Updated on 2/19/16 from an article originally published on 3/31/14.
Mattresses and bed frames are an investment, both in cost and in the time it takes to find the right one. A quality mattress can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years if properly maintained, and a well-built bed frame can last decades. Because your bed is a functional and expensive part of your everyday life, it is the perfect candidate for storage.
Maybe your partner is moving in, and you need to upgrade from a twin to queen, or your kids are moving out, and you want to repurpose their rooms. Whatever the case — follow these basic mattress storage tips to make sure your bedroom set stays in great shape for years to come.
Steps to Storing a Mattress and Bed Frame
✓ Consider climate control.
A primary concern when keeping any furniture in storage is moisture and temperature changes. These mischief-makers can do significant damage to your bed and mattress.
Consider upgrading from a traditional self storage unit to climate-controlled storage. This will ensure that your storage space will have heat in the winter and stay cool in the summer, safeguarding your expensive mattress and bed from severe temperature changes.
If you do go with a traditional storage unit, buy a portable dehumidifier. Though not as ideal, this tool will pump moisture out whenever you visit and help maintain the quality of your mattress.
✓ Clean everything first.
Once you’ve selected the right space, clean your bed and mattress — and all furniture pieces — before putting them into storage.
You can clean your mattress many different ways, but the easiest method is vacuuming your mattress on both sides and then using upholstery cleaner (like the kind you use on a couch).
Clean the bed and bed frame with soap and water. If desired, use oil soap on the wooden bed or headboard, especially if it’s an antique or older piece.
✓ Disassemble the bed.
Take apart the bed before bringing it to your self storage unit. Not only will it pack easier, but it’ll also reduce the likelihood of nicks or scratches.
✓ Protect from dust or moisture.
Cover the bed pieces with old blankets or sheets to shield them from dust or moisture. If possible, do not use thick plastic covers, as these are more likely to trap in the moisture. Light, breathable plastic would work well, however.
Similarly, the mattress needs to stay covered. High-quality mattress bags (with no holes or tears) should cost less than $20. These will prevent mold and ensure the mattress stays dry.
✓ Lay the mattress flat (and NOT on its side).
While some sources may tell you to prop the mattress on its side to save space, you should never store a mattress upright for a long period of time. It’s perfectly fine to carry your mattress upright, but once you place it inside your storage unit, lay it flat to mimic its natural positioning. Over time, the coils and inter-workings of a side-stored mattress will settle out of their proper position, destroying the cushion.
Never store anything on top of the mattress. Heavy objects can damage the springs. Heavy objects create more wear. To make the best use of space, place the mattress on top of other objects, like pallets or other flat-topped furniture items. Make sure everything is stable, though!
When moving your mattress from point A to point B, remember to always use a moving truck. It is not only unsafe to tie a mattress to the top of your car, the mattress could also bend to the point of no return in the process. Following these tips will protect your mattress and bed for months and years to come.
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