I was presented with a unique question from a reader. They wanted to ship their bed to another state. They had many questions as to how to do this.
They didn’t have a car, nor were they renting a U-Haul or anything similar. They were packing up and moving what little they had and taking a plane to their new home to avoid the long drive. They really wanted to take the mattress with them but didn’t know how.
I sat there puzzled, not sure how to respond to this. So I did what I do best – I researched it.
The Good News
Let’s start off with the good news. You can ship your mattress, box spring, and bed frame across the country if you need to.
You can’t use UPS or FedEx. You would either have to use a freight company or U-Ship.
The Bad News
It is going to be costly to ship a bed!
If you’re moving across the country, or at least halfway across, no reasonable company or person is going to ship your mattress for no less than $500.
Let’s not forget the risk of what might happen when shipping. There is a good chance your mattress is going to get damaged if not properly restrained. Also, don’t forget that you might pick up some extra bugs along the way who make your bed their new home. To avoid this, it is best to get a mattress moving cover.
Honestly, what you should do…
Unless that mattress was over $2,000 or has some sentimental value to it, it is going to be better to buy a new mattress instead. You should be replacing your mattress every 5 to 7 years anyway, so it might be a good time to buy a new one.
Here’s the clever bit – don’t go to mattress stores!
Before you move across the country, look at some of the mattresses you can buy online. You’ll be surprised by how affordable they are. Just have your new mattress shipped to your new place. This way you avoid the hassle of getting your old mattress shipped. You could even try to sell your old mattress if it’s very new, sometimes friends or family are looking for a new mattress.
Check out what you can get online for a mattress…
- Zinus Memory Foam Green Tea Mattress
- LUCID 10 Inch Gel Memory Foam Mattress
- Zinus Memory Foam 12 Inch Premium Ultra Plush Cloud-like Mattress
What I find crazy is that you can buy some mattresses online and it can be better and more cost-effective than shipping your nasty old mattress across the country. Notice the word “nasty“, I use to work in shipping and everything we got in had road tar or other nasties on it – just a part of the shipping process.