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Should You Flip or Rotate Your Mattress?

Since it used to be the case that all mattresses were essentially over-sized body pillows filled with springs and stuffing, it’s not surprising that many of us grew up learning to flip our bed as needed to extend its lifespan. After all, the bottom side provided identical softness and back support at the top, so why not just flip a bed over to keep it from sagging?

Fortunately, mattress design technology has improved a lot in recent years. Today’s bedding options include individually wrapped pocket coils, plant-based memory foam, gel-infused foam, and natural latex (just to name a few). The upside of all these new options is that more people are sleeping better today than they ever have before. If there’s a downside, it’s that most people no longer understand how to get the most “miles” out of their new bed.

To Flip or Rotate My New Bed?

To get the most out of your mattress and overall sleep experience consider the following questions to determine if you should flip or rotate your mattress:

Question 1: Should I Flip My New Bed?

Many customers will come into our stores and specifically request a two-sided mattress, with the assumption that they’re saving themselves money in the long run by selecting a bed that will last twice as long. What many of them are overlooking, however, is that today’s beds are made with far superior materials than they were even just a decade ago. Secondly, today’s mattresses are designed with a strategic structuring of layers designed to both cradle and support your body with ideal pressure at every joint. For this reason, you will want to avoid flipping today’s “no flip” mattresses (just as you wouldn’t flip the rubber sole of your running shoes over and hope to get more mileage out of them by tying them on upside down).

Question 2: Should I Rotate My New Bed?

While you likely shouldn’t be flipping your new mattress, that doesn’t mean you won’t still want to make sure you rotate it. This is because certain areas of your bed will naturally get more use than others over time, and you want to “break in” the bed as uniformly as possible. As a rule of thumb, it’s recommended that you rotate a mattress every three months, but you should use your own judgement if you sense that it could use a rotation even more often. While rotating a mattress isn’t something that generally requires an instruction manual, some people recommend that you use safety pins to attach a note at one end that reminds you of your last rotation. This way you won’t have to mark your calendar or try to remember when it’s time to rotate again. Also, unless you’re using a platform bed, don’t forget to rotate your new foundation at the same time that you rotate your mattress. Foundations, just like mattresses, can begin to sag in spots if not properly maintained.

Regardless of which modern mattress design is right for you, we’re confident that Mark’s Mattress Outlet will have the perfect bed for you (at a price you simply can’t get at “retail” stores). Not only are we the only source for brand name mattresses at clearance and liquidated prices, but our customer service is second to none.

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