Where you sleep is of much importance as it should make you feel relaxed after a whole day’s hard work. This brings up the question, can you put a mattress on the floor?
Of course you can since it is your mattress. However, the answer is not as simple as putting the mattress on the floor, this will be determined by a number of things, the type of the mattress, the flooring as well as the environment of where you live. It is often believed that college students, young people or couples are the ones who sleep on mattresses.
This holds some truth as the prices of good beds are not within this group’s ability. Beds are not only expensive but also bulky thus occupying a lot of space in your bedroom. The issue of assembling and dismantling a bed is quite challenging leading to many people opting to put the mattress on the floor.
On another note, this is not a students’ or young people’s thing only, in some countries like China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam it is very common to simply sleep on a mattress laid on the floor. The question of whether this is an inexpensive solution for those who cannot afford a bed comes into the picture. This is becoming an in thing for many people thus slowly turning into a lifestyle choice.
So when is it best to change your sleeping place? As it is with many people, change needs time to adapt to. This is not different from when changing from sleeping on a bed to sleeping on the mattress. Young children will adapt faster to sleeping on a mattress than adults. This is a safer and inexpensive option for parents to have their kids sleep comfortably especially to kids who are susceptible to falling out of bed.
What is the concern of putting a mattress on the floor? Whilst putting a mattress on the floor might be an inexpensive solution as compared to buying a bed, some factors need to be considered.
- What type of mattress you have
A foam or coil mattress provide a very good place for mold to grow when put on the floor. This can lead to very serious health issues. This is because mattresses need to air out or breathe as we sweat when sleeping. When the mattress is on the floor, the sweat moisture is retained on the bottom of the mattress, combined with lack of light provides the ideal place for mold to breed.
- Where do you live?
If you live in a humid environment or near the water, putting a mattress on the floor is not very advisable. This is because the environmental temperatures allow for the growth of mold and putting the mattress on the floor makes it even a better place.
- What type is your floor?
If you have hardwood flooring and is old, then it is not a good idea to put your mattress on the floor. This is because it can provide a very good place for mold spores to be dormant then with the right conditions grow.
How then do you make it safe to put your mattress on the floor? Safety is very important for every person. Therefore, if you have to sleep on the floor it is very crucial to make it safe for yourself and those who might share the mattress.
- Air the mattress
Mattresses need to breathe so that the sweat trapped in them can escape. After a night’s sleep, lean the mattress on its side against the wall and air it out once a week. This is a good solution to keep the mold away and avoid health issues.
- Keep the floor clean
It is very important to ensure that the place you place the mattress is clean. In case you have to place the mattress on a carpet, vacuum it to suck all the dust. This will ensure that no dust and other allergens that can lead to serious health issues.
- Use exact fitting for your bedding
The bedding you use on your mattress should not touch the floor. This is to avoid having any dust trapped in your bedding. If moisture is of much concern, you can use a moisture barrier below the mattress to help keep it away.