Where to Donate a Used Mattress

I wonder how many people consider donating a used mattress as a recycling option?

While recycling mattresses reduces and repurposes mattress content, donation through reuse helps the environment and helps others. If you are thinking about buying a new bed or maybe you already did perhaps a dilemma has begun, what in the world are you going to do with your old mattress and boxspring? Landfills, waste disposal companies often charge an arm and a leg to dispose of them or only have convenient pick up times that serve them and besides that it really does seem senseless to throw it to the curb.  Which brings us to mattress donation, donating a mattress and box spring is a great way to protect the environment and help someone out, but where and who can you give it too?

Where to Donate a Used Mattress and Boxspring

Donating a Used Mattress

Goodwill, Savers, and Salvation Army are some of the first places people turn to when they are thinking about donating a mattress set. While these are perhaps the more obvious choices there are certainly others. Additional avenues for donating bedding could include local church’s and religious organizationss or community group. They are commonly known for helping out individuals or families that are in need of such items and will frequently accept them if allowed to do so.

Another donation avenue is to contact local thrift stores, food pantries, or shelters. In some of these cases they may not have a facility large enough to store items as large as a king size mattress and boxspring but we have seen situations where organizations will accept a phone number in order to contact you when a need arises for your bed.

Whichever method you choose to donate understand that laws can vary state by state and we encourage you to abide by any or all of them. Check out websites and make sure of all current rules of places like Goodwill or Savers etc. It is best to contact your local locations, but don’t be shocked if they are unable to accept used mattress or boxsprings donations. Because they don’t have the tools to prep them for legal resale as a source of their revenue they may have to refuse your offering.

When donating your used mattress set, be honest in your posting or to the organization that is going to accept it. Recipients don’t want someone else’s bugs, stains, or  worn and torn bed. When posting online include pictures that show the beds shape which will help to increase interest. Craigslist.org, Freecycle.org, and Backpage.com are all websites where mattress sets can be offered to those looking for them for free.

Finally don’t forget to mention the availability of a free mattress to family, friends, and coworkers. Commonly they need or know someone that needs your old mattress set as a way to get off the floor or the sofa.  Although they may not be considered a donation other possible ways to give a bed away could be as close as your local university campus, posting a flyer on local bulletin boards in grocery stores or other highly trafficked areas.

Donating furniture like mattresses to a tax exempt organization or charity can have tax benefits. First you will need to make sure they qualify in order to justify your deduction. You will need to determine the fair market value and document it. The document showing proof of your charitable offering is a receipt that you will be able to give to the IRS when you file your taxes that not only benefit you but assist and help those in need.


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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Goodwill does NOT accept donated mattresses.

Comment by Frank Spillman — March 23, 2013 @ 7:14 am

I own a motel and am updating our rooms. I have about 33 double bed mattresses and boxsprings and four king set to donate. Is there any organization that can use them? I live about 60 south of Ft. Worth Texas.

Comment by Jo Ellyn Turner — June 12, 2013 @ 9:36 pm

Have Twin Mattress in very good condition. No stains, tears or “bugs”. Cannot sleep on this Firm Mattress due to a nerve injury in lower legs. Area Thrift Stores say “No Way” it’s a health hazard-really? thought sleeping on the ground in FL is more hazardous! Salvation Army and the homeless shelters are refusing as well. I guess they expect brand new stuff.

Where can I give a free exc cond firm mattress to someone TRUELY in need?

Comment by Cindy — August 16, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

Hi Cindy, You can soften a firm mattress with a topper rather than purchasing a new mattress. The only difference is that it is not sewn to the mattress which makes it better in my eyes because it can be replaced if it breaks down, a common issue with soft pillow tops. Here is an article that may be helpful ” Can You Add A Pillow Top To A Mattress?” Your other option is to put it on Craigs List Or Backpage dot com. Put them under the free listing. Also try Freecycle. This should give you a few options. Let us know how it works out. Thnx Doug

Comment by Douglas Belleville — August 19, 2014 @ 7:30 am

Looking for a bed for a 70 year old man that’s sleeping on the floor. He lost his bed when there was a bed bug infestation in the building where he lives. He went to the hospital because he had some brain problem and now is back to his apartment still sleeping on the floor. Is there anyone who could donate a box spring and mattress to this poor fellow.

Comment by Gina — March 22, 2015 @ 1:30 pm

Hi Gina, You may want to include his city and state. The cost of shipping from elsewhere would be quite prohibitive.Hopefully someone can help. Doug

Comment by Douglas Belleville — March 24, 2015 @ 8:15 am

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