SIMPLE Tips to break in a mattress 🛏

You finally got rid of your old mattress and replaced it with a brand new high-density one. You are now more ready than ever for a great night’s sleep that has possibly eluded you for months or weeks. However, you quickly realize that your new mattress does not feel as good as you imagined. In fact, you might even say it feels more uncomfortable than your old mattress. But why is this? Well, the most probable scenario is that your new mattress is not yet broken in and is therefore not as fluffy or soft as it is supposed to be.

Luckily, this guide covers everything about how to break in a new mattress.

Let the Mattress Fully Expand

If you are used to purchasing mattresses from online stores, they probably come compressed and packaged in plastic bags. It is also quite common to have mattresses packaged in relatively small boxes. The point is, your new mattress has spent a considerable amount of time compressed in a significantly small package and therefore needs to expand fully for you to enjoy laying on it. You need to let a new mattress air out for two reasons. The first one involves off-gassing. A new mattress might have an unpleasant smell for the first day or two. However, the smell quickly dissipates once you let the mattress air out.

Secondly, you need to give the mattress ample time to expand fully. Normally, 12 hours are sufficient for most mattresses. However, some manufacturers suggest leaving the mattress untouched for anywhere between 24 and 72 hours. If you lie on the mattress before the recommended time has elapsed, you risk preventing it from expanding fully, resulting in less than impressive sleep quality. Always make sure you read the manufacturer’s guide regarding this.

Physically Break It In

Once you have left your mattress to expand fully, you will need to break it in physically. This means using your weight to put pressure on the mattress. Feel free to crawl, walk, or roll back and forth on the mattress for a few minutes each day. When doing this, consistency is key. You will need to keep up these daily movements for a couple of days.

If crawling or rolling on your bed does not appeal to you, feel free to just lie on the bed, but for longer than you usually would. You can substitute your couch for the bed, especially when doing rest-related such as reading or watching television. Keep in mind that doing these activities on a new mattress might feel considerably uncomfortable than on your couch. Still, the end result is a more comfortable mattress and, subsequently, better sleep.

If lying on your bed does not break in the new mattress fast enough, you will have to resort to the activities mentioned earlier; walking, rolling, or crawling on the mattress. If all of these activities still do not break in the mattress after the manufacturer-suggested time, you may want to consider getting a softer mattress.

Warm It Up

Mattresses with memory foam filling tend to become more malleable and softer when exposed to warm temperatures. If your new mattress has such a feeling, feel free to turn up the heat in your bedroom to break in the mattress faster. However, doing this comes at a cost; high temperatures could easily result in sweat and discomfort when sleeping. Normally, the best solution around this is to warm up the mattress when you are away from your bedroom and get the temperature back to normal during sleep time. For most memory foam and hybrid mattresses, a temperature of about 72℉ should be sufficient to enhance the malleability and softness.

Have patience

Breaking in a new mattress takes quite some time, which explains why most manufacturers do not accept returns before 30 days. The exact number of days it takes to break in a mattress depends on factors such as the frequency of use, filling, density, and size. For example, a thick mattress might take significantly longer to break in than a thin one, and a person who uses their mattress daily will break it in faster than a person who uses it twice a week.

Here is a look at the average time it takes to break in the different types of mattresses.

Innerspring and coil mattress

Coil and innerspring mattresses often come with a pillow top layer made with comfortable filling. However, these mattresses take a very short time to break in. For most spring mattresses, a period ranging from a few days to a few weeks is enough to have the mattress feeling super comfortable. However, this comes with a significant downside. These mattresses wear down as easily as they get broken in. It is therefore advisable to flip them over every few months to ensure uniform wear.

Memory Foam mattress

Memory foam mattresses come with extremely thick layers of foam per foot of space. This results in considerably high density that makes the mattresses harder to break in compared to other variants. It can take you anywhere from six to eight weeks to fully break in a high-quality memory foam mattress. The upside to this attribute is that these mattresses also tend to last longer than the coil and innerspring variants.

Latex mattress

Latex mattresses come with a wide range of filling materials ranging from polyfoam, memory foam, and coil springs. These mattresses break in quicker than conventional memory foam mattresses but slower than innerspring variants. It will take anywhere from a few days to a month to fully break in a latex mattress. However, it is worth mentioning that latex mattresses can break down super quickly if not taken care of.


Breaking in a new mattress is quite often more difficult than most of us tend to imagine. The time and physical activity required to fully break in a new mattress can easily be frustrating. However, by exercising patience and following the tips mentioned in this guide, your new mattress will be nicely comfortable in a matter of days or weeks.

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