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Moving can be a hassle, especially if you own a mattress or two (or three). By exploring your options and planning strategically, you can pull off a smooth move without a hitch. Check out our ultimate start-to-finish mattress moving guide for tips for packing and safely transporting your bed.
The mattress is one of your most important pieces of furniture since you spend a third of your life in it. When you’re moving, it’s the perfect time to ask yourself whether it’s time to invest in a new mattress or if your old one is worth taking with you. Unless your current mattress meets your needs, ask yourself these questions.
If you’ve been thinking about a new mattress, there are a lot of reasons to buy during your move. For one, leaving a mattress behind will reduce your transportation costs if you hire movers, since these charges are often based in part on both weight and hourly labor. If you’re moving on your own without hired help, not taking a mattress will reduce your overall hassle and free up space for other belongings.
Thanks to the recent “bed-in-a-box” boom, ordering a mattress online has never been easier or more convenient. If you opt for standard ground shipping, you can estimate how long the mattress will take to arrive and time the delivery to match your move-in date. For an extra charge, you can also choose White Glove delivery with some brands. This service includes scheduled a delivery date and in-home assembly, as well as old mattress and box spring removal if you have additional beds you’d like to part with.
Lastly, buying a new mattress allows you to start off in your new living space with a comfortable sleep experience. But before you buy a new bed, here are some important considerations:
Coordinating getting rid of your old mattress requires timing since you don’t want to go without a bed at your old space. There are a few options to dispose of your old bed.
Should you decide to move the mattress yourself, these three strategies should come in handy.
When moving a mattress, whether DIY or using a mover, start with a plastic mattress bag to protect it from dirt, stains, and snags. They usually cost $10 or less.
If you are DIY moving, elicit at least two other people to help lift and carry since mattresses can be ungainly. Even the lightest mattresses usually weigh at least 50 to 60 pounds. If you don’t have help, fold the mattress in half and secure with ratchet ties. This makes it easier to use a furniture dolly.
Preferably move the mattress in a closed moving van or truck. Stand it vertically – don’t lie it down and pile stuff on it. Moving a mattress in the back of a truck is the next best thing but be sure to secure it with ratchet ties, bungee cords, and/or a sturdy, well-knotted rope.
A car top is the least secure method. The mattress needs to be strapped very tightly, and even then it may jostle if your vehicle reaches high speeds. Avoid this method if possible.
Depending on when you’re moving and other factors, you might find a discount. There are seasonal promos, special promo codes, special holiday sales, and discounts for veterans, military, and others. If you do a little research while shopping online for your mattress, you can often get a great deal.
We’re constantly updating our discounts on different mattress brands and models. Check our mattress reviews and guides for all of our current deals.