Blog_640x400_Firm Mattress.jpg
Bed Basics

Did You Know You Don't Flip Your Mattress Anymore?

Flipping your mattress used to be a pain and caused frequent complaints. Mattress Firm remembers the struggle -- you had to remove all the pillows and sheets, wrestle it to the ground, flip it over, then hoist it back on top of the bed. It was hard enough to do with two people, and nearly impossible to do by yourself.

But we have good news — the days of turning your mattress every couple of months are now behind us!

The Old Days


Mattresses used to be made double-sided, which means that users could sleep comfortably no matter which side of the mattress was facing up. Flipping the mattress was intended to even out the use and thus, to make the bed more comfortable.

If users chose not to flip the mattress regularly, the pressure from the weight of a human body could put too much regular pressure on some of the mattress springs and cause the mattress to sag over time. People could increase the lifespan of their mattress by flipping it or rotating the mattress regularly.

Changing the Way Mattresses are Made


Around 2000, mattress manufacturers began to introduce single-sided mattresses. Customer feedback suggested that bed owners were rarely, if ever, flipping their mattresses. This change in mattress design eliminates the need to flip mattresses entirely, allowing the mattress to stay right where it was delivered.

Owners who aren't sure if their mattress is single sided or double sided need do nothing more than take a quick peek under the sheets. If one side is padded while the other isn't, it is a single sided mattress. If both sides of the mattress are padded, it's a double sided mattress.

If you look and see that your mattress is double sided, there's a solid chance it's more than eight years old, and it's time to replace.

For more info on replacing your mattress, visit your local Mattress Firm location and talk with Mattress Firm employees or read more here, on The Daily Doze.

You Might Also Like

King vs. California King: Sizes and Dimensions
Bed Basics
King vs. California King: What Is the Difference? Looking for more room to sleep—whether it’s solo, with your partner, your children or even your furry friends? A King bed can be the perfect choice. After all, Kings offer more than 6,000 square inches of comfy, cozy sleep paradise.
selecting the right mattress size_RAW.jpg
Bed Basics
Buying Guide: Selecting the Right Mattress SizeOne of the most common mistakes made when buying a new bed is selecting one that's too small. When it comes to mattress sizes, bigger is often better (as long as it can fit in your room!).
how to fold a fitted sheet
Bed Basics
How do you fold a fitted sheet?We’re answering the age-old question: how do you fold a fitted sheet?
4 ways to clean a mattress
Bed Basics
4 Easy Ways to Clean Your MattressAlthough we sleep on our mattress every single night, we often forget that underneath all of those covers, your mattress needs a little TLC every now and again. It's easy to understand the need to avoid dirty sheets, but have you ever thought about how to avoid a dirty mattress or the best way to clean a mattress?
urine-stains-1440x1000.png
Bed Basics
How to Clean a Mattress: Urine StainsFrom an accident caused by your little one to the family pet draining themselves on that brand new duvet, figuring out how to clean urine from a mattress as well as how to get the urine smell out of a mattress can be quite the hassle. Find the best way to clean a mattress.
Girl lying on her tummy on her mattress facing a stuffed dog.
Bed Basics
The Best Mattresses for KidsFinding the best mattress for a kid can be a challenging task. While most adults have spent years learning which type of mattress and firmness feels best for their sleep style, kids will be building good sleep habits on the mattress you choose, so an uncomfortable or unsupportive mattress can more easily disrupt their sleep or train them be permanent stomach sleepers, which is not ideal for long-term wellness. The right mattress can help a child develop healthy sleep habits; after all, children spend much more time sleeping than adults. Buying a mattress for kids can often feel like a guessing game, since cost and size can be a factor. San Antonio, Texas-based Mattress Firm Sleep Expert™ Sarah Martinez has some insightful tips of what to keep in mind when shopping for a kids mattress that will leave them sleeping comfortably during a time when restorative rest is important for growth.
Toddler in a Queen Size Bed
Bed Basics
3 Tips to Help You Break in Your BedHave you ever wondered how to break in a new bed or how long it takes to break in a new mattress?
tips to prepare for your mattress and adjustable base delivery
Bed Basics
Everything You Want to Know About Your Mattress DeliveryIt’s time to get excited! Your new bed from Mattress Firm will soon arrive at your doorstep which means blissful sleep is right around the corner. No matter which delivery service you ordered, your new mattress is arriving soon and while you wait, we have a few tips. Here are some pointers to ensure your Mattress Firm delivery is quick and hassle-free.
feet next to a slatted bed
Bed Basics
Everything You Want to Know About Bunkie BoardsShopping for a new mattress is complicated. From deciding on firmness level and height to overall construction, there’s a lot that goes into buying a new mattress. But equally important is what you’ll set that mattress on when you bring it home.