How To Compress Memory Foam Mattress

How To Compress Memory Foam Mattress

When you move home or buy a new mattress, it’s common to need to take your old one with you or give it away (if it’s still in good condition). The problem is that this can be difficult to do if the memory foam mattress is not compressed. 

The best way to compress a memory foam mattress is to seal it in the bag and vacuum the air out from it. This guide will give you some tips on how to compress your memory foam bed so you can get it from A-to-B safely and hassle-free!

How To Compress Memory Foam Mattress

Why Should You Compress Memory Foam Mattress?

You might think that you can just roll up your memory foam mattress and tie it up with some strong packing tape. The problem is that this doesn’t really work. Memory foam really doesn’t like to be compressed, it’s not good for the quality of the material, so if you try to roll it by hand or even using a rolling machine, it will get damaged and degrade in quality more quickly. That’s why compressing a memory foam mattress is needed if you’re going to move to another house.

Things You May Need To Compress Memory Foam Mattress

The first thing you need for compressing your memory foam mattress is a mattress moving bag. These are available from most good furniture moving companies, and they will seal the mattress up with a vacuum pump.

These bags also have straps that will help to compress the mattress into a tight, movable shape. It’s also possible to buy vacuum bags for self-storage, in which case you can use a vacuum cleaner to pump out the air rather than buy one of the expensive machines that professional movers might use.

Mattress Bag

Mattress bags can be bought in most moving or storage companies, but not in stores like Walmart or Target. If you want to buy a mattress bag, you can check Amazon. You will find several varieties of mattress bags for different purposes.

Ratchet Straps

You’ll need to get some ratchet straps as well so that you can tie the mattress bag up safely and tightly with the vacuum inside. It’s important not just to tie them up with tape or string because the memory foam needs to be compressed as much as possible without actually damaging it.


You might also want to buy some packing tape or duct tape, although the latter is better. This will be used to seal up any gaps in the bag so that air doesn’t leak out while you’re compressing your mattress.

Vacuum Bag

You will need a vacuum to pump the air out of the bag if you don’t have a professional machine for moving companies. Any vacuum cleaner with a hose attachment should work well enough for this purpose, and it shouldn’t cost more than $50-100 for most models.

How To Compress Memory Foam Mattress: 6 Proven Steps

Remove Bedding

You will need to remove your bedding like pillows, pads, covers, sheets, etc. The memory foam mattress is sensitive to moisture, and a good air seal is essential when compressing it. If you want your mattress bag to be more properly sealed, you can also use plastic wrap or bubble wrap underneath the bedding as well as on top of the bag.

How To Compress Memory Foam Mattress: Remove Bedding

Bag The Mattress

Tuck the mattress into the bag so that it’s not loose or pulled out of shape. The mattress bag should be solid and hold the pressure of things inside.

How To Compress Memory Foam Mattress: Bag The Mattress

Attach The Valve

Tuck the valve underneath the mattress and then tape it down so that there is no way for air to leak out while you’re moving. You can even tie it down at each end of the pipe if you like with strong string or tape but make sure that it doesn’t get pulled too tight, especially around flat areas where there isn’t much pressure on the surface of your memory foam mattress.

Vacuum Up The Air

Now you need to get the vacuum cleaner out and start pumping the air out of your mattress bag. The idea is to put as much pressure on the mattress from all angles as possible so that it compresses as much as possible without it getting damaged or deformed in any way. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove all the air from the bag for maximum results. 

How To Compress Memory Foam Mattress: Vacuum Up The Air

Roll Up The Mattress

If you have a vacuum sealer, then you can use it to compress your memory foam mattress even more by rolling it up after you’ve vacuumed out most of the air from underneath. Many people use them for this purpose, and many companies sell bags specifically designed to compact memory foam mattresses like this.

How To Compress Memory Foam Mattress: Roll Up The Mattress

Tie It Up

Tie your ratchet straps around the bag to make sure that it stays rolled up tight without coming undone when you’re moving it from your old room to the new one. Ensure that they are tight enough not to come undone but don’t make yourself suffer or hurt yourself by tying them too tightly.

How To Compress Memory Foam Mattress: Tie It Up

You can also use packing tape or duct tape on the edges if you have any gaps, although this should be optional since it isn’t going to offer any extra benefit and can actually be a bit of a waste of time and money in some cases.


How Long Does It Take To Compress A Mattress?

Some mattresses may compress faster than others, but it probably takes 5-10 minutes, or even more. However, this process requires a lot of force, and the mattress must be flat, to begin with. If you have a mattress with a non-flat surface or one that springs back quickly, then the time will increase. 

Can You Compress A Mattress In A Box?

Yes, it is possible to do. The key to a compact mattress is vacuum packing. That means that you should remove air from the mattress by using a vacuum packaging machine and then seal it with a layer of heat-sealing material.

Can You Roll A Mattress?

Yes, you can roll a mattress! The most common way to do this is to start at the head end and pull the top towards yourself, then from the foot end of the bed, roll it over on its exterior surface. This can be done with both hands or use your knees to hold down one side of the mattress while rolling it. You may need help lifting and rolling if it’s exceptionally heavy.

Nick Favreau

Nick Favreau is an expert mattress writer, whose unbiased reviews and in-depth analyses of mattresses have made him a trusted source of information for those looking for quality sleep.

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