Unpacking Costco Mattress:
NovaForm® Pure Comfort Grand™ Queen Mattress
Item # 354280
Regular price - $799.99
Sales price $649.99 - (after $150 off)
The mattress and bed frame arrived today via UPS. The bed frame took 11 days and the mattress took 3 days to arrive. They came in on the same day.
As you can see, the mattress was vacuum packed and squeezed into a smaller box so it's easier to ship. The box actually fit in the back seat of my car. I borrowed a dolly from work to transport this 98 lb box. But I could have done it without the dolly.
Mattress & bed frame delivered at work
NovaForm® Pure Comfort Grand - Vacuum Package
Mattress is folded in half then into W shape
The mattress was vacuum packed. I had to unpack it and let it expend.
I did plenty of research before ordering this mattress. So, I had to go over a few things.
The instruction said it may take up to 72 hours to expend the mattress into normal shape.
My logic tells me that it will take longer time to expend if the mattress should stay in vacuum pack for longer time.
I figured, it would be wise to open the mattress as soon as possible. I don't have my box spring yet, but I decided to unpack the mattress immediately.
Some people complaint that mattress would never fully expend to their normal shape.
I even read one person complaining about strong chemical smell. She said she was physically ill for months because of the chemical smell. That person ended up returning the mattress.
Package comes with opening instruction & a letter opener
Memory foam mattress expending from vacuum - still folded in half
I followed the instruction and cut the plastic bag. As soon as I put a small hole in the bag the mattress started to expend very slowly. As I was cutting the long side of the bag, the mattress started to expend pretty fast. I had to move fast and get rid of all the plastic. It took about 10 minutes or less for the mattress to take a basic form.
The mattress already had a protective cover on it. I'm thinking that cover should cost about $75.00 or more if I had to purchase separately.
The mattress was fully expended in 10-20 minutes. I didn't have to wait 72 hours. And there were no bumps or irregular corners. I did smell chemical, but it was manageable. I was relieved.
Most spring mattresses from Costco come with box springs. That makes mattress shopping from Costco more attractive. Because a box spring goes for about $150.00 delivered. But Costco doesn't include box springs on memory foam mattresses. I think it has something to do with how they package the mattress. When you buy a full-sized spring mattress, they can slip in a box spring easily. They only need extra foot or so of space. That's not the case when they ship memory foam mattresses in smaller boxes.
Then you may have to purchase a bed frame, comforter, & sheets...
Anyway, the mattress is all good and I am happy.
** 10 months later (October 15, 2009). I can tell you without a doubt that I love my mattress. I am very happy with my mattress.