Can You Flip A Pillow Top Mattress?

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To flip your pillow top mattress or not – that is the million-dollar question! The answer on whether you can flip it or not depends on the type you own. Whether it is a traditional pillow top or a euro pillow top, it does not matter. What you should be concerned about is if your bed has a pillow top on both sides.

Pillow top mattresses normally have their pillow cushion sewn on one side. On the other side, there is a non-skid material. Since they are quite different from standard mattresses, learning how to take care of yours is paramount. For standard mattresses, you should flip them not less than four times annually.

When it comes to a pillow top, you should not flip it since you ought to sleep only on its cushioned side. The top side has to remain on top. For the two-sided models whose bottom resembles the top, there is no problem in flipping them.

Although that is the case, there is no harm in rotating rather than flipping it. Regular rotation of the mattress lengthens its lifespan. Additionally, rotation ensures that your mattress remains supportive and comfortable for years to come.

How Can I Tell If My Mattress Flips?

The sure-fire way to tell if your mattress is flappable is by checking the construction of its top part, especially where the edges meet. All you need to do is lift the corner and have a look at the bottom. Does it look fluffy and billowy like the top? If yes, then you can flip it. If the bottom part looks somewhat different –probably with a rubbery gripping texture, flat or with a surface that is different from the top – it cannot be flipped.

As much as there is nothing that prevents you from flipping a one-sided mattress, going ahead and doing it will result in premature mattress wear. Additionally, sleeping on its wrong side will not likely be comfortable mainly because of its outer structure, which unlike the inner part, is not tailored for optimal support and comfort. A one-sided pillow top mattress is designed in such a way that it supports your body from one side only.

Note: One-sided pillow-top mattresses usually feature non-skid surface situated on the bottom side.

How do I flip My Pillow Top Mattress?

Because a mattress is costly to replace, regular maintenance through flipping helps it to remain usable for years to come. Here is how you can go about flipping your mattress:

  • Remove blankets and sheets from your bed. Launder or set aside the linens.
  • Turn your mattress 180 degrees in such a way that the part that was at the head changes to the bed’s foot.
  • Change the linens

Note: If your mattress is sagging/lumpy or you notice that you are wake up feeling tired or grumpy, it is time to replace it. Flipping your mattress on such a situation will not change anything.

Two-Sided or Double-Sided Pillow Top Mattress

Just as the name implies, each side of this mattress looks identical to each other. You should flip a double-sided mattress based on the care instructions or warranty instructions that you got when purchasing it. Failing to flip your two-sided mattress can cause uneven wear due to the compressing of coil springs and upholstery layers.

Thick pillow tops that feature lots of cushioning develop body indentations or impression. It is very important that you follow care instructions religiously if your mattress is to stand the test of time.

Rotating a Mattress

Sleeping on a mattress night after night, especially on the same part wears it. It creates indents and lumps, rendering a mattress uncomfortable. You should rotate your mattress every 3-6 months. It is always a great idea to do the rotation at the start of every season (winter, fall, summer, and spring). Rotating it once every month could also work. If you choose to do it monthly, doing it at the beginning of the month so that it is easy to remember. To reduce injury risks, have someone assist you to rotate your mattress. Remember that most mattresses are heavy and moving them on your own can be challenging. When rotating it, watch out for lumps, bulbs or other items that you might knock during the process.

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