Do You 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 you turn my mattress?
If you want to avoid those uncomfortable lumps, bumps and dips, you should turn your mattress every three to six months. This will depend on the type of mattress and its age. The older the mattress, the more often it should be turned.
How often should you do it if it's just you sleeping on it?
If only one person is sleeping on a mattress, it still needs to be turned regularly to prevent lumps and dips from forming. This should be done every three to six months. If you consistently sleep in the same position, rotating the mattress will allow it to recover its original shape. The frequency that you turn your mattress will also depend on other factors. These include the size and weight of the sleeper, the age of the mattress, and the type of mattress.
Why you should turn your mattress?
Turning your mattress regularly allows the memory foam or springs to recover. If you constantly lie on the same spot for months, it will eventually conform to the shape of your body. You’ll end up with dips and lumps that can ruin a good night’s sleep.
Rotating a mattress evens out the wear patterns and allows the foam layers and springs to recover. This prolongs the lifespan of your mattress. It also ensures that you keep your spine in that all-important neutral position and prevents pressure points from developing.
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 mattresses 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 cases, 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, read up on how to clean your mattress and keep it in good condition.
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.
- Before you start, make sure to move any furniture away from the bed to avoid any accidents
- 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
- To do a 180-degree rotation, simply move the head of the mattress to the foot of the bed
- 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 your mattress:
If your mattress is double-sided then you can flip it over regularly. Bear in mind that memory foam mattresses are single-sided. They’re known as no-turn mattresses and shouldn’t be flipped, but simply rotated from top to bottom every six months.
- Check the manufacturer’s recommendations and ensure that your mattress is a turnable mattress.
- Strip the bed and make sure the area around the bed frame is clear. If necessary, move the bed frame away from the wall so it doesn’t damage either the bed or the paintwork.
- If your mattress has turning handles, use these to position the mattress so that the end is hanging over the bottom of the bed frame. Using the handles, raise the mattress up on its edge, supporting the corners.
- Flip the mattress over and reposition.
- Large mattresses can be difficult to move on your own. For doubles, queen and king size mattresses it’s best to ask for help to avoid injuring yourself or damaging your mattress.
Should you turn your mattress if one person is heavier?
The simple answer is yes. In fact, if one partner is heavier then rotating your mattress more often will help to avoid dips and sagging. Rotating the mattress distributes the level of wear more evenly. It also prevents the fibres from shifting position and creating lumps and bumps. If there is a considerable difference in size and weight between the two partners, rotate the mattress every three months rather than every six 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 mattresses 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 simply depends on the materials used and the care instructions from the manufacturer.
Not sure when to purchase a new mattress? Check out our guide on how often should you change your mattress.