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How Long Does a Mattress Last?

How Long Does a Mattress Last

Few people think about it, but a mattress is one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. The reason is that a good mattress helps you sleep faster and more soundly. Remember what they say about sleeping well and performing well the next day? Well, mattresses are expensive, so you don’t want to keep replacing them.

The good news is that you won’t have to. The average mattress lasts a few years, but you can dramatically extend its life expectancy. I’ll tell you how in this article!

The Average Life Expectancy of a Mattress

Expect your mattress to be usable for at least seven years and possibly as long as 10! That’s how long the life expectancy of an average mattress is. However, some mattresses conk out far before then, and others last for many more years. Why is that? The life expectancy of a mattress depends on many factors.

These are:

  • The methods used to manufacture the mattress.
  • What materials were used?
  • The quality of the materials used.
  • How much you weigh – more weight stresses mattresses, so they tend to wear out faster.
  • Your sleeping habits – certain sleeping habits can reduce your mattress’s life expectancy.

Let’s explore each factor in more detail!

The Methods Used to Manufacture the Mattress

All mattresses have a base with inter coiled box springs lying directly above it. Several layers of padding cover the box springs. So you can enjoy a comfortable and good night’s sleep on a firm mattress. 

Often, one company will make the box springs, and the mattress manufacturer will assemble the rest of the components. The box springs are thoroughly inspected before they’re attached to the base. Then employees put an insulator and several thick layers of cushioning over the layer of box springs. That makes the mattress robust yet cushy.

The workers then cover this with an ornate and quilted cover. The cover completely covers the mattress’s top, bottom, and sides. It’s the surface that you spread the bed cover over.

What Materials Were Used

Various naturally grown and lab-made materials like metal wire, cotton, and polyester are used when manufacturing mattresses. The metal wires that make up the box springs tend to be thick, springy, and long-lasting. 

Some mattresses have layers of polyurethane foam in them. That will cushion you from the more uncomfortable effects of the box springs. 

Latex mattresses tend to last much longer than mattresses that only have other fabric types in them. Mattresses made from high-density memory foam or polyfoam don’t last as long as latex mattresses, but they last much longer than conventional mattresses. Low-density foam mattresses made from a combination of materials don’t last nearly as long as memory foam mattresses. Finally, traditional mattresses only last for a few years.

The better the quality of the materials used to make the mattress, the longer it will last. 

Your Weight

If you weigh more, your mattress will wear out faster.

Your Sleeping Habits

You’ll find that rolling around a lot when sleeping will wear your mattress out faster. That’s referred to as heavy sleeping. If you are a heavy sleeper, you’ll find that your mattress will start to sag in the center after a few months of usage. Those who sleep on the sides of their mattresses will find sagging occurring in those areas after a few months.

A General Rule of Thumb

There are many types of mattresses, so it’s hard to make blanket statements about all mattresses and how long they’ll last. But I’m including a table with many factors, including mattress type and life expectancy, so you can understand which mattresses last longer and which tend to conk out after only a few years of usage!

Type of MattressType of Bed SpringMaterial – FoamMaterial – LatexMaterial – Hybrid
Average life expectancyFive and six and a half yearsSix to seven yearsSeven and a half to eight and a half yearsSix and a half to seven and a half years
Strength ratingPoor to averageAverage to goodGood to excellent Average to good
Does it sag easily?Poor to averageaverageGood average
Does it soften after only a few months of use?Good Poor to averageAverage to goodAverage to good
Will your body ruin its shape?goodPoor to averageAverage to good good
How long will it last in general?averageGood Excellent good

What to Look For When Buying a Mattress

Since the type and quality of a mattress you buy significantly affect how long it will last, I thought I’d help you by giving you a few pointers the next time you’re in a department store looking for an outstanding mattress.

How Many Layers Does the Mattress Have?

Few people consider the number of thicker layers their mattress has above the box springs as an essential factor in determining how long their mattress will last. That’s important; it’s crucial for the first 3-4 layers of padding at the top of the mattress. Your body will come into direct contact with these layers as they cushion and cradle you while you drift off to sleep.

These are referred to as the comfort layers. You always want to look for a mattress with lots of thick and soft layers when you’re out mattress shopping.

Are You Heavy or Thin?

No one likes to think about weight in today’s global society that seems to be obsessed with skinniness, but it’s essential when you’re out mattress shopping. You’ll need a mattress with three upper comfort layers if you’re within your BMI. You should increase that to 4 layers if your weight is slightly higher than your BMI.

Thicker and more layers are essential because they help delay sagging by distributing your (and whoever else sleeps on your mattress) body weight more evenly!

Do You Tend to Roll Around When You Sleep?

I already mentioned why that’s important. So, if you tend to roll around a lot when you sleep, you should choose a low-motion transfer mattress. It protects the mattress (and other people who may be sleeping on the mattress with you) from your movement when you sleep. 

Here’s some advice. If you’re looking for a mattress with low-motion transfer, your best bet is to buy a memory foam, a latex, or a hybrid mattress.

How Well Does the Mattress Regulate Temperature

Some mattresses have a built-in temperature-regulating mechanism. You want to buy a mattress with that since it will make it (the mattress last longer.) You’ll also enjoy longer and more satisfying sleep. Here’s a hint:  latex and memory foam mattresses tend to retain heat. Water mattresses tend to disperse heat. 

How to Make Your Mattress Last Longer

There are many tricks and secrets that you can try to make your mattress last far longer than its average life expectancy. I’m going to reveal them to you below!

Cover Your Mattress in a Protector

You can find these mattress protectors in your department store. For best results, buy a waterproof one. Then fit it snugly over the top and sides of your mattress. Not only will you find yourself sleeping more soundly, but you’ll find that your mattress will stay in mint condition for far longer.

Mattress protectors keep sweat, dirt, debris, various body fluids, and insects from getting embedded in the surface of your mattress. All of these will rot. Not only will it make your mattress smell funky, but it will cause it to age prematurely. These elements provide the perfect food for fungi and bacteria to grow. These (fungus and bacteria) will eat through your mattress, and reasonably quickly too!

Place Your Mattress on a Firm Base

You can use a box spring, a foundation, a four-poster bed, or a platform to support your mattress. Just make sure to keep your mattress firmly. Your mattress will sag if you don’t do that. It will age and get destroyed faster.

As a general rule, you can use a box spring to support an innerspring mattress, and you can use a platform for a foam mattress.

Don’t Let Kids Jump on the Bed

Sure, kids can be noisy, and what better way to keep them distracted than to let them jump on the bed, right? Well, while you’re getting some valuable “Me time,” your mattress is taking a beating. It’s a beating that will dramatically shorten its life expectancy. The reason is that constantly jumping on the bed will damage the box spring and mattress’s layers by flattening both.

Also, your kids could get seriously hurt if they fall off your bed. Remember, the trampoline is the best place for kids of all ages to jump on!

Always Eat in the Kitchen

Bed-in breakfast sounds like a romantic way to spend a morning or evening with that special someone. Well, don’t do it. Always eat in a place in the house that’s easy to clean up – your bed’s mattress is not! You run the risk of attracting gross, creepy crawlies if you do. These creepy crawlies are always looking for places with little bits of food lying around, and they only need a few crumbs to survive.

What’s worse is that these critters can and will eat through your bed once the crumbs of food are all gone! Some of these disgusting creatures also carry diseases that can kill you, like E-coli! They can also bite!

Flip Your Mattress Over or Rotate It Around About Once a Week!

Sleeping in one place, always on your mattress, is a great way to ruin it by causing it to sag or tear prematurely. Of course, always check the instructions that your mattress comes with before you move it around. The manufacturer gave you instructions for a reason: to let you know how to care for your mattress. Part of these instructions will let you know if you can flip or rotate your mattress and how often to do so if you can.

Clean Your Mattress Regularly

First, strip your bed of all bed coverings and blankets. Then cover your mattress with a thick layer of baking soda or powder. You want to vacuum all the power or soda of the mattress thoroughly. It will make your mattress and bed smell nicer and clean any sweat, debris, dirt, food crumbs, and disgusting living or dead insects that may have come to call your mattress home. 

That will help your mattress last longer. You know why. 

Make Sure Your Mattress is Always Spotless

So stains happen because life happens. That’s a given. That said, you should fight back with a good stain remover. You can buy one from the store or mix up lots of lemon juice with lots of salt. Please wait until it’s a thick paste. Then, smear the paste over the stains. Wait a few hours, and then wipe it off.

Lemon juice is acidic, and salt is abrasive. The acid in the lemon juice will dissolve the stains, and the salt’s abrasive elements will break it down. Stains can ruin the layers in your mattress, causing your mattress to decompose and decay faster.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use a mattress for 20 years?

You could, in theory, but it’s doubtful that the mattress would stay in usable condition for so many years.

How often should you go mattress shopping?

A general rule of thumb is to go mattress shopping when your current mattress is between six to eight years old.

How do you know when to chunk your mattress?

If it’s ripping, sagging, tearing, has indents in it, has springs that are coming out or has foam that has moved around.

You Can Make Your Mattress Last for Much Longer Than 10 Years

I’m proof of that. My Vera Wang mattress is more than 13 years old, and it’s still going strong. The reason is that I followed many of the tips that I mentioned in this article. You, too, can make your mattress last for several years if you’re resourceful and follow the advice mentioned in this article!