You bought a mattress and it’s too firm, now what? If you need to make a firm mattress softer, the good news is it’s not that difficult. Here’s what we recommend. Note that when you shop through our links we may earn a commission.
How Do I Make a Mattress Softer?
Here are 5 ways to make your mattress softer.
Break in your bed
Is your mattress new? It may need to be broken in. If your bed is new, help speed the breaking in time by gently walking on your mattress (make sure your feet or socks are clean).
Add a topper.
A mattress topper can add softness to your bed. 2-3 inches thick is adequate. Be sure to get a topper that has a cover on it (not just foam) because it can easily get stained or fall apart as you move it. You can wash a cover but you can’t wash the foam. We recommend memory foam.
Also check out the Puffy mattress pad that’s super soft and cushy.
Get a firmer foundation
Put your bed on a proper foundation (a board, the floor or a solid foundation will make your mattress even more firm). Lastly, adding a semiflex foundation (the typical wire grid) or an actual working boxspring can actually soften your mattress slightly. All of these are worth a shot if your bed is too firm.
Last of all, if your mattress is really too firm and none of these solutions work, look for a softer mattress.
Warm up the room
Memory foam mattresses feel more firm when they’re cool or at room temperature. As the memory foam warms up it will get softer. So get a bed heater, keep your room temperature higher or throw on more blankets for a softer feel. Other foam won’t respond to heat as dramatically as memory foam but it’s worth a try.
Buy a softer mattress
If you just can’t soften up your mattress enough, it may be time to look for a softer mattress. Sure it may be an investment, but it’ll pay back in better sleep and happiness. It’s something worth investing in because it affects your quality of life so dramatically.
Lack of sleep can create mental health issues. You’re more likely to argue with your spouse if you are sleep deprived and it’s tough to do your best when you’re dragging. There are many financing options for mattresses.
If you want a soft memory foam bed, this one is our favorite.