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Want a non-toxic bed? Who doesn’t? When you see the sticker prices for a non-toxic or organic bed, though, it’s enough to make you rethink your dreams of healthy sleep.

Trust me. I know. I’ve been there.

How to afford a non-toxic bed. An organic mattress can be expensive. Here are brilliant ways to reduce the cost of a healthy bedding and get a good night's sleep and cut down on your family's exposure to chemicals.

Buying a non-toxic bed or an organic mattress (Not all mattresses use certified organic materials, but can still be non-toxic to your health. That is why I use both terms interchangeably.) is one of the most important ways to create a healthy home.

You sleep in your bed for at least 1/3 of your life. Shouldn’t it be toxin-free?

It’s easy to be passionate about getting the chemicals out of your bedroom by choosing a more natural mattress. Conventional mattresses are usually made with materials that off gas chemicals (which means they release small amounts of those particles into the air where you are laying and sleeping every night). They are also usually treated with fire retardants, another source of exposure to potentially toxic chemicals.

The answer to buy a chemical-free bed is clear, then, right?

How to afford a non-toxic bed. An organic mattress can be expensive. Here are brilliant ways to reduce the cost of a healthy bedding and get a good night's sleep and cut down on your family's exposure to chemicals.

Good luck feeling that way when you start pricing non-toxic mattresses, though.

Because I GUARANTEE you that when you see the price of an organic bed, you will really reconsider whether the toxic exposure of a conventional bed could really be that bad.

The prices can be outrageous. And it’s because natural ingredients just cost more than mass-produced, chemical-based ingredients.

A bed is also one of the most expensive investments that you will make in your home. Along with big appliances and some furniture such as a couch. So when you think about the cost of a mattress in general, then add on the extra cost of making it non-toxic or organic, it’s enough to make you want to cringe.

There are ways to make a non-toxic bed or organic bed more affordable and cheaper.

How to afford a non-toxic bed. An organic mattress can be expensive. Here are brilliant ways to reduce the cost of a healthy bedding and get a good night's sleep and cut down on your family's exposure to chemicals.

I’ve tried buying non-toxic bedding at many stages of my life, from just starting out in a new home with no furniture or money (more than a decade ago, when no one was talking about healthier mattresses) to being more established with a little more money to spend (and tons of companies available, yet still more money than I’m comfortable spending). And it always hurt to see the sticker prices. ALWAYS.

So here’s how I’ve saved money buying a non-toxic bed. Pick and choose what options feel right to you. Sweet dreams!

Buy a floor model mattress.

Some people get weird about buying a mattress that has been in a showroom, with people laying on them all day long. I understand. But I didn’t care.

I’d done the research many years ago, and knew there was no way that a non-toxic mattress was in my future. Yet my health was fragile, I really needed to clean up my home as much as I could (this was years before I wrote my book, The Everything Guide to a Healthy Home – it’s FREE on KindleUnlimited), and I needed a new mattress.

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So we went to a conventional mattress showroom and picked out a comfy bed. Then I requested that very same bed that was the display model. The salesperson thought we were crazy. We weren’t.

A lot of the off gassing that happens with products happens in the very first few days or weeks when you own it. That’s because the item is unwrapped and all of the fumes immediately come off. Think about it. A mattress is wrapped up in plastic wrap with no air ventilation until it is delivered in your home. Where the delivery men immediately open up the plastic wrap – and all of those pent up fumes come into your indoor air.

How to afford a non-toxic bed. An organic mattress can be expensive. Here are brilliant ways to reduce the cost of a healthy bedding and get a good night's sleep and cut down on your family's exposure to chemicals.

Buying the mattress that has been on a showroom floor has allowed the off gassing to start already. The amount of fumes could definitely be less than if you got it brand new.

We still had bought a conventional mattress at the time (we kept it for almost 10 years) but I wasn’t as worried about it off gassing. Yes, there were still particles coming off over time, but I believe that they were less than if it was completely brand new.

Bonus: You’ll usually end up saving money by buying the floor model of any type or brand of mattress. Ask the salesperson for a discount.

Choose Non-Toxic Beds Online

Chances are, the non-toxic bed options that you will want are from companies that aren’t being sold in your local mattress store.

A natural memory foam mattress is possible! Loving this company called Essentia that makes non-toxic and comfortable beds and pillows!

Photo / Essentia

Organic and natural mattresses are primarily sold from really great companies that you are unfamiliar with and they are mostly sold online. It’s a somewhat confusing and overwhelming process trying to choose and order a bed online.

Here are the companies that I recommend and/or use now:

Sleep On Latex

PlushBeds

Essentia

Savvy Rest

Naturepedic

Tomorrow’s World

Don’t worry about ordering online, though. Some of these companies have amazing return policies with money back guarantees (here’s the list of the great ones!).

Organic mattress with a money back guarantee! Don't be afraid of commitment anymore! Try out a non-toxic, natural mattress with no fear - and get better sleep!

Ordering online cuts out the middleman. These companies are selling direct. So while the cost can still seem a little high, there’s no markups from big box retailers or furniture stores.

Visit a Store

Happily, though, there are more stores opening that showcase non-toxic beds!

Essentia has among the most showrooms where you can try out the mattresses and talk with a representative.

How to afford a non-toxic bed. An organic mattress can be expensive. Here are brilliant ways to reduce the cost of a healthy bedding and get a good night's sleep and cut down on your family's exposure to chemicals.

Naturepedic has three stores, and Savvy Rest has four showrooms, along with their products in many retailers across the country including Relax in Comfort stores which can be found around the country (I visited one and took the photo above).

Look for Sales

This one is a huge cost savings!! These online non-toxic bed companies and organic mattress companies have sales frequently. That’s a great time to stock up and save lots of money.

No different than big box retailers which offer sales on major holidays.

A natural memory foam mattress is possible! Loving this company called Essentia that makes non-toxic and comfortable beds and pillows!

Photo / Essentia

Essentia frequently has sales. So does PlushBeds, which offers deep discounts, as well as Savvy Rest. Other companies offer major sales once or twice a year as part of a clearance of older models, etc. Tomorrow’s World is well known for a major one-time clearance event on their website.

Sometimes the sales are for a discount on their mattresses. Other times you’ll score lots of free non-toxic bedding items – such as pillows, mattress covers, sheet sets, etc. – in addition to or in place of a mattress discount.

Use Amazon

Amazon is – surprisingly – a great place to buy a non-toxic bed. You can buy anything on Amazon, and beds are no exception!

One of my favorite companies (and the bed that I currently sleep on) is Sleep on Latex, which offers some of their products (not all) on Amazon.

Naturepedic is also one of my favorites and one that I would recommend whole heartedly and already use (I’ve got their pillows which I love!) and they sell some of their products on Amazon. Including an organic twin mattress and queen mattress along with a huge selection of crib mattresses and kids mattresses.

PlushBeds is found on Amazon.

Savvy Rest is, too!!!!

Also, if you’re looking for a non toxic bed frame made with unfinished solid wood, the one that I use can be bought (cheaply) on Amazon!

Bid or Win

Money Back Guarantees for Natural Mattresses Bought Online. These companies allow you to return a non-toxic mattress and get your money back with no fear or commitment.

Here I am trying to win the mattress they were giving away at ShiftCon. It didn’t work…

When I was trying to get a Naturepedic EOS King Size mattress that I really wanted after trying it out at ShiftCon eco-wellness conference, I knew that I couldn’t afford the price tag (I tried entering their conference giveaway with this cute bunny pajama set, too, but the winner was chosen at random, not on creativity!).

I saw that a mattress was being auctioned for the Environmental Media Association to raise funs for children’s educational programs. I tried to win the auction – I was outbid at the very last 10 minutes – but if I had won it would have been a considerable savings on the organic bed.

Often there are contests to win organic mattresses, too. I hosted one for a Naturepedic EOS mattress recently. Always look to see if you can try to win a non-toxic bed!

Get Creative

This has been my trick recently. We left our home in Orlando to travel across the country for a year in an RV. The mattress that comes in an RV is not known for being comfortable or the healthiest.

I had looked into buying a non-toxic RV mattress (the size is different from conventional mattresses) and found these great non-toxic RV mattress options.

However, we weren’t sure how much we wanted to invest in an RV mattress, not knowing if we’d like RVing or how long we would be doing it.

My solution was to buy a mattress topper from Sleep on Latex (since I already had their King size mattress and loved it!) to put on the existing mattress in the meantime. This saved money and while it is not ideal, it is the solution that made sense.

I had honestly thought about just cutting down my King sized Sleep on Latex mattress to fit the queen size bed in the RV, but I love this mattress so much that I knew I wanted to keep it for our home later on.

The old mattress is probably still off-gassing underneath, but we open the windows in the RV for 5-8 hours a day so I’m not as concerned about chemicals building up in the indoor air, since there is way more ventilation than our home ever had.

So we bought a 3 inch Sleep on Latex mattress topper (I like the medium firmness, which is what my mattress at home was, too) and rolled it out over the existing mattress. The mattress topper will need to be trimmed about 5 inches to make it RV size (Found out from experience that scissors and a box cutter won’t work to do this. We’ll need to use an electric knife like you use for carving turkey to cut through the foam.)

How to afford a non-toxic bed. An organic mattress can be expensive. Here are brilliant ways to reduce the cost of a healthy bedding and get a good night's sleep and cut down on your family's exposure to chemicals.

Using a mattress topper to create a more comfortable bed cost around $300, rather than the $800 or so to buy the eco-friendly RV mattress from PlushBeds (they had traditional RV mattresses for about half that price, but I wanted the low VOC options if I was going to buy one).

The bed is now unbelievably comfortable, though!!! I am super impressed with how awesome the topper worked!

How to afford a non-toxic bed. An organic mattress can be expensive. Here are brilliant ways to reduce the cost of a healthy bedding and get a good night's sleep and cut down on your family's exposure to chemicals.

You could do the same thing, too, for your situation. Instead of a brand new mattress, consider using multiple mattress toppers. Or just a mattress topper on a frame instead of a mattress. I know many people that are chemical sensitive use just futons instead of mattresses to save money on chemical-free bedding.

Saving money on a non-toxic bed or organic bed is possible! Use these tips for budget-friendly bedding and mattresses that are chemical-free and create a healthy home.

 

 

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Karl Kez

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

After doing some extensive research it seems the majority of the articles citing "affordability" are just links to the same 1000-2000 dollar beds. I guess afordable is a loose term because I wouldnt spend 1000 on a bed... Ever. Right now I sleep on a topper placed over a framed out set of two blankets. I like the idea of the topper per your suggestion as Sleep On Latex has twin options for 200 but im not sure what to place it on to create an actual bed. It is too thin and touches the flour and the uneven nature of blankets have not done my back well. What might be a good option for sleeping on only a topper because I can tell you this man will never be able to afford a 1500 dollar item that is simply wool and cotton

Kimberly Button

Wednesday 18th of December 2019

Karl, a topper is never going to be a substitute for a mattress. Toppers generally are 3 inches thick at max, and mattresses start about 4 inches thick (although those are really uncomfortable and unsupportive in my opinion). You're going to need to find a less expensive bed to at least put a topper on. Or put a topper directly on the floor or flat surface. But it won't be able to support an adult as a mattress, especially if it's on an uneven surface. No topper will do that. Sleep on Latex is the most affordable option when buying brand new bedding. Good luck to you!

Sheila

Thursday 12th of December 2019

I would like to know more about toxic beds. I just bought a beautiful Tommy Bahama wooden bed that I just discovered warns of Napthalalene (Proposition 65 warning)(made in China)I have breathing issues. My question is whether like the mattresses you described, does a bed's toxicity also dissipate over time? Am seriously considering returning it, since it just arrived and has no mattress yet.

Kimberly Button

Thursday 12th of December 2019

Hi Sheila, Yes, the Prop 65 warnings can alert you to a lot of chemicals that you didn't know existed in your furniture. I'm not familiar with the model of the bed frame. But ideally what you would want is solid wood (not MDF or particleboard) and no toxic coatings. If the bed frame is stained, or if they used a veneer or MDF wood, then there is a possibility of chemicals being in those items. Over time, yes, the chemicals will off gas. But that's not to say they truly disappear in a matter of days. I can't tell you to return it. But if you have breathing issues, I would definitely be trying to reduce as many potential problems as I could. I just found some great all wood bed frames that I just bought. They're not super fancy, but they are inexpensive and have no toxic coatings. I put them in my Amazon shop as I haven't had time to review them yet. Find them in the Furniture category at https://www.amazon.com/shop/getgreenbewell

Deana Mare

Saturday 24th of June 2017

Great article. It's nice to see healthy mattresses with no chemicals. It's amazing how many people sleep on chemical filled memory foam mattresses with chemical filled fire barriers. I want my family to breathe in fresh air all night long & not VOCs. A 100% organic latex mattress is truly the healthiest mattress you can find. It's also very comfortable. Sleep healthy!

Kimberly Button

Saturday 24th of June 2017

I agree! Thanks for commenting!