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I just finished furnishing a house and bought several mattresses and bed frames. I got an INCREDIBLY COMFY king bed and frame for less than $400 on Amazon. Here's the mattress I got.
I’m not sure what your current financial situation is, but I wanted to share this anyway. Maybe you could quickly save up for it or make a mini GoFundMe.
My husband and I purchased this mattress when we moved to an apartment together. It’s super inexpensive but has been the best mattress either of us has slept on, ever. It’s a perfect combination of firm and soft. The prices also vary depending on what size/length you get
It's not that expensive to go the distance. Buy yourself some nice pillows too (Ross has awesome deals)!
I got my mattress off Amazon and it's one of those memory foam deals that comes all compressed. It is super firm, so if you're not into firm, you would hate it. It was under $200, though, so way worth it for me! I have not noticed any of the temperature issues other people have with memory foam.
Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress, Queen [link]
i love my memory foam mattress, very comfortable and resilient. it was also much cheaper than the average mattress. the 2 main downsides i have come across though are that they can be a little hot. so not great in summer and if you lay in one spot to long it can be hard to move. so if your say watching a movie in bed or reading a book it can be hard to adjust your position into something that is more comfortable for sleeping. i won't lay in my bed anymore unless i know for sure i am going to sleep. other than that though the mattress is fantastic, it's very easy to fall asleep you don't get lumps in the bed, and if you have a partner movement doesn't transfer much so you don't wake them up. oh thats one last complaint, sex is a bit harder since you sink into the bed more. i would definitely recommend getting one though if your looking for a mattress. i purchased a Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Green Tea Mattress, Queen for 200 bucks at the start of 2016. when it was on sale. it's 279 now.
I found another one that's closer to your ideal price of $300 ($289 for a queen).
That said the $200 one will probably do you better since you presumably need money for a frame of some sort as well (and a mattress pad and sheets and...you get the idea).
I just furnished a whole house for $6k, and it makes $3k a month. Dont Cheap out on ANYTHING!
The biggest thing is the bed. I found amazing quality mattresses that every complements for under $200
Memory Foam Mattress for $179! and its amazing
So I've been using it for a weeks now. So far it's been great. Way better than my garbage spring mattress. It's stiffer than I was expecting, it's more firm (like 7-8 out of 10, where 5 is semi-firm) - but it's not a bad thing, the support is good, I'm getting a good nights sleep and not getting neck pain like I used to. Also at the price I got it, it's so worth it.
It's on sale again today, for boxing day.
For 224$ before tax, mattress only, 12" Queen.
Amazon Link the brand is Zinus, and it's semi memory foam. I got the full 8 inches one so it was 150 with tax for me :D. they are the best, i feel so rested from last night sleep.
FOR REAL, they are so expensive. im happy to find this one.
weight is a huge factor but what are you sleeping on? Do your self a favor & buy Memory Foam Mattress.
I used to have back pain, knee pain, etc. Didn't change much other than buying this bed and i feel so much less pain! Makes me want to be active & do things to help lose my weight.
Ya, on one hand I can see that, but people are unlikely to specifically seek out some Chinese made cheap $4 widget to order directly from an unknown manufacturer who might consider selling directly to consumers, but I'd imagine larger purchases like a mattress from reputable, recognized companies, people would not be as hesitant. Seems like it's bound to go that direction as more people are buying things like this for these type of prices relative to storebought mattresses: [link]
How many people are going to be going to mattress firm to spend 3-5x the price when awareness catches up? The big mattress makers are surely going to have to adjust over time as they lose sales to people buying direct and I'd imagine a lot of these mattress stores will too.
I got a queen-sized memory foam mattress from Amazon and I love it. It's a bit lonely since it's just me, but I figure it'll be perfect whenever I get around to finding a girlfriend. I'm hoping that I won't have to get another mattress for a long while.
Here's the link on Amazon if you're curious: [link]
I have the 12" Green Tea Memory Foam - Queen Mattress myself and it has been pretty good. Has enough give to be comfortable but not so much that you're sinking it with the weight of two people in one spot.
I run a little hot in general (actually I sweat when just thinking of heat) so the bed can be hit or miss for me, but in general it doesn't add much (if any) extra heat throughout the night. I have a lot of random muscular ailments from walking off injuries and the mattress definitely keeps my pain at a minimum after a good rest.
No offense but people can buy a brand new memory foam mattress on amazon for like 250 bucks. [link]
What's your budget? The online bed-in-a-box are all fairly comparable, with pricing probably being the biggest differentiators.
I have a Casper and have been pleased with it (3+ years), but pricing has increased over the years. I've also been able to try Tuft and Needle when I stayed at my brother's, but felt that was too hot for me as I have a fairly high core temperature.
Also consider Amazon, which also sells a variety of mattresses. I bought the Zinus Memory Foam for my guest bedroom and my guests all love it.
If you end up with Casper, I have a $100 off coupon that I got from a business class flight that can save you a bit of extra money as well.
I'd been using a tuft and needle for a while. I have a friend who says Purple is pretty good.
My brother just bought this - [link] - says it's quite good. There was a 5 star review that included a few compared mattresses and some other things to buy to make it better (like a topper and stuff) but I'm struggling to find it now.
Anyways... I have EDS and as of two weeks ago I put my tuft and needle in storage and am now sleeping on a solid floor with just a blue camp pad and a medium thickness comforter underneath my hips. Honestly, I love it and it feels feel pretty great. I figure this may trigger some EDSers though...
Just bought this
Will report on how it is after I get it! Tons of great reviews though in the memory foam mattress world of Amazon... AND it's cheap!
I got this one.
I was afraid of getting a smaller one if it would be to low to the ground since I didn’t buy a box spring to go with it.