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Mattress Shortages? Why You Should Buy That Mattress Now Not Later

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Thanks to COVID a lot of mattress companies are having a harder time filling orders. Like with many large purchases, wait times can be long. So if you’re thinking of purchasing a new mattress, it’s better to do it sooner, not later.

The factory delays have mostly stemmed from a shortage globally of individually wrapped innersprings because the fabric used to wrap the springs is the same fabric used in PPE for those on the frontlines of the Covid pandemic.

This is especially true for mattresses with individually wrapped coils. The cloth is what is used for PPE (personal protective equipment) which has caused a shortage. The steel that coils are made from are in high demand too. Prices for encased coils are going up as well. So this will affect any coil or hybrid mattresses.

“Leggett & Platt, a major supplier to the bedding industry, responded to those shortages by implementing a 15.5% price increase on all fabric-encased coil systems last month. [June 2020, Furniture Today]”

These shortages and supplies demand are expected to last until next year – 2021. These shortages are impacting everyone from the mattress in a box to the  national brands.

Here are the factors contributing to the issues:

  • Factories are having a tough time staffing in wake of absenteeism.
  • Demand dipped in the spring, so manufacturers cut back – then demand surged dramatically. It’s not easy to ramp back up quickly.
  • Increased demand for mattresses as people are spending more time at home and spending more on home products, like mattresses. One manufacturer says a 200% increase in demand.
  • Trouble with supplies and/or quality of supplies.
  • Shipping partners. The factory delays have mostly stemmed from a shortage globally of individually wrapped innersprings because the fabric used to wrap the springs is the same fabric used in PPE for those on the frontlines of the Covid pandemic.
  • Materials such as steel and cloth that is used for individually wrapped coils are experiencing a shortage.
  • Prices are going up or COVID discounts are lower because demand is higher. One mattress company sent us a notice yesterday, with prices going up as much as $450 for a king size mattress!
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Even domestic made mattresses can experience delays or problems.

From BedTimes Magazine:

One supplier said he has never seen volume like this. It’s not pent-up consumer demand only, but a new interest among those who are housebound – and haven’t lost their jobs – in spending discretionary income on comfort and the home environment.

“Once consumers got used to being home all the time, they started shopping online,” one manufacturer said. “We had anticipated a 20% to 30% increase in demand. Instead we saw a 200% increase.”

Recommended Mattresses to Buy Now

If you’re shopping for a hybrid or coil mattress, hurry (take our mattress quiz to find one in your price range and specifications)! We give 3 options – visit the website and chat with a representative to get an idea of shipping times.

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Here are options for mattresses that are shipping fast, at the time of this article. I’ll continue to add to this list.

  • Look for no spring mattresses, such as Avocado’s new no-spring latex mattress. It’s a bit firmer (7.5/10 on the firmness scale), 100% organic certified and also 100% biodegradable.
  • Purple mattresses and bed frames are still shipping quickly.
  • SleepEZ
  • SleepOnLatex, which has a factory in Chicago
  • Nolah has so far been shipping as usual, they make all foam mattresses and Nolah’s limited edition mattresses are priced lower during COVID.

And if there are delays, realize it’s not just one company that is affected – it’s a lot. Things are not normal for not just the mattress industry, but for many others. The longer you wait, the more patient you need to be.

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