Ellis Moving & Storage

How to Pack Your Bedding and Mattress

There are a number of factors to consider when packing and moving your mattress and bedding. The process can be tricky, but the following information will guide you on what to do to ensure that they arrive at their destination in perfect condition. It’s best to use quality polyethylene mattress bags with a protective thickness of between 2 and 4 ½ mm. They are meant to be roomy and are easy to slip on and off. In addition, use a mattress bag to cover the box springs. For interstate transport or storage, we recommend adding further safeguards by using a mattress box. For long distance moves or long term storage, pay close attention to how your mattress and box springs are loaded. The filling inside the mattress could shift, resulting in lumps if not loaded or stored properly. In addition, the sides of mattresses are not solid enough to support themselves and could be damaged if due care is not taken.

To minimize problems, mattresses should not be stored on their ends without appropriate support; and, where possible, lay mattresses flat and place plywood on top of crates or another sturdy platform to shield them from items that you may load on top. This is particularly important for memory foam or extra thick mattresses that will take on the contours of the objects placed on them.

There are special boxes specifically for mattresses thicker than 10 inches that will work for extra thick mattresses as well as memory foam mattresses. Be sure to label boxes for these types of mattresses “Lay Flat, Memory Foam”. Box springs do not have the same issues and can be placed flat or on their ends. When packing your bedding, fold your sheets, pillow cases and bed pads and place them in new, medium, 3 cube moving boxes. When packing your blankets and comforters, you’ll want to use larger 5 cube (18.5″ x 18.5″ x 26.5″) moving boxes.