How to Move a Mattress by Yourself

Moving a mattress is not such an easy thing to do, especially if you are trying to move it by yourself.

To move a big, bulky and heavy mattress, you will need the help of your family or friends, but if for some reason none of them is able to help you, you can try to do it yourself.

In this article, we are going to share some tips to help you move your mattress alone carefully without damaging it. Last updated Jul 28, 2020 @ 2:07 pm

What You Need to Move a Mattress by Yourself

Before you proceed to move your mattress, think again whether you really need to move it. If you do, then you will need to get some things to make sure moving your bed goes smoothly and without any problem.

Buying a few things such as a mattress bag, ratchet straps, etc. can help a lot.

Moving a Mattress

To move a mattress successfully, here is what you need to do:

Cover Your Mattress

Even though you may use a mattress protector, you still want to make sure your mattress remains clean while you are moving it.

Moving a mattress may cause it to get dirty and stained, which is why you need some additional protection. Get a plastic mattress bag of the right size so your mattress can easily fit in and cover your mattress.

Take a look at the bag and see if the bag is zippered or you have to tape it. If it is not zippered, you can run the tape all around the mattress to make sure it remains inside the bag.

Fold Up Your Mattress

To move a mattress easier, especially if you are moving a larger Queen or King size mattress, you can fold it up. This will reduce its height and width and make it less flimsy.

However, you have to be careful when doing this. Like we have already mentioned in our previous article, not all types of mattresses can be safely folded without any damage.

You should avoid folding innerspring or hybrid mattresses as this can damage their steel parts and the bed won’t be flat once you put it back on your foundation or box spring.

The only types of mattresses that can be folded are those made of flexible foams such as memory foam or latex.

To fold up your mattress even easier, you can compress it previously by using a vacuum cleaner to draw the air out of a plastic bag and a mattress. Once you fold it, you need to secure it with ratchet straps so it doesn’t unfold while you are trying to move it.

Get the right vehicle

To move a mattress to another place, you will need either a moving van or a truck. You can also secure your mattress to the top of your car and transport it that way, although experts don’t recommend this as your mattress can get damaged in the process and slip off your car and even cause accidents.

If someone you know has a truck, you can borrow it or rent a U-Haul for a reasonable price, especially if you just want to move your mattress across town rather than across the entire country.

Clear a Path to the Vehicle

To get your mattress to the vehicle, you should make sure that you have a clear path so that nothing comes into your way and so that you don’t step on something or bump into various obstacles.

Move any boxes, chairs, tables and other pieces of furniture and leave all doors open so your way is clear.

Move Your Mattress to the Vehicle

Mattresses can be heavy, especially large Queen or King size mattresses. To move your mattress to the vehicle and especially if you are doing this by yourself, you will probably have to drag it.

Find some large blankets. Wrap the blankets around a mattress for additional protection and try to drag it to the vehicle. You should use old blankets that you can throw away if you need to drag a mattress over rough surfaces in order to get to the vehicle.

Use a dolly or cart

If dragging a mattress to the vehicle is not an option for you, you can try to buy or rent a dolly and use it to carry the mattress from your house to the vehicle.

Other Ways to Move a Mattress

If moving a mattress by yourself seems too difficult, you can hire professional movers to do it for you or ship it to your desired destination. Although these options are a lot easier, you should know that they will cost you more than moving a mattress by yourself.


If you are moving to another place and you want to move your mattress too and there is no one around to help you, there are ways to do this by yourself.

Although moving a mattress by yourself requires a lot of hard work, it can be done. In this guide we have provided some useful tips on how to move the mattress by yourself without damaging it in the process and we hope they will be helpful to you.

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