How to Tie a Mattress to an SUV


Moving large objects such as mattresses is often a struggle, but proper equipment and handling simplifies the task. Tying a mattress to an SUV allows you to save money on a rental truck, and gets the mattress to its intended destination. Your mattress must be securely fastened to the SUV to avoid wind-caused accidents. SUVs are not known as aerodynamic vehicles, and mattresses might fly away if caught by a strong gust.

Things You'll Need

  • Moving blankets
  • Tarp
  • 4 2-by-4 pieces of wood
  • 6 ratchet straps
  • 6 pieces of rope, 8 feet each
  • Place moving blankets on top of the SUV so the box springs do not scratch or damage the paint and finish.

  • Wrap the mattress in the tarp to ensure that it remains dry during transport. Place the box-spring mattress on top of the SUV. Place the softer mattress on top of the box spring.

  • Place the 2-by-4 lumber -- evenly spaced -- on top of the mattress to help weigh it down. Open the windows of the SUV, and tie the mattress down using ratchet straps; place the straps through the windows of the vehicle. Use rope -- with a tight cinching-knot such as a trucker's knot -- if you do not have ratchet straps.

  • Tighten the ratchet straps or rope as much as possible. Align the straps evenly over the mattress. Secure the pieces of wood underneath the straps.

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