Do you rotate your mattress? How often?

@rocketj1 (6957)
United States
March 13, 2009 12:33pm CST
A few years ago, we purchased a new mattress. This is not a small investment as we have a king sized bed. We really did our homework on this! We searched until we found a fair price on a very good mattress. It has a pillow top. The new thing for us was that the mattresses we have seen, no longer require being flipped over. They are simply rotated. There is now a definite top and bottom to a mattress, the bottom being a rigid surface now. No more flipping! They did however tell us to rotate the mattress every month. I would say that I probably do this only every 5 months or so. I just forget to do it more regularly. The mattress seems to be wearing well anyway but I wonder, do you flip or rotate your mattress often? Have you NEVER done it?
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@dawnald (83882)
• Shingle Springs, California
13 Mar 09
Very, very rarely. Too many other fish to fry...
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Mmmmmm...... fish on Friday!
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@mgmagana (3621)
• United States
13 Mar 09
we too have a pillow top and don't have to flip em we just have to rotate them...i rotate mine every 6 mos. otherwise my husbands side would have his imprint lol!
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
A king-sized mattress took two of us to turn! Thanks:)
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Aren't pillowtop mattresses great? It's like sleeping in a cloud...lol. We've had one for about 5 years now. We don't rotate it like they tell you to, usually we do it every 4 to 6 months, and haven't had a problem. Tukay likes to sleep with us, and she prefers the middle of the bed...and sleeds sideways. It's amazing how much room a chihuahua can take up...lol.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
That's funny! So she hogs the mattress, huh?! Thanks:)
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@catdla1 (6005)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Yep...lol. She takes her half out of the middle. When I wake up in the morning, my husband and I are on the opposite edges and she's stretched out sideways in the center. Good thing she's not longer or we'd probably end up on the floor...lol.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
It's ALL about her, right?!
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@fasttalker (2798)
• United States
13 Mar 09
They are great aren't they? We purchased one a few years ago and I rotate it once a year when I do my Spring cleaning. It's worked so far and I love it
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Yes! I certainly don't miss being trapped under the king sized mattress when I would attempt to do it by myself (that was not a bright idea on my part anyway!)! Thanks:)
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• India
14 Mar 09
Ya! It is good to rotate your mattress every 5 months. This way the mattress longevity improves and you can use that for a long time.
@hotsummer (10050)
• Philippines
14 Mar 09
rotating the mattress. i never do so. is it important to rotate it once in a while. cause i just leave my mattress as is as when on the first day i have placed it. but when i clean the bed i don't intentionally rotate. but it will be good thing to remember that the mattress will last longer if i will rotate it. but i don't have a king size bed. but we have also a quite big mattress. i like smaller bed cause i don't have a big room. and makes me comfortable sleeping on just regular or small size mattress.
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@Jellen (1852)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Mostly, I forget to rotate it. Unless I am moving bedroom furniture around, it stays pretty much where it sits. I know it makes sense to rotate it and it will extend its life, but I just don't think about it. Probably doesn't get flipped more than a few times in its life.
@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I'm thinking that you are pretty normal in that! Thanks:)
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@walijo2008 (4661)
• United States
13 Mar 09
We bought a new mattress a few years ago as well, like you said, it wasn't a small investment because we have a king size bed too, and its a pillow top. I think I've only rotated it a few times, its heavy to turn, especially if your doing it by yourself. Its wearing well too, in fact its almost time for another one, its starting to bowl in the middle, I always end up rolling to the middle of it..ha. We've been discussing buying one of those sleep number beds, but I'm afraid it may be a little expensive, especially for a king size.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
ErrollLevant here recommends the sleep number! Thanks:)
@Grandmaof2 (7605)
• Canada
13 Mar 09
I do flip my mattress but I need help to do it now therefore it only gets done once or twice a year.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
They can really be awkward and heavy! Thanks:)
• France
13 Mar 09
We bought new mattresses a few years ago and it was only then I started flipping them, and I only do it 3 or 4 times a year when I think of it. They're expensive, so I figure it's worth giving it a little effort.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Definitely, I agree! Thanks:)
@cynthiann (18679)
• Jamaica
13 Mar 09
I sleep on an old mahogony four poster that is king sized. The mattress really does need to change but it is not in my present plans for any time in the near future. I like ot sleep on a firm mattress and this is very firm. I do flip it and rotate it just twice a year - I have never thought of doing it monthly. I usually wait until two of the sons are present to do that job. It is a very heavy mattress - really couldn't manage it to do myself! Good post.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I have tried flipping our old mattress in the past and immediately regretted it!! Thanks, cynthiann!!:)
13 Mar 09
I have a double bed and I turn it once a month. I worry being on my own that it'll end up with a dent on one side were I sleep! lol It's no easy task flipping one by yourself though!
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
There were several times with our king-sized mattress in the past that I would be impatient about waiting for my hubby to help me and I would become TRAPPED under the darn thing!!LOL Thanks:)
@ds6413 (2072)
• United States
13 Mar 09
when I first got my current bed I used to rotate the mattress once a month but now only when I think I need to rotate it will I do it.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Yes, like most good habits, I have started out with good intentions too! Then I kind of became forgetful. Thanks:)
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@baileycows (3671)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I really couldn't tell you how often we flip ours, but I guess that it would be probably 1 a year or maybe twice. I have not really thought about it. I want a temparpedic, but those things are like 5K for a dang king size bed. We laid on one the other day and they just feel soooo good.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
Wow! You could buy a used car for that! I'm sure I'd enjoy the mattress more though! Thanks:)
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@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
17 Mar 09
I used to rotate and flip everytime when i changed bedsheets. However, it seems the mattress are getting heavier and gradually, I just flip over whenever I feel like it. It is like once in few months now. lol.
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@winterose (39927)
• Canada
17 Mar 09
I do it every 9 months or so, when ever I think about it. Yes it is good to change it once in a while.
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@jsitko (1169)
• United States
16 Mar 09
Hi Rocketj, Boy do we need a new mattress and we have been looking at the pillow top as being an option. Reading these replies, it may be the one we get. Oh well, back to the topic. Yes I flip out mattress about every 6 months or so. I also vacuum both sides when I do this. It seems now that weather I flip it, rotate it or flip and rotate, there is just the same body prints in it. That is why we need a new one.
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@vicky30 (4781)
• India
16 Mar 09
I never flip and rotate my mattress.I sleep in the way it is.I have heard of spring mattresses.They are very good to sleep.I use a foam mattress for sleeping.My uncle has a coir and foam mattress on each side.During summer he sleeps on the coir side and during winter he sleeps on the foam side.
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@vicky30 (4781)
• India
16 Mar 09
I never flip and rotate my mattress.I sleep in the way it is.I have heard of spring mattresses.They are very good to sleep.I use a foam mattress for sleeping.My uncle has a coir and foam mattress on each side.During summer he sleeps on the coir side and during winter he sleeps on the foam side.
@csrobins (1125)
• United States
16 Mar 09
No...I have never done it and never thought about it. Does it help it last longer or make it more comforable?
@ANTIQUELADY (36494)
• United States
13 Mar 09
i use to do mine regularly but i can no longer do it by myself. i can't ever think to ask one of the boys to do it when they are here so mine doesn't get flipped much anymore. i do think it's a good idea.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
13 Mar 09
I would get trapped under the king sized mattress when I was too impatient to wait for my husband's help! lol No need to worry about that anymore! Thanks:)
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@ANTIQUELADY (36494)
• United States
14 Mar 09
i can that picture u half under & half sticking out.
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@rocketj1 (6957)
• United States
15 Mar 09
And half laughing and half crying! Haha
• United States
13 Mar 09
we used to do that every spring, but now we have one of the sleep number beds, so we don't turn it ever.
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• United States
13 Mar 09
it is by far the best we have ever had!
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