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Do I Need To Turn My Mattress?

Flipping your mattress is one of those tasks that's easy to forget. But regularly flipping or rotating your mattress can actually add years on to its life span. By making sure you're sleeping on a different spot every few months it ensures even wear all over which prevents certain spots from sagging. But do you have a turnable mattress? Find out how often you should turn your mattress, if it needs flipping or rotating and how to do it in our helpful guide.

How often should I turn my mattress?

1. Consider how much it's being used

Before flipping your mattress it's important to check that it's a turnable mattress. The amount you need to flip a mattress depends on how often you use it. For example, a guest mattress will need flipping a lot less frequently than your actual bed. And the amount your guest mattress will need turning will depend on how often you have guests stay over.

If you sleep on a mattress daily, it's recommended that you turn it once every three months. Some manufacturers advise turning and rotating a mattress at the end of every week for the first three months to ensure the materials settle properly. As for a guest bed, if you only have a few guests a year you probably won't need to turn it for a few years. If it's used quite regularly, turn it once every three to six months.

2. Is the mattress double sided?

Many modern mattress styles tend to be one-sided. This means that flipping it over will have you laying directly on the tough springs. Sounds uncomfortable, doesn't it? With these styles, it's quite easy to tell that they're one-sided, the bottom layer is usually a different colour and doesn't have any comfortable padding.

If you have a one-sided style, it's usually recommended to rotate it 180 degrees to ensure even wear. Many of these no-turn styles will have handles on the side to make them easier to rotate. You should aim to rotate your no-turn mattress every three to six months depending on usage.

3. Is there one or two people sleeping on it?

Another factor to consider is if there are one or two of you sleeping on the mattress. If you are the only person sleeping in the bed, you'll likely sleep on the same side and in the same position each night. Rotating or turning the mattress every three months will prevent sagging on one side.

As for couples, it's equally important to make sure you turn or rotate every three months or so. If you and your partner weigh different amounts, rotating will help ensure there's even wear all throughout the mattress and make sure you get the most out of it.

What is a non-turnable mattress?

A non-turnable mattress, also known as a rotate only mattress is a style that can only be slept on one side. They've grown in popularity in recent years and can have many benefits. Non-turnable styles don't require as much heavy lifting to rotate them as they would to flip them. This is a great solution for people that find heavy lifting challenging.

Rotate only mattresses can also be heavier. This is a big reason why brands tend to manufacture them as a no-turn style. Memory foam and hybrid styles are likely to be no-turn due to how heavy the materials can be.

Does my mattress need to be rotated or flipped?

If your mattress is one-sided, it's a non-turnable mattress and should only be rotated. Whereas a traditional, double-sided mattress can benefit from being both turned and rotated. In some case, there are models where one side of the mattress is designed to be used in the colder months and the other in the hotter season. Because there can be so many variations, it's important to check the care guide from the manufacturer. The key to making your mattress last a long time is taking proper care of it. For more tips on how to keep your mattress in good condition, check out our care guide.

How to rotate your mattress:

The goal behind rotating your non-turnable mattress is for the mattress to take a 180-degree turn without flipping over. For maximum gain, you can plan out your turns for the year to make sure you're always on time with your rotations.

  1. Before you start, make sure to move any furniture away from the bed to avoid any accidents
  2. Use the handles provided and test that you can manage the weight. Some mattresses are heavier than they look! If you can, get someone to help you rotate the mattress
  3. To do a 180-degree rotation, simply move the head of the mattress to the foot of the bed
  4. If you have a slatted bed frame, make sure all the slats are in place before laying on the bed. Moving the mattress can sometimes move them out of place

How to flip & rotate your turnable mattress:

Before flipping, make sure that it's definitely a turnable mattress. The manufacturer will generally state that it's double-sided and advise you to flip it in the care manual. You should aim to flip a mattress that's used daily at least twice a year and rotate it every three months.

  1. Ensure that you've moved furniture away from the bed before starting
  2. Test the weight by lifting it up slightly. Flipping a heavy mattress can be challenging and it's best to use two people if you can
  3. Start by rotating the mattress 90-degrees the raise the mattress onto its side
  4. Next, lower the mattress so the existing top side is now at the bottom
  5. Finally, rotate the mattress a further 90-degrees and back onto the bed frame. Doing this will rotate the mattress as well as flipping it, so no need to worry about rotating for another three months!

Is a turnable mattress better?

Turnable mattresses are far less common nowadays. This is because mattresses made from memory foam, latex foam and hybrid styles do not require flipping. The material in these styles bounces back to its original shape and needs less maintenance because of that. Many pocket sprung and open coil mattresses are still double-sided and can be flipped. Unfortunately, having a double-sided mattress doesn't mean it will last twice as long. The average mattress lasts between seven to nine years and this applies to turnable and non-turnable styles. Whether it should be flipped or not, it simply depends on the materials used and the care instructions from the manufacturer.

Shop our full range of turnable and non-turnable mattress styles, here.

Author: Lucie

Lucie is a copywriter, trend spotter, and our resident sleep expert! Lucie has been with the team since 2018 and her articles cover a sweeping array of subjects from general product care, the latest bedroom design trends, ways to promote healthier sleep and jargon-busting explanations to help you understand what goes into our products. Do you have questions for Lucie & the team? Call one of our sleep experts today!

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