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Why Do Mattresses Cost So Much In Relation To Furniture’s In A House?

By Jeff Frank

Mattresses usually do not cost more than other types of furniture.

  • There are many moderately priced mattresses available in a price range of $400 – $1000 that will last for 10 years.
  • Compare that with a mid-quality reclining sofa that can cost $1500 (or much more) and has an average lifespan of 3 – 5 years.
    • Most people do continue to use their sofas for several years after the cushions have lost their shape and comfort or the fabric has worn out.
  • Mid quality non-reclining couches may cost anywhere from $600 – $1200 and also have an average lifespan of 3 – 5 years.
  • A better quality non-reclining couch that will hold up for 15 – 20 years can cost $2500 or more.

Both low and high quality couches are usually more expensive on an annual cost basis than a $1000 mattress.

There is a greater variation among wood furniture, but in general a $1000 bedroom suite (headboard, dresser, mirror, chest, night stand) is going to be very low quality that cannot be expected to last more than 5 years.

Better quality bedroom and dining room furniture may last 20 years or more, but the cost will be at least $2500 and often far higher.

Spending $2000 or $10,000 on a mattress increases the lifespan only minimally, so it is possible for a mattress to be more costly than a couch or wood furniture.

But in most cases, both upholstered and wood furniture can be expected to be more costly than mattresses when compared by annual costs.

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