Whether you are downsizing your house to a smaller residence or you are no longer in need of your current bed, you may have decided to place your mattress in a self-storage unit. When doing so, however, make sure that you do not make the following mistakes that could cause permanent damage to the mattress.
1. Propping the Mattress Vertically Against the Wall
One mistake that you should not make when putting your mattress in storage is to prop it up vertically against the wall. While it may be tempting to try to save space in the unit by setting the mattress on either its side or top, doing so could cause one of two problems.
First, if you prop the mattress against the wall, its own weight will cause it to sag. When left in this position, the springs and batting inside of the mattress will eventually break down. You will be left with an uneven, lumpy mattress in this case.
Second, a mattress that is propped up is not very stable. There is always the possibility that it could tip over, causing damage to anything else in the unit that it falls on.
Instead of propping the mattress up, lay it down flat on the floor.
2. Placing Heavy Objects and Boxes on the Mattress
After deciding that it would be a good idea to lay the mattress on the floor instead of propping it up, you may decide that the surface of the mattress can serve as a platform for storing other furniture or household items. However, the last thing that you want to do is place heavy objects and boxes on your mattress.
Because of the weight of the items, the areas on which they lay will break down. When you need the mattress again, these areas will most likely not bounce back, which will leave you with an uneven, uncomfortable mattress.
If you absolutely need the space for storage, just make sure that you do not put anything heavy on the mattress. Items such as linens and bags of clothes should be light enough to not damage the springs and batting.
Avoiding the above mistakes can help to ensure that your mattress is ready to use once you need it again. For more information about preparing and storing your possessions for the long term, seek out the assistance of a representative from the storage unit rental company.