How to Move a Sleep Number Bed

If you have ever moved, then you probably know the process of moving your bed from one place to another. With or without help, you remove your mattress, carry it to wherever is convenient, and then repeat the process with a boxspring, if you have one, and then again with a disassembled bed.

A Sleep Number Bed is not quite as simple as all that; rather, it is not difficult but does require a bit more time and attention to disassembling and packing- than simply lifting and carrying. If you set up your bed in the first place, then you know that there are more few than a few steps to take care of it working in reverse. If a move is on the horizon, then looking for an answer to how to move a Sleep Number bed is a pretty responsible step to ensure you keep your bed in warranty and are able to get it from one place to another.

See related article: How to Put a Sleep Number Bed Together

Moving a Sleep Number Bed

When moving a Sleep Number bed, you basically will have 3 different jobs: disassembling the mattress, packing the mattress, and disassembling the base if you have one. Although more involved than moving a regular mattress and bed, with a little bit of planning in advance, it doesn’t have to be a long process. Plus, this is most likely an overall easier process simply because the Sleep Number bed weighs less overall than a more traditional one and packs into smaller boxes.

Disassembling the Mattress

Although this is an easier task when you have help, it is something you can do on your own as well. While working through your steps it does help to have your instruction manual handy as well. It is especially important to have when you decide to put it all back together after the move but is a good reference when working backward through the steps as well.

Step 1: Open the Mattress

Depending on which model you have, your bed has one, possibly two, zippers. The zippers will be at the head of the bed and require you to unzip it completely. Also, check for hidden zippers under the bottom edge of the mattress. Duvet style beds also have a zipper under the first, and you should remove the cover top and set it aside once you have it open.

Step 2: Disconnect Hoses

Start on one side of the bed and push the gray tab where the hoses connect to the air chamber and pill to disconnect. Do this with the other side if you have a dual bed. Some models may have two hoses per chamber and you should do this until all hoses are free from the connection.

Step 3: Remove All Internal Components

Foam layers easy fold away to expose the air chambers. Remove the foam sidewalls and fold away, as well as corner locks. You can roll the air chambers up to help protect them, and secure them within the foam layers for added protection. Make sure you remove everything until you reach the mattress cover bottom.

Tip: Take pictures of each layer and how it looks when assembled to help you when you put it back together.

Step 4: Pack and Secure the Pump

Also known as the firmness control system, the pump is fragile and requires delicate handling. Shock and vibration should be avoided, so be sure to pack it snugly into a box with proper packing materials. You want to make sure it cannot move around within the box, and can even be further secured within another box in another layer of shock absorbing materials.

Packing the Mattress

Once you have all the components of your mattress in separate pieces, you can begin to pack it. It helps to have your original packaging, but a few hard-sided storage tubs or a heavy-duty cardboard moving box will work just fine.

There are no steps to this process. You simply want to either fold or roll the foam comfort pads and mattress cover and make sure they fit into whatever container you are transporting them within. It is good practice to double bag these to avoid any moisture or staining from getting to the material during transport.

Disassembling the Base


Sleep Number bases are completely optional, and you can use your own specific choices as long as they properly support the bed. But if you have a Sleep Number base – the type of base you have determines the steps you need to complete in disassembling a base. If you are only dealing with a modular base, then all you need to do is slide the decking panels off the frame by pushing them to the side and then sliding them off the rest of the way.

You can then remove the center support beam which is present in full, queen, and king size beds, and slide the side panels up and out as well. If your base has legs, you can then unscrew the wingnuts and fully detach the legs. These bases are heavy and do require two people to move them in order to avoid injury. Plus, you don’t want to accidentally damage your base by trying to drag or carry it on your own.

– FlexFit Bases

If you have a FlexFit base, your steps are only slightly different.FlexFit bases work with your SleepIQ technology app to lift your bed into various positions, as well as to provide lighting and massage in certain models. These are ergonomic designs that have their own power source that require attention to packing as well.


Step 1: Remove the Mattress Retainers

The size of your bed determines the number of mattress retainers you have that connect the bottom of your bed to the base. There will be 2 to 8 total and will require a 7/16 socket for a hex head bolt. Be sure to bag all your hardware to avoid losing it.

Step 2: Slide Out Decking Panels

Slide out your decking panels by pushing them to the side and pulling them loose. Be sure to set them to the side and secure them together, then wrap them in a protective moving blanket to avoid any scratches or dings during the move.

Step 3: Unplug Control System

Unplug the control from the wall, and place it with remotes in a box. Make sure these are well secured and padded to avoid any jostling during your transportation. The cables can be secured to the frame by wrapping them or tying them with zip ties, or other appropriate materials. If you have dual control, be sure to do this to both sides of the bed.

Step 4: Remove Bed Straps (if applicable)

All king beds have a bed strap that connects two individual, adjustable bases. Once the beds are disconnected, you need to remove these straps by loosening the bed legs. You don’t want to remove the legs completely to help provide base support. Be sure they are tightly screwed back on to avoid bending in transport.

Tip: Mark your bases with left and right tape to remember how you had it originally set up.


Although moving your Sleep Number bed may sound like a daunting task, it is anything but. The components all pack down much more compact and lighter than a traditional mattress, and the steps to taking it apart are not at all that difficult overall. The above steps hopefully provided you a good idea of what to expect, whether you have just a twin, or split king choice with a FlexFit base.

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