Step 4 – Set a price
To set a price, consider the mattress’s age and how it has been used. A mattress that is 3 to 4 years old can easily fetch twice more than one that is 7-9 years old. Also, you must consider the external signs of wear and tear. A stained, sagging mattress may not fetch a good price.
Step 5 – Know where to advertise/list itNow we come to the most important aspect of answering the question“Can you sell a used mattress?”
You will want to consider the places that buy a used mattress. Here are some platforms and methods:
Many social media websites offer “virtual marketplaces” where you can easily sell your used mattress. Facebook Marketplace, Instagram, CraigsList, eBay, etc. are popular places to list your cleaned and disinfected mattress.
Here are some other great options for re-selling gently used stuff:
Once you have decided where to sell, create a listing that clearly states the mattress’s specifications, size, color, years of use, cleaning/disinfection information, and the price. Note that queen- and twin-sized mattresses sell faster than king-sized. You can also provide the website link to the mattress if you bought it online.
Here are the factors the listing or advertisement should include:
- A clear photo/photos showing the mattress from all angles
- Make, brand, color, model, size
- Materials, filling used
- Age of the mattress
- Whether the mattress was used in a household with patients/smokers/pets, etc.
- Reason for selling (you are moving, etc.)
- Expected price (and whether negotiable)
Once you have created an advertisement or listing, you now need to wait for buyers.
Speak to several buyers before you finalize a deal. Negotiate the price and sell once you are satisfied. In case you do not hear from buyers, you might have to lower the price.
Many times, you can simply sell gently used mattresses through word-of-mouth. If you are moving, you can let your friends and family know you cannot carry your bulky mattress and have cleaned and disinfected it. They might be interested in buying it or might know someone who will gladly take it off your hands. Decide on a price convenient for both of you and seal the deal.
Re-sell it to a dealer
Many mattress retailers will gladly buy your gently used mattress and adjust the price in case you are purchasing a brand new one from them. They even offer to pick up the used mattress, which can be very convenient, as transporting a mattress can be quite a hassle.
Step 6 – Consider recycling parts of the mattress
In some states, it is mandatory to only sell certain parts of a used mattress. These include the filling, mattress topper, springs, etc.
Here is a map showing some places you can recycle your mattress’ filling.
Step 7 – Consider donating it
If, despite several months of listing your mattress, you are unable to sell it, you could consider donating it to Goodwill, Salvation Army, and Habitat for Humanity, to an assisted living facility, or to friends/students in need of a mattress.