In the old days, people had to regularly rotate and flip their mattresses to prevent them from sagging in the spots where they slept the most. However, thanks to advancements in mattress design, flipping newer mattresses is mostly unnecessary now. Although rotating can still be beneficial in extending its lifespan. Doing this task by yourself might be a bit challenging, but with a few clever methods and techniques, you won't have to think about purchasing a new mattress for quite some time.
Taking Proper Care of Your Mattress
Refer to the instructions provided with your mattress. If your mattress is new or specifically designed, it may not require flipping at all. Look for clear directions on the mattress tag, such as "Do not flip" or "No flipping required." If there are no such instructions, it's advisable to flip and rotate the mattress regularly for optimal results.
- Some mattresses come with a "pillow top" on one side. Generally, these mattresses are not meant to be flipped but can be rotated if needed. However, please note that the pillow top surface might not be uniform in all cases. Therefore, carefully check the specific instructions for pillow top mattresses as some may not require rotation.
- In case you have accidentally torn off or lost the care tag from your mattress, don't worry! You can easily find care instructions online by searching for the name, manufacturer and size of your mattress using an internet search engine. By following these guidelines consistently and safely, you can ensure that your mattress remains in good condition for a longer period of time.
Create reminders for mattress rotation and flipping, if necessary. Depending on the type of mattress you have and its manufacturer, the recommended rotation frequency may vary. Some mattresses may only require rotation twice a year, while others might need to be rotated every three months. However, it can often be challenging to remember which direction to rotate or flip your mattress. To keep track effectively, follow these steps;
- Take an index card and write the name of the month when you plan to rotate your mattress at the top.
- If your mattress requires both flipping and rotating, flip the card upside down so that the month you wrote at the top is now at the bottom of the card. Then write down the month that occurs three months after the initial one.
- Take a second index card and write down the name of the month that comes three months after your previously written month along the top.
- If your mattress needs flipping along with rotation, flip this second card upside down as well so that now it has its third month written at its bottom. Write down next month's name occurring three months after this third one.
- For instance, on your first index card, you could have "March" written at the top while "June" is positioned at its bottom after being flipped upside down.
Make sure to attach your reminders to your bed. This way, you'll always remember which side needs to be rotated or flipped when the time comes. Use safety pins to attach one card to the head of your bed and another to the foot. One pin for each card should suffice, but if you want more stability and prevent it from getting caught in your sheets, consider using two pins for each card.
- Additionally, it might be helpful to mark these important dates on your calendar, set reminders on your phone or utilize an online calendar service to keep track of your mattress maintenance.
Before you start flipping or rotating your mattress, make sure to clear the area of any breakable items. This includes lamps, heaters, knick knacks on your nightstand, cups, glasses, clocks, wall hangings and other fragile objects.
- It's important to move not only these breakable items but also any stationary objects that might obstruct your flipping process or pose a hazard while doing so.
- For instance, consider moving your nightstand slightly to avoid accidentally bumping into it while repositioning your mattress. By taking these precautions and creating a safe space around the mattress, you can minimize the risk of damaging delicate items during the flipping or rotating process.
If needed, consider adjusting the placement of your bed. This is particularly crucial if you don't have a headboard or any form of barrier between your bed and the wall. When rotating and flipping your mattress, there's a possibility of accidentally bumping the bed frame against the wall, resulting in potential damage. To avoid any harm to the wall, it may be advisable to carefully move your bed a slight distance away from the walls.
Prolonging the Life of Your Mattress
Make sure to remove all the bedding from your bed. If you're planning to flip and rotate your mattress, it's common for sheets and other bedding to get stuck underneath. Even if you're only rotating it, sheets can become tangled or hinder your ability to get a good hold on the mattress. To make things easier for yourself, strip the bed before attempting either task.
Move your mattress into position by pulling it away from the headboard, wall or the head of your bed frame if possible. In cases where you have a four poster bed, a bed with a footboard or a large mattress like a king sized one, you might need to lift the bottom of the mattress first to separate it from the headboard and rest it on the footboard. This positioning will make it easier for you to maneuver your mattress around on your box spring or frame. Then, gently lift one corner of the mattress and drag it so that the bottom faces either the left or right side.
- Make sure to check if your mattress has handles on the sides. Some mattresses come with these handles to make it easier to move and transport them.
- You can rotate your mattress in any direction that is most convenient for you. The goal is to position the foot of your bed as the head.
- Once you have chosen a side for the foot, reposition your mattress so that it hangs off the left and right sides, approximately in the middle of your box springs or frame.
- If you have a King or Queen sized mattress, it may be more challenging to maneuver with just one corner. For larger beds, it would be best to prop up one end of the mattress on either the headboard or footboard and gradually slide it until both ends are pointing outward.
- Avoid propping and pivoting your mattress on sharp angled headboards or footboards, as this could cause damage. If this is the case, offset your mattress by pushing one corner of the foot inward towards the frame while pushing one corner of the head outward. This will create an angled offset orientation for your mattress.
Finish rotating your mattress. Take hold of one corner and slide it to the other side so that the bottom is now at the head of the bed. Once your bed is almost in place, you can make minor tweaks until it is perfectly centered, unless you need to flip your mattress. If flipping is necessary, remember to turn it over after rotating.
- King mattresses often develop a hump in the middle due to their size. However, you can prevent this issue by simply rotating the mattress 90 degrees and not completing the full rotation.
- This way, your bed will be properly oriented with the long side running from the head to the foot, except for king size mattresses. As a result, the head and foot positions of your mattress will be exchanged.
If needed, you can flip your mattress for better maintenance. Just move your mattress to one side of the bed, allowing about half of it to hang off the box springs or frame. Lift the overhanging side until your mattress is standing upright and then gently lower the taller end to the opposite side of the bed. You can also perform an end over end flip by propping the mattress on the head or footboard and raising one side while lowering it until the bottom becomes the top.
- In general, it is recommended to rotate and flip your mattress by alternating between flipping it from side to side and flipping it from end to end, unless the tag or instructions on your mattress specify otherwise.
- Once you have flipped your mattress, make sure that it extends slightly beyond the opposite side of the bed. However, remember that at this stage, your mattress has been both rotated and flipped. Simply push your mattress into position on top of your box spring or frame and you're finished.