Do I Really Have to Replace My Mattress Every 8 Years?
Mattresses are only built to last as long as the materials contained inside. But when do you need to replace your bed? As long as you don’t cut it, burn it, or water it… the mattress could last well over 8 years. The question is: What’s in yours? View More Mattress Myth Videos »
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If you are reading this, you probably have some preconceived idea of how long you should keep a mattress before replacing it. We have all been told varying time-frames again and again. Certain mattress companies tell you that 8 years is the magic number. This article by ABC News says 7 years, and even less than that if you are over 40. So, it’s no wonder there is confusion over this. But what is the truth?
Our take at Texas Mattress Makers is that it depends completely on how your mattress is made—there is not one answer.
For example, we can put a very high-quality latex in a mattress, and it will last minimally 10 years. On the flip side, we can use the same coils with a lower quality foam on top. While you will have a great mattress, you will have to replace it in 3-5 years. What is right for you in this scenario depends on several factors: What are your current needs? Where and how will you use the bed? What is your budget? To get what you need, it is important to have this conversation when selecting your new bed.
According to the Sleep Foundation, “The best way to tell if your mattress has seen its day is to evaluate your comfort and sleep quality. Check for worn or sagging spots in the middle or at the edges, and make sure that when your partner moves, your position on the bed isn’t disturbed. If you wake up tired or stiff, or if you find hotel beds extra cozy, it could be a clue that it’s time for a change.” In conclusion, there isn’t a magic year. It all depends on the quality of the materials.
Ultimately, the person selling you a mattress should be able to tell you:
- What you’re buying.
- What it is made out of.
- How long it will last.
- If it is the right mattress for you.