What is My Mattress Life Expectancy?
The question about Mattress Life Expectancy is a tough question to answer in general terms. While some experts advocate that you should divide your mattress warranty by 2 to arrive at its life expectancy, there are many factors that contribute to your mattress’s long or short life.
Years back, it was expect that your mattress should last at least as long as its warranty. But this was back when you would rotate and flip your mattress every few months. These days, mattress manufacturers have done away with building two-sided mattresses in the interest of increasing profitability. As a result, at least in theory, a mattress purchased today should last just 1/2 as long as one purchased five to ten years ago. In reality, mattresses are built differently today; the latex foams of the present offer better comfort than the polyester, cotton or other synthetic of five years ago. Plus, this thing called fire retardant requirements has resulted in an improvement to material quality… well, sort of.
So comparatively speaking, the matter of life expectancy is not easily compared.
Some other factors that influence how long a mattress will last includes your body weight, the number of hours you spend on the mattress, the type of activity you enjoy on your mattress, your partner’s use of the mattress, whether your box spring offers sufficient support and how well you care for the product. Here are a couple of quick and easy tips that you can use to improve your mattress’s life expectancy.
- Rotate your mattress (provided it is larger than a twin) clockwise every time you change your sheets. Even if you sleep alone, you probably prefer one side of your mattress to another. And even if you sleep right in the middle, your upper body weight will typically be heavier than your lower body weight. Rotating your mattress allows you to spread out the wear and tear better. This is because some springs will have to work harder than others once you complete the rotation.
- Use a mattress protector to protect your mattress surface (and core, too, depending on what you might spill) from damage. This is a recurring theme here, particularly where mattress warranties are concerned. So although using a mattress protector may not extend the useful life of your mattress core much beyond its normal expected span, it does protect the surface from irreversible damage. Depending on the material used in those comfort layers (usually these will be a polyester or synthetic fabric, often combined with latex and/or memory foam), a mattress protector will help these layers last even longer, thereby enhancing the comfort experience you get from your mattress for years up to and possibly even beyond the mattress’s expected life. Along the same lines as a mattress protector, make sure you use proper, clean sheets as this will ease the wear on the fabric and surface layers as well.
Depending on your comfort needs, you could also consider a mattress pad once your mattress seems to have lost its luster. This will not only enhance the comfort characteristics of your mattress, but will take some of the comfort pressure off of those top layers and springs, meaning a full and costly mattress replacement can often be delayed.
While nobody can claim that today’s mattresses outlive yesterday’s, there are certainly some very clear comfort benefits to today’s innovative products compared to those of the past. But to provide you with a solid and scientific way to project your mattress life expectancy is virtually impossible given the many different variables that will affect its lifespan.
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