How To Store A Mattress

When it comes to a good night’s sleep, a comfortable mattress is essential. These household objects can really enhance your sleeping experience. Finding the right mattress for you can feel like heaven.

However, storing an old or spare mattress can be extremely tricky. These objects are large and heavy. This is particularly true if you have a king-size or queen-size mattress. To help you, we have created a guide for storing mattresses. Please follow these seven helpful tips:

Clean Your Mattress

After using your mattress, it is unlikely to be very clean. As a result, it is advised that you give it a meticulous cleaning before you store it. After you have got rid of any bed sheets or mattress covers, you should give your mattress a rigorous hoover. This will suck up any dirt, dust, or hairs that have made their way onto your mattress. This will require you to use a hoover attachment. 

Next, target any stains on the mattress. Less harsh stains can simply be removed with a damp cloth and a little washing liquid. Use a disinfectant spray on your mattress. Leave it to dry, preferably outside in the sun. To remove any unpleasant odors, spread some baking powder across the mattress. Leave this to sit for a day. Afterward, you should vacuum the mattress again to get rid of any remaining baking soda. 

Decide Where You Want To Put It

Identifying a good spot to store your mattress will take some consideration. You will need a lot of floor space for your mattress. You will need floor space specifically because it is recommended that you lay your mattress flat on the floor (more on that later). 

Having a lot of room will be particularly important if you are storing an extra-large mattress, including a king-size. A garage or a walk-in storage space will be ideal for a mattress. If your house has a shed, this may also be an option worth thinking about. 

If you have a small house or simply lack the room to store a mattress, you may want to contemplate hiring storage space. These storage units can be quite affordable. However, if your mattress is large you will require a larger unit, meaning you will have to pay more money. 

Ensure that you have cleaned out some space in the planned storage area. It is also a good idea to give it a clean or a hoover before storing the mattress there. Otherwise, the area will be much harder to clean once the mattress has been placed there. 

Cover Your Mattress

To keep your mattress in a clean condition, you should cover it prior to storage. Ideally, this should be done with plastic wrap. If not, you may be able to locate storage bags, such as from here. Be sure to purchase the correct sized bag for your mattress. Otherwise, it may not be big enough. 

Covering your mattress will prevent it from becoming dirty, namely from dust. If you follow this step, be sure to open the mattress bag or plastic covering every now and then. This will let the air out of the covering. 

Transport It Safely 

Whether you are moving a mattress from one room to another or if you are moving it to a separate storage unit, they are not the most mobile of objects. They are heavy and take up a lot of space. If you are moving a mattress, you will need at least two people. If it is a larger mattress, you will likely require more people.

To prepare for the transportation, remove any hazards or obstacles from the path that you intend to take. Getting big mattresses through narrow doors may need some planning.

If you are moving your mattress to a storage unit, you should probably hire a moving van. Otherwise, it may not fit into most standard-sized cars. 

Lay It Flat

Though this will take up a lot of floor space, it is suggested that you store your mattress by laying it flat on the floor. If you lay it upright, you could upset the springs and fillings inside of the mattress. Memory foam mattresses will be less distrurbed by this, so you can consider storing them on their side. 

In addition, keeping a mattress upright could cause chaos if it manages to fall. If you keep valuables in the same room as the mattress, it could damage them if it manages to collapse.

Ensure It Is Safe

Though it might sound silly, you will want to protect your mattress when storing it. Doing so will mean it can be used again. To do this, ensure the storage area is at an ideal temperature. You should do this in order to prevent damp from occurring. You should also ensure the space has satisfactory ventilation. 

Clean The Mattress Again If You Intend To Use It

If you have successfully cleaned the mattress prior to storage and kept it securely in a protective covering, you will not need to do much cleaning. However, it is nonetheless a good idea to give it a once over to ensure its cleanliness. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you stop a mattress from being damaged in storage?

If stored correctly, you do not need to worry about your mattress being damaged. As mentioned, it is best to lay it flat. However, you should also refrain from putting anything on top of your mattress. These items could be quite damaging to the integrity of your mattress. 

Can I roll up my mattress to store it?

No, it is definitely not advisable to roll up your mattress. Doing so may damage the springs and coils in your mattress. Furthermore, the foam will adapt to a new shape, meaning that it will not return to its shape when you unroll the mattress. Because of this, we do not recommend rolling up your mattress. 


Moving and storing a mattress can seem like an incredibly strenuous endeavor. If you follow the tips and advice above, you should be able to safely store your mattress. 

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