How To Compress A Foam Mattress? In 8 Easy Steps!

Are you wondering how to compress a foam mattress? If you are considering moving to a new place, you need to pack up your things efficiently.

You are lucky! Because this article is perfect for you on learning how to compress your foam mattress.

how to compress a foam mattress

It would help if you had a large storage bag, vacuum bag, vacuum cleaner, duct tape, scissors, and ratchet straps.

Here is a short rundown:

  • Gathering your supplies,
  • Removing all beddings,
  • Attaching the vacuum to the mattress,
  • Sliding your mattress to a storage bag,
  • Creating an airtight seal,
  • Removing air,
  • Rolling up your mattress, and
  • Securing it with ratchet straps

I know you are excited to learn the steps, so without further ado, scroll down and enjoy reading!


Steps To Compress A Foam Mattress

In compressing your mattress, it is protected from stains, dirt, and damage during moving.

It is good to know that doing this eases up your job in carrying the bed, so learn these steps on how to compress a foam mattress.


Step #1. Gathering your supplies

With this method, you will have no access to an industrial machine that can compress your bed; luckily, you will do it yourself.

It would be best if you prepared these tools:

  • Your mattress,
  • A large plastic mattress storage bag,
  • Vacuum bag,
  • A vacuum cleaner with a removable hose,
  • Duct tape,
  • Scissors, and
  • Ratchet straps


Step #2. Removing all beddings

Before doing the compression, you should tidy up your bed by removing all beddings and cleaning it.

This one includes your comforter, blankets, pillows, sheets, etc.

Also, it is recommended that you dedicate a place for doing the steps by carrying your mattress to flat ground.


Step #3. Attaching the vacuum to the mattress

This step is essential as attaching the vacuum valve to the mattress extracts air and compresses it.

First, you should cut out the vacuum valve from the vacuum bag.

Leave enough plastic to secure the valve to the mattress bag.

Second, cut a small hole in the mattress storage bag.

Then, insert the valve into the hole that you just made in the storage bag.

Lastly, secure the valve with duct tape. Make sure the seal is airtight.


Step #4. Sliding your mattress to a storage bag

If all beddings are removed and your storage bag is already prepared, it is the perfect moment to slide the mattress into the bag.

I recommend you to ask for help from someone, although a single person can do so.

And this is how to use a mattress bag:

The first step is that you should keep your mattress flat and start from one side.

Then, raise the end of the mattress a few inches from the bed frame. Place the storage bag opening on the edge of the mattress.

Next, slide the mattress off from the bed base and into the plastic bag.

Finally, when the mattress is inside the bag entirely, you should settle it down.


Step #5. Creating an airtight seal

In this step, you should already seal or zip up the bag according to its instructions.

You also need to make sure to use duct tape on all seams, zippers, and edges, ensuring the mattress bag is airtight.


Step #6. Removing Air

This step is the highlight of all the steps in compressing your mattress.

First, place the vacuum hose over the valve and seal them together. Use duct tape in this step.

Second, turn on your vacuum so that it can pull air out of the mattress.

Lastly, you can observe that your mattress will shrink while the vacuum is still on.

It is best to walk over the top of the mattress to ensure that you will pull more air out as possible.


Step #7. Rolling up your mattress

After all the air of your mattress has been removed, you should roll it as much as possible.

It is recommended that you keep the vacuum attached during this step as rolling it can squeeze some air.

Start at one end and roll lengthwise up the mattress.

Roll it slowly to ensure a greater quantity of air is removed.


Step #8. Securing it with ratchet straps

This step is recommended to secure your mattress and make it easy to move and carry around with the ratchet straps.

Also, it protects the mattress if the airtight seal breaks or the storage bag is cut during the moving process.

If your mattress is a twin size, you should need at least two ratchet straps.

For larger sizes such as full, queen, or king, a third strap is essential for the middle.

Now you have successfully compressed your mattress.

It is suitable for you to transport it already to its new home.

Also, it would be best if you inflated the mattress back after moving.

You can find the steps here.


Compressing Things Up!

Great! Now you learned the eight essential steps on how to compress a foam mattress.

You need to prepare the listed materials, remove the beddings, attach the vacuum, and slide it into a storage bag.

Next, create a seal, remove the air, roll, and secure it with straps.

This method will help you ship or move your bed effectively.

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