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Moving a King Size Mattress and Other Challenges

When you’ve been living in the same place for a long time, it’s easy to forget just how much stuff you have accumulated. This is why it’s so common for people to vastly underestimate how many boxes they will need to pack, and how long they will need to move.

Moving a heavy piece of furniture

From bulky items of furniture to that antique mirror your Gran gave you; you might've moved in with a car, but you'll need a Man with a Van to help you move out. 

We’ve seen our fair share of moving challenges over the years. So if you have unique, awkward or extremely heavy items that you’re worried about moving, don’t be. Chances are, we’ve encountered something like it before and we’ll be able to work with you to find the perfect solution.

In this blog post, we wanted to run through some of the more challenging items that we have moved and give you some pointers on how to prepare. If you have an item you’re not sure we can move, get in touch with Man With A Van to find out more!

Can you fold a king size mattress in half?

A common trick you’ll read online is to fold your mattress in half to make it easier to move. We wouldn’t recommend it. If you have a pocket sprung mattress, you risk damaging the coils. And with a multi-layer memory foam mattress, you risk pulling apart the different layers of foam.

So, how do you move a super king size mattress? Super king size mattresses can weigh in excess of 160lbs. This can make some people nervous about moving them. Your best option is to use a mattress cover up to protect it and then hire a 2-man Man With A Van team. They will be able to move your mattress safely and securely using a large Luton van.

Can you move a full fish tank?

No, this would be a nightmare! A fragile glass box filled with liquid is a disaster waiting to happen. If you need to move a large aquarium, we would recommend relocating your fish and plants to a smaller vessel for the short term. You should then empty the aquarium and give it a good clean. It will now be ready to transport.

You’ll need a 2-man team to move something this large. All of our Man With A Van movers have access to moving blankets and restraints and they will know the best way to move and transport your aquarium safely.

How do you transport a large mirror?

Mirror, Mirror on the wall

I’m scared to move you

Cos’ you might fall

If you have a giant mirror that you dread moving, you’re not alone! But don’t worry, we can help you come up with a plan to move anything. Mirrored wardrobes, full-length mirrors and antique beasts can all be packed and carried securely for moving. You don’t have to worry about risking 7 year’s bad luck!

How do I move a large TV?

When you buy a new TV, you’re probably more concerned with getting it up and running rather than saving the box. If you have discarded the box and handy packaging, you might be wondering how you’re going to keep your precious (and expensive) TV safe when you move.

A combination of bubble wrap and moving blankets will often provide the best possible coverage for your TV. If you won’t be able to help lift it, then make sure you hire a 2-man team and they will be able to transport it from A to B.

Do you have to empty drawers for movers?

We get it. Moving is hard enough without having to empty every. single. drawer. We all tend to get lazy about two-thirds of the way through packing up and start to look for shortcuts. Leaving things in drawers for the move is one such shortcut.

To answer this, we have to ask a few questions:

  • How heavy are the drawers will all of the items left inside?
  • How strong are the drawers?

If it’s just clothes in a sturdy, solid dresser, then you can probably get away with leaving things in there and simply taping the drawers shut. Just make sure you let your movers know beforehand. If it’s paper and documents in a flimsy piece of furniture, you risk something breaking or your movers being unable to move the item. Take everything out, store it in boxes and then tape the drawers shut to keep your furniture safe.

What will Movers not move?

While we love to help our customers solve even the biggest moving conundrums, we have to draw the line somewhere.

  • We can’t be responsible for pets or other live animals, so we always ask you to take care of the four legged and furry.
  • We also cannot move any dangerous, hazardous or flammable materials. This is to protect our movers from harm, but also to protect any other items you might be moving.
  • Fireworks. For health and safety reasons, we can’t transport any explosives.

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