How to Rotate Your Mattress The Easy Way

Last Updated April 21, 2022

Mattresses are a big investment, with good quality mattresses starting from around $750 and trending up. As such, it’s not an investment you want to make every few years, but rather once a decade, ideally. So, how do you make your mattress last longer and go the distance? There are a few ways, thankfully. One of the most important ways is to rotate the mattress. In this article, we’ll be running you through how to rotate it the easy way, and other FAQs when it comes to rotating a mattress.

How often should I rotate my mattress?

We suggest rotating your mattress at least once every three months. However, you must check the specific instructions on your particular mattress, as the recommendations can vary. Also, you can rotate your mattress more frequently if you feel that it isn’t offering the comfort or support you need. The important thing to remember is the more you rotate it, the more evenly distributed the fillings will be.

Why you should rotate your mattress

Whether you’re sleeping alone or with another person, you probably sleep in the same spot each night. With time, if you don’t rotate your mattress, it can start to wear and sag unevenly and won’t provide the right support.

The main benefits of rotating your mattress regularly are:

  1. Better support for longer
  2. More comfort
  3. Even distribution of fillings
  4. Reduced risk of sagging

Do I need to rotate my mattress or flip it – or both? What’s the difference?

Rotating your mattress literally means swapping the head of the bed to the foot of the bed and vice versa. Flipping means turning it over, so the top of the mattress is now on the bottom part that sits on the mattress frame.

No matter the matter type, you should rotate it every few months. However, not all mattresses are flippable. Some are just one-sided. If it’s double-sided, however, you should flip it when you rotate it.

How do I rotate my mattress? Can just one person do it?

Rotating a mattress is easy. One person can do it, but it’s easier when two people are rotating the mattress.

Rotating your mattress in 3 steps:

  1. Remove your doona, pillows and sheets, and any furniture near your bed.
  2. If your mattress has turning handles, use these and rotate your mattress 180 degrees from the head of your bed to the foot.
  3. Remake the bed.
  4. And you’re done!

How do I flip my mattress?

Flipping a mattress is important to do regularly, but as we mentioned, not all mattresses can be flipped. Make sure you know if your mattress is single or double-sided before you try. It’s worth noting flipping a mattress is hard to do for one person, so find someone to help you if possible.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Remove your doona, pillows and sheets, and any furniture near the bed.
  2. Move your mattress 180 degrees from the head of your bed to the foot to rotate it.
  3. Lift your mattress onto its side and flip it down on the other side.

I sleep alone on my mattress. Do I still need to turn it?

Whether there’s one, two or three people sleeping on your mattress, you should rotate your mattress at least every three months. This makes sure it gets equal wear and tear and doesn’t sag in a certain spot.

Do I need to flip my memory foam mattress?

No, memory foam mattresses can’t be flipped. The memory foam layer is only on the top of your mattress, not on the underside. If you flip it, you won’t experience the benefits of the memory foam and it’ll also be very uncomfortable to sleep on.

Even Ecosa (which makes memory foam mattresses) says on its FAQ page its mattresses don’t need to be flipped, or even rotated.

However, you should still check your specific mattress care label to see if it mentions rotating. We recommend rotating memory foam mattresses often to keep the fillings evenly distributed – it can’t hurt!

Final Thoughts

Rotating your mattress is a simple and easy way to maintain it and give it a long, healthy life. If you’re likely to forget, put reminders on your phone every three months! And as always, if you have any other questions about rotating or maintaining your mattress, feel free to get in touch today. We’re happy to help!

Ally Burnie Head Dreamer Ally Burnie
Journalist, presenter and host based in Sydney with a passion for cooking, outdoor adventures, hiking, humanitarianism, and travel.


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