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How to Break-in Your New Mattress

How to Break-in Your New Mattress

The widely accepted recommendation for a new mattress is 7 to 10 years, but it’s a good idea to check your mattress’ condition at around 8 years. Consider the quality of both your bed and your sleep. Ask yourself if your mattress creaks or sags, if you feel well rested or if you commonly wake up with aches and pains.

If it’s time for a new mattress, and you’ve found the ideal mattress for you… then it’s time to break-in your new mattress!

At Kelowna’s Majestic Mattress stores, we’re dedicated to helping you purchase the best mattress for you and ensure you have the most comfort and best quality of sleep.

Mattress Types

Breaking In a Spring Mattress

The break-in period for a spring mattress will often feel short because they are typically sold with pillow-top cushioning. In order to ensure that the entire mattress is broken in, and not just the spot that you sleep on, it’s best to rotate your spring mattresses every few months. Rotating it will ensure that one side doesn’t sag, while the other side remains stiff. This will ensure the weight of your body is evenly distributed across the coils and allow all parts of your new bed to be broken in properly, while also preventing premature breakdown. Breaking in an innerspring mattress can take up to four weeks.

Breaking In a Latex Mattress

Latex mattresses are exceptional mattresses for a variety of reasons. They offer superior comfort, support and life. Latex mattresses are typically a blend of natural, synthetic, or blended materials. The breaking-in process won’t feel drastic because it’s a soft, airy material.

Latex mattresses are sold in varying levels of firmness. Softer mattresses still provide the same great support, but typically have a shorter break-in period. A break-in period for these types of mattresses can take a few days, up to a couple weeks, depending on the composition of the mattress.

Breaking in a Foam Mattress

Not unlike latex mattresses, foam mattresses are exceptional mattresses due to their superior comfort, support and life. Foam mattresses are made from layers of foam stacked strategically to support your weight and conform to your body. A foam mattress is ideal for anyone looking for a mattress that relieves pressure points, while remaining durable over time. These mattresses typically take longer than latex and spring mattresses to break-in due to the foam’s density.

Accelerate the Process of Breaking in a New Mattress

Give Your Mattress Time

Breaking in a new mattress requires time and patience. While some new mattress owners may not experience a noticeable break-in period, others will find there is an adjustment period while their body becomes familiar with their new mattress. This is a natural adjustment stage that can take up to eight weeks. This adjustment period may be inconvenient, but it’s necessary to give the mattress about a month before deciding if you’ve found the best mattress for you.

The natural compression from your body weight will stretch and soften the mattress over time until the materials begin to perform the way they were designed. Once your mattress is properly broken in, you can enjoy consistent comfort for the life of your mattress.

The comfort and quality of your sleep will impact your day to day life, so it’s important to find the right mattress and give it enough time to be properly broken in. Spend as much time in bed as possible during the break-in period to speed up the process.

Let Your Mattress Breathe

Once your new mattress has arrived, let your new bed breathe for a few hours in your bedroom. This is particularly important for latex mattresses as they are often rolled up for shipping.

Letting it breathe in your bedroom for a few hours before your first night’s sleep allows oxygen into the materials. This will soften the materials and mattress more quickly before your first night of use. As a result, the break-in time will be decreased.


The temperature of your bedroom can do wonders for your mattress. Warm up your bedroom for the best results. The material and layers that your mattress is comprised will get firmer in a cooler bedroom — even with a slight drop in room temperature. The reverse is true when you warm up your bedroom. So turn the heat up or the air conditioning down when your mattress first arrives to ensure it softens up faster for a speedier break-in and a more comfortable sleep.

Visit one of our Majestic Mattress stores in Kelowna or West Kelowna today!