Last updated on March 27th, 2024 at 01:02 pm

As a mattress shopper, you have two main choices beyond big-box mattress stores: custom-made options from your local mattress factory and bed-in-a-box products from online companies. Each option has its merits and drawbacks, so the choice comes down to your needs and preferences.

This blog explores the differences between custom mattresses and bed-in-a-box models to help you make an informed decision for your sleep sanctuary.

Custom Craftsmanship vs. Mass Production

The best custom mattresses are tailored to your specific preferences for materials, support, sleeping position, motion transfer, temperature, and allergen resistance. The manufacturers ensure you enjoy a personalized sleep experience, sometimes using an in-depth, in-person mattress fitting session. For example, Slumber Ease specializes in creating unique solutions based on a multi-step mattress customization process that involves your real-life reaction to different materials and support layers.

On the other hand, bed-in-a-box companies typically offer a few one-size-fits-most solutions. These mattresses are mass-produced using materials that work decently for most body types and sleep preferences, but they aren’t necessarily the best option for individuals. While this model offers convenience and an attractive price point, it lacks the personal touch and customization that may significantly improve your sleep quality.

Material Quality and Durability


Custom mattresses are usually built with high-quality materials selected for their durability, comfort, and health benefits. You can choose from a variety of materials, including natural latex, memory foam, innerspring, and hybrids, each offering different benefits to suit individual sleep needs. The craftsmanship and attention to detail ensure that these mattresses provide lasting support and comfort.

Bed-in-a-box brands take a general approach with materials that cater loosely to a broad audience. Their mattresses are designed to ship well, but they may not offer as much comfort and support as locally-made options. The durability and longevity of these mattresses can vary quite a bit.

Health and Comfort

One of the standout features of custom mattresses is their ability to address specific health concerns. From providing targeted support for back pain relief to using hypoallergenic materials to combat allergies, these mattresses are designed with your individual well-being in mind. Customizing the mattress to your health needs can significantly improve your sleep quality and, by extension, overall health.

While some bed-in-a-box mattresses are designed with comfort in mind, offering features like cooling technology and pressure relief, they may not be the best option for your specific health requirements. You can’t try out multiple mattress options in person, and you might not find the best options for your support or comfort.

Sustainability and Local Support

Slumber Ease Mattress Factory emphasizes sustainability and supporting the local economy. Our mattresses are made locally, reducing the carbon footprint associated with shipping and supporting local craftsmanship. This contributes to a healthier planet and fosters community growth and development.

Bed-in-a-box companies have tried to improve the sustainability of their products and packaging, but the mass production and shipping process inherently has a larger environmental impact. Additionally, while these companies provide convenience and accessibility, they don’t offer the same level of local economic support as purchasing from a local mattress manufacturer like Slumber Ease.

Choosing between a custom mattress from Slumber Ease and a bed-in-a-box mattress ultimately depends on your needs, preferences, and values. A custom mattress from Slumber Ease may be the ideal choice if you prioritize customization, material quality, and supporting local businesses. However, if you’re looking for online buying convenience, a bed-in-a-box might be your speed.

Whichever you choose, the key is finding a mattress that supports your sleep needs and helps you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day. To see what types of mattresses work best for you, we encourage you to visit the Slumber Ease Mattress Factory showroom in Marysville, WA.