When dropping off trash at the dumpster, I get aggravated by the sight of dozens of old mattresses rotting on the ground. It is explicable that many people may not want to pay a fee to have their old mattresses taken away; however some mattress stores take old mattresses for free. If you do not have these free services you can still put old mattresses to good use anyway. Depending on their condition, there are many ways to recycle or reuse old mattresses.
Donate a gently used mattress to be reused at a homeless shelter
Many homeless people are turned away without help from shelters because of lack of beds to accommodate them. If your old mattress is still in good condition you should consider donating it to the shelter. Make sure that the mattress you are donating is bed-bug free because bedbugs can quickly spread to other peoples bedding.
Reuse old mattresses to make comfy bean bags to sit on
Other materials you need are fabric of favorable color, a thread and a needle. First, sew the fabric into an open bag of desired size, depending on the quantity of foam you plan to reuse. You can also use a sewing machine to make the bean bag. Then, rip the cover off the mattress so that the foam is exposed and cut it into four huge pieces. Stack the four pieces of foam together and stuff them into the bean bag, then saw the top on. Bean bags can bring a warming look to a bedroom or a kids playing room.
Reuse old mattresses to make beautiful cushions for hardwood chairs
Sitting on plain hardwood chairs can be very uncomfortable because they exert excessive pressure on the behind and the back. Choose fabric that complements the design in a room and use it to sew a case for your chair cushions. Cut the mattress depending on the chair design, and then place it in the cushion case you made and sew to secure it in the case. You can always leave the mattress cushions on your hardwood chairs or remove them after use, in case you think it interferes with your room design.
Reuse old mattresses to make pillows
Cut the old mattress into a preferable size, stuff it into a sizeable pillowcase or beanbag and sew to secure it in the bag.
Reuse old mattresses to make dishwashing sponges
Probably in a life time people buy thousands of dishwashing sponges; this is very expensive and not eco-friendly. Cut the old mattress into 3 by3 square inch pieces and wash them and store for future use.
Reuse old mattresses to make stuffed animals for kids
First, sew fabric into shape of desired animal, cut mattress into small cubes and stuff into sewn fabric to plump it up. Recycling old mattresses to make stuffed animals is an easy way to produce cheap stuffed animals for kids on a large scale. It can also be a fun activity when you have children involved in stuffing the animals.
How to Give an Old Mattress New Life
How to Give an Old Mattress New Life – Do you have an old sagging mattress, but just don’t have the money to purchase a new one? There are many people who tend to find themselves in this type of situation. A brand-new mattress can cost person hundreds of dollars, for one that provides extra comfort you may spend up to a thousand dollars.
There are several ways that you can give a mattress some new life. First is the most common way to give your mattress some life, and that is by flipping it. Mattresses tend to start sagging a bit, and flipping it will allow you to use the other side of the mattress that is not worn out. I would recommend flipping and rotating the mattress at least once a month.
This will help to keep the mattress even and won’t make one side of the mattress lopsided or uneven. If you notice that a section of your mattress is starting to sag you can try placing, two sheets under the sagging section. This will help the sagging section of the mattress to be even with the rest of the mattress. You will want to avoid using a large blanket or too many sheets to even out the sagging area of the mattress. Remember that you will want to smooth it out, not make a large bump in the mattress.
Another suggestion is to use an inexpensive mattress topper. There are some mattress toppers that are expensive and some that are more affordable. It really depends on which type of mattress topper that you choose. Obviously a memory foam mattress topper is going to cost you a bit more money, possibly even a few hundred.
A mattress topper or pad that is quilted and has a poly fiber fill is going to be a lot more affordable. These type of mattress toppers will usually coast you under $50 for a queen-sized topper. You may have to do a bit of shopping around to find the right one, but don’t be afraid to feel them and see if they are as thick or as thin as you would like them to be. A fiber bed topper is also another affordable option and is one that will cost you under $100 which is also very cheap.
One thing to remember is that once you start to see springs coming out of the mattress it is time to invest in a new one. When you first start with the suggestions above on giving your mattress new life, you will ant to start setting aside some money for a new one. This way when it is completely worn down you will be able to get the new one you need.