How Long Do Mattresses Last? (And How to Make Them Last Longer)

A quality mattress is a serious purchase, and you expect one to last a long time. Once you’ve done the research to pick the correct design and firmness, of course you want to get the most out of it. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to determine when it’s time to buy a replacement, but there are signs that it’s time to get a new mattress. More importantly, there are things you can do to keep your mattress in top shape as long as possible.

The National Sleep Foundation suggests that mattresses tend to last around eight years. However, you should examine both the condition of your mattress and the quality of the sleep you’re getting. Is your current mattress getting worn or lumpy? Are there deep indentations where you normally sleep, or does the entire mattress sag in the middle? If the mattress itself looks okay, are you consistently waking up with aches and pains? Do you toss and turn, unable to get comfortable? These are all signs that it is time to find a new mattress, even if you haven’t hit the eight-year mark.

Before you get to that point, there are things you can do to extend the life of your mattress. The first step is to make sure that your bedframe properly supports your mattress. Whether your mattress is resting on a platform, slats, or a box spring, you should make sure it is sturdy enough to keep the mattress level. Any sagging or bending will not only damage the mattress over time, it will also mean an uncomfortable night for you.

Next, keep your mattress clean. Always use a mattress pad under your sheets to protect your mattress against spills and launder it several times a year. Wash your sheets every week or two. Vacuum the top of your mattress periodically—experts recommend at least twice a year. This can help remove dust and allergens.

Gentle treatment is a must to make your mattress last. While your children might want to use your bed as an indoor trampoline, bouncing on the mattress is destructive. Mattresses are designed as an appropriate sleep surface, not as a gym. Over time, walking or jumping on them will damage them and may also damage the support underneath them.

Sleeping in the same spot on your mattress every night can also shorten the life of your mattress by concentrating wear and tear in one place. This is why it is important to change the position of your mattress every so often. In the case of single-sided mattresses, like most made today, this means rotating the mattress 180 degrees, so that the foot becomes the head and vice versa. Double-sided mattresses can be both flipped and rotated, evening out the wear on the mattress even further and making the mattress last longer.

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