Hiring a Junk Removal Company to Remove Your Old Mattress and Box Spring

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Updated February 15, 2024

Getting a new mattress can invigorate your living space and help you get better rest. 

Quality sleep is crucial to a healthy lifestyle and can be greatly improved by replacing your mattress every 6-8 years. 

While getting rid of your old mattress and box spring is an added chore when upgrading your sleeping quarters, it can be made much easier by hiring a local junk removal company to do all the dreaded labor for you at a relatively cheap price.

This article will go over the process of hiring a junk removal company for this service so you know what to expect.

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How Much It Costs to Hire a Junk Removal Company to Pick Up a Mattress?

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This answer depends heavily on where you live and your local market. 

Large cities with a higher cost of living will likely charge more than towns with lower populations and much cheaper living and disposal expenses.

That being said, most junk removal companies will charge their minimum service fee for a simple mattress removal service, which is around $75-$100 on average.

Some companies will offer the same price to haul away both a mattress and box spring, while others may charge an additional fee for the added space required to take both. 

The best way to find out for sure is to reach out to multiple reputable companies in your area for quotes.

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How to Get Mattress Removal Quotes

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For large junk removal services, like estate cleanouts or hoarding cleanups, quotes can usually only be given in person after someone from their staff comes and takes a look at the project.

However, for smaller projects, like mattress and/or box spring removal, estimates can oftentimes be given over the phone. 

Before you place a call or submit an online inquiry, measure the length, width, and height of the item(s) you need hauled away. It is crucial to provide as much information as possible so that the professional can provide you with the most accurate removal estimate.

If you’re getting a quote in person, the junk removal company will haul away your items on the spot if you agree to their pricing.

If your quote is given online or over the phone, pick-up can typically be arranged within 1-2 business days depending on the company’s availability. 

Knowing your project budget and timeline before you get multiple junk removal quotes will be helpful in determining which service provider can cater to your specific needs.

Getting multiple mattress removal quotes is made significantly easier with Hometown's single quote request form. Only answer questions about your removal needs once before sending your request out to 2-3 different junk removal companies to compare and contrast your options.

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What to Expect from Mattress Removal Process

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When you hire a junk removal company for mattress removal, you can expect a fairly straightforward and easy service from start to finish. 

All quotes given should be free of charge and free of any type of pressure or intimidation to hire.

When you hire a company over the phone, be sure to ask if there are any special pick-up instructions. 

Some companies charge less to pick up items that are left out on the curb, while other companies will charge the same price whether they come into your house to remove it or you leave it outside for them. 

If you do not have two able-bodied people capable of picking up a mattress, kindly let your junk removal company know that they will need to come inside to move your mattress and/or box spring.

Regardless of where the items are located, be sure to create an accessible path so that the junk removal crew does not have to do any additional labor to access your mattress. Additional labor oftentimes means extra fees.

Alternatives to Disposing of a Mattress/Box Spring

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If you’d rather not pay someone else to haul away your mattress, there are plenty of alternative solutions. 


The cheapest way to get rid of anything is to donate it.

With bedbugs being a concern, many organizations will no longer take mattress donations, but the organizations that do accept mattress donations require the condition to be very close to (if not completely) new.

Call ahead before trying to haul your mattress to donation centers to make sure that they'll accept your donation. 

You can also research local shelters to see if they will accept your new or lightly used mattress.

In addition to donation being free, you can also get a receipt to claim your donation as a tax deduction!

Online Marketplace

Creating an ad for free on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace is also an easy and efficient way to get rid of unwanted items that are in good condition. 

Take several photos of your mattress accurately showing its condition and create a listing for your free mattress. You can choose to list it as "porch pick-up", meaning that they will come to you to receive your mattress, or you can make arrangements to meet them in a public location for the exchange. 

This typically only works if your mattress is in gently used condition. If your mattress is old and not in condition to be donated or used by someone else, this likely won't be a solution for your mattress.

Not only is this option free, but it can be a quick solution if the right person sees your ad.

Curbside Pick-Up

Most cities and municipalities have curbside pick-up options for large items that cannot fit in your garbage bin, like furniture. However, not all trash services offer this.

Among the waste management companies that do accept curbside bulk waste pick-up, their policies can very greatly, so it's important to speak with whoever provides your weekly trash services to ensure you follow protocol.

Some companies offer special disposal days for free bulky item pick-up, while most others charge a fee to do so.

The average cost for curbside mattress pick-up varies depending on where you live, landfill fees in your area, who you hire, and more. With that being said, the average cost of curbside mattress pick-up across the U.S. is $25-$75.

Some cities that allow curbside furniture removal require that items be wrapped in a protective disposal bag to mitigate the spread of bed bugs, which will result in additional work and costs. Check with your waste hauler to see if this is required, and if so, see if they have these protective bags or wrap available or if you'll have to purchase them separately online.

Dumpster Rental

If you started your project just needing to dispose of a mattress but was then inspired to do a room or complete home cleanout, renting a dumpster is a great way to reorganize and revitalize your lived-in area. 

Dumpster rentals come in all different sizes, but the most popular sizes for mattress disposal are 10-20 yard dumpsters. The average cost for a weeklong 10 yard dumpster is $250-$450, while 20 yard dumpsters tend to run around $350-$550 for a weeklong rental.

The cost of a dumpster rental where you live could vary from these national averages due to the cost of living and accessibility in your area.

When you need help finding affordable dumpsters for rent near you, Hometown can help! We publish locally-owned dumpster rental and junk removal companies across the U.S. to help consumers find reliable, affordable disposal solutions for projects of all sizes.

Most people don't rent dumpsters often, so Hometown helps answer the most common dumpster rental questions to make the whole process simple and straightforward. 

Enter your zip code, fill out our single quote-request form, and find licensed and insured dumpster rental companies that service your area within minutes.

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How NOT to Dispose of a Mattress/Box Spring

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You should NOT...

  • Drop the mattress off in a forest, empty lot, field, stream, etc.
  • Leave the mattress next to or inside a commercial dumpster or neighbor's dumpster.
  • Burn the mattress.
  • Leave the mattress on the curb without first getting authorization.

Illegally dumping waste can carry fines of up to $25,000 and/or two years of prison for a second offense, depending on the amount and jurisdiction you fall under.

These fines may seem steep but are meant to heavily discourage people from illegal dumping, which has catastrophic effects on the environment.

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