How to Move a Mattress: A Complete Guide

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Written by: Anna Chiranova
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We don’t often give moving large furniture much thought until we do it. So, when the time comes, the only apparent option left is to call movers and spend hundreds. Well, the good news is that movers aren’t the only option, especially if you want to move a mattress. Whether you wish to move things around a bit or move houses, this guide will take you over how to transport a mattress all by yourself.

How to Move a Mattress

First Things First, Get a Helping Hand 

Not calling movers doesn’t mean you can’t use any help. You absolutely can. You should first call any friends, family members, or co-workers and ask them to come over. Having a helping hand will make lifting, packing, and moving your mattress much more manageable. Moreover, having a second pair of hands will ensure that nobody gets hurt or injured. If you can’t get anyone to help you, don’t fret. You can still move a mattress by yourself. Read on to find out how.

Arrange Transportation

To transport a mattress, you need to arrange a transport vehicle. Depending on its size, you can rent a moving truck or even move the mattress with your car. Out of all the different mattress sizes in Canada, a small mattress—such as a twin—can be transported by laying it flat inside the car. If you are looking to haul a larger mattress, such as a king-size mattress, you might want to rent a moving truck. A moving truck also has enough space for the mattress to stand sideways. When you move a mattress, make sure there aren’t any sharp things inside the vehicle that can damage the mattress.

Pack the Mattress

The second most important thing when you move a mattress is to pack and seal it properly. Moving is a challenging, not to mention messy, process that can stain your mattress. So, sealing the mattress, especially the sides, is essential. First, you need to slide the mattress off the bed. If you are moving the mattress by yourself, having it on its side and leaning it against a wall will make the task much more manageable.

To pack a mattress, you need a large plastic bag. Most mattresses come in one, so take a look around and see if you still have one. If not, you can buy one or easily make your own. Cover all sides of the mattress and secure it with some tape. Circle the tape around the mattress a few times to ensure that the plastic wrap is in place.

If you have a ready-made mattress cover, start by slowly sliding in the mattress. Most bags come with a zipper, so zip it from all sides once the mattress is in the bag. If the mattress bag doesn’t have a zipper, make sure you tape all sides. This is also an excellent time to remove all air bubbles from the mattress bag, as they increase the chance of rupturing during transportation.

Clear a Pathway

Another important thing you should take care of is clearing a safe pathway to your vehicle. Make sure there isn’t any furniture in the way. If you have stairs especially, it’s best to look around to ensure the way is clear. Also, pay special attention to any small or sharp objects in the way. While you are at it, open any doors that might be an obstacle.

Load the Mattress Into the Vehicle

Once you’ve packed your mattress, it’s time to move it. If you have a helping hand, each person can take one side. For a king-size mattress, it’s best to transport it using a dolly. It will also make the task easier, especially if you don’t have someone to help out.

If you don’t have a dolly, you can transport a mattress using a large piece of cardboard and rope. Lay the mattress flat on the cardboard and secure it with the rope. Make sure that the cardboard is the same size as the mattress. Circle the rope around the mattress two to three times.

One could probably carry a small mattress on one’s back as well. However, using a dolly or cardboard is much safer. To move a mattress, you need to lift it by bending your knees and carrying it below shoulder level. Get as close to the mattress as you can and move slowly.

Finally, load the mattress into the vehicle. If you are moving the mattress with a car, make sure it doesn’t bend, especially spring or latex mattresses. Next, secure the mattress using ropes and carefully drive to your destination. Now you’ve successfully moved your mattress!


Can you move a mattress by folding it?

You can transport foam mattresses by folding them in half. However, folding any other type of mattress, such as a hybrid mattress, will only damage the structure. Here's why: a mattress with coils or springs should be laid flat. If you try to fold it, it will only disrupt the arrangement inside, and, as a result, you will likely break the springs or coils.

Can you leave the mattress in the mattress cover for a long time?

It’s best to unwrap your mattress once you get to your destination and give it a good cleaning. Moisture and dust can get trapped in the mattress cover, damaging the mattress. If you plan to store the mattress for long, make sure you store it correctly.


To wrap it all up, take proper precautions whenever you move a mattress. The process, if not done vigilantly, can end up hurting you. So, make sure you are careful at every step. Let us know what you think about this guide, and, as always, if you have a question, please leave a comment below.

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