As a kid, you may remember helping your parents rotate your bedroom mattress every few months or so, perhaps even flipping it over on occasion. Now, as an adult, you should be doing the same with your own mattress—especially since rotating is the key to a long-lasting mattress and nighttime comfort.
The following is a basic guide to rotating your mattress from a seasoned furniture store in Houston, MO. We address why you should rotate it, how often to rotate it and more.
Reasons why you should rotate your mattress
To “rotate” your mattress means to move the mattress 180 degrees; this action will move what used to be the head of the bed to the foot of the bed. Topping the list of reasons why you should rotate your mattress is to even out wear and prolong the bed’s lifespan. A good mattress is not cheap, so take care of yours to avoid having to purchase a new one sooner rather than later. Furthermore, rotating the mattress helps keep your spine in neutral alignment during sleep—an important aspect of sleeping well and waking up and going about your day pain-free.
Sleeping in the exact same spot on your mattress may make you feel safe and comfortable, but occupying the same spot every single night causes your bed to wear unevenly. With time, your bed will also start to sag. Sagging causes your spine to fall out of alignment and you could experience body pains—or a pain in your wallet when you have to replace your mattress. Rotate your mattress for a fresh sleeping spot and to allow the worn area to recover.
How often to rotate
Modern day mattresses offer a variety of materials, as well as a combination of materials. Because mattress construction will vary, there’s no single universal answer to how often you should rotate and/or flip your mattress. That being said, most mattress brands recommend that rotation take place every three months, or once a year at the very least.
Mattress types that need to be rotated, and those that don’t
It’s a good idea to rotate your mattress regularly—that is, unless the mattress company you purchased your bed from specifically says not to. Innerspring, latex foam, memory foam and hybrid (usually a combination of foam and innerspring) can all benefit from rotation. On the other hand, mattress brands like Sleep Number and Tempur-Pedic don’t recommend rotating or flipping their beds.
If you think that it’s easy to forget to rotate your mattress, just consider how infrequently your box spring gets rotated! The mattress experts suggest that you rotate your box spring every six months to help evenly distribute wear.
While rotating your mattress prolongs its life, there will come a time when you’ll need to replace it with a brand new one. Shop around before making a decision, and make sure to visit Crowleys Homeworks to check out the wide selection of mattresses, bedroom and home furniture and furniture accessories available at our furniture store in Houston, MO.