How Long Do Foam Mattresses Last?

        You might agree with me that we carefully choose our mattresses based on our comfort need. However, as time goes on, these mattresses no longer meet our needs, and we then begin to wonder what could be wrong. Well, do not wonder too much because your mattress is giving you a sign that it needs to be changed.

        How long your mattress will serve you well, or be comfortable for use depend on multiple factors which would be examined in this article. Determining the useful life of foam mattress is not easy because of the many conditions that surround it. Therefore, we have compiled useful information to help you know how long foam mattresses can serve you.


What Are Foam Mattresses?

       Foam mattresses are kind of mattresses that offer comfort and bounce by trapping air within an aerated substance. The mattress market is awash with foam product which varies in density, combination, and durability. The type of foam can indicate how long it will last before the sleeper starts feeling discomfort. A quick glance at the types of foam mattresses available will help you comprehend better.

Types of Foam Mattresses - How Long Do They Last?

Generally, foam mattresses consist of:

        Polyurethane foam: this is also called polyfoam. It is a much bouncy foam that lacks viscosity boosters and usually used as a topper in an innerspring mattress. It is soft and springy, making it respond to pressure quickly. Its varied density defines where it is fitted in the mattress layer or used alone.

        The three densities available are regular, high density, and high resiliency. The regular and high density are used as layered foam in mattresses only while a full polyfoam mattresses require high resiliency, which is expensive to make. But usually, a fully poly foam mattress does combine the three densities to achieve the best support and comfort.

        Memory foam: this combines multiple layers of the various densities of foams. By molding around the body contour, it provides great spine alignment support and comfort. Once pressure is removed, it bounces back slowly and over time will retain the body shape and sleeping position, what a memory to keep!


        It is also known as viscoelastic foam and was designed initially by NASA in the mid-1960s. A product made from polyurethane to help relief extreme pressure. It is recommended for individual with back or joint pains.

        Reflex foam: it a medium-firm high-density product of polyurethane. Been considered a cheap alternative to memory foam, it is used in orthopedic mattresses. It is reflex because it returns to shape quickly and mostly used as a supportive layer in most memory foam.

        It possesses higher durability and tends to eliminate the sinking effect felt with memory foam. The higher the density, the longer it will last. When using solely as a mattress, it is cheap and provides a firm sleep surface. It is good for a sleeper that does not like spring mattresses or warmth of memory foam mattress.

        Convoluted foam: the typical egg crate appearance is a common feature of this foam. It is popularly a topper rather than a sole mattress. It is a polyurethane foam that is shaped like ridges making a contour (convoluted) surfaces that help to relieve pains and alleviate aches at sleepers’ pressure points.

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        It gives additional support with often short-lifespan. It is highly available and cheap, making a good option for sleepers that like sleeping hot. When considering buying a mattress featuring this, ensure it has a strong core so it can last long.

        Generally, a firmer polyurethane may be presented to you as having a longer shelf life, but if the density is not stated, it shouldn’t be trusted. Once the density is high, the mattress will last longer. If your desire is tending toward polyurethane mattress with no density indicated, you should call the customers to care to inquire about this for on it hangs the longevity of the mattress.

Signs Your Foam Mattress Need Replacing

        Having gotten familiar with the types of foam mattress available, the following signs will indicate whether yours is still in its prime or need changing. It is important to keep these signs in mind to avoid pains and aches over the body, disrupted sleep, poor quality sleep, and inactiveness during the day caused by unsupportive and foam mattresses that offers little to no comfortability.

  • If you don’t feel rested: when you wake, having had a quality sleep, you ought to feel refreshed and rested. Except for sleep disorder, if you are experiencing a condition of tiredness after waking up, it may mean you had lots of tossing and turning over the night; the body responds to finding comfort from a mattress that offers less to no comfort.
  • Waking up with body aches: if waking up for you has been characterized by body stiffness and tiredness, then you should be considering buying a new mattress — mattresses with time losses the ability to support the body. The comfort zone no longer can provide the needed comforted to the body, especially at the midsection. Therefore, the aching and stiffness being experienced.
  • If you enjoy sleeping at others’ mattresses such as friends or hotels other than your mattress. This is a sign your mattress is no longer comfortable to sleep on. By replacing it, you can make your home your place of rest and comfort once again
  • Visible sag and indentation. This is especially common with memory foam. If you start feeling pain in your pressure points, check your bed. Sagging occurs as mattress loses resiliency and foam compresses over time. An impression of 1.5-inch depth is associated with pain of the body; therefore, make changing of your mattresses top priority before it escalates the pain.

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  • If your mattress is over six to eight years: this is an important factor to consider. An old engine will not be as efficient as a new one, so is an old mattress not be supportive and comfortable as a new one.
    The consumer report magazine recommends replacement every 7 to 1o year of purchase. Even though some mattresses come with a warranty of above ten years, it should be noted that it meant to cover parts of the mattress such as the springs, quality and not the comfort alone.
  • If you feel like you are falling into a hole in the mattress: despite the fact there is no observable sagging of the mattress, yet you feel like you are falling into a hole inside the mattress due to softening core of foam mattresses particularly. This will affect your quality and quantity as well as influence your daily activity.
  • Other signs are: change in weight and dust allergies

Factors That Affect Foam Mattresses Useful Life/Life Span

        The overall useful life of a mattress otherwise called its durability depends on the material used in making it and density of the mattress. The way the mattress has been cared for can as well stretch or reduce its useful life. Little effort of daily care will go a long way to help secure your investment in that mattress. These are:

  • Regular cleaning: vacuum your mattress regularly to remove unwanted materials that might cause wearing out quickly. Recommended manufacturer’s cleaning will help maintain useful life.
  • Use a topper: this will take a lot of pressure off the main mattress itself. Rather than the mattress wearing out easily, the top takes its place, and this can be replaced easily without the expense of a full mattress.
  • Bodyweight: the individual sleeper's weight affects the comfortable life that will be enjoyed from a mattress with time. Sleeper with a heavy body will exert more pressure on the mattress, which can reduce the lifespan in comparison to the sleeper with lightweight.

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  • Use: the more the mattress is put to usage, the shorter the lifespan will be. If the mattress is subjected to inappropriate use (children use it as a trampoline, or you regularly eat and drink in bed), irrespective of the density, durability or warranty, its lifespan will be cut short.
  • Use of protector: this help provides a good first line of defense. By using a liquid resistance mattress protector, unwanted and un-bargained spills, as well as bed wetting, can be shielded from infiltrating into the mattress causing mold and offensive odor. It also keeps the foam mattress clean and free of stain that may have an effect on the warranty. Dust mite, sweats, skin cells are also kept at bay.
  • Bedframe: the foundation upon which the mattress is placed do have a good impact on how long it will support and comfort you. Like a house built on faulty foundation doomed to collapsed soon so is that foam mattress placed on the inappropriate frame. Support made of solid materials should be sort for as a foundation to maintain the lifespan of a foam mattress. Using inferior material will put pressure on the mattress, causing it to collapse before its warranty elapse.
  • Warranty: knowing what is stipulated in the warranty can go a long way to enhance the durability of the mattress. This also comes with helpful tips and tricks to increase the useful life of the mattress for the specific product.

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        Conclusively, it is our desire to help you gather information that will help guide your investment in foam mattress by familiarizing you with types of foam mattresses.

        With the information provided above we believe you are already informed on which will suit your needs, know the signs that you need to watch out on for replacing foam mattress, and more. Follow these tips, and your investment in foam mattress is sure to bring you a satisfying comfort and support over time.

Jessica Grace

Hey there! I am Jessica Grace - Main editor of I'm a writer about home improvement, kitchen, and bathroom, and hope to share with everybody. I have a passion for exploring and listening to music during my free time. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found what you were looking for!

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