How to Store a Mattress

All Storage Online | June 20, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

There’s a reason you see good mattresses in dumpsters or in the free section on Craigslist. Moving and storing them isn’t always easy. If you’ve ever struggled to strap a mattress to the roof of your car or wondered about whether or not you need a climate-controlled storage unit for your bed, you know just how challenging it can be.

Mattresses present a number of problems when it comes time to store or move them. They’re big, unexpectedly heavy, expensive, awkwardly shaped, hard to clean and...well, the list goes on. But before you give up and toss yours out with the trash or put it out on the curb with a free sign on it, read the following guidelines for storing a mattress.


If you’re like most people, you’re probably not in the habit of stripping off your sheets and deep cleaning your mattress on a regular basis, so the prospect of doing so might seem a bit foreign. Don’t worry; it’s actually super easy.

First, remove the linens. Next, vacuum the mattress (use the attachments on your vacuum, as sticking with the vacuum itself can rip the fabric). After you’ve done that, sprinkle baking soda on the mattress and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. Enjoy a cold beverage. Vacuum it again, then spot clean stains with mild detergent, warm water and a sponge (or hydrogen peroxide and dish soap for tough stains). Repeat on each side and let the mattress air dry flat.

Once the mattress is clean and dry, cover it with a mattress cover.

Moving Your Mattress

We admit it. This is the hard part. You can make it a lot easier by hiring a moving company, renting a moving truck or sweet talking your friend into borrowing his pickup truck. But if you’ve got to do the dreaded mattress-strapped-to-the-roof-of-a-car thing, it is crucial that you don’t take any shortcuts.

Stock up on nylon rope (you’ll need to purchase enough to wrap around the length of the mattress at least three times). Before putting the mattress on the car, place one piece of rope lengthwise on top of the vehicle. Next, place the mattress on top of the car so that that piece is sandwiched between the car and the mattress. Roll down your windows and thread ropes through each window (two ropes total) and tie horizontally on top of the mattress. Now you can weave that first rope through the tied horizontal ropes and tie it on top. Reinforce this with tape and ties.

As an extra precaution, avoid traveling during high winds or bed weather (you don’t want a thunderstorm to potentially soak your mattress anyway). Stick to roads where you can drive slowly.

Again, if you’re not feeling up to the task of transporting your mattress on the roof of your car, hire movers or rent a truck. Yes, those services will cost you money, but they’re way better than having your mattress fall off of your car on the highway.

Storage Tips

Most people make the same big mistake when storing a mattress. Can you guess what it is?

If you guessed storing the mattress on its side, you were right. This method seems like a real space-saver, but storing the mattress flat is the only way to preserve its shape. Avoid placing heavy items on top of the mattress, as these can cause damage as well.

And what about climate control? It’s a great way to prevent moisture from creating mildew on your mattress. Heat and cold aren’t likely to cause a lot of damage to a mattress, but moisture definitely will, so a climate-controlled storage unit at All Storage is the way to go.

If you choose an All Storage facility with  EZ Drive-In storage, you’ll be able to store your mattress in a climate controlled storage unit inside a climate controlled building that you can actually drive into. Trust us, this makes moving and storing one of the most notoriously tough items so much easier.

Have any questions about how to store a mattress? Feel free to ask. We’re here to make your self storage experience as seamless and pleasant as possible.