What is a Rolled Mattress?

Also known as a bed in a box or a vacuum-packed mattress, rolled mattresses are ideal for anyone looking to avoid the dread of manoeuvring a mattress up the stairs or through a doorway. 

But what exactly is a rolled mattress, and what are the potential pros and cons? In this blog, we’ll discuss just that.

What is a Rolled Mattress?

A rolled mattress is essentially a mattress rolled up in a box, which has been vacuum-packed, having been compressed or rolled, like our Arthur Sleep Spare Arthur Mattress (pictured). Unpacking a rolled mattress usually involves simply cutting any straps that are keeping the mattress rolled, placing it down, and removing the vacuum packaging. 

Most rolled mattresses regain their shape quickly, but you should allow up to 24 hours for a rolled memory foam mattress to spring back properly. Memory foam mattresses in particular, by the nature of their purpose, can hold their compressed shape and lose their fullness if they’re packaged for too long. For this reason, you’ll find that cotton mattresses tend to be the most common because it’s easiest for this material to spring back.

Rolled mattresses aren’t designed to be repeatedly rolled like camping mattresses. Rather, it’s a temporary, one-time roll for convenience. However, you can typically leave your mattress rolled up for up to 60-80 hours after buying it. Any longer, and it might have difficulty decompressing.

Benefits of a Rolled Mattress

You can usually find rolled mattresses in most standard sizes, despite their being compacted up into a convenient, transportable roll.

Their compactness also means that there’s less packaging involved, leaving them with a kinder carbon footprint, and making the rolled-up mattress delivery process significantly easier than that of a standard mattress. This also means that it’s simply easier to get the mattress into your house. 

Whether having it delivered or buying it in-store and driving it away, it’s easier to get a rolled mattress home than a standard one. This is mostly thanks to the reduced footprint that rolled mattresses provide, making them easy to move about.

Drawbacks of a Rolled Mattress

It’s worth bearing in mind that certain kinds of mattresses can’t be rolled. This does limit your rolled mattress options slightly if you prefer a particular type of mattress.

One other thing you should be aware of with a rolled mattress is the small potential for a lingering smell. Due to the manufacturing and vacuum-sealing process, certain slight smells, such as from fire-retardant chemicals, can get locked into the mattress. However, this is less likely to happen in rolled mattresses made from natural fibres, as these tend to be naturally low odour.

Rolled Mattresses at Mattressman

At Mattressman, we offer a range of rolled mattresses in various sizes and styles, so you can find the mattress that’s right for you in a way that gets it easily to your home.

For more information or to talk to one of our friendly team today, don’t hesitate to get in touch.