Can a sagging mattress be saved?

I have a very expensive 5 year old pillow top mattress that has a sag in the middle. It caused both my partner and myself some pretty bad pain. We ordered a new bed because it was too soft for my partner anyway. Upon dismantling, we realized the frame was failing. The center support of the metal frame had just one leg in the middle and it had failed. The leg was on an angle and the mattress had no support. It was bad enough that the box spring is also warped.

My question is, should I just dispose of the mattress for recycling? Or can it be fixed with a proper supportive frame? I have the option of donating if it’s good condition. It was fully protected with covers, etc so other than the sag, it looks like new. I just don’t want to pass on a problem to someone else if it can’t be fixed. The box spring is for sure trash, that I’m aware of. Thanks!

Wait, don’t you have a Kiwi? Did they help you with the topper?
As far as your sagging pillow top, is it a single side or flippable. Chances are if the support leg on the frame failed, and the pillow top sagging in the middle up where the leg would have offered support, the bed is done. The problem is, you could have a bed manufacture “fix” it, but you don’t know how deep the sag really goes. One thing you could do it put it on the floor and see how the mattress reacts, but I would not be too hopeful. My 11 year sealy posturepedic ultra firm pillow top started sagging after 11 years. Which led me to my new, so far, awesome mattress, and it was a bargain as far as I am concerned. I don’t think I would go for a pillow top again. Perhaps a mattress with a horsehair or cotton/wool topper. For right now we are good. If the floor doesn’t work, I am afraid, nothing will, that economically makes sense. Plus if the frame is bad, and the box spring is bad, that was a destined to be a potentially sinking situation regardless, pardon the pun.

Yes! We just bought the Kiwi a few weeks ago. I’m still breaking it in, so haven’t decided what if any topper I’ll get. It’s much more comfortable a few more days in.

The pillowtop is a beast of a single sided bed. Not flippable. It’s huge and heavy, too. It was a super expensive Hotel Collection bed that I got before I knew how many other options there were for buying aside from local mattress stores. I went down the rabbit hole of mattresses last year when I needed to buy a twin bed for my toddler and discovered all about sleep position, weight, firmness levels and materials. It’s a soft bed and my poor boyfriend who is a back/stomach sleeper has hated it since we moved in together when he inherited it along with me. I wish I knew all that stuff 5/6 years ago before wasting my money on that bed! Now I just want the thing out of my house. I hate the idea of just throwing it though, so I found a local company that will either recycle or donate, depending on condition. Sounds like it’s truly ruined though and destined for recycling.

Yeah, it is human nature. We always do the research after we make the purchase. Hopefully, now you are armed with the knowledge to be more successful on the first shot. Good luck with that Kiwi and reach out to them regardless, so they know where you stand at this point in case they need to help you along the way, since they did reach out to help!

Hi lvjlt.

If the base was the problem, then yes, you can potentially save the mattress. If you place it on the floor, is the sagging still occurring? The other issue would be to identify whether it’s the foam or the innersprings. If it’s the foam, you could theoretically open it up and do mattress surgery, replacing the current material with something else.

If it’s the innersprings…well…probably not worth the trouble trying to save it. You really can’t rehab damaged springs.


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