3 Ways to Pack a Mattress For Moving

Moving a mattress can be challenging due to its size, weight, and the danger of getting dirty or damaged after the trip. Therefore, it is best to look for ways to pack the mattress for an easy move.

How to Pack a Mattress for Moving

Sometimes moving mattresses is best left to the professionals, and you can rest assured of the safety of your mattress after the move. But, if you decide to move on your own, or there are no professional hands around, here are three ways to pack your mattress for a move.

Cover the Mattress

How to Pack a Mattress for Moving

One essential thing to note while picking a mattress is to protect the mattress from dirt and moisture. This is done by covering it with a roll of plastic, a blanket, or a can used as a base for tents once the entire surface of the mattress is covered, including the closures and corners of the mattress.

It is best to carry the mattress gently to the vehicle. It is important not to fold the mattress during the trip, especially a mattress with springs as its interior. Do not bend the mattress during the trip or put any weight on it. Furthermore, it is advisable to move it to a vertical position.

If the mattress gets wet, it is essential to air it out and dry it thoroughly before use to prevent the appearance of molds on the mattress. It is essential to prevent the mattress from shifting and moving. This can be achieved by reinforcing the mattress with adhesive tape, so they do not move during the journey.

We recommend that the mattress be moved in a closed vehicle and avoid the typical way of carrying it on the car’s roof. But if this is not possible, it is advisable and safe to move on a day when there is no rain to avoid the mattress getting wet.

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Use a Mattress Bag

Pack mattress using Mattress Bag

Another way to pack your mattress when moving is by using a mattress bag to ensure it is adequately packed and ready for safe transportation. Before packing the mattress, remove the sheets or duvets from the mattress, and ensure the mattress is 100% dry to be on the safe side.

This can be achieved by placing it in a spot with direct sunlight for a few hours. When the mattress is dried correctly, get a mattress storage bag. It is advisable to get a thick polyethylene to fit your mattress and protect it from dirt, dust, moisture, and pests once inside a durable plastic protector

However, before placing your mattress in the mattress bag, properly inspect your mattress and be vigilant for any signs of infestations. If there is none, gently place your mattress into the storage bag. Tightly tape the mattress protectors shut with quality tape to make sure all the mattress parts are well protected.  

After sealing the mattress bag, carefully take your mattress out and gently load it into the moving vehicle or truck. It is important to note that some mattresses are thick and usually large, so extra and careful caution should be taken when navigating it through tight paths, pointed openings, downstairs, or up the loading angle of the truck or vehicle.

This is to ensure that the mattress is not damaged. Your mattress should be the first thing or one of the first things to be loaded into the moving truck or vehicle. Ensure that it is well secured when moving. It can be positioned upright, sideways, or flat, and no other items should be placed on top of it.

Pack According to Size

Another way of packing your mattress for a move is first evaluating the size of your mattress. This is to help you know and plan how your mattress moving will be. Some mattresses are thick and quite heavy and may be challenging to move around.

After considering the size of your mattress and how it will be, the next thing is to get the right vehicle for the moving of the mattress. This is important, especially for a large mattress. Getting and using a too-small car could obstruct your vision while driving.

A large vehicle or truck will be best for transporting a large or king-size bed. It is unsafe to carry mattresses on the car roof, especially on a rainy day. The mattress may also get damaged. A moving truck is a best and safest vehicle for moving a mattress.

Lifting your mattress correctly is another thing to take note of. This is important to maintain good posture and not weaken the body while moving a mattress.

When lifting your mattress, keep it close to your body, and straighten your legs as you lift the mattress. You should feel the weight on your legs and not your back.  

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Packing Materials

Some tools are essential when moving a mattress, and these tools should be prepared and made available. Some of these tools are:

Waterproof Mattress Cover or Bag

Padded Matress Topper

mattress bag is a big mattress-sized plastic and waterproof bag. It is needed to help keep your mattress clean and dry during your move. We suggest you double bag the mattress for protection and avoid ripping during the moving process. It is also vital to get a perfect mattress bag.

Scotch Tape

It is necessary to use tape in the process of moving. This is important and will be used after you’ve placed your mattress inside the waterproof mattress bag and need to close it up. 


After moving the mattress to the new location, you use the scissors, and it is time to unpack. The scissors are used to cut the mattress bag. Some people use the box cutter, but this is not safe as it can accidentally cut through your mattress bag and ruin your mattress. Scissors are relatively safer.

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Rope or Ratchet Straps

After getting your mattress out of your house or apartment, rope or ratchet straps will be used to tie and protect the mattress inside your moving vehicle. 

Finally, considering the ways involved in the moving process and how difficult it will be for one person to be involved in the moving process, we recommend that two people carry out the mattress’s loading, unloading, and movement. This is to avoid damage, ensure the mattress’s safety, and avoid possible injuries to the carriers.

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