How To Compress A Memory Foam Mattress

Many times, moving into a new home comes with a lot of excitement.

You are most likely looking into a better home, more space, or other factors that make you look forward into moving in.

However, the thought of relocating from one place to another becomes a burden when you think of a heavy mattress to transport such a yogabed or casper mattress.

It becomes an uphill task especially when the mean of transport does not have enough space to cater for the huge mattress and other household goods you need to carry.

You may be wracking your brain trying to plan on the logistics of how to move your bulky mattress. But, hold that thought, right there!

When you have a foam mattress, you should not be distressed, you can go for a puffy lux or purple mattress.

Do you remember how the factory delivered the mattress to you?

The mattress came in a compact box. Think about it, there must be a way to compress it back to that into a similar size as the factory packaging.

It is understandable to argue that compressing back the mattress to the size the factory delivered to you is unthinkable.

Especially because the factory has bulk machinery, that they use to compress the mattresses to the small, neat and admirable sizes.

The good news is that there are cheap ways to compress the memory foam mattress. The DIY ways to go about it will make it so easy for you to relocate without a fuss.

What you need to compress memory foam mattress

  • Plastic mattress bag

You will need a heavy-duty plastic bag and it should also be recyclable. If such a plastic bag is available, get one which has a seal. It will help make the process much easier.

Manufacturers have made it even better by providing such bags explicitly meant for the mattress, and they are surprisingly so affordable.

Watch out for the size of the plastic bag you pick. Ensure you pick the one that fits your mattress size.

If you pick what is larger than your mattress, you will have an extra layer to deal with, which is an added complexity. But if you have a memory foam pillow this extra space will come in handy.

  • Tie down straps

These are also known as ratchet straps. They come in handy to tie up the mattress after rolling it up.

Their pricing is extremely inexpensive, and they come in handy to help you hold up everything together.

They also provide a place for you to grab and hold on as you move the mattress.

  • Duct tape

The duct tape is essential, you will be surprised at the many reasons you will need it for. One of those reasons is to wrap up beds.

When getting a duct tape to wrap your memory foam mattress, get one that is sticky. However, avoid the stickiest, it will not serve you right.

Get a duct tape that is heavy duty, so that its appropriate to hold the mattress together. Avoid one that too heavy duty such to the extent that it gives you trouble unwrapping when you need to.

Such a duct tape will cause you to damage the plastic when unwrapping.

  • Vacuum bag

You don not need to go for a large industrial vacuum bag for this purpose. Simply get a smaller one and connect a valve to your plastic mattress bag.

How to fold up a memory mattress

Folding up the memory foam is so much fun!

Here are the steps to follow:

  • Remove the bedding

The first step is to ensure you have the bed completely bare. Remove the pillows, sheets, mattress protectors and covers, and anything else you need to remove from the bed.

  • Put the bag in the mattress

When you have the right size of the plastic bag for your mattress, this step should be easy. The mattress should slide in the same way a card slides easily into an envelope.

  • Seal it up

In this step, you will understand why it is essential to have a bag with a seal. The work is so much easier, and all you need is to ensure that your mattress is securely sealed in.

Even for the bags that come with a seal, ensure you reinforce the sides with the duct tape. Check for the valve attached to the vacuum bag on the regular plastic.

Next step is to cut a hole through the plastic so that you bring the valve to the surface. The next thing to do is to tape the hole so that it is as tightly sealed as possible.

This should be such that when you vacuum, it is sufficiently airtight to suck all the air out. For you to be sure that you are successful in the sealing up, check that the diameter of the valve aligns to the width of the hose.

  • Vacuum the air out

The next step is to vacuum the air out of your mattress. To do this, connect the hose of the valve and turn the vacuum on. Now watch the magic of the process as it happens!

The air will be slowly sucked out, and the mattress will gradually compress to a height that is a fraction of the original height.

  • Roll the mattress up

Once you are done flattening the mattress as much as possible, the next step is to roll it up. Before you begin, keep it horizontal and once you are ready, start rolling it up.

It is critical to ensure that no air gets into the mattress in the process of rolling the mattress. The way to do this is to keep the vacuum running.

That way, you will complete the process without allowing any air to get inside. As for packing your bed frame you can make your work easy by getting a roll away bed.

  • Strap it

The ratchet straps will find their purpose in this step. They will help you to strap the mattress so that you securely hold it together. It helps keep the mattress compressed and rolled.

If the plastic bag for some reason breaks the seal or rips apart, the straps will help keep it together.

Pointers to compressing and packing a mattress

Once you are done compressing and rolling up your memory foam mattress, keep it horizontal and do not stand it up.


If you do not have extra people to help you carry the rolled-up mattress, simply roll it on the ground to your destination.

Sealable bags come in better quality that the unsealed ones. Consider the ones with a seal. Use more rachets to hold your rolled-up mattress.