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How to ship a mattress

Moving is always an ordeal, and getting a good night’s sleep on the other end of your move is essential. Of course, that means you’ll have to move your bed. While bed frames can often be disassembled and transported fairly easily, a mattress can be a tricky thing to ship.

To determine the best way to get your mattress to its new home, there are a number of considerations. Maybe the most important is this: Do you really want to move your mattress across the city or even the country, or would it be a better idea to simply get a new mattress delivered? You may also want to consider the size and weight of your mattress, as those are two of the main factors of the shipping costs. A king-sized latex mattress can weigh over 200 pounds. If your mattress is old or inexpensive, you might want to think about just replacing it. Save yourself the effort and cost of packing up and shipping the old one and just buy a new mattress.

However, if you have recently purchased a mattress, particularly a pricey one, or even if you just feel like you’ll sleep better with the one you’ve already broken in, moving your mattress could be worth it.

For short moves, you may consider packing it into a moving truck and moving it yourself. If you are unable to do this, you also have the option of hiring movers to do the work for you. However, for longer moves, such as to a different state or across the country, less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping can be a good and affordable option. With LTL shipping, your mattress (or any other furniture or freight) is packed into a truck with shipments from other people that are going in the same direction and transported all together. Many shipping companies offer LTL shipping services.

Different types of mattresses can be packed and shipped in different ways.

Innerspring (Coil)

One of the most common types of mattress is an innerspring, or coil, mattress. These have a system of coils inside to support you while you sleep. When an innerspring mattress is shipped, it can be stored upright to save space. You should put the mattress into a mattress bag to prevent it from getting dirty and protect it from the elements. Don’t forget to secure the opening of the bag with packing tape. Alternatively, you could also cover the mattress in bubble wrap and secure it with tape. Once in the bag, you’ll want to further protect it by placing it in a sturdy cardboard box. Any remaining empty space in the box should be filled with packing material, such as packing peanuts. Once your mattress is protected, it can be loaded onto a truck and shipped.

Memory Foam

An increasingly popular option, memory foam mattresses are mostly made of polyurethane. They are considered to be a particularly good fit for people who sleep on their sides, as they can support the spine well in this position. However, they are less sturdy than innerspring mattresses, which generally have a metal frame. This can make them quite unwieldy to handle. Fortunately, this also allows them to be folded or rolled up and tied with rope. One important thing to note when shipping memory foam mattresses is that they should not be placed in an upright position for more than a couple of minutes. This can cause irreparable damage to them.

It is still important to place them in a mattress bag and then a sturdy cardboard box to keep them clean and protect them.

Latex Foam

These mattresses are very similar to memory foam mattresses, but are made using latex. Because of this, they are also generally a good fit for side sleepers. One of the main benefits of a latex mattress versus a memory foam mattress is that it doesn’t retain heat, so a sleeper can stay cool. As for shipping, they can be packed in the same way as a memory foam mattress. However, it is important to note that latex mattresses are significantly heavier than other types of mattress, which affects the cost of shipping. This may be one thing to consider when making the decision of whether to ship your mattress at all.

Hybrid

As you might have guessed, hybrid mattresses combine the spring support system of innerspring mattresses with layers of foam, either a type of memory foam or latex. These should be packed and shipped the same way you would with an innerspring mattress.

When your LTL driver and truck arrive for pickup, it helps to have a friend or two with you, as you’ll almost certainly have to load your mattress onto the truck yourself. Unless you pay extra for what’s known as white-glove service, LTL drivers typically do not load or unload freight on their trucks themselves.

To sum up, shipping a mattress, even across the country, can definitely be done, and if you take the proper steps and use appropriate packaging, your mattress will arrive in great condition. To make things even quicker and easier, use Koho to find and compare the best LTL rates for shipping your mattress and make your booking in a snap.

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How to ship a mattress

Moving is always an ordeal, and getting a good night’s sleep on the other end of your move is essential. Of course, that means you’ll have to move your bed. While bed frames can often be disassembled and transported fairly easily, a mattress can be a tricky thing to ship.

To determine the best way to get your mattress to its new home, there are a number of considerations. Maybe the most important is this: Do you really want to move your mattress across the city or even the country, or would it be a better idea to simply get a new mattress delivered? You may also want to consider the size and weight of your mattress, as those are two of the main factors of the shipping costs. A king-sized latex mattress can weigh over 200 pounds. If your mattress is old or inexpensive, you might want to think about just replacing it. Save yourself the effort and cost of packing up and shipping the old one and just buy a new mattress.

However, if you have recently purchased a mattress, particularly a pricey one, or even if you just feel like you’ll sleep better with the one you’ve already broken in, moving your mattress could be worth it.

For short moves, you may consider packing it into a moving truck and moving it yourself. If you are unable to do this, you also have the option of hiring movers to do the work for you. However, for longer moves, such as to a different state or across the country, less-than-truckload (LTL) shipping can be a good and affordable option. With LTL shipping, your mattress (or any other furniture or freight) is packed into a truck with shipments from other people that are going in the same direction and transported all together. Many shipping companies offer LTL shipping services.

Different types of mattresses can be packed and shipped in different ways.

Innerspring (Coil)

One of the most common types of mattress is an innerspring, or coil, mattress. These have a system of coils inside to support you while you sleep. When an innerspring mattress is shipped, it can be stored upright to save space. You should put the mattress into a mattress bag to prevent it from getting dirty and protect it from the elements. Don’t forget to secure the opening of the bag with packing tape. Alternatively, you could also cover the mattress in bubble wrap and secure it with tape. Once in the bag, you’ll want to further protect it by placing it in a sturdy cardboard box. Any remaining empty space in the box should be filled with packing material, such as packing peanuts. Once your mattress is protected, it can be loaded onto a truck and shipped.

Memory Foam

An increasingly popular option, memory foam mattresses are mostly made of polyurethane. They are considered to be a particularly good fit for people who sleep on their sides, as they can support the spine well in this position. However, they are less sturdy than innerspring mattresses, which generally have a metal frame. This can make them quite unwieldy to handle. Fortunately, this also allows them to be folded or rolled up and tied with rope. One important thing to note when shipping memory foam mattresses is that they should not be placed in an upright position for more than a couple of minutes. This can cause irreparable damage to them.

It is still important to place them in a mattress bag and then a sturdy cardboard box to keep them clean and protect them.

Latex Foam

These mattresses are very similar to memory foam mattresses, but are made using latex. Because of this, they are also generally a good fit for side sleepers. One of the main benefits of a latex mattress versus a memory foam mattress is that it doesn’t retain heat, so a sleeper can stay cool. As for shipping, they can be packed in the same way as a memory foam mattress. However, it is important to note that latex mattresses are significantly heavier than other types of mattress, which affects the cost of shipping. This may be one thing to consider when making the decision of whether to ship your mattress at all.

Hybrid

As you might have guessed, hybrid mattresses combine the spring support system of innerspring mattresses with layers of foam, either a type of memory foam or latex. These should be packed and shipped the same way you would with an innerspring mattress.

When your LTL driver and truck arrive for pickup, it helps to have a friend or two with you, as you’ll almost certainly have to load your mattress onto the truck yourself. Unless you pay extra for what’s known as white-glove service, LTL drivers typically do not load or unload freight on their trucks themselves.

To sum up, shipping a mattress, even across the country, can definitely be done, and if you take the proper steps and use appropriate packaging, your mattress will arrive in great condition. To make things even quicker and easier, use Koho to find and compare the best LTL rates for shipping your mattress and make your booking in a snap.

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