Although bedding adds to the beauty, character, and comfort of your bedrooms, it can be complicated to deal with when it’s time to pack it for a move. You may have sleeping pillows, decorative pillows, bed skirts, sheets, mattress pads, box springs covers, blankets, comforters, bedspreads, quilts, and duvets. All of this bedding requires organization and planning to pack it efficiently. We provide you with straightforward and uncomplicated tips to get your bedding packed up for your move.
Moving Supplies You’ll Need to Pack Your Pillows and Bedding for a Move
- Large moving boxes (see more on moving box sizes and types here)
- Packing paper
- Packing tape
- Permanent black marker
Steps for Packing Your Pillows and Bedding for a Move
1. Gather your moving supplies and set up a convenient place to pack
Decide on a convenient location to pack. Prepare your moving boxes by securely taping the bottom seam of the box. To keep bedding clean and dust-free, line the inside bottom and sides of the box with sheets of packing paper. Just prepare one box at a time; otherwise, empty boxes that take up a lot of room will clutter your bedroom.
2. Sort and purge bedding
Sort through your bedding, setting aside worn pillows, blankets, sheets, and quilts that you no longer want. These worn-out linens can provide excellent cushioning for lamps, large vases, and fragile or breakable accessories. Donate any bedding you don’t plan to use for cushioning and are sure you won’t use in your new home. For sanitary reasons, used bed pillows should be thrown out or recycled. Finally, place quality bedding that you intend to use post-move in separate piles for packing.
3. Pack your bedding in stages
- First, pack out of season bedding and decorative items like throw pillows, quilts, afghans, and such.
- Next, pack all of the linens you won’t use before your move.
- King or queen size bedding and duvets should go in a large box lined with clean packing paper. Put the most voluminous pieces in the box first. Since linens hold a lot of air, press down repeatedly on each item to remove as much of the air as possible and make space for more bedding.
- Smaller items, like sheets or pillows, can go in next. Once the box is full, place a layer of packing paper on top of the bedding before closing the box.
- Then, deal with the bedding you currently use. Since you and family members will be sleeping in your beds up until your actual move, you’ll need your bed pillows, sheets, and blankets or duvets. Make a plan for how you want to deal with bedding on the morning of the move. You simply may not have time to launder all of it. The most manageable plan with these linens is to strip each bed, place the bedding in a large trash bag, label the bag, and deal with the laundry after your move.
4. If you need to conserve space, use vacuum storage bags
Investing in a few vacuum storage bags can end up saving you some money in moving costs. You’ll need fewer boxes, resulting in needing less space on the moving van. They’re also great for storing extra bedding after your move. If you use vacuum storage bags, be sure anything you put in the bag is completely dry to prevent mold and mildew.
5. Seal the box closed and label it
Secure the box with packing tape. Label it with its contents and the destination room.