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How to Store a Mattress

how to store a mattressDid you know that we spend over one-third of our lives sleeping? That means that our bed and mattresses are some of the most important furniture that we own. Plus, a good bed, mattress and box springs can be a somewhat costly but long-lasting investment. When properly maintained, a good mattress and box springs can last upwards of 10 years!

5 Tips for Proper Mattress Storage

If you’re getting ready to move and plan on placing your bed set, box springs and mattress in storage for any length of time, there are a few things you should do to prepare in advance to keep them in great condition. Here are 5 tips for proper mattress storage:

1)      Do some prep work. First, thoroughly clean your mattress by using upholstery cleaner and vacuuming both sides. Take your bed set apart before moving it, keeping all the nuts, screws and miscellaneous pieces in a plastic bag taped to the headboard for safe keeping. Cover the headboard and bedframe with old blankets to protect them from damage during transport.

2)      Invest in a mattress cover. When you pick up packing supplies, make sure you add a mattress cover to your list of things to purchase. These breathable, plastic covers are made specifically to protect your mattress while it’s in storage. Make sure to secure it with tape and that there are no holes or tears in the cover.

3)      Rent a climate-controlled storage unit. As you’re looking into storage units, consider renting a climate-controlled unit to store your mattress. When the humidity hits 50 percent and above, mold can become a serious threat to your mattress, and even your health! A climate-controlled unit will offer better protection from the elements than a non-climate controlled unit.

4)      Lay it flat in storage. Contrary to popular belief, you should never store a mattress propped up on its side. This can actually damage the coils and other inner materials as they shift over time. You can transport your mattress on its side in the moving truck, but when you place it in your storage unit, lay it on the ground on a tarp or on top of flat furniture.

5)      Keep it free of heavy items. While in storage, don’t place any heavy items on top of your mattress. This can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the mattress material and damage the springs.

Now that you know how to store a mattress properly in your storage unit, it’ll be ready to go when you need it! When you remove it from storage, allow it a little time to “breathe” before setting up and making your bed. You can even sprinkle it with baking soda and remove with a vacuum to absorb any odors and really freshen it up.

Self Storage Specialists has locations throughout Michigan and Ohio and we have a variety of storage unit sizes to meet any of your household storage needs.  Contact us today for more information about storing your belongings safely at our clean, secure facilities.

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  1. Paige Smith Posted September 22, 2015 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    It is interesting to learn about the proper way to store a mattress in self storage. I have always been worried about bugs crawling in them. This article gives me a step by step guide as to how to store it. Thanks for the great ideas.

  2. Casey Jones Posted September 23, 2015 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the advice on how to put a mattress in self storage. I’m glad you mentioned choosing a climate controlled unit. It sure wouldn’t be good if my mattress molded!

  3. Steve Holt Posted September 24, 2015 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I have an old mattress that needs to be kept in storage, but I’m worried about bugs infesting it while it’s in my unit. These mattress storage tips will help me keep it in good condition. Using a mattress cover seems like a good investment that will allow it to breath while preventing any infestations. That will help me feel a lot better about keeping it in storage. Thanks for the tips!

  4. Marcio Wilges Posted November 2, 2015 at 3:23 am | Permalink

    Most home removals teams will be happy to help ensure that you mattresses are packed and wrapped properly before moving and storage, but it’s always a good idea to make sure you know what’s going on!

  5. Jenkins Leroyson Posted November 23, 2015 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve actually always heard that you should store a mattress on its side. It makes sense, though, that that could actually damage it. Laying it flat will help it retain its shape and make it usable when you take it out. Thanks for sharing this.

  6. Drew Harrison Posted December 15, 2015 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    Getting a climate controlled storage unit is not something I had considered for a mattress. I actually currently use one because I have a lot of collectible items that need it so this is great news. Now I can keep my valuable and mattress in really great shape! Thanks for this great list of info on bed storage!

  7. Grace Turner Posted January 25, 2016 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    We own a normal storage unit but I can see how a climate controlled storage unit would be better. Extreme heat or cold could really be bad for your mattress. We will look into finding a climate controlled unit. Thank you for helping us store our mattress.

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