There are a few things you learn when you’ve been in the mattress trade for decades. One of those is that people are a predictable species.
Mattress shopping is more reactionary than planned. There are certain life changes that prompt people into buying a new bed, unfortunately, these moments are often out of sync with the best time to buy a mattress.
So with a little forward thinking it is possible to coordinate the sudden need for a new mattress with the best times of the year to buy one. Think of it as: Mattress Shopping 101 – Working Around the Big Changes
The first thing to do is take a look at your family situation and plan accordingly. People buy new beds as the family grows, love blooms, and also when it fades. Here are a few warning signs that a new bed may be in your near future.
1. If you have little ones in cribs, it’s safe to say they’ll be in beds one day. Think of when this graduation will come, and start looking for sales early. Plan your mattress shopping excursion around some of the best times of the year listed below.
2. If you have two kids in bunks, that’s not going to last forever. Instead of buying as the need arises, and being at the mercy of the moment, pick out a twin and keep it in storage for when big brother makes his move to his own room. Mattresses aren’t like food. They won’t go bad. So it’s better to plan ahead.
3. If you’re dating, and things are getting serious, it’s not uncommon for new lovebirds moving in together to splurge on a new mattress. It may be a bit forward, but investing in a newer, bigger bed early on could make good sense. Also, what better way to test drive it?
4. Conversely, if things are looking rocky, the first thing a couple stops sharing is a bed. While picking out your lawyer, get a new mattress as well. At least you’ll rest easy in dark times.
5. Finally, new rooms often demand new furniture. If you have a move in the works, don’t wait until you’re surrounded in boxes before realizing you need a few extra beds. Plan ahead. You can even get your mattresses delivered to your new home free of charge when the day arrives, as opposed to moving them yourself.
The next step in the process is buying the beds when they’re on sale, and keeping them for when the moment arrives. If you don’t have the storage available, ask your mattress retailer if it’s okay to keep your bed there until you need it delivered. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Here are the best times of year to buy a mattress.
1. Year-End. Around December to January, mattress stores often have Year-End Clearance Sales to get rid of old stock and replace them with new models. There are some fantastic deals to be had, as retailers are anxious to keep their floors up-to-date. If one were to synchronize a major life change with the New Year, it would be the perfect timing to save.
2. Overstocked Sales. Keep an eye on the trucks outside mattress store. If it looks like there’s a lot of confusion going on, you can use that to your advantage. Sometimes mattress retailers order too much stock, and the overflow in the stores necessitates an Overstocked or Truckload Sale to move the abundant inventory quickly. These usually happen in the fall.
3. Mismatched Sales. April is traditionally a slow month for mattress stores, so it’s a good time for spring-cleaning. This is often when they usually have their official year-end (in tax terms), and when they do their inventory. Going through the warehouse with a clipboard can unearth a lot of odds and ends, and mattresses without matching bases, due to damage, or misplaced orders or what have you. Mattress stores will often pair the mismatched tops and bottoms together to get them out the door at a greatly reduced price.