How to Get a Large Mattress and Box Spring to an Upstairs Bedroom
Need a Bigger Bed . . . Upstairs?
A few years ago, I needed to upgrade from a full size mattress to a queen size. The occasion for this change was that I had gotten engaged. There’s obviously more to that story, right? Well, I’ll make that long story very short by saying I’m still single.
But at the time, I was faced with a problem. Well, two problems, if you count being engaged, but besides that, I needed to get a queen size bed up a stairway that was simply not high enough at one point to allow a mattress and box springs of that size to fit through.
I have four suggestions for solving this problem, and each will require a bit of an adjustment. The first two are the most difficult and require an adjustment to your house. The second two require an adjustment to your attitude about beds.
First Suggestion: Remove Some Steps
I’ll begin with the method I chose, one that required an adjustment to my house.
I had the mattress wedged through the doorway and into the stairway, and it wasn’t going any further, that much was clear. I decided that if the step blocking the way was gone, the bed would go up. So I took it out. Guess what? The next step also blocked the bed. So I removed that step, and the next one blocked the way as well. After I had all the steps in the first flight out, the bed fit.
The secret to using this method without the trial-and-error process is to measure the width of the mattress from the bottom edge on one side, to the top edge on the other. This will provide you with the widest measurement for the width of the mattress. Now measure the distance from each step to the closest place on the ceiling. Find the narrowest opening (step to ceiling) and take out the steps up to that point. You should be able to get the bed through.
Measure the Mattress at Its Widest Dimension, i.e. Diagonally, Corner to Corner
Second Suggestion: Put the Mattress Through an Upstairs Window
The second suggestion is to remove an upstairs window, casing and all. Be sure to measure the window and the bed before you start to be sure the bed will fit through. If it will fit, just find a way to get the mattress and box spring up to and through the window, and you are all set.
Third Suggestion: Purchase a Split Queen or King Size Bed
The next two solutions will require an adjustment to your attitudes about beds, because I will be suggesting buying an alternative type.
The first will require the least amount of adjustment on your part. Queen and king size beds can be purchased as two mattresses and two box springs put together, thereby enabling them to fit up the stairway. These are referred to as a "split" queen or king.
A standard queen size bed is about 60” wide, while a split queen is about 30". A standard king is about 76” wide (or about 38" split).
Fourth Suggestion: Look Into Alternative Types of Beds
My next suggestion is to consider something other than the traditional mattress and box spring set for your upstairs bedroom. For example:
- a "sleep number" bed. Many people apparently like these, but they are expensive.
- a water bed; however, these can be too heavy for second floor bedrooms.
- an air bed. See my personal experience with the Aerobed brand of air bed below.
I travel full time for my work, so I am constantly changing apartments and beds. While in Philadelphia, I rented a third floor apartment with an extremely small staircase in every dimension. Only after signing the rental agreement did I think about a bed, since the apartment was not furnished. The only traditional bed that would have fit would have been a twin. No thanks. So I began researching alternatives. I ended up at Bed, Bath and Beyond, looking at the Aerobed. They come in an assortment of heights and widths, with or without inflatable headboards.
I settled on a that was the same height as a traditional queen size. I also like the inflatable headboard, as it gives me something to lean on as I read in bed. This purchase was so successful that I can now rent unfurnished apartments wherever I go because I have my Aerobed with me. queen size Aerobed
You may be skeptical about using an air bed as your primary bed, but I am willing to bet that if you didn’t know it was an air bed, you might not even question that it was not a traditional mattress.
While this suggestion totally contradicts the title of this piece, the article would be incomplete without it.
So here are four suggestions for getting a queen or king size bed up a small-size stairwell. As for the other problem—becoming engaged after several years of being single—I suppose I’ll address this in another article.