10 Ways You Tell Your Mattress is Worn Out (and Needs to be Replaced!)

  1. Your mattress salesman said so, along with the fact that too many of them are starving in America.
    Okay this one maybe a stretch but it’s worth a shot right? Thanks in advance for staying and visiting.
  2. Your mattress is too old
    Durability can often depends on how good of a quality mattress you initially purchased. Based on that fact alone it is safe to say that if your mattress is 6, 8, or 10 years or older it is probably time to buy a new mattress. Chances are that if your folks or worse still, your grandparents gave you the mattress you are sleeping on, it may be time for a new one.
  3. Someone is allergy sensitive
    Many people are sensitive to dirt and dust that get trapped inside mattresses. Spending 7-9 hours in this setting can be harmful for anyone in this situation.
  4. Your mattress is stained
    If you would be embarrassed for friends or relatives to see the mattress minus the sheets on it, I think we can agree that is a solid sign. Obviously these types of stains can affect allergy sensitive people as well as non-allergy sufferers, the point being no one should want or have to sleep in a mattress environment that is stained with blood, urine, or other bodily fluids. To be proactive to such problems we recommend using an absorbent and breathable mattress pad. Be sure to clean it regularly.
  5. Your mattress is uncomfortable
    Don’t sleep in a bed that doesn’t feel good. This is an opportunity for the body to recharge. If it doesn’t it has been determined that it can affect many other aspects of ones health.
  6. Your mattress is sagging or broke down – and you can feel the coil springs
    If you are able to lie something rigid across the mattress surface and measure 1-½ inches of compression, it is a safe bet to assume you are probably in the market for a new bed. Not only will this not feel comfortable but it will be unsupportive and bad for your back.
  7. Your mattress creaks and squeaks
    Along with being annoying it can disturb you in the middle of the night. This may also lighten the level of sleep causing you to feel more unrested the next day. It may also be a sign of something loose or broken within the mattress or boxspring itself.
  8. You are constantly tossing and turning
    If you constantly find yourself having to readjust and position throughout the night to find comfort, it could very well be your mattress. It may be the wrong bed or it could be annoying pressure points.
  9. Your back only hurts after laying on your mattress
    This one is pretty self-explanatory. If your back only hurts when you’re on the mattress, I think it is safe to say it’s not going to be the recliner or sofa.
  10. There’s not enough sleep surface for 2 people
    Although it is not a good idea to sleep with your kids and pets, it is a worse idea to also be cramped into the mattress with no sleeping space to relax. If you are constantly bumping into your spouse or partner and disturbing each of you, we suggest stepping up to a King or Queen size mattress, after all space is part of comfort. Just ask anyone who has lived in an economy apartment.


Doug Belleville and his father Dave own and run STLBeds - a specialty sleep store located in Arnold, MO. The staff at STLBeds is highly educated about sleep, comfort and their special sleep products. STLBeds only carries high quality mattresses and bed-related products. You won't find the brand names here - just call and ask us why!

8 Comments Leave your comment »

It is nice to see some criteria concerning mattresses. I just want to know whether or not my bed is any good.

I think way too many salesmen have hidden motives. My wife and I appreciate your company for taking the time to post such interesting material concerning your industry. The reading has been very helpful.

Comment by Pete — March 14, 2008 @ 9:29 am

The question of how long will a mattress and boxspring last is one that comes up often on the sales floor. The idea behind this blog is to give people some mattress insight.

Most of the time people know they really need a new bed; they just need to be reassured that yes something is wrong with their old mattress.

If your mattress has a crater in it the size of Mt. St. Helens it might be time to replace your mattress.
Thanks for the comment

Comment by Doug — March 14, 2008 @ 3:30 pm

Most people keep their mattress too long. Many times in this business people will e-mail me to say they slept in a hotel and loved the mattress. Being in the manufactoring business I appreciate their coments. Yes we make terrific hotel mattresses but many times it’s just where the mattress at home is worn out!!!
They need to remember, your whole day depends on how you slept last night.

Comment by deborah — March 18, 2008 @ 10:53 am

I have had my mattress most of my life it is still in good shape and for it being 20+ years old it feels better then most of the new ones in the stors why meas with something that still works

Comment by Michael — November 22, 2009 @ 6:26 am

Thanx Michael for your comment and great why mess with it if it still works question.

We are probably going to disagree but beds built 20 years ago were built with about a 10 year useful comfort and support life. Beyond that foams and upholstery wear, steel coils fatigue, and the sanitary aspect of a bed is… not so good after 20 years. Especially if the sheets, & mattress pad or protector aren’t cleaned regularly. Mattresses should also be vacuumed once a month, most people don’t do it, forget, or were never told to do

Comment by Doug Belleville — November 22, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

I found this very, very helpful. I did check my mattress for all of the above and have come to the conclusion, albeit it’s nearly 15yrs old and in perfect condition, I will wait a little while longer before I purchase a new one…I am leaning toward a Stean’s and Foster firm, queen. Had luck years back with one from Bloomingdales…The best sleeeeep ever…Ed

Comment by ed — February 13, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

Ed, Sealy now makes Stearn’s and Foster. I cannot recall the issue but I believe it was 2010 October Consumer Reports. They asked consumers who purchased various brands of mattresses this question: Would you buy it again? Stearn’s had the worst response if my memory serves me correctly. I tried to find the issue and couldn’t but understand this. Today’s brand name mattresses as a whole are not nearly as good as those which gave you the reliability that I believe you seem to be expecting out of a new mattress set from Stearns. You might want to check this out Are today’s new two sided beds as good as the ones of the past?

Comment by Douglas Belleville — February 16, 2013 @ 11:19 am

i cain’t walk wene i wake up in the morning ,my back hurt so bad from this mattress

Comment by linsy — October 5, 2013 @ 6:22 am

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