The average American over 15 years of age sleeps more than eight hours a night, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (I know, I couldn’t believe it either).
This means most people spend 56 hours a week, 240 hours a month, and 2,920 hours a year in Dreamland. Roughly a third of your life is spent in a deep slumber. It seems almost impossible, doesn’t it?
Through this spectrum, your bed and mattress becomes some of your most important investments. A good mattress should last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, if properly maintained. A solid bed frame can last decades.
If you need to put a bed and mattress in self storage — maybe your partner is moving in and you need to upgrade from twin to queen (or even king, you lucky devil), or your kids are moving out and you want to repurpose their rooms — follow these helpful hints to make sure they maintain their magic for years to come.
Keeping your dreams alive: How to store a mattress and bed
Consider climate control. A major concern when keeping any type of furniture in storage is moisture and temperature changes. These mischief-makers can do significant damage to your bed and mattress.
Consider upgrading from a traditional self storage unit to climate-controlled storage. This will ensure that your storage space will have heat in the winter and stay cool in the summer, safeguarding your expensive mattress and bed from severe temperature changes.
If you do go with a traditional storage unit, buy a portable dehumidifier. Though not as ideal, this tool will pump moisture out whenever you visit and help maintain the quality of your mattress.
Clean everything first. Once you’ve selected the right space, clean your bed and mattress — and all furniture pieces — before putting them into storage.
You can clean your mattress in a number of ways, but the easiest method is using upholstery cleaner (like you would on a couch) and vacuuming your mattress on both sides.
Clean the bed and bed frame with soap and water. If desired, use oil soap on the wooden bed or headboard, especially if it’s an antique or older piece.
Disassemble the bed. Snoozing at your storage facility is against the rules. You will have no need for an assembled bed. Sorry if you thought this would be your secret getaway for noonday naps!
Take apart the bed before bringing it to your self storage unit. Not only will it pack easier, but it’ll also reduce the likelihood of nicks or scratches.
Protect from dust or moisture. Cover the bed pieces with old blankets or sheets to shield them from dust or moisture. If possible, do not use thick plastic covers, as these are more likely to trap in the moisture. A light, breathable plastic would work well, however.
Similarly, the mattress needs to stay covered. High-quality mattress bags (with no holes or tears) should cost less than $20. These will prevent mold and ensure the mattress stays dry.
Lay the mattress flat. While some sources may tell you to prop the mattress on its side to save space, you should never store a mattress upright. It’s perfectly fine to carry your mattress upright, but once you place it inside your storage unit, lay it flat to mimic its natural positioning. Over time, the coils and inter-workings of a side-stored mattress will settle out of their proper position, destroying the cushion.
Never store anything on top of the mattress. Heavy objects can damage the springs. Heavy objects create more wear. To make the best use of space, place the mattress on top of other objects, like pallets or other flat-topped furniture items. Make sure everything is stable, though!
Pro tip: use Uncle Bob’s handy storage space estimator to make sure you’ll have room for your mattress to be flat—and for everything else you intend to load in.
Following these tips will protect your mattress and bed for months and years to come. Now excuse me while I take a quick siesta.