Some mattresses need to be turned, or flipped. Other do not need to be. So what is a no turn mattress and why are they able to last without being turned?
What Is a No Turn Mattress
The non-turnable mattress is a relatively new addition to the market. The old adage of having to turn a mattress every few week to deal with the settlement of the filling and extend its life is no longer always true. There are still mattresses that require flipping, but advancements in design means that a lot of mattresses do not require turning.
So what is a no turn mattress going to feel like after years of use? They have been specially designed to last without turning. So the filling doesn’t settle as fast and the quality remains as long as the manufacture specifies with due care and attention.
What Does Rotate a Mattress Mean?
You do need to still rotate a mattress that doesn’t have to be turned over. This is something to be careful of. Because rotating means that you are keeping the same sleeping surface on top, while spinning the mattress 180 degrees.
This is done to level out the use of the mattress on both ends. A mattress will last a lot longer if you change up where the majority of the wear is being placed. Always check the manufactures guidelines for the frequency that you should rotate a mattress and stick to the guidelines.
What Is Mattress Settlement?
Settlement is used to describe how the filling in a mattress compresses over time and is no longer as effective as it should be. Materials can degrade and loosen up, causing the filling to fall to the bottom of the mattress.
Also, if you sleep in a similar position the shape and weight of your body will cause ridges to develop in the mattress as the fillings compress. It’s normal to see a mattress have a body-shape dent after a few months. But following the manufactures guidelines of how often to rotate or turn will help reduce the settlement.
Why Do Some Mattresses Not Need to Be Turned Over?
This all depends on the filling. You do not need to turn memory foam, latex or gel mattresses for example. These mattresses are consistent in their design and are supposed to mould to your body. They do not have problems with settlement, so will not benefit from being turned over.
A lot of other mattress types like pocket spring and coil fillings will sometimes have a layer of memory foam or another topper on just one side. These should never be turned over, and doing so can damage the mattress. If there is a foam topping on only one side, this is the side you sleep on.
What Is a Summer and Winter Mattress?
Summer and winter mattresses have different fillings on either side. One filling is designed to help keep you cool in summer. While the other is designed to retain body warmth and keep you warm in the winter. These mattress need to be turned once before summer, and once before winter.
How to Turn a Mattress Safely
A lot of modern mattresses are very heavy and can be difficult to turn over. I advise following theses steps to turn it as easily and safely as possible if you are doing it alone.
- Rotate the mattress 90 degrees so it’s laying long ways across the bed
- Pull the mattress down to the end of the bed so you can get under it to raise it up
- Flip the mattress slowly and gently over so it’s now on its other side
- Rotate the mattress another 90 degrees so it’s now on its other side and facing the opposite direction
Ideally you will have someone else with you to help. With one person on either side, or helping to take the weight as the mattress turns it will be a lot easier.