So you’re moving to a new apartment or town, and you’ll be bringing your mattress along? If this is your case, one thing is for sure—carrying your bed in its full size will present you with many problems. It just won’t be an easy task.
What if I told you there’s a trick you can use to transform your memory foam mattress into a compact size for easy carry? Yes, you can compress your memory foam mattress into a more portable package without damaging it.
Find below the materials you need for the job, plus the key steps to follow to make this trick work for you.
What You’ll Need:
- Duct tape
- Ratchet straps
- Vacuum bag
- Vacuum bag
Steps To Compress Your Memory Foam Mattress:
Assuming you have already armed yourself with the above materials, here are the steps for folding your mattress into a compact package for easy transportation.
Step 1: Remove any beddings on the mattress.
Most people make the mistake of compressing their mattresses alongside other beddings such as sheets, pillows, comforters, toppers, etc. But experienced folks will tell you that this is not a wise move and will highly inconvenience your efforts for compressing the mattress.
If you have other beddings that you need to transport alongside your mattress, it’s advisable to put them in a separate package, say a vacuum-sealed bag or sealed storage container, for convenient storage.
There’s an exception, though! If you have a mattress protector, we encourage you not to remove it. Let this act as an extra layer of protection, shielding your mattress from possible damage.
Step 2: Slide the mattress into the mattress bag.
Now put the memory foam mattress to be compressed for transportation into the mattress bag. If you bought the right size of mouse bag, your bed should have no issues sliding into it with a perfect fit.
If you’re using a sealable mattress bag, you’ll need to ensure you completely seal it after you’ve put it in the mattress. On top of this, use a few strips of duct tape to reinforce these seals to ensure things don’t fail if the seal breaks.
What if the plastic bag you got doesn’t have a seal? In that case, you’ll need to use more duct tape to properly seal it so that your bag remains securely shut inside there.
Step 3: place the valve onto the mattress bag.
Remember the vacuum we told you to get as one of the materials for this job? Good. You won’t be needing the whole bag; you just need to take the valve that comes with it for this job.
Removing the valve from the bag shouldn’t be a problem.
Once you get your hands on the valve, place it on the plastic bag carrying your mattress and draw an outline. Cut a hole on the plastic bag around the outline. Take care not to make a hole bigger than your vacuum bag valve.
Put the valve through the hole until it hits the surface of your bed, and then use duct tape to completely seal the hole (make the bag as airtight as possible).
Step 4: vacuum all the air out of your mattress.
At this point, you ought to have your valve securely held in place. You’ll need to attach your vacuum hose to the valve and turn it on. That’s all. Sit back and watch as the vacuums suck out all the air from your memory foam mattress, reducing it into an incredibly compact size.
When conducting this step, we suggest you put your mattress lying flat on the floor and not standing on its die.
You might think that vacuuming all the air out of your memory foam bed will damage it. But the opposite is true; taking out the air reduces the risk of damaging your foam mattress while allowing for even more compression.
Step 5: Put the ratchet straps in place.
The last step is quite easy as it involves arranging your mattress in such a manner that you can easily take it with you.
As you might have realized, compressing the mattress doesn’t make your bed 100% easy to maneuver and carry. That’s why you’ll need to attach ratchet straps to your mattress to act as a handle that you can comfortably hold onto when carrying the bed.
The best way to attach the ratchets is by tightly wrapping them around your entire mattress width and then threading the buckle. As a bonus, the straps will further compress the reinforcement, keeping your bed secured if the mattress bag seal brakes.
BONUS TIP: If you have any duct left, consider taping around your rolled up matters to further reinforce the compression should the mattress bag seal break
BONUS TIP II: During transportation, keep the rolled-up mattress horizontally to reduce the risk of damage to the memory foam.
Moving with your mattress just got easier!
If you have a memory foam mattress you want to take with you to a new apartment or town, this guide will take you through the process of compressing it into a compact size for easy carry. All the materials you need to get this job done are readily available and will not cost you much. This process won’t cause damage to your foam mattress, so you can carry out the process with 100% peace of mind knowing that you’ll get your bed back to its original shape and size on reaching your destination.