How long will a mattress last?
The service life of a mattress can vary widely, as it depends on a number of different factors. The most objective answer is that a mattress cannot correctly perform its function of ensuring a good night’s sleep after a certain number of hours of use.
Although certain visual and audible indicators may reveal the condition of a mattress, its age and upkeep are the most important considerations. Therefore, you shouldn’t simply rely on its appearance. So-called “puncture-proof” mattresses with no apparent signs of damage may not be as beneficial as you think. A mattress is as old as its creases and its dynamic properties, including its support, springiness, breathability, elasticity and resilience.
The fixed lifespan of a mattress
In general, a mattress has a service life of approximately 30,000 hours. This is equivalent to 10 years of daily use, assuming 8 hours per night. Of course, once your mattress exceeds this threshold, it won’t suddenly fall apart, even if it shows some signs of wear.
The most important indicator that your mattress is still working properly is if you awake feeling refreshed. However, simply getting used to the condition of your mattress isn’t necessarily a healthy habit, especially if your bed is getting old.
Obviously, the quality of a mattress and its composition contribute to its durability. These two factors are closely related. Whether it’s a spring (or pocket spring) mattress, a polyurethane foam mattress, a gel mattress, a memory foam mattress or some sort of hybrid, the lower the price range, the shorter the lifespan tends to be. In other words, its beneficial properties will diminish more quickly.
Usage and weight also come into play. For example, a young child is less taxing on a mattress than a couple of active adults are. Nevertheless, rotating the mattress at least four times a year, frequently vacuuming it, drying it promptly if it becomes wet and using a mattress protector will all help ensure that it retains its durability (up to the expected service life, if not longer).
Read the fine print
A superior-quality mattress, if well maintained, will work efficiently longer (from 12 to 15 years). The warranty (which may be for up to 20 years) is a good indication of the quality of the materials and workmanship. Regardless of the type of mattress you choose, it’s important to heed this warranty and ask plenty of questions.