As you already probably know, handling a mattress can be a daunting task and when it comes to shipping one, you also have to pack and wrap it up to fit in a truck.
Moreover, depending on the size of the mattress, there are different approaches available.
Whether it is a king size mattress, a toddler mattress or a bunk bed mattress, by following this easy steps you will be able to handle and ship your mattress with minimal effort and in the shortest amount of time possible:
Step 1: Create a clear work space in your room
Obviously, mattresses are large objects and when handling them you will need and use every inch of extra space that is available.
This is why your first step is to make sure that there is plenty of clear room available to work and manage your tools and equipment.
Most types of beds must be disassembled to allow the removal of the mattress and this will take additional space in your room.
Also, keep in mind that the workspace must be clean, or else your mattress will be stained by untidy or unclean floor space.
The most frustrating thing which can happen if you overlook this first step is to leave out an important piece or lose an important part of the bed or mattress in the chaos around your workspace.
What’s more, a clear work space will determine you to work more efficiently, thus reducing the work time.
Step 2: Acquire the tools and the materials for the packaging step
To prevent the damage of the mattress you must package it in protective foil or other materials and for this step you will need to pick the proper packaging materials and some tools to help you.
You should measure your mattress, as well as your bed before choosing the packaging material.
Depending on the type of mattress, you may choose to also use a box to package your mattress.
Always go for a box that is at least 3 inches larger than the mattress, to allow plenty of space for the foil package.
Keep in mind that most carriers require that the merchandise must be packaged using only new packaging materials to protect the products.
Step 3: Prepare the mattress
Beds are usually comprised of many interlocking pieces and it may required to take them apart to remove the mattress.
Start by removing the headboard, side rails, footboard and any other component that is required.
This process may seem time consuming at first, but it will make the packaging and shipping of the mattress more efficient, safer and cheaper.
As soon as you start to disassemble the bed you should organize the pieces, screws and bolts neatly, to mend them together easily after the job is done.
Wrap any element that you want to have shipped together with the mattress in a protective foil or bubble wrap pocket, preferably one that has a zip.
The next part is the most delicate: you must wrap the mattress in protective foil without damaging it.
You probably never realized it before, but mattresses can be really sensitive to damage such as punctures and tearing, particularly if they have silky upholstery.
When it comes to packaging a mattress, there are two options from which to choose: you can either box it (in a cardboard box) or wrap it up in a plastic bag:
– Bag a mattress – If you want to bag your mattress for shipment you should choose a polyurethane bag with a 2 to 4 mm thickness that will protect the mattress efficiently.
They seal the mattresses from liquid and surface damage during transportation.
As the packaging is not tight, you may want to add some structural wood elements to protect the corners during the shipment.
The final step is to seal the bag with duct tape or stretch wrap so it won’t open during handling and transportation.
– Box a mattress – Boxing is ideal if you are shipping your mattress over long distances, as it provides an added protection layer.
You can purchase boxes of literally every size imaginable, but you must make sure that the size is perfect, otherwise the carrier may refuse the shipment.
If the box is too large, you can fill it with cardboard sheets, plastic foam or other soft materials to add further protection during transportation.
Step 4 – Ship your mattress
During this final step you should pick the carrier and consult the best rates, but also the shipping time to your destination.
Also, arrange with the shipping company whether it is required to transport the mattress to their location or they pick the mattress directly from your home.
Additional tips to consider when shipping a mattress:
1. After the packaging process is complete, it is a good idea to mark the box or wrapping with “Fragile” or “Handle with care”, depending on the type of mattress.
If it is a memory foam mattress you should tag it with “Lay flat” or “This side up” to prevent the separation of the foam layers.
2. Always assess thoroughly the price of the handling and shipping to the desired destination, as it can get quite expensive for longer distances.
It might be cheaper to buy a new mattress at your new destination than shipping the old one across the country.