How to Move a Bed Successfully

Posted on: 22 June 2017


One of the largest items of furniture in the home are beds such as doubles, king-sized singles and bunk beds. They are often the trickiest things to get out of your home when you are moving. Handling large items like these often needs specialist skills and knowledge so it is always preferable to hire operatives experienced with a range of furniture removals, especially if you need to shift your bed over a flight of stairs or two.

Having said that, there are things you can do which will make moving your bed easier, especially if you are preparing the ground for professional removal operatives on moving day.

Step One. Remove all of the linen from your bed and pack it away in a moving box with your other duvets, pillows and blankets. Mark up your moving box as 'bedroom' so that it ends up in the right location at your new address, ready for when your bed arrives.

Step Two. Slide your bed's mattress into a mattress bag. This should not mean that you will need to lift the mattress in the air to get it inside. Instead, just raise one end of it and slip the mattress bag sideways until it is fully covered. With the mattress surrounded on all sides, it will receive the greatest degree of protection possible when in transit. If you cannot purchase a mattress bag from a local retailer, then it is best to wrap yours in old bed sheets that you don't mind getting a little dirty.

Step Three. Flip your mattress onto its side so that it is out of the way, giving you room for the next step. If possible, do this in a team of two people – one holding the mattress at either end. If you are moving the mattress out of the room, carefully lift it a few centimetres off the floor and shuffle it sideways. This way, if you lose balance or drop it, then the mattress only has a little way to fall and should remain in an upright position for you to begin again. Sliding mattresses downstairs is preferable to lifting them in most domestic situations.

Step Four. Disassemble your bed as much as you can. Most modern beds come apart with a combination of screws and hexagonal bolt fixings, so make sure you have the right hand tools for the job rather than relying on general-purpose ones, such as wrenches, which might damage the furniture. Remove the headboard and place all of the screws and connection plates in a large envelope so that you find them all once more when you get to your new home.