What to Consider When Storing a Mattress


Are you considering buying a new mattress but you have no idea where to put the old one? Storage is a common problem for people who are about to move from their apartments or houses. In the case of mattresses, they’re simply bulky and difficult to transport. You cannot just leave it behind or throw it away because it doesn’t come with a cheap price tag.

Depending on its type, the price of a mattress ranges from $250.00 to $4,000.00. They’re pricey, but a good bed is a must-have in every household. A high-quality mattress, which offers comfort and service, can improve your sleeping habits and treat your body posture problems.

But, if you really need to put your mattress in storage, here are a few things you should consider:

The Condition of Your Mattress

It is an unwritten rule that anything that needs to be stored should be at its cleanest condition as possible. If you’re going to keep a dirty mattress in a storage unit, there’s a massive chance that you will not be able to use it anymore. Take note that dirt, bacteria, germs, and mold can grow inside your mattress even if it’s appropriately stored in a clean storage place.

You can hire someone who does dry cleaning to wash your mattress before storing it. If you don’t want to spend money, you can use a handheld vacuum to remove debris, dirt, and hair stuck in the foam. If you’ve decided to wash some parts with water, it’s advised to let it dry under sunlight.

Spreading baking soda all over the mattress will also help in keeping the foam clean for storage.

Covering your mattress for long term storage

Before storing your used mattress, you must cover it to prevent acquiring dirt and damage. For instance, if you’ve decided to sprinkle baking soda on the cushion, it’s recommended to put it in a heavy-duty plastic with micro-holes that’ll allow it to breathe.

After placing a cover, you may want to put your old mattress inside a box, for extra protection and so that it can be easily transferred from one place to another.

Moving or transporting your mattress

Different kinds of mattresses are now sold on the market. Some are made of high-quality and sturdy materials that can make the product heavier than usual foam.

If your mattress is a king or queen size, ask someone to assist you in carrying and moving it. You can also hire professional movers to do this for you. This is something to keep in mind so that you can avoid accidents and falls.

Instead of tying your mattress at the top of your car, you can also rent a hauling truck to ensure that it’ll not get wet in case of rain or snowfall.

The storage area is as important as the packaging

The place where you’ll store your mattress is one of the most important things to consider. Most people put them in the basement of their houses, but this is not recommended. When storing your mattress, or anything else for that matter, it’s crucial that the storage area is dry and has ample light. Damp and dark places will only encourage mold growth in your bed.

According to the World Health Organization, more than 50% of American households have signs of dampness and mold. Instead of storing them at your home, you can rent a storage unit near you that is temperature-controlled. With this, you don’t need to worry about water damage, too much humidity, moisture and dirt. The storage facility can recommend a trustworthy mover to help you with the move and packaging of your mattress.

The mattress position during storage

If you’ve found the perfect storage area, the next thing to consider is the position of the mattress when stored. Most will put it on its side to save space. Though, this is not recommended because the materials used inside the mattress can slide down. If this happens, you’ll not be able to make use of that foam in the future.

It’s advised to store it horizontally so that the materials won’t be disturbed, and everything will stay the same as designed. It’s okay to put it on its side as long as it’ll not be stored for longer than a month. Also, avoid putting items on the mattress. Putting piles of boxes and bags on top of it will result in the sagging of the foam.


A clean mattress covered in high-quality plastic and stored horizontally in a dry storage area is the perfect storage idea. It can be time-consuming, and you’ll probably spend some money for cleaning and moving, but it’ll be worth it at the end. Storage of mattresses, when done correctly, can prolong its lifespan.

By: Rhea Ashkar
Rhea is an interior decorator who specializes in transforming homes into a cleaner and more functional space. During her leisure, Rhea updates her knowledge by reading materials on interior decorating trends and often contributes articles online, as well.



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