Mattresses are large, heavy, and often take two people to lift. Because of this, they can be a bit tricky to move.
Luckily, a few simple strategies can make it easier to transport your mattress (without throwing out your back). Here are some tips and tricks for the best ways to move a mattress.
Prepare your mattress for moving.
Taking a few minutes to prep your mattress will make it easier to transport. Make sure you remove all of your bedding, including any mattress toppers. This will shed excess weight and make it easier to grip the mattress.
Another important preparation strategy is to cover the mattress with a mattress protector. This will help keep your mattress clean and protect it from scratches, stains, and other wear and tear during the move. You could also invest in a dedicated “moving bag” for your mattress.
If You’re Using A Moving Truck And Professional Movers:
Once the mattress is ready to go, make sure it’s labeled so the movers can deliver it to the correct room.
Then, check the manufacturer’s label to see if there are any specific moving instructions. (For example, some mattresses need to be moved flat, some you can roll up, and so on.) Make sure to relay any specific instructions to your movers. This is important, because it helps you avoid accidentally voiding your warranty by failing to support the mattress correctly.
If You’re Using A Moving Truck But No Professional Movers:
Make sure you have a friend or partner to help you load and unload the mattress.
Just as you would if you had hired movers, make sure to read the mattress’s manufacturer’s label to see if there are any specific instructions for how to transport it. Make sure to follow those instructions carefully to avoid voiding the warranty.
If there are no specific instructions on the manufacturer’s label, aim to prop the mattress sideways against one wall of the truck. If you are moving more than one mattress, keep the mattresses stacked together.
If You’re Moving Without The Help Of Movers Or a Moving Truck:
The main thing to figure out is what kind of vehicle you need to safely move your mattress. Depending on the size, the mattress may fit in the back of an SUV or hatchback (with the back seats down), a pickup truck, or a van.
As with the other moving strategies, make sure to read the manufacturer’s label to see if there are any instructions regarding how to transport the mattress.
If You Have To Move Your Mattress On The Roof Of A Vehicle:
Make sure the mattress is safely secured to the roof with sturdy rope; this will help ensure it doesn’t fall off and potentially cause an accident.
The Spruce says the exact length of rope required will depend on the width of your mattress: “Mattresses are 39 inches (twin) to 76 inches (king) wide. It’s a good idea to measure the width of your bed, then multiply that number by four to get more than enough rope. For example, 50 inches times four is 200 inches, which translates to a 16-17 foot long rope.”
When you are tying the mattress, make sure it’s centered on the roof of the vehicle, that your knots are secure, and that you don’t tie any rope through the driver’s side window so that the driver can enter and exit the vehicle safely. And of course, drive safely.
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Joe Auer is the editor of Mattress Clarity. He mainly focuses on mattress reviews and oversees the content across the site.
He likes things simple and take a straightforward, objective approach to his reviews. Joe has personally tested nearly 250 mattresses and always recommends people do their research before buying a new bed. He has been testing mattresses for over 5 years now, so he knows a thing or two when it comes to mattress selection. He has been cited as an authority in the industry by a number of large publications.
Joe has an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Columbia University.