How to make a template for a new or replacement mattress

Making a template is easier than you think.

First make sure that it is appropriate for your mattress.

You should use a template whenever there are curves to the edges of the mattress. If there are straight lines on all sides while templates are still better measurements will do. You can always send us the dimensions by selecting the first option on the website or simply send us an email / post a drawing.

If there are sides that are not vertical on the edges of the mattress  (common in yacht cabins) then CLICK HERE to see how to make the angles. Alternatively you may be better letting us pick up the old mattresses and using them to make templates, unpicking them, making any alterations and disposing of them after for you. If so choose the third option at the check out.

However if at any stage, you would rather we can pick up your existing mattress and use these as templates.  If so choose the third option on the web site or give us a call.  


You will find using Brown Paper easiest.  Plastic sheets tend to slip and old bed sheets while these can be used, they can stretch diagonally leading to errors.)

The type of brown paper that you can buy at the post office or ‘Staples’ in rolls is absolutely ideal.

1) First tape the paper together so that it is      wide enough for the bed you want to make.

2) There are two ways for the the next step.

   i) Either put the mattress on top or the paper and draw around it with a magic marker.

     Or Better Still...

  ii) Put the paper onto the wooden base of the bed and where the ‘fiddles’ raise around the bed to keep the mattress on, run your fingers around to crease the paper with your nails. This will be much easier than you anticipate and will leave a nice sharp edge which you can then later draw around with a felt pen.  See image.

 3) Now finish off by CUTTING OUT THE TEMPLATE and marking it with a) which is the top side, b)your name and telephone number, c) what bed it is for and D) If you want the mattress split please indicate this with a line.
This is simple, but if you have any problems, do not have the time or would simply rather that we did it. Then please choose the third option and we will pick your mattresses up and make the templates for you.  
Any queries or if you would like more information please call us on 03704 464 233
How To Make A Template For A New Mattress