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Planning to buy a new mattress? Fact-Based Budget Allocation: How Long Will a Mattress Last? It may not be an important factor, as you may think. Read on to find out why.
According to recent data, the average life of the mattress is more than 10 years. This number has been constantly changing over the past 5 years. The mattress life used to be 7-8 years and has now increased. And the number of years is expected to increase further.
Significant progress has been made in the technology and quality of the mattresses that are manufactured. Based on the collected data, a change has occurred in the purchasing pattern of mattresses. This is mainly due to the innovations of recent years. The mattresses last longer than before.
Manufacturers offer a 10-20 year lifetime warranty. Can you expect a bed to last longer if the mattress has a longer warranty coverage? And more important
Do you think you will use the mattress for 20 years even if the mattress lasts?
Most likely you won’t. Listen to me. 15 years or more is a long time. Our bodies and sleep patterns change over time. The bed that is perfect for you today may not even be right for you in the future.
The mattress doesn’t change and can last for years, but don’t expect your body to be the same for the next 10 to 20 years. So in our opinion very long warranties should not influence your purchase decision.
First, let’s list a frequently asked question about the lifespan of different types of mattresses.
1) How long does a Pillow Top Mattress last?
The life of the mattress topper depends on the type of coil, the number of coils and the coil gauge used in the mattress. A bagged coil system with a heavy (low) thickness of 12 or less and a coil number of 400 or more can last 8 years. The heavier it is, the lower the flush gauge should be. Most good brands use high quality rolled mattresses, so expect a good life from a pillow top mattress.
2) How long does an Innerspring mattress last?
The innerspring mattress lasts about 7 years. The same principles discussed earlier in the coil pad top apply to internal springs. Large coil count and lower coil gauge improve durability.
3) How long does a Latex mattress last
Latex is a natural rubber that is extracted from trees. Natural latex has a longer lifespan than synthetic latex. A mattress made of organic or natural latex will last about 15 years. Most companies do not disclose the density of the latex used. The density of latex can help you predict durability. The higher the density of natural latex, the more durable it is.
4) How long do regular foam mattresses last?
When the term ordinary foam is used, it is referred to as polyethylene foam. But today, polyurethane is the most popular bedding in the industry. These are considered less durable. Normal foam mattresses last about 8 years. Higher density (sturdier) polyurethane will be more durable compared to low density soft polyurethane.
5) How long should a Memory foam mattress last?
The rule of thumb is that if you buy a higher density one, it will last longer. A good quality memory foam mattress costs 4 pounds per cubic foot (PCF) or more. It will last about 10 years.
6) How long do Gel Memory Foam mattresses last?
It is a kind of memory foam with an extra layer of gel for a cooling effect. The service life is also about 10 years.
7) How long does a Hybrid Mattress last?
Hybrid mattresses generally use memory foam/latex layers over internal springs. The durability is directly dependent on the quality (density) of the layers used. The middle layer below the top layer has spirals. It also contributes to durability, as explained with an innerspring mattress. The average age of hybrid mattresses is around 7-8 years.
8) How long does Air Mattress last?
Air mattresses generally have a below-average lifespan. The half-life of a good quality air mattress with a comfort layer is 6 years. The most common problems that arise are mechanical in nature. The air pump may cause problems or air may begin to leak. Problems arise much sooner if you use basic camping style air mattresses.
9) How long does Futon Mattress last?
The futon mattress has a very average lifespan. They usually last 4 to 5 years if properly maintained.
10) How long does a Mattress Topper last?
A good quality mattress topper can improve the comfort of an old mattress. A mattress topper generally lasts 3-5 years.
Factors Affecting Mattress Life
Cleanliness: Regardless of the brand or type of mattress you use. The life of a mattress can be easily improved by following a good mattress cleaning schedule. It will hinder or control the growth of bacteria, mold and dust mites. Regular vacuuming is essential to prevent health problems.
Usage: Do you use your mattress in your bedroom or guest room? The mattress in a guest room will be used less, so less wear and tear. A mattress for children or a mattress in your bedroom will last relatively less.
Also, the mattress that is only used for sleeping lasts longer. Any food or drink in bed can cause occasional spills. It can cause long-term damage. Children who play or jump on the mattress make the mattress more susceptible to wear and tear.
Body weight: heavier people put more stress and pressure on the mattress. People with a thin body or less weight exert less pressure or compression.
Flipping/Rotating: You may not be able to flip/flip your mattress. Depending on the type of mattress, it should be turned and/or turned over twice a year. It helps even compression of the mattress and prevents the top layers from taking the permanent shape of the contours of the body.
Hidden Truth Of Warranties You Should Know
Planning to buy a mattress with a lifetime warranty or a warranty of up to 15 or 25 years? Are you making an informed decision by analyzing the details of the enclosed warranty?
A lifetime or 15 year warranty doesn’t mean you can get a new mattress for free.
The warranty does not cover wear and tear. If any part of the bed, such as a coil, has a problem. The part is replaced and not the entire mattress. Sagging, lumps or deformed foam are covered by the warranty period. It will be provided by the manufacturer.
Most of the warranties beyond 10 years provide prorated coverage.
Understand the terms of prorated coverage. Be clear about the percentage you have to pay with pro rata coverage. Make sure you understand the costs of transportation, shipping and collection. It is included or borne by the customer.
Long-term warranties have an initial non-pro-rated warranty and become a pro-rated warranty after 10 years or more.
When Should You Change Your Mattress?
It’s a common myth that you should get a new mattress every 7 to 8 years. You should keep a mattress as long as it doesn’t cause sleeping problems.
The sole purpose of the mattress is to provide a good night’s sleep and support your spine. It can be difficult to adjust to a new one if you haven’t chosen the right mattress.
Let’s take a look at some easily observable factors that can help you decide if you need to replace your mattress.
Replace Your Mattress if :
Wear and tear: Look for general signs of wear such as lumps, sagging. Do you feel spirals as you go round and round?
Body Aches: Have you started developing frequent body aches? Or do you wake up with back or muscle complaints? These common problems can lead to health problems.
Motion Transfer: Can you or your partner/sleeping partner feel movement at night when you turn? An increase in motion transfer is a sign that your bed is now old.
Issues of improper sleep: Do you not wake up so refreshed in the morning?
There could be many reasons and one of them could be your mattress. Our bodies tend to change shape and weight over time. We may have a new partner with a completely different body type and contour. The old mattress may not be able to accommodate all of these changes. The type of support and comfort provided may not be suitable for the task.
Redoing Bedroom: It’s that stage of our lives when you’re going to do a complete renovation of your bedroom. Everything in the room is new and equipped with the latest technology available on the market. You may want to replace your mattress with a new plush one. An old mattress can spoil the feeling of being new.