4.5 / 5 ( 19 votes ) Why Are Mattresses So Expensive? Mattresses are one of the most important pieces of furniture you can purchase for your home. And, since humans spend around a third of their life sleeping, it is important to purchase a mattress that is perfect for you, because you will be spending a lot of time on it. However, a mattress is generally considered more of an investment than a purchase. How durable and comfortable your mattress almost completely depends on how much money you spend on it. There are several factors that affect the cost of your mattress, including how long it will last before degrading, whether or not it is naturally made, the mattress’s density, the materials it is made out of, the type and amount of fabric and fibres used to make it, and the mattress’s border. Even things that are as unimportant as the mattress’s brand or manufacturer can heavily impact the price of your mattress. Read on to find out more about why investing in a mattress is so heavy on your wallet, and how you can avoid spending more than you need to on your mattress. The Materials a Mattress Is Made Out Of There are several materials a mattress could be made out of, and some are higher quality than others. The filler materials in a mattress vary from mattress to mattress, and this heavily affects the price. Filler materials that have a higher density or are naturally made are often more expensive than more thin or man-made materials. As the quality of filler material in a mattress increases, so does the price. However, this makes sense, because the filler material of a mattress can heavily affect a mattress’s quality and the sleep of a mattress owner. It is incredibly helpful to know what type of mattress filler material supports your sleep the best before purchasing a mattress. Some examples of materials mattresses are often made of are: Latex foamPolyester fibreCotton fibreWool fibreGel-infused foamViscoelastic foam Amount and Type of Fabric Used The type of fabric used in a mattress can significantly affect the mattress’s price. The amount of fabric used can also make a difference. For example, fabrics and fibres that are man-made are usually much less expensive, while fibres that are natural will cost more. Examples of fibres that are made out of natural materials include silk, horsehair, and wool. This is the case in many factors of mattress price. Materials that are natural sell for a much higher price than materials that are man-made. In addition to this, a higher amount of fibres can also add to the already sizable cost for a decent mattress. How Long the Mattress Will Last How durable a mattress is, meaning how long it will last before beginning to degrade, also heavily affects the cost. Mattresses that are less expensive will only last around three to five years before having to be replaced, while more expensive mattresses can last as long as eight to ten years before you have to replace them. Expensive mattresses are a long term investment, as they are significantly more durable than their less expensive counterparts. Expensive mattresses often use unique processes when producing their mattresses to ensure they will last as long as possible. For example, mattresses of higher quality often have oven baked coils. Oven baking coils is a much slower process that makes the coils much more durable and flexible. However, be aware that the weight and sleeping patterns of the mattress user can affect how long a mattress lasts. In addition to this, being rough with your mattress can cause damage that may force you to replace your mattress completely. Be sure to avoid doing things such as rough-housing, running, or jumping on a mattress. Doing this, even just one time can tear a foam mattress or brake springs. Being gentle with your mattress as well as making it off-limits for children to play on can extend the lifespan of your mattress and prevent it from degrading quicker than you would like it to. By doing this, you can get your money’s worth of use from your mattress. What Type of Border the Mattress Has A mattress’s border can impact its price. Hand-stitched borders are generally the most expensive type. These are followed by quilted borders and borders that are machine stitched, both of which are less expensive than the hand-stitched option. The type of mattress border you chose can easily add a heavy sum on top of the already expensive price of your mattress. However, there are many other factors that will affect your mattress price and, more importantly, your sleeping patterns, more than your mattress border. The Type of Mattress Another major factor that heavily affects the price of your mattress is exactly what type of mattress it is. There are several types of mattresses that are commonly used, and each one has its own unique characteristics that make its price higher or lower than that of its counterparts. Many people have a certain type of mattress that they specifically prefer and that supports their sleep the best, and it is helpful to know yours before beginning to search for the perfect mattress for you. Some examples of types of mattresses include: Innerspring mattressMemory foam mattressHybrid mattressGel memory foam mattressPillow top mattressPocket SprungLatex Mattress The Mattress Industry Oftentimes the high price of a mattress has less to do with the actual quality of the mattress than it does with the factors within the mattress industry itself. For example, retail markup can significantly add to the price of a mattress. Even something as unimportant as the manufacturer’s name or brand can make the already sizable price of a mattress even more expensive than it already is. Many consumers can also be fooled into purchasing a mattress that is significantly more expensive than it needs to be, simply because it has an elegant or fancy appearance that actually adds nothing to the quality of the mattress. However, if a mattress looks fancy and nice looking, consumers can often be tricked into purchasing it for a much higher price than it is actually worth. This is why it is important for consumers and mattress buyers to be sure to do their research on types of mattresses and have a rough idea of what their budget and the practical price of a mattress for them should be. All of this research should be done before even beginning to search for the right mattress for you. The Reason Why Mattresses Are So Expensive Mattress prices are dependent on many factors. The material your mattress is made out of, including material density and whether or not it is naturally made, as well as durability and the mattress’s border, all play a large role in the high price of your mattress. Be aware that an unnecessarily expensive mattress does not immediately equate better sleep. For some, a higher-end mattress will promote better sleep, but this does not apply to everyone. The type of mattress that is best for you completely depends on your health and sleeping patterns, which vary wildly between people. The reason mattresses are usually so heavy on your wallet is because of the large number of expensive materials they are made out of, and how long they last before degrading. Be sure to become familiar with your sleeping patterns and what type of mattress is best for you before investing in one to be sure you get the best quality of sleep possible. Mattresses are often more or less expensive depending on the exact type of mattresses, such as a pillow top mattress or a memory foam mattress. Become familiar with these terms and decide what type of mattress would be best for you. Because of the common deception in the mattress industry and added price that comes from buying from a certain manufacturer or brand, be cautious when purchasing a mattress that has a price that seems too high, even for a mattress. Do your research on price ranges and brands before you begin looking for the right mattress for you. While mattresses seem incredibly expensive compared to many other pieces of furniture in your home, they are a fair price when you consider all of the use you get out of them. Again, studies show that humans spend roughly a third of their life asleep, which means that they spend a sizable portion of their life using their mattress. A high-quality mattress has a lifespan of eight to ten years, even though it is used nearly every single night. When things are put into perspective, the sizable cost of a mattress doesn’t seem so significant, especially considering the comfort and sleep support it allows you to have. Be sure to do your research on mattress types, price ranges, and brands before beginning the search for the perfect mattress for you.