How Do I Protect A Mattress When Moving House?

Packing up and moving house is a common story. According to experts, A whopping 31 million people moved in the United States in 2019, which means that 9.8% of all Americans move every year.

After a busy day moving, the one thing many of us look forward to is a good night’s sleep! So you might be wondering how to keep your mattress protected during the hectic moving process.

In my helpful article, we will find out the best ways of protecting a mattress when moving house.

First though, let’s start with the mini answer so that you can tick another job off your moving house to-do list.

To ensure your mattress is fully protected while moving, make sure you cover it well. This can be a mattress bag, blanket, or bubble wrap. Fold it to protect it as you move it out of your home, but lay flat in the moving truck if possible and avoid packing with inflammable.

So we can understand a little better how to protect a mattress when moving house, it’s useful to understand how it’s made and what’s inside it.

Read on to discover more.

What’s inside a mattress?

Most mattresses are composed of three layers.

Support layer

The first is the layer that supports you while you sleep. This is the ‘business end’ which usually comprises the springs. Although not all mattresses contain springs, most of them do. 

Some mattresses just contain reflex foam which is in place of springs.

These mattresses tend to be a little lighter so not as difficult to dispose of as traditional spring types.

Springs are the metal coils within your mattress, which provide support for your body as you sleep.

Comfort layer

The next layer is where comfort is added, so you get a relaxing night’s sleep. This gives you that cushioned surface that mattresses have.

This is the layer that will be exposed to all kinds of nasties during the moving process. From just simply picking up a bit of dust, through to all kinds of debris on your floors such as pet hair, dirt, and bacteria.

This layer can be made up of all kinds of materials. They might contain natural followings such as wool, cotton, other white fibers, and even silk!

Inside this layer there might also be:

  • Memory foam
  • Latex
  • Gel-infused foam


This is exactly what it says! It’s the cover that is your first point of contact when lying on your mattress. 

With this top layer made of delicate fabrics that make them relaxing and comfortable to sleep on, it’s precisely this layer that may come in contact with the floor and needs protection during the home move process.

So to ensure full mattress protection while you move, I recommend that you cover your mattress.

Follow the easy steps below to make sure your mattress arrives at your new home in pristine condition and ready to relax on!

Cover the mattress

To keep your mattress clean and stain-free you will need to protect it while moving it.

Although it goes without saying, make sure you take all your sheets, pillows, topper, etc., off your bed.

Once you’ve done that, so you can protect the mattresses and stop them from picking up dirt and debris from stairwells and the street, use a mattress cover.

This can be a mattress bag or simply plastic or bubble wrap.

How to cover a mattress

  • Lean mattress against the wall: If you’re using a mattress bag, lean your mattress against the wall, with the long side standing up. Starting at the top of the mattress, gently slide the bag over the length of the mattress. 
  • Drop the mattress to the floor and tape it shut
  • For extra protection wrap with tape to keep the bag from slipping off.

What size mattress bag do I need?

It’s best to use a mattress bag that fits the exact size of the mattress.  For queen size mattresses, sometimes you can only find a Queen/King size, and not specifically a Queen

If that’s the case, for a queen mattress, put the mattress in horizontal so the extra space is at the top where the opening is and not the side.

Avoid injury when moving mattresses

It’s important to make sure you get rid of your mattress without any undue injuries, whether moving alone or having some help. According to The US Library of medicine, this is the best way.

  • Don’t use your back: Never use your back if you want to get rid of your mattress
  • Squat down: Bend your hips and knees to squat down, pick up the mattress while keeping it as close to the body as possible, and then straighten your legs to lift.
  • Avoid lifting above shoulders: Never lift anything heavy above shoulder level, and avoid twisting or turning your body while lifting or holding a heavy object.

How to fold up your mattress

Folding a mattress is one of the best ways to safely remove a mattress from your bedroom and out of your home.

It’s the easiest option for anyone getting rid of a mattress on your own or even if you have some help.

Folding it will reduce the area of the mattress and make it less likely to flip and flop around your home.

For folding to work it’s important to remember that it will work most successfully if your mattress is an ‘all-foam type.

It will also only work if it is thin to medium in size without coils. Size approx 8 to 12 inches in width)

  • Bend it width-wise, not height-wise
  • Keep the side of the mattress that you sleep on facing inside, so it doesn’t get dirty
  • Make sure the top and bottom of the mattress base are touching
  • Once folded, reinforce it with straps or ratchet tie-downs, so it doesn’t open

So although it’s fine to fold your mattress to remove it from rooms in your home, as I explain later it’s best not to fold it in the moving truck.

“For folding to work

 it’s important to remember

that it will work most successfully if your mattress is an ‘all-foam type.”

Label your mattress

it may be necessary to have your wrapped mattresses labeled for easy identification during offloading.

In this way, it becomes really easy to move them to the right rooms without much of a struggle.

Protect your mattress when unwrapping

During unwrapping, make sure that you don’t to cut the mattresses

For this reason, I don’t recommend using scissors. Instead, undo mattress wrapping tapes with the tip of a ballpoint pen.

Just enough caution is what you require to keep your mattresses as new and clean as ever

So once you have safely protected your mattress and removed it from a bedroom, using our top moving and lifting tips, let’s find out now how to keep it safe, and free from dirt and other moving debris when it’s in the moving truck.

How do I protect a mattress in a moving truck?

  • Pack inflammables separately: Explosives or inflammable should be carried separately. This goes without saying. Mattress can easily catch fire and spread so fast due to the material that makes it.
  • Don’t bend a mattress to pack it: Never bend mattresses or have them folded during packing or unpacking. This easily causes tears or permanent deformation that leads to discomfort when lying on them.
  • Lay the mattress flat: If possible, lay the mattress flat in the cargo space. Be sure not to stack the mattress on top of anything else or place anything on it.

And finally…

So I hope that’s helped you to successfully move your mattress into your new home like a pro!

Just remember to stay safe as you move it and also make sure it’s packed in the truck securely and move your bbq firefighters separately!

If you are looking for a brand new mattress for your new home, Don’t forget to check out my store ( add store link) for quality King, King-Queen, and queen-sized mattresses to bring a touch of comfort to your Jew space.

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