Here's How Often You Should Rotate Your Mattress
Rotating or flipping a mattress can help extend its lifespan, just as cleaning your mattress and using a mattress protector can do. It can help keep the comfort materials evenly distributed and ensure you use each side equally.
But it’s important to know that while most mattresses can be rotated, not all mattress types can be flipped. This article will look at whether you should flip or rotate your mattress and how often you should do it.
Should you rotate your mattress?
Most mattresses can, and should, be rotated regularly. Without rotating your mattress, they can start to wear unevenly over time and fail to provide the support you need.
By regularly rotating it, you can help extend your mattress’s lifespan and keep it as comfortable as possible.
Of course, it’s worth mentioning that even rotating your mattress won’t save a mattress that’s past its prime. In general, mattresses last seven to 10 years.
You'll want to think about buying a new mattress if yours has significant wear and tear, especially if you wake up with back pain.
How often should you rotate your mattress?
At Saatva, we recommend rotating your new mattress after the first six months, then once a year.
In between, you'll find that sleeping in different positions and locations on the mattress can also help minimize body impressions.
Think you can't rotate a mattress by yourself? Think again. Watch this video to see how to rotate a mattress on your own:
Should you flip your mattress?
Most mattresses today are one-sided, meaning they're not designed to be flipped.
They're constructed to include a relatively firm support layer at the bottom (the “support core”), upper layers of foam or other materials (the “comfort system”), and the topping (the cover and any sewn-in foams or other materials).
Flipping a one-sided mattress will give you a less comfortable and supportive bed and cause the mattress to wear out quicker.
If your mattress is double-sided, you can flip it. Some mattresses today offer two distinct firmness levels, one on each side. Others have a single firmness level and are flippable to give them a longer lifespan.
If you aren’t sure whether your mattress is single- or double-sided, check with the mattress label or care guide booklet.
How often should you flip your mattress?
Again (because it’s important), you should flip your mattress only if it’s double-sided and designed to be flipped. If you're the only one who sleeps on the mattress, you should flip the mattress when you rotate it.
If each side of your mattress offers a different firmness level, how often you flip it will depend on whether you're looking for a softer or firmer sleep surface.
Older innerspring mattresses are often double-sided. Flipping can help fluff up the mattress as you would a bed pillow.
Is it good to rotate your mattress?
After making sure your mattress company recommends rotating your mattress, it’s a great idea to rotate it.
This can help extend your bed’s longevity and eliminate lumps and bumps, sagging, “hammocking” (where the mattress sags toward the middle), dust, and wear.
How often should you rotate a new mattress?
Saatva recommends rotating a new mattress after the first six months and then at six-month intervals going forward.
Do all mattresses need to be rotated?
Most do, but there are exceptions when it comes to mattresses with particular features—such as zoned support targeting specific areas of the body for special comfort or support.
Is it better to flip or rotate a mattress?
Remember, not all mattresses today are designed to be flipped—though nearly all of them can be rotated.
Double-sided mattresses can be flipped, either to use one firmness level or the other on mattresses offering different levels on each side or simply to avoid lumps or dents that can come from sleeping regularly in the same spot.
Find the best mattress at Saatva
Rotating your mattress can help extend its life. But if your mattress is past its prime, it’s time to buy a new one.
Saatva offers a wide range of high-quality mattresses, from innerspring to memory foam to latex (and our latex mattress is even designed to be flippable!).
All of our mattresses come with a 365-night home trial and lifetime warranty so you can try one out at home before deciding if it's right for you.
Take our mattress quiz to find your perfect match.