How To Transport a Mattress: A Simple Guide To Moving Your Own Mattress
It’s inevitable that eventually you will be moving from one location to another, and if you have invested in your favorite sleep surface, then you are going to be moving it with you. If you are lucky, then professional movers have you covered and will wrap and secure your mattress for transport. But if you are reading this, then chances are you aren’t that lucky person, and will need to come up with a plan to move your mattress without damaging it beyond repair.
Thinking back on the awkwardness of getting said mattress into the house in the first place probably has you wondering how you are going to attempt this. But no worries, we have you covered with a brief mattress moving guide to help you troubleshoot your biggest concerns.
— A Helping Hand
Let’s face it, trying to lift and move around a mattress, much less secure it and load it, is a little more than awkward. Get yourself a helping hand for the short amount of time this takes to keep from damaging the mattress- or yourself.
These are fabulous and worth every penny. Plus they are cheap, and definitely worth purchasing for mattress peace of mind. They are also great for storing mattresses should the need arise.
— Tie Down Ratchet Straps or Poly Rope
Ratchet straps are a great investment that you will find yourself using often once you own them. If you plan on moving your mattress using a pickup or car, then you need a way to secure it that won’t have you worried about your knot tying skills. If you ARE confident in your knots, then a good poly rope will also serve you well!
What to remember: If you try to wrap your mattress in a small area you increase the risk of tearing the bag, or not getting tape over openings without noticing.
With a mattress bag all you have to do is slide the mattress into it. This really isn’t that difficult, even with one person. All you have to do is lay it all out on the floor and then slide each side up bit by bit until the mattress is within the bag.
What to remember: Heavy duty plastic will get the job done as well, but it does come with a cost also, and may not be as easy to get your mattress into. You can also do this with a boxspring if you have one.
What to remember: Press as much air out of the bag before you tape to avoid air pockets that could press out against pressure and make it easier to puncture.
Van or Truck
If you are using or renting a van or truck, then you will want your mattress to either lay flat against a fairly solid surface so you don’t compromise the inner support, or upright flat against the side of the vehicle wall. If you place anything up against it, make sure there are no sharp points or angles, or any other type of heavy, narrow, hard surface that could cause damage.
Most pickup beds are large enough to comfortably fit a queen size or smaller mattress flat within the bed, or resting upon the wheel wells. A king size may need to lean against the side, possibly with the tailgate down- but again, it should set within it nicely for transport.
Make sure nothing is below or above the mattress (except [perhaps a boxspring) during transport to keep from compromising your plastic or causing any punctures to the mattress itself.
If you are going to transport your mattress on top of a car, then you will want to make sure to place it up there carefully to keep from ripping the bag on any luggage racks you have, or even bending something on your car you don’t want bent. Many small cars may be too narrow for larger, queen or king sized beds, so be sure to take into consideration size before you commit to this plan.
What to remember: The most important thing to remember for any of these scenarios is to keep the mattress from coming into contact with items that may damage your sleep surface. If you are taking the time to transport this investment, you want to take the few extra moments it takes to place it upon your transport vehicle correctly.
Once your mattress is within or on the vehicle it is to be transported in, you need to make sure it is secure to keep it from sipping and sliding, or losing it all together. Inexpensive ratchet straps really do come in handy for this as you can make sure you have it well tightened down with ease. As mentioned, you can use a durable poly rope as well.
For moving van placement, make sure the mattress cannot shift if laid flat. If it is placed against the vehicle wall then you should run a strap across it to keep it flat and from shifting. For truck beds all you need to do is run straps over the top of it, and perhaps along the bottom if you had to lower the tailgate. Most mattresses will stay well within their truck bed confine, but unexpected airflows have been known to lift them, and you’d rather be safe than sorry.
If you are using the car method of transport, then you need to pay close attention to tying down your mattress or you are sure to lose it along the road. Make sure that you tie it down across the width of the mattress in at least two spots – running the straps along the inside roof of your car if possible to keep it snug. You also should run a strap from front to back as well, which can be attached to the car fram itself.
What to remember: If your straps are ever too short to reach, remember you can combine two together easily by hooking them together without sacrificing over strength.
Many people choose to leave their mattress behind when moving, or try to sell it off to avoid hauling it with them. But a mattress is often a pretty large investment, and finding one that you are comfortable with can often be a challenge.
Although awkward in nature, with a little patience and some help, you should be easily able to transport your mattress with you to your next destination. An inexpensive mattress bag purchase helps keep it safe from the elements, dirt or dust from the move, and initial protection from anything it comes in contact with. Just remember to keep it well secured during the move no matter what it is being transported in to keep it from shifting or becoming damaged.