There are many things in life more complicated than buying a mattress, but sometimes it doesn’t feel that way. Spring or foam? Soft or firm? Boxspring? Frame? Pay for the store to deliver it, or tie it to the roof of your friend’s car? Not to mention the constant fluctuation in prices and sales when all you really want to do is have somewhere comfortable to bunker down and rest your head at night. We’re here to help. After a morning spent on the phone speed-dialling local mattress providers, we’ve collated and organized a list of where to find the cheapest options in town. Again—can’t stress this enough—these things go on sale often. For the sake of future student shoppers we’ve used the regular prices (where available) to organize this list. If any of the potential berths seem appealing, call ahead and see when it’s next on sale to save yourself even more money. Happy sleeping.
Casper Mattress $725
Podcast fans have probably heard Casper’s ads. The company’s latex and memory foam mattress isn’t cheap, but it does come with a free 100-night trial (which is basically a full semester).
The Brick $429
This twin mattress is pricey, but it’s also regularly on sale. It was $179 when we called, and is supposedly $193 come September 1.
Best Buy $299
Two different memory foam mattresses were deeply discounted when we called, available for $149 and $139 each. A latex foam mattress is also online for $108.99.
Hometown Furniture And Mattress $259
Pricier than some options, but with a free student shuttle service and multilingual sales associates.
Shipping and handling included
A Springwall soy-based bio-foam mattress in a box, available all-in when ordered online.
Salvation Army $229
A new single twin mattress will range from $229 to $329 depending on the model and padding.
Nothin’ Fancy Furniture Warehouse $199.99
Living up to the name, this is the store’s non-fancy basic twin, which was on sale for $138 when we called.
Sears Outlet VARIES
While a new coil mattress online is $169.99, a trip to this outlet store is a gamble as prices and available options change constantly.
Delivery: around $45
Several options available, ranging in price from a foam twin for $99 to a fancier Greta spring mattress for $249. Mid-range mattress models were on sale for $178 when we called.
That’s for foam. Splurge for a spring mattress for an extra $50.
Canadian Mattress Wholesalers $149
It’s by-appointment-only to view CMW’s products, so be sure to call ahead if you want to try out this spring mattress.
Sleep Country Canada $149
Delivery: Free (on the peninsula)
That’s actually the sale price for Sleep Country’s foam mattress, but the regular price for its coil model.
Surplus Furniture and Mattress Warehouse $148
Delivery: $70 (or $40 drop-off)
Again, that’s for a coil mattress. A foam model will set you back $98.
The twin coil is only $139.97 online, but would need to be shipped if you don’t have a car. There’s also a bare-bones fold-a-bed for $69.
Shipping and Handling: $110
A twin-size innerspring mattress with foam that’s pretty cheap—if you don’t count the shipping costs.
Mattress Mart $129
Delivery: Free for students
Five inches of foam with fabric. An extra $60 will get you a five-year warranty, quilting and one more inch.
Delivery: Good luck
That’s our quickly-surmised price average, based on mattresses advertised for sale on the online buy and sell. It goes without saying, the options will fluctuate so act quick if you see something you like.
The curb Free!
Delivery: Some beer for whoever’s helping you carry it
Keep an eye out for mattresses on garbage day, or October 15-16 during Halifax’s curbside giveaway weekend. Be prepared for bed bugs as roommates, though.