How to Move a Mattress by Yourself?

how to move a mattress

So, the day of your move has finally arrived, and even though you packed all your things in boxes and prepared them for transportation, one thing remained to be done. You need to move your huge mattress too, and although this doesn’t sound like a huge deal, it actually can be quite a problem, especially if you are in this alone and there is no one in sight who could give you a hand.

Sure, there is always an option of hiring professionals to do the job for you, but the truth is, their service is not cheap, and you probably aren’t in a position to spend more than you have to. Luckily for you, we prepared some advice and tips on how to deal with a moving mattress if you are all alone in this endeavor, so read these lines below and be careful, you don’t want to get hurt or to damage your sleeping surface. 

Prepare your Workplace

Given that the process of moving your favorite mattress from one place to another will demand some space, you should look around and remove every object or piece of furniture that could be on your way, as well as all those objects that could break or damage the mattress during the transition. If your bedroom is overcrowded with stuff at the moment when the mattress arrives, place it against the wall vertically, clean out the content you don’t need, and then proceed with arrangements.

Get the Mattress Bag

If you are planning on doing this alone, you better purchase a mattress bag that will protect this investment of yours from getting dirty, stained, or damaged. It’s not something that’s pricey, and it will make a difference because you will be stress-free and certain that at the end of the road you will lay down on a bed that remained cleaned and has no marks, tears, or another breakage. Just put the whole mattress in it, in the beginning, and make sure it is protected from every side. It would be good to seal the ends of the bag with tape. In case you don’t do that there will be a chance those parts suffer some consequences after moving. 

packing and moving mattress

Protect your Back

Don’t try to be a hero and watch yourself. Some firm mattresses can be quite heavy, but even when they are not, they can be huge and bulky, so you can end up being hurt if you are not careful enough. It is not recommended to bend forward and lift them the way all the weight goes in your back because you can pull the muscles and end up in pain. You should bend your knees and hips, squat down, hold the mattress close to your chest and then straighten your legs up. Make sure you don’t twist your body or lift the item above the shoulder level and don’t rush.

Fold up your Mattress

If you own a king or queen mattress, you certainly know how big they are and how impractical it is to pick them up and move around. So you are probably wondering how to move a king size mattress. It would be great if you could fold it in half and try to relocate it that way. It will make it so much easier, especially if you don’t have help from another person. That way, you will reduce their height and width. But, this will work only with all foam mattresses that are eight-inch thick tops. If you possess a thicker mattress or the innerspring model, you will be risking damaging them, and you clearly don’t want to do that. It is important to fold it width-wised, and that the side you are sleeping on remains on the inside. You will then need to wrap it with some straps to make sure it stays that way until you don’t get over with the move.

fold the mattress

Tips for House-Vehicle Moving Part

It will be quite tricky to manage your mattress gets from your house to the transportation vehicle. Depending on numerous facts – do you have stares, some weird angles, a narrow path or wide space, you will get this part done with more or fewer difficulties. 

Use Dolly or Cart

Since you are probably doing this alone, you should really find some kind of wheels like a dolly or cart to help you move your mattress from doorstep to the vehicle. Objects as big as these ones are really inconvenient to carry because of their size, even when they are not too heavy. So think about this ahead and prepare yourself for moving day properly.

Clear your Path

Please don’t forget about this step. It seems like a stupid and unimportant one, but believe us, it’s not. You don’t want to trip over some object and fall or to bump into some obstacle. You can hurt yourself that way, and risk tearing or destroying your mattress. You should hold the mattress in a way that allows you to see in front of you, if you can, like sideways, for example.

Drag your Mattress

If you don’t think you can lift it and move it from one spot to another, there is always an option of dragging it down the road. You just need two large blankets, one you need to place under the mattress, and other on top of it. Tie those two blankets together, and slowly start dragging the sleeping surface. Check every now and then if blankets are in their position, you don’t want them to slip and expose the mattress to tearing. And know that your blankets will in the end probably be ruined.

Make Sure You have a Vehicle Ready

It’s crucial to have the right vehicle ready at the end of this short road. The easiest way is by using a truck, but what if you don’t have that possibility. Here are the options you have and advice on how to move a mattress without a truck.

how to move a mattress without a truck


In case you have to move the smaller mattress, like twin or single, you can put it up on the roof of your car, make it stable and secure with ropes, and drive to the target location. Now, even though this sounds easy, it may be challenging. When you start your car, go slowly and see if the stabilization is good, if the mattress is still and steady or if it’s moving around a lot.


There are two scenarios on how to transport a mattress with a van. The first one refers to the situation where you have a small van and a huge bed. If you have an option to move or remove the seats, you are good, and there is a chance you will succeed to transfer your mattress this way, at least in a folded position. But in case you cannot move any parts, you will have to tide it down to the roof, just like in a situation where you have the only car on your disposal. The second scenario implies you have a large van. You should lay down your mattress, so it remains flat and supported by something stiff. That way, you will prevent some distortion from occurring. And please check if there are any sharp parts inside, so you are sure your sleeping surface won’t be ripped or torn.

Pickup and Truck

When it comes to a truck, the things are quite easy – a vehicle of this size will absolutely be comfortable and large enough to welcome your mattress, no matter what size it is. And regarding pick up cars, most people prefer having them for this kind of job, because the loading and unloading part is much more comfortable. You just have to place the bed in the back, and check if it is steady. The only problem is they might be laid down at a certain angle, but if it is a short drive, there won’t be any kind of permanent damaging present.

Other Ways to Move a Bed


If we are talking about a long-distance move, you need to consider different options. Shipping is one of them. In order to make things a bit easier, you can hire professionals. It is important to wrap the mattress (like a mattress-in-a-box model) as we mentioned earlier, so you are sure it will get to the right place as good as new, and search for some shipping company online. They will ask you to enter the dimensions of your sleeping surface and the destination, and based on that you will get their offer. The best thing is, you can negotiate about the price with most of them, which is a significant benefit if you are on a tight budget.

Moving Container

Now, you can find yourself in a situation where you have to leave your current home, but you cannot move to your new place right away. In that case, you can store your mattress, together with all other belongings into a moving container. This is not the most affordable solution, but it is a good one if you are looking for temporary storage. 

Moving Company

Yes, this is definitely the most comfortable, and most expensive option, but if you think you can afford it, go for it. This way you won’t have to think about any of the previously mentioned things. People from moving companies will come to your place, with all the necessary tools, they will prepare your mattress for the road, and move it the right way, so it doesn’t damage. You won’t have to do a thing, not even putting a mattress into the mattress bag.

Question Your Motives

But before you do any of these things, you need to think about the reason you are starting this journey. You are moving from one place to another, we get that, but do you really need to bring your mattress with you? Given that this venture may cost you some, you should calculate and reassess whether it’s worth it? If you bought your mattress a few months or two years ago, and we are talking about high-quality surfaces then sure, you definitely want to bring it with you. But if you have a 10-year-old mattress that’s already sagged, and has indentations and tears, then you probably should just leave it where it is and buy a new one for your new place.


How much does it cost to move a mattress?

It depends. If you decide on a DIY project, you will need to set aside somewhere between $10 and $60. But if you want professionals to do it instead of you, that will cost you significantly more. Usually, a moving company will ask for $150.

Is it legal to tie a mattress on top of your car?

Well, it’s not illegal, but you need to make sure you did everything you could to make this ride safe. Police officers can give you a hard time if they suspect you didn’t tide it well, because the safety of others may be compromised.

Do I really need a mattress bag for moving?

Yes, and there are three huge reasons why. First, you want to prevent getting bed bugs from a storage unit or a truck. Second, you want to save your mattress from water damage. In case it rains that day, your sleeping surface will be safe and protected. If the mattress stays wet during this transportation time, it might get damaged. And the third reason is – you want for your mattress to stay good as new. With this bag around it, you will be sure it will stay in tip-top condition.


It would be really, really great if you could get help to do this. It’s not something that’s generally hard, but as you can see, it can be a drag of a process if you have to do it alone. The biggest problem is the fact mattresses are bulk and large, so every single step can be a challenge. If, however, you don’t have a choice then to do it with only your two hands, then please follow these instructions on how to move a mattress alone in order to be sure your sleeping surface and you will get from place A to place B in one piece and without a scratch. Or simply call the moving company and pay for this service. After all, this bed of yours is something you invested in, so it’s okay to be careful and protective about it.