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How to Move a Mattress: Tips on Transporting a Mattress

By Richard Morse @insidebedroom

Here are some tips on how to move a mattress. You will probably need them if you intend to transport a mattress when moving home. Mattresses are not cheap, and if you are moving home it is likely you will want to keep your existing mattresses. Apart from cost, you may not want to change your mattress if you find it comfortable and it helps you get a good night's sleep.

How to Move a Mattress: Tips on Transporting a Mattress

When transporting anything, you have to look at its dimensions and weight. Moving a mattress can be particularly troublesome due to its width and length. Although many mattresses come rolled up, it is not normally possible to remove the air they contain to enable you to roll it back up yourself.

There are two fundamental approached to transporting a mattress. You either do it yourself or you hire a professional to do it for you. Doing it yourself is obviously less costly than hiring somebody to do it for you. So let's look at the DIY method first.

How to Move a Mattress Yourself

When you are transporting a mattress yourself, you first need to get it ready for moving. Clean it so you are not transporting any more allergens such as dust mites than you have to. Give it a good vacuum, and then if you have the time, give a good shampoo. You could get a professional cleaner to do this for you. It's not absolutely essential to do this, and if you don't then all that happens is your mattress arrives in its new location in the same condition as before the move.

It is best to get a plastic mattress bag. Some stores sell light plastic mattress storage bags that allow your mattress to breath, and you can also get them online. At a push, you could use cling film or stretch wrap. This keeps your mattress free from contamination during the move.

If you have more than one mattress, you may need some way of identifying them for ease of relocation. A label would do, so you have no issues as to which bedroom each mattress should be taken.

Transporting a Mattress Correctly

When transporting a mattress keep it in its natural shape wherever possible. Never bend it round corners unless you must. Make sure the path from the bedroom to the vehicle you are using is clear. One you have moved it to the vehicle, there are certain things you should do and should avoid doing.

First of all, don't tie the mattress to the roof your car! In a high wind, your car may get blown away with the mattress! Even if the weather is good, you could damage the mattress by tying it to a roof rack. You will need a van or pickup. If you don't have access to a van then hire one. It will still save money over hiring a professional company.

The best way how to move a mattress is to lay it flat on the floor of the van or pickup truck. Never store it on its side. This can deform the mattress and make it next to impossible to lie flat again! If it must be transported on its side, then make sure it is tied to the side of the vehicle so it can't bend over and deform the springs or the foam. You can carry a mattress manually on its side, because that would only be for a relatively short period of time.

Memory foam mattresses may have specific recommendations for transportation. Make sure you read any instructions from the manufacturer. You could also contact the supplier or manufacturer and ask for advice on how to move a memory foam mattress.

Unsure About How to Move a Mattress?

If you are unsure about how to move a mattress then you could employ a professional to do it for you. Check out potential local firms online and get a price from one or two. Make sure you know what is included, such as whether they collect from one bedroom and deliver to the new bedroom. You don't want it just collected and delivered from door to door! Also, make sure insurance is included. This is the safest and least bothersome method of transporting a mattress. However, it can be expensive.

How to Move a Mattress: Summary

If you know how to move a mattress yourself, then go ahead and do it. Employing a firm to do it for you can cost a lot. Transporting a mattress is fairly easy if you have the right type of vehicle. If not, then you simply cost the vehicle hire against the price charged by an expert removal company. Always remember to avoid folding or bending it. This can cause damage that may not be repairable. Keep it flat wherever possible.

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