If you’re considering moving a king size mattress by yourself, the first thing you should do is see if you have a friend or two who can assist you, because these things are heavy, sometimes outrageously so.
In any case, you’ll need to design a strategy that will hopefully keep you safe. Fortunately, we’ve moved a few king and queen size mattresses in our time, so here are our recommendations for moving a large mattress alone or with companions.
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Over the years, we’ve seen everything from runaway wardrobes that chose to use the stairwell as a ski slope to huge mattresses that got about as trapped as a tight interior stairwell can get (and literally took hours to dislodge).
Moving a king or queen-size mattress is a significant physical undertaking for anyone, and you should take your time to plan and think about what you’re doing before humping it.
However, the driving concept is… as perplexing as it may appear – if it got in there, there must be a way out! – Unless the house or room was designed to accommodate it.
So here are our tips for moving a king-size mattress (disclaimer alert…please be aware that this post is only intended as informal advice based on our own experience as professional movers, and we cannot be held liable for any injuries or damage incurred as a result of how any of the information below is interpreted or followed).
You can move a king-size mattress on your own.
If you can’t locate someone to assist you and are determined to move the mattress on your own, you must be practical. Unless you’re the Incredible Hulk, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to safely transport a huge king size mattress very far, let alone upstairs or downstairs.
However, if all you want to do is move it to a different room on the same level or even turn it over, you may do so by employing fundamental physics concepts. That involves managing it in a way that gives you more leverage while also reducing friction.
For example, instead of attempting to raise it directly off the bed frame and risk injuring your back, clear the area and pull or slide it far enough to one side of the bed so the mattress edge naturally begins to fall to the floor, and then you can easily pivot the other edge up.
If you need to pull it over a carpeted floor, one simple and successful method is to place a large flat sheet of cardboard below it as a slide after the mattress is up and resting on one thin edge.
As a result, the friction between the mattress and the carpet is substantially reduced, and the mattress glides along with gratifying smoothness, much like it would on a hardwood floor.
Two persons are always preferable because you can have one at each end to hold it upright, but it is possible to do it alone in some scenarios and, with a little skill and care, you can often utilize the walls to support the mattress.
Take measurements and make sure the path is clear.
Take the dimensions of the mattress and plan ahead of time how it will go past any corners, ceilings, entrances, and walls, depending on where it needs to go.
If you have help, check the height clearance of the ceiling above the staircase and whether the mattress is flexible enough to bend around the tight spots without getting stuck – since you really don’t want to go there if you can avoid it.
Don’t forget to take down any wall decorations or photographs that are in the way of your journey. To avoid damaging the mattress fabric, make sure any sharp picture hangings or screws are removed. As much as possible, move all other furniture out of the way.
And if you bought a mattress cover ahead of time, which you should if the mattress is going into the back of a dusty removal van, now is the time to put it on.
Is it possible to fold a mattress in half?
The truth is that it is debatable. Many manufacturers highly advise against folding a mattress in half, and doing so may likely destroy the coils in particular varieties, such as pocket spring mattresses.
Also, some mattresses are simply too heavy and unwieldy to be bent in half, with the largest super king size weighing up to 80 kgs.
Some of the less dense memory foam mattresses can be bent in half or rolled up, however it will never be as snug as it was when it was machine rolled and vacuum packed at the factory.
If the mattress is rollable or bendable, however, you should be able to bring it down to a more manageable size by using a few simple ratchet straps from your local hardware store, and you can also use the straps as handles to hoist it. It is preferable to roll the mattress rather than bending it in half because it is less likely to cause damage.
Even with memory foam, you should double-check with the manufacturer because some high-density multi-layer memory foam mattresses have the potential to rip apart the separate layers of foam, voiding the warranty.
Depending on the thickness, some mattresses may be temporarily bent or folded for moving purposes – and if they’re not the stiff edges sort of non-flexible mattress, there’s generally enough flexibility to bend it around the tight parts without having to fold it in half or roll it up.
Upstairs, moving a mattress
To begin, remove everything from the walls, including all portraits, ornaments, and anything else that might get in the way or cause harm.
If you’re climbing stairs, you’ll need multiple assistance, the more the better, but at least one at the top and two at the bottom who will provide the major upward momentum. Assuming you’ve double-checked your dimensions and are confident you have enough room, lift the mattress off the floor in one smooth motion, allowing everyone to feel the weight and become used to it.
Take it up as high as you can in a calm manner with good communication – it helps to have an additional set of hands here to bend the corners around any tight locations while the others are doing the lifting. When it feels like you’re in a tight spot, rather than forcing it, let it rest in place and everyone take a quick breather before deciding what to do next.
Then, whenever you’re ready, gently lift and make little incremental progress without overdoing it. Use the mattress’s flexibility to gently bend where needed while maintaining the upward motion and support provided by the lifters at the bottom. That is about all there is to it. Rest and re-evaluate before continuing if you feel it’s becoming stuck. It’ll typically be very straightforward to detach and take back down if it gets caught going upwards – to reconsider if required.
Getting a mattress down a flight of steps
Getting a huge, heavy mattress down the stairs is always going to be easier than getting it upstairs, simply because gravity is on your side. The problem is that it can also go horribly wrong more readily, therefore we highly advise against trying it on your own.
Unless the stairwell is especially broad, the mattress is far more likely to get stuck when being moved downstairs because it will lodge itself in much more firmly under its own weight. So think carefully before you attempt anything, and plan your evacuation route in case the worst happens.
Carrying a mattress downstairs is essentially the same as moving a mattress upstairs, but in reverse. Again, the assistants at the bottom will bear the brunt of the weight while also utilizing the mattress’s flexibility to move it through the tight locations.
The idea is to use the mattress’s weight and gravity to help, while maintaining control of the support at the bottom and directing it so that the mattress does not become stuck in under its own weight. There’s an art to it, and it’s incredibly pleasurable if you get it right.
Keep in mind that if it becomes stuck, the helpers at the top may not be able to get down beyond the mattress to help release it, so make sure you have adequate physical power down there at all times, or you may need to ask for further assistance.
Is it possible to transport a full fish tank?
No, we wouldn’t recommend it under any circumstances; a fragile glass box filled with liquid in a moving car is a disaster waiting to happen.
If you need to relocate a large aquarium, we recommend temporarily transferring your fish and plants to a smaller vessel. After that, you should drain the tank, clean it thoroughly, then wrap it in bubble wrap and blankets so that it may be safely transported.
A 2-man crew is normally required to carry an average-sized fish tank if you hire a Mover because the thick glass can make them extremely heavy. All of our Man and Van teams have moving blankets and restraints on hand, and they’ll know how to securely move and transport your aquarium.
What is the best way to move a large mirror?
Moving a large mirror requires extreme caution, both for the sake of avoiding damage and for personal safety. It’s a good idea to wear thick rigger gloves and sturdy footwear, preferably with steel toe caps. You see where I’m going with this. With the largest of mirrors, it’s a serious job.
As with moving a king-size mattress, you must plan how you’ll accomplish it and the route you’ll follow, ensuring that doors are propped open and the road is clear of any obstacles.
If it’s going to be transported in a vehicle, plan ahead of time where you’ll put it with many layers of soft blankets along one side of the van to cushion any impact throughout the trip.
When you’re ready, double-check that the lifters are communicating correctly and carrying it vertically. A mirror should never be carried horizontally since it will stretch and break. If it’s a big one, communicate with each other ahead of time if you need a break so it can be put down safely.
Place the mirror against one side of the blankets you’ve already prepared inside the van. If the van’s inside is ply walled, make sure there’s nothing projecting that could break the glass, and face the glass side towards the vehicle’s wall, with more blankets placed over the top to offer a protective layer between the glass and the van’s side.
After that, secure the mirror to the side with ratchet straps, and then cover the rest of the area behind the mirror with boxes and other furniture to offer extra support in transit if it’s part of a bigger relocation. That’s pretty much it, except from driving safely.
It should survive the travel as long as it is appropriately padded, safe, and standing erect. If it’s a valuable antique, you may need to hire an expert mover with the appropriate insurance, just as you would for a piano.
How to transport a huge television
If you still have it, the easiest approach to pack your TV for moving is to utilize the original box it came in, as it will be the appropriate size and contain plenty of styrofoam to protect it.
When purchasing a new television, however, most people are more concerned with getting it up and running than with keeping the box.
If you’ve already tossed the packing, a combination of bubble wrap and moving blankets will give the greatest possible coverage for your television.
Apart from that, transporting it gently and placing it in the vehicle surrounded by soft but sturdy cardboard boxes to prevent it from rolling around is the key to avoiding any damage.
Nearly everyone owns a television, and your Mover will be looking for the finest spot to put it while loading the van with the rest of your possessions.
Last but not least
We’ve had our fair share of relocation issues over the years, as you’ve probably guessed. So, if you’re afraid about transferring a unique, odd, or exceptionally hefty item, don’t be. Our movers are likely to have seen something similar before and will be able to work with you to find the best solution.