Roll-Up Mattresses: Everything You Need to Know

Here at Mattress Online, we're often faced with the question, "how are roll-up mattresses different to regular mattresses?", so we thought it was time to address the question. And guess what? We have all the answers. So let's get this ball rolling

The Casper Essential Mattress
The Casper Essential Mattress is a fantastic roll-up mattress

How are mattresses rolled up?

To understand how roll-up (also known as vacuum-packed) mattresses work, we first need to know how something so big can fit in a box!

Well, these mattresses embark upon a journey where they are:

  1. Placed in a protective bag
  2. Flattened in a compression machine
  3. Vacuum- and heat-sealed
  4. Rolled using a tumbler and sealed again

Don't worry, no mattresses are harmed in this process!

Here's a video to explain how the roll-up process works:

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How to set up a roll-up mattress

Here's what to do to get your roll-up mattress back to its original size and ready for a great night's sleep:

  1. Unpack your roll-up mattress and roll out to full size
  2. Place your mattress on the bed of your choice
  3. Allow your roll-up mattress to expand slowly. It does this by replacing the sucked-out air, gently returning to its original size

... Your mattress is now ready for you to sleep on!

Roll-up mattresses: how long do they take to expand?

Although most roll-up mattresses will expand within an hour, they usually take up to 8 hours to be ready for use. Aspects such as fillings and size all affect the amount of time it takes a roll-up mattress to expand. In some circumstances, mattresses can take up to 24 hours to regain their original shape.

The SleepSoul Comfort 800 Pocket Mattress
The SleepSoul Comfort 800 Pocket Mattress is ready to sleep on in no time!

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Roll-up mattresses: do they smell?

Roll-up mattresses may come with a slight smell when first unpacked for two potential reasons:

  1. They are often made using synthetic fillings

These can give off a slight smell when first used.

  1. A fire retardant substance is used

To meet regulations and ensure a safer mattress.

As you can imagine, these smells can build up within a vacuum-sealed bag. But don't worry - they generally disappear within 24-48 hours. Open the windows and keep your bedroom well-ventilated during this time.

The SleepSoul Bliss 800 Pocket Memory Pillow Top Mattress
Simply keep your roll-up mattress in a well-ventilated room

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Roll-up mattresses: the benefits

Regular mattresses have been the norm for over a century, so why choose a roll-up mattress? Read on to find out why a roll-up mattress is a great option.

  • Being more environmentally friendly as we can fit more mattresses into every delivery
  • They're easier to move and store around your home as it comes in a box
  • They're always in stock because they take up less space!
The Simba Hybrid Essential 1500 Pocket Mattress
The Simba Hybrid Essential 1500 Pocket Mattress is always in stock and ready for next-day delivery!

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The best roll-up mattresses

Roll-up mattresses provide the same comfort and support as a regular mattress does. They offer something for everyone which is why more and more people are starting to purchase a roll-up mattress.

Roll-up, roll-up! Here are some of our most popular roll-up mattresses:

Casper Original Mattress

1. Casper Original Mattress

  • Featuring four layers of foam for that signature Casper feel
  • Medium support - just right!
  • Our customers love it - scoring it 9.3/10
  • From only £300.00

Here's what a happy customer had to say about the Casper Original:

"Excellent mattress, comfortable, fantastic price, highly recommended."

Horizon Discover 1500 Pocket Memory Mattress

2. Horizon Discovery 1500 Pocket Memory Mattress

  • Featuring memory foam support
  • Not too soft, not too firm
  • Climate controlled cover to keep you nice and cool
  • Our customers love it - scoring it 8.6/10
  • From only £297.46

Here's what a happy customer had to say about the Horizon Discovery:

"Perfectly comfortable and never too hot."

Luna Memory 2500 Pocket Mattress

3. Luna Memory 2500 Pocket Mattress

  • Featuring 2500 Luna Pocket® springs and Luna Fusion Memory Foam
  • Great, all-round medium-firm support
  • Hypoallergenic for your peace of mind
  • Our customers rate it highly - 9/10
  • From only £299.95

No more aches and pains with the Luna 2500, and easy to care for too:

"Extremely comfortable, no more back ache and no need to turn it."

Bodyshape Ortho Memory Foam Mattress

4. Bodyshape Ortho Memory Foam Mattress

  • Firm, orthopaedic support
  • Memory foam and Adaptive® cooling technology
  • Removable, washable cover for easy care

Our customers rate it 8.8/10

  • From only £134.95

This customer now wakes up free from aches and pains, thanks to the Bodyshape Ortho:

"Was dubious at first as it arrived rolled up, but no need to worry. Going to bed is now worry free as I wake up without the extra aches and pains."

These are just a select few of our roll-up mattresses. Check out our full range to find the perfect roll-mattress for you!

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Both roll-up and non-roll-up mattresses offer a supportive and comfortable night's sleep. However, if you want to be more eco-friendly or simply don't want the hassle of wedging a mattress through your door, then a roll-up mattress is the one for you!