The logistics of howtomove furniture can be tough when they are large items. But what about large items that are hard to even grasp a hold of? Like mattresses for instance. If they don’t come with handle straps, or if you need to curve them around tight corners, you may struggle with them. And that’s just the beginning. Getting the mattressto your destination involves other logistics as well.
The last thing you’ll want is to have a dirty mattress by the time it arrives at your new home. So before moving day, be sure you are ready for the movers topick it up. Movers may have moving blankets, and that might help. But those are usually used to protect hard furniture that can dent or damage walls. The better bet for a moving amattress would be to wrap it in plastic, or some other protective material to prevent moisture creeping into it.
You can, of course, create a makeshift plastic cover for amattress using painter’s plastic sheets, tarps or shower curtains. Just add some tape or rope to keep it in-tact. Or, you could buy specially designed mattress covers for moving. For example, here is one we found online at Home Depot’s Canadian site:
For this step you’ll want to tie straps or thick enough rope or bungee cords around the mattress. If your mattress doesn’t already have handles, this can make abig difference when carrying the mattress, even if you have two people to do it. It’s really hard to grasp amattress, since it only has flat surfaces. And, since mattresses can get wide, expecting your arms to reach around them can be tricky too.
You can also consider a single strap method under one side of the mattress, as explained in this video:
So you may want to ensure you protect your mattress on moving day by making ample room in a larger moving truck for it. Also, according toone article, some moving companies will also use shrink wrap to make sure your mattress doesn’t move around in the moving truck.
Step 3: for new mattress delivery, consider roll-packed mattresses
If you’re here wondering howtomovea new mattressto your destination, keep in mind some companies roll-pack their mattresses to make for convenienttransport to your home. And this goes for more than foam mattresses – sometimes spring mattresses can also be roll packed. In this case, the unopenedmattress should fit into your car or SUV, depending on it size. You may need a few days to let it fully ‘puff up’ again and air out (from chemical or factory smells).
Of course, shop for the mattress you like most; if it doesn’t come roll packed, it may be worth the effort and cost to have it delivered to your home directly.
Step 4: consider logistics of moving the mattress in tight spaces
Since mattresses and beds are long, it may be hard to get them around tight corners. For this reason, you may want to make sure the house is cleared of most things that can get in the way of the mattress as you’re moving it. We know this can be hard if you have other big furniture tomove that require the mattressout first. But for example, if your bedroom is farthest away from the exit point, make sure the rest of the house is emptied into the moving truck first.
That way, when you move around corners you’ll not need to worry about running into a shelf or other obstacle.
The bigger thing you’d want to keep toa last resort is needing tocut the box spring and then put it back together. Box springs are surely not as flexible as themattress itself, and must be kept straight. If you think this will be the case for your mattress, make sure your professional movers know about this beforemoving day. Try to arrange for a staple gun to have handy in case you need to re-assemble your box spring.
For mattress foundations that you need to assemble after purchase, you may not need anything more than the tools to take them apart and put them together again. For example, see how IKEA mattress foundations are assembled for easy moving, here:
Or, if it’s not worth the money tomove your box spring, and you want to avoid this problem in the future, there are box spring replacement beds that can fold for easy moving. For example, check out the PragmaBed product:
As Surrey movers with extensive experience moving furniture, we’d be happy to help you with moving your mattress. Sometimes the pros can save the headache and hassle of having to figure out these logistics on your own. Give us a call at 604-922-9391 or contact us online and we’ll get you an accurate quote for your next move!
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