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  • Denis
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    Slip it between the mattresses and box springs when you move, whether laying down or standing up, it should be good just as long as it's flat.

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  • Meli
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    I have an extremely large mat - 3'x6'. When we moved a few months ago, I rolled it up and used packing tape to hold it in place. When we unpacked, I laid it out on my sewing table and put books on it for about 24 hours. It's just fine.

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  • Fabricadabra
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    We do a trip ever summer from Florida to the Midwest and I take my machine as well as all my sewing supplies including my large mat. It's a two day trip and we do it in an SUV packed full!! The back of our SUV has a rubber mat we purchased at Home Depot
    And I put the cutting mat under that and then everything else goes on top and I mean everything!! Never had a problem with it warping or anything.

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  • bhaggerty
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    Re: How to move a large cutting mat . . .

    Originally posted by Iris Girl View Post
    When you buy them in the store the big ones come in a heavy cardboard sleeve. I would make it the meat in a heavy cardboard sandwich and put it on the bottom of your cargo spot then put a quilt on top and some boxes. that should keep it safe.
    Agree with Iris Girl!

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  • coffeebreak
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    Depending on how you pack, I'd say lay it down first so it is flat and put a blanket on top and then boxes. Or...put boxes in first and slide the matte on top of them if they are all reasonably even at the top. Or.. how about rolling it up and securing with masking tape? I see them rolled in the store sometimes when they have a sale and they have"extras" rolled to the side of the normal display. Not a tight roll, but maybe with 5 inches of gap space kind of roll. Look on line and see if you can't find the manufacture and a phone number and ask them.

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  • kensington
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    Originally posted by K. McEuen View Post
    You know, I'd ask the movers to sandwich it between two pieces of cardboard and then slide it down inside the box they pack your mattress in. To me that would be the best way to keep it flat.
    This. I am a Navy wife of 27 years and can't tell you how many times I have moved. You should be able to tell them you need a "Special pack" and they will make a box to fit it and pack it just the way you want. You can stand there and watch and tell them what you want. They will do it for glass or anything you have. Tell them to use a Mattress box for it and stuff it. That will work. They should come out a day or two before they pack you out to see your place and know what they need and how many boxes etc. They should ask you then if you have any special pack items. Don't sweat it... let them do it. Take pictures of it and anything of value, because if something does happen, you will need them for replacement, but they will replace it. If you damage it, you replace it. DON'T let them move your jewelry!

    We always did Navy moves and we had a few rules to always follow, like when they come to pack you, have all that you are moving in your car. Once they start packing... everything goes so fast... they will pack your dirty clothes before you can say... "Don't do that". Make sure you put all important documents in a file in your car. You may need them right away after you arrive and it could take days to find them. Hope this helps!

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  • madampolo
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    If it fits in your car floor, I'd do that and place boxes on top of it. Cardboard under the boxes might be a good idea. As long as the floor is flat and doesn't have holes, it should be just fine. I don't have a large mat like that.

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  • New York Sue
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    Honestly, chica, just lay it flat in your cargo area, as others have suggested. I wouldn't stress too much about what's on top of it.
    Laying it on top of cargo, exposed to heat and sunlight is another story....

    On a side night, in frigid temperatures, the same rule applies, in my experiences.
    I've transported mine FLAT, in the bottom of my trunk, and haven't experienced a problem.

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  • gloria
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    I move mine every summer when we go to our cottage. Put it flat on the floor of the SUV place a blanket over it and the pack the boxes etc. Never had any trouble. I wouldn't stand it up in case the sun hits it or it's just very warm in the van; this could cause it to warp.

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  • Suzette
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    Thank you all so much for all your great thoughts and ideas! Yesterday I didn't know how I was going to accomplish moving that large mat safely (it's approximately 26" X 38" edge to edge), today I have several great options.

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  • snippet
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    can you attach it to a picture or mirror? I have a few large paintings and a big mirror that I'd use to keep the thing flat and not take up much space. Plus the paintings and mirrors need extra protection that your mat will enjoy

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  • Vonnie
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    If I remember correctly, we rolled mine up and tied a string around it then I laid it flat on my cutting table with books on the ends to hold flat. Mine is 30" X 60" or is it 72" I would have to walk all the way upstairs to look - I'm lazy tonight. Mine was too big to lie flat for the trip even though it was just a two hour drive.

    Edited to add that it was a very loose roll.

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  • Hulamoon
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    When I was selling on ebay I needed a lot of packing peanuts. I went to the back of a furniture place and there is a ton of stuff they throw out. I went in and asked if I could take it. Plenty of card board in big sizes too.

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  • K. McEuen
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    Re: How to move a large cutting mat . . .

    You know, I'd ask the movers to sandwich it between two pieces of cardboard and then slide it down inside the box they pack your mattress in. To me that would be the best way to keep it flat.

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  • Auntpiggylpn
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    We just moved and our drive was 3 hours. I sandwiched mine between heavy cardboard and then put boxes on top of it. However, I did not put boxes of books of anything extremely heavy on top of it. I have an HHR so my car was used for the more fragile items. Everything arrived intact, including my mats!

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