Moving a traditional mattress and box spring is relatively simple: they can be moved on their side without much worry.
But special types of mattresses bring with them special considerations. Professional movers should be well acquainted with proper moving procedures for each mattress type, but if you're taking the DIY route, this might be the first time you've had to think about something like “What is the correct way to move a futon mattress?” or “What is the safest way to move a memory foam mattress?”
Here are some tips to help you safely move your mattress to your new home.
Memory Foam Mattresses
There's a lot of conflicting information out there about whether or not you can fold your memory foam mattress to move it. In general, the consensus from professionals seems to be that folding the mattress is probably fine for short periods of time, but not for long durations.
One of the major memory foam mattress manufacturers, Tempur-Pedic, expressly states on its website that:
“If needed, you can fold your Tempur-Pedic mattress to make it easier to move. Fold it with the TEMPUR® side (top) in.”
Tempur-Pedic does not provide any details regarding the duration for which folding the mattress is safe or advisable.
The moving professionals at Clancy Relocation & Logistics advise:
While the [memory foam] mattress can be folded temporarily to pivot around stairwells in your four story walk-up, it’s not designed to weather these conditions through a long drive to Dallas or for months of storage in a portable container.
In fact, they point out, storing your memory foam mattress on its side for long periods of time can lead it to crack down the side.
If you do fold your memory foam mattress, there is clear agreement that you should unpack it as soon as possible when you arrive at your new home, and you should not force the mattress to unfold completely.
Open it up and then allow it to unfold the rest of the way on its own, which can take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, depending on how long it was folded and what temperature the mattress was during shipping or storage. Trying to force it to lay flat too quickly after it's been folded can crack the layers of foam.
Don't look for shortcuts on this one:
To put it simply, moving a waterbed means draining and folding it.
Sleep Number Mattress
Similar to an air mattress, Sleep Number beds must be deflated to prevent damage and boxed properly.
You can download a PDF guide to Moving Your Sleep Number Mattress, provided by the Sleep Number manufacturer, by clicking here.
Most people will tell you that moving a futon is easiest when you just roll up the futon mattress as tightly as possible, tie a rope around it, and go. The thinner the mattress, the better this works… perhaps why this is the preferred futon moving method of college students everywhere. (wink, wink)
But the better (and more comfortable!) your futon mattress is, the less tightly “rollable” the mattress is likely to be — and there's a reason for that.
While futons are (obviously) intended to be used in both the flat and folded upright positions, the mattress filling is not necessarily intended to be crushed and compressed as happens when you roll it. If your goal is to promote the longevity of your futon, and the overall comfort of its mattress, move the mattress flat.
Quotes used in the images above come from Clancy Relocation & Logistics.