Moving a Mattress on Your Own: A Step-by-Step Tutorial
There is a lot of work involved in relocating a mattress, whether you're just moving it to a different room or to a new house. The amount of work required is variable and will be determined by the specifics of the bed itself.
A common crib or toddler bed mattress, for instance, can be relocated without the aid of another person or any additional equipment. Whereas larger, heavier mattresses, such as a queen size, will necessitate more effort to move.
If you've already decided where your bed will go, the next step is to learn how to move it safely and efficiently to its new location. If you haven't already, we recommend measuring your current bedroom and any potential new locations for your bed to ensure a smooth transition.
Until then, you can use the rest of this article as a guide to help you move any size or shape of mattress.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Relocating Your Mattress
One, assemble the necessary tools.
Equipment needs change depending on factors like bed size, weight, and material. It has been mentioned that you could potentially move a small child's bed or a twin mattress on your own if the distance is relatively short. You can either ask for assistance or slide it down the hall on a piece of cardboard if you need to.
The following equipment, however, makes it much simpler to relocate larger beds, such as queen, king, or California king sizes:
- Hand-pushed or pulled cart or truck;
- Case for a bed;
- Cinch buckles;
- Containers for carrying sandwiches;
- Toolkit including screwdrivers, ratchets, hammers, and shears;
Larger beds can be moved around with the aid of dollies and hand trucks. A mattress can be safely transported on a dolly with the aid of the straps and ropes. Sealing and protecting the mattress is made easier with the tape and mattress bag. Disassemble the bed's frame, headboard, and footboard using the provided tools and sandwich bags.
Action Two: Make Way
In particular when you're moving the mattress on your own, you'll want to make sure you have plenty of space to maneuver. Doing so can keep it from becoming entangled, protecting you and the movers from potential harm.
You need to make room for several people and the mattress to pass through the area you're cleaning. In addition, it needs to be large enough to accommodate rotations of beds or mattresses.
Third, place your bed inside a mattress bag.
Mattress bags are exactly what they sound like: large enough plastic bags to fit full-size mattresses. Mattresses can be stored and transported safely in these bags. Mattresses that will be stored for extended periods should have their storage bags sealed with tape.
Similar to putting on a fitted sheet, a mattress bag can be zipped or unzipped and slipped over your mattress. However, having help can make the time go by more quickly.
Fourth, place the bed on a dolly by hoisting it onto it.
Moving your bed is as simple as placing it on a dolly (or other moving devices) after you've bagged it up and made sure it's completely ready for transport. Without a dolly, a mattress can be lifted by two people if they use proper lifting technique. If you're moving a bed by yourself or with a partner, even if it's just into a bag, you should still follow these basic guidelines for lifting heavy objects:
- Feel free to seek assistance;
- Let your legs do most of the heavy lifting so your back and arms don’t wear out before you can finish the move;
- Relax your lower back and legs by holding a yoga pose for a few breaths. Before you lift, spend about 20 seconds holding a variety of stretches. This helps ensure your body is limber and ready to lift;
- Please make use of handcarts and dollies as needed;
- Please protect yourself from harm by donning gloves and closed-toe shoes.
Even if you're not physically moving, you should still learn safe lifting methods because they can be useful in other contexts.
In the fifth and final stage, your mattress will be loaded onto the truck.
There's probably no need to rent a moving truck if you're only going to be transporting your mattress a short distance. Instead, all you have to do is follow the instructions above and make sure you have backup should you need it.
A truck with a bed large enough to accommodate your mattress is required for long-distance relocation. Before throwing your mattress into the back of your truck, you should protect it by placing it in a mattress bag or some other form of plastic wrapping.
Some beds, like the Purple Mattress, are foldable. People who don't have access to a truck with a sufficiently large bed can benefit from these alternatives.
Moving a Mattress Without a Truck
To be sure, not everyone will have ready access to a truck. This, however, does not preclude you from rearranging your bedroom. You can, however, load a smaller mattress into the open back of a hatchback or SUV. Make sure to use ropes or straps to keep it in place if this is your plan.
If you don't have access to a hatchback or SUV, you could try piling mattresses on top of your vehicle. If that isn't a possibility, looking into local truck rental options is your next best bet.
Here's a reminder to buckle up the bed and take it easy on the gas.
Mattresses should be transported by laying them flat, either in a truck or on top of a car or SUV. It's best to avoid piling anything heavy on top of the mattress. Be sure to use ropes or straps to fasten the mattress to the vehicle if it is flat.
If you can't get your mattress to fit flat in the moving truck, lean it against the side. Never place anything on top of the mattress when securing it to the truck wall with rope or straps.
You can leave the mattress in the car once you're sure it's safe to do so. Going slowly, especially when turning, can help keep your mattress in place.
Moving is both a stressful and rewarding experience. Although it may seem like a waste of time and energy now, remember that all your efforts will be well worth it when you are able to relax in your new bedroom.
Moving and Putting Away a Mattress
You should clean your mattress before storing it. To prevent spills and stains, dust your mattress with baking powder. After allowing the baking soda to sit for an hour, vacuum it up.
Sack up your bed in plastic. Don't throw away the mattress bag you used to transport it! This aids in warding off dust and mites. Before you put a cover on the mattress, make sure it's completely dry.
When not in use, keep your mattress out of direct sunlight and freezing temperatures. If you want to keep your mattress in good condition, you should keep it out of extreme cold, humidity, and heat. Avoid putting your mattress in a cold, damp, or dark place like a basement, attic, or garage. Make sure you ask the storage facility manager about the acceptable temperature and humidity levels before storing any sensitive items there.
Your mattress should be stored in a flat position. The durability and comfort of any mattress are jeopardized if they are stored on their sides. Keep it on its side if you have to Alternate it at least once a month.
Keep all items away from the mattress. If your mattress sags too much, it will lose its structural support and become unusable.
Relocating can be a trying experience, but it can also be very worthwhile. No matter how challenging it is to move a mattress, remember that the end result will be worth the effort: a comfortable mattress in your new home.
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