It’s no secret that a mattress is a big investment. Because it’s an expensive purchase, you probably spent a lot of time doing research before you made a decision. Perhaps you even went from store to store trying different levels of mattress firmness. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, especially if you’re starting to experience sleep issues.
Here at Bedding Plus, many customers come in and ask, “When should I buy a new mattress?” Here’s everything you should know about mattress longevity, when to find a replacement, and how to find the best deals!
Although every mattress is different, the average lifespan is eight years. This is when most mattresses will begin to show signs of wear and tear that can have an effect on how you sleep. Fortunately, innovative technology is allowing customers to hold onto some types of mattresses a bit longer. Here are some recommendations organized by mattress type.
An innerspring mattress is going to be on the lower end of the longevity scale. The metal coils used to manufacture this type of mattress are more susceptible to wear and tear. Some may only last as little as six years, while others may be capable of making it to 10 years. Double-sided innerspring mattresses that can be flipped and rotated every few months will likely last longer.
Memory foam is still relatively new and innovative when it comes to mattress technology. With layers upon layers of body-conforming materials, they are much more durable than an innerspring mattress. When you take the time to protect a memory foam mattress, carefully rotating it every few months, it can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years.
Latex is another durable mattress type that can go the distance with the right care. In fact, Sleep Help notes that some latex mattresses come with a 25-year limited warranty. It’s worth noting that this is another type of mattress that requires you to rotate and flip it a few times a year in order to prevent sagging.
When you’re looking for a blend of tradition and technology, a hybrid mattress delivers. These types of beds incorporate your traditional innerspring coils with layers of foam. How long a hybrid mattress lasts will depend on the type of coils and the grade of the base foam, making it difficult to pinpoint a specific number. In general, you can expect to need a replacement somewhere around the six to 10-year mark.
For those who enjoy a highly-customized sleep experience, air beds allow for daily changes. The air chambers can even provide more support in certain areas than in others. Due to the highly technological nature of these beds, they do require ongoing maintenance and servicing. Every manufacturer will differ, but the general lifespan of an air bed is roughly eight years.
5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Mattress
When your bed doesn’t feel comfortable, your entire body suffers. You’re not getting the rest you need, but you’re still unsure whether your mattress is to blame. Don’t let an old mattress keep you awake all night.
Here are five signs it’s time for you to buy a new mattress!
1. Your mattress is sagging (and it shows)
This is the most obvious sign that it’s time for a new mattress because it’s visible to the naked eye.
If your mattress is sagging in the middle or showing signs of an imprint where you lay, it’s time to replace it. What’s more, if you can feel lumps or coils beneath you, the mattress has clear signs of wear and tear.
These signs should not be ignored as a lack of support can put your alignment at risk.
2. The bed is noisy
We’ve all stayed somewhere with a noisy bed. It squeaks and squeals whenever you move, waking you up throughout the night.
This issue is indicative of aging coils that no longer serve their intended purpose. In addition to simply being loud, this generally proves that your innerspring mattress has seen better days.
3. You wake up with symptoms of allergies
Waking up with watery eyes and a runny nose should never be ignored, especially if it’s happening repeatedly. Sneezing and other symptoms of seasonal allergies can often be attributed to an old mattress.
Sweat, dust, and other allergens can slowly build up in your mattress over time. In the worst cases, this may even lead to mold or mildew. These contaminants will often lead to a host of health issues, including asthma.
This is a clear sign that it’s time to buy a new mattress. Likewise, you should consider natural latex and other materials that help to prevent these types of issues.
4. Morning muscle stiffness is your new norm
Waking up with aches and pains should not be an everyday occurrence. Unfortunately, when your mattress starts to lack support, it can have a serious effect on your body’s alignment.
Pain in your neck, shoulders, hips, and lower back are all signs that you are not getting the support you need from your mattress.
Sleep allows your body to rest and repair itself. If your mattress is causing pain, it’s time for a replacement.
For those who are more prone to body pain, memory foam is a great option. It allows for pressure point relief and conformity to your body’s natural shape.
5. You toss and turn all night, unable to find a comfortable position
There are so many things that make it difficult for us to fall asleep and stay asleep. Stress, poor sleep hygiene, and environmental factors all play a part. That said, if you are suddenly experiencing sleep issues, and have ruled out all of the above, it may be a simple issue of comfort.
Everyone has a sleep style. Whether you’re a stomach sleeper, back sleeper, side sleeper, or combination, there is a mattress that fits your specific sleep style.
At Bedding Plus, our team of professionals know how to find the right mattress for your body type, sleep style, and various preferences. All you have to do is answer a few questions to see a range of options that will fit your needs.
Do I Need To Buy A New Box Spring, Too?
If you’re shopping for a new mattress, you may be wondering about your box spring. Box springs last roughly 10 years, much like your average mattress.
If it appears that your box spring is still in great shape, it may not be necessary. However, these are a few signs that it’s time to buy a replacement:
- Slats are broken or damaged
- It appears to be sagging in certain areas
- Your new mattress needs a different type of base to provide adequate support
Again, if it’s been a decade since you bought a box spring and your new mattress needs one, it’s probably better to invest in a replacement.
When Should I Buy A New Mattress To Get The Best Deal?
A mattress is a big cost, even when financing options are available. For this reason, many people want to buy during sales and other promotions. In general, you will find the best deals during federal holidays and noteworthy shopping days. Many mattress stores, including Bedding Plus, host sales during these times of the year.
Here are some of the best times to find a great mattress for a steal:
- New Year’s Day
- President’s Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Black Friday
- Cyber Monday
Other times to consider buying a new mattress revolve around new product launches. Many mattress manufacturers release new designs during the spring. That means older styles are usually available for less, especially if a store needs to make room for new mattresses in the showroom.
Find Your New Mattress At Bedding Plus!
When it’s time to replace your mattress, Bedding Plus should be your first stop.
Our team’s commitment to you is a better night’s sleep every night. In addition to providing top notch customer service, you will find a wide variety of high-quality mattresses. With so many to choose from, it can be a difficult decision, but we will help you along the way. Taking your needs and preferences into consideration, our goal is to narrow down your options in a timely manner.
Bedding Plus is locally-owned and operated with deep roots in southern Louisiana. Our stores can be found in convenient locations across the area, making it easy for you to stop in and find your next mattress. In addition to mattresses, you’ll find pillows, linens, mattress protectors, bed frames, and many other sleep accessories. We even offer delivery and set up, as well as 0% interest-free financing for up to 60 months.