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How to Get a King-Size Mattress Up Stairs That It Does Not Fit

Updated November 21, 2016

Moving into a new house or flat is an experience full of possibilities. But those dreams can come crashing to a halt when you realise your king-size mattress won't fit up your staircase. We measure bedrooms, the kitchen and even the yard, but rarely think to consider the staircase. Before you throw out your mattress, try a few things ranging from simple to complex to solve your staircase problem.

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  1. Use a rope or a team of friends to lift the mattress over the banister or pull it straight up from the bottom of the staircase. Determine if a wall or banister post will block your way at the top of the staircase first.

  2. Look for another entry point. Hoist the king-size mattress through a window or patio on the top floor instead.

  3. Try bending a section of the mattress to manoeuvre past a tight spot on the staircase.

  4. Make your own king-size mattress by buying or connecting two twin mattresses. A twin-bed connector is an effective way to turn two mattresses into one.

  5. Consider remodelling a section of wall near your staircase to allow for more room. Ask a professional to seal it with an option to remove it again at a later date. You may need to replace your mattress or move.

  6. Tip

    Ask a friend or contractor to assess the situation with you to offer new insight.


    Measure all new furniture before you buy and know the dimensions of your new hallways and staircases.

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Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Rope
  • Contractor


About the Author

Catherine Irving

Catherine Irving is a travel and lifestyle writer living in Brooklyn, New York and has been professionally freelance writing since 2002. She's written for "Young Money," Kayak.com, Pokemon.com and numerous other national outlets. Irving graduated with a bachelor's degree in film with a minor in English from Georgia State University.

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