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Written by: cynthia winzor

Written on: February 04, 2019

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A large king- or queen-size mattress can be extremely difficult to move in and out of your home, as mattresses are floppy and heavy. This can make them very hard to manage when moving through narrow stairways, hallways and doorways.

Additionally, a mattress requires special care when moving to ensure the springs don’t become distorted or the mattress does not rip. Follow some specific steps to fold your mattress correctly.

Place the two ropes about 6 feet away from each other on the floor. Ask your assistant to help you lift the mattress and set it directly on the ropes. Check that the ends of the ropes are showing from each side of the mattress.

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Begin lifting one side of the mattress together with your assistant, and fold the mattress in half. Have your assistant sit on the end of the mattress to hold it in place. In the meantime, grab the ends of the rope and tie the ends in a reef knot (also known as the square knot) so that each rope binds the mattress at no more than 1 foot from each end (see References section).

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After moving your mattress, you will need to unfold it. Have your assistant help you place the mattress on its side on top of the box springs. Untie the reef knots (or cut the ropes with scissors) while your assistant sits on or holds the mattress in the folded position. Pull the ropes free, and slowly unfold the mattress so that it lies flat on the bed.

How to Compress (Deflate) & Roll Up a Memory Foam Bed at Home

One of the biggest pains of moving is transporting a mattress.

They are big, bulky, and require two people to move. They take up a ton of room in a moving van, and if you’ve only got a car, then you’re probably wracking your brain trying to figure out the best way to strap that sucker onto the roof.

But, wait a second.

If you have a memory foam bed, if you may remember that it came in a fairly compact box. Surely there must be a way to compress the bed back down to a size similar to the factory’s package.

The bad news is that those factories have giant machines that exert tons of force onto the mattress to fold it into the nice, little bundle that gets delivered to your doorstep. The good news is that there’s a relatively easy and inexpensive way tocompress a memory foam mattressDIY-style, so you can move to a new house without having to bribe your friends with bottomless pitchers of margaritas.

Is It OK To Fold, Bend, Or Double a Mattress Over?

Is It OK To Fold Bend Or Double a Mattress Over?

We receive a great deal of moving questions focused around bedroom furniture and mattresses. The things we hear about most is not only about the stress involved but how difficult and extremely expensive moving can be. You won’t want to add to the stresses of moving by making it even more costly by moving your mattress set incorrectly. So today we answer the questions: Is It OK To Fold Bend Or Double a Mattress Over? If I do, what kind of damage might it cause to my bed and is there anything else I should be concerned about?

Will Damage Occur if I Bend or Fold My Mattress in Half?

Perhaps you are just trying to move the bed upstairs or even downstairs within your house. Maybe your moving into a new house. It really doesn’t matter where your moving the fact is if you are moving a mattress and you get into a tight spot it may have to be bent. So what should you do? Our suggestion is don’t do it. Folding or bending of your mattress during the moving process can and usually does cause serious and irrepairable damage. The more you fold it the worse the damage may be. Doubling the mattress over is the most extreme bend and the fact is the mattress may never lay right on the boxspring again from such extreme bending. There are exceptions. Many mattresses that are built entirely of foam or latex rubber most of them are very flexible much like that famous green cartoon character Gumby. While difficult to carry they are highly mobile and can be moved just about anywhere.

Can Bending a Mattress Void My Warranty?

Manufacturers offer a warranty with every new bed and while many people often forget about it the majority of those warranties are 10 years and some cases even more so you don’t want to jeopardize that. Manufacturers while they will honor workmanship and material defects they will not cover such damage whether it is accidental or deliberate.

What Happens To A Mattress When It Is Folded?

Doubling a mattress over or folding it in half is one of the worst things you can do to a bed because it literally folds the coils, border rods, or foam encasement. Think of it like a piece of paper that has been folded in half, while the paper can be unfolded it is left with permanent unrepairable mark. The steel parts inside your mattress can be creased, dented, or even folded and there is no way to possibly repair such wreckage or in this case damage done to it. The reason is that coils and border rods are encased and unaccessible to fix because of the sewn outer cover. In the case of the mattress this damage will affect the sleeping surface and the overall support.

What Mattresses Can Be Folded Without Damaging?

As we talked about above mattresses with steel coils and steel border rods just aren’t easily bent sometimes making them impossible to get them where you want them. There are several beds that offer a “flexible” solution. Beds constructed entirely of polyurethane foam and memory foam have some of the greatest flexibility. To give you an idea of how bendy they are, some models are vacuum packed down, rolled up, and stored safely for as long as 3 months without any damaging effects. Another bed that offers this type of versatility is latex rubber. The same durable material we make tires, rubber bands, and rubber balls out of. Again it is pliable and flexible for optimum mobility and no mattress damage occurs when it is folded. Lastly are bed kits, which are known as one of the easiest mattresses to move because the finished mattress is an assembly of individual mattress components. Each of these individual pieces of the bed can be carried in by itself and then assembled. A smart solution to a really tight stairway or overhang.

Author: Douglas Belleville

Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds – a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won’t find the brand names here – click here to find out why!

Is It OK To Fold, Bend, Or Double a Mattress Over?

Is It OK To Fold Bend Or Double a Mattress Over?

We receive a great deal of moving questions focused around bedroom furniture and mattresses. The things we hear about most is not only about the stress involved but how difficult and extremely expensive moving can be. You won’t want to add to the stresses of moving by making it even more costly by moving your mattress set incorrectly. So today we answer the questions: Is It OK To Fold Bend Or Double a Mattress Over? If I do, what kind of damage might it cause to my bed and is there anything else I should be concerned about?

Will Damage Occur if I Bend or Fold My Mattress in Half?

Perhaps you are just trying to move the bed upstairs or even downstairs within your house. Maybe your moving into a new house. It really doesn’t matter where your moving the fact is if you are moving a mattress and you get into a tight spot it may have to be bent. So what should you do? Our suggestion is don’t do it. Folding or bending of your mattress during the moving process can and usually does cause serious and irrepairable damage. The more you fold it the worse the damage may be. Doubling the mattress over is the most extreme bend and the fact is the mattress may never lay right on the boxspring again from such extreme bending. There are exceptions. Many mattresses that are built entirely of foam or latex rubber most of them are very flexible much like that famous green cartoon character Gumby. While difficult to carry they are highly mobile and can be moved just about anywhere.

Can Bending a Mattress Void My Warranty?

Manufacturers offer a warranty with every new bed and while many people often forget about it the majority of those warranties are 10 years and some cases even more so you don’t want to jeopardize that. Manufacturers while they will honor workmanship and material defects they will not cover such damage whether it is accidental or deliberate.

What Happens To A Mattress When It Is Folded?

Doubling a mattress over or folding it in half is one of the worst things you can do to a bed because it literally folds the coils, border rods, or foam encasement. Think of it like a piece of paper that has been folded in half, while the paper can be unfolded it is left with permanent unrepairable mark. The steel parts inside your mattress can be creased, dented, or even folded and there is no way to possibly repair such wreckage or in this case damage done to it. The reason is that coils and border rods are encased and unaccessible to fix because of the sewn outer cover. In the case of the mattress this damage will affect the sleeping surface and the overall support.

What Mattresses Can Be Folded Without Damaging?

As we talked about above mattresses with steel coils and steel border rods just aren’t easily bent sometimes making them impossible to get them where you want them. There are several beds that offer a “flexible” solution. Beds constructed entirely of polyurethane foam and memory foam have some of the greatest flexibility. To give you an idea of how bendy they are, some models are vacuum packed down, rolled up, and stored safely for as long as 3 months without any damaging effects. Another bed that offers this type of versatility is latex rubber. The same durable material we make tires, rubber bands, and rubber balls out of. Again it is pliable and flexible for optimum mobility and no mattress damage occurs when it is folded. Lastly are bed kits, which are known as one of the easiest mattresses to move because the finished mattress is an assembly of individual mattress components. Each of these individual pieces of the bed can be carried in by itself and then assembled. A smart solution to a really tight stairway or overhang.

Author: Douglas Belleville

Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds – a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won’t find the brand names here – click here to find out why!

Can You Fold a King Mattress To Fit Up Stairs?

How do I fit a king size mattress through narrow spaces?

You have a big big mattress that has to fit through a tiny tiny space… so… King Mattresses Can You Fold Them To Fit Up Stairs?

How do I fit a king size mattress through narrow spaces anyway? If we’re talking about an existing king size mattress with coil springs these mattresses should not be folded or doubled over. While it may make the mattress easier to move, the chances of permanently doing damage to the support system (coil springs) is nearly certain if bent more than about 15 degrees as a rule of thumb. I have read many articles telling mattress owners to fold their bed in half with little or no regard for the consequences. Many mattresses have border rods made from hardened steel. These anchor the springs keeping them in position and make the seat edge of a mattress firmer. While they are tough they do not fold in half without ruining the outer structure of the mattress. Bending them back into shape only weakens the steel rods – or worse yet they can break.

Photo “Fold That Mattress” by drewgeraets

Next, coil springs that are connected with a helical wire which will either stretch the wire or completely break it. This connects coils keeping them in position so they do not have to “bend” and they allow coils to hinge kind of like a door, an important part of the contour or supporting process of the body.

What happens to the coil springs when you fold a mattress?

Coils while flexible are built and designed for straight up and down movement and as we just learned and can hinge by way of the helical wires. Other mattresses’ coils are independent and encased. Damage can be especially noticeable on springs that have not been tempered which is typical of this mattress design. Without tempering coil springs may not return to original shape or encasement’s could be torn or disconnected leaving gaps and unsupported areas in the mattress.

Of course we always recommend verifying with the retailer or manufacturer the mattress came from but for the most part any all foam or all rubber mattresses. Examples that are extremely flexible and mobile are:

Memory Foam Mattresses
Latex Rubber Mattress
Hybrids: Latex and Memory Foam layers mixed (This excludes coil spring models)

King mattresses that can taken apart and assembled in the bedroom

Various types of beds fit this bill. These are king size beds that come not assembled. Pieces come in smaller more manageable boxes or bags making them light weight, versatile, and extremely easy to move in tight spaces. Mattresses that fit this bill:

Air Beds: Sleep Number Beds /Select Comfort, Comfort Air etc.
Modular Bed Kits: Bed in a Box, Sterling, Savvyrest, Land and Sky etc.
Waterbeds: Softside Waterbeds and Hardside Waterbeds
Futon Mattresses
Coil Spring Mattresses (Caution Read Details Below)

Regular King Mattresses with coils can fit. How?

By king packing, King packing is putting 2 twin extra-long mattress sets on a king steel bed frame. Twin extra longs on twin bed frames can also be put together and connected with a swing hinge kit. 2 traditional twin sets will also work, however they will be 5 inches shorter than a king making it a little uncomfortable for taller people who may hang off the end of the bed.

Futon Mattresses that are Spring-less

If you can find a king futon mattress you probably can bend it. Spring-less futon models are made with layers cotton and foam and are designed to fold up into a sofa or use in the flat position as a mattress. While personally it is not my first choice to sleep on these are really versatile beds.

Assembled Mattresses like Memory Foam an Latex

Your indulging in comfort when you sleep on memory foam or latex rubber mattresses and not only that but you can bend them. Hybrid versions that mix the two materials are quite flexible as well as long as it doesn’t contain coil springs. Folding these mattresses in half for a quick trip up the stairs may not seem like fun, but it sure beats an old school coil spring model that won’t bend, flex, or fit where you need it to.

Air Mattresses, Waterbeds, and Modular Bed Kits make for the most mobile mattresses available.

You can only truly appreciate the versatility of a mattress that can be taken apart and reassembled without having to lug a big heavy awkward mattress around, and all the mattresses we just mentioned above make this possible. While they may not be mainstream choices people who own them not only appreciate their state of the art comfort and support, but also know the ease of carrying a mattress inside or upstairs a piece at time. This makes Air Mattresses, Hardside and Soft Side Waterbeds, and Modular Bed Kits the most mobile and easiest of beds to carry and move around once they are taken apart. Whether you are in an apartment or have a room that is up a few flights of stairs or you simply have a low overhang or very tight turn these are a great alternative for people who move a lot, don’t know where their going to be living or just want an easy to move king size mattress.

Author: Douglas Belleville

Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds – a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won’t find the brand names here – click here to find out why!

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How can I repair a new king mattress that had to be folded to get upstairs. Can I use a topper.

Faye, short of taking it back to the manufacturer to remove and replace the damaged components and then sew it back shut there is not a fix. Modular or assembly type mattresses are good alternative choices and can be assembled upstairs. Also flexible mattresses made of foam or rubber are easier to fit through these tight places. Depending on the sensitivity of the sleeper a topper may mask the damage but if it’s damaged the support and / or comfort layers are damaged and that is not good. Thanks for your question. Doug

My movers had difficulty with bringing my mattresses on another floor of my apartment.I noticed them bending the mattress.I asked that they do not bend but they proceeded anyway.Now,the bed does not feel firm as it was before the move and making creaking noises

I had a similar experience with Ember. I used a boston moving company for my last move and movers had difficulty with bringing my mattresses upstairs. And they had to band the mattress (( I did speak to Furniture store about the mattress, and they said my style of mattress is not meant to be folded in half. It can be folded from the corners at a 45° angle only. So the mattress cannot be fixed, but must be replaced?
If mattress can’t be folded how can movers move it?

Tony, My suggestion is to discuss this with the moving company in advance and be proactive to the situation. They are likely to ask you how it got in there in the first place and short of a magic wand it has already been bent during the initial delivery. They will likely have you sign off that you accept whatever happens and cannot hold them responsible. Hope this helps. Doug

Actually there have been mattresses that are foldable. I have one. There are “HINGE” labels where the mattress is meant to be folded. We used ratchet straps to bring it upstairs in a house built 1798. The mattress came from Resnick Mattress. They no longer make mattresses but ours is now 16 years old and needs to be replaced but I can not find one. The folding was also so that you could flip it without hitting the ceiling. We have been folding it for YEARS without if causing problems. Just wish that I could get another one.

I have a folding King size double pillow top mattress. It is flip mattress. I got it from Resnick’s Mattress. They had a factory in Schenectady, NY. They, unfortunately, went out of business in this area. The funny thing is that for, say 10 years, I had not idea that if folded in half. This thing is so heavy that it would pin my wife or my self to the wall trying to flip it and clear the ceiling fan. Each time there is a iron on label that says “HINGE” in the middle of the side of the mattress.
One day my wife and I are flipping it and trying to clear the fan when the thing gives way. You could hear springs stretching and it folded and cleared the fan. Honestly I was REALLY ticked off as this information would have been nice to know for the 10 years.
Anyway, we moved shortly after and had to move bed upstairs in a house built in 1798. Stairway a little narrow. We bent it in half and ratchet strapped it. We carried it upstairs (my dad, helping me, said it would have been even more impressive it this made it half the weight) and then set it up. Now when you left the thing go it POPS and you better be clear or you will get booted. NO damage what so ever.
Here’s the problem is that it is now 16 going on 17 years old. There is some wear as I am over 300lbs and it is old. Still night and we put a gel overlay on and it is still really comfortable.
Once again I am near 320lb and a gel foam mattress is NOT going to hold up. This innerspring mattress has held up.
Does anyone make these. Everywhere I go I get INSULTED telling me that they don’t make anything like this. I don’t feel insulted for their ignorance but is there someone else that makes these.
I tracked down Resnick’s in PA but they no longer make mattresses and only retail other’s products. They knew what I was talking about immediately and became scared thinking I was trying to cash in on a warranty that they could not make good on as they no longer made these mattresses anymore.
So the point? These things DO exist. They are NOT unicorns and I want another one. I don’t want memory foam as it will break down under my weight. I want another folding mattress. If no one is making them……. MAKE ONE. They work.

Walter, You are not crazy I assure you. Yes they did make them and I guess you could still find one from a local mattress builder. However, Hinged mattresses were not built with the idea that they could be folded in half like a taco or piece of toast. They were hinged so the could be used on hospital type bases called adjustable bases. What I believe you are describing is much more simple than it sounds. While they were called “hinged” they were NOT hinged like you might think. People might correlate a door hinge for example. This is not the kind of hinge action that I witnessed when mattresses were built. Instead back in the day nearly all mattresses had thick gauge border rods or wire circling the parameter of the mattresses. Both top side and bottom side. These border rods gave the mattress rigidity and stabilized the coil springs. This was usually done with a helical wire or some kind of a metal clip or hog ringed. The “hinging action” as it is called was created by cutting and even removing at portion of those border rods. To keep it from rubbing through the mattress material they replaced the cut / missing steel with a rubber boot. Think of it like a condom for each side of the border rod. They did this on the top side of the mattress and the bottom side of the mattress. It would be done on the left side of the mattress and the right side of the mattress. Power adjustable bases typically will only need to adjust to between 60-90 degrees from parallel to the flat bed surface. So as you can see folding a mattress in half was not their intent. Ratchet strapping it that way was not what that was designed to do. With that said, Springs WILL Stretch, pop, hang up on one another, and yes break. Today, most mattresses are not using border rods any more. Rather they are using foam encased perimeters. Again these are NOT designed to fold in half. Hope this clears this up. Thank you great question. Doug Belleville

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