Furniture, Soft and Hard

Is a New Mattress Next on Your Shopping List?

Lots of people keep their mattresses much longer than they should for a variety of reasons. Cost could be one, as well as the frustration of taking an old mattress out to put a new mattress in. Still, others just don't know how long a mattress should last — no more than 10 years — and even if they do, they don't know when the best time to actually replace a mattress is.

Here's a guide to help you understand how to get the most out of your mattress and to help you know when to get a new one. Is a new mattress next on your shopping list? Maybe — here's a guide to learn more about keeping your current mattress in great condition and when to replace it.

Rotate/flip your mattress often

Rotating your mattress helps it wear out evenly and helps prevent the imprints that can be made on it from your sleeping positions. Rotate your mattress the same time you change your sheets, or create a schedule to remind you to rotate your mattress often.

You can also flip your mattress if it's not a pillow top to help keep even wear on it this way. These measures help you keep your current mattress in great condition longer. The following are signs you're ready for a replacement.

Your mattress dips

Spring and spring hybrid mattresses dip over time as they start to wear out. If your mattress dips in the center or bulges in other areas, it's time to get a new one.

Your mattress is flat

A flat and worn mattress isn't giving you much support. Try putting a mattress topper on it to see if this helps, but if it doesn't or if your mattress is older anyway, then it's time to replace it.

Your mattress is old

Remember, a mattress should only last around a decade or so. Depending on the style, brand, and overall use, a mattress might wear out before then but should still be replaced once it hits the 10-year mark. If your mattress is older, then it's time for an upgrade.

Your mattress is important because it's responsible in part for your healthy rest. If you're waking up sore and tired every morning, a new mattress can be helpful. Get a new mattress at your local mattress supply store or furniture store. Explore several options online and in-store before making your final selection.