Everybody sleeps—we all need to! It’s critical for our mental and physical health, and overall wellbeing. After all, lack of sleep can cause a whole host of issues, including poor focus, heart problems, high blood pressure and the inability to retain important information (like how to best store your beloved bed for long-term use!).
A restful slumber, however, requires the right mattress—making this item a very popular one to move or store in one of these standard sizes and shapes:
- Twin (39 inches x 75 inches)
- Twin-XL (39 inches x 80 inches)
- Full (54 inches x 75 inches)
- Queen (60 inches x 80 inches)
- King (76 inches x 80 inches)
As you assess storage needs and get ready to make a move, clear out a guest room or redecorate a space, consider the following mattress storage tips.
1. Clean Before You Store
As with any item you plan to store, thoroughly clean your mattress and box springs to ensure long-term storage success. Storing a dirty mattress will only put its quality at risk over time as residue and buildup settle in. As you clean, pay special attention to creases, in which dirt or dust can accumulate.
2. Protect with a Cover
Further help preserve your mattress’ existing condition with a cover for added protection. This is part of why it is incredibly important that you first clean your mattress. If dirt or other unclean elements remain, throwing a cover over them will only trap and push these items farther into your piece.
3. Choose Climate-Controlled
Mold, mildew and dust build-up—yuck! Leave your mattress in the wrong climate, and you could be asking for trouble.
Select a climate-controlled storage location to keep mattress materials protected from unintended residue buildup or adverse side effects. Keep the temperature and conditions similar to those of your home—not too warm and not too stuffy.
4. Maintain Form and Placement
A common misconception is that mattresses should be stored upright. Storing them on their side long-term, however, can dislodge and ruin the springs, coils and inner workings. Instead, keep your mattress flat and store as you would in your bedroom.
Also give it its own space! Do not pile boxes or other objects on top of the bed, which will also put unnecessary strain and wear on the springs over time.
What special considerations do you keep in mind as you move or store a mattress? Share with us in the comment section below.
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