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How to Make a Mattress Firmer With a Bed Board

How to Make a Mattress Firmer With a Bed Board

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A comfortable mattress is key to a good night’s sleep, which is key to the quality of your day. A mattress that is too soft for your liking may cause aches and pains or result in a less-than-restful night. Firm up that sagging nightmare by placing a bed board beneath it. Bed boards come in all shapes and sizes, some designed for use between a mattress and box spring, some with just a mattress. You can also make the bed board yourself from plywood, firming up that saggy situation once and for all.

The Plywood Sandwich Solution

Plywood cut to the size of the mattress acts as a do-it-yourself mattress support that fits between mattress and box spring, making a mattress firmer. This comes in handy for a mattress that’s too soft overall, or for a mattress or box spring that sags in some areas due to age. Measure the mattress and cut a sheet of 3/8-inch plywood to the same size; this may require two sheets of plywood if the bed is queen size or larger. To achieve curved corners matching the mattress, set the mattress atop the cut plywood, trace the corners, then saw along the traced lines. Sand the board and edges smooth to prevent snagging or splinters, wipe the dust away and then set it on the box spring with the mattress on top.

Mattress-Only Support System

If your mattress has no box spring as support – for instance, a foam or latex mattress designed for use without the box springs, or on a platform bed designed for just a mattress, plywood comes to the rescue once again. Remove the mattress from the bed frame and measure the inner frame area upon which the mattress rests. Cut the plywood to size, then place it in the frame bottom. Depending on the frame type, you may wish to bolt the plywood down by drilling holes through both the plywood and frame. If the bed has slats to support the mattress, set the plywood atop the slats or remove the slats entirely.

Hinging on Comfort

Some premade bed boards are hinged, designed to use with adjustable beds such as hospital beds or home-based versions with head- and foot-raising capabilities. These are available in hospital supply stores in various sizes compatible with common mattress models. Some versions are thin and fold up, accordion style. Hinged or folding bed boards are designed for use between the mattress and box spring.

Bunky Board Bolster

A bunky board – a foam-covered, thin support typically used for bunk beds and platform beds – works much like plywood to make a mattress feel firmer. These are sold in shops that sell bunk beds and come in standard bunk bed and platform bed sizes, such as twin, full and queen.

How to Make a Mattress Firmer

A flat and firm mattress guarantees a good night’s sleep. While the mattress you picked out might have been perfect for you originally, your mattress will soften over time. Not only can a too-soft mattress be uncomfortable, but also it can cause back issues. Prevent or fix a mattress that’s lost its firmness by following these simple tips.

Preventing a Too-Soft Mattress

Step 1 – Controlling the Temperature

If you can regulate the temperature in your bedroom, you can combat your mattress getting softer faster. The warmer the temperature in your room, the softer the mattress will get. Colder temperatures make it easier for mattresses to retain their firmness, so keep your room cool.

Step 2 – Providing Adequate Support

If your mattress has inadequate support, it will go soft more quickly. Make sure your mattress has adequate support, like a plywood base, and never simply put the mattress on the floor.

Fixing a Too-Soft Mattress

Step 1 – Buying a Mattress Topper

A mattress topper is a cushion-like pad that goes on top of your mattress. You can purchase ones in varying prices and qualities. Memory foam is a popular choice. Most toppers come with a strap that can be wound around the corner of the existing mattress, so that it doesn’t move. Place a topper on your too-soft mattress to fix the issue without having to invest in a completely new mattress.

Step 2 – Replacing the Existing Plywood

Before replacing the plywood under your mattress, check with your manufacturer for their recommendations. Then, if appropriate, purchase some plywood that has the same measurements as the mattress. Make sure the plywood is not treated, and that it has been sanded for even edges and sides. Replace the existing plywood on your mattress with the new one. Use the same type of materials on the new plywood that was used to secure the old plywood.

Step 3 – Replace the Box Spring

Box springs are known for giving in to the wear and tear of daily use. If your box spring is losing functionality or if it’s broken, replace it with another quality box spring to restore the original firmness. In addition, this will help raise the height of the mattress, giving you a firmer and flatter surface to sleep on.

6 Easy & Simple Ways to Make Mattress Firmer

A mattress definitely holds the key position when it comes to defining a good night’s sleep. It is important because, without having a proper mattress, you may not even think about having a calm and consistent sleep overnight. You will find yourself turning and tossing and may end up with groggy feelings in the morning.

To make sure you sleep better and enjoy a consistent sleep, you should consider buying a mattress which is thick enough to provide you the desired comfort and also is soft or firm depending on what your body needs.

However, there is a problem here, when you buy a new mattress it’s too soft or after using for a time your mattress become softer,… and your body do not like that. Do not worry! In this article, we’ll show youhow to make mattress firmerin simple and affordable ways.

Why thickness and firmness of your mattress are important?

Regarding the thickness and the firmness of the mattresses, we can say that you should select according to the way you sleep or what are the basic requirements or expectation you have while using your mattress.

Like if you are a side sleeper, you might be in need of a medium soft mattress whereas if you are a back sleeper you may need to get a firmer mattress. For the belly sleepers, it is always a good choice to buy a soft mattress.

But it is also true that when you buy your mattress it may be a little firm, but as the time passes the firmness of the mattress gets vanished or may slightly deteriorate due to the external factors and usage of the mattress.

Why mattresses lose their firmness?

The mattresses may lose their firmness because of the moisture, heavy usage, insufficient care, and lack of proper placement of the mattress. And if you are in need of a slightly firm mattress, you may need to treat it through proper ways so that you can restore its actual firmness or at least support it using different accessories to gain the firmness again.

Your Mattress is Too Soft? How To Make Mattress Firmer?

An easy way out to make sure you have a firmer mattress again is to replace it with a new one. But you should be aware of the fact that replacing your mattress may cost you 500-1000usd or more depending upon the kind of mattress you have or want to replace your old mattress. So, better not to go with the replacement option and try to look into easier, low cost and wise solutions, instead.

#Replace the worn out layers:

If you have a mattress having multiple layers, you may try changing the above layer and see if that works for you. It will cost a lot lesser than changing the whole mattress and you will get a firm support again.

#Give it a firm platform

Try to put your mattress on a plywood bed support. This will ensure that your mattress is supported in a firm way so that no part is sagging and will be kept straight.

#Use a firm mattress topper

Using afirm mattress topperis one of the easiest ways to get the firm mattress surface. You should use alatex mattress topperor ahigh-density memory foam mattress topperfor a firm yet adjustable support. Latex and memory foam toppers are the best choices to make mattress firmer.

If your existing mattress is too soft, you should buy a latex topper, because naturally, latex is firmer than memory foam.

In case you need soft yet form upper layer, you may choose a cotton filled mattress topper. A well-fitted mattress pad and cover can also supplement in retaining and enhancement of mattress firmness.

A mattress topper acts in protecting your mattress in many different ways.

  • One is that your mattress will have an extra layer which will be affected when you use your mattress and in the way and the actual mattress does not get direct affect on its surface.
  • It gives an extra soft or firm layer on the top of your bed, keeping it firm and in the actual form of the mattress, the way the mattress was before.
  • You should use a memory foam mattress topper if you have to get the firmness back for your side sleeping habit. This will give you medium firmness and a very good night’s sleep.
  • For those who need to transform into a new mattress through a mattress topper, a latex mattress topper would be the best.

The mattress topper only works on the mattresses which have minor sagging issues and not too damaged. Also, the mattress toppers can only supplement the mattress firmness on the top and they may not fix it if your mattress got damaged

#Keep the room temperature at an optimum level

Highs and lows in the room temperature can also affect the firmness of the mattress. If you could keep it normal, you can easily avoid the deterioration process of the mattress.

#Give your mattress a sun bath

Make sure you put your mattress under the sunlight after every few months. This will help the mattress rejuvenate its internal structure by stretching the cells and killing germs and mildew and release moisture.

#Flip your mattress often

Make sure you flip your mattress on a regular basis. This practice will help you retain the shape of the mattress and the mattress will not be overly used from one side or spot. When all areas get equal pressure, the deterioration process will be slow.

Among all these tips, we may consider two things the most important ones, moisture and wrong placement of the mattress may lead to the loss of firmness. So, if you can protect the mattress from these two factors, you can surely make it feel firmer and supportive.

Comments

ANNA PATON says

Thank you that was very helpful. My bed is soft/plush and I wake up with lower back pain which goes after 10 mins. I am 68 years old so could be an ‘age thing’ I will get a firm memory foam topper see if that helps. Also do some back stretches my physio taught me

Kindest regards
Anna

You’re welcome, Anna.
You can take a look at this article to choose the best topper for your back: Best Mattress Topper for Back Pain

Hi I have a soft memory foam bed as well and wake up with lower back pain too. My older conventional mattress did not give me any pain. I think it’s probably your mattress, it should be firmer to avoid the pain contrary to some articles advice. Good luck.

Claire Bell says

Hi, I have been searching the Internet for approx 2 hours and this is the only site I have managed to find that someone “in the know” actually replies. I would appreciate it greatly if you could respond to this request via my email as well as posting on here please. (I am unlikely to be able to get back to this post and see your response, due to my dimness). I would greatly appreciate it if you can.

So… to the mattress topper. For many years now I have had a memory foam mattress, but due to a house move my original bed didn’t fit in my new bedroom. So I have bought a complete new bed and mattress. They were both fairly expensive and are only 3 months old. The base is one of those that opens/lifts up for storage. I stupidly didn’t buy a memory foam mattress this time and it is giving me untold problems with ongoing neck and shoulder problems, but I find I also have to support both sides of my waist with small cushions when I’m in bed. In my opinion this mattress is too soft and my issues are only going to get worse, not better.

Is there a mattress topper out there that will help to firm this mattress up that doesn’t cost the same as a half decent memory foam mattress?

Thanks very much in advance for any advice you may have and I really would appreciate an email to either respond to this question or at least send me back to this link.

Thank you for your kind words!
Normally, you will get notification of my reply in your email.

In that article, you can find top rated medium-firm to firm toppers which can help to make your mattress firmer. If you want more firmness (if your existing mattress is too soft), you should buy a latex topper, because naturally, latex is firmer than memory foam (but they are more expensive).

Hi, I clicked on the link for the latex mattress topper as you suggested and the description and reviews all indicate that it makes your mattress softer not firmer.
My situation is basically that I have back pain and my boyfriend and I have a brand new mattress that he loves and my back is hurting. So I figured if I could get a mattress topper for my half of the bed, that would solve my problem without disrupting his sleep.

Hi Eleanor,
Yes, latex toppers can both help to make your mattress softer or firmer (I mentioned both in that article). It depends on the firmness of the topper your choose: soft, medium-firm or firm. A soft topper will make your mattress softer. A medium-firm or firm latex topper will help to make your mattress firmer and help relieve back pain.
I also wrote an article about mattress topper for back pain here: https://www.thebestmattresstopper.com/best-mattress-topper-for-back-pain.html

I have a mattress with an attached pillow top. I feel like I can’t clip it for that reason, but would the plywood help? My husband and I wake up every morning with back pain. Buying a new mattress is not in our budget at this time especially being the holiday season. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thank you!

Sorry for late feedback.
You should check your bed foundation, if it’s not good then using plywood can help a little.
You can consider buying a mattress topper too, an affordable mattress topper can improve your mattress. Take a look at our article on choosing mattress topper for back pain here: https://www.thebestmattresstopper.com/best-mattress-topper-for-back-pain.html

Layla Paker says

Hi, Thanks for your the article. Everyone knows that a good mattress is important for your sleep. When we have used it for a while, it lacks softness, which causes problems such as back pain, knee pain, waking up at midnight. Make mattress firmer is a temporary solution, I wonder if I should change the mattress? I am in need some information. Can you give me a tutorial? Thank you very much, have a nice day.

I bought a king size ottoman bed with a memory foam mattress but I have not been able to sleep on it as its too soft I have neck and back pains. I cant get up form it its too soft and very uncomfy,

Could you please help?

Did you read the article and try our suggestions?
You can buy a medium-firm or firm topper to firm up your mattress. A good mattress topper can help relieve back pain too. Read more about choosing mattress topper for back pain here: https://www.thebestmattresstopper.com/best-mattress-topper-for-back-pain.html

Which would sleep cooler, a firm memory foam topper or a firm latex topper? I have a new mattress that is too soft and does not allow me to turn over easy, but do not want something that adds heat as i like to sleep cool.

A firm latex topper is cooler. Generally, latex and gel-infused foam are top cooling materials.

Barbara watkins says

Thanks for this information. My frequent guest requires a firmer bed than that provided by my memory foam, which is almost new. I will look for a firm topper. What a relief to not buy a whole new mattress!

Thank you so much for this helpful article. I have been given a bed by a friend, but the mattress is a soft mattress and is far too soft for my partner who likes and needs a firmer mattress. Will a Latex mattress topper help firm up the mattress enough for him?

Yes, a latex topper can help.

Great article, just remember to use a mattress encasement on any mattress to keep it protected from bed bugs, spills, viruses, dust mites, allergens, etc.

I sleep on the floor and my back feels wonderful.

Brian M Salazar says

Your article was super useful. I looked into the latex topper but the brand you suggested (Ultimate Dreams) is not available in firm for a king size bed. Another brand (Pure Green by SleepOnLatex) is available and sounds promising. However, it doesn’t seem to come with a cover. In your experience, is a cover required?
My only other concern is if the bed sheets will fit with such thickness. I definitely need Firm though bc my tempurpedic has somehow become too soft since we got it a few years ago.

Butch Armstrong says

My issue is that I have a nice mattress that is only a couple of years that is soft for me since I have arthritis in my hips. The problem is now I have my girlfriend living with me, and she needs a firmer mattress. What do you think about cutting a mattress topper in half, or purchasing a twin topper to go on my queen bed. I fear that would put her side of the bed higher than mine. I really do not want to spend 1000.00 for a new adjustable mattress since mine is not old.

Hi Butch Armstrong,

Yes, you can put a topper on one side of the bed to adjust the firmness of your mattress. You can buy a thin topper (about 2 inches) to reduce the height difference.

Or, you can also try a medium firm topper to see if it’s comfortable for your hip. A medium firm topper can be a good solution for both of you.

Amber Elliott says

Hi,
I am having a hard time finding a firm mattress topper. Do you recommend one? I bought my daughter and son n law a new bed and it’s not firm enough. So they are not using a 900 mattress.

Hi Amber Elliott,

Robert VandenHeuvel says

I fixed a Tempur-Pedic soft mattress that was too soft by adding a latex topper underneath it. I weigh 260 pounds and I have back deformities. The soft mattress felt great in the store but was causing pain at home, so I followed the recipes posted here and on Amazon and bought a latex topper 2″ and put it under the existing mattress on top of the box spring. It helps about 90% and the rest of the aches and pains are tolerable. I won’t be moving the topper to the upper side. This arrangement already works so well, and for only about $200

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Mattress How to Firm up a Memory Foam Mattress That’s Too Soft

anna_jackson

New Member

So, how to make a memory foam mattress firm? I am 5′-4, 150 pounds and my husband is 6′-3, 240 pounds we are both side sleepers. My husband has had back surgery some time in the past. We purchased a Sealy Optimum Radiance gel memory foam mattress. Although my husband had no problems with it, I found this bed too soft for me and it gave me a lot of lower back pain.

I trying to find out if there’s some kind of a latex topper that could add a bit of firmness to the bed. I called the retailers and asked if I could add a 1" medium firm topper. They said they would not advise the firm topper, except if it is to be placed under the bed. OTOH a 2" topper would make the bed too high for me to climb on to.

Another thing, will it help if I add a sheet of plywood instead? BTW, I think the boxsprings are wire frame in a fabric wrapping.

Any helpful ideas are most welcome.

SleepMaster

Administrator

A topper is essentially to bring in some extra pressure relief where the mattress is too soft for it. Support, on the other hand, is provided by the firmness of the base layer(s) and it also depends on the thickness of the comfort layer(s) to the extent how far you are from the base layers. The support feeling you will experience depends on your weight as well as your shape.

I would suggest you try placing the mattress on the floor and check for any flexing in the foundation. You may need to replace the foundation with one that doesn’t flex as much or you could place a sheet of plywood even. If the problem is not in the foundation, then you know you need to tweak the mattress structure.

Try insulating the memory from with a mattress topper or mattress pad. That should reduce the body heat reaching the memory foam so it doesn’t soften so much. Remember, though, that this is trade off between support and pressure relief. You could use a fiber (natural or synthetic) topper, pad, or latex topper.

Once your mattress has been through its break-in period and has stabilized, you could improve its support and comfort levels using Mattress Remedy, an inflatable that you place between the mattress and the bedsprings.

anna_jackson

New Member

Voxper

New Member

I have bought a Tempur pedic mattress a few months back and I have been having severe back pain ever since. I also woke up with a stiff neck a couple times in these months. It seems a good idea to give the runner solution a try and I would like to know what kind of mattress pad might be best in that case.

Another thing, I am wondering if a bed board would help firm up a soft mattress. Any thoughts?

anaymohite

New Member

We had exchanged our first memory foam mattress for a high end Tempur pedic as we expected it to be best memory foam that money can buy. Maybe it even is. But it ended up giving my husband a nagging back pain. Within an hour of going to bed, he would start sinking into the mattress. It was a split in King size and had memory foam on one side and foam on springs on the other. Neither of us wanted the tempur pedic side of the bed. When we put it up on craigslist for half the cost price, not one person in the world wanted to buy that kind of mattress, and a used one at that.

That was when we decided to do something about it. We headed to the IKEA store. Finding the softest mattress among the ones there, we placed a thin firm topper (TJOME) on it and checked. Yes, it reduced the sinking into the foam when we laid on it. We also picked up a LYNAS runner and placed it at the lower back position on the tempur pedic side of the mattress. The whole thing covered with the topper and a top sheet completed the picture. Now that became the better side of the bed. We have the problem finally solved.

Memory Foam Mattress Too Firm? Here’s How to Make It Softer

Memory foam is well-known for its ability to mould to your body shape and give it proper support. But after just a night of sleeping on it,many people will already conclude that it’s too firm.

We say give it a chance. It’s new and meant to feel firmer at the start.

The rule of thumb is tonever expect a memory foam mattress to be soft off the bat as it needs to be broken in before getting that desired plushness and comfort. Memory foam mattresses may require a longer break-in period due to the higher density of material per cubic foot.

Your new mattress needs your time and patience to adjust to you, and you to it. Just like introducing anything new in your life (new people, a new job, new shoes), an adjustment period is essential to break in and make yourself comfortable. Great things take time! If you end up gettinga great memory foam mattress, it’ll be worth it in the end.

How Long Will It Take to Break In A Memory Foam Mattress?

It can takeanytime between 2-4 weeksfor your body to adjust to any mattress. So before committing to any brand, make sure you know their terms and conditions!

If you wish to speed up the process, here are4 ways to make your memory foam mattress softer:

1. Just walk it off.

You can put in the extra effort towalk gentlyon your mattress a few times daily. Not only is it opportunity for exercise, but it’s also a proven way to soften your mattress. Putting a bit of weight on it is another option – like shoe boxes filled with stuff or hard-bound books stacked up together.

2. Warm it up.

Memory foam mattresses aretemperature-sensitive. This makes them able to react to body heat and mould to your body shape accordingly. They become softer in the heat and firmer in the cold. So, if you bought a mattress during winter season and can’t break into it, try turning the heat up. This should get your mattress softer in no time.

3. Sometimes only time will tell.

Spend as much time with your new mattress even AND especially if you still find it firm. Sit, read, eat, watch TV on it. Sleep on it every night regularly. They are bound to soften with body weight and temperature anyway, so sometimes you can only be patient and hope for the best.

4. Top it up (with topper!)

If after awhile you still find your mattress uncomfortable, maybe it’s time to consider a topper for extra cushioning. Make sure it’s soft and plush but still supportive. Some gel memory foam toppers can transform your mattress to a cloud-like haven without compromising support.

Great Sleep Takes Time

In due time, we hope you begin to appreciate the wonders of your memory foam mattress. It’s a bit of effort and patience combined but designed to be worth your while.

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