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January 2020

Unwrapping your new mattress

Some mattresses are wrapped up and boxed before being sent out and this usually happens with toppers and cheaper foam mattresses. Sometimes knowing how to unwrap them can be tricky. Here is our guide to unwrapping any boxed mattresses you may come across.

There has recently been a massive influx of boxed mattresses to the market. The reason why has been to reduce the delivery costs, logistics and manufacturing to maximise profits. We are yet to be convinced of the benefits to you the customer with these models. Most of which are cheaper layers of foam and have been created by venture capitalists rather than mattress experts.

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Can a quality mattress really be easily rolled?

The reason we have created this detailed guide is due to the number of enquiries we have about opening mattresses such as Eve, Simba, Casper, Herdy and Emma mattresses. We know opening these boxed mattresses can be tricky and if you damage the beds you will void your guarantee. We also provide advice on what to do if you need to send your boxed mattress back under their 30-100 day returns process if you’re not getting on with your new boxed mattress.

We would advise caution with buying a boxed mattress, as rolling and storing them for long periods of time can damage their flimsy foam layers. However, if you’ve recently bought a boxed mattress this guide will give you all the details you need to know.

What is a boxed mattress?

A boxed mattress is usually a foam mattress that has been vacuum packed and rolled to save on storage and delivery space. They have been marketed as NextGen and given different fancy covers. However, in reality, all of these mattresses are variations of the basic memory foam layered mattress. There are a few exceptions such as Herdy but in effect, they are layers of foam, glued together then crushed & rolled to fit into a box. At John Ryan, we don’t sell any rolled mattresses. Our mattresses wouldn’t fit and we wouldn’t subject them to the damages of being rolled and crushed. We did some tests when rolled mattresses entered the market, more on that later.

Boxed mattress brands you may see online:

The mattress enters a big roller which crushes the air out of the foam reducing its size drastically, putting it under stress it is then sealed in a bag, usually heat sealed, and then boxed. It means that a normally large sized mattress can be reduced to fit more on a lorry and make delivery easier for the customer.

However, these mattresses are under great stress when in this position. They want to return to their regular shape and are constrained. Foam can tear, springs can deform and fabric can become stretched and rippled when you unroll them.

John Ryan Origins reflex mattress
We recommend avoiding boxed mattresses if possible, your money is better spent on a Quality upholstered pocket sprung mattress instead like our Handmade Mattresses.

Does rolling a mattress damage it?

A very long time ago now, we trialled rolling a sample Hybrid foam mattress, mainly to see what happened. We were given assurances by suppliers of the machinery that can crush and roll mattresses, that it was fine to do so. There is a time limit of around 6 weeks and after that, the mattress is usually showing some form of stress or damage. However, after 6 weeks we unrolled our two samples. One was Hybrid foam layered up, the other was a FEPS spring unit with a hybrid foam layer.

The Results of Boxed Mattresses:

  • The Layered foam mattress came out with micro tears all across the foam layers when removed the cover off it (Most Eve, Simba, Casper or Leesa mattresses have non-removable covers so you can’t see inside or inspect them)
  • The FEPS spring unit had become stuck to some of the foam and then was slightly distorted once it worked its way loose

The best way to think of it is that the mattress has been suppressed in its packaging, desperately trying to get back to its original shape. Over time cracks and defects can occur in the foam as its stressed beyond its normal tolerances.

Foam can show micro tears and stress cracks once unrolled

Having a rolled mattress means you have to wait hours for it to come back to its original shape which can be frustrating for you the customer.

Are boxed mattresses like Eve and Simba any good?

We have extensively written about some of the newer boxed mattress brands such as Eve, Simba, Casper etc. The issue with these models is they try to be a one size fits everyone, which we disagree with completely.

They also don’t always give you the full breakdown of what exactly is in the mattresses. We have talked at length about the differences between 100% natural latex and synthetic, and why you need to know the blend and density of hybrid foams to truly know what you are getting. Then there is the issue with the One-sided mattresses. So there is plenty to consider and we would rather you read the articles to make your own mind up on these models.

There was a really interesting article in the Telegraph on Eve mattresses posting a record loss in 2018 whilst simultaneously spending an eye-watering £17.2m o advertising. What’s baffling is they only have one product, a basic foam layered mattress. These manufacture methods have been around for 20 years. So why are they spending so much on marketing and not developing the product? Eve doesn’t give the exacting details for us to be able to compare their mattresses. It does beg the question is this more marketing over quality?

If you want to read some more detailed discussions on boxed mattresses, such as Eve, then please start with this comment here.

What is the best alternative to an Eve, Simba or Casper Boxed Mattress?

We would always recommend a two-sided pocket sprung well-upholstered mattress over a one-sided foam bed. If the price is your deciding factor, then we would ask you to look at our Origins 1500 which is at a similar price point to Eve, Simba and Casper as a basis for comparison to a non-rolled mattress. However, the upholstery and spring unit far exceeds the quantities and GSM of the boxed mattresses available. This mattress cannot be boxed, there are simply too many fibres inside it to be easily crushed.

Origins Pocket 1500
Origins 1500 Mattress By John Ryan By Design

We understand it can be convenient to have your mattress arrive in a box, even though you need to wait around 6 hours for it to fully ‘inflate’ again and return to its original shape.  We would also suggest that having two men deliver it to a room of choice with it fully assembled is a far more convenient option!

If you have bought a Simba, Eve, Emma or Casper mattress the rest of this guide will show you how to unwrap it correctly.

How to unwrap your new mattress

So your new boxed mattress has arrived but before you start, we’ve provided this handy guide to show you the easiest and most effective way to unwrap your bed. It may sound simple, but it will save you any damage or scratching your heads! We’ve provided a step by step instruction guide to show you how a Casper, Eve or Simba mattress may arrive.

1.  When your new boxed mattress arrives it will be sent out rolled and in a tall box.

John Ryan unwrapping BoxesTopper wrapped John Ryan Contemporary

We advise that you remove the old mattress and make sure you have some room ready to unwrap the new one. We recommend that you move the boxed mattress to the room of choice before unwrapping it. This is because once unwrapped the mattress will quadruple in size and start to expand. This means handling it becomes somewhat harder and it can be a right fuss if you’re not careful. Once in the room please take the mattress out of the box. It could look similar to the image above.

3.  Once out please use a pair of scissors and not a knife. Whilst knives can be used, we warn against it as it’s far easier to slice and damage your mattress with a knife than it is with scissors. Also, we find scissors easier to put down and less dangerous if you stand on them! Turn the mattress until you can see the start of the roll, a bit like looking at the end of the sticky tape. Once you have found it using scissors carefully cut the first piece of tape and wrapping.

Topper opening 1 John Ryan Contemporary

4.  The mattress will then start to unwrap as seen below. Be careful as sometimes it can start to expand rapidly!

Topper opening 3 John Ryan Contemporary

5.  Then moving down to the middle tape if present, please carefully cut this.

Topper opening 4 John Ryan Contemporary

6.  Then moving down to the last piece of tape at the bottom, please again cut through this. This is where the mattress shall be free to unroll and expand, so again just make sure you have some clear space.

7.   It will start to unroll fully. You can lay it out on the bed and remove any plastic outer packaging.

Topper opening 5 John Ryan Contemporary

8.  Once unrolled you will need to leave your mattress and topper for good 6 hours as they start to expand and fill with air.  This is because during rolling the air is compressed out of them.

It may be a good idea to open a window and let the mattress ventilate as they offgass. Just like a new sofa or car, there will be some ‘new bed’ smell that comes off the mattress. If your mattress after 6 hours is still not looking fully expanded a quick shake and then another few hours or so should be enough.

Topper opening 6 John Ryan Contemporary

Why does my new mattress smell?

Boxed foam mattresses, such as the brands above, are also well known for having a very distinct synthetic plastic or chemical smell when you unwrap them. This is not surprising given they have been off-gassing in their bags for who knows how long. We have a really detailed article on off-gassing which may be of interest. However, with a non-rolled Natural fibre mattress, you don’t get this onslaught of chemical smells when you’re mattress arrives.

How long does it take to get used to a new mattress?

Once you have let your mattress settle for a few hours, we then advise you give it a week or two to sleep on it to properly try it.  Lying on it for a night will not give you a true feel for the mattress.  If you think of a new mattress like a new pair of shoes you need to let it bed in slightly and allow our self 1-2 weeks to truly get used to it before deciding if it is right for you or not.  Especially if you have had your previous bed for a number of years you will have been used to its feel and profile, a new bed will feel different at first.

All of our mattresses are handmade and arrive fully assembled

Our 60 day love it or return it guarantee gives you this peace of mind. If there are any questions once your new John Ryan mattress arrives please don’t hesitate to call us, 0161 437 4419 or email for guidance.

Returning a Boxed Eve, Casper or Simba mattress if you don’t get on with it

Any new mattress will take 2-4 weeks to get used to it. Which is why the decent mattress brands and retailers will give you a no quibble returns policy like our 60 Day love it or return it. Quite often people find foam mattresses incredibly hot during the night or that they get stuck in one position which can aggravate bad backs or aches during the night. Our advice would be to give any new mattress a minimum of 4 weeks and then if not suitable get back in touch with the retailer. The boxed mattress companies are usually really good at collecting your bed. Make sure you’ve saved the box and packaging as some companies will require you to also send this back.

If you really don’t get on with a boxed foam mattress don’t be tempted to just ‘try another one’. Given they all follow the rough construction principle of being one-sided it is highly unlikely based on our experience that you will get on with any foam mattress. It can be really inconvenient having to replace your bed every few weeks so if you don’t get on we would advise you look at a Pocket Sprung 2 -sided mattress instead. Especially one that’s breathable and responsive if you need to turn over during the night. You’ve got a higher chance of sleep success rather than just picking another ‘next day delivery’ mattress.

You’d be surprised at just what you can get for your money when compared to the synthetic boxed foam companies so its best to shop around. Our Origins Pocket 1500 is a great contender to use as a comparison model to the boxed mattress companies based on price. Why settle for a one-sided foam mattress when you can get something much more bespoke and hand made for your money?

Origins Pocket 1500 and cocktail straw 4 drawer base
Our Origins 1500 shows just how much you can expect for a similar budget compared to the boxed foam beds. Click to view.
Summary

Please be aware that after unwrapping any rolled mattress will take anywhere between 4-8 hours to expand to 90% of its full size.  It can take further 4-6 hours to reach its maximum.  We advise that you don’t sleep or sit on it during this time to ensure it has time to fully expand to its correct size. Always take care when using scissors as not to cut your mattress.

If you’re still scratching your head as to whether to buy into the boxed mattress phenomenon then why not have a look at our Handmade British Mattresses here. All of our mattresses are delivered full size and there are no flimsy glued foam layers to be found!

If you need any specific advice please get in touch.

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