We’ve been offering vacuum packed, rolled mattresses as part of our range for many years now at Natural Bed Company, but its only recently that we have begun to notice a big increase in their widespread popularity with the introduction of what has become known as a ‘bed in a box’ mattress. We have a wide range of mattresses in our collection that could be classified in this way, from the ever-popular Waterlattex, to our range of memory foam options and our budget Moon range.

What links these very different mattresses together is how they are packed and delivered to you. Instead of arriving fully expanded to their full length, depth and width – the vast majority of mattresses we have available (only excluding the Craft and futon mattresses, which would be delivered at their full size and rolled respectively) would be sent out vacuum packed and tightly rolled. This means that a 150 x 200cm king size mattress would arrived in a box no bigger than 150 x 60 x 60cm. This method of packing makes the mattresses much easier to transport and deliver to your home – especially to an attic room or up a winding staircase!

Once you have your mattress in the room, lift it onto your bed base and remove the plastic tape that keeps it rolled. From here, roll it out and remove the plastic wrapping. There will be at least two layers of this but it should come off fairly easily. You may notice that the mattress appears to be very flat at first, and possibly a little under-sized. Don’t worry, this is completely normal! Over a few hours, the mattress will expand to the correct size and depth and you will be able to sleep on it the same day. (N.B. – it can take a week or so for a mattress to completely expand and to achieve the same feel as the display mattress you may have tried in our showroom).

It is important that the rectangular mattress label printed on to the cover is visable on the side you will sleep on as some of the mattresses we offer such as the Optimal Support and Memotouch have only one ‘sleep-side’. If you were to get this wrong when unpacking your new mattress, you may find yourself having a rather uncomfortable night!

We recommend that your mattress is rotated every 4-6 weeks. This ensures that you do not sleep on the same part of the mattress for an extended period of time. This can weaken the layers and, over time, cause the mattress to collapse a little in that area. I understand that some of the mattresses in our range are rather heavy, but it really is worth it to ensure that your mattress remains as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.

If you are looking to ensure that your new mattress stays in the best condition for as long as possible, take a look at our range of mattress protectors and toppers. Our cotton mattress protectors have a lightly quilted soft cotton cover and elasticated corners to ensure it stays in place. If you are looking for a more natural option, the Organic Cotton Filled Mattress Cover would definitely fit the bill. Both options are available in double, king and super-king sizes and we highly recommend adding one to every new mattress order.

If you are in the market for a new mattress and want to try them out before you make your final decision, each model in our range is available to try in our Sheffield showroom.