Is It OK To Put Your Mattress On The Floor?

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When you’re furnishing your bedroom, it may feel like a bed frame or box spring is an absolute necessity. However, in many cultures, sleeping on a simple mattress or sleeping mat on the floor is standard practice. And in a few cases, it may make sense to put your mattress directly on the floor of your bedroom.

Whether or not putting your mattress on the floor is a good idea depends on a few different things, like the type of mattress, type of flooring, and the climate you live in.

If you live somewhere moist or humid, putting your mattress directly on the floor may mean that moisture accumulates at the bottom of your mattress. This could lead to a nasty mold issue. Another thing that can cause mold: older hardwood floors. They may contain mold spores that could spread to your mattress.

At night, sweat and heat released from your body can get trapped in the mattress and form mold. It’s also worth keeping in mind that foam and even coil mattresses need to breathe and air out, says Joe Alexander of Nest Bedding. “That moisture needs to go somewhere, and gravity pulls it to the bottom of your mattress. When your mattress is on the floor, that moisture is retained, and combined with a lack of light, provides the perfect breeding ground for mold,” he says in a blog post on the Nest Bedding site.

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If you sleep close to the ground, you may be exposed to the dust or dirt that naturally accumulates on your bedroom floor. If you are a super diligent cleaner, that may not be an issue. But if you hate chores and rarely dust, you may find that sleeping so close to the floor causes you to breathe in a lot more dust and dirt.

Another thing to consider: getting out of bed is more difficult when your mattress is on the floor. If you have any mobility issues or suffer from back pain, you may strain your muscles and joints by pulling yourself to your feet each morning. Plus, sleeping on the floor increases the chance that you’ll lose your balance—or even fall—when you get up.

“If you have to put your mattress on the floor, simply leaning it up against the wall on its side once a week would allow it to air out and should be a good solution until you are able to find something permanent,” Alexander advises.

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[Editor’s Note: The information provided should not be considered a substitute for professional advice. Please consult a sleep doctor or other medical expert if you have questions related to your own health.]

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Joe Auer

Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.

He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.

Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.