How to Store a Mattress

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Written by: Alex Savy
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Storing your stuff can be difficult, and this is especially true for mattresses. Here’s the deal: they’re expensive, bulky, delicate, and come into close contact with your body. As a result, you need to learn how to store a mattress unless you want to turn your bed into a musty, distorted mess. 

Here’s the truth: there is a way to handle mattress storage without any unwanted accidents. In this article, we’ll show you the proper way to store your mattress, so it will remain as good as the day you put it away.

Key Takeaways

  • To properly store your mattress, clean and dry the mattress, wrap it up with water-resistant materials, and lay it flat on surfaces that are a bit higher than the floor.
  • Choose a well-ventilated storage spot for your mattress storage, as this enhances breathability and prevents the growth of mold in your mattress.

Why You Should Care About Mattress Storage

You should care about mattress storage because it helps increase your mattress’s lifespan and overall durability. 

Sleeping is a very big part of our lives. Not only does it take up so much of our time, but it also greatly affects how we feel for the time we are awake. For this reason, a good mattress is vital for maintaining your sleep quality, and this extends to mattress storage as well.

Improper storage will quickly turn a good mattress into a bad one. If you don’t store it the right way, a once-perfect mattress can become smelly, warped, and flat in a matter of days. By taking mattress storage seriously, you will help it keep its shape. Healthy sleep, in turn, will help keep you in shape (1).

Why You Should Care About Mattress Storage

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How to Store a Mattress - The Definitive Guide

When looking to store your mattress, you start by cleaning and drying the mattress to prevent you from storing dirt alongside it, and then you wrap the mattress up in protective materials like plastic. Afterwards, lay the mattress down flat, as storing it upright can cause damage to the material; then, select an airy spot so that the mattress gets to breathe (preferably on a wooden pallet).

How to Store a Mattress - The Definitive Guide

Don’t worry though; we’ll explain each point better in the following section:

  • Clean and Dry Your Mattress

You would’ve probably guessed the cleaning part on your own. It would be best to always clean a mattress before taking it into storage. I endeavor not to allow any dirt to set in, as getting it out might be a tad stressful.

Even if my mattress looks clean, I ensure to still give it at least a thorough vacuum. People often put seemingly clean mattresses in storage, only to find huge stains on them after unpacking. I take care of this early on, as nobody ought to store or sleep in a dirty bed.

The cleaning part was an easy guess, but the drying is where many people get it wrong. It would be best to dry your mattress before putting it in storage. If you’ve deep cleaned it before storage, it’s bound to be wet. Even if you didn’t, the chances are that your mattress holds some moisture anyway. Here’s the thing: when you sleep, you sweat. Your sweat introduces moisture to the mattress, and we all know how bad moisture can be. So, if you don’t want mold inside your mattress, make sure to air it out thoroughly before storing it.

You can also use a blow dryer to dry your mattress. Hold the blow dryer over your mattress and set it to warm. Ensure you’re not too close to the mattress’s surface as the heat can cause it to burn. After a few minutes, the moisture should evaporate under the heat.

  • Protect Your Mattress From the Elements

Seeing as you’ve just cleaned and dried your mattress, it would be wise to protect it from the possibility of getting wet or dirty in storage. This is why you need to use a plastic wrapper for your mattress.

To achieve this, I use different kinds of plastic. There are plastic wrapping sheets that you get in a roll, and then there are plastic bags made especially for mattresses. Either will do a good job. Using the plastic sheet is a bit more labor-intensive, and I usually require some tape to make the seams water-resistant. However, using a plastic bag gets the job done easier, although they’re slightly more expensive.

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  • Lay Your Mattress Flat

A mattress is designed to lay flat. Putting it in any other position will damage its structure, which will affect the way it supports your body when sleeping. In some cases, improper storage can warp a mattress so severely that it won’t fit the bed frame anymore.

To ensure your mattress keeps its shape, always lay it flat. Don’t fold it, roll it, or store it on its side. It goes without saying: don’t try to jam your mattress in a box. We know these space-saving methods can be tempting, but they’ll ruin any mattress immediately.

Take great care not to put anything on top of your mattress either. Avoiding stacking is especially important for memory foam mattresses. Putting stuff on top will create a dent in your mattress that you can’t fix.

  • Find a Suitable Storage Spot

What you’re looking for is preferably a clean, dry, and air-conditioned environment. We understand that finding such a perfect mattress storage spot might be difficult, but try to avoid damp areas at least. A wet environment will ruin your mattress even if you wrap it in plastic.

Here’s a pro tip: never store your mattress on the floor. The floors in storage areas are cold and damp, which will promote condensation. After a short while, the condensation will encourage mold growth, and after that? Let’s put it this way: you can say goodbye to your mattress. Not only will it be stained, but mold can also be a serious health hazard. Put something under your mattress to raise it off the floor to ensure this does not happen. A wooden pallet will do fine, and it will allow the mattress to breathe as well.

 Choose a well-ventilated spot to ensure moisture doesn’t become a problem.

If you’re storing your mattress for a long time, then you should endeavor to air it at least once every 3 months. Take it out of its covering for a bit, and allow it to be sun dried before packing it back for storage.

  • Transporting Your Mattress

Not everyone will need to transport their mattress to a separate storage area, but it’s best to follow a few rules if you do. First and foremost: make sure to do steps one and two before moving. Secondly, never let your mattress get wet during the move. This means you should only use enclosed vehicles. So, no open pickup trucks.

As for the other rules described in this guide, you have some leeway. If it’s a short trip, feel free to put your mattress on its side. Still, we wouldn’t recommend stacking stuff on top of it.

If you feel the packaging and storing process is too stressful for you, you can contact shipping companies that can help transport your mattress. Some companies offer services from packing to storage, while some offer transport services alone.


Can I store a mattress in a garage?

Yes, you can store a mattress in a garage, but only if your garage provides the conditions described above. If it resembles a musty medieval dungeon, please keep your mattress as far away as possible. Remember the rules: if it’s well ventilated and dry, you should have no problem.

How do I store a memory foam mattress?

If you need to store a memory foam mattress, it’s best to follow the same rules you would for a traditional spring mattress. While it’s true that memory foam mattresses handle vertical storage better, it’s not exactly good for the mattress. Also, it’s important to note that you must be extra careful about stacking things on top of memory foam. Don’t store anything on top of a memory foam mattress, no matter how small or light.

Any special rules about storing hybrid mattresses?

The basic rules for storing these high-tech mattresses are the same as traditional mattresses. There is only one thing: you need to be extra careful. Due to their composite nature, these mattresses are even more delicate than usual, and folding will ruin even the best hybrid mattress in Canada.

That’s a Wrap!

Get it? Like wrapping a mattress! Kidding aside, we hope our article showed you how to store a mattress the right way. Do you have any storage tips you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below!


  1. Susan L. Worley (December 2018). The Extraordinary Importance of Sleep: The Detrimental Effects of Inadequate Sleep on Health and Public Safety Drive an Explosion of Sleep Research. Retrieved from

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