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You must have watched the
Friends episode where Ross, along with Rachel and Chandler, tries to carry the
couch up the stairs by pivoting and screaming "PIVOT" over and
over again (hence the iconic reference). If you've seen this episode, you must
have noticed that it didn't work out and resulted in a horrible sawed-in-half
Well, the same can happen
with your mattress if you did not plan its packing and transporting properly!
Moving the mattress can be a few minutes process, or it can be hours of misery
depending on what method you choose.
We've put together best tips to move a mattress. This guide will teach you how to transfer a mattress safely and effectively while protecting the mattress from any harm.
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The first step is simple.
Please take out the tape and measure out your mattress because it is essential
to know the exact dimensions of your mattress, regardless of whether it's a
twin, double, queen-sized, king-sized bed, before moving it out.
In this step, you not only
have to measure the mattress, but you also have to figure out the best moving
path, moving method, and storage space for it.
Secondly, make sure you have
all the necessary supplies on hand while planning to move the mattress to a new
You will need a protective
mattress bag with the correct size to cover and protect the mattress during the
move. And to fix the mattress inside the bag properly, you will need packing
tape, which will also provide additional protection. A roll of stretch wrap
will also be required for further protection and keeping your mattress clean.
Even for the shortest
distance, renting a dolly to carry a mattress from one place to another is
recommended. There is a high chance of damaging your mattress when you move it
on your own.
Once the mattress is loaded into the truck, you will have to secure your mattress by tying it down with straps and sets of ratchets. Also, make sure to include furniture sliders and scissors in your moving supplies.
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Now that you have packed your
mattress and rented a pickup truck for moving, you have to make enough space to
carry the mattress towards the truck. You will need to plan your route to the
transporting vehicle and remove every object or debris that may be blocking the
walkway or stairs.
Pack your mattress in such a
way that it can pass through all doors on the way. It will be easy for you if
you can wheel the mattress downstairs to a dolly or hand truck.
It is highly recommended to pack your mattress last after packing other household items. This will provide you with something to sleep on until the night before the move.
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Carrying the mattress is not
a one-person job. These soft, cushiony mattresses are cumbersome and awkward to
carry. Most professional moving companies use more than one person to carry the
bulky mattress. If you manage to carry it on your own, there is a high chance
of slipping it down, injuring yourself, and causing damage to the mattress.
If you don't want to invest
in professional movers, you can always try to get the assistance of your
friend, neighbor, or family member. While lifting the mattress, make sure each
of you grabs the bottom corners of the mattress and lifts it together with one
person on each side of the mattress lengthwise. Avoid lifting the mattress with
your back. Instead, try to brace your abdominals and use your legs to power the
Typical mattresses with coils
and springs should be transported on their side edges because they are huge and
will cover the maximum space in the truck. Keeping the mattress against the
sidewall will make space for other household items in the truck. This will also
avoid keeping other things on the mattress and damaging the coils.
You can also slide the
mattress between two taller pieces of furniture, such as a bookcase or armoire.
Also, remember to go through the user manual or warranty so you can get more
information on how to store your memory foam mattress.
You may have seen a mattress
strapped to the roof of the car rolling down the city highways. Yes, a lot of
people consider transporting the mattress in the car. Well, this may look
economically great, but trust there is also a high risk of damaging your
Our experts would suggest you
avoid carrying mattresses in a car because the mattress is very likely to fall
off or be blown off the car, causing accidents. Even if you have tied the
mattress tight on the car's roof, there is a high chance of damaging its inner
coils. The surface material may also get scratched or torn in the process. Not
to mention that being concerned about the mattress's security in the car could
lead to distracted driving.
To ensure the safest possible
move, it is recommended either renting a moving truck or asking a friend or
relative if they have a pickup truck, van, or large SUV that you can borrow for
Check with your manufacturer
for any special transport instructions as positioning can vary depending on the
type of mattress. Here are some general moving position recommendations
organized by type:
Now that you have brought
your favorite mattress to your new place, don't think your mammoth task has
come to an end. There are still a few things you should consider, and unpacking
a mattress is one of them.
DO clean your mattress before and after assembling it
with a bed component. As discussed earlier, use a vacuum mattress cleaner or
disinfectant spray to dry it thoroughly.
DO keep the mattress covered in the mattress bags till
you set other items in the room. You can keep your mattress and box springs in
the plastic mattress bag you used for moving — it will save some time for you
while also protecting it from dust and other potential contaminants while in
storage. The most important thing is to ensure that the mattress is completely
dry before covering it and well-sealed inside the cover.
DON'T subject your mattress to high temperatures or
humidity for a longer time. We recommended a few minutes of sunlight because
freezing temperatures and moisture can all cause damage to your mattress. As a
result, avoid storing your mattress in an attic, basement, or garage, basically
at damp places. Inquire about the temperature range and humidity control if
you're using a storage facility.
These are some of the best tips for how to move a mattress efficiently. Hopefully, these tips will help you in moving the mattress successfully. Moving a mattress can be difficult but doing it correctly is worth the effort. When your head hits the pillow on your favorite bed in your new home, you'll know it was worth every second of hesitation.
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Can you bend the mattress
The typical mattress with
springs and coil should not be folded. Because folding those mattresses can
damage their springs and cushion. If you have Memory Foam Mattresses, then you
can fold them while moving. These mattresses are often bent for easy handling.
These mattresses are built so that they can be folded in one way or another.
But make sure your mattress is only folded in half and not for longer than a
How can I transfer my
mattress with a truck?
If your new house is just a
block away, then carrying a mattress on your own will work out fine. Assuming
you are not carrying a king-size mattress on a small car. Moving a mattress on
your own without anyone's help can be very difficult, but it's doable! If for
some reason, none of your friends or relatives are available to move the
mattress, you can do it on your own. If you prepare yourself well by gathering
every necessary equipment, you can move your mattress without much hassle or
How to move a heavy
Before moving a heavy
mattress upstairs, make sure you have a high enough ceiling. You can strap your
mattress and fold it in half, so it becomes easy to lift and carry. It would be
best if you had a long mattress bag to cover your mattress so it will not
become dirty while moving it. Then you have to fold the mattress in half before
If you have an old type mattress or a spring mattress, then folding may not work. Wear shoes while carrying your mattress because you don't want to drop a heavy mattress on your toes. Use your leg and thigh muscles to lift the mattress, not your back! If lifting the mattress is an issue, you can also roll it up from the edges little by little upwards. As you have already covered the mattress with the protective bag, it will not get dirty in the process.
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