Should You Flip or Rotate Your Mattress?

Most mattresses sold today feature a one-sided design, and should never be flipped over. The reason: most models are constructed with high-density foam or latex layers in the support core. Sleeping on these surfaces may lead to back and shoulder pain or added pressure. However, rotating the head and foot of your mattress is highly recommended in order to maintain a comfortable, supportive sleep surface. 

The exceptions to this rule are specialty two-sided mattresses. Some dual-sided mattresses are designed with identical comfort layers and a shared support core, and should be flipped regularly in order to preserve the sleep surface. Other models have differing firmness ratings on either side, and may be flipped whenever the owner wishes to change the firmness of their sleep surface. 

This page will discuss flipping and rotating recommendations for different mattress types, as well as maintenance tips for flippable, two-sided mattress models.

Flipping and Rotating Recommendations by Mattress Type

  • Innersprings: Most innersprings are no-flip one-sided designs, but two-sided designs are available from select manufacturers. Innersprings benefit greatly from regular rotation. Innerspring owners are urged to rotate their mattress at least once or twice a year, and possibly more for older models. But be careful — innersprings tend to be quite heavy, and rotating the mattress by yourself can lead to injury or bodily strain.
  • Foam and Memory Foam Mattresses: With few exceptions, memory foam mattresses should never be flipped. Most models are designed with soft comfort layers and support cores with high-density polyfoam layers; sleeping with the support core side up can lead to added back pain and pressure. Memory foam mattresses should be rotated regularly, at least once per year according to most industry experts. Polyfoam beds tend to be somewhat lightweight, and many owners have little trouble rotating them alone. Memory foam models, on the other hand, may be heavier and require assistance for rotating.
  • Latex Mattresses: Most latex mattresses are not designed to be flipped, and should not be under any circumstances. Like memory foam beds, they have denser support core components that can increase back pain and pressure for sleepers. Latex mattresses should be rotated once or twice per year. They tend to be on the heavier side, so assistance with rotating will most likely be needed.
  • Hybrid Mattresses: Hybrids are similar to innersprings, in that regular rotation can help preserve the sleep surface and ensure a comfortable night’s rest. They also tend to be heavy, and most owners have a hard time rotating them without assistance. Select hybrids feature a two-sided design with two comfort layers and a shared support core; these models can be flipped. Other hybrids should not be flipped.
  • Airbeds: Rotating the comfort layer components of an airbed can help preserve the sleep surface, but most airbeds never need to be rotated as a whole. Owners may be able to flip comfort layer components, such as the topper. For these models, occasional flipping is recommended.

Flipping and Rotating Mattress Comparison

The table below compares flipping and rotating recommendations for the different mattress types described above.

Mattress TypeFlipping FrequencyRotating FrequencyWeight
InnerspringNone, except for two-sided modelsOnce or twice per year
More frequently for older models
Heavy
Assistance is recommended
Foam/Memory FoamNone, except for two-sided modelsOnce per year
More frequently for older models
Average to Light
Assistance may not be needed
LatexNone, except for two-sided modelsOnce per year
More frequently for older models
Average
Assistance is recommended
HybridNone, except for two-sided modelsOnce or twice per year
More frequently for older models
Heavy
Assistance is recommended
AirbedComfort layer components should be flipped once or twice per year (select models)
The entire mattress should never be flipped
Rotating not necessaryLight comfort layer materials
Assistance is almost never needed.

Flipping and Rotating Two-Sided Mattresses

Although uncommon, two-sided flippable mattresses are available for sale from some manufacturers. These mattresses are designed with comfort layers on both sides and a shared support core. Some feature identical comfort layers, and should be flipped once or twice per year in order to preserve the sleep surface. Other models feature comfort layers with different firmness ratings on both sides, and can be flipped whenever the owner wishes to change the firmness. Some of the most popular two-sided mattress models currently sold include:

This list is not exhaustive, and other two-sided mattress options may be available from select manufacturers.

The table below lists more details about these flippable two-sided models. Please note that certain specs are not disclosed for some of these mattress models.

CriteriaDiamond Royale CollectionTwo-SidedLaylaiFlip SonomaZenhavenAdagio
ManufacturerKingsdownHampton & RhodesLaylaSleep ScienceZenhavenBed in a Box
Mattress TypeInnerspringFoamMemory FoamMemory FoamLatexHybrid
HeightN/A10″10″12″10″13″
Comfort LayerNew Zealand Wool
Latex
Quilted Cotton (Both Sides)
1 1/4″ Convoluted Polyfoam (Both Sides)Side 1:
3″ Copper-infused Memory Foam
2″ Convoluted Polyfoam
Side 2:
1″ Copper-infused Memory Foam
Side 1:
2″ 3 PCF Memory Foam (10 ILD)
2″ Polyfoam
Side 2:
2″ 3 PCF Memory Foam (13 ILD)
2″ Polyfoam
1 1/2″ Talalay Latex
Organic Wool (Both Sides)
Side 1:
2″ Standard Polyfoam
2″ Support Polyfoam
Side 2:
1″ Standard Polyfoam
1″ Support Polyfoam
Firmness OptionsN/ABoth Sides Are 4 (Medium Soft)Side 1:
4 (Medium Soft)
Side 2:
7 (Firm)
Side 1:
4 (Medium Soft)
Side 2:
6.5 (Medium Firm)
Side 1:
4 (Medium Soft)
Side 2:
7 (Firm)
Side 1:
5 (Medium)
Side 2:
8 (Firm)
Support Core8″ Pocketed CoilsHD Polyfoam4 1/2″ HD Polyfoam4″ Polyfoam6″ Talalay Latex7″ Pocketed Coils
Price (Queen)Varies by Retailer$329$799$579.99$1,899$1,424
Flipping RecommendationsFlip Mattress 1 to 2 Times Per Year to Preserve Sleep SurfaceFlip Mattress 1 to 2 Times Per Year to Preserve Sleep SurfaceOwner May Flip the Mattress at Any Time to Change FirmnessOwner May Flip the Mattress at Any Time to Change FirmnessOwner May Flip the Mattress at Any Time to Change FirmnessOwner May Flip the Mattress at Any Time to Change Firmness