Your mattress is arguably the piece of furniture within your home that you spend the most amount of time on. However, they can also take up a great deal of space. Whether you want to keep your mattress in a safe location while you move to a new home, or simply need to store an extra mattress for a short while, you may want to consider renting out a self-storage unit to keep it in. Before you move your mattress out of your house, however, you need to take certain steps to ensure that your mattress does not become damaged while sitting idle in a storage unit.


The first thing that you should do before you move your mattress into storage is to clean it completely. Use a vacuum to remove as much dust and dirt as possible, and use a specialized upholstery cleaner to spot clean any areas where debris, stains, or other discoloration has set in. Avoid using a steam cleaner or other overly wet methods of cleaning, since moisture can seep into the mattress and contribute to mold growth while your mattress is sitting idle.

Pack it Up

You should never move a mattress uncovered – and that doesn't mean that you should leave the sheets on. An uncovered mattress is a prime location for pests to take up residence and for water to seep into, which can cause a huge amount of damage in a short amount of time. Instead, invest in a mattress bag, which can be purchased from most department stores or mattress stores for a relatively inexpensive price. This bag is breathable, allowing water to evaporate if it does manage to get into your mattress, but will also keep out most pests and moisture in the air, and prevent the accumulation of dust, dirt and other debris as well.

Proper Storage

In the actual storage unit, you need to make sure that your mattress is stored properly. Never store your mattress standing up, since this can cause the stuffing to shift and create an uneven surface or lumps. Instead, you'll want to store a mattress flat on the ground, which will ensure that the structure of the mattress retains its support, but don't place it on the exposed concrete at the bottom of a storage unit, since this can cause water to seep into the base easier. Instead, store the mattress on top of wooden pallets: this keeps it off the ground and harder to access for moisture and pests.