4 Ways to Get a Mattress Upstairs If It Is Too Large
Do You Need a Bigger Bed Upstairs?
A few years ago, I got engaged and I needed to upgrade from a full-size mattress to a queen size. At the time, I was faced with a problem. (Well, two problems, if you count being engaged.) I needed to get a queen size bed up a stairway that was simply not high enough to allow a mattress and box spring 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.
1. Remove Some Steps
I’ll begin with the method I chose, which 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 measurement for the maximum width of the mattress. Now measure the distance from each step to the closest part on the ceiling. Find the narrowest opening from the step to the ceiling and take out the steps up to that point. After that, you should be able to get the bed through.
2. 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.
3. 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).
4. 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 air bed below.
I travel fulltime 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.
So those 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 it in another article.
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