How To Get Rid Of An Old Bed and Mattress

If you are moving home or looking to replace your bed and mattress, you may be unsure of what to do with your old one. Fortunately, if you live in London and are looking to get rid of this large piece of bedroom furniture, there are a wide range of options available to you. Our furniture removal experts will run you through the best ways to dispose of an old bed and mattress from your home.


1. Offer it to a friend

One way to get rid of an unwanted bed and mattress is to offer it to someone who needs it, such as a friend, family member, or colleague. Although your mattress might not suit you well anymore, it could be perfect for someone else, so it is well worth asking around to see if anyone is in need of a new mattress. 

Although, if it is in a poor condition this may not be an option, since people will be reluctant to take on a mattress that isn’t fit for use, or better than the one they already have. However, since bed frames and mattresses are often expensive, offering it to someone you know could save them a great deal of money, particularly if they were looking to replace theirs anyway! 

2. Donate it to charity

Another option is to donate your bed and mattress to a local charity that can sell it on and raise money for charity and pass your unwanted furniture onto someone in your local community who needs it, for cheaper than retail price. 

That said, charities are very particular about the beds and mattresses they accept and their quality, particularly when it comes to mattresses and fire labels. Due to the law, charity shops cannot resell a mattress without the appropriate fire labels attached because there is no way to prove that the items are fire-proof and safe for use. 

Charity shops may also refuse beds or mattresses if they don’t have enough space to store them. This is especially the case in small charity stores as they may not have the storage space to keep or present bulky furniture to consumers. If you would like to donate your sofa to charity, ring up your local stores to see whether they accept bulky furniture to avoid a wasted trip.

Some charities accepting mattresses are as follows:  

3. Recycle and re-purpose it

In a bid to get rid of your old mattress and bed, you should first consider what you can do with the old materials, and whether you can repurpose them. For avid DIY lovers, the scrap wood, fabric, metal, springs and foam could have another use that prevents the materials from ending up in landfill sites. Any materials that you can’t find a purpose for can be recycled separately, allowing you to do your bit for the environment too.  

4. Sell your mattress locally

If your mattress is in good condition, you may want to try to get some money for your old bed and mattress by selling it online, or listing it in a local store on a ‘for sale’ board. Since mattresses are challenging to transport, selling your mattress locally is a far better idea than listing it nationally, since people can come and collect the bed and mattress quickly and easily if they live nearby. However, you need to make sure you choose the right price for your mattress, taking into account the shape, size, model, age, and quality. 

One of the main difficulties with selling your bed and mattress is that you cannot be sure that it will be sold. This means that you may need to keep it stored in your property until it is, which can be problematic if you don’t have much space.

5. Pay a visit to the tip

There is also the option to take your old bed and mattress to the local recycling centre, which is free of charge. They will be able to take apart and recycle your furniture for you, ensuring that as much of it as possible avoids ending up in landfills. 

Recycling centres are a great option if you need to get rid of a bed and mattress fast, but it does involve breaking down the furniture and transporting it yourself, which can be hard if there aren’t people on hand to help, or if your vehicle isn’t big enough. In this event, hiring a professional team to do the heavy lifting, transporting and disposal on your behalf is a far more convenient option. 

6. Call in the professionals

If you are looking for a more convenient, quick fix to getting rid of your old bed and mattress, you can always get in touch with a specialist waste management team who can clear and collect your old bed and mattress on your behalf for a small charge. 

As London’s leading waste removal company, our fantastic team offer reliable, affordable and fast mattress removal and furniture disposal services at a time that suits you.

To receive your free, no-obligation quote, give us a call on 020 8504 2380.