Will my memory foam bed sag or dip?

Memory foam is renowned for complaints about it sagging and sinking over time.  The truth is this will always happen when the same side of a mattress is repeatedly used night after night without rotating or turning it.  Our article gives you some advice on how to minimise any sags or dips.

So the quick answer to whether memory foam will sag or dip is yes it will.  Memory foam compresses far faster than hybrid or latex foam beds.

Compression is not always a bad thing, though, take the example of a new sofa at first when it arrives the cushions may look lovely and plump but, when you sit on it, you feel like you’re just resting on the top of the firm cushions, then after a few weeks the cushions ‘bed in’ and you get a more comfortable experience. This is the same with all foams. Our guidance is that all foams will compress at some point, it is more important to assess the percentage or amount of compression.

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Memory foam mattresses are notorious for quick settlement which can turn into irreparable dips & sags

How far will my mattress compress?

Mattresses will all settle with time and this is accepted within the furniture industry. This is true of all fibres and fillings. However, you can even this out by making full use of the mattress, ie turning, rotating and making sure you’re sleeping across the entire width of the mattress.

This is a real issue with memory foam mattresses as the foam tends to hold a sleeper in one positon meaning this quickly becomes a dip where the sleeper lies. You’re less likely to move around and use the bed to its fullest with memory foam beds. The settlement happens far faster than a Natural Fibre Pocket Sprung Mattress. There’s no way to turn or even out memory foam wear, unlike Natural Fibres.

Mattress dipping

A dip is where part of the mattress has compressed beyond its tolerated level, assumed as 2cm in memory foam. It is usually the reflex layer that has failed as there is too much pressure on it for its intended use, or in cheaper mattresses, the quality is so low of the foam that it will fail when put under stress. This causes a crater or hole effect that’s permanently embedded in the mattress. Once your mattress has dipped like this there is zero you can do to rectify it. The best method is to prevent this from happening in the first place with your mattress. This is where choosing a mattress with significant upholstery can almost eliminate the potential for sagging.

Guide to spotting a compressed mattress

How can I prevent my mattress sagging? 

This is why it is so important to ensure you choose the right mattress for your specific needs.  Choosing the correct mattress for your weight and tension will enable you to reduce the issue of compression or potential sagging that may be found with an unsuitable bed.

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The Origins 1500 is one of our Best Selling Pocket Spring Mattresses

The easiest way to prevent a mattress from sagging is to buy a high-quality Natural Fibre pocket sprung mattress such as our Origins 1500 mattress. This removes the issues experienced by many with Memory foam and foam pads where they get crushed quickly from wear.

However, If you do choose a Memory foam mattress you need to make sure that after this compression you still have enough memory foam to react to your body to support it and offer the comfort you require. The prime example would be a cheaper memory foam mattress which offers 2cm of memory foam, leaving little to no room for compression, causing a potential dip.  You should be looking for memory, hybrid, latex foam or other upholstery materials in the quantities that will offer enough depth after compression.

We wouldn’t recommend anything less than 5cm of any memory foam, hybrid foam or latex as a top ‘comfort’ layer.

How can I reduce compression and avoid dips?

One way is to make sure you rotate and turn your mattress regularly, once a month if possible.  This will even out the wear.  With a traditional mattress, you are guided to turn and rotate the mattress, with memory foam some mattresses construction methods make this unnecessary.  With our unique dual construction method, the topper is fully turnable and can be rotated as well to increase the longevity of your mattress.

Always look for a model with a separately removable topper this ensures that not only can you rotate the core mattress, but turn and rotate the topper.  The topper takes the brunt of the compression and you can even this our with turning.  It means that if years down the line the topper has compressed beyond what’s comfortable, you can simply replace this and not the entire mattress!luxury mattress details

Again, the best way to prevent sagging is with a quality Natural Fibre sprung mattress that can be turned and rotated to even out wear and tear over its lifetime. You simply can’t do this with a one-sided foam mattress.


All foams and upholstery layers will compress over time.  By choosing a well upholstered and pocket sprung mattress you can significantly reduce the potential for sagging and dipping.  This is not always a negative, you need to make sure that you can even out this wear as best as possible by turning and rotating where possible.  On one-sided mattresses, we advise always having a separate topper comfort layer which enables you to do this and prolong the life of your mattress. Simply using your mattress night after night without any monthly maintenance will only speed up and exacerbate the compression and dips that may occur.

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  • Jenny Smith says:

    I’ve had a memory foam bed now for about a year and have started to notice there’s a slump or dip where I lie. I got it I the sale and thought I was getting a good deal. Its a standard memory foam mattress 22cm deep. How can I fix the dip, is there a way to shake it out?

    Hi Jenny. Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately if your bed has a permanent dip or sag its impossible to rectify, without replacing the foam. This usually happens with cheaper imported foams. It’s unusual it has happened so soon. I’m guessing from the depth of the mattress that there’s only been a very thin layer of memory foam for the comfort layer. Most foams compress up to 2cm during their lifetime so if you only have say a 2-3cm layer its easily compressed leaving you with no comfort layer at all!

    We would always recommend layers of 5cm and above for foams and ensuring that there are multiple layers to ensure progressive comfort. Having a removable topper can help as you can turn and rotate this, where as most memory and hybrid foams construction method means you can’t turn the bed. We do however recommend rotating the mattress once a month to even out wear. Lee

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