Can I turn a no need to turn mattress?

Clare asked
18th April 2016

I am interested in a John Lewis natural collection linen 5000 mattress.
It says NO NEED TO TURN . Question is, can it be turned or does this phrase mean the same as NO TURN? I have seen one new at a friends house and the bottom seems the same as the top in terms of being tuftedanx having padding rather than the springs just under fabric .
PS. Very impressed by your website. Thanks.

1 Answer
Lee Staff
answered 3 years ago

Hi Clare,

Theoretically, you can turn a no turn mattress, but I wouldn’t advise it. One sided mattresses can be really problematic and we have written about it here and what to avoid. If you did turn the mattress you would be just sleeping on at most, an insulator and then the spring unit directly. I can imagine it would be very uncomfortable and not good for you. The only exception is latex and foam composite mattresses which are one-sided by design. Like Our Origins Pocket Latex 1500.



 John Ryan By Design Origins Latex
1300 gsm Wool Silk blend pad
23cm Talalay Latex (60/40% blend) 70kg Density
33cm Talalay Latex (60/40% blend) 70kg Density
4One inch HD Foam
51500 Spun Bond Pocket Springs

All pocket sprung and upholstery mattresses should all, in an ideal world, be two-sided. All of Our John Ryan pocket sprung mattresses are double sided with the exception of the Origins Pocket Latex 1500.

Secondly, it may look like it has tufts on both sides but the internal fillings of one-sided mattresses means that turning them could crush and compress the softer layers far quicker than a two-sided mattress as you would be basically lying on top of the spring and thin insulator layer, putting all your stress and weight then of both the spring unit and you on the softer top layers. Why is this given this could happen with a two-sided mattress?! The difference is one-sided mattresses sometimes use really soft deep comfort layers, which can cope with your body weight on them each night, but if you flipped the entire mattress with its weight pushing down on it, you could in effect damage the top materials. Latex and pocket springs is a prime example of this. ie the design of some one-sided cheaper mattresses use materials you wouldn’t use in a two-sided mattress as they are not robust enough to cope! As you can’t turn it they bank on you not realising this! ie Pillowtop mattresses read more on those here.

One sided mattresses work on the principle of the firmer materials at the bottom ie spring unit and above, moving to softer comfort layers. Turning this over means you’re then resting on the firmest layer. Our advice is always to buy a two-sided mattress that you can turn and rotate. It extends the lifespan of the mattress dramatically and means that you can get the most out of your mattress. Unless a no turn mattress is half the price we would always advise looking at an alternative model.

Many thanks for your kind words, we try really hard to provide you with the consumer with the truth about all things mattress related based on our years of expertise.

If you need more advice please email or give us a call on 0161 437 4419.

Kind regards,