A quality mattress is a serious investment. It’s also an important factor in getting the proper rest, so if you’ve taken the time to research and purchase the best mattress, you don’t want to have to replace it any time soon. Proper care of your mattress plays a large role in how long you can expect it to remain in good shape, and flipping it is key to making it last.
Why is it important to flip a mattress? Generally speaking, people tend to occupy the same spot in a bed night after night. If you share your bed with your significant other, you each probably have a preferred side. This means that certain areas of your mattress are put under more stress than the rest of it in the normal course of using it.
With traditional innerspring mattresses, this repeated application of weight could weaken the metal springs over time, making the mattress sag. Thus, the practice of rotating and flipping mattresses was developed. Turning the mattress so that the head becomes the foot (rotating) and/or turning it so the top becomes the bottom (flipping), evens out the wear on a mattress by subjecting different areas of the mattress to pressure each time its position is adjusted. Regularly rotating and flipping it meant the mattress would last much longer without any noticeable decline in comfort.
The principle is similar for foam mattresses. Although there are no mechanical components inside an all-foam mattress that could wear out or break, over time the foam in a mattress will compress, resulting in body impressions and sagging. If the position of the mattress has never been changed since you bought it, those impressions will develop much faster.
Unfortunately, many modern mattress manufacturers have switched to making one-sided mattresses. These are designed to offer a suitable sleep surface on only one side of the bed, rather than both as was standard previously. This makes it impossible to flip your mattress and reduces the alternate positions you can use to distribute wear and tear. If you own a one-sided mattress, you can and should still rotate it, alternating which end serves as the head and which as the foot, to do what you can to even out the use. However, not being able to flip it will reduce the overall lifespan of the mattress as compared to two-sided mattresses.
At IDLE Sleep, all of our mattresses are two-sided. We know that it’s a hassle to have to keep replacing worn-out mattresses, so we give you the means to keep your mattress in top shape for years. For maximum longevity, we recommend rotating your mattress end to end every couple of months and flipping it two to three times per year.
IDLE Sleep is dedicated to producing top-quality mattresses at a fair price. Our American-made mattresses use the latest in premium materials for superior temperature control and pressure relief. If you’re ready to experience a great night’s sleep, it’s time to find out which IDLE Sleep mattress is right for you.