How To Pack and Move Your Bed

Dec 13, 2016

Cuddly and warm – and probably your favorite place to be is in bed. Nothing beats a long day like crawling under the covers and closing your eyes. That being said, you’ll want to make sure your bed is set up after a hard day’s work of moving. Read more on how to safely and swiftly move your bed:

Transit Options

The size of your mattress and the size of your truck are dependent upon each other. Keep in mind that when you move your bed you will likely be moving your box springs as well. U-Haul features a variety of moving trucks and vans, all of which will fit certain mattress sizes:

  • Twin – Cargo Van, 10′ and up moving trucks, and all available cargo trailers
  • Full/Double – Cargo Van, 10′ and up moving trucks, and 5’x8′ cargo trailers and up
  • Queen – Cargo Van, 10′ and up moving trucks, and 5’x8′ cargo trailers and up
  • King – 10′ and up moving trucks, and a 6’x12′ cargo trailer
  • California King – 10′ and up moving trucks, and a 6’x12′ cargo trailer

Moving Your Bed

Begin by removing all bedding and pillows. Before you start packing, make sure to give these items a wash so you can arrive with fresh linens. untitled-design-31 A couple of packing tips to consider are:

Carefully lift and remove your bare mattress off of the box springs. You can set this aside for now, and move onto lifting the box springs out of the frame if there is one. Now that you have these two pieces, it is highly recommended to use a mattress bag to preserve the state of your belongings. Without it, your furniture is subject to outside elements or dander!

Bed frames usually connect through screws or metal slots. Using a pen or permanent marker, indicate where the bed frame currently sits. Reassembly will be much easier if you know exactly where to put all of your pieces back. Using a screwdriver or other tools, remove hardware parts (such as screws, etc.) and place them in a sealed labeled bag to keep them together. You will want to set aside large pieces such as a head/footboard if you have them. Wrap these with blankets or other cushioning.


Using a bed sheet underneath your mattress will make the process of loading your bed easier. This allows you to have “handles” and either pick up the mattress or slide it quickly out of the house.move your bed Then, you will be able to secure the box spring and load this to the side wall of your rented vehicle first. Secure the mattress and load this in, lying against or on top of the box springs. This will make certain your mattress is kept as sturdy as possible.

Next, place all of your framing and other accessories into your vehicle. After you’ve completely loaded your bed and accessories, it’s time to move forward to your new destination. Per suggestion, setting your bed back up will also be one of the most important tasks upon arrival. This way, you will receive that comfortable rest you deserve!

Need some extra help? Moving Help® is a great service that provides local movers to come to your home. They are experts in the field, aiming to move your belongings safely and successfully. Learn more about this here!

Do you have any tricks for moving a bed? Share with us in the comments below!


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