How To Move A Tempurpedic Mattress Safely

mattress ready to move

Tempurpedic mattresses are delightful but they’re not cheap. Avoid damaging your mattress during a move!

A Tempurpedic mattress can be folded for short periods of time. However, this is not recommended. The best ways to move this mattress is flat inside a box or wrapped inside protective materials like plastic or tarpaulin. 

Most people are very happy with their Tempurpedic mattresses! But moving one can cause irreparable damage. Here’s how to protect your comfy friend.


How To Keep A Tempurpedic Mattress Safe During A Move

The Tempur brand is a good one. Their technology is innovative and their mattress collections have garnered several awards. According to their home website, the Tempurpedic is the most highly recommended bed in America. Needless to say, you do not want to damage something this valuable and well-designed! But moving can cause a lot of damage to furniture, despite your best attempts. So what can you do to protect your Tempurpedic mattress?

You can safely move a Tempurpedic by following a few basic rules and precautions. 

  1. Prepare the mattress beforehand.
  2. Clean and prepare the cargo area of the vehicle. 
  3. Carry the mattress correctly.
  4. Drive with care.

Do you want to find out more about the brand that made your comfy mattress? Then hop on over to our complete Tempur mattress brand review.


How Do I Prepare My Tempurpedic Mattress For A Move?

bubble wrap box

The magic mantra here is “clean and pack.” When your mattress is clean and well-packaged, then it will eliminate nearly all chances of being damaged during the move. 

How Do I Clean My Mattress?

You might be wondering why it is necessary to clean a mattress. You might already have a thousand other chores related to the move (if you are moving house, that is). True, this part is not strictly necessary and if you are afraid that the mattress might not be dry enough by the time that you need to pack and transport it, then by all means skip this step. The only reason why one might want to clean a mattress is when you don’t want to transport pests like bed bugs or allergens to a new location. 

In case you are interested in giving your Tempurpedic a deep cleaning, we wrote a detailed article on how to clean a mattress. If you are specifically interested in banishing bed bugs from your life once and for all, we wrote an in-depth article on how to get rid of bed bugs in a mattress.

How Do I Package My Tempurpedic Mattress?

The brand itself recommends that a Tempurpedic mattress can be folded in half. However, it is not a perfect solution. Tempur claims that the mattress cannot remain folded for a long time and that folding is not really ideal. For this reason, the best alternative is to package your mattress flat. If you can land a box big enough to hold your bed, then that’s fantastic. But it might be hard to find something like that – especially if your Tempurpedic is a double or king size. 

On the hunt for the best big beds? We already did all the homework for you. Here are the best king size mattresses and the best emperor mattresses.

Another solution fits all sizes. You guessed it. Just wrap your mattress with some kind of protective material or a blend thereof. Here are the top suggestions.

  • Thick plastic sheets.
  • Layers of bubble wrap.
  • Padded fabric or blankets.

Have you ever wondered when it is time to get a new mattress? Read our guide that explains how often you should change your mattress for the best sleeping experience. 

Clean And Prepare The Vehicle’s Cargo Area

preparing to wash mattress

The second major phase is to ensure that the storage area inside the vehicle is clean. But more importantly, it needs to be free of any type of debris that can pierce through the protective wrapping. The chances are that the back of your vehicle is not full of tacks or angry pufferfish. However, do a quick sweep. 

You can also add a layer on the floor to bring more protection and stability. Two or three blankets will provide enough cushioning to keep the package safe from bumps. It will also prevent the mattress from sliding around while the vehicle is moving. 

Need to leave your box spring behind for a day or two after moving the mattress? No problem. Learn all the best ways to support a mattress without a box spring.

Carry The Mattress Correctly

The bigger the mattress, the harder it will be to handle. Mattresses have an unfortunate habit of swinging or tipping over when people move them – even more so when a single person is trying to move them. 

Get a friend or family member to help you to carry the mattress. It must not sag in the middle. The best way to carry a mattress is to turn it on its side, vertically, and with each bottom corner supported by a person. Walk slowly and surely to prevent the mattress from tipping and crashing into something. 

Loading the bed into the back of the vehicle also needs an extra pair of hands. This is especially true if you suffer from back problems or knee problems. You can get into the back and pull the mattress into position while the friend pushes the bed in from the outside. When two people work together like this, a mattress can be loaded within seconds. 

Learn the best tips on how to warm your mattress without an electric blanket

Drive With Care

If you packaged your Tempurpedic mattress with care and lined the cargo area with blankets, then most of your worries will never happen. But rather play it safe. Avoid wild driving, flying over speed bumps, sudden braking or sharp turns. Drive with care and your Tempurpedic will stay unharmed from scuffs and scratches. Once you arrive at your destination, grab that friend again and carefully slide the mattress out the back and unpack!

If you want to get rid of an old mattress, get our popular guide on how to dispose of a mattress. The process we describe makes the whole ordeal effortless for you and it is also very environmentally friendly.


A Quick Summary On How To Move A Tempurpedic Mattress

  • Tempurpedic mattresses are innovative and highly popular beds.
  • Moving a Tempurpedic needs to be done with care.
  • Luckily, a few preparations will keep your mattress safe during a move.
  • Some people prefer to clean their mattresses before a move but this is optional.
  • The mattress must be covered with protective wrapping. 
  • Protective wrappings include strong plastic sheets, bubble wrap, blankets or a large box. 
  • Extra protection can be provided by thoroughly cleaning the back of the vehicle’s cargo area and laying down a couple of blankets for support. 
  • It is best to have two or three people carrying a larger Tempurpedic mattress. This will prevent the mattress from tipping over and possible physical injuries. 
  • Two people are also a perfect number to load and unload the larger mattresses. 
  • The mattress will also arrive safely at its destination if the driver is careful not to speed or drive recklessly. 

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About the Author Tom

My journey into the world of sleep came about through living in several properties over my lifetime and always seeming to have the worst luck with neighbors. All but one have been extremely noisy and very inconsiderate. What this made me realize early on, was that the little sleep my neighbors allowed me to get needed to be of great quality. So I started to learn all about sleep, and what helps people get the best quality sleep possible.