You probably think you’ll never need to know how to fix a mattress that sinks in the middle, right? Well, I didn’t either. Until a few months ago. And now I’m so glad I learned! Let me tell you why…
Almost twelve years ago, my husband and I were given a queen mattress as a wedding gift. It was such a blessing at the time because shelling out a few hundred dollars for - well, anything - wasn’t in the budget. That mattress provided a nice place to lay our sleepy heads for well over a decade. Unfortunately, mattresses manufactured these days aren’t built to last much longer than ten years. A few months ago we finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a new one.
We were ecstatic when a friend told us about a store that sells surplus mattresses and models no longer being manufactured. They assured us we would be able to find a good deal on a great mattress.
The store was more of a warehouse, but there were definitely some good deals! So good in fact, that we decided to upgrade to a king sized mattress! We were able to purchase a king mattress for much less than a regular queen mattress. We were pumped at the thought of all that room we would each have.
It was delivered and set up. That night I jumped in bed ready to get comfortable, read a book, and then get some sleep.
But when I got in…I sank. I sank down a good 6-9 inches into the mattress. What? Weird. I hopped on over to the other side and it sank too. Seriously?
The sinking mattress was perplexing to me, especially since it was supposed to be a FIRM mattress. I always thought firm mattresses were like bricks. But no, this mattress was firm around the edges, it was firm right down the middle, but it was soft and sinking on either side where you sleep.
I’m really not that picky when it comes to sleep. Really, I’m not. I can sleep on a couch, the floor, just about anywhere. But trying to sleep on this king sized mattress was more like trying to sleep in a hammock. And if I wanted a hammock, I would have saved a few dollars and gotten a hammock. Know what I mean? :)
If this mattress was just taken off the manufacturing line and we had purchased it at a traditional retailer, we would have taken this sinking mattress back in a heartbeat. Or called the manufacturer. But no. We got ours from a discount store that wouldn’t take our mattress back.
All I knew is that I had to find a way to fix this sagging king size mattress and eliminate the 6-9 inch dip on both sides.
How to Fix a Mattress that Sinks in the Middle
I racked my brain for days and finally had a lightbulb moment. Pillows. They’re soft, squishy, small….maybe, just maybe they would help.
My husband and I arranged a couple of small pillows in between the mattress and box springs right where the dip was in the mattress. We held our breath and tried it out. MUCH better. A little off, but no sinking. We adjusted the pillows a bit more and voila! A non-hammock mattress. A normal mattress!
Maybe one day we’ll be able to get a new, better, non-sinking mattress. Until then, the pillows are doing the trick!
It seems kind of ridiculous to even have to share this information, but if any of you are suffering from a sinking mattress, I want you to know that placing a one or two pillows under it just may save your back. Or your marriage!
Have you ever had a mattress sink in the middle? Did you do anything about it?