Roll-Up Mattresses: Everything You Need to Know

Roll-Up Mattresses: Everything You Need to Know

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Here at Mattress Online we are 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!

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 is a video to explain how the roll-up process works.

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
  4. your mattress is ready!

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

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

Roll-up mattresses: Do they smell?

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

  1. synthetic fillings such as memory foam give off a slight smell
  2. 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. This smell generally disappears within 24-48 hours. Open the windows and keep your bedroom well-ventilated during this time.

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 how a roll-up mattress can benefit you.

  • Environmentally friendly

Our delivery drivers can carry more mattresses in their vans meaning they can tailor their route to use less fuel and lower our carbon footprint!

  • Easy to manoeuvre

Say goodbye to wedging your new mattress through doorways and up the stairs. Roll-up mattresses are easy to carry into the room of your choice.

  • Always in stock

Because roll-ups take up less space, we can keep more in stock to make sure they’re ready for you.

  • Super-quick delivery

Delivery vans can accommodate far more roll-up mattresses than regular ones. This means less time is spent driving to and from our warehouse so you can get your mattress quicker!

Studio by Silentnight roll-up mattresses come boxed, here is the medium mattress in its box
The Studio by Silentnight Medium Mattress comes rolled up for your convenience

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 three of our most popular roll-up mattresses:

Studio by Silentnight Medium Mattress

  • Medium level of support
  • Memory foam and gel-infused foam
  • From only £399.00
  • 9.0 / 10 Reevoo score

You don't get hot like other memory foam mattresses and it's very supportive. I had been suffering with a bad back and woke most mornings with discomfort, not now though.

Bodyshape Ortho Memory Foam Mattress

  • Firm level of support
  • Memory foam
  • From only £134.95
  • 8.7 / 10 Reevoo score

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.

Luna Memory 2000 Pocket Mattress

  • Medium to firm level of support
  • 2000 Luna Pocket® springs and Luna Fusion Memory Foam
  • From only £299.95
  • 9.0 / 10 Reevoo score

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

Full view of the Luna Memory 2000 Pocket Mattress
The Luna Memory 2000 Pocket Mattress - a wonderfully supportive memory foam roll-up.

These are just a select few of our roll-up mattresses; check out our full range to find the one perfect for you!

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!