How Long Does a Mattress Last?
It would be nice if your mattress lasted forever, but unfortunately they don't. If you're waking up thinking, "Do I need a new mattress?" then odds are, you just might. With this guide, you have all the tools to know if a mattress upgrade is in your future.
When to replace a mattress
There a few signs that tell you when to replace a mattress. A common one is a sagging mattress. When your mattress sinks in the middle, it means the internal materials are no good at supporting your body anymore. Along those same lines, if you're finding indentations across your mattress, that means those areas are giving out on you.
A lumpy mattress is no good either. This is common with innerspring mattresses where weakened coils lose their springiness. Also, old coils can slide under other coils and push those up for an uneven mattress surface. Your mattress sleep quality is greatly impacted when sleeping on a surface of peaks and valleys as your body is not being properly supported.
Besides replacing a failing mattress, old mattresses and allergies are also a consideration. Mattresses soak up sweat, skin cells, dust, and other particles over time that might irritate your sinuses. Other body changes like weight gain, weight loss, and pregnancy might warrant a mattress change.
The best mattresses for pregnancy are foam mattresses as they provide the most comfort and support throughout the whole process. Doctors recommend pregnant women sleep on their side, which is a high-pressure position. Pregnant women should opt for plush mattresses to absorb her and her baby's weight. Gel foam or foam mattress with temperature control also help with any hot flashes pregnant women might experience.
If you're adding a sleeping partner, a few pets or both, you might need more sleeping real estate. A good co-sleeping mattress is one that has a higher support level due to more overall force. If you and your partner(s) have different sleeping positions, it would be a good idea to consider a mattress with adjustable comfort levels or multiple comfort zones so everyone can sleep happy.
There are a lot of aspects of your life that your mattress can affect. Head over to our guide on how your mattress impacts your life for a deep dive into the topic.
The circle of mattress life
If you're wondering how often you should change your mattress, aim for about 10 years. There's no hard and fast rule on how long a mattress lasts, but the decade mark is about when issues will appear from regular use. How far you can push the 10-year mark depends on the mattress type:
Hybrid mattresses typically have higher quality pocketed coils and high-density foam. After 10 years, the coils might show signs of weakening, but the foam will keep the mattress okay for another few years. But it all depends on the foam density and coil construction, with higher quality models lasting longer.Shop Hybrid
Thick gauge and pocketed coils last the longest due to their construction that does not require mattress flipping. For bonnel and other coil styles, it's a good practice to flip the mattress every 6 months keep the wear even. After 10 years, coils start to weaken and sink, causing lumpiness.Shop Innerspring
How long does a memory foam mattress last? That depends on the foam's density. After 10 years, less dense foam starts "ghosting" or stops returning to its original form after you get off it. Denser foams are better at keeping their original shape due to more material working together. Latex mattress lifespans are slightly longer because natural rubber gives a lot of durability.Shop Foam
Box spring blues
Much like innerspring mattresses, box spring coils degrade over time. Do you need to replace box springs eventually? Yes, but it can be tricky to know when to replace box springs exactly. Which begs the question, how often should you replace your mattress and box spring?
It's a good habit to replace both around the 10-year mark because while your old box spring may look fine, it won't survive two mattress lifespans. It's better to replace the box spring at the same time of the mattress than wait a couple years until it inevitably fails.
Did your mattress make the cut?
If you're imagining your old mattress as you read this guide, then you know what to do. Take a peek at your options online or stop by our Art Van Furniture & Mattress and PureSleep Stores.
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