The holiday season is upon us! It's time to peel the sprouts, hang the mistletoe, and, uh-oh, air out the underused spare room for when the in-laws stop by. But maybe it's time to ditch the inflatable mattress for something a little more comfortable. A bad spare room sleep setup is a recipe for disaster, even more so than that deep fried turkey guide you've been eyeing. Nothing leads to a sour mood like a bad night's sleep, and as much as we love them, the holiday season is also prime time for family arguments.
A holiday-ready spare room has a comfortable bed that will appeal to a wide variety of guests. It doesn't need to be the very best mattress, but a small upgrade can make a huge difference. With the Black Friday mattress deals, you can get a sleep setup the entire family will love at a price you adore. Let's see how you can save money and save yourself the from the traditional post-meal argument...
The right mattress for a spare room has an all-round appeal. Avoid anything too soft or too firm, and prioritize durability.
Nectar Memory Foam mattress: was
$699 now from $359 at Nectar
Excellent all-rounder: If you need a mattress for a spare room, it's hard to go wrong with the Nectar Memory Foam. The medium-firm feel will appeal to most sleep styles, the excellent motion isolation is ideal if couples are coming to stay, and the breathable cooling cover keeps temperatures even throughout the night. In our Nectar Memory Foam mattress review, we found it a true all-rounder. The queen is just $659 in the 40% off flash sale and it has the durability to last for many more Thanksgivings. We can't guarantee that every guest will wake up refreshed, but we're pretty confident most of them will.
Don't underestimate the importance of pillows – your guests won't be happy when the wake up with sore necks. Our best pillow guide has plenty of options.
Casper Essential Pillow: was
$45 now from $40.50 at Casper
Soft and supportive: When your getting a spare room ready, you need bedding that is crowd-pleasing and inexpensive. The Casper Essential pillow hits the brief perfectly. It's silky soft on the outside with a supportive interior that suits most sleep positions. There's 10% off in the Casper Black Friday sale, so you can pick up a double pack for $80.
Brooklyn Bedding Deep Pocket Bamboo sheets: was
$99 now from $74.30 at Brooklyn Bedding
Breathable and durable: Crafted from a blend of soft rayon and breathable cotton, the Brooklyn Bedding Deep Pocket Bamboo sheets are the finishing touch to your spare room setup. For the guests, they're silky soft against the skin. For you, they're durable and machine washable. Use the code BFRIDAY25 to save 25%, making a queen set just $119.30.
Simple yet essential, a mattress protector wraps around the mattress and guards it against spills, stains, and odors.
Purple Mattress Protector: was
$79 now from $59 at Purple
Machine-washable: When your guests have gone but the crumbs from their Black Friday breakfast in bed remain, a mattress protector can simply be removed from the mattress and put in the washing machine! This option from Purple is water- and stain-resistant, with a stretch build. In the Purple Black Friday sale, you can pick up a queen for just $74.
Don't have the money for a new mattress? A mattress topper is an affordable alternative for increased comfort. If our top choice doesn't catch your eye, check out our guide to the best mattress toppers.
Turmerry Latex Mattress Topper: was
$150 now from $99 at Turmerry
Multiple options: Turmerry's organic latex topper is an eco-friendly and affordable way to add extra comfort to a rarely used guest room. It's available in four firmness levels: soft, medium, firm, or extra-firm. For a guest room, we recommend medium or firm, as these softness levels appeal to more sleep styles. There's already 34% off the Turmerry Latex mattress topper, and you can knock it down another 15% with the code BF. That means you can get a two-inch queen size in soft for just $160.65. A much cheaper alternative to a new mattress.
Tempur-Adapt Mattress Topper: was
$319 now from $255.20 at Tempur-Pedic
Luxury choice: If you really want to treat your family (and get them in a good mood before they go present shopping in the Black Friday sales), invest in the Tempur-Adapt mattress topper. Made with Tempur memory foam, this topper has a cushioned sink-in hug that feels completely unique. There's currently 20% off the Tempur-Adapt, which takes the queen down to $335.20, and you get a pillow and sleep mask included. It's still an expensive topper, but if it maybe finds it way over to your bed when the holiday season is over, who's to know?
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Ruth is TechRadar’s Sleep Writer. She’s here to help you find the perfect sleep setup for your budget and personal preferences. As well as keeping a keen eye on everything that’s going on in the world of mattresses, she regularly speaks to experts to help you learn how to improve your sleep habits, whether that’s by debunking sleep myths or explaining the science behind it all. Prior to joining the TechRadar team, she wrote features and product guides for new parents hoping to get a decent night's sleep, as well as writing for.a variety of online spaces.