded but you can sleep on it the first night.

Frequently Asked Questions About Setting up a Bed-in-a-Box Mattress

How long can I leave the mattress in the box?

Most companies will ask that you unbox the mattress within three months to avoid permanent deformation. Failing to unbox the mattress in time may void the warranty.

I detected an unpleasant smell when setting up my new mattress? Is it dangerous?

This is called off-gassing and it’s something that happens to all bed-in-a-box mattresses. It is not harmful.

If it feels particularly strong, leave the mattress uncovered (and ideally leaning against a wall) in a well ventilated room for a few hours or a couple of days. This will give it time to air out.

But normally, most mattresses have very little off-gassing and it fades away quickly.

What do I do with my old mattress?

If you don’t want to remain with your old mattress, there are several things you can do with it.

First, check whether the mattress company offers mattress removal services. Those that offer white glove delivery often also offer mattress removal at an additional fee.

They’ll dispose the mattress for you.

You can also sell or give away the mattress if it is in relatively good shape and critter-free. List it on eBay or check whether there is a local charity that accepts used mattresses.

The other option is to find a recycling center for mattress near you and take it there or have it picked up from your home.

You can also breakdown and dispose the mattress yourself. Use this guide from a landlord who has done it many times.


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