How do I rotate a mattress?

Find out how and when to rotate your mattress - whether it’s innerspring, pillow-top or memory foam.

When you invest in a new mattress, you’re investing in your sleep health for the next 8-10 years, so it’s important to care for your mattress to get the most out of it.

Rotating and/or flipping your mattress will allow for the sleep surface to wear evenly, so it’s important to rotate it once a fortnight for the first three months and then three to four times a year after this.

However, not all mattresses are made from the same materials, and will require specific care depending on their style.  

1. Innerspring mattress

A standard innerspring mattress is a classic mattress made from identical materials on the top and bottom. An innerspring mattress should be rotated and flipped.

Simply flip it over and rotate it end to end, every season (at a minimum) to keep your mattress fresher for longer.

2. Pillow-top innerspring mattress

A pillow-top innerspring mattress has a puffy pillow-like/padded top layer with a traditional mattress below.

The pillow top prevents this mattress from being flipped, but it’s recommended that you rotate the mattress end to end with the seasons. If you find that your pillow-top mattress shows wear, rotate it every other month, or as often as every month, to help it last longer.

3. Hybrid mattress

Hybrid mattresses are a newer mattress type. They consist of an innerspring coil system with a memory foam or latex topper, combining two popular mattresses into one.

Rotating them is essential to longevity and care. It's recommended that you rotate with the seasons, every quarter. Simply rotate it end to end or 180 degrees.

Important! Hybrid mattresses are heavier than a traditional mattress, so have someone help you at all times.

4. Memory foam mattress

Some memory foam mattress suppliers suggest that their mattresses don't need to be rotated or flipped.

Memory foam mattresses need less rotating and/or flipping than traditional mattresses, but if you want to rotate your mattress once or twice a year, you and your mattress will benefit.