If your old mattress is getting a little soft, you can feel some of the springs or it has damage to the cover, there are things you can do to save it. This will allow you to get a couple more years from it so you can save up for the new mattress you want. Mattresses are expensive, and it makes sense to get as much use out of your old one as possible before buying a new one.
Here are three things you can do to extend the life an old mattress:
1. Wrap it up. Often, the foam and other materials on the top fail first, but you can wrap your old mattress with an old comforter (duvet) or other old bedding materials to restore some of the padding. Then put your fitted sheet over this wrapping. I’ve done this, and it’s a solution you can continue to use for years. When the old comforter gets too thin and pressed down, replace it with another one that still has some life left in it.
2. Use a mattress topper. There are many kinds of foam mattress toppers on the market. I prefer memory foam, but deciding which is the best memory foam mattress topper is a highly subjective matter. I would avoid cheap ones at the discount stores and also the most expensive overpriced ones too. A mid-priced topper is probably the best choice to prolong the life of an old mattress.
3. Put something under it. Putting a sheet of plywood under a saggy or failing mattress can give it a bit of lift that can help save it. If it’s particularly saggy in just one spot, you can put a carefully folded towel under just one area for some lift. Then, along with a mattress pad and some other coverings under the fitted sheet, your bed will feel almost normal again.
There’s no perfect solution to a saggy old mattress, but these three suggestions will help you sleep comfortably on an old mattress while you figure out how to get a better one.