King Mattresses Can You Fold Them To Fit Up Stairs?

How do I fit a king size mattress through narrow spaces?

You have a big big mattress that has to fit through a tiny tiny space… so… King Mattresses Can You Fold Them To Fit Up Stairs?

How do I fit a king size mattress through narrow spaces anyway? If we’re talking about an existing king size mattress with coil springs these mattresses should not be folded or doubled over. While it may make the mattress easier to move, the chances of permanently doing damage to the support system (coil springs) is nearly certain if bent more than about 15 degrees as a rule of thumb. I have read many articles telling mattress owners to fold their bed in half with little or no regard for the consequences. Many mattresses have border rods made from hardened steel. These anchor the springs keeping them in position and make the seat edge of a mattress firmer. While they are tough they do not fold in half without ruining the outer structure of the mattress. Bending them back into shape only weakens the steel rods – or worse yet they can break.

King Mattresses Can You Fold Them To Fit Up Stairs?

Photo “Fold That Mattress” by drewgeraets

Next, coil springs that are connected with a helical wire which will either stretch the wire or completely break it. This connects coils keeping them in position so they do not have to “bend” and they allow coils to hinge kind of like a door, an important part of the contour or supporting process of the body.

What happens to the coil springs when you fold a mattress?

Coils while flexible are built and designed for straight up and down movement and as we just learned and can hinge by way of the helical wires.  Other mattresses’ coils are independent and encased. Damage can be especially noticeable on springs that have not been tempered which is typical of this mattress design.  Without tempering coil springs may not return to original shape or encasement’s could be torn or disconnected leaving gaps and unsupported areas in the mattress.

So which kind of king mattresses can be folded?

Our article called “What Kind Of King Mattresses Can You Fold” dives into the specific types and kinds of mattresses that are less prone to damage because they are more bendy or flexible. The article takes a look at how and which ones can be transported easier and make movement through narrow or restrictive places a breeze for simple set up without mattress damage.



Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

3 Comments Leave your comment »

How can I repair a new king mattress that had to be folded to get upstairs. Can I use a topper.

Comment by Faye — July 30, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

Faye, short of taking it back to the manufacturer to remove and replace the damaged components and then sew it back shut there is not a fix. Modular or assembly type mattresses are good alternative choices and can be assembled upstairs. Also flexible mattresses made of foam or rubber are easier to fit through these tight places. Depending on the sensitivity of the sleeper a topper may mask the damage but if it’s damaged the support and / or comfort layers are damaged and that is not good. Thanks for your question. Doug

Comment by Douglas Belleville — July 31, 2014 @ 7:58 am

My movers had difficulty with bringing my mattresses on another floor of my apartment.I noticed them bending the mattress.I asked that they do not bend but they proceeded anyway.Now,the bed does not feel firm as it was before the move and making creaking noises

Comment by ember — December 21, 2014 @ 12:59 am

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