How to Make an Uncomfortable Mattress Comfortable

You spend a major portion of every 24-hour period in bed, trying to get a good night's sleep. If you are tossing and turning, or if you're getting up in the morning with aches and pains, consider the condition of your mattress. If it's sagging, too firm or too soft, some solutions can make a big difference in your comfort and extend the life of your current mattress. Don't lose another night's sleep on a mattress that doesn't suit your needs.

Step 1

Remove the mattress and box springs from the bed frame and prop them against the wall while you vacuum the surfaces. If a stuffy nose is interfering with your sleep, dust mites are the likely culprit, and vacuuming with the upholstery attachment can make a pronounced difference. Also vacuum any dust from the frame, headboard and foot board. Wipe the hard surfaces with a damp, soft cloth.

Step 2

To make a too soft mattress feel more firm, use a bed board between your mattress and box springs. Place plywood that measures the same size as your mattress on top of the box springs and your mattress on top of the plywood. The board adds firmness and can help with sagging. If sagging is present, check the box springs for broken coils. Less steel is used today in the manufacturing of mattresses, adding to the sagging problem. Use sturdy metal or wooden slats under the box springs to give your bed more support.

Step 3

Purchase a pillow-top cover that slips over the top of a mattress to make it feel much softer. A pillow top is fashioned from specially contoured foam covered with protective, quilted fabric. Choose from several styles, which vary in thickness. The thickest foam provides the softest results. Memory foam mattress toppers, constructed of polyurethane, mold to the shape of your body. They also can help relieve pressure points, helping add to a comfortable night's sleep.

Step 4

Periodically rotate box springs and the mattress head-to-toe. If you have a double-sided mattress, flip it over to redistribute the pattern of wear and help prolong the life of your bed. Enjoy a more comfortable night's sleep by not lying on the same spot night after night.