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Looking for tips on how to move a mattress? Good! Let’s talk mattress moving.
Well, moving a mattress may seem like a pretty straightforward assignment, but it’s one of those tasks you misjudge until you get down to it.
Before you move a mattress, first ask yourself if it is worth the trouble. Because in some cases, it’s simply not.
For instance, if you have a mattress that has seen its best years and bears indentations, tears, or is sagging, it might probably be a better idea to invest in a new one. Then again, that will depend on how many mattresses you are moving, and whether the money is happy at the time or not.
Opting for a new purchase makes more sense if you live alone and are probably relocating halfway across the country. You can decide to sell (or donate) large and heavy items like furniture, mattress, and appliances like refrigerators and simply start afresh when you get to your new city.
For most people, though, mattress moving is the more feasible option, especially considering most mattresses have a long lifespan of about a decade.
How to move a mattress is therefore the question, considering mattresses can be quite heavy and bulky.
What Are the Main Difficulties in Transporting a Mattress?
Depending on the weight, density, and type of mattress – in addition to the distance you’ll be covering – moving a mattress can either be a job for the left hand or it might need some extra hands on deck. Unless, of course, it’s an inflatable; in which case it shouldn’t pose any problem at all.
While some mattresses are easy to manage by oneself, others require a pair of extra hands, whether it’s family or friends, or enlisting the help of professional residential movers to handle it for you. Yes, movers provide labor-only service if it’s what you want; it doesn’t always have to be a full-service offering.
However, if you decide to take matters into your own hands, literally speaking, it’s good to know what you’re up against.
For one, it’s worth keeping in mind that moving a mattress on your own can cause injuries, so having someone to assist helps.
You also need special equipment and materials (more on this shortly) for the mattress move. While some mattresses like those made from memory foam or latex can be folded in the middle for better ease when moving, it’s trickier with spring mattresses. Folding can damage their structure, leading to less comfortable sleep or a ruined mattress; and that’s not what we want.
You also need to think about how to transport a mattress. A van or moving truck is the best way to move a mattress. You can also tie it on the roof of your car, but this can expose the mattress to things like pollutants and other elements, particularly if it’s not covered well. The latter works best if you’re moving a block or two away.
What Equipment Is Needed to Move a Mattress?
If you decide to move a mattress DIY, there are a few important items that can make the job easier for you.
Mattress bag (or mattress box) – fetching in the region of $5 to $25 depending on size and quality, a mattress bag will protect your mattress from grime, dust, damage, and potential infestations until you get down to unpacking it. Mattress bags are available in all standard sizes and can be sourced from hardware shops or stores dealing in moving supplies. Alternatively, you can use plastic wrap to cover the mattress, in which case you should also pick up some bubble wrap to provide an extra layer of protection;
Tape – you’ll use the tape to seal your mattress bag, so make sure the tape is sturdy. Either of masking, shipping, or duct tape should work;
Dolly or cart – a dolly or hand cart is the best way to move a mattress from the bedroom to the waiting vehicle and vice-versa when you get to your new pad. You can rent one from a moving company or home goods store near you; unless you want to invest in one for other future uses;
Cardboard – depending on how you will be packing your mattress, you may or may not need cardboard. But it never hurts to have one handy in case you find the need to reinforce the mattress;
Ratchet tie down strap – a ratchet strap has hooks and buckles that makes it ideal for tying down stuff, mattresses included. You will use it to lock the mattress in place in the moving van or truck bed. Or you can choose to use a nylon rope as an alternative;
Retractable knife or scissors – for cutting open the mattress bag. The scissors can also be useful during the packing process.