How to Raise the Head of a Mattress

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Things You'll Need

  • Helpers

  • Thick books

  • Flat boards or bricks

  • Mattress wedge

  • Mattress lift

Raising the head of your mattress can help you sleep more comfortably

If you have certain types of surgery, breathing problems or you suffer from acid reflux, it may be more comfortable to sleep on a raised mattress. By raising only the top part of the mattress and elevating your upper body, you may find relief and be able to sleep more comfortably at night. There are a few different ways to perform this task. Choose which one works the best for you.

Step 1

Find a helper to hold the head of your mattress up. Place some books on the foundation underneath. Use as many books as is necessary to reach the desired height.

Step 2

Use a helper to lift up the left top leg of your bed. Slide one or more boards under the leg until it's as high as you want it to be. Repeat this step with the right top leg of the bed.

Step 3

Have a helper lift up the head of your mattress. Slide a mattress wedge underneath. Since wedges are available in different heights, widths and depths, you can buy one that will put you at the exact height you want.

Step 4

Use a mattress lift to raise the top part of your bed up. A mattress lift is typically a rubber bladder that's positioned underneath the mattress. It's attached air pump is plugged into a nearby electrical outlet. You use the control to inflate/raise or deflate/lower the mattress.


You can also place bricks under the top legs of your bed instead of flat boards.

The mattress lift is typically the most comfortable solution -- and the best for long-term use.


Make sure you stack up the books, boards or bricks squarely on top of one another so they don't slide off.

Read and follow the manufacturer's instructions that come with a mattress lift in order to achieve the best results.


Kayar Sprang

Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.