Is It OK To Fold, Bend, Or Double a Mattress Over?

October 8, 2011
In the Bedroom

Is It OK To Fold Bend Or Double a Mattress Over? Is It OK To Fold Bend Or Double a Mattress Over?

We receive a great deal of moving questions focused around bedroom furniture and mattresses. The things we hear about most is not only about the stress involved but how difficult and extremely expensive moving can be. You won’t want to add to the stresses of moving by making it even more costly by moving your mattress set incorrectly. So today we answer the questions: Is It OK To Fold Bend Or Double a Mattress Over? If I do, what kind of damage might it cause to my bed and is there anything else I should be concerned about?

Will Damage Occur if I Bend or Fold My Mattress in Half?

Perhaps you are just trying to move the bed upstairs or even downstairs within your house. Maybe your moving into a new house. It really doesn’t matter where your moving the fact is if you are moving a mattress and you get into a tight spot it may have to be bent. So what should you do? Our suggestion is don’t do it.  Folding or bending of your mattress  during the moving process can and  usually does cause serious and irrepairable damage. The more you fold it the worse the damage may be. Doubling the mattress over is the most extreme bend and the fact is the mattress may never lay right on the boxspring again from such extreme bending. There are exceptions. Many mattresses that are built entirely of foam or latex rubber most of them are very flexible much like that famous green cartoon character Gumby. While difficult to carry they are highly mobile and can be moved just about anywhere.

Can Bending a Mattress Void My Warranty?

Manufacturers offer a warranty with every new bed and while many people often forget about it the majority of those warranties are 10 years and some cases even more so you don’t want to jeopardize that. Manufacturers while they will honor workmanship and material defects they will not cover such damage whether it is accidental or deliberate.

What Happens To A Mattress When It Is Folded?

Doubling a mattress over or folding it in half is one of the  worst things you can do to a bed because it literally folds the coils, border rods, or foam encasement. Think of it like a piece of paper that has been folded in half, while the paper can be unfolded it is left with permanent unrepairable mark.  The steel parts inside your mattress can be creased, dented, or even folded and there is no way to possibly repair such wreckage or in this case damage done to it.  The reason is that coils and border rods are encased and unaccessible to fix because of the sewn outer cover.  In the case of the mattress this damage will affect the sleeping surface and the overall support.

What Mattresses Can Be Folded Without Damaging?

As we talked about above mattresses with steel coils and steel border rods just aren’t easily bent sometimes making them impossible to get them where you want them. There are several beds that offer a “flexible” solution. Beds constructed entirely of polyurethane foam and memory foam have some of the greatest flexibility. To give you an idea of how bendy they are, some models are vacuum packed down, rolled up, and stored safely for as long as 3 months without any damaging effects. Another bed that offers this type of versatility is latex rubber. The same durable material we make tires, rubber bands, and rubber balls out of. Again it is pliable and flexible for optimum mobility and no mattress damage occurs when it is folded. Lastly are bed kits,  which are known as one of the easiest mattresses to move because the finished mattress is an assembly of individual mattress components. Each of these individual pieces of the bed can be carried in by itself and then assembled. A smart solution to a really tight stairway or overhang.