Mattress Pads: How to Roll Them Up

2023-01-05 00:51:52 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

A mattress topper is an extra cushioning and support layer that can be placed on top of an existing mattress. As an alternative to purchasing a whole new mattress, a mattress topper can be a great investment if you already have one but feel like it could use a little something extra. The additional layer softens or firms the mattress as needed and adds structural integrity. If you want to change the way your bed feels, a mattress topper is the way to go, but it needs to be rolled up instead of folded when you move it or put it away. Need to know how to roll up a mattress topper?

For a new mattress topper, you have three excellent choices.

Mattress toppers should be rolled up without creasing by first removing all sheets and blankets from the topper, then placing it in a storage bag.  

You should never fold a mattress topper, as doing so can cause creases that will eventually damage the foam and render the topper useless. Never fold a mattress topper; this can cause permanent creases in the foam.  

The following are directions for rolling up a mattress pad:

Step 1 The Mattress Pad Must Be Cleared of All Items

Remove any pillows, cushions, sheets, or blankets that would otherwise be resting on the mattress topper. It's also a good idea to take off any additional bedding. The mattress pad can then be rolled up more conveniently. These bedding storage bags are great for tucking away sheets, blankets, and pillows when they aren't in use.  

Step 2 Don't forget to place the mattress pad in its storage bag!

Remove the mattress topper, give it a thorough cleaning, and then store it in its original packaging, a plastic bag, or a mattress vacuum storage bag to prevent dust and dirt from settling into it. The bag's dimensions should be compatible with those of the mattress pad inside. The Amazon mattress storage bags are great because they can accommodate even the thickest of mattress toppers.

Simply insert one end of the mattress pad into the bag and then draw the bag along the mattress pad's length until the pad is completely encased. You may need assistance with this process if the mattress topper is particularly large or heavy.
Don't let any air out of the bag by sealing it tightly with tape. Fold the plastic over and tape it shut if the mattress bag is bigger than the topper. You might not need the tape if you buy a plastic mattress topper bag that can be sealed again and again.

To use a vacuum storage bag, simply insert the vacuum's valve into the bag's hole to remove all of the air inside and make more room in your cupboards. The vacuum's nozzle can be placed on a bag and the air extracted quickly and easily with the help of the vacuum's lift-away pod, making it convenient for storage.  

Step 3 Put the mattress pad inside the storage bag and roll it up.

For larger mattress toppers, such as a queen- or king-sized one, you may want to enlist a friend's assistance in rolling it up. The largest available sizes for this vacuum storage bag are Queen and King.  

When stowing a mattress topper, it's best to first roll the topper itself inside a storage bag, then roll the bag until the topper is tightly rolled up. Mattress toppers should be rolled up tightly, secured with straps or ropes, and kept in a dry, cool place to prevent mildew growth. This article by ATS Journals, "Sensitization to Domestic Mites in a Cold Temperate Region," provides more detail on the impact of cold temperature on dust mite growth.   

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Vacuum-sealed bags for storing mattress pads

Since more and more people have begun compressing mattress toppers and mattresses in order to save space, the use of vacuum storage bags or compression bags has risen in popularity.  

Mattress toppers can be protected from dust and dirt by storing them in a vacuum storage bag, and the extra space created by removing the air from the bag is a nice perk. To make transporting mattress toppers less of a chore, many people use vacuum storage bags.  

Some mattress toppers need air to retain their shape, while others may develop deep folds from being compressed in a vacuum bag for an extended period of time (say, six months to a year). If you're looking for a good way to store your mattress topper, you should read our guide on how to use a mattress topper, where we go over the various topper options and the materials used to make them. In addition, you may find our article that describes the many different kinds of mattress toppers to be interesting.

Here are three instances of mattress toppers that can be stored in vacuum bags:

What About Rolling Up a Mattress Pad?  

The mattress topper's ability to be rolled up without being damaged will depend heavily on the material it's made from.

Not all mattress toppers are meant to be rolled up, and those that are too thick or heavy shouldn't be either. In contrast to an innerspring mattress topper, which can only be bent to an angle of 45 degrees, a memory foam mattress topper can be safely compressed and rolled up due to its soft structure.

A thicker topping makes it more challenging to roll. Care must be taken when rolling up a magnetic mattress topper to ensure that the structure is not compromised. Care for a magnetic mattress topper the right way by reading our guide. Knowing how much a mattress topper weighs before attempting to roll it up and transport it is also crucial. For further reading, please refer to the linked article.

Justifications for Rolling Up Your Mattress Pad

This convenient mattress pad can be rolled up and stored away in a jiffy thanks to its vacuum-sealed bag. This picture was taken from the website MemoryFoamTalk.

For convenient storage, a mattress topper can be rolled up. Please refrain from folding the topper, as doing so could cause damage to the fine materials used. Once the mattress pad has been rolled up, it should be stored in a plastic bag.  

Mattress toppers can be rolled up without creasing and transferred to a different bedroom with ease. The mattress pad will remain undamaged during transport and storage.  

As opposed to folding, which could cause creases that ruin the coils, bend the edges, and damage the foam encasement, rolling up a mattress topper protects the fabric and prevents damage to the filling. With its unique tri-fold design, this AmazonBasics mattress topper stands out from the crowd. You should always roll up a mattress topper unless it is one of the few exceptions listed above.

If you do a lot of traveling, you might also want to take your mattress topper along. Please refer to our article on how to soften a hotel bed as well as our ten suggestions for making a hotel bed firmer and more comfortable for further details.

Is There a Special Way to Roll Up a Latex Mattress Pad?

It's important to note that due to the wide variety of materials used in mattress toppers, each one has its own unique storage and rolling needs. It is easy to roll up and store a latex mattress topper. In this article, we'll discuss the pros and cons of both latex and memory foam mattress toppers, so you can make an informed decision based on your individual sleeping preferences and needs.  

Spread a large plastic sheet on the floor, place the latex mattress topper on top of the plastic, and carefully roll up the plastic and the topper while applying pressure.  

Keep the latex side of the hybrid mattress topper in contact with the plastic bag as you roll it up. To ensure a tight roll, apply pressure while rolling the topper. As the topper is rolled, the air is forced out due to the pressure.

Read "Novel Natural Rubber Latex Memory Foam" on ResearchGate to learn more about the composition and structure of latex. In addition, our supplementary article provides detailed instructions for stowing away a latex mattress topper.

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Taking the Compress Out of Your Rolled Up Memory Foam Mattress Pad

In order to get the most out of your memory foam mattress topper, you should roll it out and let it expand completely before getting into bed. Stock photo sourced from Amazon

Giving a mattress topper enough time to "fluff" itself back into shape after being compressed means letting it return to its original size and shape. The best possible sleep support and comfort can be attained with the use of a mattress topper if it has been properly decompressed before use. If you want to know how to speed up the expansion of a memory foam mattress topper, read our article on the subject.  

Unrolling a memory foam mattress topper from its packaging and allowing it to sit flat on the bed for the recommended 72 hours before using it will allow it to decompress and return to its full size.  

Step 1 Take out the mattress protector that was rolled up.

Bring the package to its final destination first. Then, carefully remove the memory foam mattress topper from its packaging and place it on the mattress.  

Step 2 Extra Pillows for the Bed

Before you even get into bed, you should unroll the mattress topper and set it on the mattress. After that, cautiously unroll the memory foam mattress pad. It's more challenging to move and reposition the topper after it's been unrolled.  

Step 3 Permit the Mattress Pad to Swell

Before using the mattress topper, wait at least 24 to 72 hours for it to fully expand. It may be uneasy to sleep on the topper until it has fully expanded. To learn more about how mattress toppers can be used to either soften or firm up a mattress to better suit the individual needs and preferences of the sleeper, check out our in-depth guide on the topic.

When putting a memory foam mattress topper on a bed, how long does it take for the topper to fully expand?

The thickness and density of the topper, the ambient temperature of the room where the topper is placed, and the length of time the topper is kept rolled up inside its storage bag all play a role in how quickly it expands. One that is thinner and easier to roll up is a 2-inch gel-infused mattress topper.

It usually takes between 24 and 72 hours for a memory foam mattress topper to fully expand.  

When placed in a warm room and thin, a memory foam mattress topper will expand at a faster rate. Avoid storing a topper for an extended period of time, as doing so can compromise its structural integrity and diminish its ability to expand.     

Short and Sweet

Rolling up a memory foam mattress topper and placing it in a storage bag made for such items is the safest and most convenient way to transport and store it. An appropriately rolled and compressed memory foam mattress topper will stay undamaged through storage and transport, and will be ready for use when needed. When unexpected guests show up and more comfortable beds are required, read our article on using a mattress topper on an air mattress. Our article on how to fix a mattress topper that's too warm may also be of use if you've noticed that your mattress topper seems to retain heat, or if you're too warm when you sleep.

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