What Does Flipping your Mattress Do?

Why should you flip and rotate your mattress?  While some mattresses being made today don’t need to be flipped, it still makes sense for you to rotate and flip most coil mattresses and many foam mattresses.  Here’s what flipping your mattress does.

How Mattresses Wear Out

When a mattress wears unevenly, it must be replaced more quickly.  It’s like traffic patterns on carpet.  Even if most of the carpet looks great, if the areas that get the most use are worn out, the entire carpet needs to be replaced.

In a mattress, without flipping or rotating it, the place you sleep on will wear faster than the rest of the mattress. This will cause the mattress to sag in that place.  The coils will wear out and won’t give you the support you need. You’ll have to purchase a new mattress earlier than you would if you rotated and flipped the one you have.

How Flipping Your Mattress Makes it Last Longer

When you rotate your mattress, you can more than double its life.  For example, if you have a queen size mattress and sleep more toward one side, rotate the mattress 180 degrees so that the head is now the foot of the bed.  You’ll be sleeping in a new spot, reducing the wear and tear on the old spot.

Next, if you turn your mattress over, as long as it’s not a pillow top, you’ll extend its longevity even more.

How to Flip your Mattress

If you’ve got a twin mattress, you can probably do it yourself.  If it’s a queen mattress or larger, it might be a two-person job. Here are the steps to rotating your mattress.

1. Pull the mattress away from the headboard by 2-4 feet.  The larger it is, the further away it will have to come so that it can rotate freely.  You may also need to move nightstands or dressers out of the way.

2. Turn the mattress one quarter of the way around so that it is sideways on the box spring.

3. Walk around to the side of the mattress that had been the head and rotate it another quarter turn so that it is now at the foot of the bed.

How often Should you Rotate your Mattress?

Most bedding experts recommend rotating your mattress every 3-6 months.  If the mattress seems to be developing a groove in it where you sleep, do it more often.  It should be turned over so the bottom becomes the top, about once per year.


Mattresses can be very expensive.  Flipping your mattress and rotating it on a regular basis will help you get your money’s worth from it in the years ahead.