How I Made My Cheap Mattress ($260) Feel Like a Hotel Bed

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This post is all about how I made my cheap mattress (only $260!) feel and look like a hotel bed.

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Before I moved into my first apartment, I had NO idea how expensive mattresses and beds really were. I was on a mission to find a way to make it affordable while also looking expensive. 

But most importantly, I wanted my bed to be comfortable obviously. I did sooo much research and found these deals that honestly made my bed look like it was really freakin' expensive.

Everything combined (mattress, mattress topper, bedding, etc.) only cost me around $500. I'd say that's pretty impressive! 

In this post, I tell you the way I turned a mattress that was under $300 into the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in.

How To Make a Cheap Mattress Feel Like a Tempurpedic Bed:

Watch me show you EVERYTHING I got for my bed: 

1. The Mattress 

I researched and researched for the best mattresses and quickly realized how expensive they were. I first went to the classic mattress stores like Steinhafels and places that you could actually lay on the mattresses. I would find one and be like "oh yeah this is comfortable" and the sales guy would tell me it's $1500... like WHAT?!! 

I was not about to drop a grand on a mattress lol. So I started looking on Amazon and searched the cheapest mattresses with the highest ratings and found this one... and omg it is SO comfortable. 

This one I got for around $260. It's a foam mattress that came in box and it's 14" and it's seriously so comfortable. 

2. Mattress Topper & Protector

The combination of this mattress topper and the mattress itself is seriously so comfortable... I'm in love with it. I bought it for around $55 and it is so amazing. 

If you have an uncomfortable mattress at home, try this on top before investing in a whole new mattress. It will save you a ton of money and it's soo comfy! 

Under my mattress topper, I have a mattress protector. I got this because I wanted to make sure that my mattress would last as long as possible. 

3. Sheets

This sheet set has a cult following on Amazon. Everyone LOVES them and they're only $24 for the entire set which is insane. I had them all throughout the dorms in the Twin XL version, my bedroom at home and now here in my apartment. 

What you get in the sheet set: top sheet, bottom sheet & pillow cases. 

4. Comforter & Duvet

I got this white duvet cover which was pretty inexpensive and I really like it so far. 

What I did to make the duvet & comforter look really fluffy and expensive was I got TWO duvet inserts. Once you get them, throw them in the dryer with a tennis ball and it will get them even fluffier. 

The duvet inserts that I got I LOVE. I got a cheaper version for my guest room and it's not nearly as good so I highly recommend this one. 

5. Pillow Cases 

So I wanted silk pillow cases on all the pillows in my apartment because I'm ~extra~ but seriously they are way more comfortable AND only $10. I also love these because they have a zipper at the top so you don't see the pillow inside. 

Pro Tip: I also got king sized pillows for my bed because people say it makes your bed look way more expensive which I definitely think it does. And honestly they are so much nicer to sleep with.

6. Throw Pillows & Pillow Protectors

My pillow cases I got were from Amazon for around $7 so super affordable. The pillow itself I found at HomeGoods. I just went to the clearance section in the back and found these down 26x26 pillows on sale. I did not want to spend a ton on full price down pillows because those can get really pricy. 

I got pillow protectors as well because I want to try to make them last as long as possible. 

This post is all about how I made my cheap mattress (only $260!) feel and look like a hotel bed.

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