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Mattress delivery drivers face many daily challenges, such as heavy lifting, dealing with poor weather and navigating to the property. Tipping the driver is a way of showing appreciation for their hard work. However, there are some situations where tipping may not be warranted, such as if the driver provides poor service or only offers kerbside or drop-to-door delivery.

Tipping is common practice in many service industries, but when it comes to bed and mattress deliveries, it is often unclear whether you should tip delivery drivers.

Delivery drivers have a crucial role in the buying process, ensuring your bed or mattress is delivered safely, in perfect condition and on time. But, some people argue that delivery drivers are simply getting paid to do their job, while others believe that tipping is a way to reward or compensate them for exceptional service.

However, it is important to consider the unique challenges that delivery drivers face in their day-to-day work. From navigating difficult weather conditions to carrying heavy and bulky items, their job can be physically demanding and mentally exhausting.

Here are some reasons for and against tipping and alternative ways to show your appreciation.

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Reasons why you should tip a mattress delivery driver

Mattress delivery drivers face many daily challenges, from heavy lifting to poor weather. Here are some reasons why you might consider tipping your delivery driver as a way of showing your appreciation for their hard work.

Navigating to the property

Delivery drivers may encounter various challenges when travelling to customers’ properties, including narrow roads, country lanes, and height restrictions, such as low bridges and overhanging trees or branches. Sometimes, the van may be too large to complete the delivery, requiring the driver to park nearby and carry the items the rest of the way. Worse still, they may have to return to the depot for a smaller vehicle.

Even with GPS technology and detailed instructions, finding some properties can be difficult. Delivery drivers may have to navigate through unfamiliar neighbourhoods and locate difficult-to-find addresses. Some properties may have restricted access, such as gated entrances or limited parking.

Dealing with these challenges requires skill, patience and problem-solving abilities. Drivers may also need to come up with creative solutions to unexpected obstacles.

Physical demands

The role of a delivery driver can be physically demanding and requires skill and attention to detail. Mattresses are bulky, heavy and can be awkward to manoeuvre, particularly when navigating through tight spaces such as doorways, narrow staircases, and tight bends. Not only do the drivers need to be physically strong, but they also need to be skilled in the art of careful manoeuvring to avoid damaging the mattress or anything in the property. They also need to ensure they do not injure themselves. 

Delivery drivers typically work on tight schedules and must be able to handle multiple deliveries in a day, which can take its toll on their bodies. Despite these challenges, many mattress delivery drivers take pride in their work. They are committed to ensuring the customer receives a good level of service.

Tipping your mattress delivery driver is a great way to show appreciation for their hard work and help them feel valued for their efforts.

Customer satisfaction

Customers often have high expectations regarding their delivery. The customer may require the driver to carry out additional tasks, including assembling bedroom furniture, such as bed frames and wardrobes, or moving another bed into a different room. Delivery drivers may be expected to remove the packaging or dispose of unwanted items like old mattresses.

Mattress delivery drivers often work to tight schedules and are typically allocated an estimated time slot for each delivery. Carrying out extra tasks can put the driver under significant pressure. It may result in them working harder or later than expected.

Mattress delivery drivers are often the last point of contact for customers. They can have a significant impact on a company’s reputation. The level of service provided by the delivery drivers can make or break a customer’s perception of a company, regardless of how satisfied they were with their purchase.

A delivery driver who is punctual, professional and helpful can result in a good customer experience, which may lead to repeat business and positive reviews. On the other hand, a driver who is late, rude, or damages the mattress during delivery can result in a poor experience, negative reviews and lost business for the company. 

Relationship building

Tipping helps to build a positive relationship between you and the delivery driver. In many cases, you may require other items of furniture in the future, especially if you have recently moved into a new home. There’s a strong likelihood that you may get the same delivery driver again if you purchase from the same store.

When a delivery driver receives a tip, they are more likely to remember you and their positive experience. This can build trust and mutual respect, where the driver is more willing to go above and beyond to ensure you’re satisfied and build upon your positive relationship. It can help make the delivery process more efficient and less stressful for both parties.

Tipping may encourage the delivery driver to maintain their high standards in the future. They may feel more motivated to exceed customers’ expectations, such as taking extra care when handling delicate items or being extra courteous when engaging with customers. Good customer service can help build a positive company reputation, which may help drive more sales. 

Poor weather

Delivery drivers often have to navigate through challenging conditions, such as heavy rain, snow and ice to ensure your items are delivered safely and on time. It’s a nice gesture to tip a delivery driver in bad weather.


At Christmas time, the reasons for tipping become even more apparent. Delivery drivers work tirelessly during the busiest shopping season, often working long hours and dealing with extra deliveries. The additional income from tips can make a significant difference.

When should you not tip a mattress delivery driver?

There are some situations where leaving a tip may not be warranted. Here are some reasons you may choose not to tip a delivery driver.

The type of delivery service

Some delivery services only offer kerbside or drop-to-door delivery, meaning the driver may not be required to carry the mattress inside your home or up any stairs. In this case, a tip may not be necessary.

You’re unsatisfied with the service

If the delivery driver was rude, unprofessional or provided poor service, you may not feel inclined to tip them. Although delivery drivers may have a difficult job with demanding schedules, they need to maintain a certain level of professionalism and customer service.

Tipping is typically reserved for good service, but it’s reasonable to question whether you should offer one if the service is poor.

You’ve already paid a delivery or assembly charge

Companies charge for mattress deliveries for various reasons. One of the main reasons is to cover the costs associated with transporting and delivering the items. These costs may include the hiring of drivers and assembling teams, the cost of fuel, and the cost of maintaining vehicles and equipment. Another reason is to generate an additional source of income for the company.

However, be mindful that delivery or assembly charges may go directly to the company, and the drivers may not receive additional compensation for their services. Therefore, to acknowledge the delivery driver’s work, consider leaving them a small tip separately. 

Failed or late delivery

A late delivery can be a frustrating experience. However, there may be valid reasons for the delay, such as poor weather, traffic or an accident. Another reason is that the driver may have been asked to carry out additional tasks during previous deliveries, which may have also contributed to the delay.

A failed delivery can be even more frustrating, especially if the customer has taken time off work or made arrangements for someone to be present for the delivery. In such cases, it may be appropriate to withhold a tip because of the poor service provided.

The wrong items are delivered

Having the wrong mattress delivered can cause significant inconvenience, especially if the customer has been suffering from aches and pains from their old mattress. While it may not necessarily be the driver’s fault, it can still leave a bad impression and result in a poor customer experience.   

In this scenario, it may be understandable to refrain from tipping the driver, especially if they or the store you purchased the mattress from cannot resolve the mistake or provide a suitable solution.

How much should you tip a mattress delivery driver?

Most delivery drivers earn a basic wage, so leaving a generous tip can brighten up their day. The amount you tip a delivery driver should reflect the quality of service you receive. If the driver only provides a basic drop-off service, you may not feel obligated to tip as much. However, if they are helpful and go the extra mile to ensure your bed is set up and ready to use, you may choose to tip more.

Similarly, if you get a good deal on your mattress, you may want to consider tipping a bit more as a way of acknowledging the savings you received.

While there’s no hard and fast rule for how much to tip the driver, a good benchmark is between £5 and £30 in the UK or $5 to $40 in the US, depending on the quality of service and how much you can afford.

What if you don’t have money to tip?

With the rise in cashless technology, tipping has become less common and harder to do. If you’re unable to tip, there are other ways to show your appreciation if you’re satisfied with the service.

Leave a positive review

Leaving a positive review on a website or social media platform can help the delivery driver gain recognition for their hard work. You could mention what you specifically appreciated about the driver’s service, such as their punctuality, professionalism or willingness to go above and beyond. 

Buy a small gift

Expressing appreciation through a small gift is a great way to show your gratitude towards your delivery driver, especially if a monetary tip is not feasible. A thank you card or a homemade treat can be a great gesture. Alternatively, you could consider a more personal gift, such as a favourite beverage, snack or gift card. 

Ensure you have the driver’s contact details if you cannot provide a gift during delivery. Also, be mindful that some drivers may be unable to accept gifts because of company policies, so it’s always best to check with the driver beforehand.

Offer to help

If you have some spare time, offering to lend a helping hand to the delivery driver can help ease some of the pressure they face when trying to meet tight schedules. Having an extra pair of hands can make a significant difference, especially if the driver is delivering on their own. You could assist the driver with carrying the mattress or any other additional items into the bedroom or help with the assembly. Even a small task, such as clearing the room or removing the packaging, can make the driver’s job much easier.

Recommend the driver to others

If you have a positive experience with your delivery driver, consider recommending their services to others. Some drivers may have side projects or additional services they offer outside their normal working hours, so they may appreciate you spreading the word to others.

Offer the driver unwanted items

Another way you can show appreciation for the driver’s efforts while decluttering your home is to offer them unwanted items of furniture that they could potentially sell and keep any profits. For example, if you have an old mattress that is still in good condition, the driver may be able to sell it through online marketplaces or to a second-hand furniture store. 

However, it is always important to ask the driver if they are willing to accept such an arrangement and to ensure that the items you offer are in good condition and of value to them.

Final thoughts

While tipping is a personal decision, it helps to consider the unique challenges delivery drivers face in their day-to-day work and how tipping can help them feel valued. It can also help to build a positive relationship with them. If you don’t have cash for a tip, there are other ways to show your appreciation. You could leave a positive review or provide feedback to the company.

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Tony Brown is the founder and creator of The Bed Consultant. His career in the bed industry began in 2002. After graduating from university with a degree in Business Administration, Tony joined one of the largest independent furniture retailers in the UK as a bed consultant. Tony has helped thousands of customers find the perfect mattress.

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