There Are 15 Ways to Get a Firmer Mattress Without Having to Replace It

2023-01-13 00:03:21 - Patrick Gruce Patrick Gruce is a seasoned journalist with over a decade of experience in the tech and media industries, offering unique insights on the intersection of technology, media, and legal/regulatory issues through his background in journalism and law.

Where have you aching back upon waking and not being in a refreshed state The softness of your mattress could be one of the contributing factors. Your mattress may break in and soften over time. If you have a back injury or chronic back pain, your doctor may have recommended sleeping on a firmer surface.  

If that's the case and you aren't quite ready to spring for a brand new mattress, try these alternatives.  

Initially, Turn Down The Heat

Check the temperature of the room and the thermostat if your memory foam mattress is losing its firmness. Mattresses made of memory foam are sensitive to heat or cold Adapting to the temperature of its environment, becoming pliable in warm conditions and rigid when cooled. The cooler the room, the firmer your mattress may become.  

You should probably just put your bed on the floor, number two.

You can also use the floor to help firm up your mattress. For those who are attached to their bed frames, this may be a last resort. Keep in mind that your mattress will be more susceptible to germs and pests if you put it directly on the floor. Back pain sufferers might find relief by placing their mattress directly on the floor.  

Put in New Plywood

It is possible that replacing the plywood slats of your bed, if you sleep on a mattress, will firm it up. Put a sheet of plywood that you've cut to the size of your bed frame underneath the mattress. Be sure the new plywood is untreated and sanded to eliminate the risk of splinters before installing it.  

4. Flip It

To flip a mattress requires special equipment and not all mattresses are made for it. Flipping your mattress could help firm it up if it is. Double check that your mattress can be flipped over and used on both sides before you try it. Changing the position of your mattress once a month will help it last longer and feel more supportive all over. If your bed looks particularly worn, you may want to consider getting a new one. Turn over your mattress every 6 months.

Consider a mattress topper as Tip #5!

Getting a mattress topper is a fast and easy way to give your mattress more support. Memory foam comes in two firmness levels, soft and firm, and latex is also used in some mattress toppers.  

You can find a mattress topper to make your mattress firmer, as they come in a wide range of sizes and degrees of firmness. When shopping for a mattress, opt for a topper instead of a pad. Pads have a reduced thickness and are not meant to increase surface firmness.

6. Renew Old Coverings

Some mattresses have interchangeable layers that are constructed of multiple materials. You can save money by repairing a layered mattress instead of buying a whole new one when individual layers start to show signs of wear and tear. Make sure you can get new mattress layers before cutting yours open. If you need help, please get in touch with the maker.  

7 Get a brand new box spring

Wear and tear on your mattress' box spring's coils can cause your mattress to sag over time. If your mattress has lost its support, you might need to replace the box spring. A new box spring will make your bed more supportive and raise it to the desired height.

Straighten Your Sheets, Number Eight

Sheets that are too loose or too baggy are a major pain. Firming up a bed is as simple as using the right size of sheets. Get a sheet that's the same dimensions as your mattress and cinch it tight all the way around. This will cause weight to be concentrated on specific areas of the mattress, giving the overall impression of greater firmness.

9. Supplement with Extra Plywood

Plywood slats are standard in many bed frames. A mattress can be made firmer by adding a sheet of plywood between the frame and the fabric. A piece of plywood can be placed between the mattress and the box spring or bed frame. This gives your mattress an extra layer of support from underneath and keeps it from sagging.

Ten. Make the Most of the Free Trial Offer

Take advantage of the trial period and return or exchange your mattress if you find that it is not as firm as you had hoped, that the quality is lacking, or that it is not the right fit for you.  

Your mattress must be either within its trial period or still under warranty for this to work. Verify your warranty's coverage or contact the manufacturer for details.  

Sun-dry your mattress for number 11!

Mattresses will soak up moisture from the air if you live in a humid climate. Mold and mildew, which thrive in damp environments, can damage your mattress and reduce its firmness. Put your bed out in the sun if you suspect that this is the case with your mattress.  

In addition to making the mattress firmer, this will also kill any bacteria or germs that might be hiding in there. If that doesn't work, you should probably just get rid of the mattress. Asbestos and mold can cause rot, mold, bacterial infections, allergies, and asthma attacks.

12. Invest in a New Bed and Mattress

After exhausting all other options, a new mattress may be in order. A worn out mattress is bad for your health because of the lack of support and firmness it provides, which can lead to back pain and other musculoskeletal problems. Instead of spending more money on firming techniques that may not help, it is in your best interest to invest in a new mattress up front.

How Firm Should Your Ideal Mattress Be?

What one person considers to be a firm surface may be too soft for another. Choose a mattress firmness that you (and your partner, if you have one) can get the most out of. Your weight and build are the best indicators of the firmness level that will be most comfortable for you.

Body Mass Index

Different levels of firmness are beneficial for various body types and sizes. A firm or medium/firm mattress will be the best fit for you, depending on your weight and any back pain issues you may have.  

A brief summary of the optimal mattress firmness for small, regular, and tall people is provided below.

Short-statured Slumberer

A soft or medium-soft mattress will provide the necessary firmness and support for sleepers weighing less than 130 pounds. People who have this problem won't feel like they're sinking into the mattress but rather floating above it.

Normal-Weight Sleepers

Those between 130 and 230 pounds make up the average weight range of sleepers. This demographic typically prefers a mattress with a texture somewhere between medium and medium-firm. This level of firmness allows for sufficient support while allowing the sleeper to enjoy the plushness of the mattress surface.

Sleeping accommodations for the plus-sized

Plus-size people, defined as those weighing more than 230 pounds, often find the most comfort in a firm mattress. Sleeping accommodations for the plus-sized will be raised and supported by a firm mattress. A firm mattress is best because it doesn't compress as much as a softer one does when more weight is applied to it.

Different Ways to Sleep

It's simple to neglect your preferred sleeping posture when shopping for a mattress. This is one of the most crucial considerations when shopping for a mattress, right up there with your weight. Different sleeping positions call for mattresses of varying degrees of firmness. Here is a rundown of common sleeping postures and the recommended mattress firmness for each one.

The Back Sleepers

Most back sleepers find the most support on a medium- to firm-firm mattress. You should look for a mattress that does double duty by supporting your back and cradling your neck. When you sleep on your back, your spine maintains its natural, pain-free position.

Individuals who prefer to sleep on their bellies

Back pain is a common complaint from people who sleep on their stomachs. It can be difficult to change from stomach sleeping to another sleeping position. If your mattress is too soft, your stomach weight will put stress on your spine, causing it to curve. A medium-firm bed is ideal if you prefer to sleep on your stomach.

The Side Sleepers

A mattress that is soft to medium soft is best for side sleepers. A good mattress for side sleepers will curve to the shape of the body, reducing stress on the hips and shoulders and allowing the spine to remain in a neutral position while you sleep.


You might have some questions about firming up a mattress still. Here are some additional factors to think about and questions to ponder.

What's the difference between a pad and a topper for a mattress?

Incorrect; a mattress topper is not the same thing as a mattress pad. A mattress pad's primary function is to soften the bed. Don't get a mattress pad instead of a mattress topper if you want a firmer bed.

Can I get away with a plush bed, or should I go with something firmer?

A firm mattress may not be necessary depending on the individual. However, those who need a firm mattress include people who are overweight, have chronic back pain, or are recovering from a back injury.

How can I quickly make my mattress firmer?  

The quickest and easiest way to make your mattress firmer is to use a mattress topper. Keep in mind that a mattress topper will only make the top of the bed firmer, and not the sagging underneath. There are a plethora of mattress toppers on the market, so it shouldn't be hard to find one that works for you.

How about memory foam, does it have any caveats?  

The loss of firmness in a memory foam mattress is typically associated with prolonged exposure to high temperatures. If you want to extend the life of your memory foam mattress, you should keep it at a cool temperature.  

What's the deal with soft mattresses?  

Back pain can be caused by a mattress that is too soft. When waking up with back pain, a firmer mattress may be in order.

My mattress is sagging, what should I do? Can I make it firm again if I fix it?

Possibly You can give these suggestions a try and see if they work for you. If these solutions don't work, it may be time to invest in a new mattress because your current one is clearly past its prime.  

Should I make my mattress firmer?  

No, you should not force your mattress to be firmer. Sleeping on a supportive mattress, however, is preferable for the sake of your back and general health.  

If your mattress has lost its support or is sagging, you can fix it with these methods. This is inevitable due to normal use and wear. To make a mattress firmer can be difficult and may not benefit all mattresses or sleepers. If these solutions don't work, it may be time to invest in a new mattress.  

SleePare is here to assist you in your mattress shopping if you've come to that conclusion. There are thousands of examples of Suggestions for a New Mattress , instructional manuals, and comparisons to locate the best bed for you. To find out more, check out our website.  

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