How To Ship A Mattress

how to ship a mattress

Are you searching for a shipping solution that fits your budget needs? Sometimes, the most practical thing you can do is to ship your mattress instead of renting a moving truck. You may be able to score a good deal with a large freight company or your local service provider. 

In this article, we will show you how to ship a mattress if you’re looking to save some money. In this case, you’ll have to adjust your expectations. There will be no such services, such as white glove delivery. You’ll have to measure and pack your mattress on your own (don’t worry, we’ll share some tips on this topic, too).

You will also read about other matters, such as shipping abroad, buying insurance, and when it’s better to get a new mattress. So don’t skip a section or go anywhere. Everything you need to ship a bed successfully is right here.

How to Ship A Mattress

Measuring Your Mattress

The first figure you need should answer, “how much does your mattress weigh?” Your service provider will primarily base their quote on this factor. Usually, standard bed sizes already have their own measurements on a table. For instance, a queen version is assigned 105 pounds. Refer to the assignment below:

Width x Length, Weight

  • Twin 38 inches x 75 inches, 60 pounds
  • Full 54 inches x 74 inches 90 pounds
  • Queen 60 inches x 80 inches 105 pounds
  • King 76 inches x 80 inches 125 pounds

Read: Full-Size Bed Dimensions Guide 2020

If your mattress falls within the standard size, you can estimate its weight. Then add between 50 and 75 pounds to account for your box spring and/or foundation. Not sure if your bed is of standard size? If this is the case, you have to weigh it manually. 

But the more practical way is to check the box it came in with. If you lost it, you should at least be able to find the weight on the tag. You can also visit the manufacturer’s website or google the corresponding weight for your dimensions. There are several sources you can exhaust, so it turns out it’s not really difficult to find this information.

Asking for Quotes

Now that you know how much your bed weighs, you can start inquiring about quotes. Moving your mattress is typically done via truck transportation. But there are smaller carrier services you can use depending on your preference: ship with other furniture items or alone. We’ll look over these options and why you should choose them.

Blanket Wrap Shipping

If you can pack your bed on your own, you can spend fewer bucks with an option like blanket wrap shipping. It is as its name suggests. Your used mattress will be wrapped in a blanket, strapped, and placed in the truck alongside the rest of the furniture shipment. It can be included in a vehicle with space to accommodate its weight and size.

This solution is environment-friendly and cost-effective (lower by 30% than freight shipping for Class 100 to 150 of used household goods/furniture).

Freight Shipping

There are two ways to go about this. First, try less than truckload (LTL) shipping if you’re transporting your mattress alone. Instead of booking an entire moving van, you can use what’s called a pallet. This does not necessarily mean one pallet equals one piece of furniture. The standard pallet, made of wood or plastic, is 48 inches x 48 inches. You can fit your mattress in double this size.

Second, go for volume shipping if you have to transfer a bulk of furniture pieces and household goods to your new home. Further, you can choose between default or expedited freight shipping. You may find a company that can give you deep discounts. Plus, they will help you move all of your stuff into the truck and then load them off to your destination.

Consider asking quotes from brokers or directly from carriers. If you have the time, compose a shortlist for a better chance of picking the best option for you.

Packing Your Mattress

After getting quotes from shipping providers, it’s time to prepare your mattress for moving. Take all the sheets and throw them into the washer if there’s still time. You will need to pack them, too, so it’s better to put them fresh and clean into zip-off bags. 

Next, lay the mattress against a wall or anywhere it can be set aside safely. Or you can pack it then and there. You will need to wrap it in a mattress cover, which comes in cotton, vinyl, or plastic. This protective wrap can be bought in hardware stores or moving supplies stores in U-Haul locations. 

After placing the bed in the case, you can secure it with straps that are also available in those stores. Then, disassemble your foundation or bed frame. Carefully remove the screws and bolts and keep them in their respective ziplock containers. Store them inside a box or pack labeled accordingly.

You have the option to ship your mattress in the protective case as is. Or you can place it in a box together with the box spring and/or foundation components. If you’re using a box, add bubble wraps or peanut packages in the spaces around the bed and frame.

How Much Does It Cost to Ship A Mattress?

Continental US

Shipping a bed to another state, except for Alaska and Hawaii, should be fairly easy. Established companies like UPS and FedEx have their own systems in place. You can use a calculator from any of these to save time. You’ll need details like the category your mattress falls under (furniture) and its dimensions (weight, width, length, and height). These will help the carrier determine your freight class. 

Large companies will have rate sheets at the ready. You need to compute your billable weight and find your shipping zone to determine the costs further. For example, with UPS, take the first three digits of your destination’s zip and refer to the chart for the zone. 

 how to ship a mattress

If you’re using a local shipping service provider, it may be easier to drop a call and ask directly for a quote. Make sure to prepare information like measurements and zip codes as the company representative will need these to determine your rates.

Alaska & Hawaii

Going directly to a shipping company may entail higher costs but is faster than using a freight forwarder. The latter has cheaper rates, but you may have to wait longer for your item to arrive. If you can buy a mattress in Alaska or Hawaii, you can dispose of or give away your old one. Just count the money you’re supposed to spend on shipping fees toward your shopping funds.

Another option would be to share a shipping container with another household or person. They can be someone you know. Or you can look for services that offer this solution for people who are relocating to either state. This can split your shipping costs in half. Correctly pack your mattress to ensure it’s safe and protected while in transit.

Meanwhile, if you’re moving quite a lot of household goods and furniture, a shipping carrier sounds more practical in the long run.


When it comes to shipping your bed abroad, there are a few variables to consider. The weight and size do matter. But you’ll have to factor in whether it’s cheaper to pay for the whole unit or just the individual volume or space. The former is for moving many items. The latter is for a few investments, like a bed frame and a mattress.

Take note that some countries restrict what you can bring with you. For instance, Australia forbids some wood products that may harm its indigenous species. In others, to secure entry, you can simply acquire certification from a pest company that your antique wooden bed has been checked for woodworm.

If the cost of shipping your mattress is over the cost of buying a new one in your destination, then choose the practical solution. Just send your prized foundation or bed frame and find a suitable mattress abroad.

Should You Get Insurance?

Is your mattress too precious to ship without insurance? It could be one of the older, high-end models that are collector’s item material. Or you’re not done paying it out yet. The pros of buying insurance may outweigh the cons of spending a few more bucks in this regard. You can ask for recommendations from your shipping solution provider. Or google a list of reputable insurance providers.

Other Options

Renting A Moving Truck

So far, you have read a few cost-effective tips on how to ship a mattress. You can use LTL or freight shipping. Either will require you to pack the bed, so it’s ready for pickup on the date you set. However, there are other ways you can try. If you have a load of stuff you immediately need after moving into your new home, consider booking a moving truck.

Renting one comes with its own perks. If your provider offers it, you can rely on professional movers to carry your things in and out of the truck. You’ll have additional manpower during the move. At the same time, you can be sure about the safety and protection of the items, including your mattress. Plus, you can position your furniture and other objects so that everything fits inside the vehicle.

The downside here is that it can be more expensive than shipping your mattress. On top of the professional and service fees, you’re probably going to pay for gas. You’ll also be charged based on the distance between Point A and Point B. If the total cost is more than the price of a new mattress, then it’s time to move on to the next option: buying a bed.

Buying A New Bed

Last but not least, you can move into your new home with a brand-new mattress in tow. Instead of lugging your current one across many states or even abroad, you can just get a better one in your destination. You may also check out beds in boxes, which are shipped for free in the contiguous U.S. 

Some mattress models may have been sold exclusively for a time or have been phased out. If you have one that you treasure, then you can keep it for its monetary and sentimental value. Just make sure it’s insured as the risk of damage while shipping a mattress can be volatile. Find a reputable professional shipping carrier or moving service provider if you can’t afford the risk.

What’s more important here is that you choose what makes the most financial sense to you.

Read our full review of the Best Online Mattresses in 2020.


In this guide, we shared various examples of how you can enjoy the benefits of shipping your mattress. It is more cost-effective to do it compared to renting a moving truck. You will be paying only for the volume and space it will use up inside the vehicle. In this case, you can move big-ticket furniture pieces this way and put the rest in your car.

This option is particularly useful if you’re relocating to a different state within the contiguous United States. You will need to shell out more money if you’re moving to Alaska, Hawaii, or abroad. Still, shipping a bed can be the most desirable option, especially if you own an expensive or exclusive model.

Whatever decision you end up with, it should make the most financial sense to you. Consider practical reasons, too. Buying a mattress in your new home may be better in some cases. Through the information provided here, we hope you can make a smart choice.

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