One-Sided Mattress vs. Two-Sided Mattress: What’s the Big Difference?
Depending on your age, you might not know that two-sided, flippable mattresses used to be the norm. It wasn’t until 2000, when Simmons “invented” the one-sided mattress, that two-sided mattresses became harder to find.
The Downfalls of Choosing One-Sided
Buying a one-sided mattress is basically paying full price for half of something. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize this until after they’ve made their purchase and have been sleeping on their hefty investment for a little while. Why is this? Simple.
When you test a one-sided mattress in the store, it usually feels pretty darn comfortable. But that comfort is fleeting, because the components of the mattress will soon start to degrade from continuous, uninterrupted use because you can’t flip it!
How do we know this? When a customer purchases a mattress from us, we provide a haul-away service for their old mattress. So we see just about everything when it comes to mattresses. Probably the most disappointing thing we encounter is one-sided mattresses that are still relatively new (usually 1-3 years old), that are sagging and unsupportive after so short a time.
Because you see, Simmons didn’t invent a mattress that doesn’t need to be flipped, he invented one that can’t be flipped. How did he do this? Simple. He removed the top layer(s) from one side of the mattress and called it an innovation.
Think of a mattress like a sandwich.
You’re hungry, so you go to a restaurant and order a ham & cheese. You’re expecting to be served yummy sandwich fillings (the mattress core) between two slices of bread (the tops of each side of the mattress). But the owner has different plans. He’s interested in cutting costs. So he informs the chef that all sandwiches will now be served open-faced, though prices will remain the same. Charging the same cost for half the bread seems unfair, right? Not to mention less filling. This is what Simmons did in 2000 with the no-flip mattress.
What can we do? We all know it’s important to do research before making a large purchase. But there’s so much incorrect information out there, finding the truth can be difficult. If you are currently sleeping one a one-sided mattress and notice sagging is occurring, there are several things you can try.
How to Make a One-Sided Mattress Last Longer
- Flip it Over – It sounds crazy, but hear us out. Oftentimes a one-sided mattress, especially if it’s an innerspring mattress, will have about an inch of foam padding on the bottom. If you’re a big fan of firm mattresses (and we mean firm, people) then this could be comfortable enough for you. If you like more cushion, you can add a layer of egg crate foam on top and/or a mattress topper. The main thing to avoid is adding anything to the original side of the mattress.
- Give it a Turn – This trick only works for King-Sized Mattresses because their width and length dimensions are very similar. You want to turn your bed 90 degrees every few months. This will allow for more even wear throughout the surface of the bed and will hopefully help you get a little more time out of your mattress!
- Place Towels under Sagging Areas – A quick fix. Under the areas of your mattress that are experiencing sag, place folded/rolled up towels to increase the level of support.
- Check the Mattress Support System – One of the best things you can do to prolong mattress life is to make sure it is resting on a flat, even surface. If you’re using boxsprings, make sure the wooden slats are not spaced more than 2-3″ apart. More than 4″, and your mattress will start to sag. Not sure if your support system is the problem? Try putting your mattress on the floor for a few nights. If you notice a difference, then you’ll have your answer.
- Remove Sagging Portion – If your mattress has a zipper, allowing you to access its inner components, you can remove the layers that are sagging, replacing them if you wish.
If you’re currently sleeping on a one-sided mattress, we hope these tips help you get the most out of your investment.
Once you’re ready to buy a new mattress, a great place to start is our free mattress class. Offered every Saturday morning at 9:30 am, this class teaches you about the different types of mattresses and the benefits of buying two-sided. You can ask questions, learn what type of mattress fits your needs, and are free to test out products afterwords. No sales pitch, no pressure, and we’ll provide the coffee.