How to Open a Box Mattress


Written By: Lorraine Rowen

how to open box mattress

The first step when opening a boxed mattress is to remove the plastic from the inner layer. Then, unfold the mattress and flip it over. To avoid off-gassing, it is best to wait at least 24 hours before sleeping on it. This will allow the mattress to “gas out” and make it more comfortable.

Unrolling a boxed mattress

When unpacking a mattress in a box, there are some steps you need to take to ensure that your mattress is as flat as possible. One way to do this is to flip the mattress over on the side facing down. Depending on the brand, you might notice a soft vanilla scent when you open it.

Firstly, make sure that there is enough space on your floor to accommodate the expanded mattress. Depending on the type of foam used in your mattress, it can take up to 48 hours for it to regain its original shape. To be safe, you can unroll the mattress at least an hour before you go to bed.

You will need to unroll the mattress on a firm foundation. Once you have done this, you can begin to unroll the topper. Make sure that you remove any plastic packaging on the boxed mattress. This will allow the air to escape from the mattress.

Removing the inner layer of plastic

One of the first steps in opening a box mattress is to remove the inner layer of plastic. This layer is typically quite thin and contains multiple layers. Then, unroll the box mattress onto a flat surface. Once you’ve removed the inner layer, you’ll be able to place the box mattress in your room.

Once you’ve removed the inner layer of plastic, the mattress will start to expand. This process can take anywhere from six to 48 hours. If you notice that the mattress is sagging too much during this period, it’s likely that it needs more time. But by the time you’ve given it a day or two, your mattress should feel firm, comfortable, and supportive.

If your mattress has a foam cushioning layer, you can cut the foam off and recycle it. You can also cut up the inner springs and reuse them to make pot holders, wine racks, and more.

Waiting 24-48 hours before sleeping on a mattress

Before you sleep on a new box mattress, it’s essential to wait 24 hours. This is because mattresses need time to expand and develop their supportive properties. It usually takes six to eight hours for most materials to achieve this full volume. This allows the mattress to reach its maximum comfort level by the time bedtime arrives. Also, by breaking the 24-hour rule, you risk voiding the manufacturer’s warranty.

Another rule to follow when sleeping on a new box mattress is to allow it to air out for at least 24 hours. This will ensure that the foam has fully expanded and has not been damaged. If the foam is old, it may be unable to take its shape after the expansion period.

Another important time to wait is for memory foam mattresses. A memory foam mattress will reach 90% of its full expansion within four to six hours. If you sleep on a new memory foam mattress before this time period has elapsed, you’ll ruin its performance.

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