A comfortable mattress is the ingredient of a good night’s sleep. Each of us has different preferences regarding comfort and the same goes for mattresses. You should buy a mattress that fits your needs but sometimes things can go wrong; you may end up with one which is too soft. Mattresses can also get saggy and lose their form over time due to wear and tear.
Replacement is not always an option and of course it does not apply for new ones. So today we are going to offer you some simple tips on how to make a mattress firmer.
1. Manipulating Bedroom Temperature
Temperature can affect the firmness. Generally, higher temperatures make it soft, while a colder environment makes it firm. So you can try lowering down the bedroom temperature using an air conditioner for a firmer finish. This will ensure that your sleep surface remains at a temperature that you love. Plus, it can significantly affect mattress life and longevity considering hot environments can cause sagging and hence reduce its overall lifespan.
2. Using Plywood Support
Lack of adequate support can make even the best mattress feel softer than usual. For best results, you can place a piece of plywood underneath when the boxsprings are no longer proving enough support. One thing to note is the plywood should match the mattress dimensions exactly; too small and there will be overhang, too large and the wood may protrude and cause injury. Additionally, smooth out the edges so that sharp corners are removed. You should check your manufacturer for recommendations before placing the plywood as it can sometimes invalidate warranty. If placing the plywood does not solve your problem, then try replacing the boxspring.
3. Using Toppers
Mattress toppers are mini sheets of memory foam or latex that can be put over the existing mattress surface to add support and make it firmer; these are typically anything between 2-6 inches in height. They also come in other fillings such as polyester, cotton, wool and other natural and synthetic materials, which are usually much thinner (approx 1-2 inches) and are often called pads as opposed to toppers. Pads will most likely make your sleep surface softer, so best to avoid these. Buy a topper matching your current bed size for a cheap but effective solution. They come with straps that can be used to hold them in place. It is easy to attach them and add robust support for extra support.
4. Place It On The Floor
If it is not possible to follow above methods, then you can place the mattress on the floor instead. Of course there are certain things you need to keep in mind when placing on the floor, such as dust and bugs from the carpet, or colder temperatures emitting from tiled or laminate flooring, or even cold drafts from nearby doors. If done correctly, this can be a cheap way to make any which is soft to become firm.
5. Flip It
Some mattresses can be used on both sides, but not all. If yours is a double sided, then it’s possible. If it isn’t double sided then you may cause more damage than good. By flipping a mattress over onto the other side it can cause the surfaces to wear evenly, thus increasing the lifespan. Try flipping every so often, perhaps every 6 months or so. Regular changing of sides makes it retain shape for a longer period of time.
6. Killing Bacteria
Another good way to make firmer is to have it out under the sun. You could do it every few months. Not only does it dry out and resolve mold, damp and mildew issues, it can kill many germs and bacteria as well. While not as effective as when you give it to a professional cleaner, it is definitely one of the things that you should try out which will make a difference.
The 6 things mentioned above are the cheapest and easiest methods. Which one you choose depends on your circumstances and budget, but as you can see it is quite simple to achieve effective results in a DIY fashion with little or no cost at all. Try some of them out, almost certainly you will see good results instantly.