We all know moving is tedious, especially when there are no movers around to do all the heavy lifting for you.
By now, you’re probably having second thoughts about moving your mattress. Maybe you should leave it behind for the people moving in or perhaps give it away to a good neighbor just to save yourself from the stress of transporting it.
But if the idea of buying a new mattress doesn’t sound cool to you, then you will have to figure out how to move the load yourself. For this, you will need a cover to protect the mattress while in transit, or you risk exposing it to damage. The last thing you want is anything that will prevent you from getting quality sleep.
So while getting a good mattress bag may be the last thing on your mind, we think it should be one of your topmost priorities when moving.
Today, we are going to show you how to use a mattress bag while transporting your mattress. But before we do that, let’s answer a very important question…
What Is a Mattress Bag?
As the name suggests, a mattress bag is basically a container for your mattress. It is a large plastic bag where you put your mattress.
If you’ve never used such a bag before, then you should know they are usually heavy-duty and are available in various sizes. So no matter what the size of your mattress is, whether its king or twin size, you will definitely find a bag that fits.
Mattress bags come in really handy when you need to store your mattress to protect it from dirt, grime, and light. They also help to protect the bed from moisture and pests like mice and bed bugs.
When choosing a mattress bag, it is recommended to go for something that is made of high-grade material and waterproof. Plastic is a popular choice.
What Do You Need to Transport a Mattress?
As we pointed out earlier, moving is not easy. From packing your stuff to transporting them in a truck, there’s so much you have to do in terms of planning.
In fact, most people who move into new homes usually opt to get a new mattress either because they consider it too much work to move the old one or they just prefer getting a new one.
To make your job much easier, you need to plan properly. First, you need to get everything ready – you need to transport the mattress. With this in mind, here is a good checklist:
- A Partner
To make it easier to move your mattress and other items in the house, you will need a helping hand. This could be your friend, neighbor, or anyone of your family relations.
Apart from their huge weight, mattresses usually have a dimension that makes it difficult for one person to carry them. In other words, you will need one or more persons to successfully move it.
While it’s still possible to move the thing on your own, it’s best not to as you run the risk of injuring yourself or damaging the mattress.
If you can’t find anyone around to help you, then consider paying white glove movers to do all the heavy lifting for you.
- Ratchet Straps/Poly Ropes
Next, you will need a good set of ratchet straps. This will be used to secure the mattress in your truck or van. Straps can also be put into other uses besides transporting a mattress. You can also use them to move motorcycles and other pieces of furniture.
Straps are great, especially if you don’t welcome the idea of tying knots. You can also use poly ropes if there are no straps available. They will also ensure your stuff doesn’t get jostled around the vehicle. But make sure the rope is strong.
- Duct Tape
After putting a mattress in a cover, you will need to strap it around and over to prevent it from slipping out. For this purpose, you will need duct tape or packing tape.
For a more secure hold, the tapping should be done both vertically and horizontally.
You will also need a good pair of scissors to cut things, such as tape. We advise keeping two by the side.
How to Transport Your Mattress with a Mattress Bag?
Having a quality mattress bag is essential to protect your bag during transportation. So you should make plans to purchase yours if you don’t have one already. Moving your bed without a cover doesn’t only expose it to dirt and grime but also increases its risk of getting deformed.
A deformed bed can be really terrible, as it may not be able to get back to shape. And when this happens, you might not be able to enjoy your sleep on the bed like you used to.
That said, to get the most out of your mattress bag, you have to know how to use it properly. With this in mind, here is a guide to help you successfully move a mattress with a cover.
Empty the Bed
The first thing you should do before moving a mattress is to get it empty first. Remove all linens on bed to get it ready for packing.
Dry the Mattress
If any part of the mattress is wet, make sure it’s well dried before you start moving it. Even if there are no spills on the bed, it’s still a good idea to expose it to the sun just to make sure it’s completely dry.
Check for Infestations
The next thing is to examine the mattress for infestations. After doing this, go ahead and lay the bed down and get ready to put it inside the bag. Make sure the floor is clean and remove any obstacle in the workspace.
Slip the Bag on the Mattress
Now place the bag or cover over the bed. Then with the help of a partner, lift the mattress a little to slip the cover on. The cover may have something to seal it, so the bed doesn’t get out.
Whether it has this or not, it’s still a good idea to wrap with a tap for a more secure hold. This way, there’s no chance of the bed slipping out when moving it.
How to Move the Mattress?
Once you have successfully put the mattress inside the bag, the next thing is to move the mattress to the truck or van. Here are some tips to guide you.
- Remove every obstacle on the way. Also, prepare the space in your truck beforehand.
- If you’re working with one person, let him (or her) carry one end of the mattress while you carry the other end. One of you should lead the way.
- Upon loading the bed in the vehicle, use the ratchet straps to strap it in place.
To Wrap It Up
It can be hard to move a mattress without exposing it to damage. But by using a mattress bag and taking the right steps, you can make things a whole lot easier.
We hope we’ve done justice to the question of how to use a mattress bag while transporting your mattress. It is now up to you to do what is needful.
Let us know if you have any more questions you would like us to answer.