How to Buy a Cheap Bed Today

How to Buy a Cheap Bed Today
Written by Oana Schneider

You spend one-third of your life sleeping so it definitely pays to invest in a good quality mattress. You can spend a reasonable amount or splurge on it, but is there a way for you to purchase a cheap bed without sacrificing on quality? Definitely!

All you have to do is know exactly what to look for, and where to buy it cheap. That is exactly what we will learn more about in the following sections.

How Much are People Willing to Spend for a Good Bed?

First, let’s check out a few quick stats.  According to, here are a few bed-buying statistics to give you an idea about how much people are willing to spend for a good bed:

  • For 2008, the number of people who said that they lived in a household that shopped for furniture or mattresses at any furniture store was 119.64 million.
  • For 2008, 7.95 million people shopped for furniture/mattress at Sears.
  • For 2008, 2.68 million people shopped for furniture/mattress at Value City Furniture.
  • For 2008, 0.68 million people shopped for furniture/mattress at Bloomingdales.
  • For 2008, 0.44 million people shopped for furniture/mattress at Thomasville Home Furnishing.

In relation, according to the National Association of Home Builders, homeowners were willing to spend $699 for buying a mattress in 2009. For bedroom furniture, those whose houses were built 2004 or later spent $959 while those whose homes were built before 2004 only spent $463.

How to Buy a Cheap Bed Today

Today, if you would like to buy a cheap bed that you can actually sleep well in, there are a few techniques that you can use. Check out our top tips on how to buy a cheap bed without sacrificing the quality of your sleep:

Know what your mattress and bed options are in the first place.

Contractors and home building experts recommend that homeowners spend as much as they can afford on a good bed. However, there’s always something far better that you can get for a few dollars more – so it pays to have a ceiling for your budget. In the end, it’s all about getting exactly what you want in a bed so that you can have a good night’s sleep. For this, it pays to know exactly what your mattress and bed options are in the first place. Here’s a quick look at what’s available in the market currently:

  • Polyester
  • Mainly Polyester
  • Mainly Natural Fiber
  • 100% Natural Fiber

The polyester mattresses are the cheapest and they are mass-produced mattresses. If you have a minimal budget, you can buy a polyester mattress which has Visco Elastic Foam. A better option would be a mainly polyester mattress which has minimal natural fiber. Next, there’s the mainly natural fiber mattress which has minimal polyester. Finally, there’s the 100% natural fiber mattress. These are the most expensive and they contain natural fibers like lambswool, cashmere, cotton, hair, mohair, and similar materials. The higher your budget is, the higher the possibility of your finding a 100% natural or mainly natural fiber mattress.

How To Buy A Cheap Bed Today

Invest in a Good Quality Mattress!

Know what the running prices are for a good bed or mattress.

If you are looking for a decent king-sized bed, be willing to spend anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000. As compared to queens, king-sized beds are about $300 more expensive. If you do have the space but you’re scrimping on the $300 to upgrade from a queen to a king, think about how much time you will actually spend there. The extra $300 will definitely be well worth it in the long run.

Look for a bed with a low-profile box spring.

To save money when buying a bed, you can actually ask for a low-profile box spring. This makes the bed six inches lower to the ground as compared to a regular box spring, but without adding anything to the price. You have to request for this specifically and there might be delays with the delivery, but the savings should be well worth it. Aside from the bed itself, you’d also need a new frame and the running price for this is anywhere between $50 to $100. There’s no reason why you should spend a fortune on a high-end frame, so get the cheapest one available.

Make sure that the bed has at least a 30-day trial period.

When buying a new car, you need to test drive it to see how you would feel behind the driver’s seat. The same thing holds true when buying a mattress. During the first day, you might feel aching all over after sleeping in your new mattress but remember that your body is still adjusting to it. Generally, it will take four to six weeks of sleep for you to really break the bed in and feel how it would be like to lie down on it on the long-term. This means that it is crucial for you to look for a bed which has at least a 30-day trial period. If your body still hasn’t adjusted before the trial period ends, you might have to look for one with a different firmness.

Don’t pay for any more than a 10-year year warranty.

The only exception to this rule is the Tempurpedic brand of beds which has a warranty longer than 10 years, simply because the product is designed to last that long. For most of the other brands, you can only use the bed for about ten years before it deteriorates and it’s time to replace it with a new one.

Don’t pay extra for the add-ons.

When you’re inside the furniture store, the sales clerk will definitely try to get you to buy other extras. A mattress protector, a mattress pad and similar products are add-ons which they simply earn a commission for, at your expense as a customer. Mattress pads and protectors are superfluous items because you are already buying a cushioned bed, so just say no when one is offered to you. However, if you are buying a waterproof bed and you are offered a stain warranty, you might want to seriously think about it. If the bed has as 30 or 60 day warranty and it gets stained because you did not by the protector, the store will not take the bed back.

How To Buy A Cheap Bed Today

Colorful Bedroom!

Do your research on the different brands available.

Serta is a brand of beds with popular price points, but you will get what you are paying for. Other popular brands include Simmons Beautyrest or Simmons Black, Sealy Posturepedic, Tempurpedic, and Stearns & Foster. Tempurpedic beds are made from Visco memory foam while Stearns & Foster are made from latex foams. Both beds do not have springs, and are relatively firm. The Tempurpedic beds are the ones you see in infomercials where wine does not spill even if another person is jumping up and down the bed.

After determining what your budget is, make a comparison of the different sizes and models available for these brands. You can also get personal recommendations or read online reviews. Doing a thorough research will let you know what to expect before buying a bed from a specific manufacturer. 

Know which stores to get your bed from.

Aside from the brand, there are specific stores which offer a wide variety of options for bed buyers like you. Ashley Furniture is a pretty good company, but their furniture and mattresses are quite overpriced. Sears sometimes hold sales for mattresses and beds, and you can get good value for your money. Macy’s have majorly overpriced beds, while Sam’s Club and Costco do sell reasonably-priced beds – but without trial periods.

Ikea is another obvious choice for a store where you can get good beds from. An Edland 4-Poster Bed Frame will set you back $300 and a good mattress costs more than $1,500. The New York-based store Charles P. Rogers has a good selection of high-quality brass or iron beds. Check out the clearance section that they have where you can stumble upon goodies like a bamboo platform bed for about $700.

Muji is a brand from Japanese designer Naoto Fukusawa, and they’re famous for the solid wood Ash Bed. Room & Board has the classic Parson’s Bed which starts at $700. Other stores worth checking out are The Grove Furniture, The American Iron Bed Company, CB2,, West Elm, Fort Pitt and Cooper. You can also shop for cheap beds at vintage stores, thrift stores and flash sale sites that carry furniture and home décor items.

According to sleep experts, expensive mattresses and beds are not necessarily better. However, they do agree that quality does rise with price, but only up to a certain point. If you’re willing to spend $1,000 more, for example, you can consider other options like coil density or moisture risk. In the end, it’s all about considering what kind of a sleeper you are. If you have very little movement during the night, a memory foam mattress is suitable for you. If you are an active sleeper who typically sweats during the night, you should look for a bed which has high resistance to moisture.

If you’re spending one-third of your life in your bed, you should definitely exert a lot of time effort in making sure that you find the perfect one to suit your sleeping habits so you can get a good shuteye every night.

About the author

Oana Schneider

Oana Schneider is a published author located in Chicago, Illinois, who currently works for as a communication specialist and blog editor. She writes about lifestyle, family budget, has a degree in Communications and advocates for women’s rights. Her future plans include getting a Labrador and losing a few pounds.


  • I got a cheap bed and I love it. It cost me $80 and it looks like a giant dog bed/pillow thing. It’s full of memory foam beads and a memory foam gel core thing that allows me to plump and fluff my bed so I ALWAYS get a good sleep. Never had a backache from it like I did from trying to sleep in a crappy bed all night. I do not like having my bed up high and with any space beneath it. I like my bed on the floor to be honest. Been like that since I was a kid. I’m 46 now. LOL

    • I don’t know how you found something so good for that low of a price. Is it the actual bed, or do you have a memory foam mattress topper? Either way, a topper can make any bed 100 times more comfortable, and I used to use one on top of a terrible mattress. It’s a good way to make a terrible bed more than comfortable enough to sleep on.

      • I found it on costco. It’s listed as a sort of beanbag type thing…but it’s a big, black pillow looking thing. Not a topper. It’s perfect for my sleeping arrangements and easy on the ol’ achey bones. Now, if you’re a long, tall drink of water then something like this probably wouldn’t suit a person. But, if you’re like me and barely over 5 foot tall then it’s perfect.

  • As long as you’re buying a quality mattress, then the price doesn’t matter. However, most mattresses under $300 are from terrible companies that make uncomfortable bedding. The fact is that a $1,000 mattress feels way better and more comfortable than a $200 mattress every time. Quality is what matters more than price, and beds do come at a higher price for quality, although you can find plenty of discounts.

  • Perfect article. Very informative and specifically useful to me right now. We’re refurbishing one of the rooms in our house to be a guest room, and I was thinking of just skimping out on the mattress price, but the article offers some valid points. I never thought about a bed being a long term investment but I guess it actually makes sense.

    • Beds are definitely long-term investments, considering they often last anywhere from two to 10 years or longer, depending upon its condition and the person using it. For guest rooms, you don’t have to buy the best bed, but it still makes sense to buy one that won’t break down and stop being comfortable after a short period of time.

  • Thanks a lot for sharing I’ve been looking for this type of mattress with such a texture that support body well.

  • Hey, great share…..

    These are some really great tips for buying a cheap and quality bed. Buying an appropriate bed and mattresses is a critical decision. I was looking for such information. Your post is worth sharing.

    Thanks for sharing this post. Keep sharing more..


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