How to Fold an Air Mattress

Air mattresses are great alternative to traditional mattresses. They are a fantastic option for camping and sleepovers and can last for a very long time if you know how to take care of them and properly fold and store them after each use.

In the previous article we talked about how to clean an air mattress and now we are going to explain how to fold it properly without damaging it.

Although folding an air mattress is not so complicated, these beds often don’t come with an instruction manual that explains this and most people don’t know how to do that the right way.

Here we will provide detailed instructions on how to fold an air mattress and store it safely until the next time you decide to use it.Last updated May 4, 2020 @ 4:51 pm

Deflate the Mattress

To fold your air mattress, you need to deflate it first. Find the air valve you used to inflate the mattress and open it. As soon as you open it, you will hear air flowing out of your mattress and it will start to deflate.

This will take a few minutes, depending on the size of your air mattress and its design.

If your air mattress comes with an air pump, you can use it to deflate the mattress as well. This will significantly shorten the time needed to deflate the mattress completely.

When you notice your air mattress has stopped deflating, you should get all the remaining air out of it. Take off all the jewelry from your hands, any sharp rings or bracelets that could possibly puncture the surface of the mattress and gently press the mattress from top and push the air to the valve.

Repeat this process as many times as necessary to make sure that there is no air left inside. Once you finish this, close the valve again to prevent the air from going back in.

Prepare the Mattress for Folding

After you deflate the air mattress, you should prepare it for folding. Lay it on the floor or some other flat surface and use your hands to gently smooth out all the wrinkles.

It’s important to do this before you fold up the mattress as the wrinkles can damage the mattress when it is folded tightly.

But, before you place the mattress on the floor, make sure there are no sharp objects on the floor as they could damage the surface of your air mattress and lead to punctures.

Fold Up the Air Mattress

After you even out the surface of your air mattress, you should fold it, roll it properly and prepare it for storage.

Once you smooth out all the wrinkles, fold your mattress in half. You can fold it either by width or length to fit the storage container you have. Depending on the size of your air mattress, you may need to fold it once again.

If you have trouble folding it nicely, it may happen that there is still some air left inside it. If it is so, you should lay it flat on the floor and use your hands again to push out the remaining air.

Once you fold the mattress, you should roll it up so it can fit the storage container. You can roll it either vertically or horizontally, and don’t forget to handle it very gently again.

After you roll it up, wrap a towel around it or just around its outer edges to protect them from abrasions and any other potential damages and secure it with a rope or a bungee cord with plastic ends and then store the mattress away.

How to Store the Air Mattress

To store your mattress properly, you can’t use any storage container you have. Most air mattresses have a delicate structure. 

Some use a combination of materials such as polyvinyl chloride, polyurethane plastics and certain rubber compounds, while more expensive ones even use antimicrobial velour or velvet tops.

Such materials don’t respond well to big shifts in temperature, to humidity and bad weather conditions which is why you need to make sure your air mattress will be well protected when you store it away.

You can use the storage container that your mattress originally came with such as carrying bag or a box if you still have it, but if you don’t, you should get a sturdy container made of hard plastic or thick cardboard.

Avoid storing your mattress in a thin plastic bag. It may protect your mattress from dust, but it won’t protect it from punctures.

After you pick a storage container and put your air mattress there, place the container somewhere safe like a storage room or a dark closet. Don’t put any other items on top of it as they can damage the mattress too.


Air mattresses are very popular these days. They can be easily moved around and used for different purposes, but you should also know how to store them properly after each use and make them last longer.

Folding an air mattress is not so complicated process and doesn’t require any special effort. In this article we provided detailed instructions on how to do this and explained how to handle an air mattress carefully and store it safely until the next time you need to use it.

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