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How To Make A Memory Foam Mattress Firmer: 7 Most Effective Tips

firm memory foam mattress

Firmness is incredibly important. Though some people think the softer the mattress, the better, things don’t work like that. Every sleeper should consider their sleeping position and pay much attention to pressure relief, spinal alignment, support, and all this is related to firmness. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to choose the right firmness even if you are testing a mattress in a store—you need to sleep on it at least for a week to understand if it really works for you. So, what if your mattress is great overall but is too soft for you? How to make a foam mattress firmer? Koala will answer this question in our guide, so keep reading!

How to firm up a memory foam mattress?

My memory foam mattress is too soft, what should I do? Do I have to spend a lot of money to solve this problem? No, you don’t have to do it. Here are some cost-effective and even free ways to firm your bed up.

platform for memory foam matress

Choose the right platform

Buying a box spring or a solid mattress base is a good option for those who need extra support. A mattress on a slatted foundation and a mattress on a solid base will have different levels of firmness. By the way, if you want to prevent sagging, a good bed base will be a good solution, too. If you want to learn more about good foundations, take a look at this guide on how to choose a good platform for a memory foam mattress.

mattress topper

Consider getting a new topper

Is a memory foam mattress too soft? What to do? The easiest and one of the fastest ways to firm a foam bed up is to buy a mattress topper or a new firmer mattress topper if you already have one. There are various products on the market, and some of them cost less than $100—much less than a new firmer bed.

plywood under memory foam mattress

Put plywood under foam mattress

If you don’t want to spend much money but want your mattress to become much firmer, just put plywood under your mattress. However, you should also consider that your mattress will become less breathable, so make sure that there is no mold in it regularly.

Lower the temperature in your bedroom

Is it hot in your room? The thing is memory foam is getting much softer if the temperature is high, so this may be a reason why your mattress is too soft.

couple flip mattress

Flip your mattress

Generally speaking, flipping your mattress is something you should do at least every 6 months. Why? Everything’s simple—if you do it, the lifespan of your memory foam mattress will be much longer as this will prevent sagging.

On top of that, this can also help you get a bit firmer mattress. Just flip and rotate it—that’s how you (or the hardest parts of your body, to be exact) put pressure on different parts of the mattress and that reduces indentations.

Make sure that the air in your bedroom is dry

If you live somewhere near the ocean or just in an area with a lot of moisture in the air, this may be the reason why your mattress gets softer. Ideally, you should let the sunlight do all the job and get rid of moisture. On top of that, moisture in your mattress creates an ideal environment for germs, bacteria, and mold, so try to keep it dry.

memory foam mattress on floor

Place your mattress on the floor

This is another solid base that you can use without spending a penny. If you don’t mind sleeping on a mattress without a foundation right on the floor, this is a win-win. Your mattress will become much more supportive and firmer. As we’ve noted before, firmness is incredibly important.

A friendly reminder of Koala: you need to know how to choose the right level of firmness to avoid any after-purchase problems, but if you bought a bit softer mattress, just use any of the tips above.

Koala’s wrapping up

So, as you can see, there are a few ways to make a very soft memory foam mattress much firmer. You can use one of them or all of them depending on how soft your mattress is and how firm you want it to be. And the best thing is you don’t have to spend a fortune on a new mattress. However, it’s also important to keep in mind that though there are ways to make a mattress firmer, it can’t last forever. If your mattress is already 7+-100+ years old, consider replacing it not only because it may be too soft or sagging but also because it’s better for your health overall.