Are you mattress shopping on a budget? Finding a good mattress that is also inexpensive is like finding a needle in a haystack. Too low quality and your body will not be supported properly causing you unnecessary pain. Too high of a price point can break your budget and lead to buyer’s remorse. How can you know what the best deal for your price point is?
Thankfully here at Furniture Fair, we have experts in our mattress department that we worked with to find some of the cheapest mattresses for you. We’ve sold mattresses for over 50 years so we know how to get the best deals for you.
This article will cover the cheapest mattresses by type and size, and will also cover the cheapest methods to shop for them. After reading, you will have a better idea of what you want to shop for and how much it should cost.
The 4 Cheapest Mattress Types
There are multiple types of cheap mattresses available to choose between. Here are the four cheapest types of mattresses.
1. Air Mattresses
Air mattresses cost between $15 - $100 depending on the size and quality you choose.
Air mattresses are inflatable mattresses that use a cushion of air to support the sleeper. The mattress is filled using an air pump. Due to the limited amount of materials needed to create one, air mattresses tend to be the cheapest option for a mattress. In addition, the lack of solid material makes air mattresses easy to fold and store when not in use. This makes them ideal for extra guests visiting, or for camping situations! As long as you have an air pump, you have a mattress. Many newer air mattresses have the pump built in, so you only need to plug them in and turn them on! The downside of air mattresses is that they tend to not support the body as well as regular mattresses do. The other problem air mattresses have is that they can puncture easily, and depending on the size of the hole, can be difficult to repair.
If you are looking for a temporary cheap bed that can be packed away when not in use, or one that travels easily, then an air mattress is the way to go.
While different types of memory foam, (such as open cell, gel infused, and even plant-based versions) are used in higher end mattresses, basic memory foam models are easier to manufacture and use fewer materials, meaning a lower purchase price for you.
However memory foam mattresses can also be priced higher depending on types of foam used. Larger models tend to run higher in price but will last much longer than an air mattress will.
In addition, memory foam models that feature things like hybrid technology or cooling technology will cost more.
If you need a mattress that is cheap and will give you a good 5 years of use, consider purchasing a lower budget memory foam mattress. Memory foam mattresses are great for college students on a budget, or for someone who is just starting out in a new apartment!
3. Folding or Roll-up Mattress
Folding or roll-up mattresses cost between $50 - $100 depending on the size you choose. These types of mattresses are another portable option to consider. If you have guests staying over and you need an extra sleeping space, a folding or roll-up mattress can provide a sleeping space while maintaining a low profile when not in use. The potential drawbacks to these types of mattresses are that they tend to be thinner and less supportive. This type of mattress is best used as a quick solution to a camping situation or a visiting friend. These mattresses are not meant to be long-term solutions.
If you are the type of person who often has friends that visit for the weekend or on holidays, this mattress type could be the solution you need.
4. Innerspring Mattresses
The cheapest innerspring mattresses cost between $80 - $200, depending on the size you choose.
Innerspring mattresses use coil springs to create a supportive frame that is covered by quilted mattress fabric. Innerspring mattresses are the most common type of mattress and have been around for a long time. Inner spring mattresses are perfect for a more permanent guest room mattress. The potential downside to buying an innerspring mattress at this price point is that they may be made from lower cost materials, such as thinner, less densely arranged springs or cheap lumpy filling, and therefore less likely to last as long as a higher-priced mattress would last. If you are looking for a long term solution, consider spending a bit more. If you are looking for a solution that will last you for a good 5 years, then an innerspring mattress is a great option for you!
The Cheapest Mattresses By Size
Cheap mattresses come in four primary sizes and each larger size will add to the price. Depending on what you need, you may want to consider different sizes to help you get the cheapest option.
Twin & Twin XL Mattresses
The cheapest twin mattresses usually cost between $50 - $150 depending on what type and material you get. The cheapest standard size mattress you can buy is a twin mattress. Twin and Twin XL mattresses are 38” x 75”- 79.5" and are designed to fit one person. Twin mattresses are perfect for children and will fit most children's bed designs. Twin mattresses are the most compact of the mattress sizes and are a convenient size for storage when not in use. A potential downside to buying a twin mattress is that if you happen to be on the taller side (anyone over 6’) twin mattresses may not fit your frame comfortably. Keep in mind the size of the person you are shopping for when making a purchase decision. If you need a mattress for one person that is compact and easy to bring out of storage when needed, a twin mattress is your go-to size.
The cheapest full mattresses usually cost between $50 - $200 depending on what type and material you get.
Full mattresses are the perfect mattresses to use in a guest room. Full mattresses are 53” x 74.5” and are designed to fit two people. Not quite as hefty as a queen mattress, the full mattress allows for convenient moving depending on what type of mattress you purchase. The only downside to a full mattress is that it is the smallest two-person mattress, and if you and your partner like having room to adjust or rollover, a full mattress will be less-than-ideal. However, if compact size and two-person capacity is your primary goal, this size is perfect for you.
The cheapest queen mattresses usually cost between $150 - $300 depending on what type and material you get.
The queen mattress is one of the most commonly used mattresses today in the US and Canada and is useful for guest rooms or master bedrooms. Large enough to comfortably fit two people, the queen mattress is 60” x 79.5”, giving enough flexibility for multiple uses. If you are needing a mattress that stores easily or that can fit in a small space, the queen size may not be your best option. Queen size mattresses use a big amount of floor space and can get in the way of your day-to-day activity when not in use. The Queen mattress is a great option if you have guests who don’t mind sharing a bed and if you have space to put the bed. However, a queen-size mattress will be pricier than some of the previous options.
The cheapest king mattresses usually cost between $200 - $400 depending on what type and material you get.
King mattresses are sized for comfort. King mattresses are 76” x 79.5” and are designed to fit two people with room to spare. They also come in California King which is 72” x 84”, although this size will most likely not be in the cheaper budget range. King mattresses are ideal for the master bedroom, with lots of room for couples to sleep in the positions where they are the most comfortable. The biggest downside of a king mattress is just that: it’s size. Large mattresses won’t fit in small spaces and can be too large if you have a one-bedroom apartment. Another downside is that, as cheap as it is, king mattresses are the most expensive option when it comes to budget mattresses. If you are looking to get the largest mattress for cheap, then shopping for a king mattress may be the best option for you.
Cheapest Ways to Get a Mattress
Now that the materials, size options, and pricing have been laid out, what are the cheapest ways to get a mattress?
Used or Refurbished Mattresses
Buying a used mattress is an option that you can consider. Places like Goodwill, thrift stores, and Habitat for Humanity sometimes have mattresses for low prices. While this is an option, second hand mattresses can have a whole host of potential issues, such as insect infestation, germs, mold, smells, and stains. There is no real way to know where the mattress has been, and buying used can be a dangerous game. However, if you are confident in the condition of the mattress, then buying second hand can save you the high cost of a new mattress.
Get a Friend’s Old Mattress
Sometimes getting a little help from friends can really save you money. Mattresses are no different. When looking for a mattress, check with your friends and see if any of them have second hand mattresses that they are willing to sell or give to you. Buying from friends makes it a bit easier to know where the mattress has been and how much use you can expect to get out of it. The downside is that it is used, but the upside is that you will save money.
Compare prices online to ensure you are getting the best deal possible. Make sure if you order online that you factor in any potential shipping costs. This may or may not be a factor depending on what type of mattress you get. Many memory foam mattresses come compressed in a box, allowing for lower shipping fees and no giant bulky mattress showing up at your door.
Shop Closeouts & Floor Models
When manufacturers stop making a certain product, companies will move that product into closeouts to help make room on the floor for the new products. That’s good news for anyone looking to pay less. Closeouts are typically priced to sell and that means big savings for the customer.
Floor models are usually used to let the customer test out the mattress before buying. Since it is no longer technically new after this process, the stores often sell floor models at a discount.
Clearance happens when products don’t sell, get dropped from inventory, or need to be moved from inventory. Similar to closeouts, clearance prices are often heavily discounted.
Find Your Cheapest Options
Buying a mattress isn’t easy, and finding a cheap one is even harder. Now that we’ve laid out the cheapest options and sizes, you can shop with confidence. If you’re in the Cincinnati, Dayton, or Louisville area, be sure to check out Furniture Fair in-store or online for a complete selection of Mattresses at a wide range of prices!
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