How Much Does It Cost To Make A Mattress?

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Do you feel the actual cost of producing a mattress is not reflected in the exorbitant retail prices for mattresses?

There are many factors in the cost of manufacturing a mattress, and these include the types of materials, budget, or premium—the size of the mattress, shipping costs, and staff levels. On average, a mid-range queen-size bed costs anything from 250-300 dollars.

How much does it actually cost to make a mattress?

How much does it cost to make a mattress is a generic term and does not represent the answers we are looking for.

For example, an innerspring mattress may be more labor-intensive than producing a foam mattress, but the materials are less expensive!

However, there is more to consider when it comes to manufacturing costs. Many costs are baked into the cake, so the actual cost of the mattress may never be known by anyone but the manufacturer and the IRS.

If you check online, there is a factoid that claims a $3000 mattress is made for $300, and there is no dispute or kickback from mattress manufacturers so, we can assume this to be pretty accurate.

What makes a mattress expensive?

When it comes to manufacturing a mattress, the quality of materials vs time to make the mattress then amortizes all the other costs into a set number of mattresses sold over the year.

Most of you would agree this is a fair and straightforward way to operate a mattress manufacturing business, plus adding a profit.

The truth is mattresses become expensive when they hit the retail store, with estimations of huge markups being two hundred percent. This is where the mattress becomes so expensive.

Of course, you need to consider that the retailer’s overheads could be significantly higher than the manufacturer’s.

Retail space is more expensive to rent, and utility bills cannot be mitigated as retailers operate during peak hours.

We can also understand that US labor is more expensive than mattress manufacturers in countries like Asia and China, where labor exploitation is rife. This all contributes to the price we pay for our goods.

How much does it cost to make foam?

Not all foam is the same! If you took a DIY option to make a queen-size foam mattress, then you would be shocked to find out it would cost you as little as $92.00.

However, most of us do not make our mattresses, so DIY foam is not an option.

The truth is foam is cheap, and this is why we are seeing the emergence of so many online foam mattress companies online.

The truth is we can expect a markup of ten to 20 times the foam mattress cost, so it’s a simple calculation, A $1000 mattress costs either $50.00 or $100.00 to manufacture. 

We have to assume this includes all costs except for shipping and setup.

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