Your mattress is the single most used item in your home. Over the course of its life, it’s responsible for accommodating thousands of nights of sleep, and will likely be one of your favourite things to come home to. But no matter how much you love your mattress, it does has a finite lifespan, and will need to be replaced at some point.

So how do you know when it’s time to get rid of your old mattress?

To help you sleep easier, we’ve put together this expert guide on:

How often do I need to buy a new mattress?

According to The Better Sleep Council, a mattress will generally have a lifespan of 7-10 years. Many of our mattresses at Amart Furniture, including our Orthokinetic range, even have a 10-year warranty - but how long a mattress lasts will vary, and how often it needs to be replaced can be influenced by factors such as:

Outside this general life expectancy, it can be tough to know when to say goodbye to your mattress, as it may not be showing any obvious signs that it has outlived its lifespan.

Signs It’s Time to Change Your Mattress

A few warning signs it’s time to retire your mattress might include:

How to Get Rid of Your Old Mattress

Once you’ve decided to upgrade your old mattress, you’ll likely want it out of your house as soon as possible. A great way to dispose of your mattress responsibly is to recycle it.

How to Recycle Your Old Mattress

Recycling your mattress is the perfect way to get it off your hands without contributing to wasteful landfill. When you recycle your mattress, it can either be:

There are a few options for recycling your mattress, including:

Kerbside Collection

If you’d like to check your local kerbside collection dates or book your own date for collection, check out the relevant link below:

Mattress Recycling Centre

Mattress recycling centres are dedicated to reusing mattresses and/or their parts to reduce landfill. If you have a ute or trailer, you can take your old mattress to a recycling centre and have it off your hands (and off your lawn) sooner.

Find your nearest mattress recycling centre here.

How to Choose a New Mattress

Everyone’s sleep needs are different, and choosing a mattress should take careful consideration. If you choose a mattress that doesn’t offer the right support, you could be paying for it with aches and pains each morning. This won’t just affect your sleep – it could also lead to bigger issues like long-term back pain, joint soreness, and poor posture.

A few important things to consider when choosing a new mattress include:

Sleeping Position and Mattress Firmness

Your sleeping position should play a large role in choosing which mattress best supports your body.

Side sleepers will often find a softer mattress the most comfortable, as this extra softness cushions the shoulders and hips to reduce the risk of pain to these pressure points.

Stomach sleepers need more support to prevent the spine from curving incorrectly. This can cause the most tension on the back and neck, making this position the worst for back pain.

Back sleepers need a mattress that is firm enough to support them, but soft enough to contour the shape of the body, making a medium-firm mattress ideal.

Combination sleepers will be comfortable on a mattress that conforms to the shape of their body, no matter their position. A memory foam mattress may be best in this case.

Mattress Materials

Mattresses are available in a wide range of materials, and all these options can make things confusing. Here’s what you need to know about the most common mattress materials:

Memory foam – Relieves body aches and pains by conforming to the natural contours of the body. This temperature-sensitive material adjusts to the sleeper’s body heat for optimum comfort. Memory foam is also known to help relieve allergy symptoms, as the material prevents pesky dust mites.

Gel-infused memory foam – All the advantages of memory foam while providing a cooler sleeping surface. Gel-infused memory foam allows for better airflow, drawing heat away from the body more effectively.

Latex foam – Latex foam mattresses promote natural spine alignment and pressure point relief.

Bamboo latex foam – Natural latex is naturally resistant to dust mites, mould, and bacteria, making bamboo latex foam mattresses a great option for those prone to allergies and asthma.

You’ll also find mattresses that combine materials for the ultimate comfort technology. The most important thing when selecting a new mattress is to try before you buy.

How to Care for Your New Mattress

Once you’ve found your new mattress, you’ll want to ensure it stays in top condition to make it to that 7-10-year mark. Follow these tips to enjoy your new mattress for as long as you can:

Do:

Don’t:

With a little TLC, your new mattress should provide 7-10 years of restful sleep.

Find your perfect new mattress in store or Mattresses with Amart Furniture today!