Moving house is said to be one of life’s most stressful experiences, but it doesn’t have to be. Reduce any moving day worries by planning the process well in advance and ensuring that you have everything you need to hand. If you have large items of furniture to move, like beds, step-by-step guides can talk you through it to make it as simple as it can possibly be. In this article, our storage experts will explain how to pack a bed for moving.
1. Measure the bed and mattress
Before you start thinking about taking the bed apart, it’s worth taking the time to make some measurements. These will be handy later on when it comes time to decide where you’ll position your bed, and could save you huge amounts of time rearranging furniture after you move.
Remove the bedding and pack this separately. Then, measure the bed frame, ensuring you have all the dimensions clearly written down. If a diagram would help you envisage the bed before you start rebuilding it, then draw a simple one on a piece of paper. Keep this safe along with any other important documents, you don’t want to lose your dimensions in the hustle and bustle of moving day.
2. Disassemble the bed
Once you know the full dimensions of the bed and you’re confident that all measurements have been written down accurately, you can start to think about taking the bed frame apart.
The process of disassembling a bed varies quite a lot from brand to brand, so your next steps will depend on the type of bed you have. If you still have the assembly instructions to hand, this will be hugely helpful. But if not, you might be able to use google to find a copy of the instructions online.
Start taking the bed apart, removing any fixings carefully. Keep parts and relevant fixings together for ease later on. Once you start disassembling the bed, you’ll soon see how much easier it’ll be to take it through the building and out into your moving truck.
3. Label parts and fixings
All too often, we hear of people who have confidently taken their bed apart using the instruction manual, but when it comes time to put it back together, they’re left scratching their heads. Usually, this is because the fixings and parts get so muddled that it becomes incredibly difficult to tell them apart again.
There’s an easy way to avoid such a scenario, though. Just label parts and fixings as you go. It’ll make life far easier when you start putting the bed back together. If you have lots of fixings, you can use small bags, packing tape and other packing materials to secure them to the relevant parts of the bed.
4. Package all parts of the bed
Beds aren’t particularly fragile items, but they can be easily damaged in transit if they’re not packaged well enough. Before you move your bed, gather packing supplies like bubble wrap, packaging paper and tape. Then, use these to carefully wrap all the parts of the bed, paying particular attention to corners that can easily be dented and damaged during a move.
Moving blankets can also be helpful in protecting the parts of a bed. Use blankets to cushion the impact of any movement en route, securing them with packing tape to give the bed a good level of protection on moving day.
5. Wrap the mattress
Mattresses are usually one of the least delicate items you’ll have to move, but that doesn’t mean they should be loaded onto the moving track with no wrapping at all. Ensure your mattress doesn’t get dirty as it’s moved from A to B by packaging it well.
Moving a mattress is far easier if you have specially designed packing materials, such as a mattress bag. Pick up a bag to cover your mattress, and it’ll remain clean and damage-free throughout the moving process.
Once your mattress is safely inside the bag, you’ll need a friend to help you move it from your bedroom onto your chosen vehicle. It can then be sent safely on its way to its new home.
If you have several different mattresses and beds to move, you might want to label these, so you know which bed goes with which mattress when you arrive at your destination.
6. Contact Storage X to store beds, furniture and much more
Storage X offers a range of furniture storage services in London. With pickup and collection options available, the Storage X team is here to take the hassle out of moving house. Contact Storage X to learn more about the services the team offers, or visit the Storage X blog for more handy tips and tricks to ensure your move runs smoothly.