How to Fold a Mattress the Proper Way

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When you’re moving to a new home, apartment, or dorm, nothing can be more frustrating than having to disassemble and reassemble your bed. It’s not enough that you’re moving from one location to another, but you also have to deal with removing your mattress and transferring it to your new bedroom.

Folding your mattress correctly and putting it away should be easy, but most people don’t bother to figure out how to do it properly because they assume it’s more complicated.

Here’s a simple guide on how to fold your mattress so you can put it away without dealing with unwanted creases and wrinkles in the fabric. Follow these steps and make sure you know how to fold a mattress before embarking on this task.

Can You Fold a Mattress? The Problem With a Spring Mattress

One factor to consider when folding an innerspring mattress is whether it has spring coils. If it does, don’t fold it at all. Instead, find a place where you can gently roll or carry it (an oversized duffel bag works great).

The more these mattresses flex while on their sides or sitting upright, the more wear and tear they’ll experience. Pushing them around with heavy objects like boxes or furniture using your hands is dangerous because it increases pressure points and causes unnecessary damage.

The best way to move spring mattresses with an innerspring coil system is to lay down a large tarp or move blankets on your floor or bed frame. You’ll want something flat enough to easily slide your mattress into place and onto it without forcing anything. If you’re doing it on a wooden frame, use something soft—like an old blanket—to protect any finish from being scuffed by sharp corners.

Folding a Memory Foam Mattress

It is possible to fold a memory foam mattress, though you’ll have to take several precautions to make sure it folds appropriately and to ensure that it doesn’t lose its shape.

Some people say that you should fold memory foam mattresses once every few months, but most recommend doing so only when moving them or storing them for long periods. This folding has never been formally tested, so you should contact your manufacturer if you want an exact method.

Step 1: Use a Bed Sheet on the Floor

Lay down a mattress cover or bed sheet that you don’t mind getting dirty. Make sure it’s on a flat surface, like your garage floor or driveway, and that it’s large enough to fit your memory foam mattress flat once it’s flattened out.

Step 2: Remove the Cover

Remove all of your mattress’ sheets and covers (if they come off easily). The easiest way to do so is by laying down on them from a standing position so that all of your weight—no matter how much you weigh—is placed directly onto them in one fell swoop.

Step 3: Start Rolling It

Next, grab both edges of your queen size mattress. One at a time, begin to roll them up as tightly as possible without exerting too much effort. Your goal is to end up with one long tube when you’re done. Work slowly and with deliberate care—you don’t want to start by destroying something that costs you hundreds or thousands of pounds to save just a few bucks on moving costs.

Step 4: Tuck Everything In

Now that you have one long tube, take your mattress pad and roll it up as tightly alongside your mattresses. You’ll want to make sure you’re holding everything in place with one hand. Since bed sheets are usually smaller than mattresses, they should be easy to tuck inside as long as you’ve rolled them out beforehand.

Step 5: Tie Everything Together and Use a Mattress Bag

Finally, tie everything together with twine or a string if you feel like things need extra reinforcement. Don’t worry about packing anything else around your mattress; secure it properly in a plastic mattress bag. Then repeat these steps for your other memory foam mattress (if you have one).

Folding a Latex Mattress

Latex mattresses can be a real pain to store, mainly if you live in a small home or apartment. While storage may be your primary concern with latex, it’s important to remember that latex is made from synthetic rubber.

That means latex has some properties similar to rubber, making it tough to fold. But if you follow the set instructions, you should have no trouble folding a latex mattress.

It’s important to remember that while these instructions will work for any size latex mattress, they may not be optimal for every single situation.

First things first: remove the mattress topper and all sheets and covers from your mattress. Also, make sure you have enough room to fold your latex mattress; you must have enough space to unfold it later on easily. Now, you’re ready to begin folding! Here are a few tips to help you get started:

Step 1: Start Folding

Fold one side of your latex mattress half lengthwise until it reaches its original shape. After folding one side, flip your mattress over and fold it again.

Step 2: Roll Them

You should now have four long pieces of latex lying flat on top of each other. If you can, roll them up together like a sleeping bag to reduce storage space further.

Step 3: Use a Mattress Bag to Store It

Place your rolled-up mattress into a box or plastic mattress bag for extra protection while being stored away. Ensure you keep track of which direction is up when storing your rolled-up latex mattress and where exactly you stored it (the location will be helpful if/when needed).

That’s pretty much all there is to it!

How to Roll a Mattress

When it comes to memory foam mattresses, most people will shove them into a box spring and call it a day. But what if you want to make sure your mattress will fit into its new home? What if you want to save space in your attic or garage?

In both cases, folding a king size mattress is a great way to ensure that it’s ready for transport. Read on for instructions on folding a foam mattress like an expert. Foam can be tricky to work with at times, so try to handle it as little as possible.

Be gentle when moving around any part of your mattress; tossing or throwing can lead to tears and cracks.

Step 1: Lay Your Mattress Flat

Begin by placing your mattress in a flat position and removing the mattress topper. Once you’ve got everything where you want it, you can start to fold the mattress. Grab two corner handles (one per hand) and start pulling up towards yourself. Keep working until all four corners are folded up towards yourself using your body weight.

Step 2: Fold It Into Thirds

The next step is to fold up your mattress into thirds. Grab a corner and fold it towards yourself, then pull another side over that corner until you have a long, narrow rectangle. This can take some time and will work only with thin mattresses; keep folding until you’re satisfied with how it looks.

Step 3: Roll It Up

Once you’re happy with your shape, it’s time to start rolling up your mattress. If you’re storing it in a box spring, start at one end of that and continue until you have rolled everything up into a long tube.

Does the Thickness of a Mattress Affect Its Ability to Fold?

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Mattress thickness plays a significant role in whether or not you can fold a mattress. Generally speaking, the thinner a mattress is, the easier it will be to fold in half and store away in its box.

Still, there are ways you can overcome some of these challenges if your mattress is particularly thick. Use your hands and knees to compress as much of it as possible before attempting to fold it up. This will simplify managing excess length while taking up less space during storage and transport.

The thickness will also affect how much space you need when attempting to fold it. If your mattress is particularly thick, you’ll likely need to arrange it on a flat surface rather than fold it up while standing to ensure that it doesn’t fall apart while working with it.

There are instances where some mattresses can’t be folded up into halves at all, no matter how much space you have or how experienced a furniture packer you may be.

These mattresses have durability issues or cannot maintain their structural integrity when folded in half. Be sure that you can fold your mattresses in half before attempting to do so; if not, moving with it might prove challenging.

How to Move a Mattress

Secure a Folded Mattress With Tie-Down Straps

You can use ropes or ratchet straps to wrap a mattress. This will probably not work if you have a large mattress that weighs much more than 100 pounds, but it will be able to hold smaller mattresses in place just fine.

Ratchet tie-downs are typically nylon and can fit around a larger mattress. If you don’t have any ratchet straps, you can use sheets, duct tape or bungee cords instead; these options may work better for a heavy mattress because they are less likely to fall off during transportation.

People often say that packing or duct tape as straps is ideal because they won’t scratch your mattress fabric like traditional rope or cord might. Plus, attaching sheets or a blanket also padding while wrapping your mattress.

Use Vacuum Bags to Shrink the Mattress

Fill the vacuum bag with air and place it around your mattress. Using a vacuum hose, suck excess air out of your mattress, deflating it and the vacuum bag and making the mattress inside smaller to store away. This helps prevent creases from developing in your mattress, keeping it in better condition for longer.

The bags are reusable, so there’s no reason not to try them. You might be surprised at how easier rolling up and storing your vacuum-packed mattress is.

Use Moving Straps to Lift the Mattress

The ideal way to move a mattress is to get 2 or 3 (or more) people and use some heavy-duty straps to make moving heavier items much easier. Make sure you have everyone evenly spread out, keeping tension on all straps.

You should lift with your legs, not your back! Do NOT attempt to lift a mattress without proper help. The risk of injury is too significant. Again, getting a few friends over will speed up setup and takedown considerably; if you don’t have friends willing to lend a hand, then rent some professional movers instead.

Moving a Mattress Using a Dolly or Hand Truck

Moving a mattress is easier with a dolly or cart. Look for one made specifically for mattresses with four heavy wheels and secure locking features. Avoid cheap versions, as they often have flimsy wheels that can crush your mattress over time.

If you don’t have access to a dolly or cart, ask someone else to help you move it—be sure that person knows how to lift and carry it properly!

Folding a Mattress Has Never Been This Easy!

And that is it on how to fold a mattress. Mattresses are expensive and bulky items, and it can be difficult to transport them back and forth from a store. But folding a mattress takes only minutes once you are the know-how. Moving your mattress will be much easier even if you live in an apartment without an elevator.

Take care when folding it so that no rips or tears happen to your mattress during transportation! If there are sharp corners on your bed, use cardboard or bubble wrap protectors to shield them.

And be sure not to fold up any boxes within the foam mattresses themselves; these can leave permanent impressions that could eventually ruin them later on.

Now that you have learned how to move a mattress, you’ll have it folded up and placed in its new bed frame in no time at all!

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