Thanks to the internet and online shopping, the bed-in-a-box trend is exploding. Now you can buy a bed online and have it shipped to you without ever having to step foot in a mattress store. But is it worth it? Let’s explore the concept of a bed in a box to see if it makes sense for you and your bedding needs.
Convenience for Consumers
What could be more convenient than having a bed delivered to you in a box? Not much.
When it comes to assembling a bed in a box, all you need to do is open your box and your mattress is ready to expand. The expansion process is expedient, allowing you to sleep on your new bed that same night. For a bed frame shipped in a box, these are typically tool-free. Instead of full assembly you receive a frame in a box that simply needs to be unfolded. Assembly is as easy as adding a bolt or two for stability and to lock its legs into position.
Pros and Cons of a Bed-in-a-Box
If you need a bed but don’t want wait or pay extra to have a delivery truck drop off your mattress and frame, then a bed in box is the way to go. It will be delivered by postal service just like the rest of your online shopping. Plus, since you are getting your bed through the mail you can have it delivered anywhere you choose. Want to have a gel foam mattress shipped to your daughter’s college apartment? Done. Need a new bed for your summer vacation home? Check it off your to-do list in a flash.
At the same time if you are accustomed to a traditional mattress with box springs, then you may not find what you are looking for in a box bed. Typically, only foam mattresses can be compressed to fit into a box that's small enough to be shipped easily. If you are worried about how your box bed will feel, some vendors including Verlo-to-Go offer an opportunity to test the mattress in stores. This also gives you the convenience of being able to throw the bed box in your car so you don't have to wait for it to arrive. (At 17" x 43,” the Verlo-to-Go box fits easily into most cars.)
And, beds in boxes are often less expensive than mattresses purchased in brick-and-mortar stores.
Is It Worth It?
Based on bed in a box reviews among consumers, if you want a bed that is sturdy and well constructed, but wish to avoid dealing with delivery trucks and setup, then the box bed is worth it. However, those sleepers who don’t like gel foam mattresses, are not going to be as keen to choosing a bed in box sleep solution.