How to pack bedding for moving

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Whether it’s your first move or your eighth, packing bedding can be a tricky and time-consuming task. But don’t worry – with a few simple tips, you can pack your bedding like a pro and ensure it arrives at your new home in great condition.

We’ll walk you through how to pack bedding for moving below: 

What are the proper packing materials for bedding?   

The good news is that bedding and linens aren’t fragile items, so you won’t need a lot of padding materials! Before jumping into the actual packing process, create a checklist to make sure you have the following: 

  • Sturdy and large boxes  

  • Vacuum storage bags, large plastic bags, or trash bags  

  • Packing paper to protect your bedding 

  • Packing tape and marker for labelling boxes 

How to pack pillows for moving

vacuum sealing pillows to save space

  1. Store: When packing pillows for moving, make sure your pillows are clean. Place them inside pillowcases or plastic bags to protect them from dirt and moisture. 

  2. Vacuum seal: Pillows are usually bulky and tricky to pack, so it’s also a good idea to use vacuum storage bags to shrink them down. You’ll save a lot of space and need fewer boxes!  

  3. Pack: Line your boxes with packing paper and stack the pillows inside. Add another layer of packing paper on top. Secure the moving boxes with packing tape and label them. 

  4. Save space: 

    • If you have small pillows, you can fit these inside drawers during the move.

    • You can also set aside some pillows that can be used as padding to wrap fragile items in your home. This way, you’ll save space by using pillows as cushioning. If you’re going to do this, make sure to include “bed linen” when labelling your boxes. This will help you find your bedding faster when unpacking! 

How to pack blankets for moving 

couple packing blanket with books into moving box, using blanket as cushioning to save space

Remember: washing blankets before packing them can help prevent mould and mildew growth during transit. By cleaning your blankets and sheets, you can also ensure they’re ready for use once you get to your new place. 

  1. Fold the blankets: The best way to pack blankets for moving is by flattening and folding them to save as much space as possible. This is also applicable to bed sheets!

  2. Line the box: Place clean packing paper at the bottom of a box before packing blankets and sheets inside. Make sure to place another sheet of paper on the sheets to protect them from dirt. 

  3. Seal and label your boxes: You can colour code each type of bedding (e.g., blue for pillows, black for blankets) to make it even easier to identify the contents of your boxes. 

How to pack comforters for moving

stacks of white, beige linen bedding packed in plastic

  • Option 1: Vacuum seal. Comforters, as we all know, can get bulky. After flattening and folding comforters, placing them in vacuum storage bags can save you lots of packing space. 

  • Option 2: Store in plastic bags. If you don’t have vacuum bags, you can place your comforters in regular plastic or garbage bags to protect them against dust and moisture during the move. 

  • Option 3: Roll the comforters. Instead of folding them, you can also roll the comforters the way you do sleeping bags.  

Compared to regular blankets, comforters will need large cardboard boxes. As usual, make sure to prepare boxes lined with packing paper. Seal, label, and set aside your boxes once all your comforters are safely packed.

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Hire a packing service if you have limited time 

Now that we’ve gone through the steps on how to pack bedding, it’s time to do the actual bed-stripping and packing! While it’s certainly possible to do everything yourself, enlisting the help of a packing service can save you time and ensure your belongings are packed properly for the move. You can also check how much packing services cost to explore your options. 

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FAQs on packing bedding for moving

Let’s say you’re preparing for a trip and can’t leave without your favourite pillow. You have several options for packing a pillow: 

  • Use a vacuum storage bag.

  • Roll the pillow to help shrink its volume

  • Pack the pillow at the very bottom of your suitcase. 

If you’re on a budget or cannot find packing paper for your bedding and linen, you can use newspapers, scarves, or towels to line your moving boxes. Even though beddings aren’t exactly breakable items, you could also use bubble wrap! 

The steps for packing king-size comforters are similar to regular comforters, except that king-size comforters will be bulkier. To save space, fold the comforters and slip them into vacuum storage bags before packing them in boxes. Also, make sure your comforters are completely dry before packing them! You don’t want to encourage mould with any leftover moisture. 

Vacuum storage bags work by removing the air from the bag to compress and flatten the contents, creating more space-efficient storage. These storage bags come in different sizes and are used to save space when packing clothes, pillows, and blankets. You’ll need a vacuum (or a manual hand pump) to compress and seal the bag and its contents. Keep in mind that vacuum storage bags are not suitable for delicate items, such as silk or leather. 

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