Best way to Store a Mattress

I’m going to be moving and I will need to put my mattress in storage for a while. It concerns me that if it is left in a store room or storage facility and not done correctly I may damage the mattress. I’m not sure how to store it or if storing it could affect my mattress’s performance please help.

Mattress storage is something a lot of us have to deal with at one point or another.

The key here is protecting the mattress set from the elements. Dry storage is the key and climate controlled makes for the best storage if available. First and foremost would be to protect the mattress with a plastic mattress bag.  It protects the various mattresses’ materials from stains and moisture. A mattress box would be an added level of protection and is recommended in addition to bagging especially during the moving process.  This will shelter the bed keeping it clean and undamaged from the moving enemies of dust, dirt, and moisture even rough handling.

Prior to buying plastic storage bags and boxes, measure the thickness of your mattress. Thicker beds with pillow tops are often deeper, and it is important to make sure box and bag dimensions correlate with the bed’s measurements. Cost of plastic mattress bags can range from a couple of dollars to approximately $9.00 for the various sizes. Mattress boxes range in price from about $9.00 for a crib mattress to around $35.00 for a king. This is a very nominal cost considering the cost of a new mattress set these days. Such items can easily be found in and purchased at any moving, moving supply, or shipping company both on net and off. U-Haul, The Container Store, and Ecobox.com are just a few companies that can fill these needs.

Now that your mattress is hopefully boxed and bagged what is the best way to store it without damaging it?

If possible it is best to lay the mattress flat with nothing stacked on the top. Heavy items placed on mattresses can cause compression of materials. Although most mattresses can be stored on their sides or ends some manufactures take cost cutting measures in manufacturing by not properly quilting padding layers together or gluing them together. The stuffing inside may shift which can cause lumps that are nearly impossible to fix.  Additionally if left on end or on their sides for a long period of time the mattress materials on the bottom side may be damaged due to mattresses’ excessive concentration of weight.

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Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

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