How to Get Rid of Lumps in a Pillow-Top Mattress

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Things You'll Need

  • Stitch unpicker

  • Sewing needle

  • Thread


If you're stitching the pillow top, be sure to double-up on the threading to make the new seam sturdy.

If you have a pillow-top mattress that has lumps in it, you have two options: donate or dispose of the old mattress and purchase a new one or remove the lumps yourself. The first option is obviously more expensive but will solve the problem. The second is more financially feasible but may require a bit of stitching experience. If you're willing to undertake a new and necessary task, you can remove those pillow top lumps.


Step 1

Remove all the bedding from your pillow-top mattress: pillows, sheets, comforter and sheet cover.

Step 2

Locate the zipper on your pillow-top mattress and unzip it to open the pillow top. If there is no zipper, use a stitch unpicker to remove enough stitching to gain access to the pillow top stuffing.

Step 3

Relocate the lumps in depressed areas of the pillow top and/or remove the lumpy stuffing to make the pillow top smooth and even.

Step 4

Zip up the pillow-top mattress or sew thread to close it up with a needle.

Step 5

Replace the bedding covers.


Owen E. Richason IV

Owen Richason grew up working in his family's small contracting business. He later became an outplacement consultant, then a retail business consultant. Richason is a former personal finance and business writer for "Tampa Bay Business and Financier." He now writes for various publications, websites and blogs.