How to Move a Mattress: A Complete Guide

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Written by: Alex Savy
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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.  

Key Takeaways

  • When moving the mattress, use ratchet straps or a rope to keep it from shifting throughout the process.
  • Transporting a big mattress, especially one with a coil or spring system, is easiest when done on its side.

How to Move a Mattress

The weight of a mattress may vary from 45 to 100 pounds, which can be difficult for you to handle alone.  

I do not recommend moving the mattress alone. Injury, strained muscles, or a severe tumble are all possibilities when attempting to move and lift a mattress alone, so I appreciate a helping hand.

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.

Step One - Measure the Mattress 

You should measure your mattress. You should know the normal size of a mattress (twin, double, full, queen, king) and its particular measurements before attempting to move one. Your mattress bag size, relocation strategy, and available storage space will all be affected by this.

Then, you need to gather up all the necessary equipment.

A mattress dolly, mattress bags, packing tape, straps, scissors, or ropes to attach the mattress, and a sturdy frame, are all necessities. It's important to have room to roll up your bedding before you move.

Step Two - 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.

Step Three - Pack it Up 

The next step is to put your mattress into a sturdy mattress bag. This will shield your mattress from dust, dirt, and stain in transit or storage. 

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.

Making plastic wraps of my own is my go-to mattress packing strategy. It is easy, affordable, and usually doesn't require me to leave the house.

In addition to that, mattress moving bags are available in typical mattress sizes, but the depth of your mattress is important information when purchasing a bag. They often come in pairs, so you can put one on your mattress and the other on your box spring.

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.

To pack the mattress, first, you need to slide the mattress off the bed. A shaky mattress may easily cause damage to nearby objects. Therefore it's important to clear the room of anything that might fall to the floor, such as lamps, frames, or vases. Next, lay the mattress on its side for portability. 

Typically, this entails turning the mattress on its side, making it longer than it is tall. It's not easy to relocate a bed that's been laid flat, particularly if you need to squeeze it through narrow doors.

Also read: How to Ship a Mattress Across Canada

Step four - 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.

Step five - Load the Mattress Into the Vehicle

Once you’ve packed your mattress, it’s time to move it. Your mattress may be transported to your car once you have folded, re-enforced, and covered 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.

I recommend you hire a freelance service if you can't find someone to assist you in moving.

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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