In this edition of Really Helpful Online Tutorials, I bring you:
“How to Move a Bed with Duct Tape and Saran Wrap”
If you ever find yourself needing to move a bed without a moving truck, this will be extremely helpful for you.
But first, a love story.
When I met Ben, we were in our senior years of undergrad. We were both studying at an off-campus study program in Chicago.
I was student teaching K-8 music and high school choir in Chicago. He was interning at a shelter. His major was sociology with a minor in Spanish.
At the end of that semester, we decided to get married. I don’t use the word ‘engaged,’ because we didn’t really have a big engagement. Neither of us had any money for a ring and we didn’t want him to finance it, so we decided to wait on the ring but still plan the wedding. Did you know you can decide to get married without an engagement ring? It’s pretty hipster actually. We were just ahead of the trends.
Anyway, he left for Costa Rica for his last semester of school in January of 2010. I finished my undergrad a semester early and started teaching right away in a maternity leave position.
The summer we got married, we lived at Ben’s parents’ house for about a month before our lease started in Chicago. We were going to move into a partially furnished apartment, which was convenient considering we owned nothing except wedding gifts and a bed that Ben’s parents gave us. We didn’t really need a moving truck since all we had to move was a queen sized bed (the gifts were in Chicago). We considered just buying a bed once we got there but we had no money. Just in case looked around at a couple stores in Omaha to get an idea of the cost of a new bed. (The cost was of high importance to us since Ben wasn’t making much and I hadn’t gotten a teaching job yet. Turns out good beds are kinda pricey… for two people who barely have an income.)
While we were mattress-shopping in Big Lots, an employee told us, “you can just saran wrap a mattress to the roof of a car. Just open the doors, and run the saran wrap around and around until it feels secure.”
We thought this sounded like a great idea.
A perfect solution, really. (I’m not sure what we were thinking.)
I wish I could remember the reactions of Ben’s family when we told them we planned to move the really nice mattress & box spring they’d generously offered to give us from Omaha to Chicago by strapping it to our car with saran wrap. #SoGladYouMarriedHer
Regardless of what they really thought, they helped willingly. (They’re nice people.)
and a few rolls of duct tape for extra support.
Be forewarned that if you try this method, you might need to pull over to reinforce the mattress with duct tape.
A couple times.
Halfway to Chicago, we stopped at Walmart in a small town in Iowa for more duct tape. In the parking lot, a lady who is wearing overalls and missing a few teeth told Ben that we looked a little ‘white trash.’
After yet another roll of duct tape, we continued the rest of the 500 mile journey.
We pulled up our CAR WITH A DUCT TAPED MATTRESS ON TOP OF IT on to our quaint block of brownstones in Hyde Park, Chicago, a wealthy-historic-meets-hippies kind of neighborhood. Our apartment happened to be 1 block from the president of the united states’ house. (On the other side of the tracks) 😉
I’d be lying if I said we didn’t get a few strange looks.
Just in case you, too, want to know how to move a bed with duct tape and saran wrap, I’ll give you a step by step. It’s pretty complex.
- Buy an industrial, costco-sized saran wrap container & 10 rolls of duct tape
- Saran wrap the mattress and box spring separately using generous amounts of saran wrap.
- Stack the aforementioned saran-wrapped mattress and box spring on top of the car.
- Open all the doors to your car.
- Saran wrap around the bed through the open doors.
- Repeat step 5 (100 times).
- Repeat step 5 but use duct tape this time. Your bed/car is starting to look awesome.
- Buy 10 more rolls of duct tape before you leave and have them accessible on your drive.
- Take a picture in front of your awesome car so you can pass down your genius idea from generation to generation.
- Drive on the right side of the road, you’ll make less enemies.
See, I told you today’s edition of Really Helpful Online Tutorials would be particularly helpful. Let us know if you need any other moving advice. I even made this nice “pinnable” image for you in case you forget all the steps 😉 #yourewelcome
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