How to move a King Size Mattress


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Hi Folks. Do you have a King size mattress and want to shift it to a new location? You are about to leave your place and need to move all the belongings, including your King size mattress? Wondering about how to do it? How to keep your mattress, other belongings and yourself safe, while moving the king size mattress. Then you are at the right place. I have vast experience of transporting household items, including bedding etc. I’ll share some tips with you, which are help in move a king size mattress.

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How to Move a King size Mattress In 2023:

Here I’m sharing three essential parts of the whole process of moving a king size mattress. It’s a bit easy if you have to move a mattress within your house or on the same floor. But taking it outside the house/building, changing the floor, or taking it to some other place is a demanding job. First you should know the pre-requisites, then be well equipped with the required tools and then have to follow some steps to move the mattress.

Following are a few pre-requisites which you must keep in mind before learning how to move a king size mattress.

1. Don’t do it Alone

A mattress is a bit heavy object, it’s weight can range from 45 pounds to 100 pounds, so find someone to assist you in moving the mattress. If you do it yourself, then there can be chances of some damage, especially to yourself, like injuries, falls etc. You can collide with something; your vision can get blocked, and it can hurt you.
Let’s see second point.

2. Mattress Should be Covered

You should cover your mattress properly before the relocation process. If you don’t cover it, there is a chance that it will get too much dirty while exposed to dust/ pollutants on your way to the new destination.
Let’s see the third point.

3. Arrange a Suitable Size Vehicle

First, select a vehicle that is suitable for your mattress according to mattress size and then arrange it. If you put the mattress on top of your car, or inside any vehicle, which can’t accommodate it adequately, the mattress may get damaged or dirty.

4. Arrange Tools

To move a King Size Mattress, you need a few tools, do arrange them for yourself before you start your shifting project.

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Accessories / Tools Required to Move a King Size Mattress:

Mattresses are usually expensive items, especially King size, and California King Size are really expensive. Everyone wants to take care of expensive belongings. Arranging suitable tools for moving your King Size Mattress is essential for its protection and your safety. Following are the accessories and tools required to move a king size mattress safely:

1. Mattress Bag

Mattress Bags are easily available in the market. They come in all the standard sizes to fit standard-size mattresses. They protect your mattress from damage, dust, water, pollutants etc.

2. Bubble Wrap

Get bubble wrap for your mattress. Place the mattress in an upright position and then wrap the bubble wrap around it.

3. Tape and Scissors

Use tape and scissors to seal the mattress bag and bubble wrap properly.

4. Nylon Rope / Tie Down Straps

If you are good at tying knots, then use nylon rope otherwise, use tie-down straps with hooks and buckles to carry the mattress.

5. Cardboard

A cardboard can be used to move your mattress by sliding it via the cardboard.

6. Dolly or Hand Truck/ Cart

A Dolly (a platform with wheels) or a hand truck / cart can be used to carry the mattress from your house to the vehicle or from the vehicle to the house.

7. Sandwich Bags

Sandwich bags can be used to carry nuts, bolts, and other small parts of the bed used with your mattress.

8. Tools Set

If the mattress is in a bed frame, keep your tools set having screw drivers, wrenches, and extra nut bolts etc.

9. Sharp Knife

You’ll need a knife on reaching the desired destination to break the seals of your mattress’s wrap and cover.

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Steps On How to Move a King Size Mattress:

1. Select a Clear Path

The first step you should take before moving the mattress is to select a clear path from your room to the vehicle. It should be shortest, widest, and obstacle free. Open all the doors which come in the way.
Let’s see the second step to learning “How to move a King Size Mattress”.

2. Use a Mattress Bag

Put the mattress in a mattress bag, and seal it by using tape and scissors. Now we move to the third step to learning “How to move a King Size Mattress”.

3. Prepare your Vehicle

Check the condition of your vehicle. Don’t compromise on any issue. Open it’s required doors. Let’s see the fourth step to learn “How to move a King Size Mattress”.

4. Lift the Mattress

Lift the mattress by using nylon rope or tie down straps.

5. Use Cardboard when Required

If you need to take stairs, use cardboard to slide down the mattress.

6. Use a Hand Truck / Cart or Dolly

For a levelled surface, you can use a hand truck / cart or dolly, to move the mattress, it will ease the process and would be a good measure to keep you protected. Our seventh point in learning about “How to Move a King Size Mattress” is:

7. Put the Mattress in Vehicle

Put the mattress in the vehicle either by lifting it by ropes or tie down straps or by sliding it via cardboard. Using cardboard will definitely add to your convenience. Let’s see the next point.

8. Secure the Mattress

Secure the mattress in the vehicle by putting it on a leveled surface either inside or on top of the vehicle and fasten it tightly with nylon rope. Let’s move to the next point.

9. Drive Carefully

Drive carefully and slowly while carrying the luggage, including your King Size Mattress. It’s very crucial.

10. Take the Mattress out from Vehicle

When you reach the destination, take the mattress out of the vehicle and take it out of the bubble wrap and mattress bag by opening seals with a sharp knife. Let’s move to the next point.

11. Assemble the Bed Frame

Assemble your bed frame so that it can accommodate the mattress again. Let’s see the last point.

12. Put the Mattress in its Place

Put your King Size Mattress back to its bed frame and it’s done. So, this is all about “How to Move a King Size Mattress”.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here are some FAQs which will help you to have a clear understanding of “How to move a King Size Mattress”.

1. Can I Ship a King Size Mattress?

Yes, you can ship a mattress whenever you want. It would cost you a bit more, but it would be a good option, especially if you are moving to a far-off place.

2. Can I fold a King Size Mattress?

Yes, you can fold a King Size Mattress, but not for more than three weeks. You should also keep in mind that the mattress shouldn’t have springs or coils, if it has, you can’t fold it. Folding a spring mattress will ruin it.

3. Is it legal to put King Size Mattress on top of your Car?

If you have secured your mattress well, putting your King Size Mattress on top of your car is legal. If you can’t keep it secure there you are putting others life and property in danger, so it becomes illegal.

4. Can I put a King Size Mattress in a Van?

A king size mattress is around 76 inches wide and 80 inches long, and it’s pretty thick too. A cargo van is usually 50-60 inches wide; so, it’s not possible to put the king size mattress in a van.

5. How can I move Nuts, Bolts, Spring, Foundation, etc.?

Put the nuts, bolts, and springs etc., in sandwich bags to keep them safe while moving your King Size Mattress.

6. Can I hire professionals to move a King Size Mattress?

If you are considering hiring professionals to move your king size mattress, that’s also a good choice, but it would be a bit costly. It all depends on your budget and circumstances.


The question in your mind, “How to move a King Size Mattress” has a very simple answer. You have to take care of the pre-requisites, collect all the tools and follow all the steps I have shared in this article. Your task will become easy, though it seems a bit tough. Go, ahead; you can do it. Good Luck!!!

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