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How Often Should You Flip a Mattress?

how often should you flip a mattress

You love your mattress, but it's been awhile since you bought it, and now you are wondering: to flip or not to flip? Originally, this practice was introduced into the bedding industry with the popularity of spring mattresses as the springs wore out over time. But, with today's newer models of memory foam and hybrid materials, this long-term habit is slowly phasing out.

How Often Should You Flip a Mattress

So, can you flip a pillow top mattress? Can you flip a memory foam mattress? Most mattress retailers do not recommend it as today's mattresses materials have changed, making the flip a movement of the past. The practice of flipping was once recommended for innerspring mattresses without a top comfort layer.

While you may think that flipping prolongs the life of your bed, today most mattresses are one-sided (unlike mattresses of the past), so flipping the mattress would place the memory foam, hybrid foam or pillow top on the opposite side, making your mattress a lot less comfortable — and unusable. You can say goodbye to this old habit and keep your flipping to your Sunday morning pancakes!

How Often Should You Rotate Your Mattress

So what can you do to prolong the life of your mattress? Many sleepers prefer to rotate their beds to keep the wear on their mattress even. By periodically rotating your mattress, you can prolong the overall usage of the bed, and help keep your spine in neutral alignment.

If you're interested in rotating your mattress, keep in mind that this practice is generally better for pillow top and luxurious comfort mattresses as these tend to have additional padding or support on top. Rotating simply allows the mattress to even out over time and give you a newer, supportive feel. So, the next time your mattress feels like it could use a refresh, a good 180-degree turn should do the trick!

When to Get a New Mattress

When flipping and rotating aren't enough, it's probably time to upgrade. These practices can increase the longevity of your mattress, but eventually, you will need a replacement. If your mattress still isn't supportive or comfortable after rotating, a new bed is probably the best solution. But no need to worry — we have you covered! Whenever you are ready to give your sleep space an upgrade, stop by your nearest Mattress Firm store to find your best sleep yet.

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