How To Fold A Mattress

Mattresses can be difficult to move, fold, or transport. No matter if you are moving into a new home or just trying to move your bed, you will be unable to do it alone without bending or folding.

If you bend your mattress, fold it, or double it, will it be damaged? Are there any other things you should keep in mind?

What Will Happen If You Bend Or Fold Your Mattress?

Unless you have no alternative, you should not do this as depending on the type of mattress you have, it can cause serious damage that cannot be repaired.

If you fold certain types of mattresses too much, they will suffer more damage.

By doubling or folding your mattress in half, you fold the coils, foam encasement, and border rods of your mattress, and it may not sit right on the foundation or box spring again.

When this happens, the steel parts inside your mattress, whether it’s a hybrid mattress or traditional innerspring one, will be creased, dented or folded, and it’s almost impossible to repair such damage.

However, there are some exceptions, and some mattresses that are built entirely of memory foam, latex foam or other kinds of flexible foam can be folded and moved without much difficulty.

Usually, these mattresses are vacuum-packed, rolled up and placed in a box without any damage, and if you have a memory foam or latex mattress, you can do this again on your own.

To move a mattress, you’ll need a plastic mattress bag, vacuum cleaner, duct tape, and ratchet straps.

Steps – Folding a Memory Foam or Latex Mattress

Remove the Bedding

When folding a memory foam or latex mattress, you should remove your bedding first. Remove all the sheets, covers, mattress protector, etc. from the bed and leave it bare.

Put The Mattress In The Bag

It’s better to place your mattress into a plastic mattress bag, compress it, and roll it up rather than just folding it and tying it with a rope when moving. You will protect it from anything that may happen during transport.

In order to compress the mattress, you will need to get a mattress bag of the proper size so the mattress can slide in smoothly. Obtain a heavy-duty, sealable plastic bag if possible.

After you seal your mattress in a bag, you can reinforce its seal with a few strips of duct tape.

Alternatively, you can use any plastic bag with a seal and then secure it with lots of duct tape if you cannot find a bag with a seal.

Vacuum The Air Out

When you have sealed the mattress inside the plastic bag, use a vacuum cleaner to remove the air. Once the valve is securely attached, connect your vacuum hose and start sucking out the air.

Your mattress will compress rapidly if you keep it flat on the ground while doing this. This will also reduce the risk of damaging the foam.

Roll It Up And Strap It

Rolling up the bed as soon as you compress it will prevent the mattress from unfolding. Use ratchet straps to secure the mattress. The straps are also referred to as tie-downs. They are inexpensive and easy to find in markets.

When moving the mattress, ratchet straps will make it easy, and you will have something to hold on to when lifting and carrying your bed. Additionally, they’ll hold everything in place if the tape and vacuum seal fail.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Frequently Asked Questions:

Are memory foam mattresses good for your back? 

According to the National Sleep Foundation, memory foam mattresses help to relieve back pain and thereby promote a more restful sleep for you and your back.

Are memory foam mattresses worth it?

If you often sleep on your side and your back, then memory foam mattresses are highly recommended. However, if you are a stomach sleeper then you will find foam mattresses insufficiently firm and this will lead to sinking and subsequent neck pain. 

How many years does a memory foam mattress last?

On average, a memory foam mattress will be able to support and comfort you for at least 10 years. However, a high quality foam mattress will provide you with a great night’s sleep for up to 15 years. 


The next time you move into a new home or you need to move your bed upstairs, and you need to fold it to make it easier to carry, you should know how to do this without damaging your mattress.

Some types of mattresses, such as traditional innerspring mattresses and hybrid mattresses, should not be bent or folded since this can cause some serious damage, while mattresses that are made of flexible foams can be folded and carried easily.

Follow these simple steps that we have outlined above if you want to fold a memory foam or latex mattress.

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