How Long Do Beds Last?

Beds can last a long time; however, each part doesn't necessarily break down or wear out at the same time.

Customer Support -- The Framework

It's fun, but jumping on the bed can tear the bedding, break springs and damage parts.It's fun, but jumping on the bed can tear the bedding, break springs and damage parts.
A quality bed, from frame to footboard, including the coverings, may last for as long as you need it to, depending on a few factors. The user's age also plays a part in a bed's life expectancy.

The bedframe has to support the weight of its users, the mattress and a box spring. A headboard and footboard sandwich the bed, putting more strain on a frame's headboard-and-footboard mounts. Even still, a durable wood or steel frame can last generations, if it's used according to the manufacturer's warranty. Depending on quality, some frame warranties provide 10-year to lifetime coverage. If the frame begins to squeak, check the policy for coverage details or the manufacturer's troubleshooting guide for advice; you may simply have to tighten any loosened nuts and bolts, or use a metal shim to snug a bent and loose side-rail hook. Extra-supportive bed frames, mattresses and box springs that are designed for overweight or obese people offer warranty coverage based on added weight, under normal use.

Mattress Sets

The lives of your mattress and box spring range from about five to 10 years, if they aren't abused or used as "trampolines," and you use a protective mattress cover. Two-sided mattresses can last twice as long, if they're flipped a few times a year. Mattress and box-spring warranties range from 10 to 25 years, depending on quality, but read the fine print: Even using the wrong frame can void coverage. Let your body decide when you replace the mattress; if you are experiencing achy or stiff joints, it may be time to replace one piece or the other. Remove each from the bed and lay them on the floor to check them individually for squeaking, which can indicate a broken mattress spring or box-spring slat, for example.

Head to Foot

It may be difficult to put a life expectancy period on headboards and footboards -- the bed's completer pieces -- because of their numerous styles. One or both made from wrought iron, metal tubing or solid wood, for example, might last for generations, while an inexpensive or unsubstantial headboard and footboard might only last a few years. Regardless of quality, they should come with at least a one-year warranty. As with the frame, box spring and mattress, if the headboard or footboard begins to squeak, check for problems; the mounts may simply be loose or need to be replaced.

From Bassinet to Bed

Your child might start out in a bassinet, but by the time he's 10 to 20 pounds, depending on the manufacturer, he'll probably need a crib. Standard cribs are designed for children from day 1 to around 3 years old. A crib that converts to a toddler bed and then to a child's bed can see your baby through to college, if its length accommodates his height.

Bed Linen Longevity

Other than a close-fitting crib sheet, a infant's bassinet and crib should not contain any bedding or soft toys, which are suffocation and strangulation hazards. Instead, dress your infant in a warm sleeper or sleep sack and keep the temperature at 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. An older child might outgrow the style of her quality bedding before it wears out. All bedding lasts longer if it's washed as instructed on the care label; body oils and soil weaken fibers.

About the Author

Lorna Hordos has owned a home-flipping business for more than two decades. She uses her construction and interior design experience to write friendly, conversational home and lifestyle articles for Daltile, Marazzi, Lowes and numerous other publications. She also enjoys writing for children, and has been featured on the cover of Humpty Dumpty magazine.