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News flash – mattresses are expensive! Ranging anywhere from a few hundred dollars to thousands, a new mattress is not something we want to spend money on more often than we need to. But, since our mattress was nearing 10 years old, it was time to replace it.
The goal: find one that would be durable, for a long life. Then, look for ways to make the mattress last longer.
In the end, we chose a firm, flippable mattress.
Finding a flippable mattress, one that is double-sided, was, surprisingly, more difficult than expected, but it was important to us. We felt that it could wear more evenly if we could both rotate and flip it on a regular schedule. One sided-mattresses should still be rotated regularly, by the way.
But, on the firmness, the thing is, we didn’t want to sleep on a firm mattress – because who doesn’t like to sink into a soft, comfy bed?! But, in theory, the firmer the mattress, the thicker its coils and it should, therefore, last longer. We’ll see how that works out over time.
Next, we needed to figure out how to make the mattress last longer AND be comfortable.
Here’s What We Did to Extend the Life of Our New Mattress
The Mattress Topper
A quality mattress topper will be both comfortable and durable to protect the mattress for a long time. Over time, it should be less expensive to replace the mattress topper, than to have to replace the mattress early.
After much, much searching, we found an amazing 4” thick, 400 thread count, quilted, hypoallergenic fiber filled mattress topper – ok, so a bit of a splurge, but I love it! Each of these features was important to us. Here’s why we chose what we did:
The thickness of the mattress topper mattered – especially if we wanted to make a firm bed be less firm. And a 4” mattress topper would certainly make for a more “sink in your bed” feeling. We were sold on this!
Higher thread counts protect better. This surprised me in a topper. The higher the thread count, the more tightly woven the threads are. This means that less dust and body dander will get inside the topper (I know, gross!). Because when things get inside it, it gets worn out faster. This adds durability.
Fiber filling should help with air flow and coolness. We live in a hot climate. This was important.
The quilting is important to help keep the fiber fill better evenly spread. Each quilt works as a case for the fiber, keeping everything from bunching up together. Because a bunched up mattress topper is far from comfortable.
The Mattress Protector
Next, we encased the mattress and the mattress topper in a mattress protector that blocks allergens. Even though we don’t suffer from allergies, we chose one with allergy protection to help protect the mattress. Because they are meant to block allergy spores, these anti-allergy mattress protectors also do a good job of blocking dander and dust from getting through it – helping to extend the life of the mattress.
Plus, did you know that if any moisture or stains get on the mattress, it can void the warranty?! So it’s important to use good mattress protection.
And, we got anti-allergy pillow protectors to go along with these. Hoping they’ll help extend the life of our pillows too – fingers crossed!
Mattress support varies by type of mattress, but, for us, since we got a more traditional mattress, we also use a box spring and frame with a support bar in the middle. This should help keep the mattress from sinking prematurely.
Regular Mattress Maintenance
Now, we just have to keep up with regular maintenance on our new mattress set. Twice a year we flip and rotate the mattress. About once every month to 2 months, vacuum the mattress. And, of course, wash the sheets regularly.