Is it a regular habit of yours to turn over your mattress regularly?
If yes, then like you, I am the same! But, it is only because that habit is forced upon me by my mother when growing up.
The reason why our moms recommend flipping or rotating it is that these methods can increase the lifespan of the mattress and improving its performance at the same time.
In this article, I have included all the necessary information about this topic, which includes:
- What are the benefits of flipping the mattress?
- Which one is better: to flip it or to rotate it?
- Is your mattress type suitable for flipping?
- How do you turn the mattress around (rotate and flip)?
- How often is this practice advised to be done?
So, first, why is it important to have to conduct bed mattress rotation or flipping?
The Benefits Of Rotating Or Flipping Your Mattress
- There are specific brands that required to be rotated because doing so reduces the general wear and tear the mattress might encounter. By flipping it regularly, you get to improve its overall usability.
- Your spine will also thank you for turning your mattress regularly. Due to the pressure experienced by the mattress, it can become deformed. Uneven surfaces will not do your back and neck any good. Your spine will suffer in the long run.
- Consequently, it can help improve sleep quality by lessening the odds of waking up in the middle of your sleep because it can keep you relaxed the entire time.
- Some beds require flipping the mattress. This can be said about innerspring models, specifically the ones without any pillow top.
Rotate It Or Flip It?
Okay, first, what does it mean to rotate it? By rotating it, it means that you move the mattress in about a hundred and eighty angles. This means that the part which was once at the head of the bed is now currently at the foot of the bed. Flipping it simply means turning it to the other side. The surface you used to lay on will now be the one in direct contact with the bed.
Both procedures have their own benefits, depending on which mattress is in question. For example, having a mattress with a pillow top leaves no possibility for you to flip it over. All you need to do is to rotate it to guarantee evenness. Most of the new beds available in the market need not be flipped. Older models, though, will benefit more from flipping.
The determining factors on whether you decide to rotate or flip it depends greatly on the composition and material constructions. Different models require different actions. You will not have to worry, though, because the advice on this bit is usually provided in the manufacturer’s instructions or care guide. However, if you need more information on this, continue reading below.
Is Your Mattress Better Rotated Or Flipped?
Yes, this question needs to be answered and addressed properly. So many of us wonder ”Can you flip a pillowtop mattress?” or other similar concerns. Mattresses that have two sides can easily be flipped over. Some beds have two sides because one side can be used for the cold season and the other side during warm weather.
However, there are more mattresses that only have one side that can be utilized. An example of this is an innerspring that comes with a top comforter. These are the ones that are only to be rotated.
Of course, it is important to note that the heavy mattresses are a lot harder to flip especially if no one will be there to assist you. Here is a more in-depth discussion of how you can properly do both methods.
List Of Mattresses That Would Benefit From Rotation And Flipping
What should be rotated?
- Latex foam
- Memory Foam
- Hybrid – a mixture of more than one material. This is usually made of both the foam and innerspring.
- Some air beds with foam toppers
What should not be rotated?
- Tempur Pedic
- Sleep Number
What should be flipped?
- Old school mattresses
- Innerspring mattresses without pillow tops – the steel coil found inside the mattress might get worn out if you do not flip it over.
What should not be flipped?
- Modern mattresses usually do not require flipping. Most of these are designed with layers. This will not be in proper order if flipped upside down.
How Do You Properly Flip Your Mattress
Most mattresses come with special instructions on how to properly flip them. But, basically, it goes as this – you take the mattress, place it on the back of the frame while you lay it down with the opposing side now facing the surface.
If you are not too confident or there is something unclear on the mattress flipping guide, you can always call the hotline for help.
As a general rule, however, be gentle when doing so. Take it slowly. Be gentle with your approach to avoid ripping the cloth and placing tears on your mattress.
Ideally, you should flip the mattress when you are also rotating it.
How Do You Properly Rotate Your Mattress?
Planning your rotations can be done for the whole year. This will make it easier for you to know when it is due for rotation. There is no need to flip over the surface, you just need to turn the mattress around.
This may require some help because a lot of stuff near the bed needs to get moved around. You must first prep space. It will be loads harder to move the lamps and the things on top of the nightstand, if you already have your arms on the mattress trying to decide which direction to rotate to, clockwise? Or counterclockwise?
For those who have a headboard, moving the mattress away from it before proceeding with the rotation will make things easier. If you also have a bed with a footboard, you should lift the mattress and have it rest on the footboard before rotating it completely.
Now that we have all the nitty-gritty details discussed, let us find out how often should you conduct rotation or flipping of your mattress.
How Often Should Your Flip Or Rotate Your Mattress
Flipping your mattress should be done in every six months. Some people complain that it can be hard to recall when it is time to flip the mattress. Doing it only twice in a year is a good idea. All you need to do is retain in your memory two important dates. Placing it in your calendar will make it easier to stick to the schedule.
One surefire way to recall it is to do it every time you hold a general cleaning. Maybe when you clean for spring? And then another one as you clean for fall. This simple way makes it easy to be reminded that it is time to flip the mattress, no excuses, right?
However, if you still doubt that you will remember it. Try labeling your mattress as a reminder to flip it on time. Just attach the label onto one side, indicating the correct month for the flip. For example, place “January” on one side and “June” on the opposite side.
As mentioned earlier, some mattresses need not be flipped. So, your only option to lessen the pressure on just one side is to rotate it.
Mattresses (at least regularly shaped ones) can be rotated easily, as compared to flipping it. Below are some tips about a rotating mattress, depending on which type.
- Innerspring Mattress
A regular innerspring mattress has the same materials from the surface up to the bottom, which means it can either be flipped or rotated. Rotating it seasonally (or at the same time you are flipping it) is an easy way to avoid forgetting when it is due to do so. This type of mattress is a little hard to find, but with all the flipping and rotating, its lifespan can be extended for a long time.
- Innerspring with Pillow Tops
The pillow top makes it impossible to flip, but again rotating it from one end to the other is recommended every season. Once you notice that your pillow top is starting to get a little worn out, it might be better to rotate it once every two months or on the monthly.
- Memory Foam Mattress
Manufacturers of memory foam mattresses take pride in not having to rotate their products. While this may be true, it will still be beneficial for you to rotate the mattress at least once or twice a year.
- Hybrid Mattresses
These are the new mattresses on the market. It usually has a coil system of an innerspring and comes with either a memory foam or a latex topper. Quarterly rotations will be beneficial. However, unlike other mattresses, this will require more effort since this is heavier than usual.
Rotating or flipping your mattress today will certainly prolong its life. With just a bit of care, your mattress will always be comfortable to sleep on. So, what is it you are waiting for? With my simple advice and basic tips and tricks, you will be able to get better sleep tonight!