Thicker foam mattresses can be folded or rolled. Innerspring and pocket spring mattresses should never be folded in half.
Maybe you want to fit your mattress in an RV and need it in a custom dimension, or you’re simply downsizing and need to cut your mattress in half. No matter the reason, it’s possible to cut your mattress with the RIGHT tools at home in no time.
If you don’t mind performing a little surgery, you can fold the box spring in half, making it much easier to move around. After rebuilding it, the box spring will still have all the structural integrity and support that it started out with.
One Step at a Time
The good news is that folding a king mattress isn’t that difficult to do. The majority of king sized mattresses are actually hinged in the middle for this exact purpose, so they can be bent without causing damage.
Make an initial cut in the mattress cover, then use the scissors to cut the full length or width of the cover down or across the center of the mattress. Using the cutter or scalpel, cut through the top comfort layers until you reach the springs.
Split box springs are built from two separate pieces and are designed to provide support for full, queen, or king size mattresses. It’s important to know that split box springs require the use of a platform base or bed frame to ensure the pieces don’t move or separate.
Can you cut up a memory foam mattress? The short answer is yes, you can cut memory foam to size. What you need is the right cutting tool, a marking pen, and a tape measure, among other possible types of tools.
Drop the box spring off at a landfill if you can transport it yourself. Contact your local landfill or waste site to see if you can get rid of your box spring there. Bring the box spring to the location and throw it away if it’s allowed. Many landfills will have a fee for disposal, usually around $30 USD.
Overall, you can fold a king-size mattress in half if you need to do so for moving or storage but only for a few weeks. The only time you shouldn’t fold the mattress is when it’s innerspring or when it’s more than 6-inches thick.
Folding or bending the mattress can damage the coils, bend the border rods, and damage the foam encasement. If you bend the mattress to try to fit into your car, you could possibly void out the warranty because you caused the damage.