Three Quick Fixes for Your Old Mattress

Three Quick Fixes for Your Old Mattress

Before I got up this morning, I was scanning the list of basic furniture problems we live with day in and day out so I could share a trick with readers. Duh! I wasn't even out of bed, what could have been more obvious?

Our mattress has lost it's verve. Buying a new Queen or, even upgrading to a King, is not an option right now. There are a few things you can do to stretch it out a bit longer. First of all, check the frame to make sure nothing has gone askew or come loose like slats or side rails. If the mattress is in fact the culprit, try one of these tricks:

1.  If your mattress isn't too old, be sure to flip it over at regular intervals and turn it one complete 180 degree rotation to put the top at the bottom and vice versa. As I said, that will only do so much  and mainly it will keep a good mattress from developing a body groove.

2.  This is what I always resort to: Have a 1/4 to 1/2 inch piece of plywood cut to slide between the mattress and the box spring. Cut it just a few inches shorter and narrower than your mattress so it doesn't wiggle out and you wack your shin while making the bed. Also remember that you may want to paint the entire piece with KILZ or another similar primer to seal in the glue fumes from the plywood. Let it air out thoroughly before using it.

3.  Buy a Temper-Pedic like memory foam topper from a cheap furniture store, an upholstery supplier or anywhere else you can find it. You can use it on top and it will fill in those saggy spots so you can get a good night's sleep for a bit longer.

These are make-do tricks I've used for as long as I can remember. My mom taught me the mattress rotation/flip and the plywood trick.

Start saving up for a nice new mattress and maybe plan on building your own platform bed.


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ModHomeEcTeacher on Jun 29, 2009:

E.-That's a great idea!

Erika on Jun 28, 2009:

a trick i used was folding up my spare flat sheets so they were the length of the bed, but only the width of the body groove. I would then slide then between the mattress and boxspring to fill in the extra space where the mattress had gone flat from the body grove. You could also use spare towels or throw blankets (like those fleece ones that there always seems to be an over abundance of)

ModHomeEcTeacher on Jun 23, 2009:

Thanks for the Costco tip!

Alyssa on Jun 23, 2009:

I know that not every Costco carries the same stuff and not everyone shares the glory of having a Costco nearby, but I found a reeeeally nice mattress cover there with memory foam (or whatever stuff that Tempur Pedic is) and a layer of down on top, and it was less than a hundred bucks.. It would practically make a cement floor comfortable, but I used it in my dorm and it was one of the best things I have ever done. Just thought I'd throw that out there. A really cheap mattress with a good cover can be a lot cheaper than a nice mattress!

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