When buying a mattress, firmness is a major consideration. We spend a lot of time testing mattresses to get one that is not too firm nor too soft. The level of firmness we are looking for is determined by several factors ranging from medical conditions, sleeping posture, and even personal preference.
Despite this, as we continually use the mattress, it loses its firmness. Changes in our body weight, pregnancy, and even age may call for different levels of firmness. While replacing the mattress is a viable option, it is not cost effective. Below we look at 10 ways to make your mattress firmer:
1. Tuck the sheets in tight around the edges
Ensure that there are no wrinkles. If they puff up and wrinkle, they give the feeling of the bed not being firm enough.
2. Put the mattress on the floor
If that fixes the problem, you need to check the foundation or box spring. Check for missing parts in your box springs wooden frame. If there are any, have them replaced.
The frame should be well constructed and firm. If the box spring is broken, damaged, or has given in to wear and tear, you may need to replace it. This will raise your mattress’ height and will provide a firmer surface.
3. Check your room’s temperature
If your mattress is memory foam, it will feel firm when the temperatures are cool, and soft when it is hot. You may want to check your thermostat temperature and lower it a bit. You may want to remove the heating blankets or heating pads too.
Flipping your mattress ensures that it now weighs down evenly on both sides. You can flip it upside down or left to right.
If you have a mattress with a pillow-top on only one side, you can rotate it 180 degrees. Flip your mattress every few months a year.
5. Get rid of bacteria
Bacteria contributes to your mattress’ loss of firmness. You can hire a professional cleaner to clean it for you.
Alternatively, you can remove the mattress and leave it in the sun. You can do this a few times a year. Cleaning the mattress or leaving it in the sun takes care of the mold and mildew, as well as any dampness. It is also a good way to kill bacteria.
When you put your mattress back on the box spring, it should feel firmer. There is another old technique that you can use to get rid of bacteria. Once you take your mattress outside, beat it using a baseball bat or something else.
This is a good way to remove dust, particles, and dead skin. It also gets rid of excess weight, reducing sagging. Do not use the age-old tactic if your mattress has coils.
6. Use your warranty
If your mattress has lost firmness and your warranty is still valid, you could claim repairs or even a replacement. If the mattress has deep impressions or defects, your warranty may cover it.
7. Get a firm topper
8. Replacing some layers
This is an option if your mattress has a zip-off cover, replaceable layers or removable topper. You can replace the worn out layers with new ones. You can hire a professional upholsterer to replace the layers and resew the mattress. If the layers are glued, replacing the layers will make your warranty void.
9. Replace the bed board
You can buy a bunkie board bolster. This is the support used in bunk and platform beds. It is foam covered. You can find these in shops that sell bunk beds. You can also buy hinged or folding bed boards.
10. Check the frame
If you have already checked your mattress and box spring and fixed using the above techniques on how to make a mattress firmer, it is time to check your frame.
If the frame is steel, it should have one or more support bars which span the frame’s width. There should be a post between the floor and the board which id the bar’s stand.
If you have a queen or king size bed, then you should have several support bars. You may want to purchase some support bars to make your mattress firmer.
All in All
There are several techniques to make your mattress firmer. It is advisable to try the options where you are not using any money, then to those where you use a little money like buying toppers. If all fails, then replacing may be the only solution.