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Buying Guide: The Best Mattresses for Recent College Graduates

You've successfully made it through four years of endless exams and late-night study sessions. Now that you have your diploma and degree, where are you headed next? Will you be the graduate that spends a few months at home, the one who lands on a friend's futon or the graduate that ventures out into the wide unknown on your own?

Whatever your path, we know that the post-grad life can get expensive. From a new professional wardrobe to basic necessities like rent and groceries, it can start to add up — quickly. As you move into this next phase of life, consider creating a sleep space that you look forward to returning to each and every night.

Here is a mattress buying guide sharing a few of our favorite budget-friendly mattresses that will be great for any graduate:

The Best Mattress Brands for Recent College Graduates

tulo 10" Medium Mattress


If you're looking for a top rated mattress while on a budget, the tulo mattress is the bed for you. Shipping directly to your door for your convenience, this bed in a box mattress is the perfect balance of hard and soft, making it the best type of mattress. Offering a perfect blend of foams for both stomach and side sleepers, the tulo medium mattress has a layer of high-density coolflow foam that will stabilize the mattress while also ensuring you sleep cool throughout the night.

Sleepy's 10" Medium Two-Sided Plush Quilted Foam Mattress


Considered a best affordable mattress, the Sleepy's Medium Plush Foam Mattress comes complete with supportive and pressure relieving foam that cradles your body reducing pressure points — perfect for any grad with a stressful first job. Plus, this Sleepy's mattress is incredibly efficient and long-lasting as the mattress can be flipped over and used on both sides for longevity.

Serta iSeries 500 14" Cushion Firm Mattress


If the transition to adulthood is taking a toll on your body, we recommend the Serta 500 mattress. It provides pressure point protection to relieve existing back, shoulder and hip pain and properly aligns your spine no matter your sleeping position. Whether you were a math major or not, it’s not hard to figure out this mattress offers you 3-in-1 with its foam comfort, innerspring support, and advanced cooling for a sleep experience you’ve never had before.

Simmons Beautyrest Greenwood 9.5" Firm Mattress


You will be sure to get your beauty sleep with this Beautyrest Greenwood Firm Mattress. As one of our best mattress brands, this mattress will keep you comfortable all night long with its Density Pocketed Coil technology that supports your body as you shift throughout your sleep. Also, the top layer of the mattress is infused with a natural fiber that helps wick away any heat and moisture.

Serta Alesbury 8" Plush Memory Foam Mattress


Last but not least is the Serta Alesbury Plush Foam Mattress.  Customer reviews make this a best rated mattress as it is often described as affordable, comfortable and cozy. Offering pressure-point relief for both back and side sleepers, this mattress conforms to your body, practically hugging you as you sleep. Not to mention, it also has a top layer of Cool Twist memory foam allowing airflow that keeps you cool as you sleep.

Finish Your Sleep Space With The Best Mattress Accessories

Don't forget the accessories! After you've purchased the perfect mattress, it's time to finish your sleep space with some of the best mattress accessories. From  pillows to sheets and  mattress protectorsbox springs to  adjustable beds, now is your time to create the perfect sleep sanctuary.

Looking to complete your sleep space sooner rather than later? Stop into your  nearest Mattress Firm location to find these sleep accessories at unbeatable prices.

Whether you are buying a mattress for a recent grad or you are the graduate, remember that a good night's sleep is essential. So, what are you waiting for? Start your post-grad experience on the right side of the bed by shopping in store at a  Mattress Firm near you or browse the selection online at

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