How to Move Beds and Mattresses

Steps for packing and moving beds and mattresses 

Because of their weight and bulkiness, mattresses and beds can be time-consuming and challenging to pack. But taking the time to disassemble, wrap and load these items properly is essential to ensure they travel safely to your new home. Start the process by carefully following the steps below and reading through some helpful tips.  

Check out more household packing tips in this resource. 

Couple moving a mattress.


Gather materials

Before you begin packing, be sure to have the appropriate supplies:

  • Mattress bags
  • Crib mattress box
  • Screwdriver or power drill
  • Furniture paper pads
  • Plastic zip top bags
  • Packing tape
  • Packing paper
  • Moving blankets
  • Ropes or ratchet straps

How to pack beds and mattresses

Use these steps when moving a king, queen, full twin, toddler or bunk bed:

  1. Remove all sheets, comforters, blankets and pillows. Wash the linens, and pack them in a moving box — this way, they’re clean and fresh once you arrive at the destination.
  2. Cover the mattress and box spring with a mattress bag. If you’re using a mattress bag without a zipper, use packing tape to secure the open ends. This helps protect from moisture, dirt and other damage.
  3. Once covered, place the mattress on its side, and lean it up against the wall while you’re disassembling the frame.
  4. Next, use the appropriate tools to disassemble the bed frame, and remove any drawers to wrap separately. Keep all screws, nuts, bolts and other small pieces together in a zip top bag. It’s a good idea to place this bag into the box with your linens, so it doesn’t get lost during the move.
  5. Wrap the bed frame, headboard, footboard, drawers and any other pieces in furniture paper padding, and use tape to secure the material so it doesn’t shift. Be careful not to tape any part of the furniture because it could damage the finish. For more fragile pieces, add an additional layer of cushion by using two layers of protective packing materials.

How to pack cribs

Packing a crib requires special attention and handling so that you can reassemble it safely for your infant. While many of the steps are the same as above, there are a few additional ones that are necessary to mention:

Boxing the mattress:
Due to the delicate nature of a crib mattress, we recommend placing it in a box to protect it.

  1. Remove all sheets and blankets, and pack in a moving box.
  2. Remove the mattress from the crib, and cover it with a bag.
  3. Prepare the crib box by stuffing packing paper at the bottom. Slide the mattress into the box, and fill empty spaces with more packing paper.
  4. Tape the box closed

Packing the crib:
Always refer to your user’s manual to properly disassemble and reassemble the crib.

  1. Disassemble the crib, and bag all the screws, nuts and bolts together. Place this bag in the box with the baby linens.
  2. Wrap the legs, sides and other pieces in furniture padding, and tape the open ends.
  3. Wrap all parts in moving blankets for additional protection.
  4. After reassembling in your new home, wipe down the crib with hot, soapy water. Be sure the sheets and blankets also are clean before using them.

Tips for moving and loading a bed and mattress

There are some important things to keep in mind when moving and loading a mattress:

  • Take pictures. Before taking apart any furniture, it’s always a good idea to take pictures of what pieces connect so that you know how to reassemble it.
  • Ask for help. Mattresses and beds are some of the heaviest pieces of furniture you’ll move. To prevent injuring yourself or the furniture, ask a friend or family member for help.
  • Move furniture slowly and carefully. Be careful as you carry the mattress and bed from the bedroom to the moving equipment. Watch out for narrow doorways, sharp turns, other furniture and stairways.
  • Load properly. Most mattresses should be loaded on their side, leaned up against the wall and secured with ropes or straps. However, some specialty mattresses (like Tempur-Pedic®and memory foam) should lay flat in the moving equipment without anything stacked on top. If you’re unsure about the best way to load yours, check with the manufacturer.
  • Find a company to transport these items. Transporting a bed and mattress on your own can be difficult. Did you know a U-Pack ReloCube can hold any standard-sized mattress (from a crib to a king split)? Or, if you’re moving a bigger home and need a lot of space, we have a 28’ trailer, too. Call 844-362-5303844-594-3077, or get a free online quote to see how much it will cost to transport your household goods.


If you have any questions about packing your mattress or bed or about shipping them with U-Pack, leave a comment below. We’re happy to help!