Mattress Hacks for Students on a Budget

College students traditionally don’t get much sleep, but when they do sleep they want a good mattress that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. Millions of college students over the years have had to put up with the lumpy and thin dormitory mattress — a thing of legend and hearty cursing — but today more and more students live off campus and shun dormitory living. Plus students in dorms often have the option of providing their own mattress, if the want. Naturally, they want a quality mattress to crash on when they can fit it into their hectic schedule, and for most it needs to me an inexpensive brand that won’t exhaust their current student loan.

There are a whole range of prices for the top mattresses. Here are a few that college students will find right for their sack time and for their wallet:

The Trizone Crazy Quilt Ultimate

This is one of the least expensive mattresses on the market today. It’s basically seven inches of foam wrapped in a cotton quilted sheath. The foam is in three layers — the top layer is memory foam to shape to your body; the middle layer is a firm blend of foam and latex to give the back the support it needs to stay aligned. And the bottom layer of foam is tubular, so the mattress can breathe, giving the sleeper a cool night’s rest.

Memory Foam brand

The Memory Foam Company makes a large variety of foam mattress pads in various sizes. Their warehouses ship everywhere in North America, so they can be ordered online for a very decent price. Total weight is just 63 pounds, so it can be moved from one place to another with very little hassle.

Contour Signature Sleep

This is a sprung mattress, so it costs a bit more. But many students find that the sensation of floating that a foam pad mattress provides is a bit disorienting at times. A firm spring mattress lets the sleeper know that they are on terra firma and not likely to waft away in a strong breeze. But be forewarned — the springs are stainless steel, and numerous, so this is a heavy mattress and not much fun to move around the room or up and down stairs. But it’s pretty much going to last the rest of your life.

Signature Sleep brand

This is a favorite with students on a strict budget. It’s a traditional spring mattress, with each coil individually cocooned in a cotton sock. Plus the top two inches are a pillow of memory foam — so the sleeper is getting the best of both worlds at a price that is not hard to swallow. The one drawback, of course, is that this is not a mattress that can be turned over for extended life. But then, tests show that most memory foam manufactured today will still be in good shape in twenty years.

Whatever type of mattress is decided upon, remember that nowadays a mattress can last much longer than a car. Students who invest wisely in their sleeping comfort may go through 2 or 3 vehicles while still snoozing on the same mattress. Those willing to spend for a top of the line brand will pretty much possess a mattress that they can depend on until they’re old and gray!


David Jackson

David is a personal finance expert, a professional male model, and an entertainment writer.