But the bed frame that mattress sits upon can play just as important of a role. The bed frame is the foundation of the mattress, and without a quality frame in which to place your mattress, sleep can be disturbed by squeaking, creaking, sliding, and more.
Regularly Flip & Rotate Your Mattress
Regularly repositioning your mattress is a surefire way to avoid sagging for longer. There are two ways that you can reposition it: Rotate it: All mattresses can be rotated. You simply rotate it so that the head and the foot of the mattress are swapped.
Many people can mistake this impression or dip as a defect in the mattress (i.e. sagging). If your mattress shows an indentation of up to 2 inches, this is not a defect; it’s the fibers and foam compressing and conforming to your body, creating normal body impressions in a mattress.
With the help of a bed frame and a foundation or a box spring, you can give your body adequate support to prevent back pain, restlessness, and uncomfortableness. Additionally, a bed frame ensures your mattress stays in place while you sleep.
That depends on what it’s made of and how you maintain it. Open coil innerspring mattresses aren’t very durable, and they may sag to the point of needing replacement in as little as six years. On the other end of the spectrum, quality natural latex mattresses can resist sagging for up to 20 years.
Plywood can help with a sagging mattress. If the issue is lack of support, use plywood to give the mattress a firmer base. Lay a sheet of plywood down on the slats of your bed frame, and place the mattress on top of it. It will support the mattress from beneath, stopping it from sagging.
If you can’t find recommendations directly from the manufacturer, here are some general guidelines: Memory foam and latex mattresses should be rotated 1-2 times per year. Newer innerspring mattresses should be rotated 1-2 times per year. Older innerspring mattress should be rotated 2-5 times per year.
Most mattresses are replaced between 8 and 12 years therefore in most cases the base is usually just as old. This could mean that the technology used in the base (especially in sprung bases) may be out of date whilst the condition of its components are no longer in the best state.
Metal bed frames are a perfectly safe option for children and adults alike. Don’t let the scare tactics fool you; sleeping on a metal frame won’t interfere with your sleep or affect your health. If you’ve been holding off buying a metal bed frame because of health concerns, you can safely put them to rest.
The main purpose of bed frames is to provide decent, even support for the mattress. A good bed frame can help the mattress remain stable and redistribute the sleeper’s weight evenly.
In most situations, placing a mattress directly on the floor will not significantly impact its comfort, support, or overall feel. Keep in mind that some mattresses require certain types of support, which the floor may or may not provide.
A good bed frame provides your box spring with a secure housing, and won’t scratch your floors. There’s also an issue of stability when you forgo a bed frame; the frame itself helps to stop the mattress from sliding around and inevitably off of the box spring.
A thicker comfort layer will be important to prevent softer mattress from sagging down to the foundation from the additional weight. If you are a back sleeper, you’ll likely prefer a firmer mattress. However, it will need to be soft enough to ensure the spine stays in alignment by allowing the hips to sink in a bit.
To check if your mattress has sagging areas, try laying something flat like a yardstick across the top surface of your bed and look for gaps underneath. Common areas are usually where heavy spots of the body, like the head, hips, and shoulders, lay.