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King Mattress Must Knows

Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Do you feel like a King size mattress would be the correct size for your bedroom? Is it really needed for 2 people? Is it really needed for myself and 3 dogs and 2 toddlers? What should I know if I choose to get a king size mattress? Learn the answer to these questions and more on this week's Design Time. Kathy Kilbourn from Tri City Furniture in Auburn, will educate us on some must knows about king mattresses.

King-size mattresses are 80 inches long and 76 inches wide. A king bed gives you plenty of room to sleep with a partner. In comparison to a queen mattress, a king bed has 8 inches more width per person.

Every type of mattress benefits from being rotated regularly, no matter the material or the size. Rotating helps promote more even wear, while not rotating makes depressions, humps where no one lays and softening regularly used areas more likely.

Every four months or with the seasons, you should rotate your king mattress 90 degrees. We call this quarter turns. Other size mattresses you rotate head to foot, but a king mattress is so close in size both ways that it is almost square. Quarter turning it cause you to lay over the hump that foams in the area in-between the two body areas. When you don't use the center area, it doesn't change- creating an untouched hump. Quarter turning it, removes the hump, due to using all areas of the bed throughout the year.

Another tip that your mother always told you, was not to jump on the bed, and she wasn’t wrong. Spring, water and air beds may be most prone to damage with rough wear, but foundations, frames and even foams can all wear down more quickly if you are hard on the mattress. Abuse voids warranties. Jumping on a bed is considered abuse.

Even sitting in one spot, such as on the edge of the bed every morning and every night could affect that part of the mattress depending on how you sit or drop onto the mattress. Just like anything else, uses affects the area that is used. Think of your living room sofa, you want to be able to turn, flip and rotate your seat cushions. If you always sit in the same spot, (arm seat, across from the TV) that spot will feel softer than the seats not sat in. Invest in a bedroom chair if you need a spot to put your socks and shoes on every morning/night. This will help extend the life of your mattress and create a cozy area within the room.

Keep your mattress clean. We would suggest to always keep a mattress protector on it, preventing stains and soiling. If someone in the home travels a lot, also invest in a bed bug protector, so no hitch hikers can travel home with them to your bed.

Keeping your mattress clean prolongs the life of the materials inside. Harsh cleaning and chemicals could affect foam densities inside the mattress and void your warranty .

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