Down but not Out: Pro Tips in Recycling your Old Bed

July 23, 2014

The Princess and the Pea

There is a time and place for everything. In the grand scheme of things, there is an appointed time for all things to begin and to end. That’s what determines generations – times and places for people to live and die. Some things last longer than others, but they all eventually end – your possessions, relationships, memories, and even the mattresses that make up your home.

There will come a time in which you have to say adieu to your old bed. And although it may be down, it’s not completely out. Here are a few ways in which you may recycle your old bed. I believe a faithful mattress deserves a more respectable resting place than a landfill, don’t you think?

Sell it or donate it

This doesn’t necessarily mean selling it as a secondhand mattress. Unless your mattress is extremely saggy and has a dozen holes on it, don’t throw it away just yet. Sell it as scrap. One man’s trash is another’s treasure. Another thing you can do is to donate it. A lot of people don’t have beds, you know. They’ll be more than happy to have something more comfortable to sleep on – even if has tears and rips on it.

Use it for a kid’s play room

If your old mattress is made of foam, you can use it to prop it up against a wall to make a kid’s play room a tad safer. Also, you can just put a regular old innerspring mattress around and have your kids exhaust their physical energy on it by using it as something like a jungle gym. I know that I told you that jumping on your bed is something you shouldn’t do, but now that it’s old, you couldn’t care less.

Use the mattress as an art canvas

If you’re a more artistically-inclined individual, you can use your old mattress as an art canvas. Anything is becoming a medium of art nowadays, thanks to postmodernism. So if you can channel your inner artist, don’t hesitate to drag your old mattress to the garage and work your magic! For those who need a pinch of inspiration, you can take a look on some artistically unorthodox uses for polyurethane foam.

Cut it up and use it for insulation

Another advantage of owning a foam mattress is that when it gets old, you can cut it up into different shapes to become an insulating or cushioning material for all sorts of purposes varying from household to automotive. That’s something you just can’t do with a spring mattress.

As you rest on your new mattress, you can sleep better knowing that you didn’t waste a thing regarding your old one. It has now found its new purpose, and it’s serving it well. It may have ended its journey as a bed, but at least it’s still useful to someone else in one way or another. Have a great night!