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What is the Effective way to carry a sleeping mattress?

Last updated January 25, 2021| Guides

Moving A Mattress

If you intend to move a mattress than you should be in a pair or a group because this is not the single person’s job to do so unless he over burdens himself. Sadly, at times everyone is busy in their own work, and you have a responsibility to get done in any cost. And when we say everyone we mean, your friends, significant other, parents, siblings, extended friends, and coworkers. Obviously not a single person out of them can help you out, even if you offer to buy dinner after as a reward. There always remain an option to take the way of hiring professional movers but doing so can get pretty expensive. It is particularly pointless if your mattress is the only piece of furniture you need to be moved. With all being said, if you are all alone and need help moving a mattress, below are some tips and tricks for how to move a mattress by yourself. Whether you are moving Casper Mattress or Purple Mattress, these tips should help you through the process.

General Mattress Moving Tips

While you can definitely get more creative with your mattress moving methods, here are our suggestions for economical ways to move a mattress by yourself.

Equipment that is required to Move A Mattress.

While you are learning how to move a mattress, there are a few important things that can make the mattress moving process a bit easier. The following equipment can help: 

  • Straps or rope
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Bubble wrap
  • Mattress bag or cover
  • Dolly or cart
  • Moving blankets

Put a cover on it.

Despite the fact you put sheets over your mattress, you still want to make sure your mattress stays tidy. The moving process is usually a complicated one, and you do not want your mattress to get soiled or destroyed. While moving the mattress, the tops and sides of your mattress will possibly come into contact with stairs, floors, the outside ground, or the inside of your moving van or truck. So, before you even start, take all your sheets, pillows, topper, etc. off your bed, and then cover your mattress in plastic wrapping or a mattress bag. This will safeguard your mattress during the move.

If you have never wrapped up a mattress before, here is a quick summary of the procedure: 

1. Take Off all of the sheets, toppers, and pads on your mattress.

2. If you are using a mattress bag, bend your mattress next to the wall, with the long side standing up. Slide the bag over the mattress (starting at the top). Pull the mattress onto the ground and tightly tape the opening shut. 

3. If you are using plastic wrapping, bubble wrap, or moving blankets, place your mattress in a way that makes it easy for you to wrap it (standing straight up). Drape tightly, leaving as little air as possible between the material and your mattress.

4. For extra coverage, wrap the entire bundle with tape once you are done to keep the bag or stuff from slipping off.

Read More: How to choose sleeping pads for your Camping Trip

Lift from the knees.

To protect yourself and to not hurt your back, do not use your back to pick up anything heavy, your mattress as well. To make sure you do this appropriately, do not lift by bowing forward. As an Alternative, bow your hips and knees to squat down, pick up the mattress while keeping it as close to the body as feasible, and then straighten up your legs to lift up. Similarly, make sure to never lift anything heavy above shoulder level, and avoid snaking or turning your body while lifting or holding a heavy object.

Fold up your mattress.

Folding up your mattress will make it easier for a single person to move, particularly if you are moving a larger size mattress like a queen, king, or California king.  As a matter of fact, folding is almost certainly one of the best tips we can give you for how to move a king size mattress. Folding it will decrease the height and width, so that it is less flimsy.

With that being said, this will perhaps only work for those of you who have an all-foam mattress that is medium to thin in thickness (8-11” thick). We do not suggest that you try to fold a mattress that is thicker or that has spirals. You could ruin your mattress and void the assurance.

Here is how to fold a mattress.

  • As you bend it, make sure that you do it widthwise, that the top and bottom of the mattress are touching, and that the side that you sleep on is on the inside, not the outside where it could get dirty.
  • Once you fold it, you will need to tie it with straps or ratchet tie-downs so that it does not open on you while you are trying to move it.

Reinforce floppy mattresses with cardboard.

If folding your mattress is not an option for you, try reinforcing it with a slab of cardboard is a better way. Safeguard the mattress to the cardboard with belts or ratchet tie-downs, which should keep it from flopping around as you move.

How to Move A Memory Foam Mattress?

If you need to move a memory foam mattress, there are some further points to keep in mind. Memory foam mattresses are heavy and shapeshift when you grab them, making it tough to get a good grip. Remember these tips if you need to know how to move a foam mattress.

  1. Wrap your memory foam mattress as explained previously. 
  2. From there, slide it into a special cardboard box for mattresses. 
  3. When moving it, leave it flat without stacking anything on top of it. If possible, tie it down with straps to a constant surface, so it does not slide.

Important Tips for Moving A Mattress by Yourself

Get the right vehicle.

You are going to either need a truck, or a moving van. Specialists do not suggest securing your mattress to the top of your normal car. It can most easily damage the mattress in the process and has a high probability of sliding off your car, which can cause crashes.

Most of the mattresses should also be loaded and transported on their sides, if at all possible bowed up against a wall. If not, make sure that it is secured down properly with straps. If you or a loved one do not have a truck you can borrow, you can rent a U-Haul for a pretty decent price. 

Ship your mattress.

If you are trying to move your mattress long distance, but do not have a truck or the money to rent a moving van to move hundreds of miles, you always have the choice to ship your mattress. Cover it how we mentioned earlier in this article and find a company online who will dispatch your mattress for you.

All you have to do is enter the dimensions of your mattress and how far you want it to go. They will give you several quotes to choose from, but if they are too high, you can tell them your budget and see if any of the shipping people are willing to do it at your price.

Use a dolly or cart.

Use some wheels to help you out when moving your mattress from your room to the vehicle, particularly if you are moving it by yourself. This tip will be especially helpful if you have to move a mattress up a flight of stairs by yourself.

Clear your path.

You need to make sure that you have a clear path already laid out before moving your mattress. You do not want to step on something on the way or smack into barriers with your hands full. You might run into an obstacle trying to get your mattress through the front door, and if you do, you will probably just need to angle it right. Try carrying your mattress in sideways or at an angle to make it fit.

Drag Your Mattress.

Find two sizeable blankets that will fit on top of and below your mattress. Put your mattress in the middle and tie the top and bottom blanket together. From there, try pulling your mattress to where you need to move it (after transporting it in a car of course). You will want to use blankets that you can part with if they get damaged, particularly if you are trying to pull your mattress over a rough surface. To be honest though, we would probably save this method for if all else fails.

Worse comes to worst, and you physically cannot move your mattress after trying everything else, you can try your luck with a stranger like a neighbor you have never met, or a random passerby. If that fails too, just wait it out until a loved one in your life can help you. Keep bribing them with beer, and they cannot say no to you forever.

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