Methods for Folding a Futon Cover

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Simply put, a mattress topper is an extra layer of padding that can be placed on top of an existing mattress to increase its comfort and durability. A mattress topper is a cost-effective alternative to purchasing a new mattress if you feel like your current one could use a little extra cushioning. The additional layer softens or firms the mattress as needed and adds structural integrity. Because of the important role they play in changing the feel of a bed, mattress toppers should be rolled instead of folded for transport and storage. In need of a mattress topper rolling guide?

If you're in the market for a new mattress topper, you have three fantastic 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.  

Never fold a mattress topper because doing so can damage the foam and render it useless due to creases. Instead, always roll a mattress topper before storing it to avoid creasing and damage to the foam.  

Detailed below are the procedures for rolling a mattress pad:

Step 1 Put away all but the mattress cover.

Get rid of any pillows, cushions, sheets, or blankets that are currently resting on top of the mattress topper. Also, take off any protective mattress coverings you may have. The mattress pad can then be rolled up more conveniently. These are great for storing linens when they aren't in use.  

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

After vacuuming the mattress topper, you can return it to its original packaging, a plastic bag, or a mattress vacuum storage bag to keep it clean and free of dust and dirt. The bag needs to be proportional to the size of the mattress topper. These Amazon mattress bags are great because they can fit even the bulkiest of mattress toppers.

Simply insert one end of the mattress pad into the bag and then pull the bag along the mattress pad's length until the pad is completely encased. Get some assistance with this step if you have a large and heavy mattress topper.
Tape the bag shut to prevent air leakage. If your mattress topper is thicker than your mattress bag, simply fold the excess plastic and tape it shut. It may not be necessary to use tape if you purchase a mattress topper bag that is designed to be sealed without it being opened.

To use a vacuum storage bag, simply insert the vacuum's valve into the bag's hole to remove air and reduce the bag's volume. The vacuum's nozzle can be conveniently placed on a vacuum bag, and the air can be quickly sucked out so that the appliance can be stored easily.  

Step 3 Mattress toppers can be rolled up and stored in a simple storage bag.

The larger the mattress topper, the more assistance you'll need to roll it up, so if you have a queen or king size, you might want to enlist a friend's help. The largest available sizes for this mattress bag are Queen and King.  

Simply roll the mattress topper up inside its storage bag, pressing down on one end to make it as compact as possible, and you're good to go. Finally, store the rolled-up mattress topper in a dry, cool place, away from direct sunlight, to prevent mildew growth. Read "Sensitization to Domestic Mites in a Cold Temperate Region" from ATS Journals to learn more about the impact of cold temperature on dust mite development.   

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Mattress Pad Vacuum Storage Bags

There has been a rise in the use of vacuum storage bags or compression bags for storing mattresses and mattress toppers over the past few years.  

Vacuum storage bags are ideal for storing mattress toppers because they protect the topper from dust and dirt and can be compressed to take up less room. By reducing their overall size, mattress toppers stored in vacuum bags are much more convenient to transport.  

However, it is not recommended to store mattress toppers in vacuum bags for long periods of time (say, six months to a year), as some materials require air to keep their shape and other materials may develop severe creases due to excessive compression. 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. If you're interested, you can also read our article that provides a comprehensive breakdown of the various mattress topper options available.

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

Can You Roll Up a Regular Pillow Top?  

Whether or not a mattress topper can be rolled up without getting damaged depends heavily on the material used to make it.

Some mattress toppers, especially those that are too thick or heavy or are not intended to be rolled, should not be compressed. 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.

As the thickness of the topping increases, rolling it becomes more labor intensive. Care must be taken when rolling up a magnetic mattress pad to prevent damage to its integrity. Learn from our in-depth guide on how to maintain your magnetic mattress pad. Knowing how much a mattress topper weighs before you try to roll it up and transport it is also crucial. Read that article if you want to learn more about this.

The Case 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. MemoryFoamTalk image

The best way to store a mattress topper is rolled up. The topper is made out of some fragile materials, so please refrain from folding it. When you're finished rolling up the mattress pad, put it in a plastic bag.  

A mattress topper can be rolled up without creasing and transferred to a different bed with ease. It protects the mattress pad while in storage or transit.  

When rolled up, a mattress topper's fabric and filling are safeguarded from harm, while folds can damage the topper's coils, edges, and foam encasing. The Amazon Tri-Fold Mattress Topper is an unusual product because it can be folded into three separate pieces. Except for these limited exceptions, it is always advised that a mattress topper be rolled up before storage.

If you do a lot of traveling, you might also want to take your mattress topper along. If you're looking for more information, check out our article on how to soften a hotel bed, as well as our 10 suggestions for making a hotel bed firmer and more comfortable.

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

Due to the wide variety of materials used, storing or rolling a mattress topper will vary slightly from one topper to the next. 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 personal sleeping preferences and needs.  

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

Always keep the latex side of a hybrid mattress topper in contact with the plastic bag as you roll it up. Apply force as you roll to ensure a tight cylinder. While rolling, the topper is subject to pressure that causes air to escape.

Read "Novel Natural Rubber Latex Memory Foam" for more information on the composition and properties of latex, which was published on ResearchGate. More details on preserving your latex mattress topper are included in our connected piece.

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Tips for Unrolling a Memory Foam Mattress Pad

Before using, unroll the memory foam mattress pad and allow it to expand to its full size. This picture was purchased from

A mattress topper needs time to "fluff" itself back into shape, a process known as "decompression." It is important to decompress a mattress topper before using it to get the most out of its comfort and support features while you sleep. If you'd like to know how to speed up the expansion of a memory foam mattress topper, read our article on the subject.  

When using a memory foam mattress topper, it is important to allow it to fully expand for the recommended 72 hours after unpacking and rolling it out on the bed.  

Step 1 Set out the rolled-up mattress pad.

Deliver the package to its final destination first. The next step is to carefully remove the memory foam mattress topper from its storage bag and place it on the mattress.  

Step 2 Spread the Pillow Top on the Bed.

Set the bed up by unrolling the mattress protector. Next, gently unroll the memory foam mattress pad. It's going to take more effort to move and reposition the topper after you've unrolled it.  

Step 3 Give the Mattress Pad Some Room to Breathe

It's best to wait at least 24 to 72 hours after unpacking the mattress topper before trying to get some shut-eye. Because the topper expands while you sleep, you may experience some discomfort if you try to sleep on it before it has fully inflated. Check out our article on mattress toppers for some helpful advice on how to find the right one for your needs and preferences in terms of comfort and support.

How Long Does It Take for Memory Foam to Expand in a Mattress Topper?

The thickness and density of the topper, the ambient temperature of the room where the topper will be placed, and the length of time the topper remains rolled up inside its storage bag all play a role in how quickly it will expand. When compared to thicker mattress toppers, a 2-inch gel-infused mattress topper would be more manageable to roll.

For maximum comfort, allow a memory foam mattress topper at least 24 hours to fully expand before using.  

When thin and placed in a warm room, a memory foam mattress topper will expand at a quicker rate. Keep in mind that a topper's internal structure can be damaged and its expansion process slowed if it is stored for too long.     

To Sum Up

In order to transport and store a memory foam mattress topper without damaging it, it should be tightly rolled up and placed in a storage bag made for such items. A memory foam mattress topper can be kept in pristine condition for as long as possible if it is rolled and compressed properly before being stored or transported. When unexpected guests arrive 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 is too warm may also be of use if you have noticed that your mattress topper seems to retain heat, or if you are too warm when you sleep.

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