How to store a bed
Whether you’re a college student wanting to stash a mattress for a few months, someone in between homes during a relocation, or even heading out for a deployment, there are a lot of reasons you may need to place a bed into a storage unit.
So, what is the best way to store a bed? There are some key things to look for in a storage unit, steps to take before storing your bed, and even a proper way to place your bed into the unit itself. Follow these simple guidelines below:
The best storage unit for a mattress
As with any self storage situation, find the best storage unit comes down to your personal situation. In this case, there are a few important features and factors to search for when renting your storage unit, the first of which will be size. While convenient to store a mattress upright, it will need to be stored laying flat—which we’ll talk more about later. Having to lay the mattress down flat will impact the storage unit size. A twin-sized bed will fit in a 5×10 unit, while a king size would need a 10×10.
Another crucial storage feature to look for when storing your bed is climate control. This feature maintains a constant temperature and humidity level regardless of weather conditions outside. This prevents any moisture from building up in the mattress that would otherwise promote mold and mildew growth.
Preparing your mattress for self storage
The very first step you want to take before placing your bed into a storage unit is a deep clean. While we don’t want to ruin the peaceful image of your bed, it does collect skin cells, dust, sweat, and other materials that can lead to bacteria, mold, and mildew growth. Over time in storage, this will at best produce a bad-smelling bed and at worst a health hazard.
To clean your mattress, you can go over it lightly with an upholstery cleaner or even use a steam cleaner. The trick to both these methods is to make sure that the mattress is completely dry before the next step. Remember, moisture in the mattress is bad.
The next step will be placing your mattress in a plastic mattress bag, which can be purchased online or at hardware stores. This bag doesn’t just help keep out outside moisture, but it also protects it from the risk of bugs or other pests making your mattress their new home.
Placing your mattress into a storage unit
After finding the right storage unit and preparing your mattress, the next step is placing the bed into the actual unit. As we mentioned earlier, it’s important to store your mattress flat. It may not seem to make sense when trying to maximize your space, but a mattress is not made to stand upright for long periods of time. Coils will begin to shift and slacken, causing the overall structure of the mattress to lose its shape and integrity. If all you’re storing is the mattress, place a tarp or even some pallets on the floor first to avoid direct contact with the ground. It is also possible to store your mattress flatly on top of boxes or furniture—though be sure that it is flat and not sagging in spots.
Removing your mattress from storage
The day will come that you can retrieve your bed and sleep blissfully in it once more, and when that day comes, you should know what to do. On the off chance it does develop a slight musty smell, you can easily remove it with a natural deodorizer or by sprinkling baking soda on each side—just be sure to vacuum it off before making the bed that night.
With the right steps before, during, and after, you can find the best way to store your bed and find it ready and waiting for you when you need it!