Survey: Would You Buy a Used Mattress?

Survey: Would You Buy a Used Mattress?

Stephanie Kinnear
Jan 14, 2009

There are a lot of easy things to do in the bedroom to keep it green. Buy organic bedding. Banish dust bunnies from under the bed. But what about buying used furniture for the bedroom ... specifically, mattresses?

We've never bought a used mattress, but we did sell one to a friend once ... and we know other people who have purchased previously slept-on mattresses. But is it a good idea?

We're curious how people feel about used mattresses. Buying a mattress used means you're keeping it out of a landfill. And buying something used is usually better for the environment than buying something new. But what about the (many) potential downsides? We did a quick search in our local Craigslist. The word "mattress" turned up over 1,000 results. So people are definitely selling them, but are you buying it?

image via Alan Stanton; Flickr.com

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