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Mattress Accessories Buying Guide

In the world of bedding products, there are uncountable products to help you customize your sleeping spot. Here is a breakdown of some accessories that can enhance your nighttime experience, from items as common as box springs, to far-afield products like bridges. You'll find information about mattress toppers and pads in separate buying guides.

Types of Mattress Accessories

Types of Mattress Accessories

Mattress accessories are designed to enhance your sleep experience. In some cases, they are remedies for problems you may have with the mattress, such as low spots. In other cases, they can help you gain extra function or years of use out of your mattress. No matter what your concern or goal, there is likely a product designed to help.

Box Spring

The most common mattress accessory is the box spring, a foundational layer sold with mattresses. As its name suggests, a box spring is a lightweight plywood box covered in fabric that matches the mattress. Its purpose is to be a solid, strong, and level surface so the bouncy mattress can do its job cushioning you. If you have a platform bed or plan to rest the mattress on the floor of your bedroom, you do not need a box spring. But for every other bed frame type, a box spring is required. Without it, the pliable mattress will sink between the frame supports, resulting in a poor sleep surface and possibly the ruin of your mattress.

Bridge

When you join two mattresses to make a larger mattress (pushing two twins together to make a king, for example), a bridge helps you fix the crevice that results between them. It is a foam strip that fills in the crack and cushions the hard edges of the mattresses so the sleep surface is level.

Cover

To protect your mattress from spills, wear and tear, or a toddler's potty accidents, you might want a cover. It's a thin material that may be cotton, polyester, or plastic (depending on its purpose) that you use to encase the mattress. It slips over the mattress and zips closed at one end. Covers can also protect you from pests that sometimes find harbor in mattresses, such as dust mites, microbes, or bed bugs. Many communities now require hotels, inns, and vacation rentals to encase mattresses with bed-bug covers.

Sagging Mattress Remedy

Several companies make remedies for sagging mattresses. The most common type is a thin inflatable pillow that slips between the mattress and the box spring. When you inflate it with air using a hand pump, it boosts the sagging spot in the mattress to make the sleep surface level again.

Therapeutic Wedge

For circulatory or other health reasons, a medical professional may recommend a wedge for your mattress. The wedge slips between the mattress and box spring to elevate the head or foot of the mattress by a few inches.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When you are looking to remedy a problem with your mattress using one of these accessories, weigh the cost versus the gains. Most of these accessories are inexpensive and will give you additional comfortable nights before you have to replace your mattress.

Box Spring

On a major mattress store's website, a basic twin-size box spring costs $70; a full-size is $90; a queen-size is $100; and a king-size is $160. A two-piece split queen-size box spring -- which is ideal for getting the box spring up narrow stairs, around corners, or into an elevator -- costs $160.

Bridge

Just the foam bridge costs about $20. But getting the straps that wrap around the mattresses to cinch them together boosts the kit price to about $50.

Cover

Basic plastic costs as little as $10 for a twin size. Buying an antimicrobial or bed-bug cover will cost $15-$50, depending on the size of the mattress and the fabric.

Sagging Mattress Remedy

You can buy a mattress-boosting pillow for as little as $30. And if you cut up a piece of foam to fill the divot, the cost is even less.

Therapeutic Wedge

These start about $100 and cost up to $150 for a king size.

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Comfort Dreams
$559.99 $475.99

This unique memory foam mattress will provide deep, relaxing sleep. The mattress eliminates uncomfortable pressure points common i...n most mattresses. A better night's sleep leads to more energy and let's you become more productive. Our memory foam is the most environmentally friendly foam on the planet. Available in three levels of firmness Eliminates motion transfer Soft: 3-inch layer of 3.5-pound memory foam, 3-inch layer of 2.5-pound memory foam, 4-inch layer of 1.4-pound urethane foam, 4-inch layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam Medium: 3-inch layer of 3.5-pound memory foam, 3-inch layer of 3-pound memory foam, 2-inch layer of 1.4-pound urethane foam, 6-inch layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam Firm: 3-inch layer of 4-pound memory foam, 3-inch layer of 3-pound memory foam, 8-inch layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam Material originally designed for NASA Foam cradles the body, reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning Never needs turning Can be used with existing box springs or platform bed Memory Foam is resistant to dust mites and is naturally antimicrobial Measures 14 inches high x 60 inches wide x 80 inches long Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize memory foam expansion. This product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. Due to machine-cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results. Once opened this product is non-returnable. Size: Queen. read more

Comfort Dreams
$559.99 $475.99

This unique memory foam mattress will provide deep, relaxing sleep. The mattress eliminates uncomfortable pressure points common i...n most mattresses. A better night's sleep leads to more energy and let's you become more productive. Our memory foam is the most environmentally friendly foam on the planet. Available in three levels of firmness Eliminates motion transfer Soft: 3-inch layer of 3.5-pound memory foam, 3-inch layer of 2.5-pound memory foam, 4-inch layer of 1.4-pound urethane foam, 4-inch layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam Medium: 3-inch layer of 3.5-pound memory foam, 3-inch layer of 3-pound memory foam, 2-inch layer of 1.4-pound urethane foam, 6-inch layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam Firm: 3-inch layer of 4-pound memory foam, 3-inch layer of 3-pound memory foam, 8-inch layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam Material originally designed for NASA Foam cradles the body, reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning Never needs turning Can be used with existing box springs or platform bed Memory Foam is resistant to dust mites and is naturally antimicrobial Measures 14 inches high x 60 inches wide x 80 inches long Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize memory foam expansion. This product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. Due to machine-cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results. Once opened this product is non-returnable. Size: Queen. read more

Comfort Dreams
$679.99 $577.99

Get the restful sleep you deserve when you bring home this king-size memory foam mattress from Comfort Dreams. This gel memory foa...m mattress features gel-infused foam, which encourages cooling circulation and temperature control for a restful sleep. The cushy memory foam eliminates motion transfer and reduces pressure points to provide evenly distributed support. Plush composition: 2 inches of 4-pound gel-infused memory foam and 4 inches of 3-pound memory foam with a durable 8-inch plush foam base Medium composition: 2 inches of 4-pound gel-infused memory foam and 4 inches of 2.5-pound memory foam and an 8-inch medium firm foam base Firm composition: 4 inches of 4-pound memory foam and 2 inches of 4-pound gel-infused memory foam and an 8-inch firm foam base King dimensions: 14 inches high x 76 inches wide x 80 inches long Can be used with existing box spring or platform base Measures 14 inches thick Density: 4 pounds Cover: Stretch knit removable cover Cover care instructions: Spot clean Gel infused memory foam is resistant to dust mites and is naturally antimicrobial Memory foam cradles your body, reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning Temperature sensitive foam adjusts to your body temperature so you stay comfortable Improves circulation while reducing pressure points that can disrupt your sleep Mattress eliminates motion transfer and uncomfortable pressure points Never needs turning Disperses your weight evenly Mattress can be used with an existing frame Great for platform beds and slatted frames Meets all flammability standards Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize memory foam expansion. This product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. Due to machine-cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results. Once opened this product is non-returnable. Size: King. read more

Integrity Bedding
$468.99 $351.74

This orthopedic mattress has a Duralux latex support layer punched with tiny holes for improved air flow to complement the memory ...foam sleep surface. This mattress has four separate density layers. Measures 12 inches thick Density: 1.5-inch, 4-pound open cell sleep-surface memory foam, 1-inch layer of ventilated Duralux latex, 3.5-inch high-density support layer, 6-inch convoluted high-density HR base foam Dimensions: 12 inches high x 38 inches wide x 74 inches long Machine-washable organic cotton cover has a unique stretch and recovery with maximum breathing, absorption and moisture-wicking properties Memory foam is resistant to dust mites and is naturally antimicrobial Originally designed for NASA, this space age foam cradles your body, reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning Open cell sleep surface allows you to sleep cooler than other memory foam mattresses Improves circulation Eliminates motion transfer Never needs turning Disperses your weight evenly Can be used with existing box spring or platform bed Does not include foundation Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours to maximize memory foam expansion. product arrives tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours for product to return to original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow to air for a few hours. There may be slight variances in the dimensions. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results. Once opened this product is non-returnable. Size: Twin. read more

Comfort Dreams
$384.99 $327.24

Find the perfect fit with a Comfort Dreams Select-A-Firmness memory foam mattress that cradles your body to ensure maximum comfort... as you sleep. This twin-size mattress features dense memory foam and a space-age design that includes pressure-point-reducing qualities that reduce tossing and turning. Choose from three different levels of firmness with this mattress originally designed for NASA. Use this quality mattress with a platform bed or existing box springs, and never worry about turning this foam mattress. The twin size memory foam mattress is compressed for shipping and includes antimicrobial qualities and a structure that is resistant to dust mites. This soft mattress prevents motion transfer, reduces pressure points that can cause tossing and turning and cradles your body naturally to enhance your comfort when sleeping Originally designed for NASA, this mattress foam twin-size bed never needs turning and can be used with a platform bed or your existing box springs The memory foam is resistant to dust mites and naturally antimicrobial to easily maintain cleanliness The soft option includes a 3" layer of 3.5-pound memory foam, a 3" layer of 2.5-pound memory foam, a 4" layer of 1.4-pound urethane foam and a 4" layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam The medium option features a 3" layer of 3.5-pound memory foam, a 3" layer of 3-pound memory foam, a 2" layer of 1.4-pound urethane foam and a 6" layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam The firm option includes a 3" layer of 4-pound memory foam, a 3" layer of 3-pound memory foam and an 8" layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam Mattress is compressed for shipment Dimensions are 14"T x 38"W x 75"L Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize expansion. Product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. There may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results. Once opened this product is non-returnable. Size: Twin. read more

Comfort Dreams
$384.99 $327.24

Find the perfect fit with a Comfort Dreams Select-A-Firmness memory foam mattress that cradles your body to ensure maximum comfort... as you sleep. This twin-size mattress features dense memory foam and a space-age design that includes pressure-point-reducing qualities that reduce tossing and turning. Choose from three different levels of firmness with this mattress originally designed for NASA. Use this quality mattress with a platform bed or existing box springs, and never worry about turning this foam mattress. The twin size memory foam mattress is compressed for shipping and includes antimicrobial qualities and a structure that is resistant to dust mites. This soft mattress prevents motion transfer, reduces pressure points that can cause tossing and turning and cradles your body naturally to enhance your comfort when sleeping Originally designed for NASA, this mattress foam twin-size bed never needs turning and can be used with a platform bed or your existing box springs The memory foam is resistant to dust mites and naturally antimicrobial to easily maintain cleanliness The soft option includes a 3" layer of 3.5-pound memory foam, a 3" layer of 2.5-pound memory foam, a 4" layer of 1.4-pound urethane foam and a 4" layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam The medium option features a 3" layer of 3.5-pound memory foam, a 3" layer of 3-pound memory foam, a 2" layer of 1.4-pound urethane foam and a 6" layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam The firm option includes a 3" layer of 4-pound memory foam, a 3" layer of 3-pound memory foam and an 8" layer of 1.5-pound urethane foam Mattress is compressed for shipment Dimensions are 14"T x 38"W x 75"L Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize expansion. Product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. There may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results. Once opened this product is non-returnable. Size: Twin. read more

Priage
$565.49 $480.67

This queen mattress provides the support you need for a comfortable night. This 13-inch mattress has three layers of memory foam e...ncasing an iCoil spring system. The coils are individually wrapped so they move separately, meaning each part of your body can get the support it needs as the mattress conforms to it. Size: Queen Set includes: One (1) mattress Construction: Four support and comfort layers; 1.5-inch support foam and fiber padding; an additional 3-inches of support foam and followed by a 0.5-inch layer of high density foam encasing 7.5-inch iCoil system of individually wrapped innerspring coils Support: Superior pressure point relief: improves circulation; eliminates motion transfer; reduces tossing and turning All Priage mattresses are CertiPUR-US? certified; the most rigorous and comprehensive certification for polyurethane foam Outer cover, soft poly jacquard fabric with superfine velveteen blue color sides This product meets all flammability standards; 10-year manufacturers limited warranty Materials: Quilted top and border, poly jacquard, fire barrier Dimensions: 13 inches high x 60 inches wide x 80 inches long Mattress Tips: This product arrives very tightly packed. To maximize memory foam expansion; remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt. Allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. A few hours of airing usually removes the odor. Frame and foundation sold separately Once opened this product is non-returnable Size: Queen. Color: Night. read more

Comfort Dreams
$609.99 $518.49

A unique memory-foam design ensures that this is a most comfortable mattress. The plush mattress makes going to bed one of the bes...t parts of the day. Sleep soundly, knowing that the memory foam is resistant to dust mites and is naturally antimicrobial. Easing the discomfort of pressure points, this mattress serves to eliminate tossing and turning all night. Materials: Microfiber suede, blended foam Composed of three inches of 4-pound pillow top memory foam over three inches of 4-pound memory foam atop an 8-inch core of traditional urethane foam Density: 4 pounds Mattress measures 14 inches high x 60 inches wide x 80 inches long Memory foam resistant to dust mites and naturally antimicrobial Originally designed for NASA, this space age foam cradles the body, reducing pressure points that cause tossing and turning Mattress eliminates motion transfer and uncomfortable pressure points Never needs turning Mattress can be used with an existing frame Great for platform beds and slatted frames Compressed for shipment Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize memory foam expansion. This product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. Due to machine-cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results. Once opened this product is non-returnable. Size: Queen. Color: Night. read more

Comfort Dreams
$683.49 $580.97

Drift off to sleep in total comfort on this Comfort Dreams memory foam mattress. This king-size mattress has a 14-inch thickness w...ith a pillow top for added softness. Use this memory foam mattress with your existing platform or slatted frame bed for convenience, and breathe easy because it's resistant to dust mites and microbes for allergen protection. This Comfort Dreams mattress reduces pressure points and improves your circulation with space-age foam originally designed for NASA. Perfect for couples, this mattress also eliminates motion transfer, letting you get up or change positions without disturbing the rest of your partner. Constructed of microfiber suede and blended foam for comfortable durability Has 3" of 4 pound pillow top memory foam over 3" of 4 pound memory foam, with an 8" core of traditional urethane foam for optimal support This mattress eliminates pressure points and motion transfer for a restful night's sleep Never needs turning for easy care and is compressed for shipment Use this mattress with an existing frame including platform or slatted frame beds Mattress is resistant to dust mites and is antimicrobial, protecting against allergens Mattress measures 14"H x 76"W x 80"L Constructed of space age foam that was originally designed for NASA to cradle the body and reduce tossing and turning while sleeping Memory Foam Tips: Remove from packaging within 72 hours of receipt to maximize memory foam expansion. This product arrives very tightly packed. Unwrap and allow 48 hours for this product to return to its original shape. Being sealed in plastic packaging sometimes traps odors. After unwrapping, allow product to air for a few hours. Due to machine-cutting manufacturing processes, there may be slight variances in the dimensions of this product. Due to the nature of Memory Foam the firmness level of every item is unique. Please be advised that even similar products may produce different firmness results. Once opened this product is non-returnable. Size: King. read more

AC Pacific
$145.99 $124.09

Sleep comfortably on this six-inch-thick foam mattress. The double-sided cover is water repellent to guard against any spills or a...ccidents. This mattress is great for bunk beds, a guest bed and dorms. Full Size Dimensions (overall): 54 inches wide x 75 incehs long Weight (overall): 27 lbs Specialty mattress top features water-repellent cover for protection Medium support foam combines softness and durability Size: Full. read more

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