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Hard to fit a King Size Bed in an Apartment

Hello,
My partner and I are moving to Zurich this summer and are wondering if we should bring our US King size mattress (76” wide by 80” long /193 cm x 203 cm) with us or just buy a new one when we arrive.

We would like to bring it with us as we like our current mattress and bedding and it would be easier to move it with our moving package than buying a new mattress, frame, and sheets that fit Swiss beds once we arrive.

On the other hand I am concerned that it will be difficult to find an apartment that will fit a king size bed and then we would be stuck with a bulky thing to get rid of. I have no idea what the average apartment bedroom size is in Zurich. Does anyone have any insight? Will a US king be a problem?

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Hello,
My partner and I are moving to Zurich this summer and are wondering if we should bring our US King size mattress (76” wide by 80” long /193 cm x 203 cm) with us or just buy a new one when we arrive.

We would like to bring it with us as we like our current mattress and bedding and it would be easier to move it with our moving package than buying a new mattress, frame, and sheets that fit Swiss beds once we arrive.

On the other hand I am concerned that it will be difficult to find an apartment that will fit a king size bed and then we would be stuck with a bulky thing to get rid of. I have no idea what the average apartment bedroom size is in Zurich. Does anyone have any insight? Will a US king be a problem?

Thanks!
We have about 13m2 room and a 185x205 bed in it. As we do not have much else in the room, even a 193cm would fit.

Will you have an appartment arranged for you, or are you going to look for one yourself? Either way, for an impression of what is available you can have a look at www.homegate.ch. Sometimes they post the "house floor" as one of the picturer, or a description about the room size.
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Re: Hard to fit a King Size Bed in an Apartment

How long is a piece of string? Depends so much on the appartment and the budget. More expensive appartments tend to have more spacious bedrooms- or older ones too. We have 2x4'6 beds together- so 9' in our room, and KS in 3 rooms, and a KS in the other- but this is an old place with tons of room.
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Re: Hard to fit a King Size Bed in an Apartment

Rooms are large enough, don't worry. But.....getting the bed into the apartment is the issue. Elevators, stairs or badly positioned doors may be a challenge.

Beds here are designed to be assembled or disassembled with ease. So, you only carry smaller pieces. Is your bed frame one piece or can it be disassembled? Same for the mattress. I have a 200x200cm bed, but it has 2 mattresses (100x200cm). Easier to move the smaller mattresses in older buildings.

In the end, moving large furniture is a thing a moving company can solve. Since you're already paying a moving company, check if the price includes delivering the stuff in the rooms and not only at street level. If so, it's their problem
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Never had a problem 2.00x2.20
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Re: Hard to fit a King Size Bed in an Apartment

If you move into a new build, you likely will not have any issue. If you choose an older, charming, traditional, or historic building on the other hand...

Will you have your housing sorted before you pack your shipment?

That was a priority for us (this was looong ago...) so that we had measurements of doorways, stairwells, etc. and could then plan what to ship, what to leave behind. We then drew up a list of the furniture we wanted to take, turned that over to the US and Swiss ends of the moving company and had them sort out what could, and could not, fit in the house.

What we ended up doing was to ditch the queen sized box springs and replace those with split queen box springs, essentially two pieces, available at most large US bedding specialty stores. I assume there is the same for king bedding. (Isn't a king two twins?)

Anyway, because the mattress itself has a bit of give to it, the moving company assured us it would be no problem to get up the winding stairwell. The box spring, however would have been impossible, hence the splits.

So in short: Sort your housing, then decide what to bring.

Is this a sponsored move? If so, get the professionals involved in your planning.

But from experience: Travel as light as you can, even when the move is paid for by someone else. Your ideas of what you need, what you want, even your style will likely change as you adopt to a different environment. Sure, stuff is expensive to buy here - but so is throwing away all the stuff you find does not fit into your new Swiss life.

Good luck with the move.
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Bring lots of bed linen to fit. You won’t find equivalents here, or over the borders.
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Bring lots of bed linen to fit. You won’t find equivalents here, or over the borders.
But Landsend, LLBean, and many others ship here. LLBean ships for free.
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Or order from Dunhelm or The White Company in UK
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If you move into a new build, you likely will not have any issue. If you choose an older, charming, traditional, or historic building on the other hand...

Will you have your housing sorted before you pack your shipment?

That was a priority for us (this was looong ago...) so that we had measurements of doorways, stairwells, etc. and could then plan what to ship, what to leave behind. We then drew up a list of the furniture we wanted to take, turned that over to the US and Swiss ends of the moving company and had them sort out what could, and could not, fit in the house.


Anyway, because the mattress itself has a bit of give to it, the moving company assured us it would be no problem to get up the winding stairwell. The box spring, however would have been impossible, hence the splits.

So in short: Sort your housing, then decide what to bring.

Is this a sponsored move? If so, get the professionals involved in your planning.


Good luck with the move.
Thank you, this is so helpful! We will have temporary housing for the first months, a housing agent to help find a new apartment and moving company to move all of our stuff in. It would be a lot easier to decide what to bring if we already knew the apartment we would be moving into, but we decided it would be nice to get a feel for the area before picking a neighborhood.
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Rooms are large enough, don't worry. But.....getting the bed into the apartment is the issue. Elevators, stairs or badly positioned doors may be a challenge.

Beds here are designed to be assembled or disassembled with ease. So, you only carry smaller pieces. Is your bed frame one piece or can it be disassembled? Same for the mattress. I have a 200x200cm bed, but it has 2 mattresses (100x200cm). Easier to move the smaller mattresses in older buildings.

In the end, moving large furniture is a thing a moving company can solve. Since you're already paying a moving company, check if the price includes delivering the stuff in the rooms and not only at street level. If so, it's their problem
Thank you! Luckily the bed frame comes apart into many small pieces. I like the idea of letting the moving company figure it out.
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Thank you, this is so helpful! We will have temporary housing for the first months, a housing agent to help find a new apartment and moving company to move all of our stuff in. It would be a lot easier to decide what to bring if we already knew the apartment we would be moving into, but we decided it would be nice to get a feel for the area before picking a neighborhood.
Would it make any sense to move into the temporary flat with minimal stuff, spend the first weeks house hunting like crazy, then finalize the shipment?

For our move, we split our household goods into three parts: Critical stuff to go in an air shipment to arrive with us, IIRC limit 500kg, stuff to be shipped by sea container to arrive some weeks (6?) later, and then stuff to go into storage.

Had we not known where we would be living we had the option of loading the sea container but storing it with the shipping company (near our US home) it until we gave the go-ahead to send it. That way we could have made last minute changes if needed. Didn't take the option as we knew where we were moving to, but it was nice to know that the possibility was there. Since it sounds like this is a sponsored move, talk to your relo coordinator. His or her job is to deal with these kinds of questions and find solutions.

Again, good luck with the move.
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