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What King-Size Bed Is Easiest To Move?

Read our blog post on What King-Size Bed Is Easiest To Move? from Bed Guru the online sleep specialists.

20th July, 2018
by Carl Walsh

You can’t help but love king-size beds. They’re roomy and comfortable. But when it comes to moving house, king-sized beds can suddenly become a problem. How on earth will you get in down the stairs, out of the doorway, and into the removal van?  

Moving a king-size bed isn’t a simple task, but it’s definitely possible. What’s more, when you know how, you can do it safety – and you won’t need to worry about damaging the bed frame or the mattress. Not all king-size beds are created equal, so moving one really will depend on which type of king-sized bed you’ve chosen.

Here are a few things to consider when moving a king-size bed.   

Standard King

Overall dimensions of a Standard King mattress: 76" wide x 80" long

A Standard King (otherwise known as an Eastern King) is around 16 inches wider than a queen bed – but there’s no difference in length. In fact, it’s one of the widest options available today. A king-size bed usually comes with two box springs or frames, with the mattress on top. Despite the fact that it’s one of the biggest king-sized beds on the market, the ability to divide parts up makes it much easier to move.

That said, because of its size, you would still have a hard time moving the bed frame and the mattress by yourself, so make sure you’ve got help. They can be tricky to get upstairs, as well as through narrow hallways and doorways.  

Western King

Overall dimensions of a Western King mattress: 72" wide x 84" long

A Western King (otherwise known as Western King) are around 12 inches wider than a queen bed – and 4 inches longer. This is one of the longest ready-made beds you can buy today, which is why it’s the best option for tall people. Just like the Standard King, it’s made up of two half-width box springs and a mattress. The fact that you can break it up makes it much more convenient to move from one place to another.     

Once again, it’s likely that the large mattress will be heavy and cumbersome, as will the frame itself. You should also bear in mind that they can be hard to get up staircases, through narrow halls and doorways.

Split King

Overall dimensions of a Split King mattress: 76" wide x 80" long

If you don’t already know, Split King mattresses are basically two twin-sized mattresses with two separate bases and box springs.

Because you can quite literally split them up, split king beds are the easiest type of king-size bed to move, because they’re already divided into two. This means you’ll have less of an issue getting them upstairs, and you can manoeuvre any tight corners much more easily than a Standard or Western king-size mattress.   

Man fixing bed

Is it worth moving?

Before you go to the trouble of taking your bed apart and shifting your mattress, it’s working asking yourself whether it’s worth the hassle. In order to decide, try asking yourself the following questions:

  • Has your bed frame seen better days?

  • Have you had your mattress for more than seven years?

  • Do you regularly wake up feeling sore or stiff?

  • Do you sleep better on a different mattress?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, it’s probably not worth going to the trouble of moving your bed set. Instead, it could be the right time to replace it.  

Can you fold a king-size mattress?

If you have a high-quality, king-size mattress that you love, you’ll want to take good care of it when the time comes to move. But due to their weight, size and structure, they can be really difficult to move from A to B – and you might be tempted to fold it in half.

If you have a traditional spring king-size mattress made with steel coils then whatever you do, don’t fold it over! This will bend the coils and damage the integrity of the mattress. If you have a memory foam or high-density memory foam king-size mattress, folding them won’t damage the foam. However, if you do need to fold it, make sure you don’t leave it like that for a long time.


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