How Often Should You Flip or Rotate Your Mattress?

February 14, 2022 | Casper Editorial Team
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You may change your sheets every week or so or even refresh your duvet by the season. But when was the last time you flipped or rotated your mattress? That’s right—the whole thing.

If it’s been a while, it may be time to flip your perspective on the usually stationary mattress. Flipping or rotating may extend the life of your bed while creating a better, more functional sleeping surface. 

Whether you should flip or rotate depends on your mattress type. While those with memory foam, latex, and hybrid mattresses can benefit from only rotating, those with double-sided mattresses may also want to flip them.

Read on to find out if you should flip or rotate, how often you should rotate your mattress, and the benefits that come along with doing so. 

Casper mattresses are long-lasing, and engineered for many nights of cool, comfortable sleep.

The Difference Between Flipping and Rotating a Mattress

The difference between flipping and rotate

Both flipping and rotating can help prevent wear and tear on your mattress. Reorienting where you sleep on the mattress evens out indentations and helps extend the life of the mattress. 

  • Flipping a mattress means turning it over so that the bottom side now faces up. You then sleep on the side that was previously facing down.
  • Rotating a mattress means turning it 180 degrees so that the foot of the bed now sits where your head goes. 

However, different types of mattresses have different maintenance needs. Not all are meant to be flipped and/or rotated. You can actually damage a mattress by flipping or rotating it when you’re not meant to. It’s always best to check the warranty to see which solution is right for your mattress.

Next, we’ll help you determine if you need to flip or rotate your mattress and show you how to do each in detail. 

Should You Rotate Your Mattress?

While most one-sided, modern mattresses can’t be flipped, many can be rotated or turned. Unless the manufacturer specifies against it, it’s likely safe to rotate your mattress. 

Exceptions include mattresses with features like zoned support that target specific areas of your body with comfort and support. It’s always best to check with your mattress company before rotating.

Benefits of Rotating Your Mattress

Ever wonder how often you should replace your mattress? If you’ve been concerned with mattress lifespan, mattress rotation can help. 

By rotating your mattress, you can avoid  the following signs of mattress wear and extend the longevity of your bed:

  • Lumps and bumps – Evenly distributing your weight across the mattress can prevent lumps and bumps from forming. Lumps occur when the internal structure of the mattress gets bunched up, so this is a risk for sleepers who toss and turn often.
  • Sagging – When you strip your mattress bare, always look for signs of unevenness. Any sagging can cause improper back support—even if the mattress only sags an inch or two. If you tend to sleep on one side of the bed or sleep with a partner, you can stop sagging in its tracks with semi-frequent rotation.
  • Hammocking – Have you ever climbed into bed, laid down for a good night of rest, only to roll towards the middle of the mattress by the time morning comes? This is called hammocking, and it can be prevented with rotation. It’s similar to sagging but can wreak extra havoc if you’re a side sleeper—hammocking reduces how much hip support you get. Hammocking is also one of the clearest signs you need a new mattress, so make sure to rotate your mattress to avoid this.
  • Dust and wear – Rotating your mattress gives it a chance to breathe. Over time, mattresses are susceptible to collecting dust mites, dander, sweat, and can even mold in humid environments. This can be especially bad for bedroom allergies. By rotating the mattress, and therefore your sleeping spot, you’re fluffing up the mattress and never exposing the same spots to your body for too long. 

How Often Should You Rotate Your Mattress?

The answer to “how often should you rotate your mattress?” depends on your mattress. Check out the guide below for general rotation and flipping frequencies. However, remember that it’s always best to check with your mattress company to be sure.

Mattress Type Flip or Rotate? How Often?
Two-sided innerspring (new) Flip and rotate Every 6–12 months
Two-sided innerspring (old) Flip and rotate 2–5 times per year
Hybrid Rotate Every 3–6 months
Memory Foam Rotate Every 6–12 months
Latex Rotate Every 6–12 months
  • For latex, fiber, and memory foam mattresses, opt to rotate 180 degrees once or twice a year, every 6-12 months.
  • Newer innerspring mattresses also need a rotation every 6-12 months.
  • Older innerspring mattresses need slightly more frequent rotation, at 2-5 times per year.
  • Casper mattresses have features like ZonedSupportTM that are designed to support specific sections of your body. Therefore, we recommend rotating your Casper mattress 180 degrees every 3-6 months.

The benefits of mattress rotation are well worth it as it’ll help keep your mattress fresh in the long run. 

How To Rotate Your Mattress

Here’s how to rotate your mattress:

How to rotate your mattress

  1. Make sure that surrounding furniture, like nightstands and lamps, are safely out of the way before rotating.
  2. Carefully rotate your mattress 180 degrees on top of your bed or box spring.
  3. Gently realign the mattress with your bed so that the previous foot now rests at the headboard. 

Should You Flip Your Mattress?

Instead of rotating, some people like to flip their mattress over entirely, switching which side faces the ceiling. Not all mattresses are made for flipping, though. It all depends on the material and make of the mattress. 

One-sided mattress

  • Flip or rotate: rotate

A one-sided mattress is built to have only one soft, sleepable surface. This could be a hybrid, memory foam, or latex mattress with specific layers, or a mattress with a pillow top layer on the top. If you flip a mattress that is one-sided, you could wear it out faster (and you may not sleep as well). Instead, stick to rotating your one-sided mattress.

Two-sided mattress

  • Flip or rotate: flip and rotate

 Two-sided mattresses are built from the core out so there’s padding on all sides. As a general rule, you can flip your mattress if it’s two-sided — these are typically made of a fiber-like cotton, wool, and polyester. Older innerspring mattresses are often also two-sided. Flipping a double sided mattress can help fluff and re-invigorate the fibers until it’s time to flip again. For mattresses like these, you typically want to flip every 6-12 months.

If you’re flipping a fiber mattress, grab a friend! Depending on the mattress size, a double sided mattress can be unexpectedly heavy.

Pillow top mattresses

  • Flip or rotate: rotate 

If a mattress has a pillow top, is made of memory foam, or has a hybrid design, flipping isn’t recommended. Flipping a foam mattress won’t do anything to refresh your mattress because sagging and wear have more to do with the foam cells actually breaking down —they can’t bounce back as fibers do.

Likewise, if you flip a pillow top or a hybrid mattress, you’re inverting the inner construction meant to support your back. This is the case with Casper mattresses — our strategically layered ZonedSupportTM designs requires the right side to be facing up so our technology can deliver the best sleep possible.

Benefits of Flipping Your Mattress

As covered above, most modern mattresses can’t be flipped. But, if you have a double-sided innerspring mattress, there are benefits to flipping. 

  • Extends mattress life – When you constantly sleep on one side of a mattress, that side will wear out and start to sag more quickly. When you flip the mattress, you give one side a chance to even out and recover while the other side gets a turn to support your body.
  • Prevents coils from wearing out – If you have an innerspring mattress, you may know that keeping the coils intact is essential for your mattress. Flipping the mattress can help extend the life of the coils and prevent them from breaking.
  • Prevents sagging – Over time, your mattress may start to sag in the middle. Not only does this damage the mattress, but it can also lead to poor and uncomfortable spinal alignment at night as you sink into the bed. A saggy, unsupportive mattress can even cause back pain

If your mattress is flippable, switching the side you sleep on can help hold back the wear and tear and keep your bed in prime condition. 

How Often Should You Flip Your Mattress?

You should flip your double-sided innerspring mattress every six months. However, if your innerspring mattress is old, flip it more often. This should be done two to five times per year. 

Usually, a flippable mattress can also be rotated. It’s a good idea to knock out both at the same time. 

How To Flip Your Mattress

Follow these steps to flip your mattress:

How to flip your mattress

  1. Carefully rotate the mattress 90 degrees. 
  2. Raise up the mattress to prop it on its side. 
  3. Flip the mattress gently onto the new side and lower it to the bed.
  4. Rotate the mattress 90 degrees in the same direction so that the previous head and feet sides are switched. 

While flipping the mattress, you can take the opportunity to vacuum or spot-clean the hard-to-reach places underneath the mattress. It’s also a good idea to clean the mattress while you’re at it. 

Keep in mind: it can be tough to move a mattress on your own. If needed, grab a friend to help you flip yours. 

FAQs

Can All Mattresses Be Flipped?

No, only a double-sided mattress can be flipped. Most modern mattresses are created with specific layers for ultimate comfort and are not designed for flipping. However, if your mattress can’t be flipped, there’s a good chance it can be rotated to help extend its lifespan.

Why Shouldn’t I Flip My Memory Foam Mattress?

actually help them bounce back. Many memory foam mattresses are also created with specific layers for maximum comfort, and flipping them will ruin the design. However, you can usually rotate your memory foam mattress instead.

Can You Flip A Pillow Top Mattress?

If a mattress has a pillow top, flipping isn’t recommended. A pillow top is a comfy layer of extra padding specifically for  the top of the mattress, so flipping it won’t let you take advantage of that layer. 

Reclaim Your Sleep With Casper

Keep in mind that rotating your mattress can’t fix everything. If you have trouble falling asleep on your mattress and feel achy and unrested when you wake up, it’s a sign you may need to replace your old mattress with a new mattress. If your bed is more than 8 years old, then it’s definitely time to go.

When you do decide to replace your mattress, look to Casper for an unmatched rest. We offer mattress types for every need: The Nova Hybrid, for a velvety feel with unmatched support; the Wave Hybrid, to soothe achy bodies; and the classic Original, for all sleepers. Discover a new level of rest with Casper.

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