Easy To Follow Step-By-Step Guide for Moving a Mattress by Yourself

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Purple Staff
Last Updated
April 5, 2022
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Whether you’re moving a new mattress to another room or to a new home, relocating a mattress can be a lot of work. The effort you’ll need to make will depend on the type of bed itself.

For example, a standard toddler’s mattress can easily be moved without the assistance of other people or tools. Whereas larger, more heavy mattresses, like a queen size mattress, will require more work.

Assuming at this point you’ve already determined the new location of your bed, it is now time to learn how to properly move it. If you haven’t decided yet, we suggest you take measurements of your bed and of the possible new locations ahead of time to be sure it’ll actually fit.

In the meantime, you can read the rest of this article to find step-by-step instructions on how to move a mattress, regardless of its size or type.

How to Move Your Mattress: 6 Easy Steps

Moving Mattress Tools

Step One: Gather the Right Equipment

The type of equipment you’ll need will vary on the size, weight, and type of bed. As mentioned, if you’re moving a small child’s bed or a twin mattress a short distance, you may be able to carry it without assistance. If need be, you can ask for help or slide it down the hallway on a piece of cardboard.

However, bigger beds like a queen, king, or California king are easier to move with the help of the following tools:

  • Cardboard;
  • Dolly;
  • Hand truck/cart;
  • Mattress bag;
  • Ratchet straps;
  • Rope;
  • Sandwich bags;
  • Screwdrivers, ratchets, hammers, and scissors;
  • Tape.

You can use dollies and hand trucks to maneuver larger beds. The straps and ropes help secure the mattress on the dolly. The tape and mattress bag will help to seal and protect the mattress. Use the tools and sandwich bags to disassemble and store parts of the mattress frame, headboard, and other parts of the bed foundation.

Step Two: Clear a Path

Be sure to clear a path before moving your mattress, especially when moving a mattress by yourself. This can help prevent it from getting caught, and even prevent serious injuries to your or the movers.

You will want to clear a path that allows for multiple people, and the mattress, to fit through. It should also be big enough to allow for turns or mattress rotations (if need be).

Step Three: Put Your Bed Into a Mattress Bag

A mattress bag is just as it sounds — a plastic bag large enough to store an entire mattress. These bags protect the integrity of a mattress while it’s being moved and/or stored. If you’re storing your mattress for a long period, consider taping the bag closed for extra precaution.

You’ll find that putting on a mattress bag is similar to putting on a fitted sheet. However, assistance can help make the process go by faster.

Step Four: Lift the Mattress Onto a Dolly

Once your bed is bagged and ready to be moved, it is time to put it on the dolly (or other moving devices). If a dolly is not available, two people may be able to safely lift the mattress using proper form to lift it. No matter if you’re with a partner or moving a bed on your own — even if it is just moving it into the bag — you’ll want to consider the following tips on heavy-lifting basics:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help;
  • Let your legs do most of the heavy lifting so your back and arms don’t wear out before you can finish the move;
  • Take a moment to stretch your lower back and legs. Do various stretches for about 20 seconds per stretch before lifting. This helps ensure your body is limber and ready to lift;
  • Utilize dollies and hand carts when able;
  • Wear closed-toed shoes and if need be, gloves to protect your body from possible injuries.

It’s important to know proper lifting techniques, even if you aren’t moving — for they can help with day-to-day activities as well.

Step Five: Load Your Mattress Onto the Truck

If you’re moving your mattress a short distance, you more than likely won’t need a moving truck. Instead, you’ll just need to follow the above steps and ensure you have someone available to help if need be.

However, if you’re moving your bed long-distance, you will need to use a truck with a bed big enough to hold your mattress. You will want to be sure to cover your mattress — either in a mattress bag or other plastic wrapping — before loading your mattress into the truck bed.

Some mattresses, such as a Purple mattress, can even be folded in half. These types of beds are helpful for those who don’t have a large enough truck bed.

How To Move a Mattress Without a Truck

Moving Mattress Truck And Car

Understandably, not everyone will have access to a truck. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t move your bed. Instead, you can put smaller mattresses in the back of a hatchback or SUV with the hatch open. If this is what you choose to do, be sure to properly secure it with ropes or straps.

If you’re not able to use a hatchback or SUV, you may consider strapping mattresses to the roof of your car. If this is not an option, researching truck rentals in your area may be the next best thing.

Step Six: Secure Your Mattress and Drive Slowly

When possible, lay the mattress flat whether it be in a truck or on top of a car or SUV. To prevent damage try not to stack things on top of the mattress. When mattresses are flat, be sure to secure the mattress to your vehicle with ropes or straps.

If laying your mattress flat is not an option, lean your mattress on its side against the wall of a moving truck. Use rope or straps to secure the mattress to the truck wall and be sure to not stack items on top of the mattress.

Once you’re confident the mattress is secure, it’s time to drive away. Try and go slow, especially around the corners, to ensure your mattress stays in place.

Moving can be stressful, yet rewarding. No matter how difficult it may be to move a mattress, just know it’ll pay off in the end when you finally get to enjoy your new space.

Storing a Mattress After You Move It

Clean your mattress before you put it in storage. Sprinkle baking powder across the exterior of your mattress to soak up orders and remove stains. Vacuum baking soda from the mattress and let sit for an hour.

Cover your mattress in plastic wrap. Keep your mattress in the mattress bag you used to move it. This helps protect from dust and dust mites. Ensure the mattress is completely dry before covering it.

Avoid storing your mattress in extreme temperatures. Avoid storing your mattress in freezing, high humidity, or high temperatures due to damage. For this reason avoid storing your mattress in a basement, attic or garage. When using a storage unit, be sure to speak with the storage unit manager to understand the temperature range and humidity control.

Store your mattress flat. Storing your mattress on its side regardless of what type of mattress can ruin the integrity and feel of the mattress. If you must store it on its side. Be sure to rotate it at least once a month.

Do not store anything on top of the mattress. This can cause your mattress to sag and ruin its integrity.

Moving can be stressful, yet rewarding. No matter how difficult it may be to move a mattress, just know it’ll pay off in the end when you finally get to enjoy your new space with your comfortable mattress.