Selling a Used Mattress – Is it Legal?

When it’s time for a new mattress (experts recommend buying a new one every 10 years) you may be wondering what to do with your old mattress. According to, you have a few options: recycle it (between 80 and 90 percent of mattresses can be broken down for this purpose!), Donate, throw away, or in some cases sell. Selling a used mattress can be an inexpensive way to buy a new one, or even a smart way to make extra cash. Be aware, however, that this presents some unique challenges.

What do you have to consider?

While it is possible to sell a used mattress, doing so may require some research. Bill Fish, Managing Editor of, told House Beautiful, “Selling a used mattress can be difficult because each state has different legality laws.” also warns that “the sale of used mattresses is far more regulated than most household items”.

In many states, a used mattress can be sold if it meets certain labeling and processing requirements, such as: B. professional disinfection if it is sold in traditional retailers, used goods, used goods or consignment stores. However, in other states only components of a used mattress (ie the springs) are allowed to be sold. Definitely, A proper investigation of local laws and requirements is a must.

You may also want to consider whether your mattress is even in a condition that can be sold at all. Your 10 year old mattress that you’ve had since college is likely not worth selling, but a mattress that has been used sparingly and well cared for could be. “If you have a relatively new mattress but don’t like the feel of memory foam or don’t think the mattress is right for your body type and sleeping preferences, this may be a good time to sell,” says Fish.

Natalie Angelillo, Vice President of Community at OfferUp, also suggests considering household conditions such as pets or smoking. “”[These things] This can have an impact on the quality of the mattress and the purchase decision. “As with selling anything, you should give prospective buyers advance notice of these terms.

How do you sell a used mattress?

First and foremost, you want to make sure your mattress is clean – no one wants to buy someone else’s stained belongings. Again, depending on your local regulations, Your mattress may need professional cleaning and refurbished (although that might be a good idea regardless) but if it’s particularly dirty we recommend recycling it responsibly rather than selling it. “Use your best judgment,” says Angelillo.

If you do decide to sell, there are plenty of places to list your mattress. Sites like OfferUp, eBay, Craigslist, and even Facebook Marketplace are popular options. Erin Carlyle, editor at Houzz, also suggests asking local mattress retailers, “Sometimes when you buy a new mattress, the store takes the old one off your hands.” Alternatively, seeing if friends or family are interested in buying can save you a lot of time.

Once you’ve determined where to sell, both Fish and Angelillo recommend gathering information about the make, model, size, and age of the mattress in order to make a list (according to OfferUp, a “Queen” is the most frequently purchased Mattress size, while a “King” mattress is the least popular). “If you can, include a link to the manufacturer’s website with more details on the internal components of the mattress,” suggests Angelillo.

In her opinion, having a flashy listing is the key to a successful transaction. “Be sure to include Quality photos, thorough and honest descriptions, and research to ensure your item is reasonably priced to similar items on the market. She adds, “Some people pay extra if you deliver the mattress to them instead of having it collected. “But be prepared: your item may take some time to sell. If you want a quick sale, she suggests lowering the price to attract more buyers.

How Much Can You Expect From Your Mattress Sales? According to Fish, you can expect between 20 and 30 percent of the retail price if the condition is in good shape. Happy Selling!

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