Mattress 101

Tips For Moving Your Mattress

tips for moving your mattress

How To Move Your Mattress

Let’s face it, moving is a pain! All the prepping, packing and lugging around boxes and furniture is exhausting. Mattresses can be especially tricky given their size, weight and flexibility (or lack thereof). It may seem simple but many people don’t know how to move a mattress. If you plan on moving soon without the help of professional movers, check out these tips for moving your mattress.

Inspect Your Mattress

Before you go through the trouble of moving your mattress, you should make sure it’s even worth it. If your mattress is eight years old, sagging, or uncomfortable, it’s probably time to replace. Furthermore, if you’re moving in with your partner, you should make sure your mattress can fit both of you. A queen size mattress may be great for cuddling but not for personal space. After all, your upcoming move may be the perfect time to upgrade your mattress to a king.

Measure Your Mattress

You may know what size your mattress is, but do you know the actual dimensions? Measuring your mattress will help you avoid any surprises the day of your move. When it comes to maneuvering your mattress through your hallway, even an inch can become a big deal. Measuring your mattress will also help you determine if your vehicle is big enough to carry it.

Get The Right Tools

You’ll need the proper tools when considering how to move a mattress. Start with a mattress bag to protect your mattress from dust, grime and damage. Mattress bags are mattress-sized plastic bags that help keep your mattress dry and clean during your move. It’s also a good idea to have a dolly to easily move your mattress. You should also invest in ratchet straps or rope to secure the mattress in your vehicle. In addition, make sure you have moving tape with you to seal or patch up the mattress bag. Last, but not least, you’ll need a tool set to dismantle and reassemble your bed frame if you have one. Your set should include wrenches, Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and extra screws.

Call A Friend

Mattresses are heavy and unwieldy. They’re definitely not easy to carry alone. So make sure you have at least one friend to help you move your mattress. Just be sure to show them your gratitude. Pizza, breakfast burritos, coffee and adult beverages are always great ways to thank your friends.

Safely Transport Your Mattress

This is one of the most important tips for moving your mattress. A moving van or pickup truck are ideal for transporting your mattress. These will allow you to lay the mattress as flat as possible. However, if you have a car or SUV you’ll likely need to put the mattress on your roof. This is when the ratchet straps or rope come in handy. Make sure the mattress is tightly secured to the top of your vehicle. Now it’s time to take a ride. When you’re driving with a heavy load, it’s important to drive at a moderate pace. If possible, take back roads and side streets. You’ll want to be careful of sharp turns and sudden stops as this can cause your mattress to fall off. If your drive is long, stop periodically to check and make sure your mattress is still on securely.

Clear The Way

Congrats. You safely transported your mattress with no accidents, crashes or issues! The scary part is over. But we’re not done yet. Before you move your mattress into your new room, move everything out of the way. Make sure there are no boxes or clutter in the way so that you can easily move your mattress without any obstacles. Stand your mattress upright on its side and put it on your dolly. You could also stand your mattress on cardboard to slide it on the floor.

Ready For A New Mattress? Let’s Chat

These tips for moving your mattress should make things easier on moving day. However, moving is a great time to evaluate your mattress to see if it’s time for a new one. Sit ‘n Sleep will deliver your mattress straight to you. Which means it’s one less thing for you to move yourself. Come visit your local Sit ‘n Sleep or check out our amazing beds-in-a-box. Good luck on your big move!