How To Compress A Memory Foam Mattress?

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Transporting a mattress is one of the most daunting tasks when it comes to moving. Most vehicles won’t fit a larger mattress inside, and even flatbed trucks come with the worry of the elements ruining your expensive mattress.

Even if you rent a trailer, a 4×8 trailer only fits a Queen size mattress diagonally through the middle of the trailer, making it almost impossible to put other large furniture inside. A 5×8 trailer will work, but then you have that much less visibility on the road.

If only you knew how to compress a memory foam mattress

If you own a new memory foam mattress that you just don’t want to part with, you may be in luck. Remember how your bed came in a box? Well, it is actually possible to compress that mattress back to its shippable form. 

Have we caught your attention? Want to know more? Keep reading so that you can collect the materials you need in order to roll up the mattress and move to your next adventure. 

How To Pack A Memory Foam Mattress

Moving a memory foam mattress can seem like a daunting task, but never fear. Simply collect the items below, and follow our easy step-by-step guide, and you’ll have your mattress moved in no time flat.

Items You Need

Plastic Mattress Bag

You can buy a plastic mattress bag at your local storage unit or UHAUL center relatively inexpensively. Even if you weren’t planning on re-rolling your mattress, you would want to buy a mattress bag for transportation to keep it clean from bugs and potential elements, so this is less of an investment and more of a necessity. 

If you have a choice, go for one that has a seal. That is going to make this method a lot easier for you. Furthermore, you want to make sure that you get the right size mattress bag for your bed. Too small won’t work, and too big is going to be difficult to maneuver in the steps below.

Ratchet Straps

You should be able to buy a couple of these very affordably at your local hardware store or a big-box store such as the Home Depot. These are going to help you secure your bed into the role, and keep it that way. 

Duct Tape

Make sure to get a low-to-medium grade Duct Tape that isn’t going to be too difficult to work with. We aren’t securing car parts, here. While Duct tape truly can fix everything, it is important not to get one that is so sticky it will rip the mattress bag right open. 

Vacuum Bag

What you need here is the valve of the bag. So, you can utilize a free, used mattress bag for this step, or you can buy a cheap one of any size. We are going to repurpose the valve from the bag onto our mattress bag. Make sure that the valve on this bag matches the hose on your vacuum cleaner.

How To Compress A Memory Foam Mattress

Take Off Any Mattress Protectors

While taking off the sheets goes without saying, you may have forgotten about that mattress encasement you purchased. Make sure to go ahead and take that off, and any other bed linens, before you begin. 

Put Your Mattress In The Mattress Bag

Putting your mattress in the mattress bag should be a fairly straightforward process. However, if you have a larger mattress, this may take two people to do effectively.

Be sure not to rip the mattress bag at this step, if you do, you will need to make sure the rip is air-tight by using duct tape or another method.

Seal Your Mattress In The Bag

Seal your mattress in the bag, including duct-taping over where the original seal is.

Attach The Valve

Cut a hole in the mattress bag that the valve can fit through, and tape all around to secure. Be sure that the valve is hitting the mattress itself. What you’ve essentially created, here, is a mattress vacuum bag. 

Vacuum The Air Out Of The Mattress Bag

Turn your vacuum on! You will see this process begin to work immediately. Have a friend sit on the edges of the mattress to further compress if you are vacuuming from the center of the mattress.

If you have created an air-tight seal and are doing this correctly, you should see the mattress reduce down to a much smaller width. 

Roll Your Mattress

Begin to roll your mattress from the thinnest size. It is best to keep the hose attached and on as long as possible during this process so that the mattress does not begin to re-inflate while you are rolling it. 

Secure Your Mattress

Using the ratchet straps to hold your mattress together will ensure it doesn’t rapidly inflate in your moving van if the plastic breaks. This is an important step to save yourself some future heartache, so don’t skip it.

Tips And Tricks

Get The Right Bag Size

A bigger bag is just going to give you too much plastic to work with easily. Think about it, the bag fits the mattress at its normal size, you don’t need an even bigger bag in order to compress it. 

The More Straps, The Better

While you need at least two Ratchet Straps in order to secure your mattress, using three or four won’t hurt it, and in fact, might help maintain the integrity of the mattress if the plastic does spring a leak and let in some air during transport. 

Don’t Fold It

You may be wondering if you can fold a memory foam mattress. The short answer is no.

The longer answer is that folding the mattress is going to cause too sharp of a bend in your mattress which will hurt the memory foam’s integrity and cause it to degrade in certain areas. Compressing and rolling is the way to go.

Foam Only, Please

As a final note, please do not try this method with any innerspring mattresses, including hybrids.

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