Reversible Mattress Both Sides Of The Story

Flippable by design that was how virtually all mattresses used to made. It was a time when you could use both sides of a mattress and it seemed liked they lasted forever. Two sided mattresses began to fall out of favor about the same time new fire safety regulations came into play. The new stringed testing forced manufacturers to come up with new and creative ways to comply with the safety tests. They were also trying to keep mattress prices as low as possible and competitive. This new way of building beds was now forcing people to purchase mattresses in a way they were not a accustomed to, one sided and non flippable.  It was just a matter of time before mattress companies would realize their was still a market for people who preferred the old style mattress you can turn over and use both sides but are these really better? Today’s topic Reversible Mattress Both Sides Of The Story will detail the differences that you’ll want to know before buying your next mattress set.

Reversible Mattress Both Sides Of The Story

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Are today’s new two sided beds as good as the ones of the past?

While they are 2 sided, for the most part these luxury sleeping surfaces are not built in the same way they were 30, 20, or even as recent as 10 years ago. A person only needs to lift today’s mattress to realize the weight is significantly different. The reason? Less steel. Steel is what made the old mattress sets last for so many years and today mattress builders are using a lot less of it. They do this to keep both wholesale costs under control for them and retail costs down for the consumer.

Mattresses 20 and 30 years ago also didn’t use layer upon layer of polyurethane foam, polyester fiber, and comfort padding materials. Beds were relatively thin which kept settling of the materials to a minimum. While many don’t talk about it the early 1990’s is when the problems of bad body impressions began to rear their ugly heads. These beds were still relatively heavy and they were double sided, but the addition of extra thick padding and “comfort layers” was a definite weakness that would forever change how long mattresses would last.

Today’s two sided beds are different.

While modern 2 sided mattresses can be turned over, they are light weight from weak fluffy foam and minimal amounts of hardened steel. For people that want a double sided mattress they will get what they asked for. What they won’t get is the bed they bought 30, 20, or even 10 years ago that lasted ten plus years. The advantage is that a person can still turn, flip, and regularly rotate their mattress for more even wear. The newer two sided mattresses short comings is this, the lack of good bones and the lack of heavy duty building materials. We still like two sided beds for the reasons we mentioned and feel they are still a better value than most one sided mattresses with coil springs. While they won’t last ten years they are still  longer than the majority of one sided beds built today and they still give consumers more bang for their mattress dollars.

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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!

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I got rid of our 20 year old mattress about 18 months ago. And what has happened since has been a living nightmare. This is an absolutely true story. I thought going out to buy a new mattress would be simple, but after spending a fortune on several different mattress (and my husband ready to kill me-tongue in cheek), I went sleepless for months. Literally. The newer ones all seemed to retain heat. After being the healthiest person on this planet, my sleeplessness culminated in a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which then led to being given an angiogram, which then led to deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in my leg), which then led to a vena cava filter being placed in me to catch blood clots. When the filter was removed after two unsuccessful attempts, I ended up having emergency surgery on my neck, cutting my jugular to remove the filter which had gotten lodged in just above my clavicle. Having just about lost my life about 3 times at this point, I am now recovering, but have intense neck pain from severed nerves, and still have extensive blood clots in my left leg, and now my jugular. I am now sleeping on a grandma style older mattress which I picked up from a thrift store for $20.00 for about 3 months now. I cannot be happier, no more heat retension. I actually get to fall into a deep sleep like I use to. Someone has to do something about mattress manufacturing. This is a shame what has happened to me. I am far too young to be in the shape I’m in. All I wanted was a new mattress after 20 years.

Comment by Monica Johnson — August 26, 2013 @ 12:53 pm

I feel the same about these “new” mattresses. I can not get a good night’s sleep because the mattresses only stay firm for about 2 years. I have a deep hole(curve ) on my side of the mattress & it is only 2 yrs old. My other “new” one lasted 3 yrs because I forced myself to sleep on it. Wish I had my old 30yr old mattress back. I do not see what you are saying about safety in these new mattresses. Do you mean for the fireman who have to throw it out of the house? I would pay double or triple for the old type of mattress.
I really do believe that it is mattress manufacture’ s ploy..

Comment by Arlene Macdonald — January 14, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

My mattress set was purchased in 1976 and I rotate it monthly and flip it twice a year. But it is starting to show some wear. I have been looking for a suitable replacement for months. I hate the new mattresses. I regularly travel for work and end up sleeping on hotel room floors and couches to get some sleep. I have some problem with muscle weakness and find that I cannot roll over on the new mattrisses. It is like sleeping in oatmeal. Somewhat firm but not stiff enough fo rresistance. I would give anything for another matttress of the quality of the one I have had on my bed for almost 40 years. I am getting really tired of cheap junk.

Comment by Connie Kelly — January 21, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

I replaced a mattress I had for 13 years (I should have replaced it a year earlier, but it was very comfortable for 12 years) about 3 years ago. I know that some people just sit on a mattress in the store because they feel weird about laying on it, but I am not one of those people. If I am going to sleep on a mattress I want to know what it feels like to lay on it. I tested some in the store, and the one I choose was extremely comfortable. It was made by the same company that had made the mattress that had lasted for 13 years, which is a very famous brand. They were having a sale at the time of 50% off of furniture over a certain price, so I got a mattress & box springs valued at over $900 for about $450. The mattress they delivered to my home was anything but comfortable. It was supposed to be a pillowtop mattress of medium firmness, but it was hard as a rock & felt like it had no padding to it at all. I barely slept at all the first night after I got it, and I woke up so stiff & sore I could barely get out of bed. After A couple of night of this, I had to go out and buy a foam mattress pad to put on the new mattress. That helped, but it still wasn’t comfortable, it didn’t conform to my body like the one at the store had. When I called the store to complain, they said “:You do know that you can’t return a mattress don’t you?” I told them no, I didn’t, they had not informed me that I would not be able to return it. I told them that the mattress I got was nothing like the one at the store, and they said that all new mattresses are stiff because of othe way they make them now & I just need to break it in. Within a few months as severe dip developed in the mattress,and I am not a heavy person so this never should have happened. The only good part about it is that I am single, so I started sleeping on the other side of the bed, and I have continued to have to switch sides every so often though now it is not bouncing back like it did before. So here I am needing to replace my mattress yet again, and feeling as though I will just be wasting hundreds of dollars, if not more, and never getting a good night’s sleep again.

Comment by Roxanne — June 5, 2014 @ 12:15 am

The new mattresses suck, it’s that simple. I didn’t like my new mattress so I opted for a futon instead.

Comment by Suzie — February 28, 2015 @ 3:35 pm

LOL Suzie, I remember when I was a teen we had a futon and thought the same thing. Hope your not getting out of the pot and into the frying pan. ;-) Doug

Comment by Douglas Belleville — March 3, 2015 @ 7:49 am

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