How to flip a mattress

Most mattress manufacturers recommend that you rotate your mattress to allow it to wear evenly and prolong its lifetime. This is especially important if you have a partner that you share your bed with. If you and your partner are different heights and weights, then you will need to rotate it to prevent it from getting too worn in some areas, but not others. The concept is not unlike rotating the tires on your car, allowing them to wear evenly as well.

So how do you flip a mattress? Do you flip it the long way, or the short way? What way did you rotate your mattress last time? This past weekend, I came up with an easy system that is pretty straight forward and will help you remember when and how to flip your mattress.

Instructions

The first thing you should do is strip all the sheets off your mattress. Then, take a permanent marker and label each corner of your mattress with the numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4. It doesn’t really matter what order you mark the corners. Just label them 1 to 4.

Finally, pick an inconspicuous part of your bed frame and mark it with an ‘X’ or a happy face or something that will let you know what corner is your “key” corner. I chose an “X” and I put it on one of the slats that hold my mattress.

How to flip a mattress How to flip a mattress

Now you’re all set up. Start by positioning the corner marked with a 1 in the “key” corner. Next, on the first of every month, simply flip your mattress so that the next number is positioned over the “key”. From 1 to 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4 and finally 4 back to 1. Depending on how often you wash your bed sheets, you could simply flip your mattress every time the sheets are stripped from your bed.

The numbers will help you keep track of how you last flipped your mattress and allow you to avoid simply flipping your mattress back and forth.

Lastly, you should note that not all mattresses need to be flipped this way. My mattress is a Sultan mattress from Ikea and it requires regular flipping and rotating. I think most regular mattresses are the same. Perhaps if you have an Ultramatic bed, the mattress flipping might differ a bit.

11 Thoughts on “How to flip a mattress

  1. We’ve got a pillow top…we can only rotate it 180 degrees. Something to keep in mind if you ever opt for one…

  2. roberthahn on July 25, 2009 at 8:08 pm said:

    We marked our mattress with arrows centred along the bottom edge of the mattress. if the arrow points towards the head of the bed/at the foot, we flip in that direction. Once flipped, we’ll see a new arrow going left/right in the same place. That’ll be the direction we’ll flip next. The arrows are cleverly designed to ensure that we’re flipping the mattress in an even-wear pattern.

    Credit to my wife for that idea. She’s clever!

  3. Buddy Thiessen on November 27, 2010 at 10:12 pm said:

    Chris, I really think your comments were very insightful. We have been using your method for one full rotation now and sleep has never been better! Thanks

  4. Its really a shame that the mattress industry stopped making 2-sided mattresses. But even with 1-sided ones, I have found that customers that frequently rotate their mattress have a much longer comfort life.

    Good post.

  5. Kevin on June 3, 2011 at 11:00 pm said:

    No/Never Flip mattresses are a scam. It’s not hygiene reasons that the mattress is not supposed to be flipped.

    The company just wanted to make a cheaper product so they opted to put the pillow top materials on one side only.

    This allows for a higher profit margin. It’s really that simple. If your in the USA check out the original mattress factory.

    Before you ask.. NO I don’t work there. I bought a mattress there though. They have cut away views of a lot of the different mattresses in their show room and show you why even the most expensive mattress is not always best. (especially the no/never flip)

  6. Good stuff! Only problem is I’ve got a foam mattress which has a specific top and bottom. I assume it’s not meant to be flipped! But good tips none the less.

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  9. At first I thought that if you numbered each corner 1-4 and simply aligned each corner in turn with the X on the bed frame, you would only ever be spinning the mattress.

    But having marked the corners of a small cardboard box 1-4 and written Top, Bottom, Head and Foot on the sides and placed it on a piece of card the same size marked with an X on one corner, I now see that this method does work! So thank you for sharing it!

  10. Message #2 roberthahn: Although Chris’s tip works well, your wife’s tip sounds like it would saves you having to first find on which corner the next number is ;-)

    But unfortunately you didn’t specify exactly where to put the left, right, up, down arrows? So I just drew arrows above all the numbers I’d written on the corners of my cardboard box and when I tried to follow them, it seemed like I’d be flipping the mattress right over every time – first lengthwise and then width-wise? So it’s back to the drawing board I think! LOL

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