How To Carry A Mattress

How To Carry A Mattress

Whether you are moving to a new place or moving to the bedroom of your new home, carrying your bed and bedding can be tricky. Carrying a mattress is not as easy as it looks. Rolling or dragging the mattress can damage and be difficult on stairs, doorways, and hallways.

The best way to carry your mattress is to remove the bedding and cover it with a durable bag. Below you may learn other steps about how to carry a mattress with ease.

How To Carry A Mattress

Things Needed To Carry A Mattress

Carrying a mattress can be challenging if you don’t know what to start with. Also, you will need some things and tools to do it properly.

Things Needed To Carry A Mattress

Mattress Bag

To protect the mattress, you need a mattress bag. A mattress bag is a heavy-duty fabric bag that can be used to cover your bed. These bags were also used to protect mattresses during transport. Not only do these bags protect your mattress, but they add cushioning and solidity to your bed frame. There’re different sizes of mattress bags, and you need to choose the right one for your bed.

Bubble Wrap, Tape, And Scissors

Bubble wrap is not only used for protecting items but also as cushioning and insulation. To protect the mattress, place a piece of bubble wrap on each corner of the mattress. This will not only protect the corners but will provide extra cushioning when carrying.

To secure the bubble wrap, tape down each corner to the cardboard box or mattress bag.

Any type of tape will suffice, but duct tape is preferred because it is durable and does not leave a sticky residue behind when removed; however, clear tape can be used. A pair of scissors is used to cut holes in the protective mattress bag so that you can carry it easily and quickly to your vehicle.

Tie-Down Straps

Tie-down straps are commonly used to secure a mattress in storage and transportation. They are made of strong cordage and designed to be easily attached to the corners of the mattress. To transport your mattress safely, you can use a tie-down strap to attach the bag to the bed frame. The easiest way to use these straps is with a mini dolly.


To protect the mattress during transport, use cardboard to wrap the bag around the bed. This will provide cushioning and prevent the bag from tearing. The size of your cardboard box will determine how large of a box you need to create for your mattress.


You can use it to carry your mattress. A dolly is a wheeled cart with two or four wheels and is usually used for moving heavy objects such as furniture or appliances. However, some people use them to transport mattresses around the house.

Carrying Vehicle

To transport your mattress, you will need a vehicle. Something like a sedan or station wagon is preferred because the bed can be secured to the roof with tie-down straps and rope. If you have a truck, you could secure the mattress in the back of your truck. Make sure your mattress is tied down before driving and never drive under the influence to prevent driving accidents.

Proven Steps To Carry A Mattress

Once you have everything you need, follow the instructions below.

Remove Bedding Including Pillows

Remove Bedding Including Pillows Your first step is to remove your mattress cover and remove any bedding like pillows, comforters, and mattress pads. Once these items are removed, you can then proceed to carry the mattress safely to your vehicle. 

Cover Your Mattress

To prevent the mattress from getting dirty, tear off several bubble wrap sheets and place them on top of the mattress to cover it completely. If you do not have any bubble wrap, you can use plastic wrap or a tarpaulin sheet instead. Extra padding is always better for shock absorption and cushioning during transport, so add as much padding to your mattress to ensure it does not get damaged.

Clear A Path To The Vehicle

Next, clear a path to the vehicle. Remove all big and small things that can make any difficulties on the way. To do so, you can use any sturdy piece of cardboard and tape to create a ramp for your mattress. Doing so will make it easier for you to carry the mattress and prevent damage if your mattress touches walls or the ground while rolling downstairs.

Carry Your Mattress To The Vehicle

Roll or drag your mattress out of the house and down the ramp or stairs. If there are no stairs, then just drag it down on the ground until it reaches your vehicle; otherwise, carefully place it in the back of your van or car.

Secure The Mattress With Straps

Once the mattress is in your vehicle, secure it with tie-down straps. These straps are designed to fasten around corners like the legs of your bed frame. These straps can be difficult to use but were often used on mattresses to wrap them for transport.

Drive Carefully

When transporting your mattress, drive carefully and avoid sharp turns or stops and starts. Doing so not only protects you from injury but also protects your mattress from damage caused by accident or hitting the gas too hard when you step on the gas pedal.


What Is The Best Way To Carry A Mattress?

The best way to carry a mattress is in an upright position. To do this, the mattress should be wrapped up in a thick blanket or wrap so that if it falls over, your hands and arms won’t get damaged. Covering the bed this way allows you to walk with less chance of accidents during transport and prevents damage to the mattress itself.

How Do You Transport A Mattress Cleanly?

Here is a list of tips to follow when transporting your mattress:
Pack the mattress into cardboard boxes rather than plastic or Styrofoam, which may lead to moisture damage.
– Wrap a cloth around every part of your mattress and secure it tightly with rope.
– Make sure that all straps are properly secured at both ends.

It is not illegal to tie your mattress to the top of your car, but you could get into trouble with the law if it’s an obstruction. You can only drive with a load secured at a height that exceeds 4 feet from the ground and projecting back from the vehicle no more than 3 feet. Be aware of warnings indicated on roadside signs and tags affixed to your load.

Nick Favreau

Nick Favreau is an expert mattress writer, whose unbiased reviews and in-depth analyses of mattresses have made him a trusted source of information for those looking for quality sleep.

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