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Can You Place a Memory Foam Mattress on the Floor?

This sounds like a simple question and can be answered by a yes or no, but, it is not! Placing your mattress on the floor has its own benefits and drawbacks. However, it is your mattress and you can use it the way that makes you feel the most comfortable.

Most people like sleeping on memory foam mattress in a box or a bed structure but placing a mattress directly on the floor can be a good idea as well. But, there are plenty of factors that need to be considered before doing it. Factors like:

  • Temperature and humidity conditions
  • Mites and bugs,
  • Dust and dirt
  • Sleeping Habits
  • Mold and mildew

So to give you an overview of why you should or should not put your precious memory foam mattress on the floor, let me give some pros and cons.


·        Improved posture

The most popular benefit of placing your memory foam on the floor is that it improves your posture and provides a certain amount of back support because the floor is usually stiff and it will not let the sleeper sink, even if the memory foam is not dense enough.

·        Blood Circulation

Sleeping with a mattress on the floor can a bit uncomfortable at the start, but it has proved to increased blood flow in the body because of better air circulation

·        Deeper Sleep

People who sleep with memory foam on the floor rather than bed tend to get deeper sleep. They are undisturbed by even the slightest movements due to bed creaking sounds and hot temperatures. Because the floor tends to stay cool at night and makes the bed stay cool.


·        Mold and Mildew

In countries where temperature and humidity are slightly higher, by placing your mattress on the floor you make it open for mold and mildew to grow. However, there are a few memory foams that come with an anti-microbial finish that resist fungal growth. Mold and mildew don’t only produce foul smell but also can be really harmful to health. If you live in an area that is hot and humid that placing your mattress on the floor might not be a good idea.

·        Sweat and Heat Retention

It is the nature of the memory foam mattress to retain heat and body fluid. It tends to absorb sweat and heat and will take it to the last layer. Continuous retention of sweat can cause a foul smell and sleeping on that mattress every day can also lead to skin irritation and allergies

·        Bugs and mites

Bed bugs, mites, and other creepy crawlies are common in some parts of the world. This might not be a problem for some countries but can be more severe for others. By placing your memory foam mattress on the floor, you might make it prone to all insects, bugs, and mites at night. Mites not only destroy beds but can also be harmful to your health.


Placing your memory foam mattress on the floor can be a great idea for some but can lead to serious consciousness at times. It all depends on what area you live in, mites/algae growth, and temperature of your surroundings.