For years, most mattresses needed to be flipped and rotated every 3-6 months. This recommendation was based on what the mattresses were made out of and how they were constructed. It’s the wisdom most of us were raised on.
Throughout history, mattresses have been made out of everything from matted plants to cotton. Pocket spring mattresses were introduced in the early 20th century, though they did not become popular until the 1950s. These mattresses had coils of metal in the middle, which were then surrounded on all sides by various types of padding. Basically, they had no top or bottom because they were the same on both sides.
These types of mattresses benefit from flipping. Because they were so popular, almost everyone could extend the life of their mattress by flipping and rotating it regularly. In 2000, though, the first single-sided mattress was introduced. Those have become so popular that many beds do not require flipping anymore. It is, however, still a good idea to rotate them.
These days, there are a lot of questions around flipping or rotating your mattress. Here are some of the most common ones, with answers that should clear up your confusion.
What Does it Mean to Flip or Rotate Your Mattress?
Flipping and rotating your mattress are two different things. When you flip your mattress, you turn it over so that the side that was down against the supports is now the side that you sleep on. When you rotate your mattress, it means that the end of the bed where your head was is now down by your feet. Note that you can flip without rotating and rotate without flipping.
Why Would You Flip or Rotate Your Mattress?
Have you ever slept on a mattress with a big dip in the middle or off to one side? This happens because people tend to sleep in the same place every night. Over time, the material the mattress is made out of gets worn down in this spot.
These dips aren’t just uncomfortable, though. They can also put your back out of alignment. When the mattress dips too much, your spine will curve while you sleep, instead of remaining in the neutral position that is best for your body. Flipping or rotating your mattress can resolve this.
Flipping or rotating your mattress also extends the life of your mattress. It means that you wear down the different sides of your mattress evenly, so no one side pays the price for being slept on all the time. This can mean that you don’t have to replace your mattress as frequently. In addition, you may be required to flip or rotate your mattress regularly in order to keep your warranty valid.
Source: Dr. Nardeen Bone & Joint Clinic
Do I Need to Rotate or Flip My Mattress?
Many of the beds made these days do not require flipping, though rotating can still be beneficial. You should only flip your mattress if is of identical construction on both the top and the bottom. Most mattresses these days have some sort of pillow top or are constructed in different layers. In these cases, flipping them will not allow you to fully reap the benefits of your mattress.
You can find out if you have a no-flip mattress by looking at the tags attached to the bed. If you have removed these, you can always search the brand, and model on Google to find an answer quickly.
How Often Should You Flip or Rotate Your Mattress?
If you have an innerspring mattress, you should flip and rotate it every 3-6 months. Even if mattress flipping isn’t good for you bed, most can – and should – still be rotated every 2-6 months. Depending on the specific type of bed that you have, you may want to rotate your bed more or less frequently.
Now that you’ve cleared up any confusion about flipping or rotating your mattress, it’s time to get started. Figure out how often you want to move your mattress and note it in your calendar. Then clear out your space, get a helper if you need one, and move your mattress today!