How to Fold an Inflatable Mattress

Do you live in a small apartment or have guests coming over and don’t have enough room for a regular-sized mattress? You’re not alone. An inflatable bed is the perfect space-saving solution! With just a few simple steps, these mattresses can be quickly inflated and folded up again when you’re done. 

How to Fold an Inflatable Mattress

In this blog post, we’ll talk about how to fold an inflatable mattress – fast and easy! Plus, tips on efficiently storing your deflated mattress away so it’s ready for next time. So, let’s start learning how to make the most of a great option if you need extra sleep space in whatever size home you have!

Necessary Items

First, make sure you have all the necessary items before starting the process:

  • Inflatable mattress
  • Air pump (either manual or electric)
  • Clean and flat surface area to work on

10 Tips on How to Fold an Inflatable Mattress

Step 1: Deflating the Mattress

Before folding the mattress, it’s essential to deflate it properly. Start by unplugging or removing any air source (if using an electric pump) and let the mattress sit for a few minutes to release any remaining air. Then, open the valve or cap to allow air to escape completely.

Step 2: Remove all items from the Mattress

Remove all sheets, blankets, pillows, or anything else you placed on your inflatable mattress. This will make the folding process much more manageable.

Step 3: Clean and Dry the Mattress

Make sure your inflatable mattress is clean and dry before proceeding with the folding. If there are any dirt or liquid spills, use a damp cloth to wipe them away gently. Allow the mattress to air out entirely if it’s wet.

Step 4: Fold in Half

Fold the mattress in half lengthwise, ensuring all excess air is squeezed out along the way. This will make it easier to fold and store later on.

Step 5: Begin Rolling

Tightly Towards the Opposite End

It starts at one end of the folded mattress, rolling tightly towards the opposite end. This will help remove any remaining air pockets and make for a more compact roll. Keep moving until you reach the end.

Step 6: Secure with Straps

Once you have a tight roll, securely it with straps or ties, keeping it from unrolling and making it easier to transport and store. If your mattress didn’t come with straps, you can use bungee cords or even duct tape to hold the roll in place.

Step 7: Use a Bag

If you have a large enough bag, place the rolled-up mattress inside for extra protection and ease of transportation. This is especially useful if you’re taking it on a trip or storing it in a garage or attic.

Step 8: Store in a Cool, Dry Place

To ensure your inflatable mattress stays in good condition, store it in a cool and dry place. Excessive heat or moisture can damage the material over time. A closet or under-the-bed storage are great options for keeping your folded mattress.

Step 9: Avoid Sharp Objects

Keep your deflated mattress away from sharp objects that could puncture or damage the material when storing it. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!

Step 10: Check on Your Mattress Regularly

Lastly, make sure to check on your stored mattress regularly. Over time, air may seep into the mattress and cause it to lose shape. Simply unroll and re-inflate every few months to ensure it stays in good condition.

In conclusion, learning how to fold an inflatable mattress is a simple process that can save you space and provide an extra sleeping option for guests.

Provide an Extra Sleeping Option

Remember to properly deflate, roll tightly, secure with straps, and store in a cool and dry place. By following these tips, you can make the most of your inflatable mattress and ensure it stays in good condition for future use.

8 Things You Should Avoid Doing to Your Inflatable Mattress

Now that we’ve covered the steps to fold an inflatable mattress let’s also talk about what you should avoid doing to ensure your bed lasts as long as possible.

1. Over-inflating

It may be tempting to add extra air for a firmer mattress, but over-inflating can cause damage to the material and make it more prone to punctures. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended inflation level.

2. Jumping or Applying Pressure on One Spot

Inflatable mattresses are not designed for jumping or heavy pressure on one spot. This can cause the material to stretch and potentially lead to holes or tears.

3. Using as a Trampoline

Like jumping, using an inflatable mattress as a trampoline can also cause damage and shorten its lifespan. Stick to using it for sleeping purposes only.

4. Dragging on Rough Surfaces

Dragging your inflatable mattress across rough surfaces, such as concrete or gravel, can cause punctures and tears. Always lift and carry the mattress instead of removing it.

5. Placing Near Heat Sources

As mentioned before, excessive heat can damage the material of your inflatable mattress. Avoid storing or using it near heat sources such as heaters, radiators, or direct sunlight.

6. Leaving Inflated for Extended Periods

Leaving your inflatable mattress inflated for extended periods can cause the material to stretch and weaken over time. Make sure to deflate and store when not in use.

7. Not Cleaning and Drying Properly

Regular cleaning and drying are essential for maintaining the quality of your inflatable mattress. Always clean any spills or dirt before storing and let it completely dry before folding.

8. Ignoring Small Holes or Tears

If you notice any small holes or tears on your inflatable mattress, it’s essential to address them immediately. These can quickly turn into more significant issues if left untreated. Use a patch kit or contact the manufacturer for a repair solution.

Use a Patch Kit

Caring for your inflatable mattress is critical to ensuring its longevity and functionality. By following these tips on folding and avoiding common mistakes, you can make the most of your inflatable mattress and sleep comfortably every time. Remember these tips and enjoy the convenience and versatility of owning an inflatable bed!  Remember, proper care and maintenance will save you time and money in the long run.

Frequently Asked Question

Can I Use a Regular Sheet on My Inflatable Mattress?

Yes, you can use a regular sheet on your inflatable mattress. Just make sure it fits properly and doesn’t slip off during use. You can also purchase specially made sheets for inflatable beds.

How Often Should I Deflate and Store My Inflatable Mattress?

It’s recommended to deflate and store your inflatable mattress after each use. This will help maintain its shape and prevent damage from extended inflation.

Can I Use an Electric Pump to Inflate My Inflatable Mattress?

Yes, you can use an electric pump to inflate your mattress. Just follow the manufacturer’s recommended inflation level and avoid over-inflating.  Remember to check the mattress for any sharp objects or debris before extending it.

Use an Electric Pump to Inflate

How Long Can I Store My Inflatable Mattress Before Using It?

Generally, using your inflatable mattress within a year of storage is recommended. However, this timeframe may vary depending on the manufacturer and specific materials used. Always check with the manufacturer for their recommendations.

 Can I Use an Inflatable Mattress Outdoors?

Yes, inflatable mattresses can be used outdoors. Just place a protective layer underneath it, such as a tarp or blanket, to prevent any damage from sharp objects on the ground. Also, avoid using it in extreme weather conditions.  Overall, following these tips and avoiding specific actions can help ensure your inflatable mattress lasts as long as possible and provides a comfortable sleeping option for years.

How Long Will My Inflatable Mattress Last?

The lifespan of an inflatable mattress depends on how well it is maintained and used. With proper care, it can last for several years. However, regular wear and tear may require replacement after a few years.  So, follow the recommended usage and storage guidelines for your specific mattress.


Inflatable mattresses are a convenient and space-saving option for accommodating guests or providing an extra sleeping spot. By learning how to properly fold and care for your inflatable mattress, you can ensure it stays in good condition and lasts for years. Remember to regularly check on it, avoid common mistakes, and address any issues promptly. With these tips on how to fold an inflatable mattress in mind, you can enjoy a comfortable and well-maintained inflatable mattress for all your sleeping needs. 

Taking the proper measures to store the mattress correctly is just as important. Now that you have all the steps outlined folding up an inflatable mattress should be a piece of cake! So, why grab your mattress and give it a go? You can even invite friends or family over for moral support – mounting an inflatable bed together might be the fun activity it needs to become a regular part of your routine.

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Adrian Green

Adrian is a woodworking hobbyist and has loved Woodworking since he was 10 years old. Back then in childhood, his father used to have a furniture shop. He used to help his dad and learned a lot from him about how to fix woodworking furniture, basic carpentry knowledge and also about how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others.

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