How to Put Memory Foam Mattress Topper on Bed? [Step by Step]

We all will face numerous problems in having a quality sleep if our mattress is old worn out, or not according to our sleeping positions. Extended use of mattresses can lead to lower firmness and sagging. To overcome these issues, we will suggest a cost-effective way.

That is to use a memory foam topper on your existing mattress. A memory foam topper will enhance comfort and temporarily cover the signs of wear and tear. Putting a memory foam topper on the bed will adjust the level of firmness and temperature of the used bedding.

When a mattress topper sits on top of an uncomfortable mattress, it adds a uniform cushioned layer to the mattress, relieves pressure points, and extends the lifespan of your mattress.

It has the power to make your sleep longer and more comfortable by conforming to your body and offering you a feeling like a cloud hugging you tightly.

So if you want to experience all the above-listed benefits of a memory foam topper on your mattress, then it’s crucial to figure out the right way of putting the same on the bed.

How to put a memory foam mattress topper on the bed?

Before we guide you on putting the memory foam topper on the bed, it’s essential for you to examine the size and type of your mattress.

This will help you in making a prudent purchase decision while selecting a topper.

After making the purchase, the product will arrive in compressed boxed packing.

It would be best if you simply unboxed and place it on the bed. May it seem a little confusing to you?

You need not worry. We have drafted a stepwise guide to help you put a memory foam topper properly on your bed. Just follow these steps and VOILA! You will be ready to jump in there to get a restful sleep.

Step 1: Put the box in the desired room.

After buying a good memory foam mattress topper from supermarkets near you or getting it from online shops, the first step is to place the topper package box in the preferred bedroom.

It is essential to take the package in the compressed form since the memory foam topper will expand once opened, making it difficult for you to move around. 

Step 2: Unbox the mattress topper

The next thing is to remove the topper from the wrapped packing. The product will be covered or air-sealed. Use scissors to cut the packaging gently. But be careful while carrying out the procedure.

Again if the room is small enough to do so, you may think of fixing it externally. In that case, you need to lift back the heavily expanded memory foam topper from the outside.  

Tip: Avoid using a knife to cut the plastic wrapping or while unboxing, as it may cut too deep and damage the topper underneath.

Step 3: Place the unboxed topper on a flat surface

Once the memory foam mattress topper is wholly unwrapped, the next step is to place it on an even surface to expand it naturally and off-gas. A memory foam topper ideally takes 12-48 hours to get to its intended size.

During this time, any issue regarding odor due to packaging will also die down. Further clarification on the real-time needed for the topper to expand can be gathered from the instruction manual.

Tip: Avoid exposure to high heat or direct sunlight as it may damage the foam material making it less responsive.

Step 4: Figuring Out the top side of the topper 

This is an important step to carry out properly. One needs to examine the right side of the mattress to be on the top.

Some models are flippable on both sides, whereas there is an indicative finish on the top side in some brands. Even you can look for the care tag or user manual to decide which side to face up.

Tip: One should examine the top side of the mattress, too, before figuring out the face-up side of the topper.

Step 5: Lay it over

Once the mattress topper has been fully air, and the top side is figured out, it is time to place it on top of your bed.

Before completing this step, remove all items like bedsheets, pillows, and protectors from the bed. Then evenly lay the topper on the bed. See to it that there are no folds and budges on the topper.

Tip: Place the mattress protectors over the memory foam topper. It will help to protect both the memory foam topper and the old mattress.

Step 6: Make the bed again!

Lastly, once the memory foam topper is laid perfectly flat along the bed edges, rearrange the rest of the bedding as usual.

Set the protector, fitted bedsheets, and pillows as you would typically do. Now, you are ready to sit there and relax. 

Which side goes up on the memory foam mattress topper?

This is the most commonly asked question by a homemaker, and we are here to help you solve your confusion.

As stated above, one should examine the mattress topper before laying it on the top of a mattress.

After unboxing, it may seem that both sides look indifferent.

But hang on, it is advisable to either check the user manual or tag on the package to confirm the sleep-up side of the topper as most of the time, all memory foam toppers and mattresses are constructed with one sleep position.

The instruction manual will guide you about the properties and design concerning the topper. Ideally, manufacturers place the face-up side with a distinct creation or glossy fabric on top to clear the confusion.

In the event of wrongfully flipping, either the mattress or the topper (when they are not modeled as double-sided) may lead to discomfort and back pain.

If placed correctly, the memory foam topper will lessen the pressure and lend support to the body.

Instead, rotating the memory foam topper or even the mattress by 180 degrees may increase their lifespan and ensure a better weight distribution. 

Pro-Tip: If you still can’t decide on the topper’s sleep side, then go by the thumb rule- the sides that contour your body in a better way is the top one.

Do you put a mattress pad over a memory foam topper?

Before we deal with this confusion of yours, let us understand what a mattress pad is.

Like a mattress topper, a mattress pad is a cover that is intended to be placed between the bed and the fitted sheet to provide additional support and comfort.

These soft pads are used to protect the mattress from surface damage through spills and stains.

Whether we use a mattress pad over a memory foam topper, the short answer is no. Ideally, it won’t be recommended to use them together in most cases.

And if people choose to do so (for specific reasons), then a mattress pad will go directly on top of the memory foam topper.

Subsequently, putting a mattress pad over a memory foam topper will make it feel firmer, especially if the weather is hot and humid. You may remove the mattress pad in the colder season to benefit from the heat retention aspect of memory foam.

What one should be careful about is the thickness. The pad thickness should not be so high that it will take away the feel of the memory foam topper as well as reacts much to body heat.

Tip: We recommend using some sheets on the memory foam topper or use a quilted mattress pad to increases the firmness.

Do you put a fitted sheet over a mattress topper?

The standard thickness of a memory foam topper popular in the market is 2- 4 inches.

If you are presently using regular-sized fitted sheets on the mattress, then the event of adding a topper will require you to purchase a large-sized deep pocket fitted sheet.

Otherwise, the elasticized edges will not fit the bottom of your bedding.

Final Words:

With a memory foam mattress topper, you can easily upgrade your existing mattress in whichever condition it may be. The material is soft, breathable, and has many incredible benefits.

It acts as in as a pressure pain reliever, body molding, and extra comfort. Moreover, it simply adds longevity to your old mattress. To rip the benefits of a memory foam topper, one needs to put it over the bed in the correct order. 

Hopefully, with our guide, you will be able to take on the process of using a memory foam topper on a bed with much ease and confidence.


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