How to Make Your Mattress Softer & More Comfortable

Last Updated May 04, 2022

It cannot be argued enough that a comfortable mattress is vital to a good night’s sleep. However, comfort is very subjective. To one person, a comfortable mattress is a firm mattress, while to another, a firm mattress is akin to sleeping on the floor. Meanwhile, another person might love a soft mattress, while someone else finds a soft mattress causes insane back pain. So, if you’re the type of person who likes a firm mattress, sorry, but this article isn’t for you. In this article, we’ll be offering our best tips on making your current mattress softer or more comfortable without having to buy a whole new one.

Story Time

I always find it helpful reading articles from people who’ve actually experienced the subject matter of the blog, so when I say I understand your pain, I really do. Several years ago, when I moved into a houseshare, the room I was renting came with a mattress – a Queen mattress no less, something I was very excited about. However, on the first night in my new room on the new/old mattress. However, I was in tears. It was way too hard for my poor delicate body… I’ve always loved a soft mattress and felt like I was sleeping on a rock. I remember calling my mum crying saying I’d made a mistake moving into this new house because I was never going to get a good night’s sleep on this sh*t mattress.

But as often the case, my mum had the answer. She said I could just go and buy a mattress topper. I’d honestly never heard of such a thing but off to Kmart, I went (I was a Uni student, so it had to be cheap). Low and behold, even a cheap Kmart mattress topper was a GODSEND. I had such a great night’s sleep the next night and for the next six months after that and all was good in the world again.

Now, a mattress topper might not solve all your problems, and perhaps you don’t even want a mattress topper on your bed. Fair enough. A mattress topper isn’t the only way to make a firm bed softer and more comfortable. Below are some additional tips to help you get the good night’s sleep you deserve.

How to Make Your Mattress Softer in 5 Easy Steps

If you are not having a good night’s sleep because your mattress is too firm but you don’t have budget to replace it with a new one, there are a few options to make it comfortable. The options will depend on how soft you want your mattress to be. Check out some of them below!

1. Warm it Up

The material of your mattress could be the reason why you’re struggling with firmness. If we take the example of the memory foam mattress, which is normally sensitive to temperature, you will find that it will feel firmer in cold weather but soft when it is warm. Although most of us like sleeping in cool temperatures, if you are working towards a softer mattress, you might need to adjust the temperature of the room so that it can help make your mattress softer.

2. Break Your Mattress To Make It Softer

If you just bought a mattress and it’s too firm, you can break it in as you would break in a new pair of shoes. This involves walking on the mattress several times a day to loosen it. If you have kids, you can get them to jump on the mattress to help soften it. To avoid it breaking or being too damaged, don’t use a lot of force and put it on the floor to avoid causing any damage to the bed frame.

Each week, you can rotate the mattress to help distribute the weight of your body to high-density areas across the mattress and in the process, promote even wear and tear. With time and several rotations, your mattress will automatically become more comfortable and soft. 

3. Check Your Bedding And Foundation

The firmness of your mattresses can be affected by your bed frame, too. Wood planks, floors, and firm platforms will give your mattress less space to be soft and make it considerably firm. So if you want your mattress to feel soft, you will need to buy a new bed frame.

Meanwhile, a firm sensation can be achieved with very tight sheets, so it’s worth making sure the sheets you use for the bed is the proper one.

4. Use A Mattress Topper

Invest in a comfortable mattress topper like this latex Peace Lily topper

As discussed in my above storytime, a mattress topper is one of the best ways to make your mattress softer. Most mattress toppers are quite affordable and can make a world of difference in making your mattress softer and more comfortable.

5. Invest in an Adjustable Mattress

From the get-go, invest in an adjustable mattress, like the Ecosa

An adjustable mattress like the Ecosa memory foam mattress is an excellent option for sleepers who aren’t sure what mattress firmness they like. This is because the Ecosa is adjustable, meaning you can tailor the mattress based on your preferences. Perhaps you start out in the firmest setting and find over time it’s too firm – if that’s the case it’s very easy to flip the layers and create a much softer mattress. Easy!

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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