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How to Cut and Size Your Personal Memory Foam Mattress

Updated on December 8, 2009

Memory foam has become very popular as a material to sleep on. It's very comfortable, and a memory foam mattress or memory foam topper can transform your sleep experience.

However, memory foam mattresses and memory foam toppers usually only come in standard sizes, such as single, full, queen or king. If you have a particular bed or mattress that is not a standard size, that means you either have to get one custom-made or you will have to cut a standard size to fit.

A custom-made memory foam mattress or topper can be very expensive, and it can take a long time to get to you. An easier way, perhaps, is to cut your own mattress or topper to size, so that you don't have to spend extra money to get a custom-sized memory foam topper or mattress.

There are several steps to cutting your memory foam mattress or topper to size. Here's what you do:

source: ehow.com
source: ehow.com

Take the memory foam mattress or topper out of the package and let it breathe for about 48 hours. Lay it on a flat surface and let it expand to its full size. Usually, when memory foam products come to you, they are compressed somewhat at first. Laying your memory foam mattress or topper out and letting it expand it to its full size is going to give you a much more even cut.

Make sure you cut the memory foam bed or memory foam topper on a flat, firm surface. A mattress topper is going to be significantly easier to cut, of course, than a full mattress, but either can be done as long as you know what you're doing.

The surface you cut your memory foam mattress or topper on should be completely flat and firm. For example, a tile floor is optimal for this, although you will want to put a piece of plywood or something similar underneath the mattress so as to protect the surface you'll be cutting on.

Measure the bed or mattress you are going to place the memory foam on, and then measure the memory foam accordingly as well, with a tape measure.

If you're going to be cutting a memory foam mattress, measure starting at the inside corners of the bed frame. For a mattress topper, measure the mattress itself that you're going to place the foam topper on top of.

source: ehow.com
source: ehow.com

Then, mark the measurements you've made on the memory foam with a black marker. So, for example, if you are cutting an inch off of the memory foam all the way around, measure from the outside corner inward one inch in several spots, marking with a dot one inch in. Connect the dots when you've done all of your measuring, all the way around so that you have a straight line to cut on.

How to cut the memory foam

An electric carving knife will do a good job in cutting the memory foam, but make sure, again, that you put the mattress or topper on a surface that can take knife cuts. As stated previously, placing a piece of plywood underneath the memory foam mattress and on top of the surface you are going to cut on is a good idea, to protect your floor.

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