Should I Flip or Rotate My Mattress?

You know to use a mattress protector to extend the mattress lifespan. We’ve talked about cleaning your mattress, and how long to expect your mattress to last. What we haven’t talked about is periodically flipping your mattress.

You may have heard people say you need to rotate it instead, while others you need to both flip and rotate! Either way, flipping or rotating your heavy mattress is quite a chore. Shouldn’t you make sure you know why before you break your back over it on a regular basis? At least if you know you have a good reason to do it, you won’t be so grudging about it.

My friend, you are in the right place. Read on to find out all you need to know about mattress flipping, rotating, or turning.

Should I rotate my mattress?

Rotating your mattress means turning your bed so that where your feet were becomes where your head is. Doing so between 3-4 times a year stops you from sleeping in the same spot night after night, year in and year out. Different parts of your bed get to share the load (your body weight), and this slows down and prevents uneven wear and tear, and different areas of your mattress get a chance to recover. Without rotating, your bed won’t be able to support you optimally. Mattress companies will often recommend in either their care instructions or FAQs to rotate it every few months.

As a rule of thumb, most beds can and should be rotated if not 4 times a year then at least 3. It’s infinitely easier to rotate it with two people rather than by yourself. Some modern mattresses even have handles, in which case it should be an even easier job!

Should I flip my mattress?

Flipping a mattress is turning the mattress upside down, so that the bottom surface of the mattress becomes the top. Topsy turvy, whatever you’d like to call it, this is probably a more difficult job than rotating the mattress.

Not all mattress models should be flipped.

Let me repeat.

You cannot flip every mattress.

It all comes down to the mattress type. Many mattresses these days are designed and built as one-sided mattresses so that the layers and components inside each bed works together in their particular order. For instance, a pillow top mattress should never be flipped upside down because the pillow top will no longer be on top. That would mean that not only do you not enjoy the plush feel of sinking into the pillow top layer, but you could actually damage the plush surface by squishing the surface between your bed base and the rest of the mattress. Hybrid mattresses that have specific comfort layers on one side are also one-sided mattresses. If in doubt, check with your mattress manufacturer as it should be specified in the care instructions whether or not you should flip, otherwise you risk voiding your mattress warranty.

The general rule to go by is that if it’s a hybrid or foam mattress, particularly if it’s a memory foam mattress, then you should not flip it. Memory foam layers respond to your body heat, so it will not function as designed if it’s on the bottom. If it’s a purely innerspring mattress, like traditional mattresses, then it’s most likely a two-sided mattress and flipping it periodically will keep the steel coils from wearing out as soon. It can feel bothersome, but your bed is an investment, so follow the care instructions from your mattress manufacturer so that your mattress can enjoy an extended lifespan. Similarly to rotating the mattress, it’s a far easier job with two people. Be very careful if you’re doing this by yourself as you can easily put your back out. Make sure you have other furniture or small children out of the way so that you have more room to work with.

I’ve flipped it. I don’t need to rotate it right?

Sorry, but you still need to rotate your mattress even if you flip it. By doing both, you’re distributing the wear more evenly across your mattress. One way to go about this is to switch up between rotating and flipping every 3 months so you get a fresh surface 4 times a year!

What if you and your partner have very different weights?

If one person in a couple is much heavier than the other, it can cause an uneven distribution of fillings in the mattress and lead to discomfort. The heavier person will sink more deeply into the mattress, creating a dip or sagging on their side that can make sleeping uncomfortable. In this situation, you should rotate your mattress more often to distribute the fillings evenly and prevent any dips or sagging.

This is true regardless of which type of mattress you have – whether it’s a innerspring type or one-sided mattress. A double-sided mattress with separate comfort layers needs regular rotation to ensure it stays even and comfortable for both sleep partners. If you’re unsure how frequently to rotate your mattress based on your individual situation, check with your manufacturer or local bedding store for advice.

I sleep by myself. How often should I turn my bed?

If you’re the only person who sleeps on your mattress, you may have wondered if it’s still necessary to rotate it. The answer is yes! Rotating your mattress every three months helps distribute the fillings evenly and prevents your mattress from dipping or sagging on one side.

It’s also important to note that this practice applies to all types of mattresses, whether you have a memory foam mattress, hybrid mattress, modern mattress, pillow-top mattress, innerspring mattress or latex mattress.

Rotating your single-person bed regularly can help ensure that the quality of your rest stays consistent night after night. So if you’re the only one using your bed, make sure you give it a turn every so often!

Summary

Whether you have a one-sided mattress or a flippable mattress, you want to take the best care of it so it can take the best care of you. Follow the care instructions from your bed manufacturer, but if there are none, be sure to rotate your bed regularly so that you can enjoy many years of good sleep!

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