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How to Move a Mattress – The Ultimate Guide

Moving a mattress can be tricky for many reasons. It is bulky, big, and can also be heavier than you first would expect. Moving a mattress incorrectly can also damage your mattress or even end up hurting yourself or the people who are helping you with the move.

In this article, we have gathered some valuable tips and tricks on how to best move your mattress, how to prepare your mattress for a move, and how to protect your mattress from any unwanted damage. Welcome to the ultimate guide on how to move a mattress smoothly.

What to think about before moving a mattress

To move a mattress is a big project that requires some beforehand planning and thinking. Before moving your mattress, we recommend that you consider the following four points to make sure that you get the most out of your move and that it goes as easily as possible.

1. Is your mattress still in good shape?

The very first question you should ask yourself is if your mattress is worth the hassle of a move. Generally speaking, a mattress survives around 8 years but also make a judgment yourself of how well you are sleeping on it, if it feels saggy or in any way uncomfortable. Is your mattress new and in great condition? Great – let’s move on to the next steps!

How to move a mattress

2. What size and type of mattress do you have?

To plan your move it’s important to examine the size of your mattress, how your mattress is built and from what material it’s made with. The type of mattress you have can have a big impact on how you should handle and move it.

Mattress size

Is your mattress a Queen or a King size? Depending on the size of your mattress it can both be heavier and trickier to handle and move. Is it in a bigger size we would suggest that you already plan to ask someone to help you with your move.

Mattress type

It is also important to examine what type of mattress you have and how it is constructed. The material of the mattress will determine both the weight and mobility of your mattress. Usually a mattress is made out of foam, spring, latex or a tempurpedic material.

A bigger mattress might look like it would be more difficult to move but in fact a lot of the bigger mattresses are divided into two separate parts, making them smoother to handle. Check for this to see if you can move your bigger mattress in two or multiple rounds.

3. Are you also moving a box spring?

Many beds come with a box spring, which of course adds to the list of things to include in your overall move. Before your move, make sure to check how your box spring is constructed.

Maybe you can move it in parts to make it less heavy? If not, you have to consider how you will move a big and heavy box spring in one piece.

How is the moving path looking?

An important part of your preparations is to think about the different areas in which the mattress will have to pass through. How does the room look like where the mattress is located now? Is there anything you can remove to clear the path? And what about the hallway? And will there be stairs or an elevator? Plan your move by thinking of the transportation path beforehand – both at your current place and at the final destination.

What kind of vehicle are you going to use?

Next on your preparations list for your mattress move is to consider what vehicle options you have, or rather – what type of vehicle your specific mattress requires.

To prevent damaging your mattress you do not want to have to fold it while transporting it. This means that if you are transporting a bigger mattress you will most likely have to rent a van or a smaller truck.

If you rent a proper moving truck you can be guaranteed that your mattress will fit without having to damage it. You will have space to put the mattress flat on the floor of the truck. Make sure to not put anything heavy from the rest of your near the mattress.

If you are not able to get a hold of a moving truck, the second-best option you have is to use a van. If you fold the back seats down you might still find space for the mattress to be transported flat down, without being folded.

If you can not get a hold of a truck or a van, your final option is to use a normal car and put the mattress on the roof. This should however be your very last option as you expose the mattress to a lot of risk.

It could start raining, you might not be able to secure it properly or the security ropes might even end up damaging the mattress.

How to move a mattress by yourself – is it possible to move a mattress alone?

Moving a mattress is tricky. Moving a mattress on your own – even trickier. As we have mentioned before in this article, a mattress is a difficult piece of furniture to move since it’s usually heavy and awkward to handle. This is especially true if you want to move a big mattress such as a king or Cali king alone.

For these reasons we definitely recommend that you ask some good friends to help you when moving your mattress.

If you for some reason are not able to find some help and you will have to do the move on your own there is mainly one thing we recommend to make things easier for yourself: buying a high-quality mattress bag with handles and zipper.

High-quality mattress bags are usually made out of tarp and it should be big enough to cover your entire mattress. The beauty of using a heavy-duty mattress bag is that they come with handles that will make it easier for you to lift and handle the mattress. The cover will also protect your mattress from dirt and scratches.

Moving a mattress completely on your own might also require you to move it up and down stairs on your own.
Before deciding to move your mattress without help, consider if you are actually able to do it. For example; will you be able to carry a mattress on four flights of stairs on your own?

How do you protect your mattress during a move?

Before it is time to move your mattress out of its current home you need to decide on how you are going to protect it during transportation.

Protecting your mattress obviously lowers the risk of damaging your mattress, but it can also make the mattress easier to handle. When deciding on protection you have mainly four options to choose from.

Option 1: A heavy-duty mattress bag with handles

Your safest option is to use a durable mattress bag with handles and zipper. This type of mattress bag is made with heavy duty tarp material that won’t break like a simple plastic bag will.

The handles make it easy for you to lift and carry your mattress, and the zipper closure protects your mattress from dust, dirt and scratches.

A heavy-duty mattress bag with zipper and handle is your safest option when moving!

Option 2: Plastic mattress bag

With a basic plastic mattress bag, you will still protect your mattress from some damage. However, the big risk here is that the plastic can easily break. As soon as the plastic breaks your mattress is completely exposed to dust, moisture and anything sharp that can scratch or break it.

Option 3: Vacuum-shrink your mattress.

If you own a foam mattress, you also have the option of vacuum-shrinking your mattress to make it smaller and therefore easier to store and move. However this is not recommended as the vacuum-process can damage your mattress and can even void your warranty.

Option 4: No protection

Of course, your last option is to not use any protection at all when moving your mattress. This option we definitely recommend you against choosing as your mattress most likely will be destroyed during the move. If you can not get a hold of any protective gear, at least try to wrap some old blankets or sheets around your mattress to protect it from dirt or any sharp objects.

How to prepare your mattress before a move

Preparing your mattress before the move is probably as important as how you handle the mattress while actually moving it.

First off you should make sure to clean the mattress properly. There is no point to bring any dirt with you to your next place so make sure to remove it beforehand. Moreover, dust particles, sand or small stones can damage your mattress when you move it.

You also need to prepare the path of where you are planning to move the mattress through. Remove any obstacles that will be in your way and make sure to clear the floor and walls of any sharp objects that can get stuck in your mattress and rip it open. You do not want to end up in a situation where you have to remove things that are blocking the way while at the same time trying to lift and balance the mattress.

How to securely move your mattress out of your house

Moving a mattress safely requires that you have a correct lifting position. This is important in order to both protect the mattress itself and your back.

When lifting a mattress you should keep it straight on the height. Make sure that the mattress is high enough over the floor for it not to touch, but still low enough to not put too much pressure on your shoulders when lifting.

It is important that the mattress is carried straight, as it could be damaged if it is kept folded. This means that you might have to lean the mattress slightly towards your torso for support.

Carrying your mattress

Since a mattress usually is quite heavy, it is important that you lift and carry it in a way that is safe for your body. When lifting, make sure to properly bend your legs so that you put the weight on them rather than on your back. It is also important to take short breaks while walking with the mattress to keep it safe and to give your arms, shoulders and back a break to recover.

How to place the mattress in your vehicle without damage

Putting a mattress in a moving truck

If you use a truck for your move you should put the mattress flat on the floor of the truck. If there is not enough space you should secure it towards one of the walls, putting the mattress on the height. Important is that the mattress is properly secured and that other heavy things in the truck are secured well enough to not fall on your mattress.

Putting a mattress in a van

If you place your mattress in a van we recommend that you fold down all the seats so that you can use the full space to place the mattress flat. In order to not damage the mattress, it is important that you do not fold it, especially if you have a long drive ahead of you.

Putting a mattress in a car

It is possible to move a mattress without a truck or a van. However, we generally don’t recommend it. Usually, it is impossible to store a bigger mattress in a car without having to fold it into an unnatural position.

Some cars, such as a SUV, might be able to fit a full size or a twin size mattress, but most likely you will still have to fold it, which means you risk damaging your mattress.

You do have the option to put the mattress on top of the roof of your car, but this comes with a high risk of both damage and danger for you as a driver.

To put a mattress on the roof of a car also comes with some regulations. You have to secure it very properly and you can never tie the mattress directly to your car roof. Instead you have to use a rail or something similar on the roof that you can secure the mattress to.

When on the road with your mattress – make sure to take it easy

When you reach the stage of actually taking off with your vehicle and driving away with your mattress, it is important to remember to drive very carefully.

Make sure you have a lot of time when you drive so that you do not have to rush and make hastily moves. If you have stored your mattress in a moving truck together with other things, consider the fact that your driving will affect the risk of heavy objects falling onto your mattress that might also end up damaging it.

Of course, if you have put your mattress on top of the roof of your car you need to drive with extreme care. Any mistakes in your driving could result in the mattress falling off and becoming a danger to both you and other drivers on the road.

With a proper moving truck you drastically reduce the risk of anything happening while driving with your mattress.

Arriving with the mattress

When you arrive at your new home it is important to treat the mattress with care when you load it off from your vehicle. Do not leave the mattress in the truck for too long. This is especially true if you have placed the mattress standing up. If you leave your mattress standing for too long the mattress will start to lose its shape.

Regardless of how the mattress is placed, you should never leave it in the truck or van overnight as this could expose it to damaging moisture. Instead, try to plan your moving day in a way so that you can move your mattress from point A to B in one consistent flow.

Storing your mattress after a move?

There might be situations where you will have to store a mattress after a move. If this is the case there are some important things that you need to do in order to protect the mattress and make it survive the time in the storage room. For more tips, read our guide on how to store a mattress.

1. Clean the mattress properly

Start by using a vacuum to thoroughly clean your mattress from any dust or other particles. You can also use baking soda to remove any funny smell the mattress has.

2. Put the mattress in the mattress bag

After your mattress is cleaned, put it in your mattress bag. As with moving your mattress, we do recommend getting a heavy duty mattress bag to get the best protection for your mattress.

3. Store the mattress lying down flat

Never store your mattress standing up for a longer period of time. When storing your mattress, make sure you have space to put it flat down in its natural position to avoid any misshaping.


Can I move a mattress with a dolly truck?

Using a dolly truck can help you handle the weight of the mattress better. However, a dolly truck can be bulky to use and it can be difficult to stabilize your mattress on it. Generally, getting a mattress bag with handles is a better option.

Will my warranty cover damages to my mattress during a move?

Most likely your warranty will not cover any damages you acquire while moving a mattress. This is why good protection is so important when moving. However, we recommend that you look up what your supplier covers and not.