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As your mattress becomes well-worn and less comfortable over time, you might decide that it’s time to flip it. This is especially true if you haven’t had the opportunity to start shopping for a new one. But is it a good idea? Well, it depends on the mattress.
In general, mattresses shouldn’t be flipped unless they have a flippable design. In the past, most mattresses could be flipped just fine with little to no loss of comfort. However around the early 2000s, this changed. It became more common to create a one-sided mattress, designed to offer specific benefits to sleeper. Flipping these type of mattresses could result in discomfort and lost sleep.
While flipping your mattress is no longer a universal solution, rotating your mattress every now and then is a good idea. This practice will help you maintain a sleep surface that’s comfortable and supportive.
It’s generally a good idea to rotate your mattress from time to time. Sleeping on your bed night after night in the same position could cause sections of the mattress to wear down more quickly without routine rotation. Of course, how often you rotate a mattress depends on the material.
For instance, memory foam or latex mattresses benefit from rotation one to two times per year. Although a newer innerspring mattress should be rotated one to two times per year, if you’ve had it for awhile, consider rotating it every few months instead.
When rotating, it’s also important to consider the weight of the material. A polyfoam mattress tends to be light enough that you shouldn’t have trouble rotating it on your own. Some mattresses, such as innerspring, latex, or memory foam mattresses are often much too heavy to turn on your own. It’s highly recommended that for these heavier mattresses, you get the help of at least one other person to rotate them safely and avoid bodily strain or injury.
Taking the time to rotate your mattress as recommended can not only extend the life of your mattress, but it can save you money by holding off the need to buy a new bed. You also get to make sure you get as much quality sleep out of your mattress as possible.
Flippable mattresses are two-sided mattresses designed so that you can sleep on either side. Some such mattresses are dual-sided, providing an equal level of comfort and firmness no matter which side you choose to sleep on. Others are designed to provide different qualities depending on your preferences.
For example, one side might offer a greater level of firmness while the other is more plush and soft. These type of mattresses are appealing because in a way, they represent a two-in-one purchase. By testing both sides, you get to better understand what level of mattress firmness works for you.
Mattress firmness is a phrase used to describe the level of support your sleep surface provides. A softer mattress will cause you to sink while a firmer sleep surface lacks conformability and resists sinking.
To rate mattress firmness, use the following number guide:
Below are some of the top flippable mattresses available to buy.
For more information about these and other mattress models, please visit our Best Flippable Mattresses guide. Additional Tuck.com resources are listed below.