There are two types of mattresses in the world. The first kind is the saggy, stained mattresses that are on the brink of being replaced, but whose owners (while acknowledging they need a replacement) always find a reason to wait it out – be it a poor night’s sleep leading to fatigue, fear of a hard sell situation, or overwhelming options. The second kind is the best that anyone can dream of, no stains, no sag; just the ideal firmness. This is the type you want to keep for several years to come, rotating or flipping it as directed and perhaps even protecting it with a waterproof cover.

Considering that good mattresses can cost you an arm and a leg, and last more than ten years with proper maintenance, it makes sense to learn methods of care for it. However, in this article, we are discussing storage methods, for those interested in packing it away for some time, perhaps while in the process of decorating, moving, or some other need. To that end, here is a guideline on how to store a mattress.

Consider Climate Control

Mattress Storage Options One of the major concerns when storing a mattress is temperature and moisture adjustments; these notorious elements can take a toll. Upgrading to climate-controlled storage will ensure that your storage space remains cool during summer and warm during winter, safeguarding from abrupt temperature changes. If you prefer using a traditional storage unit, consider investing in a portable humidifier. Although not as efficient, this device will help maintain the quality by pumping out moisture whenever you visit.

Clean Everything First

As soon as you have chosen the right storage space, clean your mattress correctly, and all the pieces of furniture (including your bed), prior to storing them. There are several ways to clean them, but the simplest method is to vacuum on both sides and then apply upholstery cleaner (such as the one you use on your couch). For the bed and frame, clean with soap and water. You can also use oil soap on a headboard or wooden bed, especially if it is an older piece or antique. However please ensure it is thoroughly dry before you place into storage.

Protect From Moisture Or Dust

A woman seals her mattress
Seal properly before storing

Cover with old sheets and blankets to keep dust and moisture away. If possible, avoid using thick plastic covers on your bed as these are more likely to retain moisture. On the other hand, light, breathable plastic covers would work perfectly or use high-quality purpose-built bags (without tears or holes), which should not cost more than $20 from most hardware stores. These will protect from mold and mildew, and ensure that it stays dry. If you already have mold growing check this wiki for tips on removal.

Lay It Flat (as opposed to on its side)

You should carry mattresses upright, but when it comes to placing it in your storage unit or basement, you should always lay it flat to reflect its natural positioning. When you store it on its side, the inter-workings and coils will move out of their respective positions over time, destroying the cushion. As for foam versions, it will also bend out of its natural alignment and become skewed in shape.

Also, some manufacturers take cost-cutting measures during manufacturing by failing to properly glue or quilt-pad layers together, which can cause the stuffing inside to shift and lead to lumps that are almost impossible to fix. What’s more, leaving on its side for a long time can cause excessive weight concentration on the bottom side, subsequently damaging the materials.

Rules Of Thumb

  • Never store anything on top of your mattress, especially heavy objects that can create wear and damage the springs or foam. Instead, position it over the other objects, such as pallets and other flat-topped items, but not anything that would protrude through the bottom.
  • Always use a truck or van when transferring from point A to B. Tying to the roof of your car is not only unsafe, but it can also bend it permanently, and also expose it to harsh weather conditions during transportation.
  • When you are ready to put the mattress back into use, freshen it up after removing it from storage. Rub baking soda on both sides and seams, allowing it to absorb any odors before cleaning with a vacuum.

2 thoughts on “How To Store A Mattress”

  1. Rebecca Gardner

    I was surprised when you said that storing a mattress on its side can destroy the cushion by causing the coils to shift over time. My husband and I want to start renting a storage unit so we can get rid of the clutter in our home’s basement and garage as part of our spring cleaning. One of the things we plan on storing is our daughter’s old full-size mattress, so the info you shared here will be really helpful!

  2. Thanks for explaining that objects on top of a mattress can damage internal components like the springs. My sister’s planning on storing her old queen-sized mattress so she can give it to her son when he moves out. I’ll pass along this info so she can keep it in mind once she finds a good self-storage unit in her budget.

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