Super old mattresses are not quite harmful. In addition to tossing and turning constantly through the night, you can suffer from these health issues. Therefore, replacing your mattress regularly is a highly welcomed idea.
How Long Does a Mattress Last?
Consumer Reports opines that well-taken care of mattress should last for not less a decade (10 years). The BSC (Better Sleep Council) recommends that the life of a mattress is 7 years.
Many of the current manufacturers of mattresses offer warranties of 10 years. Some provide more (up to 20 years and beyond). Nonetheless, of great importance to note is that the duration of a mattress’ life and its warranty are two different things.
Understanding the discrepancy between mattress lifespan and warranty length is very important. Mattress lifespan refers to the period it is considered comfortable and useful for sleeping. An important thing that prospective mattress buyers need to know is that the warranty does not cover the entire life of a mattress. In most cases, a mattress’ lifespan falls short of its warranty length.
To understand warranty length, it is worth noting that two types of warranties exist:
- Prorated warranty coverage – This warranty means that you are responsible for taking care of just a percentage of replacement and repair costs.
- Non-prorated warranty coverage – This warranty means that you don’t have to pay for the replacement or repair cost for a defective mattress. Nonetheless, you have to foot inspection and transportation costs. Many mattress warranties of 10 years and below exclusively feature non-prorated coverage.
Note: For individuals over 40 years, a new mattress might be necessary after every 5 – 7 years as their bodies tend to tolerate less pressure.
Difference Between Mattress Longevity, Lifespan, and Durability
Another important aspect that is very important to understand when it comes to the average lifespan of a mattress is to differentiate between mattress durability, lifespan, and longevity.
Durability refers to the ability of a mattress to resist deterioration, breaking down or coming apart. Durability is more about the power to resist force or stress.
Longevity is almost the same as lifespan. They refer to the life of a mattress – how long or short-lasting a mattress is. Simply put, lifespan is the period a mattress retains its original comfort and support. Various factors inform the lifespan of a mattress. They include rigorousness of use, care, manufacturing quality, and material.
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What Kind of Mattress Lasts the Longest?
Is there a relationship between mattress type and lifespan? What role does the type of mattress you choose to play when it comes to its average lifespan? Is there any relationship between the two?
Yes, a very close relationship exists between mattress type and how long it lasts.
Of the different types of mattresses available in the market today, the latex type is the most durable. The life expectancy of latex hybrid or all-latex mattresses is 6 years at minimum and 10 years or more at maximum. The all-latex ones are the most durable compared to their hybrid counterparts.
In addition to its long-lasting nature, latex mattresses boast a unique feel that perfectly blends comfort, resilience, and contouring. These mattresses come in compelling mixes of firmness and design options. Other major selling points include conforming ability, natural bounciness, and temperature regulation.
These types of mattresses boast fair longevity. Over time, and as they age, they start to wear. As they become softer, they lose their resiliency. Because of this, the development of body impression and sagging is also possible. All these undermine comfort and support. The good thing about them is the fact that they enjoy fewer body impressions or sagging complaints compared to many of the other mattress types, particularly innerspring mattresses.
On average, the lifespan of memory foam mattresses is roughly seven to ten years with day-to-day use. Regular flipping is necessary.
Conventional innerspring mattresses feature innersprings tied to wood frames before getting covered with fabric. Even though innerspring mattresses offer your bed the necessary and desired extra bounce, they are prone to sagging with time. Compared to others, innersprings have less longevity because of their susceptibility to sagging and developing body impressions.
Sagging is very detrimental to the body. Adding a mattress protector can boost your comfort but you need to be careful as dust mites can find their way into innerspring crevices.
With proper care and maintenance, innersprings can last for up to eight years on average.
Players in the industry generally use the term futons to refer to Japanese style beds. Nonetheless, the western-style futons are somewhat different from their Japanese counterparts in many regards. For instance, in the United States, futon mattresses usually feature innerspring cores.
Futons, just like airbeds, have below-average longevity. Foam and innerspring-based futons might last somewhat longer compared to other varieties like cotton.
The mechanic, construction, and design nature of airbeds determine their lifespan. Unlike the other mattress types, airbeds are somewhat mechanical to some level. Air pump breakdowns and leaks can come in the way of the comfort and life of these mattresses. Factors such as these drastically and negatively affect the life of airbed mattresses.
Hybrid mattresses bring with them a support core system that features pocket coils akin to those on innerspring coupled with a latex or memory foam comforting layer. The fact that they degrade faster compared to other mattress types makes them have a shorter lifespan.
High-quality hybrids can last 6 years on average. Your usage and your mattress’s polyfoam support core will determine its lifespan.
5 Ways to Deal with An Old Mattress
Depending on the factors we highlighted above, we have established that they last 7-10 years averagely. So once yours has outlived its life and you have replaced it, do you throw it out?
One of the ways to deal with your old mattress is recycling. When it comes to recycling your old mattress, you have two options:
- To take your mattress to a recycling company. Prices vary as we have established earlier.
- The other option (less costly) is to place the old mattress into the recycling containers that are usually put close to shopping markets or in residential areas. All you need to do is cut the old mattress into pieces, organize in different piles and place the various parts into the designated containers.
In addition to recycling, you can deal with your old mattress through the following ways:
- Donate – A great way of keeping your mattress away from the landfills is to donate it. Surprisingly, many people are always searching for free mattresses. Talk to friends, colleagues, or your extended family to establish whether they know anyone that might need a mattress. Unquestionably, the list of potential recipients is endless. Organizations such as The Freecycle Network provide a platform for guys to place their unused stuff. If you have the cash or time, you can even have your old or unused mattress cleaned before listing it. Goodwill and the Salvation Army are other organizations that accept used mattresses.
- Consider selling it – If you want to earn a few more bucks from your old mattress and still keep it away from the landfills, you can sell it. For those that choose to sell their mattresses, you must have it cleaned professionally. This will cost you around $55 – $80 based on the kind of service you settle for. Some of the important details you need to include while disposing of it include its brand, firmness level, and price.
- Consider creating art – Are you the craft type? One way of reusing your mattress is by utilizing it as a canvas for an art project. You can use it disassembled or whole. This is the perfect opportunity to show the world what you got in terms of creativity. Some organizations even promote the recycling and reuse of design competitions with green themes. For instance, this competition encourages innovators, designers, and artists to turn discarded and old mattresses into useful and new consumer products.
- Give to pet rescue centers – Do you know that humans are not the only ones that might find old mattresses beneficial. Used mattresses can also be of great benefit to local animal shelters. They can be handy as beds for animals waiting for adoption or to be rescued. Before you donate yours, make sure you clean it thoroughly or have a professional do it for you.
- Use it to create a children’s play area – Do you have kids? Your old mattress can be magical in offering them a nice area to play on. Old mattresses can also act as creative alternatives to the costly trampolines that your little ones have been yearning for. Just like with many of the cases above, ensure your mattress is cleaned professionally before you reuse it as a playing area for your kid.