Mattress Durability Guide: How Long Does a Mattress Last?
Table of Contents
- How Long Does a Mattress Last?
- Consider Body Type and Weight
- Consider the Type of Mattress
- How Long Does An Innersprin
- How Long Does A Foam Mattress Last?
- How Long Does A Latex Mattress Last?
- How Long Does A Memory Foam Mattress Last?
- How long Does A Hybrid Mattress Last?
- How Long Does an Air Mattress Last?
- Use a quality mattress protector.
- Keep your bedsheets clean.
- Clean the surface of your mattress.
- Skip breakfast in bed.
- Consider getting pets their own bed.
- Take measures to avoid bed bugs.
- Regularly inspect your bedframe.
- Understand your warranty.
How Often Should a Mattress Be Replaced?
Again, there are many factors that must be considered. Aside from the quality of materials that comprise your mattress, you also must consider things such as your weight, specific stress your mattress undergoes (have your kids jumped on the product, for example), and how it was cared for. While there’s no way to provide you with a direct answer as there is no set formula to do so, I can give you an idea if the time has come for you to think about replacing yours. Just a few signs that it’s time include:
- You have noticed feeling noticeably achy and irritated when you wake up
- It’s more comfortable when you sleep somewhere else such as a hotel room or a friend’s house
- You notice your mattress is developing sags and indentations
- You’re over age 40 and have had the same product for six to eight years since, as we age, we are less able to tolerate the pressure increase that typically occurs around this time.
- Firmness of material
- Pressure relief
- Thickness of material
- Overall comfort
- Overall ability to offer proper spinal alignment
What Constitutes the Comfort Layer?
The comfort layers are your most vulnerable, and, whether or not you carry a lot of weight, it’s crucial that you carefully analyze the various upper comfort layers as you gauge how you can expect your mattress to stand up over time.
While this gives us options, it also requires that you educate yourself in the differences the various types of mattresses feature. That’s why I’d like to walk you through some of the most popular mattress types you’re sure to encounter as you shop.
As you shop innerspring options, the most common you’ll come across are pocketed coil, and this term means that the coils are individually wrapped in fabric to allow the coils to work independently from one another. Traditional coils systems, on the other hand, wire the coils together, and this makes it more difficult to counteract motion transfer. As you assess durability, there are a few key points to keep in mind.
— Coil Gauge
You can typically expect a mattress featuring thicker wires, or lower coil gauges, to be more firm while thinner, or higher-gauged, springs are usually more gentle. Firmer innerspring mattresses usually have a coil gauge of 14 or higher. Now, if you prefer a softer mattress, usually a coil gauge of 13 or lower, but also want to ensure durability, then innerspring likely isn’t going to be a good choice for you. This is because thinner coils typically offer less durability.
— Increase Comfort With Higher Gauge Specs
— Pillow Top or Eurotop
— Mattress Topper
When you buy a mattress topper, you can enjoy the ability to customize your bed as you have a number of material options from which to choose regardless of what your mattress features. Just a few that are available include:
Gel Memory foam.
When to Replace an Innerspring Mattress
We recommend that you don’t continue to use your innerspring mattress longer than eight years. This is because, as time goes by, the coils do come loose, and this not only causes unsightly bumps, but they can also poke into your body as you try to sleep. You may also very well wake up still feeling tired. If this is the case, it’s definitely time to start looking for something new.
Some of the foams available we’ll talk about in more detail here in a moment, but, let’s go ahead and examine these three options and the level of durability you can expect of each.
While you may be inclined to believe that a firm polyurethane product will last longer, what you really need to examine is the density it features. If you find a mattress with a great, low price but no mention of density, there’s a good shot that it won’t last long.
While, in general, polyfoam doesn’t feature impressive durability, there are exceptions to the rule. A good rule-of-thumb to follow as you analyze densities in the support layers to determine a potential good match follows:
One-sided mattresses- 1.8 lbs./ft³
Two-sided mattresses- 1.5 lbs./ft³
For those who carry more weight- 2.0 lbs./ft³
The higher the density, the longer you can expect the product to last, so pay close attention to these numbers. If you’re considering a product containing polyfoam and there are no density specifications mentioned, it’s definitely worth calling customer service to acquire this information.
When to Replace Polyfoam
- Feeling that you’re sinking into the bed
— Reflex Foam
This can be a good option for those who carry a lot of weight as they are typically firmer and more supportive. However, keep in mind as you shop that the same density guidelines as we discussed with polyfoam apply, so definitely be mindful of these specs while you browse your options. Furthermore, as with polyfoam, you know it’s time to replace your reflex foam mattress when you start to notice sagging and the formation of indentations.
— Convoluted Foam
These products feature high availability and can be a good pick for those who sleep hot. However, you want to make sure the mattress has a very supportive base layer if you’re considering a purchase and want it to last. Just a few pointers to keep in mind to best ensure you find a product that will offer more durability include:
Ensure it has a density of no lower than 1.8 lbs/ft³ or 2.0 lb/ft³ if you carry a lot of weight, especially if the material is found in one of the upper comfort layers
Check to ensure there is no more than one convoluted layer
— Synthetic and Natural Blends
- Extruded from the rubber tree, which is a natural resource
- Usually features higher level of elasticity
— Talalay and Dunlop Manufacturing Processes
— Replaceable Layers: A Great Safeguard
It would be a shame to replace a latex mattress simply because a small percentage of the overall thickness of the product has degraded, and some products offer covers that unzip, allowing consumers to simply replace the old material with a new latex layer. This can substantially lengthen the life of the mattress as a whole at a minimal cost.
One of the most notable factors that will impact your memory foam mattress is body weight, and there are a few things you should be sure to factor in as you shop to ensure you find a product that will be most suitable for you.
For starters, check the density. A quality product will typically feature a density of around 3.5 to 4 lbs./ft³. If you find a product that’s notably less expensive than others, there’s a good chance it falls below this standard and will therefore be less durable. If you heavyset, however, I wouldn’t settle for anything less than 5 lbs./ft³.
You also want to examine the thickness of the memory foam layer as you analyze the density. If you find a product with a memory foam layer any more than one inch thick, I would strongly advise that you consider other options if it is less than 3.5 lb/ft³ dense.
How to Tell When It’s Time to Replace
- Obvious sagging
- Impressions that last much longer than they used to
- Development of lumps and bumps
- Difficulty falling and staying asleep
- Noticeable increase in allergy symptoms
Quick Note on Gel Foam
An Additional Tip
When It’s Time to Move On
- A noticeable difference in comfort
- Age of more than seven years
It’s important to note that air beds often have low weight capacities, so you should check with the manufacturer to ensure the product you may be considering will facilitate the weight of whoever the mattress is intended for. Failure to follow these guidelines will shorten the lifespan of the product.
How Many Years Will It Last?
- Don’t purchase the product for everyday use as this is not the purpose for which most air beds are intended.
- Don’t store the mattress in humid areas or areas that experiences extreme temperatures such as out in your shed or garage.
- Repair holes promptly following the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Avoid using heated blankets on the product.
Common Signs of Wear and Degradation
The most common sign that it’s time to replace your air mattress is when you start to notice it doesn’t hold air like it used to. You may notice that the mattress loses firmness throughout the night, and this is due to a few different factors including:
- Normal wear and tear
While the overall durability of your mattress depends largely on aspects such as material type and density, the way in which you maintain and care for the product can add or take away years from your mattress. This is good because, with just a little bit of effort every day, you can stretch every dollar you in invest in your product.
While air beds have a few unique maintenance tips and tricks that we have already covered above due to the nature of these products, there are general care tips that are encouraged to employ no matter what product you decide to purchase. These would include:
- Quicker degradation of materials
- Development of mold and mildew
- Development of unpleasant odors
Skip breakfast in bed. I know, it can be tempting to have a snack while you lay in bed and watch your favorite television show, but crumbs can make their way beneath the sheets, and nothing good comes from this.
You know your pet, so I’ll leave this one up to you. However, I would strongly recommend that you consider purchasing your pet a bed of its own, especially if they are prone to shedding or are very hyper as this can increase the chances of a spill or other type of accident.
- Small red stains on sheets (squished bed bugs)
- Small, dark dots (excrement)
- Presence of tiny, pale-yellow eggshells
- Live bugs
- Weak wood slats
- Excessive separations between slats
- Broken slats
- Saggy or otherwise worn boxsprings