How to store a mattress – expert tips to promote the perfect slumber

This is how to store a mattress the correct way – to keep your space tidy and encourage better sleep over time

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Knowing how to store a mattress correctly is one of the most effective things you can do to preserve your furnishing – and promote a good sleep over time. 

You would be forgiven for believing that the perfect slumber comes down to your bedroom's interior choices – from the color of your walls to the best mattress for your personal needs. However, while these factors are undeniably influential, knowing how to store a mattress before use is similarly impactful. 

Whether you're moving house, decorating, or storing a mattress for a specific time in the future, it is important to ensure you take care of your springs and prevent wear and tear on the exterior. Here's how to store a mattress correctly – to sleep better, and protect your investment, according to experts.  

How to store a mattress – according to experts

Mattresses' are notoriously tricky to store, thanks to their large surface area and heavy nature. Though, with the right tips, you can protect this bathroom staple from harm. Here are three important points to follow where possible.  

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1. Attempt to lay the mattress flat

While it is not always to lay your mattress flat, Laurie Goldsmith from REM-Fit (opens in new tab) recommends doing so where possible. 'If you have space, always store the mattress lying flat as if it was on a bed base,' they say. 'This will protect the inner workings of a sprung mattress and help the mattress retain its shape.'

If you can not accommodate a flat mattress in your home, it could be a good idea to place the furnishing in your garage. That way, your mattress will be out of sight  –  meaning it is less likely to get damaged in daily life. 

2. Limit the risk of falling

If you do not have space to lay your mattress flat in a spare room or garage, you can still store the piece against the wall without damaging its strings. However, Laurie warns that this comes with extra caution. 

'Depending on the mattress, it will likely start to buckle under its own weight, so check it regularly and rotate it,' she says. 

'If you have the space and a spare item of furniture available, sandwich the mattress against the wall to help keep it upright and tall – be careful to make sure the item of furniture cannot fall over.'

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3. Invest in mattress encasement  

Regardless of how you position your mattress, Laurie urges you to purchase a   zipped mattress encasement [such as this Queen sized option on Amazon (opens in new tab)] to cover the furnishing throughout its storage. This will keep your mattress fresh and protect against dust and debris that are an inevitable part of your garage. 

If you position your mattress in the best way possible and use a case to protect it from damage, you will preserve those all-important springs that directly impact your sleep. So, if you're looking to improve your bedroom ideas while moving or decorating, knowing how to store a mattress correctly is one of the best things you can do. 

Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.