How to Tie a Box Spring to a Roof Rack

If you’re looking to transport a box spring from one location to another, there are a few ways that you can do this. One of the most common methods is to use a roof rack on your vehicle. If you want to use this method, you must know how to tie a box spring to a roof rack. 

There are two main types of roof racks, those with straps and those without straps. When attaching a box spring, it’s best if the strapless type is used so as not to damage or scratch the surface of your mattresses. To properly tie down a bed, start by looping one end over the top bar and then pulling tight before securing with zip ties at both ends for extra safety.

How to Tie a Box Spring to a Roof Rack

Things You’ll Need:

  • A roof rack for your vehicle
  • Box spring, mattress, cloth to cover the box spring
  • Rope/twine/string
  • Cordless drill with screwdriver bits
  • Nuts, bolts, washers
  • Ratchet tie-down strap

Step by Step Guide: How to Tie a Box Spring to a Roof Rack

Step by Step Guide On How to Tie a Box Spring to a Roof Rack

Step 1:

Arrange the box spring as if it were a giant X, with all four corners touching.

Step 2:

Attach one of your ratchet straps to two opposite boxes (two diagonal ends). Make sure that at least one side of the strap will be tight when you pull on it. If not, then adjust accordingly. Repeat with the other ratchet strap for the other side.

Step 3:

Use your third and fourth ratchet strap (the ones that you did not tie straps to) and attach them to the two corners that are now free. Pull on the straps until they have a significant amount of tension, but not so much as to pull the box spring into a bow.

Step 4:

Use a fifth ratchet strap and attach it to the two opposite corners that have not been worked with yet. Pull until tension creates a box shape, thus keeping your load one even layer.

Step 5:

Place a bungee cord on top of the box spring and hook each end onto one of the straps you used in Step One. This will keep your load in place.

Step 6:

Repeat for the opposite side of the box spring.

Step 7:

Drill four holes in each corner of both top sections of the box spring, making sure they are very close to the corners. Make sure these are large enough so your bolts can fit through easily.

Step 8:

Place a washer, and metal eyelet (if your bolts have them), and bolt on each corner. Screw the bolts into place using your cordless drill with a screwdriver bit.


You mustn’t tighten down hard enough to warp the box spring. This may cause damage to the product as well as your vehicle.

This should be enough to get you through transport without any damage. Adjust the straps accordingly if your load is not even. Anything over 100 lbs could potentially warp the box spring, causing injury or difficulty in transporting. If this happens, it may be better to find a way to balance the load (i.e., placing it diagonally) or use another box spring.

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Some Tips and Suggestions:

Some Tips and Suggestions On How to Tie a Box Spring to a Roof Rack

1. Use a strap with a minimum breaking strength of five thousand pounds.

2. Ensure the strap is angled downwards from the tie-down point on the roof rack towards the inside of the car. This way, if any pressure or weight is applied to the box spring, it will be directed toward the ground instead of your paint job and windshield wipers.

3. Add a second strap or ratchet tie-down to secure the front and back of the box spring.

4. Make sure not to obstruct your exhaust pipe with any part of your cargo (obviously you want some clearance between it and your cargo)

5. If possible, keep the number of straps in front of your windshield to a minimum. This prevents the straps from being visible to oncoming traffic and helps minimize damage to your car should you get into an accident.

6. If possible, try not to strap the box spring down until you are at your final destination. Instead, put equal pressure on all four corners of the box spring to ensure it is secure when you arrive.

How Do You Attach a Large Box to a Roof Rack?

One way to transport large, rectangular items is to attach them to the roof racks of a vehicle. This can be more economical than purchasing an expensive rack system. The box must have continuous holes so that the straps can go through the bottom and out another hole near the top.

Then the straps are wrapped tightly around the roof racks to secure them. The box should be secured on all sides because wind can sometimes get underneath it and blow it around, which is not good for the car or the box.

Can a Box Spring Fit in a Suv?

Box spring beds are a major luxury. After all, this is the type of bed that has been used in America for decades upon decades. However, the problem with box springs is they often come in a large and bulky size, making them difficult to use in smaller cars or SUVs. Some claim that a box spring can never fit in a standard-sized SUV.

This is not the case, however. Instead, a few simple maneuvers must be performed to tie down a box spring mattress on a roof rack. The easiest way to do this is by placing the box spring diagonally across the top of the car and then tying it down with rope or other strong material.


When you’re ready to tie your box spring onto the roof rack, here are some tips and tricks that will make it easier. One big thing to remember is that there’s no going back once you have tied your mattress on top of the springs! If you feel like quitting at any point during the process, just take a deep breath and think about how much better life will be with a new bed.

Just follow these few quick steps for tying up your box spring on top of your car or truck roof rack so it doesn’t fall off while driving down the highway. We hope this blog post on how to tie a box spring to a roof rack has been helpful. If you have any questions, please leave them in the comment section below!

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