how to buy a mattress on craigslist

Apparently bed size was not the only barrier my wife had to doing all that kinky stuff.) I have no idea how long it had been there already, but I will disclose a few tidbits about the previous owners of the house, who lived there since the house was built in 1965.
For a used mattress, there are four things to consider (the 4 S’s): source, smell, stains, and shape.
But if you are trying to decide whether to buy the $4500 Beauty-Double-Comfort-Plushderful-Blissomatic or my $40 who-knows-how-old-it-is mattress, don’t waste your time.
So I have no idea how old the mattress is… I’m not an expert, but I would guess that it is 12-14 years old.

Actually, the worst case scenario is that you get bedbugs, and on top of buying a new mattress, you also have to hire an exterminator for a minimum of two visits, often at least three, and you have to wash and dry every item of fabric you own (except for all the stuff that can’t go in the washer on hot and the dryer on high heat, which has to be dry cleaned), and you have to vacuum everything daily, and you have buy either plastic bags or plastic tubs for all your stuff to sit in while your apartment is being sprayed (and it needs to remain packed for two weeks between the sprayings and another few weeks after the spraying to be sure they’re gone)….plus the stress and time associated with this? Plus the social stigma of bedbugs? PLUS the bites, which are incredibly itchy? Man, it is NOT worth it.
The problem with a mattress as I am sure people have said before but I'm too lazy to read this all is that bedbugs can live and multiply in the mattress and you don't really clean your mattress so it is near impossible to kill them.
I don't understand why, if you will sleep on a hotel or motel mattress on which tens of thousands of unknowns have slept, you would be unwillng to buy a mattress from a person or couple whom you may inspect, as it were, before purchase? Not only can you inspect the owners, but you can carefully inspect the mattress for bugs, stains, etc.
I would believe that for people who just cover the mattress in a sheet but I've got the whole mattress pad with vinyl impervious layer thing going on and I do take that off and wash it often as well.
Even if you weren't worried about pee, bugs, or bodily fluids hitting the mattress when the previous owner had "company over" word on the street is the amount of fluids and dry skin, ecc that leave you every night and transfer through sheets… Is gross.
I should add to my initial post and say I'm leaning towards a NEW bed because I don't like not knowing the history of a used mattress.
i my mattress and i don't think i'd get rid of it until it was work all the way out, so thats a concern.
I'm skeeved by so many things, I'm not a hotel person and I bring my blow up mattress if I know I'm staying out.
Linds, more like used clothes – oh hey thrifters! I don't know many people that sleep junk-down on a bare mattress.
I'd say the odds are very good to great for Seth in procuring a non-humped mattress.
I'd still say no to a used mattress, though, mostly for fear of bed bugs.
If picturing a ring of Posturepedics around the planet isn’t enough to make you shudder, then maybe carcinogenic contamination will: Conventional mattresses contain toxic chemicals like flame retardants, formaldehyde, and phthalates, which can leach from the landfill into our drinking water.
So maybe your boyfriend’s impulse to save a mattress from a landfill death isn’t so loathsome, after all? As a friend who works in the hospitality industry recently pointed out, anyone who’s ever stayed a night in a hotel (whether it’s a Holiday Inn or the Four Seasons) has shared a bed with thousands of others before him.
Because they’re so insidious — surviving up to 18 months in the tiny cracks of wood furniture without so much as a morsel — many eradication experts recommend steering clear of secondhand furniture like upholstered chairs and wood dressers altogether, let alone used mattresses and box springs.
One company, Essentia, makes its petroleum- and VOC-free memory foam mattresses from natural latex, a renewable resource that comes from the rubber tree plant.
Then there’s the possibility of polluting our air with even more of these chemicals, since difficult-to-compress mattresses create flammable air pockets that can increase the risk of landfill fires.
If you do wind up with bed bugs and they spread to your other belongings, you’ll be sending more stuff to the landfill than just your mattress.
But when you consider that a conventional spring mattress needs to be replaced every five to seven years, you may decide that the long-term investment (for you and the planet) is worth it.
Some people would find advice on how to find a used mattress on Craigslist useful, and don’t need to plow through the 90% of comments that don’t offer such advice.
Yeah, I bought a mattress off of Craigslist a year ago from a fellow college student who had just used it for a year and was only selling it because it wouldn’t fit in the space she was moving into.
Those who get all defensive about people who wouldn’t touch a used mattress (or couch or X) with a 10-foot pole are also being judgmental.
I actually bought my pillow top mattress and matching box spring from Craigslist when I first moved out.
I wouldn’t buy a used mattress and can afford not to have to BUT after 9/11, when I had to live in a short term rental, I bought a used futon from the Super for $25.
I don’t think all the people who are saying they’d risk getting bed bugs for a free or used mattress have ever dealt with bed bugs.
two, I live 400 miles from an IKEA store, so the drive alone, plus the cost of a rental truck would have bumped up even the cheapest IKEA mattress to the cost of what I spent on a name brand pillowtop, in town, that i could borrow a truck for a pick up same day.
I’m a total snob about a lot of things, and I never would’ve bought a mattress of Craigslist myself, but my boyfriend got one on there.
Before the dawn of bed bugs I think people would have been more open minded to the idea of a used mattress.
I sold a mattress set on Craigslist about 5 years ago to a college kid who just couldn’t afford to buy one anywhere else.
I bought a mattress for my guest room off Craigslist.
Good for you that you’re wealthy, are fortunate to have super-clean friends/relatives who are just ready to get rid of a hardly-used mattress, are willing to go into debt, live near IKEA, or are a germaphobe.
Another poster had a good idea – check with relatives and friends before getting an old mattress from a stranger.
Lord only knows the history of the mattresses in some of those places, yet we inspect the sheets, sniff the blanket(sometimes) and crawl in! My own mattress is 10 years old and needs replacing.
I now know the importance of owning a great mattress, but what if I can’t afford one? So, it’s time to look to Craigslist again.
I understand that for many people the thought of using a mattress someone else used is gross, but for many of us it’s the only option and I’m not embarrassed about that.
The point a lot of people were making is that instead of buying a used mattress, save for one that is new and guaranteed to be bedbug-free.
Go Craigslist mattress! I recently moved across the country, and decided not to bring along my one piece of furniture.
Goodwill! They legally cannot sell used mattresses, so they sell factory-made scrap mattresses – meaning the sides of the mattress don’t match the top of the mattress…both of which will be covered by two layers of sheets, a blanket, and a duvet.
IKEA mattresses are a few hundred dollars… they are comfortable on their own, even moreso with a mattress pad.
And some people can’t sleep on their old mattress while they save up for a new one because their income just covers their living expenses without allowing anything to be put aside.
BED BUGS, over a year later and having gotten rid of absolutely everything she owned, I’m of the thought process that a new mattress from a reputable dealer and even then using a bug bag are the best options.
Everything for $100… thinking I would buy a new top mattress in a couple years when I could afford a better one, 4 years later and I still don’t really have the extra cash… but this article is reminding me to put that closer to the top of my list.
the second mattress i purchased from craigslist, i actually DID have the means to purchase new from a store.
This article has good tips on how to go about getting a good mattress deal if used is what you’re looking for.
It’s obvious from the article why she wouldn’t get the cheapest ikea mattress possible.
I think everyone is a little wary of buying something like a mattress of of Craigslist.
When I was just out of college and needed a mattress, I found a free one on Craigslist.
Our mattress was not from craigslist (though we totally would) but from a used furniture store.
Be wary of bed bugs: Check the mattress for tell-tale signs of bed bugs — small red or brown spots and other signs of the little critters.
In this economy, some (most?) people can’t just fork over $600+ dollars for a mattress.
I apologize for being "that person" but I think buying a used mattress from a stranger is really gross.
I find it interesting so many people will buy anything else used except a mattress.
And frankly, the defensiveness of many of those who don’t like reading (legitimate) opinions from those who wouldn’t buy a used mattress seem to indicate that they have some sort of inferiority complex.
I didn’t realize I was marked as such a poor person just by buying a used mattress.
They were just trying to get rid of their barely used, good quality spare bedroom mattress.
I got a brand new mattress on Craigslist for $75 and it was the best decision I’ve made.
We have been on the same one for 20 years (11 with my husband & 9 more growing up!), but we’re waiting until we move to a bigger space to splurge on a Tempurpedic or organic mattress.
I wouldn’t buy a used mattress but I sleep in hotel rooms all the time.
In my opinion, if you buy used, zip a mattress cover over it, throw on your own *BRAND NEW* sheets, maybe add a topper for extra cush if you wish, and enjoy youre new bed.
My first mattress when I moved out of my parents’ home was a freebie that someone was getting rid of.
Luckily I have compiled some tips for the terrifying task of finding a mattress on Craigslist.
She wasn’t ready to give it up til her moving date, but we went to "meet" our new mattress in advance, no pressure to buy on the first date.
I could afford a fancy new mattress, but I’m the sort of person who would sleep on hardwood if left to my own devices.
We spend such a huge part of our lives sleeping on our beds, it’s important that we get the best mattress possible, right? Sometimes it’s a bit hard to afford an amazing mattress.
Veto-ing the craigslist mattress advice.
It is amazingly nice, and a million times better than a cheap ikea mattress, and we still got to buy groceries and pay our rent.
In fact, we both work on our feet all day, so when we go home we want to lie down on a nice comfortable mattress.
I guess if you got a good mattress cover to enclose it, that would be fine but it would be a last resort.
PS: after reading the comments, I might actually print this out and keep in mind for future mattress buys.
I bought a king-sized mattress set from a rummage sale years ago for $50.
the one thing I would NEVER buy off craigslist is a used mattress.
I am just so paranoid about bedbugs (Vancouver has a huge problem) and probably was lucky enough to have friends who got rid of their mattress in time.
Not so different from buying a real mattress, I’d think, depending on who the sofabed came from (for all I know it was used as the primary bed beforehand, too).
At the end of the day, no one sees your mattress, so if its comfortable and its in great shape, then it doesn’t matter where you got it or how much you spent.
Want to know why? Those who can’t afford a mattress are not picky about taking one off the street in a nice neighborhood.
I imagine that if this article substituted the word "sofa," "chair," or "rug" for "mattress" there wouldn’t be such an uproar.
It seems wasteful to suggest buying a new just-for-now mattress since it seems from this thread that it might be hard to unload a used mattress later.
About a year ago I asked How Do I Make a Futon Work as a Bed? Hilariously enough, you all told me to never try and use a futon mattress over a regular mattress.
Look, I’ll be perfectly honest…we have a mattress from Craigslist.
Even renting a rug doctor and getting the mattress to your apartment is more of a painful experience than a mattress on sale w/ free delivery.
I once sold a mattress that was in my guest bedroom…which got minimum usage…the buyer said it was for his inlaws who are staying with him while they are renovating the house.
We ended up paying 60 bucks for a nice, comfy double pillow top mattress and box spring.
It was $20 for the mattress, box spring (also great, clean condition), and wheeled frame.
I wouldn’t buy a mattress on CL now, because I make enough money to go out and buy a new one if needed.
Maybe if someone is really broke they could buy a (new) memory foam pad and sleep on the floor or couch until they save up enough to get a new mattress.
If I ever decide to sell it, I will be sure to post proof of my mattress protector, as well! Really helps put fears to rest.
For all the New Yorkers afraid of bed bugs, don’t you have a bed bug cover on your mattress anyway? I would rather buy a mattress from someone who will let you into their home and look you in the eye than a Sleepy’s salesman.
He met the couple who was selling their one year old mattress…they were a young couple like us, and she just hated how stiff it was.
I don’t know… We’ve even had bed bug problems in the past, but I just don’t feel like a new mattress is worth all of that trouble and waste of getting rid of an old one.
It’s much nicer and more comfortable than any new $99 Ikea mattress.
His posting included picture proof of the super high-quality mattress protector that had been on it since day one.
I’ll admit, I never once regretted spending $600 (when I was in college too!) on the mattress, but knew I could make it happen in CA without it.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with buying a 2nd hand mattress, if you know what to watch out for.
Now if it was from my own family I might think about it if I was really hard up for a mattress, but I am not sleeping on some stranger’s dead dust mites, dust mite poop, and dead skin cells that the dustmites didn’t eat.
Dead skin cells? What, do you sleep directly on the mattress? Everyone should have a mattress cover on their mattress that keeps it clean, and that is washed periodically, and of course sheets.
I currently sleep on a "used" mattress in the house where I live, my best friend’s house, since the room I rent was formerly his guest room.
It is a terrible waste to throw out a used mattress that is in good shape, especially as much as mattresses cost.
And if you are saying “Oh no, that’s going to damage my wood!”- you are buying furniture on Craigslist, you are really going to start whining about the health of your chair’s framing? The death of bed bugs is more important than the survival of your chair.
Remember that you are going to have to get this stuff home, so you might want to use the filters at the top of the page to narrow your search to your borough- at the very least, make sure you check out the address on a map to find things near convenient subway lines.
Check your body for any bites you got while moving the furniture over to your apartment – and if you want to be even more thorough, take a quick shower just to be sure.
With the seemingly never-ending bed bug epidemic of the past few years striking fear into the heart of every shopper and apartment dweller in town, getting things from random people on the internet can seem a bit like playing Russian Roulette with your home.
So, while getting a $200 Serta mattress or free Malm bed in mint condition from a friendly Craigslist stranger might be tempting, we really think avoiding the laundry bills and cost of a Xanax prescription (and, if your landlord won’t pay, extermination) is more economical in this day and age.
Feel free to share similar buggy experiences in the comments, or champion cheap Craigslist mattresses if you must: if you do decide to go with an online mattress deal, do yourself a favor and spring for a good encasement.
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Not every mattress comes with complimentary parasitic surprises, and we’re not saying that Brooklyn’s filled with twisted souls trying to make a buck or two by selling contaminated furniture.
But all that goes out the window when you start buying mattresses over Craigslist.
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In some states, used mattresses can only be resold if they’ve been disinfected and covered in new ticking (fabric).
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The spurned lover had a few conditions, namely, don’t agree to pay $150 and then offer $100 when you come to pick it up, “because that would make you a lying cheater, and I would rather set the mattress on fire and throw it out of the window rather than sell it to you”, he wrote.
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“In a bad relationship and have to lie next to the constant reminder that you didn’t go to grad school so that you could move and get engaged? Then this is the bed for you, it will get you to f***ing REM and for 6-8 hours every night you’ll forget that you’re sleeping next to a sociopath.
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“It’s three years old, and feels like you’re sleeping on a f***ing cloud – even when you’re unknowingly sleeping next to a lying cheater.
The seller explained in the listing titled “Come get this Plush-ass Simmons Beautyrest out of my life” that he was disposing of the mattress after catching his girlfriend cheating on him on it.
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– Quality: Overall its just Great, after almost a month i got no problems, i cant really think of anything that had gone wrong about the mattress, its very functional and has not broke apart.. no deep holes to be found!! which was my worst fear!!! i did notice that some stitching coming apart while changing sheets.. but it seemed like it was just Excess from the manufacturing process, so i just cut them off with the scissors.
Bought the Premium Queen Pillow Top Mattress Set, On a Medium Firmness for $260 with delivery included to the Midtown Area almost a month ago… i have used the mattress and im very satisfied, It totally met my needs, my budget but overall exceeded my expectations for such a low price.
So they’ll take a model from Simmons, stick a tag on there that says “Sleep Right 2000 Plus Extreme Model” – while the store across the street put a tag on saying “Bed Rest No Turning Snooze Factor 100.” It’s the same thing, but when you walk across the street to try to find it to compare prices, you won’t be able to.
Quality can vary a lot depending on who makes the mattress, though – and while it’s touted as being a lot softer, with some mattresses there can be “hard spots” where it may actually be less comfortable.
Different stores in the same area will have the same mattress on sale for a big difference in price – the reason being that there is a lot of profit margin built into these.
You don’t need to take off the cover, just stick a screwdriver in that 50amp 240V plug under the panel while licking your fingers and touching the door of the panel.
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 Craigslist is nirvana for those of us who want to find vintage furnishings and housewares at a good price.
 I once bought a mattress on craigslist…it was still in the wrapper, otherwise it would have been gross, lets face it.
Just like purchasing anything else on Craigslist there’s always risk involved.  Although this is a great way to buy a cheaper mattress, keep in mind hygenic issues as well.  There are suggestions on how to sanitize a used mattress at: .
The mattress I bought was from a student in the Berkeley area who claimed he never used it (because he slept at his girlfriends house) and that it was only a few months old (the box spring was still wrapped in plastic).
Another suggestion could be to utilize a mattress pad, there are regular cotton pads and memory foam toppers available as well.
Having said that, you must think about what could be on a mattress (urine, semen, other bodily fluids, ect…) before you buy one.
It is more envirnomentally friendly than buying a new mattress because it already been produced so it does not require using any new materials.
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