Which Side Goes Up On Memory Foam Mattress Topper?

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Unlike older conventional mattresses, a memory foam mattress does not require flipping to increase its longevity. The design varies by manufacturer; some feature a thin memory foam layer stitched atop other materials, while others look the same on top and bottom. If unsure, press your hand into the foam; the side that conforms to the shape the most, and slowly, is the top.

Figuring Out Your Mattress

Examine the mattress: Some brands, such as Sealy, finish the top side with a decorative fabric, compared to a plain bottom side. A care tag or brochure included with some brands or models indicates which side is designed to face up. If the look and feel of the mattress are so similar on both sides that you cannot distinguish top from bottom, visit the manufacturer's website or ask a knowledgeable representative at the store where the mattress was purchased.

How to Install A Memory Foam Mattress Topper

When you receive a new memory foam mattress topper it is going to be boxed up and tightly packed. Most mattress topper just have to be placed on top of your mattress which might seem simple enough. But we created this guide to give you some helpful tips to make life even easier.

  • Step 1: Place the box with the mattress topper in the desired room. Since the memory foam is tightly packed it will expand making it much hard for it to be able to move around. If you don’t have enough space in your desired location then you can let it expand somewhere else just keep in mind it is going to be a lot hard to move once it is opened.
  • Step 2: Remove the mattress topper from the box, if it is wrapped or air sealed in packing use scissors and not a knife, a knife will cut to deep and damage the memory foam underneath. When using the scissor make sure not to cut deep and only cut the packaging. Be careful while doing this.
  • Step 3: Once the mattress topper is removed from all packaging it will start to expand and off gas. Place the memory foam mattress topper on a flat and even surface, making sure it is not exposed to high heat or direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can damage the memory foam and make it less responsive. Let the memory foam air out for 12 to 48 hours or until it reaches its intended width/ height and doesn’t have an intense smell from being wrapped up in the packaging.
  • Step 4: Once the mattress topper has been fully air out it is time to place it on top of your mattress. Remove all items on your bed sheets, pillows and protector. Mattress protectors can be placed over or underneath a mattress topper but you might as well protect both the mattress topper and mattress.
  • Step 5: Place the memory foam mattress topper on top of the mattress making sure that is lays evenly across the mattress. Remove any bulges or folds.
  • Step 6: Once the mattress topper is laying perfectly flat on your mattress place the rest of your bedding onto, making the bed how you normally would.

As you can see it is easy to set up and place a memory foam mattress topper on your bed. Just remember the main tips in this article is to not use a knife when removing the mattress topper from the packaging and to make sure the let it expand in the room that you are using it in to help save time and frustration.

10 Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do You Put A Mattress Pad Over Memory Foam Topper?

The short answer is, you can just toss some sheets on the memory foam topper the way it is with the zippered cover. Then again, many people who buy a memory foam topper use a quilted mattress pad they already have and put that on top of the topper. The mattress pad may make it feel firmer.

2. Which Is Better Egg Crate or Memory Foam?

It tends to be more responsive and distributes weight better than a thick layer of foam, and also it has cooling advantages because of the air flow that it provides. Egg crate foam can be either memory foam or reflex foam, which are both blends of polyurethane foams and could be prone to off-gassing and odor.

3. Can You Put 2 Mattress Toppers on Top of Each Other?

Our Answer: We don't recommend putting multiple pads on a mattress. The memory foam mattress topper pad would just make the bed even softer and more uncomfortable. There really isn't any add on that can save your bed if it has dips or is just too soft – at this point you really need to start looking at new mattresses.

4. What Is The Best Thickness For A Mattress Topper?

4 inches is considered to be a maximum thickness of a mattress topper and anything thicker than 4 inches would be classed as a mattress rather than a mattress topper. However, some 5 or 6 inch thick toppers can be found as well. A 4-inch mattress topper is ideal for covering the deficiencies of an older mattress.

5. Do You Put A Fitted Sheet Over A Mattress Topper?

Sheets with deep pockets can typically accommodate up to 22 inches in height, while regular fitted sheets may accommodate as little as 11 inches. If you use a regular fitted sheet with your mattress topper, you will not be able to pull the elasticized portion of the fitted sheet to the bottom of your mattress.

6. What Is The Difference Between Memory Foam and Gel Memory Foam?

Gel benefits mattresses by retaining less heat than memory foam. Also, newer gels compete against memory foam by being more responsive and less toxic. Gel is similar to foam because it is a polymer made by blending plastics and other chemicals. Gel offers a cooler sleeping surface than memory foam.

7. What Is A Convoluted Mattress Topper?

The term convoluted describes foam with a ridged design that has peaks and valleys. Often called egg crate foam, convoluted foam is lighter than a solid piece of foam and allows for added airflow. Foam mattress toppers often use convoluted foam designs for added support.

8. What Kind Of Foam Is Memory Foam?

Memory foam consists mainly of polyurethane as well as additional chemicals increasing its viscosity and density. It is often referred to as "viscoelastic" polyurethane foam, or low-resilience polyurethane foam (LRPu).

9. Can A Gel Mattress Leak?

The gel infused topper will not leak. The gel is mixed in with fibers made into sponge foam.

10. Does Egg Crate Go Up or Down?

Position the eggcrate foam so that the zones are in the correct position. Generally, zoned eggcrate foam has the least amount of points at the foot end. You can place it with the points facing up or the points facing down, depending on your preference.

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