Where to Donate Your Mattress: A Guide

By Loren Bullock

Getting a new mattress is exciting—you already know the amazing nights of sleep that are to come. But now, you have to worry about your old mattress. You could always throw it away and have it sent to the dump, but we all know how bad that is for the environment. If your mattress is still in good shape, it has the potential to be donated to an organization or charity that will give it to someone in need. On top of that, charitable donations are tax deductible and mattresses are big-ticket items.

Not sure if your mattress can be donated or even where to begin? We’ve got you covered with this mattress donation guide.

How to Tell if Your Mattress Can Be Donated

Before you start the process of scouting a donation location, you need to decide if your mattress is in the condition to be donated; basically, is it in good condition where someone else could safely sleep on it?

First off, don’t give away something you wouldn’t sleep on yourself; that’s just plain mean. Your bed shouldn’t be broken, heavily stained, or have bed bugs. If your mattress isn’t up to being donated, you can always recycle it. Mattress recycling uses about 80% of the mattress, so it doesn’t just sit in a landfill. Websites like 1-800-Got-Junk will pick up your mattress and take it to a recycling center.

If your mattress passes this test, you can move forward in the research process and find a place that accepts mattress donations.

Where to Start: Donationtown.org

Donation Town is an internet resource for finding a charity or organization that will accept your donations. This doesn’t just go for mattresses, but your bed frame, clothes, bedding, appliances, toys, cars, and more.

This is a great resource to use when trying to locate a charity that will pick up your mattress, so you don’t have to do any of the lugging yourself. Donation Town covers the entire US: all you have to do is find your location. They also have quite an extensive list of charitable organizations they partner with like the Salvation Army and Shelter for Abused Women and Children.

To find a charity that accepts mattresses near you, simply type in your zip code, and Donation Town will pull up all of the charities near you that do pick ups. Find your favorite, check to see if they accept mattresses, and then schedule a pick up. It is just that easy!

National Furniture Bank Association

The National Furniture Bank Association is a non-profit that donates furniture to millions of Americans living in poverty. This results in thousands of families receiving beds they would not have previously had; 40% of these people are children.

The NFBA has almost 200 furniture banks across North America and will collect any mattress donations from your home if you live within a 20 mile radius of one of these locations. Helping our fellow Americans has never been so easy.

Other Charities That Accept Mattress Donations

There are a mass of other charities and nonprofits that you can donate mattresses to.

Goodwill

Goodwill is an organization that seeks to meet the needs of their communities. They do accept mattresses, but you will need to contact the Goodwill location you plan to give it to and make sure they have the space for it.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit that builds and furnishes homes for the less fortunate. Of course they have to have somewhere to sleep! Habitat accepts mattress donations to more easily furnish these homes. Just enter your zip code, and they will show you a Habitat ReStore near you.

Local Organizations

If you want to directly impact your community, local organizations are always a good bet. Donate to your local homeless shelter, battered women’s shelter, or furniture bank. These won’t always have mattress pick-up options, and you’ll have to call and make sure they’ll accept mattress donations first.

Mattress Companies

Many bed-in-a-box mattress companies offer white glove delivery and mattress removal services with purchase. This means not only will they deliver your mattress, but they’ll set it up for you and get rid of your old mattress. However, not all of them donate the old mattress. Here is a list of a few bedding companies that will donate or recycle your old mattress:


Summary

Getting a new mattress for yourself gives you the opportunity to help someone in need. Donating your mattress can be as simple as making a call or setting up a pick up online. Mattress disposal has never been so easy or felt so good.


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