Let's just say ... you've been with your partner for a while. And while a queen-size bed works perfectly fine and is great for snuggling, you've gotten to the point where, well, you could just use a little extra room at night (or just distance from each others' farts). Thing is, upgrading isn't just as simple as buying a new mattress — you've got to create a whole budget. We did our best to break it down:
First, there's the bed itself ...
If you want to make things really cheap, you can just go with a box frame. Otherwise, when it comes to king-size beds, it seems like, unless you're going with a budget brand, you'll spend more than $1,000. And honestly, our "high" pick here feels on the lower end of high because this is the bed we really want.
Now, on to the mattress ...
Wow. Prices on mattresses really vary. Those Tempur-Pedic ones start at almost $3,000. But if you're at the point in your life where this is going to be the time you invest, well, might as well get something that's top-of-the-line. (And they do have payment plans.)
Then, you're going to need a new comforter.
(But honestly, we'd probably go with the low option here.)
What about a mattress pad?
Let's just pick something basic:
You don't have to buy new pillows, but you will find that your old standard-size ones won't really fill up a king bed. If you're going to upgrade, let's assume you just stock up with something from Target.
Ideally, you'd have several sets of sheets for your new bed, but that's taking you down a new financial rabbit hole, so let's say you start off with two sets: one very basic and something kind of nice.
Basic set total: $134.18
Nicer set total: $477.90
Sheets total: $612.08
Of course, our scenarios are ballparks and we did our best to assume what you might reasonably go for, and what you might need, but everyone is different.
So, where does this leave us? On the lower end, you can expect to spend somewhere in the $1,800 range. Of course, there are ways you can make this cheaper: by keeping your current pillows, opting for a box frame, or finding better deals on sheets. On the high end, upgrading to a king bed could cost you around $6,000. Of course, you'll want to keep in mind that none of these figures account for any shipping fees or taxes. Blerg. In a nutshell, there's no way around it: You're going to have to spend a wad of cash.
Leonora Epstein is Hunker's Senior Director of Content. She has previously served as Executive Editor at HelloGiggles and as BuzzFeed's Deputy Editorial Director. She is the co-author of "X vs. Y: A Culture War, a Love Story" (Abrams, 2014). Feel free to reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org.