Can You Repair a Sagging Mattress that Sinks in the Middle?
If you are already experiencing the feeling it is not likely that you can fix it. However, often times you can prevent or even delay the problem. People often describe sagging mattresses as sinking in the middle. What they are talking about is 1 of 3 spots where sagging is likely taking place. This is especially true for adult couples who tend to stay on their respective sides of the bed. These people typically find the sinking feeling can be right in the middle of where we sleep. For couples who spoon or snuggle the sagging can be where their combined weight is concentrated the greatest on a regular basis. There are a number of reasons your mattress sags and sinks in the middle.
First, sinking is sometimes referred to as sagging, and they are essentially interchangeable words describing one of today’s most common complaints about mattresses. There is no doubt about it – being trapped in the sway or valley of your mattress is uncomfortable. Feeling like you are falling toward your partner when you are trying to sleep is not only aggravating but it can make it hard to fall asleep or even worse disrupt important stages throughout the night’s sleep cycles.
Rotation or Flip It Over
Typical mattresses are not built to last 10-20 years anymore. Eight years is more likely to be the maximum comfort life for a good quality mattress. Sinking can be minimized by regular flipping if possible and or regular mattress rotation. The problematic issue of sinking is sometimes defined as upholstery settling by mattress industry builders. The claim is mattresses are thicker with more comfort layers which are made of usually low grade foam and polyester fiber. Steel coils while they still exist in mattresses, the overall amount of steel has been significantly reduced, another contributing factor to sinking. One only needs to lift a mattress and compare the weight to beds of the past to realize quality is being sacrificed.
People are creatures of habit and while we may sometimes toss and turn a little when we finally get to sleep we tend to sleep in the same spot. Over a period of time that spot begins to develop something referred to as a body impression. The industry seems to talk out of both sides of its mouth. While they sometime advertise no flipping necessary or that you never have to turn, when a problem arises it’s the very first thing they ask if you have done to your mattress. Rotating helps but flipping quite frankly isn’t even possible with the majority of mattresses being sold today and it really only delays the inevitable sinking effect.
Improper Center Support
A very common problem that causes a crater from sinking directly in the middle of the mattress is a lack of adequate support the center of your mattress and boxspring. Queen and king-sized mattresses being larger and having to support more weight must have a center support built into the metal frame.
Broken box or boxsprings
If you have a platform bed, chances are you have plenty of support under you mattress. In spite of it’s name, most boxsprings don’t include a single spring. In fact they are often no more than stiff metal supports or a wooden box that forms a platform of support that gets the mattress off the floor and keeps the mattress from falling through the metal bed frame. If there is damage such as a broken support or bent steel, the mattress will sink where the damage has occurred.
Not all mattresses wear out in a few short years. Let’s face it even better quality mattresses simply wear out over time but they still can last up to 10 years but whether it is 1 or 10 years, the building materials used to pad the tops of today’s mattresses will and do compress. Nothing lasts forever and over time and form sinkholes can and will likely form in the mattress especially thicker softer mattresses like pillow tops. Coil springs used to provide the support and comfort for our bodies will eventually weaken and not spring back.
The Sinking Summation
While all mattresses will eventually wear out, fail, or simply lose comfort take note that proper care, the right metal frame or good boxspring support under the mattress can protect your investment for many years to come. Most importantly such care should keep you from feeling like you are trapped in a sagging mattress indentation.