How to Donate Your Old Mattress

Your old mattress can be a valuable item to someone in need

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You are here because your mattress can still be used. That’s great news because there is probably someone nearby with a huge need you can fill.

But you should know, there are many laws about donating and reselling mattresses. That means we can’t guarantee your local charity will be able to accept your donation. If that’s the case, try passing it along to a family member or check out our guide to recycling your mattress.

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This resource is designed to help you choose the next chapter in your mattress’ life. We’ve highlighted the mission of each of the following organizations and their standards for mattress donations to make your choice easy. Even then, while one branch of a national charity may accept your mattress, the one 10 minutes down the road may not. So you will still need to contact your local branch to see what they will and will not take.


Beds For Kids

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Mission statement:

Founded in 2011, Beds for Kids is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to provide beds and essential furniture to children and their families in need. Beds for Kids empowers families with children by delivering these beds and essential furniture items to powerfully supplement the family’s resources as they rise out of poverty and into self-sufficiency.

Impact numbers:

  • In 2017, the delivered 2,239 beds
  • To date, they have served just over 10,000 clients since their launch in 2011

Where are they located? Charlotte, NC with plans to expand*

What type of shape must my mattress be in?

  • 8 years old or younger. No exceptions.
  • No rips or stains.
  • Unfortunately, BFK doesn’t take king-size mattresses. This is largely because the clientele they serve are in 800 x 1200 sq. ft apartments with 3-6 people. King beds take up too much space.

Who does my bed go to? 

Beds for Kids works with children and families transitioning out of homelessness. Most of these families are coming out of a shelter or another family member’s house and have nothing. Your mattress will go to families that have been referred by partner agencies of BFK, such as Refugee Support Services, YWCA, Changed Choices, Habitat for Humanity, etc.

Do they come pick it up at my house? Yes.

Can I schedule online? Yes, just shoot an email to BFK here.

Tax deductible? Yes.

What other bedding furniture they accept?

  • Bedding furniture— headboards, box springs, new bed linens, new pillows and new blankets to give with beds.
  • Essential furniture— tables, couches, end tables, coffee tables, dressers, lamps, etc.

*With hope by the end of 2018/early 2019, the next BFK location will be open. They are hearing from new cities interested in their organization every day!

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Habitat for Humanity ReStore

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*Not all Habitats take used mattresses. Please contact your local store for more information.

Mission statement:

“Habitat for Humanity partners with people in your community, and all over the world, to help them build or improve a place they can call home. With your support, Habitat homeowners achieve the strength, stability and independence they need to build a better life for themselves and for their families.”

Impact numbers:

One Habitat for Humanity affiliate reported in their county an average of over 1900 mattresses of all sizes are donated yearly to their store.

Where are they located?: Nationwide and in 70 countries

What type of shape must my mattress be in?

  • No age limit, but Habitat will have to inspect it.
  • Mattress cannot have any rips or stains.

Who does my bed go to?

“Your furniture donation is first taken to be sanitized and then sent back to the Habitat ReStore to be sold to someone in your community that will give it a second life,” one Habitat for Humanity affiliate shared with us. “Proceeds from that sale help Habitat for Humanity provide a decent place to live for people in your community and around the world.”

Do they come pick it up at my house? Yes.

Can I schedule online? In some locations. Find out here.

Tax deductible? Yes.

What other bedding furniture they accept?

  • Bedding Furniture: headboards, box springs
  • Essential furniture: tables, couches, end tables, coffee tables, dressers, lamps, etc.

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Salvation Army

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*Not all Salvation Army’s take used mattresses. Please contact your local store for more information.

Mission statement:

For over 100 years The Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Centers (ARC) programs have provided spiritual, social, and emotional assistance for men and women who have lost the ability to cope with their problems and provide for themselves. Centers offers residential housing, work, and group and individual therapy, all in a clean, wholesome environment.

What type of shape must my mattress be in?

“The condition a mattress must be in will vary on a local level. However, for all donated items we ask that they be gently-used and to not be ripped, soiled or stained. A good rule of thumb is: if you wouldn’t give it to your family to use then please refrain from donating.” – The Salvation Army

Who does my bed go to?

Your donated mattress will first be sanitized and then sent to one of three places:

  1. The Salvation Army Family Stores to be resold – all profits from the family stores fund the ARC program
  2. Directly to the ARC to be used in the residential housing program
  3. Other arms of the Salvation Army, such as Disaster Relief

Do they come pick it up at my house? Yes

Can I schedule online? Yes. Depending on your location and the type of items you may have to call a local store. Find out that information here.

Tax deductible? Yes.

What other bedding furniture they accept?

  • Bedding Furniture: headboards, box springs
  • Essential furniture: tables, couches, end tables, coffee tables, dressers, lamps, etc.

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