Bedroom foldablemattress

Published on September 1st, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Foldable Mattress

Materials: 3 baby mattresses “Vyssa Slummer” (120x60cm), 1 oversized blanket cover (155x220cm), yarn, sewing machine

First of all my source of inspiration.

My two children love to sleep together on a broad mattress on weekend-nights. We used to have a double-folding-mattress size 180x200cm. It took up a lot of space in the children’s room, was slowly ripping apart in the seams, and looked old and shabby. An eye-sore in the children’s room.

New foldable mattresses are ugly or expensive or both. Then I saw above-mentioned inspiration but still thought “Well, with pillows inside it won’t take long until it will feel like lying on the floor.”

And then I was at IKEA. And they had the “Vyssa Slummer” mattresses on sale, only 9 Euro per mattress. I still had a nice blanketcover at home, otherwise I would surely have bought a nice one at IKEA on the same trip.

And here goes:

- I cut open one long side. I used a blanket cover with a zipper, so I cut open the side on the end of the zipper.

- I measured out “height + breadth of the mattress + 1cm” three times and marked it on the blanket cover (long side of the mattress aligned with short side of the cover).

- I measured out the length of the mattress and tucked the surplus of the cover inside (should be understandable with the picture offering a peek inside).

- I sewed along the lines between the three spaces for the mattresses.

- I pushed and shoved in the mattresses and folded the tucked-in surplus over the mattresses.

- I pushed the seams toward the top edge of the first two mattresses and toward the bottom edge of the middle and last mattress. Why? Because that way you can fold them easily.

- As the mattresses are 60cm broad and the cover is 220cm long about 20cm were left after sewing everything. As you can see on the second picture it makes a nice flap giving the folded mattresses kind of a “sofa”-look.

I was surprised about the clean professional look of the whole thing. And my kids loved it and are sleeping on it right this minute.

The whole project took one trip to IKEA, about 30 Minutes of thinking and planning and about 1 hour of marking, stitching and sewing.

And I am a very, VERY inexperienced seamstress. So if you are just a little more into that subject the whole thing won’t take you more than half an hour.

~ Anneke, Germany

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Jules Yap

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11 Responses to Foldable Mattress

  1. Janet says:

    Hi, I have some covered cushions that I would like to redo and make the foldable mattress. But what are the instructions to sew the top seam and the bottom seam.. I would like to add zippers instead.

    • Anneke says:

      Hi Janet,
      I suppose you are referring to the picture with “seam on the bottom” and “seam on the top”, right?
      Actually I just sewed across the duvet cover and later when I had put in the mattresses, I pushed one seam down to the bottom and one to the top. This way the mattress is better foldable, because the seams will be right at the bottom or top of the mattress and you can fold it like a “Z”. I suppose you could also just connect several cushions with zippers. If they are not pillows but more of a box-shape you should try to put the zippers on the bottoms and tops as well, to make it fold better.
      Or did I misunderstand you and you are asking about the open side by which to take the mattresses out when you want to wash the cloth? Here I just folded the surplus cloth to the inside before I sewed across the duvet cover. Then you have the cloth doubled at the open side and can just push the mattress under the cloth on one side. With zippers it would surely be cleaner, but also much more work. For me this was good enough.
      And our mattress is still in use very often – after almost 5 years.

  2. jeffri says:

    I would love to make one now. But it seems that the website you’ve mentioned (my source of inspiration) link, seems to open for invited readers only. If you could point me at how I can join the website, it would be nice. Thank you.

    • Anneke says:

      Dear Jeffri,
      I just saw your post, because after 5 years I do not really look at my post often anymore. I suppose you don’t need a reply anymore, but I will write it anyway. The website I linked to seems to have changed, but if you search the net for “pillow mattress” or “pillow bed” you should get lots of other sites. Theses pillow beds were (are?) quite a hype on the net. I let myself be inspired by that and then used baby mattresses instead of pillows. Also I used one duvet cover instead of several pillow covers. It was really easy and you should be able to make it quickly.
      By the way: We are still using the foldable mattress either for my kids or for sleep-overs. It is still great!

  3. Anneke says:

    One year later the mattress is still going strong. My kids love to sleep on it nearly every weekend. And it is used to build castles, make sandwiches, used as a slide… . No wear and tear at all.

  4. tivea says:

    What a great idea to use baby mattresses instead of pillows! Danke schön. Fahre morgen glaub ich zu ikea :-)

  5. Nice idea!
    mattress foundation

  6. Anneke says:

    Thanks for the advice. The way it is now I can already take out the mattresses because I never sewed it shut. I just folded over the fabric. But with velcro it would probably be neater.

  7. Jenny says:

    Great idea! I am an “experienced seamstress” and I think you will eventually want to wash the cover. If so, pick out the seam along one of the longer side, then sew on velcro to close it in the future. I promise sewing on velcro is just as easy as what you’ve already done. :)

  8. J says:

    super genial!!!! dankeschoen, das mach ich nach, ich war auf der Suche nach etwas faltbaren, was etwas bequemer ist als Isomatte fuer unter das Hochbett meines Sohnes, wenn ein Freund, oder mehrere hier bei uns uebernachten wollen.
    Jo, in Vancouver, BC

  9. stricksonne says:

    wow!!!!!!! greetings from angie (germany)

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