How to Fold and Roll Up Your Mattress for Easy Transport

If you’re wondering whether you can fold a mattress in half to transport or store it, you’ve come to the right place. The answer to this question depends on the type of mattress you have. In this article, we will discuss which mattresses can be folded, the proper way to fold a mattress for easy transport, and how to keep it clean while moving.

Can You Fold a Mattress?

Yes, you can fold a mattress, but it is important to consider the type of mattress you have. Thinner mattresses with one or two layers are typically foldable. However, we do not recommend folding heavier and thicker mattresses as their construction may not hold its integrity. If you have a thick and sturdy innerspring mattress, attempting to fold it could be difficult and might damage the internal springs. It is always best to check the manufacturer’s recommendations before attempting to fold your mattress.

Can You Fold a Purple Mattress?

Yes, you can fold a Purple mattress, but we only recommend doing so for short periods of time, such as when moving.

How to Fold a Mattress

Now that you know which mattresses can and cannot be folded, let’s dive into the best way to fold a mattress. Follow these steps to fold your mattress properly:

1. Put the Mattress in a Bag

Using a durable and waterproof plastic mattress bag is essential. Make sure to choose a bag that fits your specific mattress size, such as queen or king. Slide the bag over your mattress, ensuring it is completely covered and sealed.

2. Fold the Mattress Widthwise

Fold your mattress in half widthwise, with the side you sleep on facing the inside to protect it. It can be helpful to have a friend assist you in folding and holding the mattress in place while you secure it.

3. Use Ratchet Straps

Ratchet straps are thick straps with a ratcheting mechanism that ensure secure fastening without putting stress on the material. Wrap the ratchet straps around your folded mattress and tighten them. This is the easiest and safest way to secure your mattress for transport. If you plan on storing your mattress, it is crucial to keep it airtight to prevent humidity from seeping in and causing mold.

How Mattress Thickness Affects Folding

The thickness of your mattress greatly affects its foldability. Thicker mattresses are less flexible and harder to fold. Attempting to fold a thick mattress with multiple layers may result in irreversible damage.

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Purple mattresses are flexible and adaptable due to their proprietary GelFlex® Grid. They will bounce back to shape after folding and transporting, without compromising their integrity, support, or comfort. Purple offers a 100-night trial for new mattresses, allowing you to experience pressure-relieving and life-changing sleep. If you have any questions about folding your Purple mattress, our experts are available anytime to provide answers.

Additional Considerations

Are There Certain Types of Mattresses You Can or Can’t Fold?

Yes, certain types of mattresses can be folded, while others cannot. This varies by mattress manufacturer. Innerspring mattresses with coils or extra components have a higher risk of being damaged when folded. Here’s a breakdown of different mattress types and their respective foldability:

  • Innerspring: Check the manufacturer’s information as folding may lead to damage.
  • Foam: Memory foam mattresses can be folded, but only for short periods, such as up to two to three weeks.
  • Hybrid: Hybrid mattresses with foam and innerspring layers should be handled with caution, as the innerspring layer can be damaged when folded.
  • Latex: Latex mattresses can be folded, but like memory foam, they should not be folded for extended periods of time.

How to Roll a Mattress

Rolling a mattress creates a smaller bundle, making it easier to carry and transport. To roll a mattress, follow the same steps described above for folding. Once rolled, use ratchet straps or rope to secure it and plastic to keep it contained and clean during the move.

If you are also transporting a mattress, check out our guides on moving a mattress and shipping a mattress for best practices.

Folding a Mattress FAQs

How do you compress and fold a mattress?

You can compress and fold a mattress using a vacuum bag. Follow these steps:

  1. Place the mattress inside the bag and close it.
  2. Connect the vacuum hose to the valve and remove as much air as possible.
  3. Fold the mattress in half and secure it with ratchet straps or rope.

Is it okay to fold a memory foam mattress?

Yes, memory foam mattresses under six inches are generally foldable. If your mattress is over six inches, folding it could damage its responsiveness. Always check the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Will folding a mattress damage it?

Folding a mattress can damage it if it has internal springs, a metal frame, or if it is too thick to be folded. Leaving a mattress folded for an extended period may also result in irreversible damage. Always consult the manufacturer’s guidelines before folding, rolling, or transporting your mattress.

Remember, proper handling and care during the folding and transport process will ensure your mattress stays in top shape for years to come.