Can You Bend a Mattress to Get It Upstairs?

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All the excitement of moving always gets swallowed by its accompanying troubles. One is getting a mattress into your home with ease. However, do you suppose you can bend a mattress to get it upstairs?

You can bend a mattress to get it upstairs, but you shouldn’t attempt it for specific reasons. Not all mattresses can recover from bending, and you may damage yours forever. You can fold foam mattresses, but only for a short time.

This article discusses how you move a mattress upstairs and whether you can bend one to get it upstairs. I also explore the ways to fix a sagging mattress.

How Do You Move a Mattress Upstairs?


Moving a mattress up one or two floors might be difficult for two people, and more so if you do it yourself. You can always hire professional movers, but their services may be costly. Not to worry, though, it is possible to achieve this feat.

If you are moving a mattress from your previous house to a new home, some precautions are necessary. You will have to remove the beddings and wrap the mattress with a cover before loading it into the moving van. It is also vital to use the correct lifting techniques when carrying the mattress.

Here is an outline of the steps to move a mattress upstairs:

Assess the stairs

Inspect the stairs you will use to carry the mattress upstairs. Note the steps to avoid and damaged wall fixtures. Removing tiny objects from the stairs will keep you from tripping as you haul the mattress up.

As you assess, please measure the size of the mattress and check if it fits the stairs. If it doesn’t, consider folding techniques that will cause minimal damage.

Carry the mattress

While you lifting the mattress is the ideal step, there are proper/safe lifting techniques you should employ, including:

  • Avoid bending your torso when lifting, or you may end up with back pain.
  • Stand on one end and grab the mattress firmly.
  • Lift it carefully, with both hands, and move towards the stairs immediately.
  • Maintain a straight and erect posture; don’t turn or twist.
  • Carry the mattress at a low and comfortable level; don’t lift it above your shoulders.
  • Take breaks when you need to, and work with a partner. Overexerting yourself may cause injuries.

Climb the stairs

Be extra careful on the steps because any error can cause serious injuries. If you are carrying it alone, you can push the mattress upwards. Ensure the mattress doesn’t sag or wobble as you move up the stairs.

Maintain your stance toward the middle of the stairs to avoid wall fixtures. Climb slowly and maintain proper carrying techniques.

If you can’t fold the mattress, navigating corners can be tricky. You can raise the mattress into a vertical position around tight corners. This will make it thinner and allow you to move it easily.

Once you reach the landing, you can slide the mattress into your bedroom. Alternatively, you can put the mattress through a window upstairs.

You must measure both window and mattress to see if it will fit. If it fits, you only have to figure out how to get the box spring and mattress up and through the window.

Can You Bend a Mattress to Get It Upstairs?

Maneuvering a mattress from the moving van to your bedroom upstairs may seem like the Olympics after a day of hauling furniture. The tricky corners and obstacles in the way stump you, and all that’s left is bending it.

A spring mattress has border rods and metal coils that you can permanently damage when you fold it. Besides the internal damage, bent coils can poke and tear through the mattress fabric to the exterior.

Foam mattresses are the exception to this potential damage, and their exclusion is conditional. If you fold them for a long time, you risk causing damage, like the spring mattresses above. The mechanisms of disfigurement include:

  • Shifting the foam in the mattress.
  • The memory foam’s recall may be lost for good.
  • The fold line can lead to wear on the mattress and ultimately thin the material.

You can safely bend a spring mattress to 15 degrees, which is challenging enough. The easiest way to get a mattress up the stairs is when it comes in a box. Simply move the box to the room of your choice and take out the mattress.

King-size mattresses are also easier to fold in half and move. Most of them are hinged in the middle for easy bending without damage. To carry it upstairs, follow these steps:

  1. Fold the mattress in half.
  2. Tie the mattress shut and hold it with one or two ropes.
  3. Haul it upstairs with a helper or alone.
  4. Set the mattress in its location and untie it.
  5. Reverse the fold and put the hinges back into position.

If this doesn’t work for you, you can try one of the creative measures mentioned in the section above. It’s better to be cautious than spend money on a new mattress because of bending.

How Do You Fix a Sagging Mattress?

Sleeping on a sagging mattress is as enjoyable as napping in quicksand, and it’s a recipe to wake up with body pains constantly. If hip pain, a stiff spine, and a sore back hit you as you wake up, your mattress may be responsible.

A mattress should last for five to 10 years on average, in good condition. Different mattresses vary in how long they stay before sinking or sagging. The primary mattresses and how they fare are:

  1. Innerspring mattresses: Their coils lose their tension over the years, and the comfort material at the top layer also softens. A sagging mattress is often the most common complaint with using innerspring mattresses.
  1. Hybrid mattresses: They also have metal coils that lose tension, but the quality of the foam is a better indicator of sagging. Even though sagging will still occur, high-quality foams might hold out longer.
  1. Foam mattresses: The better the quality of the memory foam mattress, the longer it will last before sagging.

Your body weight is also a significant contributor to the sagging process. Most people spend a third of their day in bed (six to eight hours).

You can check for sagging areas in your mattress by placing something flat (like a yardstick) across your bed’s top surface. Check for gaps underneath the stick, especially where your head, shoulders, and hips lay.

Before visiting the chiropractor or changing your mattress, consider these simple ways to fix the sagging in your mattress:

  • Rotate or flip your mattress: You can flip double-sided mattresses or rotate those you cannot reverse. Doing this will distribute your body weight or ensure your body applies pressure in different areas.

You may rotate it every three to six months to prevent sagging and decrease the one already happening.

  • Use a mattress topper: This works for memory foam mattresses, and thick toppers fill in slight indents.
  • Use a wooden board: Placing a one-inch-thick wooden board between your mattress and bed frame or box spring helps.

These temporary fixes can hold for some time, but a replacement is in order. Start saving up for a new mattress as soon as you notice the signs of sagging.

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