HOW WE DECIDED
Our Best Studio Apartment Mattress Picks
In this post, we give you tips on how to choose the right bed for your small space, whether that’s in your parents garage or your first apartment. To cut to the chase, here’s our list of the top rated beds for small bedrooms and apartments.
- Best Soft Foam Pick – Leesa Mattress
- Best Memory Foam Mattress – Cocoon By Sealy
- Best Hybrid Mattress – The Allswell
- Best Latex Mattress (Mix) – GhostBed
Buying a new mattress can often be a bit of a headache. There are a lot of details to consider—everything from what size and materials, to what level of firmness and edge support. And now that mattress shopping is increasingly becoming an online endeavor, it can be even more of a struggle because you can’t actually try a bed without buying it and having it shipped to your front porch. That’s why we’re here! Keep reading to learn more.
|AT A GLANCE||PRICING||HEADLINE|
|Soft Foam Popular Pick!||15% Off + Gift Code: SLUMBERYARD||Leesa Original is one of the top five bed-in-a-box mattresses out there. It has a soft foam feel and is accommodating for a wide range of sleepers.|
|Memory Foam||35% Off Code: SY35||Cocoon Chill is one of the best budget-tier cooling mattresses. It’s a firmer bed with a dense memory foam feel.|
|Memory Foam Value Pick!||15% Off Code: RIZSLUMBER15||The Allswell is hybrid mattress that sells for a surprisingly low price and still comes with free shipping and returns.|
|Mixed Foam||25% Off + Gift Discount In Cart||The GhostBed is one of the original bed-in-a-box mattresses. It has three layers of coils and a mixed foam feel.|
Why Trust The Slumber Yard Team
We really do know mattresses. We’ve tested and reviewed and compared so many beds that our office could pass for an actual mattress store. Which is not what we are, by the way. We don’t sell mattresses. We’re just here to help you make the right choice for you. Not only do we have a lot of experience with mattresses, but we’ve also become very familiar with the online mattress industry. We’ll steer you in the correct direction and give you tips on what to expect and what to avoid. Our team is made up of a bunch of normal people, looking for the best night’s sleep, just like you. We vary in height, body type, sleeper type, gender, etc., so we cover a decently diverse sleep experience. And our opinions are always 100% our own. We have complete control over our content and we’ll never over- or undersell a product.
Leesa has a neutral-foam feel. However, in our opinion, it’s just a hair firmer than similar beds, like Casper and the Brooklyn Bowery. We actually see that as a positive thing, however, since all beds will soften as you use them. As such, if you want a bed that’s a medium on the soft/firm scale, you might want to start with one that’s about medium+ from the get go since it will soften within the first couple of months.
Overall, the bed just finds a nice balance between comfort and support, and we think it could be a great place to start. You can’t get mad at the price tag either. The MSRP is closer to $1,000 for the queen bed, but Leesa (like most companies) is fond of offering discounts.
Additionally, the mattress performs well in terms of motion isolation, edge support, and responsiveness. All in all, it’s tough to find many negatives with this bed.
The Casper mattress is a really close alternative to Leesa. In fact, we see the beds as almost the same even though they’re from different brands. Both have a very accommodating, neutral-foam feel. Both are about a medium on the soft-to-firm scale, which we think is right on the money for a lot of sleepers.
If you want something that’s just a hair softer than Leesa, Casper is a great bed to try out—it’s just $50 or so more expensive, typically.
Cocoon by Sealy is a memory foam mattress that’s offered in two varietals: Classic and Chill. The Classic is their most affordable bed. The Chill is their cooling mattress, which has a cover that is infused with their proprietary phase change material to help absorb and disperse your body heat. This means this bed is able to offer a lot of the benefits memory foam provides, without making you feel like you are melting into your bed on hot summer nights.
The Cocoon Chill mattress comes in two firmness options, Soft and Firm, but each are actually on the firmer side of the spectrum. We think the Chill is best for back, stomach, and combo sleepers due to the firmness levels. Overall, the Chill mattress has a dense, memory foam feel so if you like memory foam, you’ll like this bed.
Shoppers will likely appreciate that Cocoon Chill is made by Sealy, one of the biggest names in the mattress industry. It’s also one of the most affordable cooling mattresses on the market right now, which helps when you’re spending all that money on the rent for your tiny New York apartment.
If you don’t think the cooling cover is necessary—and you don’t want to pay extra for it—you can order the Classic since the beds feel and look the exact same.
This is a hybrid bed that incorporates both coils and various types of foam. The reason it made the list is due to the fact that it’s (a) really affordable, (b) durable, (c) comfortable, and (d) one of the easiest coil beds to move (good for people living in an apartment). We really have been impressed with this mattress and we think it will be a great option for people on a limited budget.
The MSRP of a queen size bed is actually under $400, and that is absent any discounts or deals. You can check AllswellHome.com for their current prices.
This bed in particular comes in around a medium-firm on the firmness scale. It’s ideal for all kinds of sleeper types (side, back, stomach, combo), as well as all different body types (small, medium, and large). This mattress will also be quite durable, and comes with a 10-year warranty.
In the world of online mattresses, latex beds are usually among the most expensive. This is part of the reason that we included GhostBed on the list. Not only is it a fairly good value, but also the bed has a top layer that is latex foam and it has an accomodating overall feel.
While memory foam is known for offering pressure relief, latex foam is responsive, supportive, and typically highly durable. GhostBed combines the best of both worlds. You get the pressure relief of memory foam and the bounce/support from latex foam. Also, having that top layer of latex foam should help to regulate temperature within the mattress since it tends to be a naturally cooler material overall.
Now that we’ve covered the construction, we should discuss what the bed actually feels like. Because it has three different types of foams, it has a mixed feel. If you’re lighter, you will feel more of the latex foam. If you’re around 200 lb, you will feel more of the memory foam. We think, in general, people will like laying on the GhostBed mattress.
Mattress Construction Types
Mattresses come in two basic construction types (plus gel, but that’s far less common). There are all-foam beds and hybrid beds.
All-foam beds are exactly what they sound like—all foam. They vary in number of layers and types of foam used, which means despite them all being all-foam, they still come in different feels and levels of firmness. Here’s our list of the best memory foam mattresses and best latex mattresses.
Hybrid beds incorporate both foam and coils. Again, the layers and materials vary from bed to bed. They usually have a more bouncy feel that’s similar to the traditional innerspring feel. Here’s our list of the best hybrid/spring mattresses.
Mattress Sizes And Edge Support
Not all companies produce the full range of sizes, though, so be sure to double check what’s available before getting your heart set on a certain mattress.
This is common sense, but when you’re shopping for a small space, you don’t want to get an overly large bed. You’ll want to stick to a full or smaller, most likely. You might be able to get away with a queen, but my guess is that you’ll be trading a practical amount of living space for a slightly larger bed, and it might not be worth it.
Edge support is an important feature to consider when you’re buying a smaller-sized bed. Especially if you’re a couple planning to share a full, for example. You want to be sure you’re getting as much usable space as possible. Good edge support is a necessary part of that equation. Without decent edge support, laying on the outside inches of the bed will make you feel like you’re about to roll right off. Good edge support, though, means you’ll be able to sleep right up to the edge without getting woken up to that awful falling sensation.
How Weight Affects Mattress Feel
How a mattress feels to you is largely dependent on the materials incorporated and how it’s constructed, but it’s also affected quite a bit by your body. In general, the heavier you are, the softer a bed feels, and vice versa.
You should keep that in mind when you’re reading descriptions of feel and firmness on a company’s website. They use a general scale, so if you’re a heavier individual, say 225 lb+, or a petite individual, say under 125 lb, you’ll want to evaluate those scales with a grain of salt.
If you and your partner have a significant size difference, you’ll want to find something in the middle, but it’s also not unreasonable to cater more towards the heavier person since lighter people tend to find a larger range of firmness levels to be comfortable.
Caring For Your Mattress
Once you’ve picked out your new mattress, you want to make sure it lasts as long as possible, right? There are steps you can take to make sure it does.
First off, you should consult the company’s information on how often or if you should be rotating or flipping your bed. You should also check out the cleaning instructions. Most mattresses have non-removable covers, which means you can’t just toss them in a washing machine. And even if you can remove the cover, they’re rarely machine washable. For most beds, you’ll need to spot clean if you have a spill situation.
Spot cleaning, while maybe not the most convenient or thorough, is pretty easy. You just need warm water with a little detergent. Use a washcloth to dab at the stain. If it’s a wet stain, use a dry towel to soak up as much liquid as you can before spot cleaning.
Shipping, Returns, Warranties, and Trial Periods
The bed-in-a-box industry has some fairly standard policies in regards to shipping and warranties and the like, and because they’re standard, there isn’t really a reason for you to settle for anything less.
You can expect free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns and full refunds if you don’t like the mattress, and a 10-year warranty if you do.
Of course, not every company has the same terms, so it’s important that you check their website for their specifics. Some companies will offer longer trial periods, for example, and warranties often have all sorts of fine print that you ought to be aware of.
|What size mattress should I buy?||For a studio apartment, you should think about a full or queen size mattress. Any larger and your overall space will be limited.|
|What should I do if I sleep with a partner?||If you’re sharing a queen or full size bed with a partner you want to make sure that bed has strong edge support (i.e. it doesn’t compress excessively along the perimeter).|
|How do I care for my new mattress?||You need to hand clean certain beds, but others will come with machine washable covers. Perhaps the best idea is to get a mattress protector. These are usually 100% waterproof and still quite breathable.|
|What do the policies look like for an online mattress?||You can expect free shipping, a 100-night risk-free trial period, free returns and full refunds if you don’t like the mattress, and a 10-year warranty if you do.|