Growing up in South Texas, it was no big deal to see a mattress set on the floor. In many cultures, sleeping on a simple mattress or sleeping mat on the floor is standard practice. After all, it IS a flat, stable foundation for your mattress. After spending money on a mattress it may also seem like an unnecessary expense to purchase a bed frame and box spring as well. However, there is also a reason why beds, box springs, and foundations are part of the sleeping experience. Whether or not putting your mattress on the floor is a good idea depends on a few different things, including the type of mattress, type of flooring, and the climate you live in.
Living in Corpus Christi by the beach, anyone who has lived here is familiar with the crazy humidity and heat in our area. At night, sweat and heat released from your body can get trapped in the mattress. It’s also worth keeping in mind that foam and even coil mattresses need to breathe which is why your foundation choice is equally important. When your mattress is on the floor, moisture is retained; combined with the lack of light, it creates the perfect breeding ground for mold. Older hardwood or carpeted floors may also contain mold spores that can spread to your mattress.
Another thing to consider: getting out of bed is more difficult when your mattress rests on the floor. People with mobility issues or that suffer from back pain may strain their muscles and joints by pulling themselves to their feet each morning. Plus, sleeping on the floor increases the chance that you’ll lose your balance, or possibly even fall getting up.
Sleeping on the floor also puts you closer to dust or dirt that naturally accumulates on the floor. Even if you are meticulous with your cleaning, you may find you end up breathing in more dirt and dust. Insects such as scorpions, fleas, and roaches are also more likely to be on the ground and can more easily make their way into your bed. Snakes are also a possibility for the area and may look for a place to hide (such as between a mattress and the wall). By keeping your area clean and clutter-free along with raising your bed, you can better avoid cuddling with a creepy-crawly you’d rather not get close to.
Depending on the manufacturer, in some instances without proper base support, some of these mattresses may have their warranty voided. The staff at That Mattress Place Corpus Christi can advise you on the proper maintenance of your mattress and more. Call us at 361-244-6993 to schedule a consultation; Tuesdays are by appointment only, or stop in for a visit during regular business hours Monday, Wednesday – Sunday at see us at 3413 S Staples St.ive, Corpus Christi, Texas.