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How to Move a Bed Frame: A Comprehensive Guide

How to Move a Bed Frame: A Comprehensive Guide

Moving a bed frame from one place to another, whether it’s to a new room within your home or to a completely new residence, can seem like a daunting task. However, with the right preparation and techniques, it can be done efficiently and without damage to your bed frame or your back.

How to Move a Bed Frame by Yourself

Moving a bed frame by yourself might seem like a daunting task, but with the right approach, it can be straightforward and injury-free. Here’s a breakdown of the steps involved:



  1. Remove Bedding and Mattress: Clear the bed frame of all bedding and the mattress.
  2. Loosen the Fasteners: Use the appropriate tools to loosen and remove the bolts and screws that hold the bed frame together. Keep a steady hand to avoid stripping the screws.
  3. Label Components: As you remove pieces of the bed frame, label them using sticky notes or masking tape and a marker. This will save you a lot of time during reassembly.
  4. Organize Small Parts: Place all screws, bolts, and small hardware in a zip-lock bag or a small container. Tape this container to one of the larger parts of the bed frame or keep it in a designated moving box.

Packing and Protecting

  1. Wrap Frame Components: Use bubble wrap or moving blankets to wrap each component of the bed frame. Secure the wrapping with tape to prevent scratches and damage.
  2. Secure Slats: If your bed frame includes slats, bundle them together using stretch wrap or a sturdy rope.


  1. Lift Properly: When lifting any part of the bed frame, bend at your knees and lift with your legs, not your back, to avoid injury.
  2. Use Sliders for Heavy Pieces: If you need to move the bed frame across the room or house, place furniture sliders under the heavier pieces to easily glide them across the floor without lifting.
  3. Navigate Through Doorways: Angle and pivot the frame pieces as necessary to fit through doorways. Sometimes, removing the door from its hinges provides the extra space needed.

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How to Move Adjustable Bed Frame Upstairs

Moving an adjustable bed frame upstairs adds another layer of complexity due to its weight, size, and mechanical parts. Here’s how to tackle this challenge:


Disassembly (If Applicable)

  1. Disconnect Power: For electric adjustable frames, unplug the bed from the electrical outlet and secure any cords.
  2. Remove Mattress: Set aside the mattress.
  3. Detach the Base: If possible, detach the base from the main frame to make it lighter and more manageable.


  1. Use a Dolly: A furniture dolly is indispensable for moving heavy items like an adjustable bed frame. Secure the frame to the dolly with moving straps.
  2. Steady Ascent: When moving the frame upstairs, ensure that the path is clear. Move slowly and steadily, with one person guiding the dolly and the other(s) assisting with balance and direction.
  3. Protect Stairs and Walls: Cover sharp corners of the frame with bubble wrap or use corner protectors. Additionally, protect stair edges and walls with blankets or cardboard to prevent scuffs and damage.


  1. Place the Frame: Position the frame in the desired spot before reassembling to avoid having to move it again.
  2. Reconnect and Test: Once reassembled, reconnect any electrical components and test the adjustable functions to ensure everything is in working order.

Moving a bed frame, especially an adjustable one upstairs by yourself (or with minimal help), requires careful planning and execution. However, with these detailed steps, the right tools, and a bit of patience, it’s entirely achievable. Remember, safety is paramount, so take your time and don’t rush the process to avoid damage to your bed frame or injury to yourself.

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How to Move a Bed Frame Through a Door

  1. Clear the Path: Ensure the path through the door and to the bed frame’s new location is clear of any obstacles. It helps to remove any rugs that could slip and slide underfoot, potentially causing a fall.

  2. Use a Spotter: Having a second person act as a spotter can be incredibly helpful. They can guide you through the door, helping navigate angles and avoid collisions with the door frame or walls.

  3. Technique for Narrow Doors:

    • Vertical Angle: Often, tilting the bed frame vertically can provide the extra inches needed to fit through the door.
    • "L" Technique: For longer pieces like side rails, moving them through the door in an “L” shape (one end going through the door first, then angling the piece around the door frame) can be effective.
  4. Protect Door Frames: Cover the edges of the door frame with bubble wrap or use door frame protectors to prevent damage as you move the bed frame through.

  5. Take Your Time: Rushing can lead to mistakes. Move slowly, adjusting your grip and the angle of the bed frame as needed to ease it through the door without forcing it.

Through our many moves, we’ve found that preparation and patience are key. One time, we underestimated the complexity of our bed frame and had to spend hours figuring out how to reassemble it at our new place.

Since then, we’ve always made sure to thoroughly label and take photos of the disassembly process. Also, switching to a Puffy Lux Mattress made our last move a breeze, thanks to its lightweight design and ease of transport.

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Moving a bed frame, whether it’s a standard, adjustable, or any other type, doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. By following these steps and tips, you can ensure a smooth transition to your new setup.

Remember, the key to a successful move is in the preparation and having the right tools and help at your disposal. With a little bit of planning and effort, you’ll have your bed frame set up and ready for a good night’s sleep in no time.

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